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E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive Shipping This Week


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E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive Shipping This Week

MIAMI, FL – July 14, 2023 – E.P. Carrillo, internationally renowned for their superb craftsmanship and premium quality cigars, is excited to announce their newest creation: E.P. Carrillo 2023 TAA Exclusive.

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Macanudo Gold Label is making its annual return next month and will mark the occasion with a new, limited edition size available this year only.

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Partagas Valle Verde, a new, full-time collection that ships on July 1 will debut aPartagas Valle Verde cigars the first Partagas blend to be crowned with a Mexican San Andrés leaf. John Hakim, brand manager of Partagas said, “Partagas Valle Verde builds on the Partagas tradition of rich, refined blends and calls upon its rich Mexican wrapper to deliver a unique smoking experience to the brand portfolio. It is the ideal choice for cigar enthusiasts who are drawn to well-aged tobaccos.”

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Ambassador Fine Cigars to Brand its Flagship Location Into El Septimo Lounge & Bar

El Septimo Continues Aggressive Expansion in Building One of the World’s Largest Networks of Global Retail Distribution for its Premium Cigars
April 18, 2023 10:00 ET | Source: El Septimo Geneva 
Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- El Septimo, the world’s fastest growing premium cigar companies, has announced a joint cooperation with Ambassador Fine Cigars, which will rebrand their lounge and bar to El Septimo Geneva. Ambassador Fine Cigars is one of El Septimo’s biggest retailers and has had the longest relationship with El Septimo, more than any other U.S. retailer. The lounge is located at 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85028 and is serving Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix. The owner of Ambassador Fine Cigars is Vartan Seferian.
Zaya Younan, CEO of El Septimo, says “Ambassador Fine Cigars is one of the oldest and largest premium cigar retailers in the U.S. They were El Septimo’s first retailer when we had entered the U.S. market, and they have been very successful in selling El Septimo cigars and accessories over the last year. They know our cigars very well, and El Septimo is a top-selling brand at their store. This agreement to rename their flagship bar and lounge into an El Septimo Lounge is another testament as to how well our cigars have been perceived by their customers.”

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E.P. Carrillo Proudly Announces The Release Of Pledge Of Allegiance 2023 Cigar


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MIAMI, FL – May 30, 2023 – E.P. Carrillo, internationally renowned for their superb craftsmanship and premium quality cigars, is excited to announce the release of their newest creation: E.P. Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance 2023 cigar. This special limited edition release of 1,776 boxes to be allocated to retailers, not only represents the culmination of the company's dedication to excellence, but also serves as a tribute to America's indomitable spirit and the dream that it embodies.

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Cigar Caucus Co-Chairs Press FDA for Action on NASEM's Recommendations

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[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Washington, D.C., Friday, April 21, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association commends Congressman Dan Meuser (R-PA) and Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. (D-LA), co-chairs of the Congressional Cigar Caucus, in their letter to FDA Administrator Dr. Robert Califf and CTP Director, Dr. Brian King. The letter calls on them to account for the agency’s lack of progress in addressing the recommendations made by the 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars. The NASEM report highlighted that premium cigars are substantially unique and that research needed to distinguish them appropriately from other tobacco products.
Congressman Meuser expressed concern about the FDA's lack of action on the 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars. He stated, "The FDA has a responsibility to ensure that all regulation it promulgates is based on sound scientific evidence and meets Congress’ intent. Unfortunately, they continue to try and regulate without doing proper due diligence. These are predominantly small businesses, many of them in my district, and their supply chain deeply affect our trading partners abroad."
Joshua Habursky, Deputy Executive Director of the Premium Cigar Association, echoed the concerns presented in the letter, “We would like to thank Representatives Dan Meuser and Troy Carter for their leadership on this issue and pressing the Center for Tobacco Products for answers on this important research. Two years ago, I presented to the National Academies of Sciences for the report referenced, and the FDA/CTP has yet to give a status update, even while they attempt to promulgate new regulations that would apply to premium cigars.”
Rep. Troy Carter pointed out, “The FDA asked for NASEM to study the question of premium cigars. FDA should follow through with the recommended research that NASEM called for before attempting to enact new regulations that would affect this industry.”
The 2022 NASEM Report on premium cigars found limited evidence to support the FDA's claims that premium cigars harm public health. The report called for further research to better understand the patterns of use and alleged health effects of premium cigars and to develop appropriate regulations based on scientific evidence.
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Founded in 1933, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is the oldest, largest, and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of premium tobacco products. PCA is a not-for-profit trade association and is recognized as the “Voice of Authority and Reason” on premium tobacco-related issues.
Scott Pearce, PCA Executive Director
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Plasencia Cigars

The 501c3 organization to hold a kick-off cocktail at The Tank Brewing Co. Thursday June 8, 2023.
(Miami, FL) May 31, 2023–This upcoming June 8th, the Souls from The Earth Foundation will launch in Miami. Led by the Plasencia Family, the foundation is focused on proactively engaging and supporting the growth and development of underserved children, in at-risk communities in Nicaragua and Honduras. Along with its founders and Board of Directors, the foundation will host a by invitation cocktail reception Thursday, June 8, 2023, at The Tank Brewing Co. located at 5100 NW 72nd Avenue Bay 1, Miami, Florida 33166
WHAT: Souls from The Earth Foundation US Launch Event
WHEN: Thursday June 8, 2023, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
WHERE: The Tank Brewing Co. 5100 NW 72nd Avenue Bay 1, Miami, Florida 33166

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Dad bod noun -- the physique of adult males who prefer to drink from a six pack instead of spending countless hours at the gym obsessing over their abs.

The team at Punch is declaring this the “summer of the Dad Bod” with the launch of Punch Dad Bod, a paunchy, limited-edition release that will ship to retail in a cool Father’s Day keepsake that you or your Dad will actually want to hold on to.

Punch Dad Bod comes packed in four, reusable stash cans that each contain five cigars and are complete with Boveda humidification. The keepsake cans can be used as a humidor, a portable ashtray or placed anywhere as a reminder that the Dad Bod is where it’s at.

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John Hakim, brand manager for Punch said, “Father’s Day is the perfect time for us to let the world know that we salute dads, the Dad bod and the pleasure of smoking a great cigar. So we created this special expression and packed it in tins that own the soft-in-the-middle physique with pride. Dad Bod is about showing our support for the salt-of-the-earth Punch smokers who continue to make Punch their go-to brand.”

Handcrafted at HATSA in Honduras, Punch Dad Bod is a six-country blend made with a Cameroon wrapper, a USA Connecticut broadleaf binder and a blend of filler tobaccos that includes Nicaraguan Condega, Dominican Piloto Cubano, Honduran La Entrada and Brazilian Mata Fina. The result is a smooth-smoking, medium-bodied blend that is at the same time sweet, spicy and leathery.

Punch Dad Bod cigars sport a tie-shaped band and are available in a “Champion” size that gives a nod to the reverence Punch has for Dads and Dad bods. Shipping to retailers on May 1, the set contains four metal stash cans, each holding five cigars for a total of 20 Punch Dad Bods per set.

Punch Dad Bod (4.5” x 60); SRP per cigar $6.99

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May 30, 2023- C.L.E. Cigar Company announces that the TAA exclusive Eiroa Dark 11/18 is now shipping! The Eiroa Dark originally made its debut in 2019. What separates the TAA Exclusive is that it will come in the Eiroa family’s signature 11/18 size. Only five hundred boxes were created.


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STG Announces Marketing Team Roles for Alec Bradley Brands

Richmond, VA (April 18, 2023) -- Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announces today that the company has appointed the former Alec Bradley marketing team with new positions in the STG North American Branded marketing organization. 

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Governor of Montana and State Legislature Approve Cigar Tax Cap


The Premium Cigar Association (PCA), in partnership with its member tobacconists of Montana in the Montana Cigar Association, is pleased to announce that Governor Greg Gianforte has signed SB 122 by Senator Greg Hertz, calling for a thirty-five cent tax cap on the sale of cigars.

Over a year in the making, a coalition of locally owned small businesses organized an effort with legislative allies of their local cigar shops. After a series of strategy calls with shop owners, legislators, lobbyists, and PCA, SB 122 passed the House of Representatives 70-28 and the Senate 39-10. The bill was then sent to the governor’s desk.
PCA Director of State Advocacy Glynn Loope stated, “This was a grand example of a coalition of local shop owners that built upon their relationships with members of the legislature, making their case and ushering a bill through the process. PCA welcomed the opportunity to provide committee testimony, grassroots advocacy, and research support. The efforts and sponsorship of SB 122 by Montana Senator Greg Hertz were profound and appreciated beyond words. The local cigar shops of Montana, though, made the difference.”
Local shop owner and President of the Montana Cigar Association, Ken Weinheimer, along with his lobbyist, Scott Boulanger of Boulanger Associates, who spearheaded efforts in the capitol, stated, “It is amazing to see the fruits of your efforts when the votes are counted. The overwhelming Bi-Partisan margins in the House and Senate proved that our message of tax fairness resonated. The passage of similar legislation in Idaho assisted, and the tax policy of surrounding states allowed us to make our case. We certainly appreciate the governor signing this bill that helps local small businesses.” 
Loope concluded by stating, “Having Montana Governor Greg Giaforte, North Dakota Governor Doug Burghum, and Idaho Governor Brad Little each sign significant premium cigar bills this year is a testament to our industry message being heard. The partnership between PCA and our state retailers and the coalitions that have been built has set an example for others throughout the nation. And we’re not done yet.” 
PCA has been engaged in nine state tax cap legislative issues during the 2023 sessions and over twenty-six bills in twenty-one states.

Fuente Don Carlos Eye Of The Bull To Be A PCA Exclusive

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You’ve heard of the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark and maybe even Fuente’s OpusX Taurus the Bull, but how about the Eye of the Bull? It’s a short, fat cigar and the newest addition to Fuente’s Don Carlos line. Eye of the Bull will be on display at the upcoming PCA trade show in July and made available only to retailers who attend the convention. 
At 3 1/2 inches long by 55 ring gauge, the stout little smoke consists of a Cameroon wrapper around Dominican tobacco. Like all cigars from the Don Carlos line, it’s made in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. factory. The cigars come in 20-count boxes finished with an attractive antiqued patina.
Scheduled to ship to retailers shortly after the trade show (though projected shipping dates can easily change), Eye of the Bull will have a suggested retail price of $12.80 per cigar. The head of each of these short robustos is topped with a round circle of dark tobacco for the bull’s eye, or eye of the bull.
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Although the Eye of the Bull was shown at last year’s PCA show, it was a sneak preview for display purposes only and not available to order.
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logoAshburn, VA [May 10, 2023]- Fratello Cigars has announced that will be ending production of four of its popular Vitolas. The Bianco I, Oro Shorty, Navetta Enterprise, and Inverso Corona Gorda Vitolas will no longer be manufactured by the company.

After a comprehensive assessment of its product lineup, Fratello Cigars has decided to halt the production of these Vitolas. This decision was based on several factors, including the cost of manufacturing and the level of consumer demand. 

"While it is always difficult to discontinue a product, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of our company and our customers," said Omar de Frias, the founder of Fratello Cigars. "We remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and exceptional service, and we believe that this decision will help us achieve that goal."

These Vitolas will no longer be produced after the current inventory is depleted. Customers who are fans of these cigars are encouraged to purchase them while supplies last. 

"We are excited about the future of Fratello Cigars and remain committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and exceptional service," said de Frias. "We appreciate the continued support of our customers and look forward to continuing to serve them for many years to come.



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(Miami, Florida) April 13, 2023—Amendola Family Cigar Co.’s new release “The West Side Story” is now shipping! Owners Jefferey Amendola and Christopher Monaco to celebrate by hosting a series of events in New York City at four different tobacconist shops over the course of 3 days.

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Room101 is bringing back the Big Payback in a big way with the highly-anticipated return of the line’s 70-ring gauge option. The format has been out of production since 2016.

The Payback brand was created by Matt Booth to repay consumers for their years of support with a premium offering at a monster value price point.

Matt Booth said, “It has been my life’s mission to produce a combustible vessel so engorged and far more magnificent than its standard counterpart in cylindrical presentation, and it’s my greatest honor to offer our people such a product that overflows with both girth and grandeur.”

Room101 Big Payback 70s are handcrafted in Honduras at HATSA and are, according to Booth, “engorged with premium tobaccos reaching a diameter that only you can handle with a price point that won’t handle you.”

Big Payback 70s are made with a blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos, a US-grown Connecticut Broadleaf binder and are wrapped in Honduran Olancho San Agustin. The cigar is medium plus-body, with spice notes, a great retrohale and a clean finish.

Room101 Big Payback 70 measures 7”x 70 and will sell for an SRP of $8.99 per cigar. The hefty smokes are double-banded, come in boxes of 30 and will be a full-time addition to the Big Payback line.

Room101 Big Payback is distributed by Forged Cigar Company and will ship to retailers on June 1.



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Cohiba will welcome its first full-time new collection since 2020 with Cohiba Riviera, a six-region blend that features the very best of Central American tobacco and is named after the lush San Andrés Tuxtla Valley that bore the cigar’s wrapper.

Cohiba Riviera marks the first time a Mexican San Andrés wrapper has been used in a Cohiba blend and is the first box-pressed offering from the brand.

Cohiba Riviera Toro cigarCohiba Brand Ambassador Sean Williams said, “Cohiba Riviera is a bold yet balanced blend of the most exceptional tobaccos from Nicaragua with exclusively-grown tobaccos from Honduras. Medium-to-full bodied and adorned with a delectable wrapper from Mexico, Riviera is an elegant selection offering notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean with a hint of leather and subtle cream on the finish.”

The three-cigar collection is handcrafted in Nicaragua at STG Estelí. The Mexican San Andrés wrapper crowns a Honduran-grown Connecticut binder and filler tobaccos that include proprietary Honduran Jamastran and Honduran La Entrada, as well as Nicaraguan Condega and Nicaraguan Estelí.

“The experience of Cohiba Riviera is rich and rewarding and befitting of Cohiba’s status as an ultra-premium cigar brand,” noted Williams.

Cohiba Riviera will ship to retailers in May.

Cohiba Riviera Robusto (5” x 52); SRP per cigar $19.99; 20 cigars per box

Cohiba Riviera Toro (6.5” x 52); SRP per cigar $21.99; 20 cigars per box

Cohiba Riviera Perfecto (6” x 60); SRP per cigar $23.99; 10 cigars per box 

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Miami, FL – May 8, 2023– E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company announces first round of Platinum Bash shipment. Late last year, we sent out a sampler to celebrate Ernesto's 70th birthday. In each sampler there was a QR code that allowed customers to select their favorite blend based off the ribbon color on the cigar. These packs were available either at events or through purchasing a box of E.P. Carrillo cigars.
After several months of voting, the winning blend became the latest E.P. Carrillo Limited-Edition. It’s a toro size, 6 inches long by 52 ring gauge, and production is limited to 500 boxes of 10 cigars with a suggested retail price of $15 each. Made with a Mexican wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, the Platinum Bash is a real winner!
Listen below to Ernesto and Lissette talk about this winner and how Ernesto feels about the winning blend. The other cigars that didn't make the win are still some of Ernesto's favorite blends. The tobaccos used are special to him and that's how they made the cut for the extraordinary celebration.
Shipping began last week and will continue thru May as we get additional inventory from the factory. 
About E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company:
E.P. Carrillo Cigars have always been about innovative and groundbreaking ideas. It is owned and operated by third and fourth generation of cigar makers, the Perez-Carrillo family. Today, each of the E.P. Carrillo lines have a unique and distinct set of characteristics in line with our shared vision: The Endless Pursuit Toward Perfection. The cigars themselves are each based on a greater concept which reflects an aspect of the family’s heritage in tobacco and the authentic pride with which each cigar is made.
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Lissette Perez-Carrillo
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PCA Testifies Today Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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PCA Testifies Today Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA), represented by Deputy Executive Director/Head of Government Affairs Joshua Habursky, testified before the U.S Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products run by CTP Director Dr. Brian King. The association raised several objections against the “Requirements for Tobacco Products Manufacturing Practices .”Habursky’s full remarks are detailed below:

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Caldwell The Industrialist is now available as a limited-edition release on Cigora, a digital platform that curates special premium cigar offerings for discerning smokers.
Handcrafted at HATSA in Honduras, Caldwell The Industrialist is made with a silky Connecticut Shade wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican tobaccos. The experience is layered and rewarding, delivering notes of cream, cinnamon and white pepper.
Robert Caldwell said, “Caldwell The Industrialist represents a commitment I share with Cigora, and that is to bring to life exciting releases that fill a gap in the boutique segment of the market. With the Industrialist, I identified the need for a box-pressed Connecticut that is as complex as it is approachable. I married the blend with a name that speaks to the inspirational nature of cigars, and with imagery that’s meant to spark conversation.”
The blend’s singular vitola is called “Toro” and measures 6” x 50. 
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Caldwell The Industrialist is available in a five-pack (SRP $52.99) and a 20-count box (SRP $199.99). 
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About Cigora
A digital platform that integrates community and commerce, Cigora represents the future of cigars online. With Cigora, members of the cigar community have a virtual cigar lounge where they can voice their opinions on cigar and non-cigar related topics, give and receive recommendations and engage with their favorite brands. Cigora is like a virtual cigar shop where conversation flows and a curated selection of the hottest cigar brands are just a few keystrokes away.




Punch invites cigar lovers to take a trip back in time with Punch Golden Era, a new, three-cigar collection that will be a full-time addition to the Punch anthology.
Punch Golden Era celebrates the beauty and versatility of the corojo tobacco that had a starring role in the “golden age” of cigars. Corojo had been used as the wrapper of choice until tobacco diseases and mold brought the tobacco to the brink of extinction.  
Today, Punch is bringing Corojo tobacco back to its former glory, thanks to the famous Cuban seeds that have been cultivated on a 650-acre farm in Honduras by the Eiroa family. 
The cigar is made with Honduran-grown, Cuban seed Corojo wrapper and binder, and its filler is comprised of Honduran-grown Habano and Cuban-seed Corojo tobacco.
John Hakim, brand manager for Punch said, “The Eiroa family has perfected Corojo tobacco and we are excited to bring it to life with Punch Golden Era. This tobacco delivers a silky, golden wrapper, a binder with ideal combustibility and a filler that produces unique spicy notes and a spectrum of nuances. We’re especially pleased to make a true Corojo experience available for cigar lover to enjoy any time the occasion calls for a rich and rewarding smoke.”
Mellow-to-medium-bodied, Punch Golden Era is elegant and refined. The cigar balances notes of earth, cream and nuts.
Punch Golden Era is hand made at Fabrica de Puros Aladino SA in Honduras. The cigars will be presented in 20-count boxes and will ship to retailers on May 1. The line will launch with three sizes.
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Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar $9.99
Toro (6” x 52); SRP per cigar $10.49
Churchill (7” x 48); SRP per cigar $10.99
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