Weekly News (July 4, 2011)


Editor’s Note: Two weeks away from the IPCPR show and another quiet week. There’s a lot of chatter and I imagine this week will be a busy one, but, don’t expect a lot of releases over the next few weeks. Anyways, a relatively brief and concentrated news on the 4th of July. — el nino diablo.

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  • Davidoff Kizuna — This is a limited edition made for Japan. No word on blend or size, it’s currently in Japan, but the cigar should be in the U.S. Davidoff stores at some point, or so I’m told.

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  • Quesada Oktoberfest — This will be shown off at the IPCPR show in two weeks. Five-hundred boxes of each of the two sizes to ship in late August, right around the time of the Oktoberfest beers.
  • Partagas Serie E No.2, Serie D No.5 & H. Upmann Half Corona — According to Habanos S.A., three of the extensions shown off at the XIII Festival del Habano are to be released during the summer.

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  • Tatuaje The Wolfman —  Same release plans as last year (666 dress boxes of 13 and 1,300 plain boxes of 10.) As was pointed out last week: 7 1/2 x 52 box-pressed Torpedo. The blend “is based off the Cojonu Series, but with a “twist” in the form of the Sumatra Rosada Oscura wrapper.
  • Berger & Argenti Entubar CRV — Finalized details are up here in the press release form.
  • J. Fuego Soft Pack Samplers — Seems Jesus decided to listen to Bacchus, the popular soft packs of the Originals size will be out in sampler form at the show.

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  • Sosa Underground — Two sizes at the show, along with a few other things from Sosa.
  • AKACigars Hybrid Churchill — The newest extension is floating around and should be out sometime soon, presumably before the show when the Rothschild and the 6 x 60 arrive.
  • Tatuaje Black Label Petit Robusto — Pete Johnson discussed the idea of releasing the Black Label in Petit Robusto for sale alongside the Petit Lancero at the IPCPR show, but the Petit Robusto has been delayed until next year because of the heavy amount of new product scheduled to be released by Havana Cellars.
  • C.Gars Ltd Auction — Mitchell Orchant & Co.’s latest auction occurred across the pond earlier today, the big lot (#57 — a 1999 Siglo XXI humidor valued around $250,00) didn’t sell, the highest selling auction was Lot #71 a full box of Dunhill Cabinettas that sold for £7,500 (a bit over $12,000.) Sixteen of the two-hundred and fifty-nine scheduled lots did not sell.

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Sautter Cigars found some interesting H. Upmanns from what is believed to be the late 1890s. Video and press release below.

Amazing discovery of 19th Century Cigars at Sautter of Mount Street

Cabinet of H Upmann cigars has remained unopened for over 100 years

In its 50th year Sautter of Mount Street has discovered something truly amazing. An almost complete cabinet of H Upmann cigars believed to date from the 1870s.

On Thursday 30th of June Sautter will release the first video with the initial findings of initial research on these extraordinary cigars by cigar consultant Simon Chase.

The video reviews what we know about this historic discovery so far based on the provenance of the cabinet which was locked up on the original owners death around 1900 and was only reopened in the last two years.


When you look at these cigars These cigars were made in the 1870s and to put that in context :

In Great Britain-

  • Charles Dickens died in 1870,
  • Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in 1871
  • Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876.

In the USA

  • The first Graduate programs were set up at Yale and Harvard on 1870,
  • in 1876 National League baseball was founded and General Custer was killed.

In Cuba

  • in 1868 revolutionaries under the leadership of Carlos Manuel de Céspedes had proclaims Cuban independence from Spain sparking a ten year war of independence
  • It was still a full 20 years before a young journalist called Winston Churchill would head to Cuba to cover the was and to find himself fighting for the Spanish at battle of Iguara.

Cluster of releases about EO brands, La Bomba is out in some retailers, but there’s not a whole lot floating around.

June 29, 2011 (Bonita Springs, Florida) The Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company announced today the release of two new premium cigar lines from EO Brands – 601 Connecticut and 601 La Bomba.

“We are very proud of the 601 brand,” said EO Brands President Eddie Ortega. “The 601 Red, Green and Blue offer distinct, different styles of full bodied cigars, and we wanted to round out the 601 product portfolio with a milder cigar – but still offer something with a little kick. The 601 Connecticut has a nice, spicy start and finishes smooth and creamy. The consumer that wants 601 quality in a milder cigar is going to love 601 Connecticut.”

The 601 Connecticut comes with a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Binder/Filler from Cuban seed from Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua.

The Connecticut comes in four shapes: Robusto – 5×50, Toro – 6×50, Torpedo – 6 1/8×52 and Churchill – 7×48. These cigars are currently available at retail, and they cost between $7.50 and $8.00.

“With the introduction of 601 La Bomba, we wanted to deliver a cigar that had an extreme level of flavor and taste for the fans of 601,” added Ortega. “We’ve worked on this blend for over a year, and we’re very happy with the explosive power that La Bomba delivers.”

La Bomba comes in four shapes: Atom-5 1/2×46, Napalm 5×52, Nuclear 6×50 and Atomic-6×60. These cigars will be available at retail on July 1st, and they cost between $8.00 and $9.00, and they come in boxes of 10.

In other EO Brands news, EO is launching a new shape in their very popular Murcielago brand. The new Toro Grande is 6 ½ x54, and can be found where ever the Murcielago brand is sold.

Rocky and Drew Estate have a new Java, Mint Chocolate — I assure you, I wasn’t requesting this.

June 29, 2011 (Bonita Springs, Florida) The Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company announced today the release of Java Mint, an extension to the wildly popular line of Java cigars. Java Mint features the same chocolately/mocha flavor of Java, but is slightly infused with a lively mint flavor as well as mocha and vanilla essence, creating a mint-chocolate smoking experience loaded with flavor and aromas.

“We’ve been very pleased with the success of the Java cigar line,” said Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Executive Vice President Nish Patel. “Since launching Java, we’ve had numerous requests for a Mint-Chocolate version of Java – and after over a year of product development, we truly believe we’ve got a cigar that delivers the flavorful/aromatic premium cigar smoking experience at a great value that you’d expect from Rocky Patel.”

Java Mint features a Brazilian maduro wrapper, and will come in five box-pressed shapes: Corona – 5×42, Robusto – 5 ½x50, Toro – 6×50, The 58 – 5×58 and Petite Corona – 4 1/2×38. The cigars will be priced between $5.50 and $8.00 at retail, and comes in a box of 24.

Java was originally introduced in 2006 with a rich maduro wrapper, infused with the decadent flavors of Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla. In 2007, Java Latte added to the Java line. Java Latte features the same popular blend and aroma of the original Java, and but has a beautiful Connecticut wrapper, adding a rich, creamy flavor to the cigar.

I presume this was that project that was supposed to be out a few weeks ago from Di Fazio, but it launches shortly before the trade show in Miami, or at least that is the plan as of now

DI Fazio Cigar Corp will launch BARROCO in its Cigar House located at 2560 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Miami, Florida, 33180, on July 12, 2011, with promotions through the whole day and a party to be held from 7 – 10 pm this day.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 01, 2011

As characterized by its passion and dedication to perfecting cigars, DI Fazio Cigar Corp proudly presents a luxurious full body cigar made completely in Nicaragua that evokes the need that man had in this period of history to be closed to art, in a state of fantasy and imagination but with solid foundations that could bring this form of art to a material form reflected in this cigar.

DI Fazio Cigar Corp will launch BARROCO in its Cigar House located at 2560 NE Miami Gardens Drive, Miami, Florida, 33180, on July 12, 2011, with promotions through the whole day and a party to be held from 7 – 10 pm this day. http://www.yellowpages.com/miami-fl/mip/di-fazio-cigars-house-462603902

With the incorporation of this new brand to the Difazio Cigar family of products; Conneticut, Maduro and Picoso , BARROCO in its unique vitola , the Corporation wants to bring to its customers a new concept of hand made cigars that evokes power and tradition that will certainly be an experience worth having. Its ring and outstanding cigar box is a reflection of the class and dedication put into this cigar.

Refined exquisite smokers will certainly value the taste and quality of Barroco inviting those entering the smoke world to increase their appreciation for a great cigar and the experience around smoking it. Stores will certainly want to have this jewel between their valued treasures and benefit from this creation.

When you see the picture of Barroco you will be tempted to print it and smoke it.

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