Industry News

Here you will find the latest cigar industry news and reviews from all major premium cigar publications, some of which include Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Obsession, Cigar Dogo, Halfwheel, Cigar Journal, and many more.

  • Comfortably Numb by Espinosa Vol. 1 Cigar Review
    by Bryan Glynn on August 21, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Comfortably Numb by Espinosa Vol. 1 Cigar Review – This 6×52 stick features a firmly packed dark tan wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and rich sweet woody aroma.  First light reveals a perfect draw with rich medium-full bodied smoke showing notes of a deep, thick oaky … Continue reading → The post Comfortably Numb by Espinosa Vol. 1 Cigar Review appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • Michael Giannini to Host Cigar-Rolling Seminar at RMCF 2019
    by Jordan Guttormson on August 21, 2019 at 2:18 am

    With the annual Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival quickly becoming one of the most attractive mega-event destinations across the country, the event has expanded in 2019 to include add-on seminars from companies such as Ventura Cigar Co., Davidoff, and Asylum. The latest such event has recently been announced by Ventura, where Michael Giannini (general manager and […] The post Michael Giannini to Host Cigar-Rolling Seminar at RMCF 2019 appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • CigarAndPipes CO Ashdrop 102
    by Bryan Glynn on August 21, 2019 at 12:36 am

    This is a crowd sourced cigar deal weekly series with CigarAndPipes.com bringing you a VERY special weekly deal that YOU help choose!  Each week there will be three deals to vote on, that will be in effect the following week.  There’s no guarantee the losers will be back any time … Continue reading → The post CigarAndPipes CO Ashdrop 102 appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • Smoke Night LIVE Cavalcade of Stars
    by Eric Guttormson on August 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Thursday August 22nd is a very special edition of Smoke Night LIVE and it’s a little something we like to call…. CAVALCADE of STARS! Yes folks it’s that time of year for the annual Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival and all sorts of cigar stars will be in town and they are all headed to Dojo […] The post Smoke Night LIVE Cavalcade of Stars appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • Rocky Patel Ships LB1
    by Charlie Minato on August 20, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    A bit earlier than expected, the Rocky Patel LB1 is off to stores. It’s a five-vitola line that uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. The name is actually the factory code that was used at the El Paraiso factory in Honduras when the cigar was being developed. […] The post Rocky Patel Ships LB1 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Litchfield, Minn. Plans Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase
    by Charlie Minato on August 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The central Minnesota town of Litchfield is poised to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. Yesterday, the Litchfield City Council voted 5-2 in favor of an ordinance that would set 21 as the minimum age to purchase tobacco. According to the Litchfield Independent Review, the measure underwent some revision. Specifically, those […] The post Litchfield, Minn. Plans Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Kristoff Celebrates Queensbury Cigar & Pipe with QCP 25
    by Patrick Lagreid on August 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Kristoff Cigars has released a new limited edition store exclusive in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Queensbury Cigar & Pipe in Queensbury, N.Y., the aptly named QCP 25. The cigar is a 5 1/2 x 54 robusto that uses an Ecuadorian hanono wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican filler. It is priced at […] The post Kristoff Celebrates Queensbury Cigar & Pipe with QCP 25 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • H. Upmann 175th Anniversary Arrives in Stores
    by Patrick Lagreid on August 20, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    The first shipments of the H. Upmann 175th Anniversary have begun arriving in stores. Altadis U.S.A. is celebrating the historic Cuban cigar brand’s anniversary with a Nicaraguan puro featuring a wrapper that comes from three-year-aged medio tiempo leaves—some of the highest on a tobacco plant—and which underwent a unique fermentation process where they were sandwiched […] The post H. Upmann 175th Anniversary Arrives in Stores appeared first on halfwheel.

  • OpusX Purple Rain
    by Patrick Lagreid on August 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    “I only wanted to see you smoking a Purple Rain…” That’s not what Prince sang, nor is this rare release from Prometheus even said to be named for the song, but say the words purple rain and I’d challenge to you to think of anything other than the famed song or the movie it came from. […] The post OpusX Purple Rain appeared first on halfwheel.

  • AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial Toro Cigar Review
    by Bryan Glynn on August 20, 2019 at 12:27 am

    AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial Toro Cigar Review – This 6.5×52 stick features a dark brown very oily, thick, satin wrapper with a firm pack, small veins, tight invisible seams, a large triple cap and potent sweet earth and straight tobacco aroma.  First light reveals a slightly snug draw … Continue reading → The post AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial Toro Cigar Review appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • Tatuaje Teases TAA 2020
    by Charlie Minato on August 19, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    The Tatuaje TAA 2020 will use a Sumatra wrapper. Pete Johnson of Tatuaje showed off a picture of the TAA 2020, which he indicated would be a 5 5/8 x 54 box-pressed robusto extra, the same size as the first Tatuaje TAA, the 2011.  The post also indicated that it would use a Sumatra wrapper. […] The post Tatuaje Teases TAA 2020 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • ILLUSIONE ~eccj~ 25th ANNIVERSARY
    by Press Release on August 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    For the third time now, Illusione Cigars is honoring a Cigar Journal anniversary with a special cigar creation. The ~eccj~ 25th (our magazine used to be called European Cigar Cult Journal … ECCJ) marks the corresponding anniversary of our magazine this year. The Robusto with the dimensions  140 x 19,8 | 5 1/2 x 50 is...

  • Singapore Plain Packaging Goes Into Effect July 2020
    by Charlie Minato on August 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    All tobacco products sold in Singapore will be required to be sold in plain packaging effective July 1, 2020. The country has set the deadline for plain packaging for cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, beedies—a type of cigarillo—and roll-your-own tobacco. The new packaging laws will prevent the use of both logos that could be used to identify […] The post Singapore Plain Packaging Goes Into Effect July 2020 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Imperial Says Cigar Division Sale Announcement Expected Within Three Months
    by Charlie Minato on August 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    There will be some sort of announcement regarding the sale of Imperial Brands, plc cigar assets before the end of the year. The company told the Financial Times that the sale of its cigar business has “attracted ‘significant interest'” and that an announcement would be made in the next 12 weeks. Imperial put its premium cigar […] The post Imperial Says Cigar Division Sale Announcement Expected Within Three Months appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Surrogates Eight Baller
    by Charlie Minato on August 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    This year has been rather quiet when it comes to the L’Atelier brands, notable because in 2018, Pete Johnson announced that he would be merging the L’Atelier portfolio into the larger Tatuaje brand. Over last summer, two new cigars were announced for the Surrogates brand, which was part of the L’Atelier family. One of those […] The post Surrogates Eight Baller appeared first on halfwheel.

  • E. León Jimenes 110 Aniversario Rum By La Aurora
    by Jens Tausch on August 19, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    This rum was bottled for the first time in 2013 and released by the renowned manufacturer Barceló on the occasion of the 110th year anniversary of the La Aurora cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. It celebrates an extraordinary company history in the world of cigars. The company’s founder, Eduardo León Jimenes, was only 18...

  • 9TH TOBACCO FESTIVAL PURO SABOR | January 21st – 25th, 2020
    by Press Release on August 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    The nicaraguan chamber of tobacco announced it’s 9th tobacco festival Puro Sabor. Puro Sabor 2020 will begin in Managua where attendees will register and relax at the oppointed hotel. After registration several free activities have been organized to entertain guests, one of them is the transfer to colonial city of Granada where they can visit the...

  • The Shapiros & the “Good Smoke” | Cigar Friendly: Norwalk, CT
    by George Manzella on August 19, 2019 at 11:10 am

    The Shapiro family has been in the cigar business for nearly 100 years. In 1922, Morris Shapiro and his brother, Isador, opened a candy store and smoke shop in New York City called Shapiro’s Smoke Shop. A journey through the decades has transformed the family business from a tiny shop in Manhattan into a 4,000-square-foot...

  • Weekly News (Aug. 19, 2019)
    by Patrick Lagreid on August 19, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Cigar News A.J. Fernández Takes International Distribution in House AGANORSA Leaf, Cigar Dojo Collaborate for Bonsai Foundation Ships Highclere Castle Victorian, Menelik & Tabernacle Havana Seed #142 Lancero View this post on Instagram This @granhabanocigars exclusive will be auctioned off at #LittlePuff20 next month! Get your tickets today at LittlePuff.com #charity #dc #cigars #drink #smoke […] The post Weekly News (Aug. 19, 2019) appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Mi Querida Firecracker Returns For Encore Performance
    by Press Release on August 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Due to popular demand the 2018 release Mi Querida Firecracker is back with a 500 box production.