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Swinger Cigar Co. Shuts Down

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Swinger Cigar Co. is no more.

Ryan Gallimore, Swinger’s owner and founder, announced that his company has ceased operations after over four years in business. The company launched in May 2014 with cigars made out of the Tabacalera Las Lavas S.R.L. factory in the Dominican Republic.

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The name was in reference to golf and Gallimore named lines after golf terms and even paid homage to the inaugural U.S. Open.

Gallimore’s statement is below in full:

It saddens me to say that I have decided to close Swinger Cigar Company, a brand I created that merged my love of cigars with a love of golfing.

Over the past four years I have been blessed to work with multiple factories, spending extensive time in both Santiago, Dominican Republic, and Estelí, Nicaragua to design and develop twenty-two (22) SKUs and bring them to market. I met with families that taught me so much about tobacco, the culture of each country, and stories of Cuban history. It was an opportunity that was beyond humbling.

I want to thank my over 100 retail partners across the United States who helped support the brand these last four years, welcomed me into their shops, their homes and followed my journey.

To all the consumers who I was able to meet, herf with, share stories and follow on social media: it was a pleasure. I hope our friendships continue.

To all the media who supported me and told my story: thank you. I wouldn’t have been able to have any success in this endeavor without your help.

My life has been committed to the premium cigar industry, and I look forward to the future.”

Ryan Gallimore

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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