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Casa Fuente reopens

If you are looking for a place to smoke in Vegas, you can go back to Casa Fuente.  The  upscale cigar bar located on the strip has reopened.  Casa Fuente is in the Shops at Caesars and the mall is … Read More


Usually when you hear Anthology, you think of a collection of stories or music. Well that would be the dictionary definition, but now from Altadis USA comes a new cigar line so named—Anthology.  Like much of the newer blends … Read More

Proud Pappy

Drew Estate is coming up with a new cigar in partnership with legendary bourbon producer Pappy Van Winkle.  The new cigar will be called the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve and will be available sometime in the near future—pre orders … Read More

Happy retirement (sort of) Gordon

If you subscribe to Cigar Aficionado, you may have noticed a change in the current issue. Tucked in the editor’s note is a Bon Voyage to Gordon Mott.  Gordon had been talking about cutting back for a while and he … Read More

Nebraska still smokin for now

Back around Labor Day, I told you about how Nebraska’s cigar bars were going to have to shut down.  Seems an Omaha pool hall challenged the smoking ban and ended up getting all the exemptions removed especially for the state’s … Read More


The word has come to mean that pleasantly smelling anesthetic or also a solvent.  But ether is much more.  Its meanings are like the clear air in the sky beyond the upper reaches of clouds.  Astronauts flew … Read More

Still Smoking in Lubbock

Last week, the Lubbock city council was supposed to vote on a new smoking ban but instead the vote was postponed indefinitely.  Not for any really good reason, but because the people in favor of the ban wanted more … Read More


We all know that Nicaragua makes some great cigars. The brands there are famous…Padron, Joya de Nicaragua , Perdomo, Drew Estate, My Father among others.  While the Dominican Republic still is the leader in terms … Read More

Drew and Swisher

It has been announced today that Drew Estate has been acquired by Swisher International.  Details of the agreement have not been released.  The rumors about the deal have swirled for many months, but today the news officially came out.  This … Read More


Back in 1875, French composer Georges Bizet debuted the opera that would make him famous – Carmen.  The opera is a classic, and I remember as a child going to the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on a school trip … Read More

A Spicy Connecticut

Back during the last trade show, I wrote about the new line from the Garcias—Jaime and Pepin.  It is the My Father Connecticut.  This is the family’s first venture into a Connecticut. Now most Connecticut wrapped cigars … Read More

Happy 5th

As I mentioned in the IPCPR coverage, Ernesto Perez Carrillo is marking his 5th anniversary back out on his own. Ernie, as you may recall, had El Credito – the maker of La Gloria Cubana.  It was his … Read More


If you are old enough to remember when Macanudos were made in Jamaica, then this year, the newest Macanudo is a true throwback.  Once Cuban tobacco became verboten, companies looked to tobaccos from other countries and … Read More

World Blends

For years, CAO has had the Italia, the Brazilia, and the Osa Sol,  but now the company has added two more blends under the concept of World Blends that includes the former.  As we wrote during the trade … Read More

RIP Kiki

Enrique Kiki Berger passed away last week at the age of 56.  A heart attack was the cause.  Don Kiki, as he was called, got into the cigar business during the boom.  But unlike many others, he stayed … Read More

NOLA smoking

The IPCPR has said next year’s convention will be in New Orleans.   New Orleans has been a rather friendly city for smokers, but by the time the convention rolls around, maybe not so much. City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell recently … Read More

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