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The South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee has passed a bill that would increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. H.B. 1063 passed its hearing by a 9-3 vote earlier today. It has 19 co-sponsors, all Republicans. On Dec. 21, 2019, President Trump signed H.R. 1865, a $1.4...
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I previously showed you the pictures of the new bands of the 601 brand provided by Eddie Ortega on the the EO Forums, today he posted the new 601 packaging. This is the final packaging that will be on display in New Orleans at the 2010 IPCPR in August. Here is the finished design for...
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Gran Habano introduced the world’s largest cigar at Famous Smoke’s event over the weekend. Habana Cuba Oliveros makers of Oliveros have increased production close to 350%. Eddie Ortega previewed the new 601 labels, effectively killing the 601 Black. Habanos S.A. introduced the Montecristo Clubs. A new smoking ban in Springfield is threatening cigar shops in...
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About two weeks ago, I heard that a new My Father cigar had been released at Empire Cigars in Raleigh, N.C. It seems that the owner of the store, Hal Rubin, had asked José “Don Pepin” García to roll him a limited number of cigars in the cheroot vitola for his store alone, and Pepín agreed....
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A couple weeks ago EO Brands (makers of the 601, Cubao & Murcielago labels) sold a 50% stake to Rocky Patel. Within the short press release, there was mentions of aims at bringing the popular 601 label down to the $2-$3 price range. That didn’t go over well. Perhaps that’s an understatement. It went over...
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Yesterday Habanos S.A. announced the new Montecristo Clubs. The machine made cigars are offered in tins of fifty and packs of twenty. The Clubs are offered in a 4 inches by 22 RG size. All machine made products are made under license by Internacional Cubana de Tabacos S.A. (ICT).
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Last week I was invited to an event at Two Brothers Cigars, a great B&M in Plano (and I would say, one of the best in the Metroplex) to meet and photograph Manuel “Manolo” Quesada, Jr. of MATASA, Casa Magna and Fonseca cigars, just to name a few. He and his nephew Terence Reilly, (who runs...
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A new brand was introduced by Bill Paley, La Palina. Davidoff introduced a new cigar; I’m not really sure what’s more shocking: the 8.25×57 size or the $2,400 price tag. If anyone picks up a box of 50, I’ll be glad to review one and give you my thoughts. Pepin is reported to be producing...
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