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Rafael Nodal

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Churchill Cigar Review

On The Cigar Authority podcast we smoked the 1935 Anniversary the latest cigar from Altadis USA. Like many recent cigars from the company, this one is made by AJ Fernandez who seems to have his hands on every brand with a Cuban heritage. According to a press release from Altadis USA, ” The first Montecristo cigar was handcrafted in 1935 using a signature blend of tobaccos, which remains the standard by which the brand still lives […]

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Altadis USA Announces the Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious Ltd. Ed.

On the heels of the hugely successful 2019 launch of the Henry Clay War Hawk – which earned a 93 rating– Altadis U.S.A. is releasing the limited-edition Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious Ltd. Ed. A collaboration between Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez, the Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious Ltd. Ed. is handmade in Nicaragua. With just 1,200 boxes produced, shipping begins July 15 for this special cigar available in 20-count boxes. “We are extremely proud […]

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Two Guys Smoke Shop 35th Anniversary Dinner Announced

Two Guys Smoke Shop of Salem, Nashua, and Seabrook, New Hampshire will be celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary on September 16, 2020 by giving away up to $35,000. Two Guys Smoke Shop, a very popular New England Cigar Shop, has not only become known for being the highest volume independently owned and operated retail cigar shop in America, but also for it’s elaborate Anniversary events which have included everything from giving away Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Hummer […]

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TPE 2020: Altadis USA Showcases Romeo Y Julieta Reserve Real Nicaragua

They aren’t going to the 2020 PCA, but they were on hand at Tobacco Plus Expo and we caught up with Rafael Nodal who showed up Romeo y Julieta Reserve Real Nicaragua which should ship to retailers in March. The company taps AJ Fernandez once again to give a new spin to one of their showcase brands. Available in four sizes; Robusto (5 x 50 / $8.77), Toro (6 x 54 / $9.03), Churchill (7 […]

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H. Upmann 175th Churchill Cigar Review

In order to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of H. Upmann, Altadis USA tapped AJ Fernandez to create a limited edition cigar that is available in just one size. The Churchill is available in 10 count boxes with a total production of 14, 750. The cigar also utilizes a Medio Tiempo wrapper which is only grown on 1 out of 12 tobacco plants above the ligero leaves. Usually these leaves are smaller in size, so finding […]

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Day 3 IPCPR 2019: Rafael Nodal of Altadis USA

Day 3 of the 2019 IPCPR begins as we catch up with Rafael Nodal of Altadis USA. Here he tells about the brand H. Upmann which celebrates its 175th Anniversary. The brand was founded in 1844 when German banker Herman Upmann decided to launch his own brand along with his younger brother August. The two brothers purchased a cigar factory and combined tobacco artistry with German ingenuity. The limited edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary will […]

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Aging Room Cigars Revamping Portfolio at IPCPR ’18

Aging Room Cigars is introducing Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Core line and is repackaging the Aging Room Quattro Series while expanding its distribution of the Quattro Connecticut and Quattro Nicaragua at the 2018 IPCPR this year. The Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Core line is available in 3 different wrappers, Connecticut, Havano and Maduro. All are made at Tabacalera Palma in Dominican Republic. Aging Room by Rafael Nodal Connecticut MSRP $8.90 to $9.95 Rapido […]

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The Changing “FACE” of the Cigar Industry – A David Garofalo Editorial

The Changing “FACE” of the Cigar Industry! The Faces of the Brands and the ones that could be changing another Editorial by David Garofalo We know a small business owner, as is in the cigar industry, must be a jack of all trades and one of the tools they should possess is being the face of their brand. Today even some of the huge corporations and brands have attempted to put faces and personalities to […]

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Podcast: Rafael Nodal & Hank Bischoff Talks Distribution With Altadis

David Garofalo is a genius. The last couple of years we have done a show predicting the consolidation of a the Cigar Industry. Well, he got another one right and we will be joined by Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends, the makers of Solera, Pelo de Oro, Swag and Aging Room who will tell us as much as he can about the new distribution deal with Altadis USA and what the future holds for the […]

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Webcast: Rafael Nodal Joins Us & We Experiment With Humidity

David Garofalo is a genius. The last couple of years we have done a show predicting the consolidation of a the Cigar Industry. Well, he got another one right and we will be joined by Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends, the makers of Solera, Pelo de Oro, Swag and Aging Room who will tell us as much as he can about the new distribution deal with Altadis USA and what the future holds for the […]

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