Monday, August 1, 2016

Black Label Trading Company announces Santa Muerte

August 1, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the annual release of SANTA MUERTE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Santa Muerte is being released in small batches leading up to its official birth date of November 1st

“We have gone out of the box on the Santa Muerte. Most of our Limited Releases have been full bodied Maduros.  This one is a medium bodied cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.  It features six filler tobaccos which create a very unique and rich flavor profile. You experience layer upon layer of coffee, malt, spice and cocoa.  I have been working on this blend for a long time and am very excited to share it with the public.  As the name suggests there is a Day of the Dead theme and the cigar will be released November 1st to celebrate,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

SANTA MUERTE will be released in limited quantities to select retailers with full production date to be announced. 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican/ San Andrés
Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
Short Robusto – 4.75 x 52 (20 count) MSRP $8.50
Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities. 
BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified.  More information can be found at

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Foundry Chillin' Moose Too Robusto

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 5.5
Ring: 50
Cost: $3.49

Background: Foundry Tobacco Company is one of those fun companies who is always doing something different. Their steampunk (and generally industrial) designs are unique and interesting, so you never quite know what to expect. This offering, The Chillin Moose Too, is the second iteration of their value based lines. The original used a Connecticut rodaso wrapper, whereas this has the broadleaf instead. The other big difference comes with the filler and binder – this is pure Nicaraguan for that portion… the original was a mic from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the US, and even Mexico. So if you’ve had the original and figured this would be the same – you will be completely mistaken.

Appearance (0-20):  One of the first things that you’ll notice immediately with this stick is the bright red band. It sports a moose pulling a smoking rabbit out of a hat. “Chillin’ Moose Too” is in silver across the label. It’s big, and it’s bold. The cigar itself is rustic and slightly oily to the touch. The wrap is slightly rough, but overall it looks like a decent stick.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): The first feel on this and I can tell it’s pretty solid. There are no areas that feel improperly packed. Along the stick, there are some minor veins and a small amount of rippling of the wrapper. It isn’t much, but it’s worth noting. The cut had a little more debris than I wanted, but on the upside the drawl was perfect. Post lighting, it ended up being slightly loose, but not terribly so.
Score: 14

Strength (0-20): Medium – and I have to say it really does sit almost directly in the center of the range.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Flavor may not be the strongest on this stick but it also isn’t a detriment in any way. The baseline of the smoke is actually a decent tobacco flavor with some decent cedar. There’s some small bits of vanilla and something like nutmeg. Also a bit of dark cocoa can be picked up from time to time, though not consistently. It’s pretty straightforward despite
Score: 15

Value (0-20):  Honestly the Chillin Moose Too picks up some major points in this area since it is such a reasonably priced stick with solid flavors.
Score: 19

Additional Notes: Paired with water. But honestly I should have taken the time to give this Cigar and Pairing Guide a whirl. I played around with it for a bit and there are some real comedic gems there. Give it a try!

Overall (0-100): Let’s make this simple. This isn’t going to be the perfect cigar. It’s got some construction issues and the flavors are decent though not outstanding. It falls almost literally directly in the medium realm in terms of strength. So with all of the not so great portions, there’s a silver lining. This isn’t one that you are going to be upset about picking up – especially when the price creeps further and further down if you buy a box. I personally see myself picking up some extra of these as a second cigar of the day or one to use when working out in the yard. It’s good enough quality that you won’t toss it halfway through, but cheap enough that you won’t care if you had to.

Score: 84

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Camacho unveils latest addition to Brotherhood Series, the new Camacho “Check Six”

Sorry to anyone reading these - I'm still catching up on all of the news from the past couple of weeks after taking a much needed vacation, so this one is a bit late!

PINELLAS PARK, FL (FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016) –– Camacho, the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, is proud to announce the latest addition to its Brotherhood Series, the new Camacho Check Six.

Built with the impenetrable character of our Original Corojo, Camacho Check Six pays tribute to the unbreakable bond between those who watch their brother’s six no matter what. In honor of those bold individuals who stand side by side to protect our freedom, Camacho deploys its latest addition to the Brotherhood Series with a cigar built from the legendary tobacco we fought to defend. 

Backed by integrity and bound by virtue, this is one cigar that yields to no other. Celebrating those who prove themselves through actions, not words. A rare breed of individuals who stop at nothing to lay everything on the line for what matters most. Always doing what’s right, never what’s easy. Confirming that there are no limits when it comes to solidarity.

“We are very excited about this second release under our Brotherhood Series. While the concept was inspired by a common bond shared amongst the military brotherhood, it is also aspirational for many. We all have those people in our lives that we know have our back. By extension, it is also understood that you have theirs as well. This is the cigar to share with those special individuals,” said Dylan Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA.

At the core of the new Camacho Check Six is a tri-country blend of Original Corojo, San Vicente and Criollo tobaccos. These powerful filler tobaccos combine to add a depth of strength, complexity and flavor to the overall experience. The addition of a Criollo 98 binder from Nicaragua amps up the pepper notes, while the Habana 2000 wrapper from Ecuador adds roundness and excellent combustion to the blend.

Habana 2000 (Ecuador)

Criollo 98 (Nicaragua)

Criollo 98 (Nicaragua)
Estelí (Nicaragua)
San Vicente (Dominican Republic)
Original Corojo (Honduras)

Intensity: 4 of 5 (Medium to Full)

The new Camacho Check Six is packed with twenty Toro (6 x 50) sized cigars and features a shareable challenge coin on the lid of each box. Shipping begins in the US shortly after the 2016 IPCPR trade show and will extend across global markets in the first quarter of 2017.

Suggested Retail (US): $12.50 per cigar / $250.00 per box

Camacho is the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, representing the concept of unleashing unmistakable and intense experiences. Infamous since 1962, the brand has become a sanctuary for the powerful, elemental being who seeks to fill their lives with unapologetic good times. A combination of rich heritage, product excellence and a never surrender attitude has enabled Camacho to grow into a brand globally recognized as the standard of full-frontal flavor and full-frontal lifestyle.

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Drew Estate announces lots of good stuff!

Sunday, July 24, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the release of Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rats, Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pigs and Tubos, and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs and Tubos to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Flying Pig is one of the most sought-after sizes in the company’s portfolio presented in a 4 ½ x 60 parejo vitola and is a favorite amongst collectors. It is one of the most complicated vitolas to manufacture due to the unique size and signature pig-tail which requires specialized training of the buncheros and rolleras at the factory level. Both the Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig will be packaged in 12 count boxes with production forecasted at 4,000 boxes of each making this the largest release of Flying Pigs in the companies history. The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut Broadleaf Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with Filler from Honduras and Nicaragua.
The Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat measuring 6 1/2 x 46, features a Connecticut Broadleaf “High” Mediums Wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is equally complicated to manufacture due to the signature fan tail at the head of the cigar.
From his Safe House in Wynwood, MIami, Jonathan Drew stated, "It is finally time to bring Liga Privada No.9 Flying Pigs and T52 Flying Pigs, as well as those luxurious Velvet Rats to Drew Diplomat Retailers throughout the U.S.  It's important that Drew Diplomats are able to snag these little gems, although we are only going to release them in stages for production purposes, as they are difficult to construct.  Liga Privada Flying Pigs - put some respect on my name."
The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig was originally released in November 2009 with a total production of 2000 Boxes of 12, while the Liga Privada T52 Flying was originally released a year later in October 2010 with a slightly larger total production of 3,000 Boxes of 12. The Velvet Rat was previously released in October of 2012 at Tesa Cigars, limited to 100 bundles of 10, and in 2015 at the first annual Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker, and in 2016 through the Drew Diplomat Rewards Event program.
Fans of Liga Privada are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to

BLK WKS - Soft Launch

July 22, 2016 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is announcing the addition of S&R, Boondock Saint, and Sindustry to its lineup, as well as additional vitolas for NBK and Killer Bee.  

 “As a cigar maker and artist, I am always working on new blends and expressions of art. These new blends have been in the works for a while, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to release them to the public. I will find ways to continue to be creative in my craft going forward and won’t be deterred by the FDA regulations,” said James Brown, creator of BLK WKS and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

“Each of these new blends is very unique.  S&R is an elegant smoke with refined flavors, highlighting the blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Boondock Saint’s complex rich flavor comes from the blend of three very diverse filler tobaccos and the Pennsylvania wrapper.  Sindustry is the boldest of the bunch with full flavors and strength rounded out by the San Andres wrapper,” continued Brown.

·   S&R – features Nicaraguan & Dominican filler with a Sumatran wrapper and pigtail cap. Available in a 6.75x42 Lancero, MSRP $8.50 and a 5.5x46 Corona Gorda, MSRP $8.00.
·   Boondock Saint – features Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania & Connecticut filler with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper and closed foot. Available in a 6.25x46 Corona Larga, MSRP $10.00 and a 5.25x50 Robusto, MSRP $10.00.
·   Sindustry – features Nicaraguan filler with a San Andrés wrapper and closed foot. Available in a 5x50 Robusto, MSRP $9.50, a 6.25x48 Toro, MSRP $9.50 and a 7x38 Lancero, MSRP $9.50.

NBK is now available in a 5x50 Box Press Robusto, MSRP $9.00.  Killer Bee is available in a 6.5x42 Lonsdale, MSRP $8.50 and a 4.5x46 Petite Corona (Green Hornet “Kato”), featuring a Candela linear cap, MSRP $9.50.

As part of a soft launch, only the following retailers were selected to receive the initial shipment with full production dates to be announced: 
Tobacco Junction, Temple TX; TJ’s Cigar Lounge, McGregor, TX; Crescent City, New Orleans, LA; and Harry’s Smoke Shop, Philadelphia, PA.

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique, and tobacco behind boutique cigar factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra. Distributed by Boutiques Unified,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


July 14th, 2016
Dalton, PA - Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company (JA3 Cigars) officially announces the release of their newest line, Anthracite. This new line is expected to ship in late Summer, 2016. It comes as the second full production line by Jordan Alexander III Cigars, with a current portfolio housing the JA3 Corojo which is available in four vitolas.

The Anthracite line is a tribute to the coal mining history of JA3 Cigars’ home of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The vast majority of Anthracite coal is found along veins in Pennsylvania, specifically in the Scranton area. Scranton’s area has a very rich mining history with many of the breakers and production houses still intact as landmarks.

Anthracite is one of the oldest, darkest, hardest, and purest varieties of coal in the world. JA3 Cigars’ Anthracite has been designed from this template. “We’ve chosen a blend that honors the dark coal and the pure ash it leaves behind by using a rich Mexican San Andres wrapper and a blend that burns with a solid, white and grey ash,” the company said.

Jordan Alexander III Cigars gives appreciation to the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour for access to their museum and materials in the early stages of this process. “Our hometown is incredibly important to the JA3 brand,” the owners of JA3 Cigars state. “We’re very proud of where we come from and are excited to honor its history with this line. The Anthracite Heritage Museum showed us the incredible history that built the Scranton area, and we’re very thankful for their help and continued efforts in preserving and promoting our region’s past.”

Like the JA3 Corojo, Anthracite is manufactured by Quesada Cigars in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It is constructed using a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Dominican binder, and Dominican Criollos & Nicaraguan filler. The Anthracite will be available in three vitolas; The Marvin (5x52), The Avondale (4.5x60), and The Bellevue (6.5x48). The names have been inspired by the coal breakers in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.

The MSRPs for the Anthracite line are: $8 Marvin (Robusto), $8.25 Bellevue (Lonsdale Grande), $8.50 Avondale (Robusto Gordo). Anthracite comes in 18-count boxes.

The Anthracite is currently available to all retailers for pre-order. Pre-launch deliveries are available for Pennsylvania shops.

For more information, please visit and follow JA3 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @JA3Cigars.

Contact: - 1-855-216-3349

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Royal Agio releases Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro, Corona, and Limited Edition Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT

DUIZEL, Netherlands – Royal Agio announced today that they would be releasing the Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro, Balmoral Añejo XO Corona and the limited edition Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Exactly one year after a wildy successful introduction to the United States Market, the Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro (6 x 52 & $10,50) and Balmoral Añejo XO Corona (5 7/8 x 42 & $8.95) join the Balmoral Añejo XO core brand family including the Rothschild Masivo (5 x 55), Torpedo Mk52 (6 ¼ x 52), and Petit Robusto FT (4 ¼ x 48).  

In late 2015 Boris Wintermans, CEO of Royal Agio Cigars, assembled the companies first ever International Media Summit in Belgium prior to the Intertabac Tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany. Media included representatives from Cigar Snob Magazine, Cigars & Spirits Magazine, Cigar Press Magazine, Cigars & Leisure Magazine, Tobacconist Magazine, Halfwheel, Cigar Federation, Stogie Guys, and Stogie Review. Boris noted, “This was a historical occasion for our company as we fine tune our craft for the United States market. I think its suffice to say we had a great bit of fun, and that writers and bloggers can really put some Westvleteren down, but I wouldn’t recommend any of their talents at Karaoke for sure.”

The company is extremely excited to announce the Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT (7 x 40 & $12.95), which will have a total production of 1,250 boxes of 10 cigars, of which 500 boxes will be allocated to the United States Market. The FT stands for the companies signature Flag Tail, and is encased in a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, with Dominican Olor binder, and Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican fillers. When asked about the size and blend, Boris noted, “We took a great deal of feedback during the Media Summit and heard repeatedly that the participants wanted to see a limited edition like a Lancero, but also loved our Flag Tail.

We have currently 4 pairs at our factory in San Pedro de Macoris, in the south of the Dominican Republic. Our roleros and buncheros are extremely versatile working within the Balmoral line at our boutique factory, however to fit the amount of leaves into a 7 x 40 Lancero FT presents a unique challenge to our artisans. If you collect Lancero releases, and love Brazilian tobacco as much as we do you will surely enjoy this limited edition.”

Fans of Balmoral are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application for Balmoral which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to

About Royal Agio Cigars

Royal Agio Cigars is one of the world’s leading cigar manufacturers, offering brands such as MEHARI’S, PANTER, and BALMORAL. Founded in Holland in 1904, Royal Agio Cigars is still a family business (4th generation) and has grown to become a top 5 player globally with its own production locations in Sri Lanka, Belgium, and the Dominican Republic where the company’s flagship brand Balmoral Añejo is produced. Drew Estate exclusively distributes MEHARI’S, PANTER, and BALMORAL in the United States.

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.