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E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company is Proud to Announce its second Pledge98 Campaign to Benefit Els for Autism Foundation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company is Proud to Announce its second Pledge98 Campaign to Benefit Els for Autism Foundation®.

Miami, FL – April 6, 2023– E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company announces The Pledge98 campaign benefitting Els for Autism. This campaign is set to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of people with autism and those who care for them through lifetime services and collaborative partnerships. This is the second Pledge98 campaign this year for E.P. Carrillo, the first raising over $46,000.

In the spirit of the Pledge Prequel earning a 98 rating when it was selected as the Cigar of the Year in 2020, E.P. Carrillo is donating $9.80 per every Pledge Prequel (5x50) box sold in April 2023 which is World Autism Month and as part of the Carrillo Cares initiative. E.P. Carrillo will also be hosting Pledge98 events throughout the country and participating in Els for Autism golf tournaments throughout the year. "Our first Pledge98 campaign with Els for Autism surpassed all of our expectations," said Lissette Perez-Carrillo, Co-Owner of E.P. Carrillo Cigar Company. "We hope our 2nd campaign will engage the retailers and consumers just as much.”

About Els for Autism:

Els for Autism Foundation® was established in 2009 by Liezl Els, Ernie Els, and Marvin R. Shanken. The Els' son, Ben, is impacted by autism spectrum disorder, which effects 1 in 36 children in the United States. The Foundation offers innovative, evidence-based programs for families and individuals across the lifespan in six focus areas: Education, Research, Global Support, Recreation Services, Adult Services and Therapy Services. Els for Autism Foundation serves families around the world and offers in-person programs and services at The Els Center of Excellence® in Jupiter, Florida.

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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Pictured from left to right: Skye McPhillips; Lissette Perez-Carrillo; Dr. Erin Brooker Lozott

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Special Els for Autism decals on all Pledge Prequel boxes and cigars during the month of April

DIESEL INTRODUCES TAA EXCLUSIVE WITH ATONEMENT

 

diesellogoDiesel Atonement is an unapologetically-bold, limited-edition smoke that’s just begun shipping as an exclusive to TAA members.

Atonement marks another project in the collaboration between AJ Fernandez and Justin Andrews who created the smoke in response to feedback from leading retailers and Diesel fans.

Justin Andrews said, “The Diesel story continues to be written, not by AJ and me, but by the Diesel retailers and the fans of the brand who shop in their stores. They’ve been as supportive as they have been vocal, and they didn’t pull any punches when it came to telling us what they wanted for the TAA exclusive cigar this year. They asked for a full-bodied Nicaraguan smoke that balances strength and complexity, with a little something extra, and we delivered. We took the packaging to the next level and made the box to look like a classic novel. It’s our way of letting Diesel retailers and fans know that our story is their story, and there’s so much more to write.”

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Idaho Retail Tobacconists and PCA Announce Passage of New Cap

 
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Idaho Retail Tobacconists and PCA Announce Passage of New Tax Cap

H.B. 330, Passes the Legislature, and is Signed by the Governor

Today, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) in partnership with its member tobacconists of Idaho, are pleased to announce that Governor Brad Little has signed legislation calling for a fifty-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 and PCA, bills were filed this session. H.B. 330 passed the House of Representatives 61-10 and the Senate, 25-8. It was then sent to the Governor’s desk.

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Southern Draw Cigars Launches New Manzanita Siz

Partagas Anejo Open BoxSouthern Draw Cigars is expanding its Manzanita line with a Lancero available exclusively on Cigora, a newly-launched digital platform that integrates ecommerce and community.

The new, 7.5” x 40 frontmark was developed to bring the blend to life with a unique wrapper-to- filler ratio and will be available starting on October 17.

Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw who blended the cigar with AJ Fernandez said, "Cigora may be a new online cigar community, but it's not new to premium cigars. With a staff of experts, Cigora is rich with content and has a skillfully curated lineup of cigars. Much like when we get together with any of our communities, we didn't want to show up empty handed, so we are proud to debut our newest release together with community members. The Manzanita blend now has a sophisticated Lancero, and this fan-favorite size of our beloved little apple is going to be available exclusively with Cigora for its members to enjoy and share!”

Named for the reddish hue of its wrapper, Manzanita translates to “little apple” in Spanish. While the tobacco origins are undisclosed and the blend is proprietary, Holt confirms that Manzanita consists of a Habano-hybrid wrapper and a Habano binder, and that the filler consists of the highly sought-after Pelo d’Oro, as well as Corojo 99.

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DIESEL DISCIPLE ADDS NEW SIZES

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DIESEL DISCIPLE ADDS NEW SIZES

Diesel Disciple will welcome two new sizes as permanent additions to the brand’s growing lineup.

The soon-to-be-released Toro and Torpedo vitolas will mark the second and third sizes in the line and will begin shipping this week.

Justin Andrews said, “We decided to launch two new sizes of Diesel Disciple this year because the blend has gotten such a strong endorsement from the retail community. They love the blend and the packaging and often tell us that Disciple smokes like a $20 cigar for half the price. We’re looking forward to rolling out the new formats and will continue to expand the line according to demand from retailers and cigar smokers.”

Handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua and developed in collaboration between AJ and STG’s Justin Andrews, Diesel Disciple is a robust and balanced cigar blended to stand out in the medium-full spectrum.

Made with a Mexican San Andreas wrapper, an Ecuadoran Sumatra binder and a filler exclusively comprised of Nicaraguan Habano from Esteli, the cigar exemplifies blending expertise with an unexpected layer of sweetness that creates intrigue against Disciple’s bold and peppery notes.

Diesel Disciple Toro (6.25” x 52); SRP per cigar $9.99

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Diesel Disciple Torpedo (6.5” x 54); SRP per cigar $10.49

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Both new Diesel Disciple sizes come in 10-count boxes. The line is distributed by Forged Cigar Company.

Originally released to the top US brick and mortar retailers as a TAA exclusive in 2021, Diesel Disciple became a full-time line in 2022 when the brand’s sole frontmark a Lancero (7” x 38) became available in all channels.

MACANUDO COLLABORATES WITH FLINT KNOLL

MACANUDO COLLABORATES WITH FLINT KNOLL

Best-Selling Premium Cigar Brand and Esteemed Napa Valley Vintner Create Limited Edition Cigar

macanudologoMacanudo, America’s best-selling premium cigar brand and Flint Knoll, a Napa Valley-based, boutique winery that crafts limited production, world-class wines, have collaborated to create Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll, a one-of-a-kind, limited-edition expression that highlights the similarities between two crafts, cigars and wine.

This special release draws its finesse from the French Oak barrels that age Flint Knoll’s exquisite single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to take the smoker on a journey through an exotic range of nuances that vary between vibrant, dense and subtle.

Handcrafted at General Cigar Dominicana, the blend is made with a curated selection of six tobaccos representing five unique countries. The exquisite smoke begins with a silky, Ecuadoran-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf which was chosen for its golden sheen and nearly imperceptible vein structure. Beneath the aesthetically-pleasing wrapper sits a proprietary Connecticut Broadleaf binder leaf grown exclusively for Macanudo. The binder underwent a special aging process during which it took on characteristics of the French Oak barrels, imparting notes favored by Flint Knoll Proprietor Aaron Michaelis. When met with a blend of Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Olor, Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano, Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll delivers elevated layers of aroma and complexity.

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C.L.E. CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE ASYLUM APRIL FOOLS 2023

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April 3, 2023- C.L.E. Cigar Company announces the release of the Asylum April Fools’ 2023. The Asylum April Fools’ 2023is the third in a series of cigars that are released yearly on April Fools’ Day April 1st, 2023). Asylum, known for its bold and edgy cigars, promises to stay true to its reputation with this latest version of the April Fool’s Day cigar blend. Updated packaging and a nod to the Chinese Zodiac separates this from the previous two versions.
  

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PARTAGAS AÑEJO RETURNS

Partagas Anejo Open BoxPartagas will soon ship this year’s second allotment of “Añejo,” a refined cigar named for the profoundly-aged wrapper tobaccos that define its appearance and attributes.

Shipping to retailers on October 3, Partagas Añejo is being re-released in the two original sizes that launched earlier this year. Both frontmarks are 4.5” in length as commanded by the scarcity and fragility of the cigar’s Cameroon wrapper leaves.


John Hakim, brand manager of Partagas said, “Partagas Añejo is a small-batch offering that we are releasing twice a year. This special blend provides the opportunity for cigar lovers to experience the mystique of a Cameroon wrapper in the context of masterful blending. The initial release earlier this year was met with a tremendous response, and we anticipate that the second allotment will sell out quickly.”


The limited-edition Partagas Añejo is predominantly adorned with a rare 1998 Cameroon which is intertwined with 2013 Connecticut Shade in a barber-pole format. The aged wrapper tobaccos establish a foundation of exceptional depth. When blended with the Mexican and Dominican filler and Dominican Vega Especial binder, the complexity deepens to deliver an intricately layered smoking experience.

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EL REY DEL MUNDO NATURALS FIVE PACK COMING IN APRIL

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El Rey del Mundo Naturals, the Honduran-made line that launched in March 2022 will welcome a five pack featuring its fan-favorite toro.

The bold, red “Locked-In Humidity” pack includes a Boveda humidification pouch to keep the cigars fresh outside of a humidor for on-the-go smoking experiences.

Handcrafted by artisans at the HATSA factory in Danli, Honduras, El Rey Del Mundo Naturals is a mellow-to-medium-bodied smoke featuring an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Honduran binder and a Honduran and Nicaraguan filler. The cigar delivers a smoking experience that is richly layered, with a subtle note of white pepper, surrounded by deeper notes of cedar and graham cracker.

Steve Abbot, director of marketing for STG said, “El Rey del Mundo is loaded with complexity, versatile when it comes to pairing and accessibly priced. These factors have earned the brand a devoted following over the last year. With this five pack, we’re making it convenient for cigar lovers to enjoy the popular Reserva Salado frontmark anytime that calls for a great cigar.”

Reserva Salado (6” x 54); $29.99 per five pack

DIESEL SUNDAY GRAVY SERIES CONCLUDES WITH PORCELLINO

diesellogoThe sixth and final Diesel Sunday Gravy expression will ship to brick and mortar retailers on October 3.


The blend is named after the iconic Florentine fountain called Il Porcellino. The name translates to “little pig,” yet the bronze sculpture is of a female wild boar which is said to bring good fortune and a sure return to Florence.


Perhaps AJ and Justin Andrews were hinting at a “return” to collaborating when they selected Il Porcellino as the
name for the final Sunday Gravy release. Either that or they were inspired by a wild boar ragu and wanted to name
a bold, rich smoke after it. It’s anybody’s guess.

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MACANUDO INSPIRADO YEAR OF THE RABBIT COMING SOON

inspiradologoScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) will release a special blend of Macanudo Inspirado to commemorate The Chinese New Year which begins on January 22, 2023. Called Macanudo Inspirado “Year of the Rabbit,” the limited-edition release will be sold exclusively in select
markets in Europe and Asia.


Mark Renard, international marketing manager for STG said, “While Lunar New Year celebrations are gaining in popularity, the demand for Macanudo Inspirado continues to grow globally as the blends are particularly appealing to a range of palates. With Macanudo Inspirado
Year of the Rabbit, we are unifying the Lunar New Year celebrations with a unique blend that will be enjoyed by our clients in European and Asia who have requested a cigar for this important occasion. As the Year of the Rabbit embodies elegance, peace and luck, we extend
those wishes to our clients across the world.”

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BUFFALO TRACE SPECIAL F COMING SOON

btraceScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announces the launch of “Buffalo Trace Special F,” a limited-edition cigar created in collaboration with famed whiskey maker Buffalo Trace. Named after the unique and difficult-to-craft figurado which is a more pronounced version of the traditional torpedo, the new smoke features a binder aged in authentic Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels from the brand’s Kentucky distillery.

Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, Buffalo Trace Special F features a rich Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, a blend made with Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco and a Brazilian Arapiraca binder that has undergone a full six months of aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The barrel-aging process adds a notable complexity, subtle sweetness and a rich, oaky nuance to the blend, while the overarching smoking experience is dimensional and layered with spicy notes.

Kevin Irvine, product coordinator of STG’s Online and Retail division said, “With Buffalo Trace Special F, we set out to explore the effect that extended barrel aging would have on the binder leaf and are extremely pleased with the results. The brown sugar and toffee nuances that have won Buffalo Trace Bourbon critical acclaim are present in the cigar, in the most subtle and intriguing of ways. This is an amazing cigar and we believe it will sell out quickly.”

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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Now Shipping "Reclaimed"

abreclaimedReal Cigar Molds Numbered 1 Through 800, Containing Seven Limited Edition Figurado Cigars Heading to Appointed Tobacconists 

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Alec Bradley Cigar Company today announced that the 800 Limited Edition Reclaimed samplers, first reported on by Cigar Aficionado in October, are now shipping. Over the next several days, an exclusive group of Alec Bradley appointed US tobacconists will receive their share of the highly collectible, individually numbered sets. Presented in factory-worn molds, the aptly named Reclaimed samplers contain one Figurado iteration (6 1/4" x 54 ring-gauge) each of Black Market, Medalist, Prensado, Magic Toast, Maxx, Gatekeeper and Tempus.

"What makes Reclaimed so special," Bradley continued, "is that a genuine, factory-used cigar mold will continue its lifecycle as a collector's prized possession, even after all the sampler exclusive cigars have gone up in smoke."

Alec Bradley 'reclaimed' and upcycled 800 antiquated cigar molds, each retrofitted with a compartment to house the seven deliberately sized and shaped cigars. To complete the rugged aesthetic, 'Alec Bradley', 'Reclaimed', and an individual series number from 1/800 to 800/800 are emblazoned via hot stamp into the top of each mold.

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LA GLORIA CUBANA COLLABORATION WITH EL TITÁN DE BRONZE COMING SOON

la gloria logoLa Gloria Cubana is set to release a cigar developed in collaboration with the family-owned El Titán de Bronze Cigar Factory.

Created to honor La Gloria’s roots in Miami’s Little Havana district, the limited-edition release called “Eighth Street” was developed in collaboration with Justin Andrews and blended by the team at El Titán de Bronze.

Justin Andrews said, “La Gloria Cubana Eighth Street is proudly made in the USA and honors the roots of this legendary brand. For this special project, we blended to a classic La Gloria profile which means the cigar has a lot of personality, is well-balanced through its many transitions and delivers a rich, long finish. This is an elegant and complex cigar that every fan of La Gloria Cubana will want to experience.”

Sandy Cobas, owner of El Titán de Bronze said, “La Gloria Cubana is one of Calle Ocho’s biggest success stories and it’s a brand my team and I have long admired. When we were approached about collaborating on this special project, we jumped at the chance. ‘Eighth Street’ is our way of paying tribute not only to La Gloria Cubana, but also to the Cuban expatriate cigar rollers who continue to practice their craft in Miami, keeping the traditions of their homeland alive.”

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E.P. Carrillo’s “Boldest” Blend to Date

Pledge Lonsdale Limitada Joins the Pledge Line as E.P. Carrillo’s  “Boldest” Blend to Date 

ep carrillo[MIAMI, FLORIDA] E.P. Carrillo is proud to introduce the Pledge Lonsdale Limitada to join the line that brought us the #1 Rated Cigar of 2020, as a Limitada. Highlighting a box pressed size of 6 1/2 x 43 and coming in a box count of 20 Cigars, the Pledge Lonsdale Limitada is competitively positioned with a retail price of $12.00 MSRP per cigar and $240.00 MSRP per box. 

Smaller Ring Gauge. Far More Flavor. 

Full of rich, complex flavors, made with zest and a splash of spice, the Pledge Lonsdale is ready to carry this already illustrious line to new heights. Made with a USA Broadleaf wrapper, an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan filler, the Limitada Lonsdale showcases its rich aromatic profile while still carrying the strong DNA from the line that brought us the 98- Rated cigar of 2020 by Cigar Aficionado, Pledge Prequel.

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COHIBA LAUNCHES NEW EDITION OF WELLER BY COHIBA

cohibalogoCOHIBA LAUNCHES NEW EDITION OF WELLER BY COHIBA

EXCLUSIVE CIGAR RELEASE CREATED TO PAIR WITH FINE SPIRITS

Cohiba® will release a second iteration of Weller by Cohiba. The limited-edition blend marks the first Cohiba blend to be made with bourbon barrel-aged tobacco.

Developed in partnership with Weller Bourbon, the 2022 Weller by Cohiba blend features a Connecticut-grown Broadleaf binder leaf that has been aged in authentic Weller Bourbon barrels transported from the famed Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY to General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, DR where the cigars were crafted.

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CASA CUEVAS CIGARS TO HOST OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT

CASA CUEVAS CIGARS TO HOST OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT FOR

“SANGRE NUEVA” AT EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE DOWNTOWN DADELAND

Sangre Nueva or “New Blood” is the first blend created solely by Alec Cuevas

 

casa cuevo(Miami, FL) - Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that the official launch event for “Sangre Nueva” will take place at Empire Social Lounge Downtown Dadeland on Saturday October 1st at 7:30PM. Empire Social Lounge Downtown Dadeland is located at 8955 Dadeland Blvd D107, Miami, FL 33156. Luis Cuevas Jr. and son Alec Cuevas who blended the Sangre Nueva will be in attendance.

 This is the first Casa Cuevas brand solely blended by Alec Cuevas who was recently promoted to Director of Brand Development. Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. felt it was time that his grandson Alec Cuevas take the lead on new brands and the aptly named Sangre Nueva (translates to New Blood from Spanish) is his first creation. Alec Cuevas, the 5th generation of the Cuevas tobacco family looked to create a blend that represents “old Traditions, new Generation”.  

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PARTAGAS RELEASES TORO SIZED TUBO

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The classic Partagas lineup will welcome a new size this month, expanding the Partagas “yellow
box” portfolio to a total of eleven frontmarks.


The new Toro size will ship to all channels of retail on September 23 and will be packaged in a
striking yellow tube.


Matt Wilson, senior brand manager of Partagas said, “Partagas cigars are highly-rated and
iconic. With the release of the ‘Toro” frontmark in a tubo, we are bringing another classic size
into play and making it convenient for the Partagas fan to transport their favorite smoke
wherever the road may take them.”


Partagas is crafted with a Cameroon wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés binder and Dominican and
Mexican filler. The blend delivers a deeply-structured smoking experience brimming with notes
of earth, wood, nuts and spice.

Partagas Toro (6” x 49)– SRP per cigar $10.49 (10 cigars per box)

NOW SHIPPING: "SANGRE NUEVA" BY CASA CUEVAS CIGARS

NOW SHIPPING: "SANGRE NUEVA" BY CASA CUEVAS CIGARS

Sangre Nueva or "New Blood" is the first blend created solely by Alec Cuevas

 casa cuevo(Miami, FL) - Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that the "Sangre Nueva" cigar brand is on the way to retailers. This is the first Casa Cuevas brand solely blended by Alec Cuevas who was recently promoted to Director of Brand Development. Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. felt it was time that his grandson Alec Cuevas take the lead on new brands and the aptly named Sangre Nueva (translates to New Blood from Spanish) is his first creation. Alec Cuevas, the 5th generation of the Cuevas tobacco family looked to create a blend that represents "old Traditions, new Generation". 

 Alec describes the Sangre Nueva as a Medium plus strength cigar that elegantly boasts rich, savory chocolate notes along with hints of pepper, earthy tones, and a tad bit of spice. The cigars feature an Ecuadorian Cameroon wrapper, and Honduran Corojo binder, and Dominican, Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania broadleaf filler. Alec estimated that he needed include a high percentage of Pennsylvania broadleaf in the filler. This gave the cigar extra strength while balancing out the cigar's flavors.

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La Gloria Cubana Launches New Serie S Line

laglorialogoLa Gloria Cubana will debut a new, full-time collection next month. Named “Serie S,” the line marks the first time a Mexican wrapper will be featured in a La Gloria blend.

Steve Abbot, director of marketing for La Gloria Cubana said, “Serie S combines large-ring formats, expert blending and fine craftsmanship in a medium-to-full-bodied smoke. We believe this new collection will be a well-received addition to the brand portfolio.”

For Serie S, the La Gloria Cubana blending team selected a natural Mexican San Andrés wrapper which is grown in potassium-rich volcanic soil. Following a prolonged, low-temperature fermentation, the Serie S wrapper bears a warm, golden brown color that hints at the slightly sweet, earthy qualities it imparts on the smoking experience. With a Nicaraguan binder and blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobacco, La Gloria Cubana Serie S also delivers leather, light spice and a pleasant aroma.

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