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Robert Caldwell

July 24, 2015 · By · No Comments

Robert Caldwell may not seem like your typical old-school cigar manufacturer. He is over six feet tall with blond hair and what is, may I say, a unique and awesome fashion sense. Seeing him on the street, you may view him as an artist or a musician. Yet in reality, Robert is a tobacco maestro. His mind is a vault of tobacco knowledge and he has used it to become one of the top blenders in the industry. He utilizes the traditional methods to make his cigars so that they are reliable, well constructed, and flavorful. However, when it comes to presentation, Robert stands alone. He knows that he makes fantastic smokes, but when you are a new player in a game full of legends, you need to stand out. Robert’s artistic mind is what makes Caldwell Cigars even more special. From his traditional portraits on the Eastern Standard line to the more surreal look of The King is Dead, and yes, even the innocent and colorful Yellow Cake, Robert’s work draws people to his cigars before they even light up. The best part is that, after getting that first taste, people realize it is more than just presentation; it’s an excellent, well-crafted, and artistic cigar. When first developing his cigars, Caldwell took all aspects into account. He decided on Dominican tobacco because the Dominican Republic began cultivating tobacco well before Cuba. He drew on the history and the experience of Dominican rollers to create his phenomenal new-age line. Caldwell’s newest line, Blind Man’s Bluff is his first rolled in Honduras (at the famed Camacho factory). Although its Habano wrapper and Honduran Criollo tobaccos make it taste quite different than his usual Dominican brands, you can taste the same quality and craftsmanship throughout—that’s how you know it’s a Caldwell. So, next time you see Robert at an event or walking through out the streets of Miami, stop for a moment because you’ll be looking at a new legend.


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July 20, 2015 · By · No Comments

In my mind day three seemed to be the most important day of the show.  The glitz and glamour of the big manufacturers was fantastic, yet in terms of the cigars, well most of them have been announced for a few weeks now at least.  With all that hype behind them today was a big day for our buyers.  After sitting with PadronTatuaje, and Perdomo, let's see what they came up with!!


Padron  Damaso- Last year, Padron spun heads at the trade show with the introduction of the 50th Anniversary and its corresponding humidor.  This year, in order to top that, they are thinking outside the box.  More specifically they are thinking outside the box press.  The Damaso is one of Padron's only rounded parejo shaped cigar.  What’s more unusual is it is the first Padron that comes in cellophane.  Yet the most surprising aspect of this cigar is it is the first Padron offered in a Connecticut seed wrapper.  It is a mild cigar with a light wrapper over vintage Nicaraguan filler.  It is offered in 4 sizes: No. 8 (5 1/2 x 46), No. 12 (5 x 50), No. 15 (6 x 52) and No. 17 (7 x 54).


Tatuaje Verocu- For those of you who are Tatuaje fans, you know the Verocu has been around for a few years.  Well this year not only did we acquire the original line, we also now have the new size, which launched this year.  This line was originally a limited extension of the Havana VI, but now is a stand-alone blend.  It uses a Nicaraguan Café Rosado Oscuro wrapper and a great blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos.  The new size is known as the No.3 and is a 6 x 46 corona gorda.  The MSRP is going to be around $8.50


Perdomo Special Craft Series- Finally a company has made the perfect cigar for beer pairings.  Perdomo’s much anticipated Special Craft series has been the talk of the town for a long time, and now they are finally here.  There are 3 different wrappers that are made to pair with 3 different beers. The first is known as the Pilsner and it uses a creamy Connecticut wrapper.  Its made to pair with lighter beers such as pilsners or light lagers.  The Amber uses a Sun Grown wrapper from Condega and is best with pale ales, lagers, or ambers.  The last is known as the Stout.  It uses a dark maduro wrapper is paired best with stouts, porters, or brown ales.  The filler and binder on all three vary slightly but it is the wrappers that make these parings perfect.  All 3 will also be available in 4 sizes: a Robusto, an Epicure, a Churchill, and a Gordo.  The MSRP is $6.99, $7.50, $7.99, and $8.50 respectively.  Cheers!!


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July 20, 2015 · By · No Comments

Another fantastic day here at the trade show.  Some of these booths are absolutely phenomenal and the cigars I’ve tried have been great!  Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Booth of Room 101 for a few minutes, which is always a pleasure.  I then was invited to attend a special presentation by Rafael Nodal and his great Aging Room line.  You’ll be able to see portions of the presentation and my interviews later on, but I know what you want to know…what did we buy today?  Well today was all about Altadis, so lets see what we got!


Montecristo Estoque- One of the many anticipated releases this year from Altadis U.S.A, they have taken their highly successful Espada and taken it to the next level.  The Estoque, named after the sword of the Spanish matadors, is bold and delicious.  It uses special upper priming Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Viso Jalapa wrapper.  Its binder and filler are select vintage Nicaraguan tobaccos, some dating back to 2002.  It's smooth, but with a great spice to it.  It is available in one size, the 6 x 50 and will MSRP for around $14.50.


Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut- If you think of the Montecristo White as the BMW of mild cigars... well it's time to meet the Bentley.  The White Vintage Connecticut is a superb mild to medium smoke.  Each box is hand painted with a very artistic rendering of a Connecticut tobacco barn.   It uses a 7-year-old Connecticut shade wrapper, along with a terrific blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian tobaccos for the binder and filler.  It’s smooth and creamy with a hint of hazelnut and vanilla.  It will be available in 3 sizes: No.3(5 ½ x 44), the No.2 Belicoso(6 x 50), and the Double Corona(6 ¼ x 50).   The MSRP will be $10.50, $14.50, and $12.50, respectively.


Henry Clay Tattoo- This is probably the cigar I was most excited for from Altadis.  Long time Henry Clay admirer Pete Johnson (yes from Tatuaje), has worked closely with the Grupo de Maestros to reinvent the brand. Enter, The Henry Clay Tattoo.  It’s a rich and dark smoke that uses a limited 2010 vintage Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  Its binder and filler use vintage Dominican tobacco with a dash of 2-year-old Nicaraguan Criollo.  Even though the blend has changed, Pete has kept the tradition of the original Henry Clay alive.  It is available in 1 size; a 6 x 54 with a pigtail and the MSRP is around $9.50 a cigar.


H. Upmann Banker- It's time to make it rain, with the new and improved H. Upmann Banker.  After its release last year, this reinvigorated brand has spread across brick and mortar stores around the country.  What’s new about it this year is the addition of a new size, the Basis Point.  It’s the only Belicoso in the Banker line and is 6 x 52.  It uses the same great Ecuadorian Habano wrapper as the rest of the line as well as a terrific blend of vintage Dominican and Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos.   The MSRP will be around $8.30.  This is one banker that won’t hurt your wallet!


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July 19, 2015 · By · No Comments

Yes my friends, it is the first day of the 2015 International Premium Cigars and Pipe Retailer trade show.  IPCPR is the oldest and largest organization that represents tobacco retailers.  Their tradeshow has been occurring once a year for over 8 decades and has become the ultimate event for tobacco buyers.  This is the time where all of the manufacturers lay out their newest lines for that year.  Think of it as a smoking New York Auto Show. It is like Christmas for members of the cigar industry. Everyone is so excited to see the new products and to show off their new toys, it is a terrific blend of business and pleasure.  One of the greatest characteristics of the show is that it is closed off to ordinary consumers.  It is strictly for retailers and manufacturers.  This makes this event a very coveted occasion and a sort of dream for me for a number of years.  Today was my first day on the floor of the show and I was like a kid in a candy store.  I couldn’t stop from gazing at the amazing setups of some of these cigar giants like DavidoffPadron, and Fuente.  Some of these booths are extremely luxurious and showy in order to draw in new clients.  However, it takes more than just a flashy booth to make an impression at this event.  You need to have an outstanding product at a good price and that’s available for retailers as soon as possible.  Let's take a look at some of the new products our buying department has picked up so far.



  • Davidoff Escurio- This cigar is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.  The Davidoff Escurio will join their black labeled cigars such as the Davidoff Nicaraguan, which was the talk of the town last year.  It’s a medium to full bodied cigar and uses a very bold blend of tobaccos.  Its dark oily wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano.  It's wrapped around a delicious Brazilian criollo seed binder and vintage Dominican and Brazilian long filler.  The name Escurio is meant to evoke the emotion of a night in Rio.  It is the first Davidoff to utilize Brazilian tobacco.  It will be offered in three sizes: A petite Robusto, a Robusto, and a Gran Toro. The MSRP will be $8.50, $15.95, and $17.90 respectively.


  • Caldwell Cigars Blind Man's Bluff- It has been a huge year for Robert Caldwell.  Since last year's show, his brand has blossomed into one of the most sought after boutique cigars on the market.  He enters this year with a new line titled Blind Man's Bluff. What’s unique about this smoke is it was crafted in Honduras at the Agroindustrias Laepe S.A., the same factory as the famed Camacho. They utilize an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Honduran Criollo binder, and a blend of aged Dominican, Criollo, and Honduran ligero long filler.  It will be available in 3 sizes: a Robusto, a toro, and a 6x60.  The MSRP is $7.50, $8.50, and $9.50 respectively.  Coming off of a recent 91 rating in Cigar Aficionado magazine, let's see how this new smoke holds up.


  • Futuro by Warped and Casa Fernandez- Kyle Gellis is the new young prince of the cigar world.  He debuted at last year's trade show and has taken the industry by storm.  This year, he is debuting a new project with which he collaborated with Casa Fernandez. It has a Nicaraguan corojo 99 wrapper, a criollo 98 binder and a mix of corojo 99 and 98 long filler.  Expect it to be quite spicy but with that usual smooth floral taste of a Warped.  It is available in 2 sizes: The Seleccion 109 which is a 6 x 52 and the Seleccion Supreme which is a 5 5/8 x 46.  The MSRP is in the $9.00 range.  I am very excited so see the combination of these two great companies.


  • La Imperiosa – By Crowned Heads Get ready for an amazing cigar that’s now in a new package.  The highly successful release of the Las Calaveras EL 2014 from Crowned Heads has made them determined to make that blend into a regular production line.  Enter the La Imperiosa.  It uses the same great Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper and vintage Nicaraguan long filler as its predecessor.  It will be sold in 4 different sizes: Corona Gorda (5 3/4 x 46), Magicos (4 1/2 x 52), Double Robusto (6 3/8 x 50) and Dukes (5 1/2 x 54).  MSRP will be between $8.25 to $9.75.  Its back baby!

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Frank Llaneza 1961 Cigars – The Forgotten Treasure

June 30, 2015 · By · No Comments

Frank LlanezaHighly regarded as one of the most famous cigar makers in our lifetime, Frank Llaneza began working in the cigar industry at the age of 15. One of the first cigar manufacturers to set up shop in Honduras following the Cuban embargo, Frank played an instrumental role in getting Cuban seeds to Central America after the Cuban Revolution, and helped shape the non-Cuban cigar industry into what it is today.  For many years, Frank was President of Villazon & Co, and  produced some of the most well-known brands in the world, including PunchEl Rey del MundoJR Ultimate, and Hoyo de Monterrey just to name a few. For his hard work, milestone accomplishments, and dedication to the industry, Cigar Aficionado magazine inducted Mr.Llaneza into its Cigar Hall of fame in 1997, which had only six members at the time.

Thanks to his wonderful working relationship with JR, I was fortunate enough to meet Frank on many occasions when he would visit our office. He was a very humble man who almost seemed embarrassed when I complimented him on his wonderful smokes. Instead, he would simply shake my hand, and give me a specially aged beauty from his own private collection. The freebie was never my intention for the much-deserved compliment, but he always insisted that I take it.

Legendary in quality construction and flavor, I have always loved smoking every famous brand that Frank created - and I still do, but one in particular, the Frank Llaneza 1961, really stands out as one of the best cigars that I ever tasted regardless of the manufacturer.

I would never have the opportunity to compliment Frank on his very last work-of-art. Sadly, Frank passed away at age 90, shortly after its release, and would not get see the success of the very cigar named after him.

Featuring a hearty looking, smooth and firm, Ecuadorian Criollo 98’ wrapper and the finest blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos, this final piece of the Llaneza legacy embodies everything one would expect from a premium cigar … and more.

I’ll never forget the first time I lit up the Frank Llaneza 1961  Double Magnum (6 1/2 x 54); I was immediately in stogy heaven! A few million puffs later, I still feel the same elation when I pluck one out of my trusty humidor. Every size in the line offers the same mouthwatering goodness.

Upon lighting, , the 1961 opens  up with a  blast  of dark pepper and cedar that quickly gives  way to deep rich notes of zesty spice, dark chocolate, cocoa and cinnamon. At the midway point, a symphony of complex flavors that include leather, warm bread, nutmeg and coffee join the mix.

The final third of the cigar remained full-flavored, but was much creamier with pronounced notes of caramel, sweet spice and espresso.

Although highly regarded by serious cigar enthusiasts, it never quite achieved the fame it deserved. More high profile brands, with fancier packaging and high cost advertising has made the Frank Llaneza 1961 a forgotten (and now very affordable) treasure that you simply must experience.


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The Return of the Long Forgotten Jamaican Cigar

June 25, 2015 · By · No Comments

The Jamaican tobacco industry owes its growth and fame to the Second World War and all of the cigar-loving smokers from Great Britain, including Sir Winston himself.  With the United Kingdom mired in war, currency was at a premium and had to remain within the commonwealth for essential industry, not spent overseas on cigars. Furthermore, most shipping, and trading routes were blocked, so buying cigars from Cuba was no longer an option.  Realizing there was a ton of money to be made; many famous Cuban cigar makers moved to the British colony with their tobacco crops, and seeds, and opened many factories. Soon Jamaican versions of Cuban brands appeared--many made entirely with Cuban tobacco, others with Jamaican filler and Cuban wrappers. While the original Havana’s were absent, these fine Jamaican counterparts were the sole source for stogies in the U.K. market.

After the war, Cuban cigars became readily available worldwide, but by now, Jamaica had already developed a reputation as a country that produced outstanding cigars. In addition, these refugee cigar makers moved back to their country, and the Jamaican market quadrupled in production.

Then when the embargo hit, and Cuban cigars were banned in the United States, Jamaican cigars were considered a high quality alternative, soon followed by the Dominican Republic. In the following decades, smokes from Honduras and Nicaragua began filling the void.

Famous brands like Royal Jamaica, and Macanudo, along with other brands such as Crème de Jamaica, Flor de Jamaica, Temple Hall, Palamino, and Jamaican Heritage were very highly regarded. In the 1980’s JR had some great house brands from this country. Many of our JR Alternatives were made in Jamaica, along with one of our oldest and most popular bundled brands now made in the Dominican, the Special Jamaicans Cigars.

This industry continued to thrive until tragedy struck.  In September 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Jamaica at full strength, crippling the nation's cigar industry. The storm destroyed many factories; most notably those of the most popular brands, Royal Jamaica and Macanudo, who both switched production to the Dominican Republic.

Macanudo Estate Reserve Jamaica

The storm left the Country financially crippled, so they chose the quickest path to recovery by rebuilding the tourist industry. It takes many years and a lot of hard work to rebuild a single plantation, let alone fifty or sixty. Therefore, for many years, aside from a handful of growers outside of Kingston, the Jamaican cigar manufacturing remained dormant.

Today, while still rebuilding, Jamaica is making a steady comeback. In the last few years some great brands, most notably Macanudo, has returned to its roots with the Macanudo Estate Reserve Jamaica

This much-anticipated release captures all of the silky smooth, sweet spice flavor, and tantalizing aroma of the original blend. This may just be the beginning of a new renaissance for Jamaica, as many notable manufacturers have plans to release new products from this legendary growing region.


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Cigars 102: The Criollo Wrapper

June 11, 2015 · By · 1 Comment

Every now and then, you will find a unique wrapper sitting on top of a premium cigar. It is the Criollo (pronounced cree-oy-yo) wrapper. Criollo means "native seed,” and may also be described as "Havana-seed.” In Cuba, the word means a Cuban leaf grown on Cuban soil. By historical accounts, it is considered one of the original Cuban tobaccos that emerged around the time of Columbus. Rumor has it that old Chris was so impressed with this seed, that he asked the native chef (Gary) to stuff it inside the very first turkey  served on Thanksgiving. Thankfully, he didn’t listen!

Criollo seeds have made their way to a number of other countries where they take on unique flavor profiles depending on the chemical composition of the soil where they are grown. Going on that assumption, a Criollo seed grown in Bayonne, New Jersey, may be deemed less than desirable by most smokers.

But I digress …

When a wrapper, or occasionally a filler tobacco, is Nicaraguan, Mexican, or Honduran Criollo, it usually has nothing to do with the original Cuban Criollo plant—it is just native to that country. The strain used today as wrapper leaf, are most often grown in Honduras and Nicaragua. There are two main regions in Nicaragua where Criollo is grown: Estelí, and Jalapa. The Jalapa Criollo plant has a very distinct sweetness and the Estelí’ strain has more of an earthy and nutty flavor profile. Once again, this flavor difference is due to chemical composition of the soil and the climate of each region. Nicaraguan Criollo is featured on the Te-Amo World Selection Series Cigars Nicaragua; Created by A. Turrent, a world-renowned cigar maker, this gem is handcrafted in the heart of San Andres, Mexico and offers bold, earthy notes of leather, spice, and charred wood. And the Joya de Nicaragua Antano is a potent blend of Nicaraguan black tobaccos and bold spicy flavors.

Honduran Criollo is smoother and creamier in flavor and is usually aged at least 7-10 years. The most popular strain is the Criollo ‘98, found on a handful of top-quality smokes, including an old-time robust fan favorite, Don Tomas Clasico Cigars, and the Camacho Criollo, the medium-bodied smoke widely regarded as being "as close to Cuba as you can get”. The band also looks like it belongs on a pair of boxing trunks, but that has absolutely nothing to do with this article!

San Andres Criollo has a very earthy and spicy flavor that also adds quite a bit of strength to the blend. One of the few brands utilizing this powerful wrapper is the TTT Trinidad Paradox Cigars—a full-bodied gem that offers great balance, with notes of molasses, light coffee, leather, and sweet cedar.

Although not the biggest player in the wrapper game, the Criollo is appearing more often these days, especially with boutique brand manufacturers looking to encompass the distinctive qualities this leaf has to offer to a blend.


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A Great Old Cigar Brand Has Returned!

April 21, 2015 · By · No Comments

So while sitting back with an astounding maduro Robusto, that was rich, sweet and loaded with zesty notes of sweet spice and cocoa, (more about that later), I began thinking about how many new  premium cigars crafted by up and coming stogy rock stars have hit the scene in just this past year alone. That would be a bad thing if all these new sticks were crap, but these new young guns are cranking out some real quality products. Some might say that we are in the midst of a new Renaissance in the tobacco industry. Skeptics would disagree, claiming that the market is over-saturated. Just follow any internet cigar group and watch this endless battle rage on. At one point, Padron was a new company, and so was Arturo Fuente and Drew Estate, just to name a few. New brands provide energy into the market, a breath of fresh air, and they keep things new and exciting. In addition, it keeps the older established companies on their toes so they can never rest on their Laurels, (Or Hardy’s for that matter)! Best of all, it boosts the economy, both in the countries of origin, and right here in the States.

Therefore, I say, (for what it’s worth) keep bringing on the goodies; you just can’t have too many great cigars to choose from!

Speaking of new cigars, we have a real top-quality gem that is making a lot of (good) noise in the industry.

The Beginning:

The Congress Cigar Company and its leading brand, La Palina, had its beginnings when Samuel Paley emigrated from Ukraine in the late 1800s.

Arriving in Chicago, Sam started his career in a local cigar factory as a lector. That person reads either fiction or popular current event stories to the rollers to break up the monotony, and to keep them from slapping a moist wrapper leaf on a co-worker's head for sipping his espresso too loudly.

His interest in the tobacco industry steadily grew, and Sam devoted his personal time to studying cigars, the nuances of their blending and the tradition of their manufacture.  His employer eventually recognized his diligence, and Sam was promoted to roller and then blender.

In 1896, Sam opened a cigar shop of his own in Chicago with an adjacent factory that he named Congress Cigar Company.  Their first product was La Palina, in honor of his wife Goldie Drell Paley.  Sam was a turn-of-the-century master artisan and would sit in the window every day rolling cigars.

His dedication and skill made the brand a household name and it shared a spot among the best smokes of the day. Sadly, when Sam retired in 1926, his beloved La Palina retired with him.


Bill Paley, a third generation cigar maker, learned an important lesson about quality from his grandfather’s proud history with La Palina and Congress Cigar.  Those values would guide the Paley’s for the next three generations and would take Bill Paley back to his roots, and the resurrection of this once famous brand.

This iteration isn’t just some run-of-the-mill remake of an old brand looking to make a quick buck, Paley set out to create some edgy modern nuances to super-charge the classic original recipe.

La Palina cigars are available in two incredibly tasty varieties!

La Palina Classic

La Palina Classic cigars are medium-to-full-bodied, earthy, smooth, and brimming with a perfectly balanced combination of sweet and spicy goodness, thanks to its mouthwatering blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers, a silky Ecuadorian binder, and a deep and oily Brazilian Habano seed wrapper.

La Palina Black Label

This amazing premium handmade is wearing a lovely seamless Brazilian Habano wrapper that is black as coal, and glistening with oil. Underneath reside some of the finest aged Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers held together by a bold and zesty Ecuadorian binder.

Being a huge maduro maven, I chose the La Palina Black Label Robusto to smoke while writing this blog. If you will kindly revert to the very beginning of this story, I believe I suitably described its magnificent flavor… I’ll bet you guys were going crazy trying to figure out what I was smoking!   No? … Oh, well!

Anyway, whether you smoke the Classic, Black Label, or both, rest assured, you are in for a very special treat!


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March 04, 2015 · By · No Comments

The Habanos festival is over in Havana…it is not like Pro Cigar, instead it is the Habanos version of the IPCPR trade show.  They roll out new products and show off their stuff to the worldwide wholesalers and retailers.  With all the talk about the possible normalization of relations with Cuba (personally I am not sure it will happen) Habanos S.A.—the maker of Cuban cigars—predicted that once the embargo is lifted, it will immediately take 25-30 percent of the U.S. premium cigar market.  Eventually it says it would end up with 70 percent of the U.S. premium market.  No doubt the inclusion of Cuban cigars after being a forbidden fruit would increase cigar popularity.

“It would add to the mystique of the cigars that we’re making,” said Eric Newman, president of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., one of the largest American cigar companies.

Of greater concern to many American cigar companies are smoking regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. Under the rules, cigar companies would be required to receive government approval before introducing new product lines and issue new health warnings.

Newman suggested the smoking regulations could shutter his company.

“We can deal with smoking bans, we can deal with the Cuban embargo, we can deal with high taxes — but we’re really concerned about the regulations from the FDA that could wipe us out of business,” Newman said.

But the interesting thing is while the Administration wants to open up Cuba and its biggest import is cigars, at the same time the FDA is trying to crack down on cigars and that would include the Cubans as well.   But there could be time to stop the FDA.  Last week, cigar makers were walking the halls of Congress to try to get support for HB 662 and S.441 which would keep the FDA out of our humidors.  There was some success in that the Senate bill now has 12 sponsors and the House version is up to 52.  We need more.  You need to write to your Congressional delegation and get them to pay attention before it is too late.  It’s easy to do it…just go here.

Then there is the whole issue of trademarks. Altadis owns Montecristo, H. Upmann and Romeo y Julieta, among others both in the U.S. and the Habanos versions.  No problem there.  But General Cigar owns Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, Punch and maybe Cohiba for the U.S. but not overseas.  I say maybe for Cohiba because just recently the Supreme Court declined to hear a case on the Cohiba trademark.  Cubatabaco was suing General for the rights over the Cohiba name and the last court ruling gave Cuba the win.  General was hoping for SCOTUS intervention but that will not happen. The case now goes to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s trial and appeal board.


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Davidoff Moves

March 03, 2015 · By · No Comments

In talking with Davidoff CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard at Pro Cigar, he noted the success of the Davidoff Nicaragua, saying it has been the company’s biggest success since its Cuban days.  He said that the interesting thing about the Davidoff Nicaragua is that it is not cannibalizing other Davidoffs in that 70 percent of the smokers are new to the brand.

Perhaps because of this success, the company announced it is buying over 370 acres of farmland in Honduras and Nicaragua. The land is in Condega, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.  The company says it will allow them to continue to get top quality tobacco while allowing it the opportunity to experiment with new and existing seeds.

Davidoff also bought land by its box factory in Danli in order to build a new cigar factory there.  The plot is about 450,000 square feet for the new factory and the factory itself in the first phase will have 185,000 square feet, allowing for a 60 percent increase in production for Camacho, Room 101 and Baccarat.

And on the retail side, Davidoff continues to make moves opening flagship stores… the latest one comes in the company’s U.S. hometown of Tampa.  It will be a 5,000 square foot store that includes a nice lounge and the biggest Davidoff store in the world.  According to CEO Hans-Kristian every Davidoff store will have a lounge because he foresees a time when the only place you will be able to smoke a cigar is in a cigar store.


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