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In a move that could end up being a mixed bag for premium cigar smokers, a federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cannot require warning labels for any cigar or pipe tobacco product. In a 3-0 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit...
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Happy July. This week you will notice some extra Drew Estate ads on the site—please click on them, it’s how we pay the bills around here—and you also can win some Drew Estate swag. Up for grabs this week is a Drew Estate prize pack that we’ve put together after receiving multiple packages full of...
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May 16, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) — In California, a pending ballot measure to raise tobacco taxes is being scrutinized by citizens. The initiative, Proposition 29, proposes a $1 tax increase for cigarettes as well as tax increases for premium cigars and pipe tobaccos. The initiative proposes to create a committee of bureaucrats who will manage the supposed $735 million dollars a year that Prop. 29 will raise. Of that $735 million, hundreds of millions every year could go to out‐of‐state and for‐profit corporations, while up to $125 million is earmarked to pay for salaries, buildings/real estate, and  other administrative...
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May 17, 2012 (Montgomery, AL) — In Alabama, the recent crusade against smokers and public smoking has hit a wall, it seems. Thanks to the efforts of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), other industry trade groups, and IPCPR retail members, Senate Bill 198 has been postponed indefinitely in committee. With the...
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News of the latest Viaje releases surfaced in early May, as retailers began receiving a trio of new cigars from Andre Farkas: a pair of Viaje Late Harvest, one of which was reviewed here, and today’s cigar, the Viaje Exclusivo Robusto. Shipped in metallic bundles of 25, this latest installment of the Exclusivo joins a pair of Robustos...
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May 16, 2012 (Richmond, VA) — To celebrate the launch of the new Hoyo de Monterrey website, General Cigar is rolling out a “Box a Day Giveaway” to share the unique flavor of the Hoyo Monterrey Reposado en Cedros® brand with cigar lovers across the U.S. From now through July 31, 2012, consumers of legal...
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Davidoff’s Puro d’Oro line of cigars is getting both a new size and a new look in the coming weeks. According to a story posted by Cigar Aficionado, a new 5 1/2 x 56 vitola called the Gigantes will be added to the line, with arrival at retail set for June. The entire line will...
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On Wednesday afternoon, Andre Farkas showed off the all-white band of his new Viaje 5th Anniversary cigar via the Viaje Facebook page. No details on the blend or pricing were released in the post, which just said “IPCPR 2012.” The band has an embossed look that features the Viaje leaves logo on the sides, with...
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As noted yesterday by Cigar Aficionado, the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve will return for another year. The Grand Reserve was part of a plethora of releases Miami Cigar & Co. had at last year’s trade show and this year’s is expected to arrive in August, the same month as the 2012 IPCPR. The cigar will...
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