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.

  • 2020 CfW Donation Drive Update 10 – 6,337 In So Far NEW RECORD!
    by Bryan Glynn on February 28, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Five years ago we set the record at 6,153 – BUT that was back when we had manufacturer support (screw you, FDA).  We have a fighting chance to finally break it all on our own this time! Here’s an update to this year’s CigarsForWarriors Donation drive! You have until the … Continue reading → The post 2020 CfW Donation Drive Update 10 – 6,337 In So Far NEW RECORD! appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • Festival del Habano XXII: Day 2
    by Brooks Whittington on February 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    While I did wake up early to get some work done before my second full day in Cuba officially started, it would end up being a much more relaxed day, albeit the calm before the storm. After a quick breakfast, it was off to the convention center to spend some more time at the actual The post Festival del Habano XXII: Day 2 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • STG Reports $1.01 Billion in Revenue for 2019
    by Charlie Minato on February 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)—parent of General Cigar Co., Cigars International and others—has reported its 2019 fiscal results. The company generated DKK 6.87 billion ($1.01 billion) in revenue with an EBITDA before special items—a measure of profit—of DKK 1.187 billion ($174.54 million). STG says the EBIDTA number represents an increase of 7.1 percent compared to 2018. The post STG Reports $1.01 Billion in Revenue for 2019 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Smoke Night LIVE – Alec and Bradley Rubin
    by Eric Guttormson on February 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Friday, February 28th the Smoke Night LIVE road-show continues as we are LIVE from South Florida with Alec and Bradley Rubin. Hot off their smash hit “Gatekeeper” Alec and Bradley Rubin are set to release the Uru Doshi on Saturday February 29th (Leap Day). We will get all the details on the Uru Doshi the The post Smoke Night LIVE – Alec and Bradley Rubin appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • NEW BOOK: Great Places To Smoke A Cigar
    by Press Release on February 27, 2020 at 8:54 am

    There’s a new cigar book coming. Great Places To Smoke A Cigar is the new bible for the travelling cigar lover; a reference piece for the epicure who wants to enjoy his hand rolled smoke where it will be appreciated. From Istanbul to Ireland, Hong Kong to Copenhagen. 

  • Kentucky House Approves Bill Raising Tobacco Taxes
    by Patrick Lagreid on February 27, 2020 at 3:13 am

    The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved H.B. 32, which would increase the tax on other tobacco products, including cigars, from 15 percent to 25 percent of the wholesale price. It passed by a 75-17 vote. In the case of a cigar with an MSRP of $9.50, the pre-sales tax cost would increase from $10.93 The post Kentucky House Approves Bill Raising Tobacco Taxes appeared first on halfwheel.

  • H. Upmann Super Magnum Slated as Next Colección Habanos Release
    by Charlie Minato on February 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    The next Cuban cigar to come in a book will be from H. Upmann. At this week’s Festival del Habano XXII, Habanos S.A. showed off the H. Upmann Super Magnum, a 7 1/10 (180mm) x 56 parejo, as the 2020 Colección Habanos release. The Colección Habanos is one of Habanos S.A.’s most expensive releases of The post H. Upmann Super Magnum Slated as Next Colección Habanos Release appeared first on halfwheel.

  • St. Louis County, Mo. Increases Minimum Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
    by Charlie Minato on February 26, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    St. Louis County, Mo., the most populous county in the state, has increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 within the county, which is home to roughly 1 million residents. The measure passed unanimously at a meeting last night. It’s unclear when the new rule will take effect, but depending on The post St. Louis County, Mo. Increases Minimum Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Smoke Night LIVE – On Location at Cigar Safari in Nicaragua
    by Eric Guttormson on February 26, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Friday, March 6th is an extra special episode of Smoke Night LIVE as we are on-location at the Drew Estate compound in Esteli Nicaragua. Master Sensei and Randy Griggs go on Safari and take you along with them for one of the most amazing factory tours on earth. Showtime: 9PM eastern time 03-06-2020. Episode: 234 The post Smoke Night LIVE – On Location at Cigar Safari in Nicaragua appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • Festival del Habano XXII: Day 1
    by Brooks Whittington on February 26, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    After going to bed a bit earlier than normal when I am in Cuba—if 1 a.m. could ever be called “early”—I woke up four hours later to get a post done before the day really started. Breakfast was at 8, then it was time to start the process of getting press credentials since the office The post Festival del Habano XXII: Day 1 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Hamlet 25th Year Corona
    by Charlie Minato on February 26, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Last fall, as I was ordering cigars from Up Down Cigar of Chicago, Phil Ledbetter, the store’s manager, informed me that in addition to what I was wanting to order, there were a variety of Up Down exclusives in which I might be interested. Admittedly, the Hamlet 25th Year Corona wasn’t one of the ones The post Hamlet 25th Year Corona appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Quai d’Orsay Sélection Royale Announced as New Swiss Edición Regional
    by Patrick Lagreid on February 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Cigar smokers in Switzerland will be getting a new Edición Regional on retail shelves, as Intertabak AG, the Habanos S.A. distributor for the country, has announced the Quai d’Orsay Sélection Royale, which will also serve as a cigar that celebrates the distributor’s 25th anniversary. The cigar comes in the popular 109 vitola, which measures 7 The post Quai d’Orsay Sélection Royale Announced as New Swiss Edición Regional appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Juan Lopez Selección Especial Announcd as LCDH Exclusive
    by Patrick Lagreid on February 26, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the La Casa del Habano franchise, and Habanos S.A. has announced an exclusive cigar for the worldwide network of Cuban cigar retailers. The Juan Lopez Selección Especial measures 6 7/10 inches long (170mm) with a 52 ring gauge, a double robusto vitola known as the Torre Iznaga. It The post Juan Lopez Selección Especial Announcd as LCDH Exclusive appeared first on halfwheel.

  • West Virginia Tobacco Tax Increase Won’t Advance
    by Patrick Lagreid on February 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    While the West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would raise the state’s tobacco tax rate on cigars and other tobacco products from 12 percent to 50 percent of the wholesale rate, it won’t be advancing further through the legislation process after another piece of legislation failed to get the needed number of votes. That The post West Virginia Tobacco Tax Increase Won’t Advance appeared first on halfwheel.

  • STEAKS, COCKTAILS & CIGARS | NEW JERSEY, CIGAR FRIENDLY
    by George Manzella on February 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Sofia, situated just outside New York City in the heart of Englewood, New Jersey, is an upscale, farm-to-table Italian steakhouse that elevates the cigar experience to a new level.

  • Raid the Humidor Giveaway
    by Jordan Guttormson on February 26, 2020 at 5:22 am

    When the cat’s away, the mice will play… The Dojo’s own Master Sensei is on a weeks-long trip to Miami, Nicaragua, Miami, Nicaragua, and… Miami. So the remaining staff has decided to give away some of his (excessive, to be honest) stockpile of cigars. Contest Theme: The Facts of Life via GIPHY This week’s contest The post Raid the Humidor Giveaway appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • Flavor Odyssey – the Letter T
    by Jordan Guttormson on February 26, 2020 at 4:24 am

    Wednesday, February 26th, Flavor Odyssey takes on the letter T—the 20th letter in the alphabet. This week, your hosts Robby Rasmussen and Randy Griggs pair up the Triple-style golden La Fin Du Monde with the Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro. We break the pairing down live and encourage you to join in! Flavor Odyssey is brought to The post Flavor Odyssey – the Letter T appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • CigarAndPipes CO Ashdrop 128
    by Bryan Glynn on February 26, 2020 at 12:54 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 128 appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • New Release: Quai d’Orsay Sélection Royales E.R. Suiza 2020
    by Nicola Di Nunzio on February 25, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks to Intertabak AG, importer and distributor of Habanos cigars in Switzerland, there was a preview tasting of the new Regional Edition, the Quai d'Orsay Sélection Royales E.R. Suiza 2020.

  • Habanos presents new products for 2020 at the 22nd Habanos Festival
    by Alexandre Avellar on February 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    More than 2,200 people from 70 countries are gathering at Havana this week for the 22nd Habanos Festival. Habanos reported a XX% sales increase in 2019 and a total of XXX millions US-Dollars in revenues.