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.

  • Avanti Cigar Co. Taking Over U.S. Distribution of Toscano
    by Charlie Minato on January 21, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    As expected, the Italian cigar brand Toscano will move its U.S. distribution in-house. Effective Feb. 1, Avanti Cigar Co.—a subsidiary of Parodi Holdings, LLC—will take over the U.S. distribution of Toscano from Miami Cigar & Co. The announcement comes roughly two months after Toscano’s current distributor—Miami Cigar & Co.—announced substantial cuts to its salesforce. Parodi—and The post Avanti Cigar Co. Taking Over U.S. Distribution of Toscano appeared first on halfwheel.

  • La Flor Dominicana 1994 Conga Cigar Review
    by Bryan Glynn on January 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    La Flor Dominicana 1994 Conga Cigar Review – This 5×52 stick features a thick very toothy and oily firmly packed wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap and rich cocoa and hay aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful full bodied smoke showing notes of a … Continue reading → The post La Flor Dominicana 1994 Conga Cigar Review appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • FDA Finalizes Substantial Equivalence, Avoids Premium Cigars for Time Being
    by Jordan Guttormson on January 20, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    As noted by the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) and Cigar Rights of America (CRA), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) last night released their Final Substantial Equivalence rules, directed at a wide variety of tobacco products. However, this did not include premium cigars, as it was determined by a federal court ruling that the agency The post FDA Finalizes Substantial Equivalence, Avoids Premium Cigars for Time Being appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • FDA Codifies Premium Cigar Definition; Finalizes SE for Flavored Cigars & Other Tobacco Products
    by Charlie Minato on January 20, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Yesterday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced finalized rules for premarket product approval through substantial equivalence (SE) or the premarket tobacco product applications (PMTA) pathways; only none of those rules will apply to “premium cigars,” at least not yet. All tobacco companies were required to submit applications to FDA by Sept. 9, 2020 The post FDA Codifies Premium Cigar Definition; Finalizes SE for Flavored Cigars & Other Tobacco Products appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Smoke Night LIVE – with Crowned Heads Miguel Schoedel
    by Eric Guttormson on January 20, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Friday January 22nd on Smoke Night LIVE we interview Miguel Schoedel the National Sales Manager of Crowned Heads Cigars. With 18 year’s experience in the business and one of the smoothest cats in the industry we will get Miguel’s thoughts on all the accolades that Crowned Heads received this year and much more. Showtime: 9PM The post Smoke Night LIVE – with Crowned Heads Miguel Schoedel appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • 2020 Awards: Company of the Year
    by Charlie Minato on January 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    There are no specific qualifications to be considered for this award. Typically, it seems like the award is given to the company who had the most “impressive” year, sometimes it ends up more as a most improved award. Usually, that starts with considering whether a company really stood out for the new cigars it put The post 2020 Awards: Company of the Year appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Holts CigarObsession Deal January
    by Bryan Glynn on January 20, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Coupon Code: LADCOBSESSION By using the coupon code LADCOBSESSION in your shopping cart you'll receive this 5-cigar assortment with a matching torch lighter for 33% off retail price, now just $49.99 with FREE SHIPPING on your entire order! La Aroma de Cuba 'Best Sellers' Assortment Sampler includes: 1 - La … Continue reading → The post Holts CigarObsession Deal January appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • CigarAndPipes CO Ashdrop 174
    by Bryan Glynn on January 20, 2021 at 12:38 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 174 appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • 2012 by Oscar Connecticut Toro Cigar Review
    by Bryan Glynn on January 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    2012 by Oscar Connecticut Toro Cigar Review – This 6×52 box pressed stick features a glove soft light tan wrapper with a sharp press, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and faint floral aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plumes of light airy smoke showing notes of … Continue reading → The post 2012 by Oscar Connecticut Toro Cigar Review appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • AVO Brings Back AVO Classic Belicoso
    by Jordan Guttormson on January 19, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    After a 16-year absence from store shelves, AVO Cigars is set to bring back the Belicoso format for their first cigar offering, AVO Classic. AVO Classic Belicoso was last offered in 2005, showcasing the Dominican-based blend in a shapely 6″ x 48 format with a belicoso head. This blend was AVO’s first offering, developed by The post AVO Brings Back AVO Classic Belicoso appeared first on Cigar Dojo.

  • 2020 Awards: Factory of the Year
    by Charlie Minato on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    This was as close as any of our Factory of the Year voting to date: first place was separated from second place by a point, and second place was separated from third place by a point. While 2020 was certainly a more challenging year for cigar factories, it probably wasn’t the earth-shattering year that it The post 2020 Awards: Factory of the Year appeared first on halfwheel.

  • AVO Classic Belicoso Returns for 2021
    by Charlie Minato on January 19, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    For the first time since 2005, the AVO Classic line will be available in a belicoso size. Next month, Davidoff of Geneva USA will release the AVO Classic Belicoso, 6 x 48, as a limited edition. It uses the same blend as the regular AVO Classic: an Ecuadorian Connecticut sun grown wrapper over a Dominican The post AVO Classic Belicoso Returns for 2021 appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Bolívar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 Begins Shipping
    by Patrick Lagreid on January 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    The Bolívar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 has begun arriving in select markets, including Hong Kong according to the Pacific Cigar Ltd., the distributor of Habanos S.A. products in the region. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Pacific Cigar Co Ltd (@pacificcigar) Like the regular production Belicosos Finos, the cigar measures The post Bolívar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 Begins Shipping appeared first on halfwheel.

  • The Bond Roberts 25 Index: Measuring Cuban Cigars’ Investment Potential
    by Samuel Spurr on January 19, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Online Cuban cigar auction platform www.BondRoberts.com has released the first instalment of the quarterly Bond Roberts 25 Index (BR25), a new quarterly metric which measures the auction performance of 25 regular production Cuban cigars over a five-year period, with base prices determined by the original Cuban retail pricing for the 25 regular production cigars selected.

  • Cigar Lounge Leesburg | Cigar Friendly, Florida
    by Bruce Busch on January 19, 2021 at 8:07 am

    The state of Florida has seen incredible growth over the last thirty years.  It started off on the coasts, but of course after a while that land became more and more expensive and harder to find. 

  • North Dakota Senate Passes Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase
    by Charlie Minato on January 19, 2021 at 1:02 am

    North Dakota’s Senate has moved its state one step closer to modifying state law to require the minimum age to purchase tobacco change from 18 to 21-years-old. The North Dakota Senate voted 40 to 7 to pass SB 2156, which would change state law, meaning the bill now moves to the North Dakota House, which will The post North Dakota Senate Passes Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Cuban Partagas Serie E No.2 Cigar Review
    by Bryan Glynn on January 18, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Cuban Partagas Serie E No.2 Cigar Review – This 5.5×54 stick features a dark brown firmly packed wrapper with a slightly oily smooth leather like wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and faint cedar aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with plentiful rich near full bodied … Continue reading → The post Cuban Partagas Serie E No.2 Cigar Review appeared first on CigarObsession - The best cigar review videos.

  • Asylum & CLE Increasing Prices in February
    by Charlie Minato on January 18, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Effective Feb. 1, 2021 every Asylum and CLE cigar will increase by 30 cents per cigar. The one exception is the Eiroa Dark line, which will now be priced as follows: Eiroa Dark 50 x 5 (5 x 50, $15) Eiroa Dark 54 x 6 (6 x 54, $16) Eiroa Dark 60 x 6 (6 The post Asylum & CLE Increasing Prices in February appeared first on halfwheel.

  • 2020 Reviews in Review
    by Charlie Minato on January 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Like last year, I’m going to start off the Awards Week at halfwheel with a look back at some of the data from 2020. I guess I should also start with a disclosure: for the purposes of this article, last year is a reference to 2019. This is only the second year I’ve published this data in The post 2020 Reviews in Review appeared first on halfwheel.

  • Hiram & Solomon Cigars Announces UK Distribution
    by Patrick Lagreid on January 18, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Hiram & Solomon Cigars has announced a distribution agreement with Bright Leaf Distribution Ltd. that will bring its cigars to retailers in the United Kingdom. Paresh Patel, co-owner of Bright Leaf, has been importing cigars for more than 20 years. Currently, Bright Leaf lists Ashton, E.P. Carrillo, Rocky Patel, XIKAR and Vector-KGM, among others, on The post Hiram & Solomon Cigars Announces UK Distribution appeared first on halfwheel.