FDA COMMISSIONER TESTIFIES TO SENATE ABOUT PREMIUM CIGARS

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FDA COMMISSIONER TESTIFIES TO SENATE ABOUT PREMIUM CIGARS By Charlie Minato @charlieminato · On June 21, 2017 Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly-appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), testified yesterday in front of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the agency’s budget and was asked about the regulation of premium cigars. Specifically, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked Gottlieb whether …

WHAT DO TRUMP’S CUBA CHANGES MEAN FOR CIGARS?

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WHAT DO TRUMP’S CUBA CHANGES MEAN FOR CIGARS? By Charlie Minato @charlieminato · On June 16, 2017   In short: nothing yet, but it’s still unknown. Today, President Donald Trump delivered a speech calling for a change on the U.S. government’s policy towards Cuba. That speech, and an accompanying policy memo, are the first in what will be a series …

BLIND MAN’S BLUFF CONNECTICUT ROBUSTO

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BLIND MAN’S BLUFF CONNECTICUT ROBUSTO By Brian Burt @brutus2600 · On June 20, 2017   Two years ago Caldwell Cigar Co. released a new line called Blind Man’s Bluff at the 2015 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show. This release was more than just a new blend though, it was also produced at Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. in Danli, Honduras, the old …

Cigar Review: White Series by Cavalier Genève

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Cigar Review: White Series by Cavalier Genève BY DAVID JONES · NOVEMBER 17, 2016 Vitola: Elegantes 4.5” x 52 ring gauge $9.99 Purchased at Burns Tobacconist Background Cavalier of Geneva (also known as Cavaliér Geneve) entered the U.S. marketplace in the first half of 2016. The company is owned by Sebastien Decoppet and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. You can …

A.J. Fernandez Makes a Monte, Trump Eyeing Rollback of Obama Cuban Policies, and More (–The Stogie Guys)

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1) Altadis U.S.A. has announced a new collaboration with Nicaraguan cigar maker A.J. Fernandez that will be showcased at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas in July. Called Monte by Montecristo A.J. Fernandez, it is a spinoff of the original Monte line that was released in 2013 as the strongest Montecristo to date. “The new Monte by Montecristo A.J. Fernandez is …

CALDWELL LONG LIVE THE KING HAREM By Brooks Whittington

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Early last year, Small Batch Cigars—which is the online store of Maxamar Ultimate Cigars—announced that it would be the exclusive retailer for the smallest vitola in Caldwell Cigar Co.’s Long Live The King blend, the Harem. The sixth vitola in the line is a 4 x 42 petit corona that is made up of a Dominican corojo wrapper from 2008 …

Camacho Rolling Out Nicaraguan Barrel-Aged (Author David Clough)

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First it was Bourbon barrels, now it’s rum barrels. Shipping to retail later this month, the Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel-Aged line contains Nicaraguan Corojo that spent five months in Nicaraguan rum barrels before being rolled into a cigar. It’s the follow-up to the Camacho American Barrel-Aged, a cigar that debuted in 2015 that is blended with Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged tobacco. “We …