Friday, February 24, 2017

Romeo Y Julieta Launches "House of Verona" Collaboration Cigar with Famous Smoke Shop

EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced a new cigar release: Romeo y Julieta House of Verona. This new premium cigar is debuting exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, and is the latest they have done in collaboration with Romeo Y Julieta. Previously, RyJ and Famous collaborations have resulted in some highly rated and well-received cigars including House of Montague and House of Capulet.

This exciting new addition takes its name from the ruling family of Verona, who take their name from the Italian town where Shakespeare based his fateful tale of Romeo and Juliet. Prince Escalus of Verona, the patriarch of his family, was the well-respected mediator and personification of law and order. He demanded a peaceful resolution to the ill-fated families of Montague and Capulet. Much like the members of the Verona family, this cigar lives up to the iconic RyJ brand, providing a rich, medium-bodied, and peace-loving smoke. In the end, this Prince uttered the profound final words of the drama, "For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Offering the distinctively rich flavors of Romeo Y Julieta, the House of Verona is less intense than previous additions; featuring a semi-sweet three-nation blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian filler that adds a complex layer of earthiness and a slight spice that tingles the tongue. The rich Nicaraguan binder goes on to complement the sweet-as-pie flavors of Cubano San Andrés wrapper that top everything off.

“House of Verona is the ‘Goldilocks’ of the Romeo Y Julieta lineup,” says John Pullo, Managing Copywriter of Famous Smoke Shop. Pullo, who was among the first at Famous Smoke Shop to sample the House of Verona, stated, “There’s more to it than just the buttery subtleties of the RyJ Capulet; it’s less intense on the palate than the Maduro-wrapped Montague.  Not too strong, not too mild - it fits in between them ‘just right’.”

 This exclusive cigar is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic, in the highly renowned Tabacalera de Garcia alongside the rest of RyJ’s ultra-premium cigars. House of Verona is a luxury quality cigar, available at Famous at an astonishingly low pre-order price of around $5 per cigar.

The House of Verona comes in boxes of 20, eco-friendly humidor jars, 5-packs, and singles, and are available in an attractive array of vitolas including; Churchill, Corona, Robusto, Toro, and Short Magnum.

Short Magnum (5 ½ x60) $5.04/cigar SRP
Robusto (5 x54) $4.29/cigar SRP
Toro (6 x50) $4.84/cigar SRP
Churchill (7 x52) $4.89/cigar SRP
Corona (5 ½ x44) $4.39/cigar SRP

Experience the theatrical flavors of the House of Verona, only at Famous Smoke Shop.

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Industry News: 4th Generation + Comoy's of London + Ventura Cigar Company

Introducing a new blend to the tobacco industry
4th Generation and Comoy’s of London to officially join forces with the Ventura Cigar Company
February 2017 – Bringing together the best of both worlds, Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) is pleased to announce that renowned pipe and pipe tobacco brands, 4th Generation and Comoy’s of London will now be available under the VCC umbrella. Introducing new efficiencies for sales and distribution, the partnership aims to organically expand the reach of each respective category to new audiences.
The Ventura Cigar Company has long-enjoyed a solid reputation for high-quality products, being the entity behind such favorites as the artfully crafted Case Study, the smooth PSyKo Seven line, and the ultra-premium Archetype collection. VCC brings their expertise, sales network, and fan base to the partnership, inspiring current tobacconists and cigar aficionados to expand their palates for the 4th Generation and Comoy’s of London products now being sold in conjunction with VCC.
“Ventura Cigar Company, 4th Generation, and Comoy’s of London are all brands known for their quality and overall excellence,” says Barry Bennett, National Sales Manager for VCC. “My sales team is excited to be the ambassadors of the new arrangement, offering our retailers a wider range of products for their customers- especially ones steeped in the tradition of multiple generations.”
4th Generation and Comoy’s of London have grown and flourished under the distinguished leadership of Erik Stokkebye, who lends a covetable authenticity to the brands with his family heritage in the pipe tobacco business. Over the years, he, too, has built a strong reputation for high quality pipe tobacco blends and classic pipes that speak both to connoisseurs and those new to the time-honored tradition. The partnership between 4th Generation, Comoy’s of London, and VCC will lend Erik Stokkebye’s expertise to both industries, and offer a full range of tobacco products easily available to all customers.
“My family heritage has taught me to strive for excellence, and always produce the best products on the market,” says Erik Stokkebye. “Officially teaming up with the Ventura Cigar Company is a natural fit for both our industries. We share the same values of producing high-quality products, and now can enjoy a well-rounded distribution channel that will really benefit all of our customers- from the retailers to the end-user.”
With a full range of products geared toward a variety of tobacconists, the partnership between the Ventura Cigar Company, 4th Generation, and Comoy’s of London is truly the perfect blend.
Please visit to find out more about each brand and their product offerings. Retailers should contact their sales representative to stock the products.  

4th Generation, 1882 Founder’s Blend                     4th Generation, 1882 Pipe in the Burnt Sienna Finish

Comoy’s of London, Cask No. 4 Stand Fast Navy Flake
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About Ventura Cigar Company
Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) is a boutique cigar brand born in sunny southern California that is on a mission to create memorable, complex cigar blends that move the senses and reward discriminating palates. Their flagship PSyKo SEVEN brand unsettled humidors nationwide with in-your-face packaging and multiple award-winning blends that earned 90+ ratings in Cigar Aficionado, Cigar & Spirits, and Cigar Snob. VCC’s other brands include the 91-rated Project 805, featuring rare Andullo tobacco, flavor-infused Pacific Twyst, Estilo Cubano and Pura Sangre.

About 4th Generation
Representing four generations of family heritage, 4th Generation is a company that has made a strong impact on the tobacco business. Their high quality, premium blends are produced in Denmark, with blends consisting of mild and aromatic mixtures, navy flake, and mature Virginia. Their pipes are handcrafted in Denmark using the finest aged Italian briar. Each of the 7 models features a shape developed by Erik Stokkebye and the master pipemaker. Each pipe is mounted with an acrylic stem fitted into a bronze ring and the pipe shank, and is available in three finishes.

About Comoy’s of London
Comoy’s of London is a brand steeped in tradition, with a full line of products that caters to the connoisseurs of the pipe world. Their pipe tobaccos offer a range of blends produced in Europe, including delicious English blends, 2-flake blends, and assorted aromatic blends. They produce classic English-shaped pipes in three beautiful finishes (Pebble Grain, Traditional, and Riband), which are made in St. Claude, France, by the Chacom factory- a 6th generation, family-owned company.

Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of GREEN HORNET “KATO” and KILLER BEE LONSDALE

February 16, 2017— Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of GREEN HORNET “KATO” and KILLER BEE LONSDALE: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra. These cigars are available at select BLK WKS retailer events beginning March, 2017.

“We are very excited to launch these new additions to the Killer Bee and Green Hornet lines. These cigars will be released as event only in very limited quantities. Both of these cigars are unique versions of the original blends and highlight the creativity of our factory. I wanted something special for our retailers who support us with events and these two cigars are exactly that,” said James Brown, creator of BLK WKS and owner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Candela swirl cap & closed foot
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Petite Corona – 4.5 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $9.50

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Connecticut linear cap
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Lonsdale – 6.5 x 42 (20 count) MSRP $9.00

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco behind boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.   Available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. For more information contact

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Jonathan Drew returns as president of Drew Estate

Orlando, Florida – Drew Estate announces that Company Founder, Jonathan Drew will return to an executive operating role, following a two-year period since the sale of the company. In a multi-year agreement, Drew Estate has named the entrepreneur, market disrupter, and art curator as “President and Founder” with oversight for the entire portfolio of brands.

The deal is important for the boutique cigar company, as it looks to return to its iconic roots and core values. The objective is to unleash the entire team’s creative power under the leadership of JD who will also continue with his new venture into the spirits industry as CEO of John Drew Brands, a start up initially focused on bourbon, rye, and rum.

“Jonathan Drew is a dynamic entrepreneur, respected tobacco man, and a tenacious brand evangelist. He is the original Disruptor, and I am excited to help build a team around JD that is raw, provocative, and unafraid to challenge the mainstream and take risks,” explained Drew Estate’s CEO Glenn Wolfson. “Jonathan Drew will reduce his travel and event schedule, instead focusing on the Rebirth of Drew Estate with a conceptual lens toward brand building and team building.”

 “I'm a student of graffiti ... and philosophically I look at tobacco the same way.  There is an evolution to the painted walls in the streets, just like there was on the subways back in the day. Change is natural and accepted. You just have to bomb harder and stay true to your technique and style - and always keep loyal to your crew.  There's a lot to learn from areas outside of our main canvas at DE. We will return to high-level curation, mixed media platforms, and true collaboration. We have lost our way a bit, but DE will bubble back 1,000 times stronger. Believe me,” stated Jonathan Drew.

Jonathan Drew, and his business partner Marvin Samel founded Drew Estate in 1996 first as a small shop in the World Trade Center, and later in 1998 JD moved to Estel√≠, Nicaragua with the vision to blend the urban walls of New York City with the art of premium hand-made cigars. In 1999, JD released the ACID Infused Cigar Brand, and built a small production facility where he could manage the company’s cigar manufacturing, which later turned into many small factories scattered across the city. In 2006, JD broke ground on La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate overlooking a majestic valley. At over 174,000 square feet it is one of the largest hand made cigar factories on the planet. In 2014 Jonathan Drew, and Co-Founder Marvin Samel sold Drew Estate for an undisclosed sum to Swisher International.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gotham Heroes Alec Bradley Robusto

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Sun Grown Nicaraguan
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 5
Ring: 50
Cost: $6.00

Background: There isnt a ton of background information out there on this cigar so lets just recap what we do know about it. The cigar is a line that is exclusive to Gotham Cigars, which was done in collaboration with Alec Bradley. It is a Nicaraguan puro that uses a sun grown wrapper and it only comes in one size, the 5x50 (robusto).

Appearance (0-20):  The sun grown Nicaraguan wrapper has a light coffee coloration to it, but the sort where a little bit of cream has been added. It still looks rich and inviting, with only small visible veins. The seams are well set, showing a quality wrap. At the foot you will find a nice mixture of tobacco colors, with some extremely deep brown and others veering toward the same coloration as the wrapper. A black, gold, and orange band sets finishes off the look, with a decent contrast to the stick itself. The band is a black backdrop, rounded off in orange, with Gotham Cigars written in gold.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): I could tell when picking this up that it had been well cared for. The cigar was firm but not overly stuffed, resulting in just the right amount of give / springiness. With no major veins of note, there are only minor ones that are noted. The initial cut was mainly clean, with minimal debris. Pre-cut there was nearly the perfect amount of resistance, which ended up continuing throughout the smoke. The ash tended to hold for an inch to an inch and a half at a time, with a relatively clean line. Overall, no major knocks in this section, just some minor items.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): Medium to full is where is has typically been listed and it definitely follows that mold. I personally found it to begin at a medium and slowly ramped up into the medium to full range by the end.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Remember the initial view of the smoke, which it looked like a coffee with some cream? Well, the first puffs of this cigar definitely carry that exact flavor. It’s slightly bitter, with just the right amount of creaminess and some pepper mixed in. On the retrohale there is a bit more of the pepper, but its not overpowering. You can also locate a bit of earthiness and some woodsy flavors, though they are more just the supporting characters to the coffee being the star here. As it progressed further, the flavors remained relatively unchanged… though the pepper flavor amps up and is balanced with some natural sweetness, something of a slightly sweet cocoa.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): Dropping in at the $6.00 price range puts this a little above the “cheaper” variety of smokes, but still a bit below the high range. Meaning it has some decent competition. However it seems to be in the right range for what you’re getting.  
Score: 17

Additional Notes: Paired with water, provided by Gotham Cigars

Overall (0-100): Most cigar shops out there will have a house blend that’s a shade or two below the mediocre line in terms of overall performance. In fact, I’ve found it semi-rare to stumble upon one that is better than mediocre. The Gotham Heroes Alec Bradley is one of those in the later category.

Where I won’t call this one a home run, it definitely checks off all of the boxes to point to this being a solid buy. It doesn’t really have any major visual flaws, is well made (with most notably one of the best pulls I have had), and definitely is the strength that its marketed to be. The flavors are solid and smooth, and if you like something with a coffee base that mingles in pepper, earth, wood, some roasted nuts, etc… this one will be for you. And at $6.00 per stick, it also wont break the bank.

Bottom line – it’s a solid stick for the price, and impressive for being a house blend. I would absolutely recommend this one.

Score: 87

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Black Label Trading Company announces JW Marshall

January 24th, 2017 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of J. W. MARSHALL: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra. 

Black Label Trading Co. is releasing the J.W. Marshall, a cigar exclusive for Cigar Federation, today on January 24, 2017.

Logan Lawler, of Cigar Federation said “I am really excited the Vintage II of the JW Marshall is releasing today. January 24th is more than just the date J.W. Marshall discovered gold in California; it is the date my mom was born and the date this project was conceptualized. To honor this date; the cigar is being released on January 24th.” 

JW Marshall features an aged Ecuador habano wrapper with Nicaraguan fillers & Nicaraguan habano binder. “The JW Marshall is big and bold but very refined. It has three ligeros and was blended to highlight the subtle attributes of each. The cigar is very balanced with the key flavors being malt, leather, cedar & subtle spice. We are big fans of Cigar Federation and were excited to work with Logan on this project.” said James Brown, owner of BLTC & Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Robusto – 5 ½ x 52
Production – 75 - 10 count boxes.
Price: $89.95 per box
Black Label Trading Company is re-defining the standards for cigar making. Using each project as a showcase for the technique and tobacco behind their boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra. 

The J.W. MARSHALL is available exclusively through the Cigar Federation website. If you wish to purchase the product you can do so here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Famous Smoke Shop releases The Judge Volume 2 by J. Fuego

EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced a new cigar release: The Judge Volume 2. In a collaboration with Jesus Fuego, this new premium cigar is in production at a boutique factory in Nicaragua and is now available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop.

Jesus Fuego began The Judge saga with a savory 4-nation tobacco blend, which was clad in unique Brazilian Mata Fina wrappers. Now he’s continued the story of this well-received and highly-rated series by applying his trademark full flavor profile to a milder and more mellow cigar. The unique mellow touch owes thanks to the dedicated following of J. Fuego Cigars, who requested a Judge that was lenient on the palate; counter to the traditional peppery spice of a premium Nicaraguan cigar. In the first edition, we saw a hard-lined, no-nonsense Judge. He came, saw, and conquered; now, The Judge is back - and he’s brought some friends with him.

The epic tale of The Judge moves on with a shiny Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper applied to a mix of Nicaraguan binder and fillers. “It may look intimidating, but this cigar is one sweet smoke,” said Fred Lunt, writer at, who was among the first to sample this new Fuego cigar upon its arrival at Famous Smoke Shop. Three of the original 5 vitolas are making a return appearance, the Retribution (6x50 toro), deemed guilty and sentenced to a staggeringly competitive price. The Contempt and Blind Justice will be making cameos as well, with Contempt making a blood and guts comeback in a 7 x 48 Churchill. As Blind Justice makes its presence known as a force to be reckoned with in a bold, yet smooth 5 x 50 robusto.

“The Judge Volume 2 is truly a unique Connecticut that’s affordable, full-flavored, and definitely not boring”, says John Lamberti, Director of Marketing at Famous Smoke Shop. “The verdict is, its exceeding quality and flavor has won our approval at Famous Smoke.”

In an unbelievable introductory offer, Famous Smoke Shop has made discounts of up to 25% off the suggested retail price. Additionally, J. Fuego’s The Judge Volume 2 cigars are packaged with earth friendliness in mind, being made available in reusable and easily maintained humidor jars of 20, which would normally retail alone for $29.99; this new Judge is also offered in 5-packs and singles.
Blind Justice (5” x 50 Robusto) $4.75/cigar SRP
Contempt (7” x 48 Churchill) $5.20/cigar SRP
Retribution (6" x 50 Toro) $5.20/cigar SRP

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