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La Flor Dominicana TAA 49th Edition (2017) Cigar Review

While conducting inventory at work, we came across a handful of boxes of the 2017 La Flor Dominicana TAA Edition. The cigar which came out in May of 2017 has had 7+ months to age since hitting retail shelves. This incredible cigar features a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a Cameroon binder with filers from Finca La Canela in the Dominican Republic. When we reviewed it right off the truck in May ’17 we scored it […]

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The 2017 Cigar of the Year – Aladino Robusto

You may remember the name Julio R. Eiroa. If you don’t, he has been a tobacco grower and cigar maker since 1962, after migrating from Cuba to Honduras. Julio achieved cigar fame back in the late 1990’s with a brand called Camacho that he brought back from the unknown with his son Christian. After much success, Camacho and company was sold off to Davidoff of Geneva almost ten years ago, but Julio is back and […]

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Oliva V 2017 Maduro Especial Double Toro Burn

Oliva V 2017 Maduro Especial Double Toro Cigar Review

The Oliva V Maduro is back for another go around, and this time they use the familiar 6 x 60 Double Toro size. Personally, I was hoping the company would get away from this size. For a while the cigar has highly sought after by collectors and/or cigar geeks but this size does nothing to help that in my opinion. A corona gorda would be nice or even a traditional Robusto or Toro. It feels […]

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Tatuaje TAA 2017 Cigar Review

Each year some of the nation’s top retailers and manufacturers get together for the annual Tobacconist Association of America convention. At this mini-trade show, a group of manufacturers get together and create some of the most sought after limited edition cigars. Arguably the most anticipated is from Pete Johnson’s Tatuaje. This year, the 2017 TAA release is a redux of the 2014 and is based on the Pork Tenderloin and Barclay Rex blends. No new blends […]

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Davidoff Art Edition 2017

Davidoff Art Edition 2017 Cigar Review

The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations in the Dominican Republic, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. Nature Reimagined’ is shaped by the hands, pixels and imagination of this remarkable artist with five vibrant, eye-catching images that represent the beauty of nature. Each image encompasses the same passion and commitment that is invested into handcrafting a fine Davidoff Cigar. The […]

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Altria Group Acquires Nat Sherman

Altria Group, Inc.  today announced that it has acquired the privately-held Sherman Group Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries (Nat Sherman). Nat Sherman sells super-premium cigarettes and premium cigars, and joins Philip Morris USA Inc. and John Middleton Co. as part of Altria’s smokeable products segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Nat Sherman has a terrific brand portfolio which complements Altria’s existing smokeable product segment,” said Marty Barrington, Altria’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and […]

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The IPCPR Cigar Convention Recap and a Look Forward

The IPCPR Cigar Convention Recap and a Look Forward Editorial by David Garofalo The memories are still sharp and my legs and feet are still sore from the 84th Annual Cigar Convention known as the IPCPR. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers convention ended Thursday and after the breaking down, cleaning up, packing up and traveling back I reflect. Exactly 1092 Cigar Retailers, the majority in America, but some from across the Globe gathered […]

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Law | Ireland Passes Plain Packaging Law

Ireland has become the second country in the world to pass a plain packaging law that is mandatory for tobacco products. Legal action from the tobacco industry is expected to follow. Australia passed a similar measure in 2012. Under Ireland’s new rules, all branding, logos, coloring will be banned off of packaging. The new packaging will be uniform with graphic health warnings. The legislation had cross-party support and passed without a vote.It now gets sent […]

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