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FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP AND PINHOOK BOURBON COLLABORATE

Pinhook Pressrelease3Pinhook Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and Siboney Reserve by Aganorsa Leaf Cigars Combine for an Exclusive Limited Time Offer

EASTON, PA — October 15, 2020 — Dubbing it, “A Perfect Pairing at a Perfect Price,” Famous Smoke Shop, a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has teamed-up with Pinhook Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for an exclusive online promotion that showcases the bourbon maker’s newest release, Pinhook Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year and Famous’s Siboney Reserve by Aganorsa Leaf cigars for a limited time only. By texting “Pinhook” to 926-848, enthusionados can be the first to try the pairing which includes a box of 10 Siboney Reserve Toro and a bottle of Bourbon War 5 Year – a $135.00 value – for only $110.00.

Named for a colt who ran in both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Bourbon War Vertical Series 5 Year is the second straight bourbon whiskey in the Vertical Series collection. Following a single group of bourbon barrels as they age from four to 12 years, Pinhook carefully selects, blends, and proofs those barrels to highlight the strengths of the liquor at a given point in time for each vintage.

Our idea was to take a wine approach,” said Pinhook co-founder and sommelier, Sean Josephs. “Why not celebrate the variability instead of hiding it? That was really the ethos at the core of what we’re doing,”

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FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN BRAZIL

fratellonewlogoSpringfield, VA (July 23, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce Fratello Cigars’ newest distribution partner in Brazil, Reality Cigars. Since 1995, Reality Cigars has been dedicated to the import and distribution of tobacco products in the Brazilian market.

Currently, the company is the largest importer and distributor of cigars, tobacco and accessories in Brazil. They have grown and enhanced their reputation by representing some of the most successful brands in the industry and are excited to add Fratello Cigars to the distinguished list.

I first met Omar when he came to Brazil. He told me his story and told me who was supporting him in production…and I believed his brand could be a success. We conducted a trial in the Brazilian market and got awesome feedback, so we decided to make the product available in our current portfolio. Our expectation is to have a good market share and to make Fratello one of the most sold cigars in the country” said Daniel Teixeira, Marketing and Sales Director Reality Cigars.

When I first met Daniel and the Reality family, I was so impressed not only for their years in business but also because of their extensive knowledge and approach to the distribution of premium cigars. We are committed to their team and clientele and hope to soon get to Sao Paolo and expend our footprint” said de Frias

Fratello Cigars currently has distribution in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland. This partnership will open new doors and continue to expand on Fratello Cigars accelerated international growth.

Alec Bradley Announces Release of Project 40 Maduro

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 15, 2020)
Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today announced the Global Release of the Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro- the second cigar line in the 'Experimental Series' and a follow up to the critically acclaimed Project 40 line of cigars (Project 40 received a 93 Rating and Top 25 ‘Cigar of the Year’ nod from Cigar Aficionado, as well, the line garnered similar scores and accolades from Cigar Dojo, Cigar Coop and Halfwheel). Project 40 Maduro continues to represent Alec Bradley founder, Alan Rubin’s belief that cigars create a positive impact on both mind and body.

“The dark and rich Project 40 Maduro is another opportunity for Alec Bradley to enhance a positive experience through the tradition of cigar smoking,” Alan Rubin said. “Premium cigar enthusiasts truly accepted the original Project 40 cigar line and the underlying concept that it demonstrates. Project 40 Maduro is the next chapter of the story.”

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Crux Cigars Epicure Gordo Now Shipping

cruxlogoCrux Cigars Epicure Gordo Now Shipping
Crux Cigars now shipping a new vitola.
The number one selling brand in the Crux portfolio adds the Epicure Gordo 6x60. A nutty, peppery, creamy blend that has a smooth and clean finish. 
The Epicure line has been on the market since 2017 and features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers. 
Produced by Plasencia at La Catedral del Tobaco in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Available sizes:
Corona Gorda 5.375 x 46 (MSRP $9.25)
Robusto 5 x 50 (MSRP $10.00) 
Toro 6.25 x 52 (MSRP $11.50) 
Robusto Extra 5.75 x 54 (MSRP $10.75) 
Gordo 6 x 60 (MSRP $12.50)- NEW
20-count boxes.
See more:
CruxCigars.com
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Twitter: @CruxCigars
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NEW SIZES FROM SOUTHERN DRAW

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Southern Draw Cigars and Cigars International today announces the release of two NEW sizes of Fraternal Order White (Lancero) and Fraternal Order Black (Solomon) and a new blend - Fraternal Order Blue (Toro) which have been produced by Southern Draw Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. Exciting news for consumers, the Fraternal Order blends are no longer retail exclusives as Southern Draw and Cigars International will debut all three new releases at the 100% free event - Virtual CIGARFest 2020 on October 16th and 17th and provide the Fraternal Order portfolio to all retail store locations and online store for those consumers that are unable to visit one of the exciting retail store locations. https://www.facebook.com/CIGARfest

It’s been a trying year for most all of us, and as we all adjust to the ever-changing environment in which we live, the Southern Draw family takes this opportunity to fellowship by sharing an integral part of our Fall Release Collection. The process for selecting the new Fraternal Order releases was unique in that we worked closely with members of Cigar Internationals product, marketing and merchandising teams (2019 we worked with the retail sales and management staff to make final decisions on the releases) and now we are pleased to share the expanded Fraternal Order cigar line as part of the innovative Virtual CIGARFest 2020. Cigars International has provided an ideal opportunity for consumers to learn more about these new releases via a special virtual appearance by Southern Draw Cigars at 3pm ET on October 17th where we can share a cigar and maybe even offer some prizes and raffles during our scheduled 1 hour virtual visit. https://fb.me/e/1Lo1pCCVV Southern Draw is just a small part of a stellar line-up of brands so make plans to join Virtual CIGARfest for both days,” said Robert Holt on behalf of the entire family. “We would also like to extend our prayers and very best wishes for a full recovery to our friend and brother, Richard L. Monts, General Manager, CI Retail Superstore (Hamburg, PA).”

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CAO Pilón Named Cigar of the Year by L’Amateur de Cigare

CAO Pilon churchill left openCAO Pilón was named “Cigar of the Year” by celebrated international cigar magazine L’Amateur de Cigare.

The magazine’s prestigious tasting panel rated a total of 450 cigars, with Pilón ultimately winning out against the finest cigars available in France, one of the world’s leading markets for handmade cigars.

Regis Broersma, president of General Cigar said, “We are extremely proud that CAO Pilón received this honor from such a distinguished and respected international publication. When we created Pilón, we developed the brand according to a 19th-century Cuban fermentation technique, so it is ironic that Pilón beat out the best of the best cigars from Cuba, as well as other top cigar-producing countries.”

L’Amateur de Cigare described Pilón as “elegant” and hails its “great complexity and agreeable persistence,” while praising Pilón’s “satisfying finish” and “excellent value.”

CAO Pilón was introduced in the U.S. in 2015 and launched in France in 2018 at an exclusive event in Paris at the DuPont headquarters.

Handcrafted in Nicaragua at STG Esteli, Pilón was created by Rick Rodriguez and the CAO blending team who utilized the labor-intensive pilón process of natural fermentation to maximize the flavor and color of the Cuban seed Ecuadoran wrapper, delivering a taste and appearance unattainable through other methods. The blend consists of spicy Nicaraguan filler and binder leaves from the distinctive growing regions of Esteli and Ometepe. CAO Pilón bears a deep, rich color and an incredible depth of flavor, featuring notes of wood, spice and a touch of sweetness.

CAO Pilón is available in the U.S. and in select markets worldwide in these formats:

Churchill 7x 48 – SRP per cigar $8.49

Robusto Extra 5 x 52 – SRP per cigar $7.49

Corona 5.5 x 44 – SRP per cigar $7.09

Toro 6 x 58 – SRP per cigar $8.49

Torpedo – 7 x 54 - SRP per cigar $8.89

Southern Draw – the Desert Rose has TWO new blooms

sd drSouthern Draw Cigars, the family owned premium cigar brand announced two unique line extensions for the DESERT ROSE cigar blend. The first “new bloom” is the Famous Exclusivo (Famous Smoke Shop) and the second is for general distribution to all valued retail partners.

Leading off Southern Draw Cigars’ exciting 2020 Fall Release Collection, are two new renditions of the Desert Rose cigar blend. This includes sizes intended for any consumer who wants to experience the heartier Rose of Sharon blend in the ever-popular Toro 6.0x52 and the company has heeded the overwhelming requests and now offers an elegant Lonsdale 6.0x44. Southern Draw has also made a commitment to expand the award winning 2019 release Desert Rose Belicoso Finos 5.5x54, production is set at 80,000 cigars per year and these are now available for purchase in standard 20 count boxes and a limited amount of 20 count bundles.

Commenting on these developments, Southern Draw Cigars’ Boss Lady and the namesake of the Rose of Sharon blend, Sharon Holt said “We had to wait much longer than desired but the Desert Rose now headlines the 2020 Fall Release Collection in sizes that I find most enjoyable, offering a wider variety of smoking experiences of the blend. Simply put, the two new sizes of Desert Rose provide consumers, what I personally consider the two best smoking experiences for the blend and I have tried it in many sizes and formats. That said, we understand that our customers are sometimes very focused on new releases, wanting products that are specifically tailored to uniquely highlight the blend, so these are my gifts to them. These product line extensions address this desire for new releases while honoring the character of the original blend and by working closely with Famous Smoke Shop over the last 18 months, we were able to bring yet another exciting exclusivo cigar offering to their loyal consumers.”

Southern Draw Cigars is elated to announce the Desert Rose Toro 6.0x52 Famous Exclusivo. A toro size in an eye-catching round format, each cigar is dressed in the iconic pink main band with a unique Exclusivo secondary band each produced by Cigar Rings, Estelí, Nicaragua. Production of the Famous Exclusivo has been limited to just 250 boxes of 10. “Considering Southern Draw’s continually growing popularity,” added Jim Charnley, Director Purchasing & Merchandising at Famous Smoke Shop, “we’re expecting the cigar to sell out quickly. This is not one to sleep on.”

The Famous Exclusivo is available for purchase during a live virtual event hosted by Famous Smoke Shop & Southern Draw Cigars from 7 – 9 pm ET on September 30th. Now in their 81st year of operation as a private, family-owned business, Famous Smoke Shop owner Arthur Zaretsky noted a special connection with Southern Draw: “To work with another family-owned company, it's a connection that allows our families to collaborate so easily, and create exciting cigars our customers will enjoy.”

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Meeting ID: 879 7929 7165

Passcode: 176484

For those unable to attend the virtual event, all remaining 10 count boxes will be made available via the Famous Smoke Shop website on October 1, 2020 by clicking on the link: https://www.famous-smoke.com/brand/southern-draw-rose-of-sharon-cigars

The second Desert Rose line extension is a subtly sophisticated Lonsdale 6.0x44, also rolled at AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. in the traditional “redondo” format with a “flag” cap and packaged in artful 12 count box designed by Humidif Group USA, a shelf friendly design that offers an eye-catching display for the new size. Production is slated for 4,000 boxes per year and all valued retail partners can now pre-order the initial 1,000 boxes that are expected to begin shipping in October 2020.

PROTOCOL TO RELEASE "POOL PARTY 1"

poolparty1Protocol Cigars announces a special limited edition release cigar called the Protocol Pool Party Year 1. The cigars were produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Protocol Pool Party Year 1 is offered in a Corona Gordo: 5 5/8 X 46 vitola. They are presented in a 10 count paper bundle. Only 100 Bundles have been produced. The packaging is symbolic of fun summer time pool parties. This cigar is wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas Maduro Leaf, Connecticut Shade Binder, and Nicaraguan Corojo from Esteli and Condega filler. The Protocol Pool Party Year 1 is a solid medium to medium plus with spicy rich flavors and a long sweet creamy finish. 

The Protocol Pool Party will not be for sale. These limited edition cigars will instead be given to the first 100 attendees to the Protocol Pool Party on Saturday, August 1st, 2020. This is a ticketed event in Neptune, NJ.  The event is not the first of its kind. In the past the Protocol Pool Party was held at the home of co-owner Kevin Keithan. The event has steadily outgrown that location. The company has decided to make the party a yearly ticketed event. This event is 100% outdoor and on a 7 acre picnic ground with an Olympic size pool. This event is 100% compliant with all NJ State Covid Rules and Regulations. The company has implemented several levels of protection to all attendees.  “We wanted to do something special for our supporters, especially since everyone has been locked at home for the last several months. The demand to attend and numbers have grown exponentially for this event and needed move to a bigger venue. We have implemented safety precautions to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. The health of our supporters is of the utmost importance to us.  With that said everyone will be safe and a phenomenal time will be had by all!” Juan Cancel, co-owner Protocol Cigars. For more detailed event information visit the company’s website at ProtocolCigars.com or their social media platforms

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RARE “FALL BLOOM” OF DESERT ROSE AT FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP

CI SRS EXLTDRetailer Announces Exclusive Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Cigar

EASTON, PA – [September 30 2020] – Famous Smoke Shop has bolstered their Exclusivo Series of cigars, collaborating with Southern Draw Cigars on a new exclusive size of their renowned Rose of Sharon Desert Rose cigar.

“Desert Rose headlines the 2020 Fall Release Collection, offering a wider variety of smoking experiences of the blend,” said Sharon Holt, co-founder of Southern Draw and namesake of the Rose of Sharon line. A 6 ½"x 52 Toro, Holt says, “It’s a size I personally consider one of the best smoking experiences of the blend.” The Desert Rose line extension first appeared in 2019; Sharon noted, “We understand that our customers are sometimes very focused on new releases, wanting products that are specifically tailored to uniquely highlight the blend. This product line expansion is intended to address this desire for new releases while honoring the character of the original.”

Rose of Sharon Desert Rose Famous Exclusivo is made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua with premium tobaccos hand-selected by Southern Draw Founder and Chief Evangelist, Robert Holt. The blend includes an Ecuador Cloud-Grown Claro wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder, and long filler leaves from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Modeled on Rose of Sharon’s Toro size, it’s the first cigar in the Desert Rose line to be rolled traditionally and not box pressed.

“Southern Draw has always attracted a more experienced palate,” said Famous Smoke Shop Purchasing Director, Jim Charnley. “But what we love about the Desert Rose is that it gives new cigar smokers the chance to taste more flavorful tobaccos, without overwhelming their palate. The blend is a perfect bridge between enthusiasts of any experience level. That’s why this was the perfect cigar to add to our Famous exclusive series.”

Now in their 81st year of operation as a private, family-owned business, Famous Smoke Shop owner Arthur Zaretsky noted a special connection with Southern Draw: “To work with another family-owned company, it's a connection that allows our families to collaborate so easily, and create exciting cigars our customers will enjoy.”

Production of the Famous-exclusive Desert Rose has been limited to just 250 boxes of 10. “Considering Southern Draw’s continually growing popularity,” added Charnley, “we’re expecting the cigar to sell out quickly. This is not one to sleep on.”

The Desert Rose Famous Exclusivo will debut tonight during a live virtual event hosted by Famous Smoke Shop & Southern Draw.

Cigar Information

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Desert Rose Famous Exclusivo

Size: Toro (6 ½” x 52) Introductory Price: $99.95
Presentation: Box of 10 cigars

Wrapper: Ecuador Cloud Grown Claro

Binder: Nicaragua Habano

Filler: Honduras Corojo ’99 and Dominican Piloto Cubano

To find more information on the Rose of Sharon Desert Rose Famous Exclusivo by Southern Draw click here

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040
800-564-2486

FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FUENTE DON CARLOS PERSONAL RESERVE FAMOUS 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones EASTON, PA — (Ju

fuente80FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FUENTE DON CARLOS PERSONAL RESERVE FAMOUS 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve,

The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones

EASTON, PA — (July 21, 2020) — Famous Smoke Shop, a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has announced the arrival of the Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” selection in a special, limited release box of 10 Robusto made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop's 80th Anniversary.

This release also represents another important 80-year milestone. Released in 2015, the Don Carlos Personal Reserve Robusto was made in honor of the late Don Carlos Fuente Sr.'s 80th birthday.

At the heart of this selection is a core of select Dominican tobaccos grown on Fuente's estate farms, seamlessly rolled in a specially-aged, sweet-spicy African Cameroon wrapper. It's a slightly modified version of Don Carlos Sr.'s blend made for his own private use, yet faithfully reflects "The Man's" personal flavor profile.

Don Carlos was my grandfather’s blend,” said Liana Fuente. “He loved it very much. Until the day he died, he always had two sticks in his pocket – one to give to a guest, and one for him to smoke.”

The Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition also represents the last chapter in the company's 80th Anniversary Cigar Series, which has also included special editions from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, A.J. Fernandez, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, and Romeo y Julieta.

We are pleased that we were able to collaborate with Carlito Fuente in making this special selection to honor our establishment,” said Famous Smoke Shop CEO, Arthur Zaretsky. “The Fuentes have been doing business with our family since 1970. We go back a long way and are honored that Carlito and his family would do something like this to honor our 80 years in business.”

Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition

Size: 5" x 50

Strength: Medium-Full

Wrapper: African Cameroon

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Presentation: Box of 10 Robusto

Famous Price: $144.99/Box (at press time)

Those interested in learning more about Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit https://www.famous-smoke.com/ or call 1-800-564-2486.

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Contact Information

Famous Smoke Shop

90 Mort Drive

Easton, PA 18040

1-800-564-2486

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Celebrating its 81st year in business, Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

 

Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve,

The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones

EASTON, PA — (July 21, 2020) — Famous Smoke Shop, a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has announced the arrival of the Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” selection in a special, limited release box of 10 Robusto made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop's 80th Anniversary.

This release also represents another important 80-year milestone. Released in 2015, the Don Carlos Personal Reserve Robusto was made in honor of the late Don Carlos Fuente Sr.'s 80th birthday.

At the heart of this selection is a core of select Dominican tobaccos grown on Fuente's estate farms, seamlessly rolled in a specially-aged, sweet-spicy African Cameroon wrapper. It's a slightly modified version of Don Carlos Sr.'s blend made for his own private use, yet faithfully reflects "The Man's" personal flavor profile.

Don Carlos was my grandfather’s blend,” said Liana Fuente. “He loved it very much. Until the day he died, he always had two sticks in his pocket – one to give to a guest, and one for him to smoke.”

The Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition also represents the last chapter in the company's 80th Anniversary Cigar Series, which has also included special editions from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, A.J. Fernandez, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, and Romeo y Julieta.

We are pleased that we were able to collaborate with Carlito Fuente in making this special selection to honor our establishment,” said Famous Smoke Shop CEO, Arthur Zaretsky. “The Fuentes have been doing business with our family since 1970. We go back a long way and are honored that Carlito and his family would do something like this to honor our 80 years in business.”

Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition

Size: 5" x 50

Strength: Medium-Full

Wrapper: African Cameroon

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Presentation: Box of 10 Robusto

Famous Price: $144.99/Box (at press time)

Those interested in learning more about Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit https://www.famous-smoke.com/ or call 1-800-564-2486.

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Contact Information

Famous Smoke Shop

90 Mort Drive

Easton, PA 18040

1-800-564-2486

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Celebrating its 81st year in business, Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES THE PENNSYLVANIAN

 

pennSpringfield, VA (September 25th, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the launch of The Pennsylvanian. This blend will be sold exclusively to retailers in Pennsylvania and will be part of a series of state releases by Fratello.

The blend uses an Habano Ecuador wrapper with a Dominican binder and Nicargua filler tobacco.

Pennsylvania has been critical to the success of Fratello from the beginning, and what better way to say “Thank you” to the retailers there than with a blend exclusive to the state.” said de Frias.

MSRP: 11.00

Size: 6x52

Box of 10 Cigars

Strength: Medium Body

Factory: La Aurora Factory in Dominican Republic.

Official Launch: November 2020

Fratello released the DMV in November 2018 to be sold exclusively in D.C. Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. The Texan joined the ranks of the series of state releases in November 2019.

The production is limited to 300 Boxes.

Fratello Cigars was established in 2013. Since inception Fratello has grown to be sold in 800 brick and mortars in the US and 11 international destinations. Fratello is considered one of the fastest growing manufacturers in the last five years.

EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE NOW OPEN

empiresocialEMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE LOCATED IN SOUTH MIAMI (DOWNTOWN DADELAND) NOW OPEN

The much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge is the newest project by the proprietors

of Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar

July 14, 2020- South Miami welcomes Empire Social Lounge, the second Miami location by the founders of the Prime Cigar brand. Located in Downtown Dadeland at 8955 Dadeland Blvd #D-170, Miami, Florida 33156, Empire Social is bringing a dose of “Sophisticated Relaxation” to South Miami. Proprietors Jason Reznik, Ryan Leeds and Peter Berntsen will proudly unveil Empire Social (which is the evolution of the Prime Cigar brand). Hour of operation Sunday – Saturday, 12:00 Noon until close.

“Sophisticated Relaxation” is a motto created by Empire Social/Prime Cigars founders, Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds. It was embraced by patrons of their first venture which was Prime Cigar Boca Raton, considered THE cigar & whiskey lounge in all of Florida. The popularity of Prime Cigar Boca Raton carried over to their second venture, the widely acclaimed Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Brickell-Miami. The success of these two locations created a demand in the Magic City which will spawn the much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge.

The Empire Social brand is a sophisticated lounge, which features a walk-in humidor, full bar stocked with rare and hard to find whiskeys, member’s lounge, and patio. Custom furniture and design elements (which exude simple elegance) will please the cigar aficionados, or those looking for a unique experience, a rare whiskey, craft cocktails, or a nightcap. Empire Social is perfect anchor location for one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, Downtown Dadeland.

The owners and management are well known for being customer-centric which led to the commission of a state-of-the-art air control system for Empire Social Lounge. This innovative A/C replaces 100 percent of the air constantly to provide an environment which will curb smoke and create a comfortable environment for patrons.

The Prime Cigar/Empire Social brand was born out of the life experiences between father and son. Ryan Leeds and his father shared a close relationship, as they bonded over the love of premium cigars, fine spirits, traveling, and all things luxury. Ryan was inspired to bring together best elements of his travels under one roof. Today, guests come from all over the world to experience “Sophisticated Relaxation.”

About Empire Social Lounge
Empire Social is the evolution of the Prime Cigar brand, founded in 2010, which ushered in a new way to engage those who enjoy sophisticated experiences. Empire Social Lounge will feature premium cigars, top-shelf spirits, and fine wines while boasting a state-of-the-art air control system, ensuring a comfortable smoke-friendly environment. Empire Social Lounge will open its doors respecting all CDC guidelines including social distancing.

New Vitola by Protocol released

jane doeProtocol Cigars announces their second release in the Protocol Jane Doe Series with the Jane Doe 2.0. Jane Doe is the name given to unidentified females until identification can be made at a later time. The cigars will be available in 10 count bundles with a 89.99 MSRP. The wrapper, binder, and filler are unidentified at this time. The only information available is place of birth. At this time it has been confirmed that the place of birth is the La Zona Cigar Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. This installment in the series is a true limited release with only 200 bundles in a 6X50 vitola, with an unidentifiable plain white cigar band. Jane Doe 2.0 will be available for purchase one time only, never to be released again. Once they are gone, they will be gone forever.

Pedigree information: 

Wrapper: Unidentified

Blinder: Unidentified

Filler: Unidentified 

POB: La Zona, Esteli, Nicaragua 

 

Protocol Cigars is proud to offer this installment through Smoke Inn Smoke Shop, and their online site: https://www.smokeinn.com/. The release date will be Thursday, October 1st, 2020. There will be a Virtual Event on that date starting at 7pm EST. Abe Dababneh, owner of Smoke Inn will be in attendance during the Virtual Event on Zoom. Bundles sales will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis during this Virtual Event. 

"Smoke Inn is happy to partner with Protocol Cigars on this latest installment of the Jane Doe Series. I strive to offer my customers unique projects like this to give them a one of a kind smoking experience and this project does that perfectly" said Abe Dababneh, owner of Smoke Inn. 

 

Kevin Keithan, co-owner of Protocol Cigars added "Staying true with the original Jane Doe, the Jane Doe 2.0 is a very elegant and sophisticated smoking experience. This may be the best release yet in the Doe Series to date and at only 200 bundles it's going to be gone in minutes. It's definitely been my favorite Doe thus far." 

 

Report prepared by Protocol Cigars

FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN SWITZERLAND

fratellonewlogoSpringfield, VA (July 10, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce Fratello Cigars newest distribution partner in Switzerland, Importadora Corazza GmbH. Importadora Corazza has been in the cigar industry since 2010 and is headquartered in Switzerland.

What first started as a friendly chat at one of the international trade shows years ago ended in a focused and highly motivated cooperation. After keeping in touch over all those years we soon realized that Omar is a straightforward, hardworking and fast thinking person. Since our industry truly is about relationships, we didn’t hesitate to agree on this venture. This does not take away the merit of the great product Fratello is - but puts emphasis on the big person behind the brand. But of course, it helps that Fratello is an amazing smoke with tremendous potential.”. said Dr. Marcello R. Corazza

We are very excited to be partnering with Importadora Corazza GmbH. Being a young company that has its origins in the classic import trade, I’m certain it will be a great opportunity for us to expand Fratello’s footprint across Europe.” said de Frias.

Fratello Cigars currently has distribution in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland. This partnership will open new doors and continue to expand on Fratello Cigars accelerated international growth.

Cigars International to Host Virtual CIGARFest 2020

VirtualCFEST 2009America’s Mega-Herf Kicks off on Friday, October 16th

Bethlehem, PA (September 23, 2020) – Cigars International (CI) announced today that the company will host “Virtual CIGARFest 2020,” a weekend of entertaining events, special guests, informative interviews and over-the-top raffle prizes on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.

Virtual CIGARfest 2020 kicks off on Friday, October 16th at 10:30 AM EST and runs through Saturday, October 17th at 5 PM EST. All events will be broadcast on the CIGARfest Facebook page, where cigar fans can join in and chat with their favorite cigar makers. For those unable to watch live, each interview will also be uploaded to the Cigars International YouTube channel, once the interview is complete.

Steve McDevitt, director of sales and customer service for Cigars International, said, “We cannot put into words how disappointed we were in having to cancel CIGARfest 2020, and we couldn’t let the year go by without having a virtual event. Let’s face it, nothing can replace enjoying a cigar with friends, both old and new, in person. But we can get pretty darn close. Virtual CIGARfest 2020 will be the next best thing to the real thing, and we’re all ready to make this the premier virtual cigar event of the year.”

Cigar celebrities from Drew Estate, Oliva, Altadis U.S.A, Macanudo, CAO, Diesel, Quality Importers, Xikar, Rocky Patel, Perdomo, Room101, and Southern Draw will make special appearances during virtual CIGARFest 2020. Each event will be fully interactive, with cigar makers taking questions from the online audience. Additionally, those watching live will have opportunities to win exciting prizes during each and every segment.

All cigar lovers of legal smoking age can enjoy Virtual CIGARFest2020. There are no ticket sales, sign-up requirements or other prerequisites for participating.

For more information about Cigars International’s Virtual CIGARfest 2020 and to see the full schedule of events, please visit the Virtual CIGARfest 2020 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CIGARfest.

About Cigars International
A subsidiary of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Cigars International (CI) was established in 1996 and is the largest internet and catalog retailer of handmade cigars and accessories in the U.S. Headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, CI has more than 1 million active online customers referred to as CI Nation, and annually distributes over 20 million catalogs to consumers across the country. CI has retail stores in Bethlehem and Hamburg, PA, and recently expanded to Texas, opening stores in Dallas and Fort Worth. The company is on target to open two new retail locations in Florida by the end of 2020. For more information, please visit Cigarsinternational.com.

VirtualCFEST 2009 Schedule

Alec & Bradley To Feature ‘Kintsugi’ at The Traveling Roadshow

Update: Alec & Bradley To Feature ‘Kintsugi’ at The Traveling Roadshow
Brothers and Second Generation Cigarmakers, Alec and Bradley Rubin To Ship Third Release in Fall

Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 8, 2020)- Alec & Bradley Cigars, founded by brothers Alec and Bradley Rubin in 2018, announced today that their third full line release- Alec & Bradley ‘Kintsugi’ (pronounced Kint-Su-Gee) will be featured at "The Traveling Roadshow", beginning July 13, 2020.

Alec & Bradley announced 'Kintsugi' in March of 2020. The goal was to have the new line completed for shipment in June. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 shutdowns, production of Kinstugi cigars and packaging was halted.  

Production has since resumed and the brothers are now prepared to present and sell 'Kintsugi' to tobacconists at "The Traveling Roadshow". Delivery to tobacconist shelves is slated for Fall 2020.

Alec & Bradley created an elegant, multifaceted medium bodied cigar for 'Kintsugi'. A silky-smooth Habano wrapper form the Trojes region of Honduras is set atop two binders (Nicaraguan and Honduran) and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. 


Alec & Bradley 'Kintsugi' is being presented in 24 count boxes, adorned with a golden filled-in crack pattern. The bands and inside box labels take styling cues from traditional Japanese themes and artwork. 'Kintsugi' is being produced at Alec Bradley’s critically acclaimed Raices Cubanas Factory in Danli, Honduras. 'Kintsugi' will be offered in four sizes: Robusto 5” x 50 ($7.95) , Toro 6” x 52 ($8.80), Gordo 6” x 60 ($9.85) and Corona Gorda 5 5/8" x 46 ($7.25). MSRP is per cigar before any applicable taxes. 

On June 11, 2020 the media announced that in response to the cancellation of the 2020 PCA Trade Show, four cigar companies banded together to create a 15 city mini-trade show tour dubbed "The Traveling Roadshow". Alec Bradley Cigar Company, the distributor of Alec & Bradley Cigars, is one of those companies.

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FRATELLO CIGARS INTRODUCES: FRATELLO SORELLA FOR INTERNATIONAL

fratellonewlogoSpringfield, VA (August 8th, 2020) – Fratello Cigars and Omar de Frias are pleased to announce the Fratello Sorella.

Sorella was introduced in June 2019 with the release of the Space Fresh Packs in 6 x 50 format and served as “market research” for Fratello as they investigated expanding their future product offering.

This “Same Blend, New Look” version of the Sorella will be available only for international markets only and debut in 2 vitolas, a 5 x 50 robusto and a 6 ½ x 54 toro and come in 10-count boxes. This special cigar is produced at the renowned Joya de Nicaragua, like the previous release.

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Indonesia

Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican

It’s fascinating to me how our international markets reacted to Sorella vs Arlequin. In every country outside of the US where I would have a tasting, Sorella took the center stage. For this reason, we decided to make Sorella an exclusive blend to our international partners.” Said de Frias.

Fratello plans to begin shipping October 2020.

FRATELLO CAMO SERIES SHIPS TODAY

fratello camoSpringfield, VA (June 11, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce that the Fratello Camo Bundles announced at this year’s TPE trade show are heading to stores this week. 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that halted operations in the Dominican Republic and placed the US on a “Stay At Home” order for several weeks, the original March release was delayed.

As crazy as the last few months have been for us all, it’s good to be able to get back to a little normalcy…and to share 3 great cigars at great price points for our retail partners and supporters.”

The 3 blends, Fratello Blue (Maduro), Fratello Rosso (Habano), and Fratello Verde (Connecticut), come in 15-count bundles, and are offered in two sizes; a 5 x 50 robusto and a 6 x 50 toro. Individual cigars are slated to retail starting at $3.25 each and $49.00 per bundle. 

The Fratello Camo Bundles are produced at the La Aurora Factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

DIESEL PRESENTS “ESTELí PURO”

Diesel Esteli Puro openA highly-anticipated release from Diesel is set to make its debut next month. Called “Estelí Puro,” the full-time addition to the Diesel lineup was created in collaboration with AJ Fernandez.

This tobacco-forward release is poised to become a core product in the Diesel portfolio.

The collection harnesses the strength and complexity of Estelí’s renowned tobacco which comes from the darkest and most dense of Nicaraguan soils. Each of the tobaccos that comprise Diesel Estelí Puro were hand-selected from AJ’s farms to meet specific requirements set forth by the Diesel team. The wrapper was harvested from La Lilia, the binder from San José and the fillers from several plots including AJ’s celebrated San Lotano farm.

Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “Estelí Puro represents the future of Diesel in that the story of the blend is told by the tobacco itself. With Estelí Puro, we made a collection that is completely unique in its bold flavor profile, yet has many of the attributes that have made the other Diesel expressions a cigar of choice among dyed-in-the-wool smokers. This is a cigar that demands the smoker’s full attention with deep and balanced flavor, a strong presentation and an attractive price point.”

Blended by AJ Fernandez, handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua and developed by General Cigar’s Justin Andrews, Diesel Estelí Puro is made with hand-selected leaves that are cultivated, processed and aged by AJ’s team. Heady aroma and spice dominate, lending body and dimension to the cigar, and delivering a smoke for experienced palates.

Diesel Estelí Puro will be available in three sizes, sold in 20-count boxes and will begin shipping to retailers on September 1.

Robusto 5.25” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $8.99

Toro 6” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $9.49

Gigante 6” x 60 -- SRP per cigar $9.99

About Diesel

Handcrafted by artisans in Estelí, Nicaragua, Diesel cigars are “bold by design.” The brand challenges the current conventions of the handmade cigar category through the bold, unapologetic style of its Cigar Master, AJ Fernandez. Diesel cigars are unified by their deeply complex flavor which is achieved through AJ’s steadfast adherence to time honored cigar making techniques and his insistence on using the highest quality tobacco. The Diesel portfolio includes Delirium which debuted earlier this year; Hair of the Dog which was released in 2019; Whiskey Row which launched two expressions, one in 2019 and one in 2018, and Diesel Grind which debuted in 2017. For more information, visit www.dieselcigar.com.

PUNCH TO LAUNCH “KNUCKLE BUSTER”

knuckle busterPunch is set to launch a full-time, wallet and palate-pleasing line called “Knuckle Buster.” The three-cigar collection will begin shipping to retailers in March.

Named for a phrase made famous by a university basketball coach who described a rough and tumble physical game as a “Blue Collar Knuckle Buster,” the Punch Knuckle Buster was created to deliver a hardworking blend for hard working people.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Punch said, “Punch is committed to staying true to what the brand has represented over the last six decades: a consistent, well-made, no-nonsense cigar at a price that’s fair and reasonable. Punch Knuckle Buster honors this commitment with a solid, enticing blend for the people who work hard to enjoy the good life.”

Punch’s blending team at the HATSA cigar factory set out to make a medium-bodied cigar that would appeal to both new and seasoned smokers. They selected only Habano-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras to deliver when it comes to balancing flavor and strength with complexity. Knuckle Buster has a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder and its filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Honduras.

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