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Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua



The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco


Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

La Aurora Double Barrel Aged No. 2
Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2


For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a new blend. While the other cigars in the line are differentiated by the type of wrapper used (ie. Brazillian, Broadleaf, Cameroon), this time La Aurora is focusing on the aging process. After being rolled the cigars are aged for an additional 90 days, imparting an interesting sweetness to the cigar. The new La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2 is a good addition to the flagship Preferidos line.

HR Blue Maduro
Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro



After the stellar release of the HR Habano in late 2014, everyone was waiting to see what Cuban tobacco grower Hirochi Robaina would do next. First he made our Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2015 List, then he teamed up with Spence Drake to expand the brand at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Shows in New Orleans with two new additions. The HR Blue is the new maduro added to the line, and uses tobacco from the original HR Habano blend covered in a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

Herrera Esteli H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero



The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates released the Herrera Esteli TAA Maduro, and the latest Stogies store exclusive lancero is that blend in the vitola that only seems to fly off the shelves at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Like the other cigars in the H-Town Series the Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town is a great cigar, and is definitely going to be sought after by hard core cigar enthusiasts.

Aug
06
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigar Release “Rose of Sharon” and “Jacobs Ladder” Cigars

August 5, 2016 – Esteli, Nicaragua & Austin, Texas Southern Draw Cigars has released two new blends, Rose of Sharon and Jacobs Ladder, both are being produced at Tabacalera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua. The two blends were initially planned for 2017 and 2018 releases and are currently in very limited production.   Southern Draw has been blessed to...

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Aug
05
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Kudzu, Firethorn and QuickDraw Line Extensions

August 4, 2016 – Esteli, Nicaragua Southern Draw Cigars has been very busy at Tabacalera Fernandez and announced today that they released a total of 14 new extensions to their current lines including Kudzu – Oscuro, Firethorn – Rosada and all three blends of their QuickDraw line which are Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Habano and Connecticut wrapped blends. With these...

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Aug
03
2016

Press Release: Espinosa Cigars Announces Extensions to New La Crema Line

Espinosa Cigars is adding new several new line extensions to their La Crema line. According to Héctor Alfonso of Espinosa Cgars, “Even though we planned all along to have these sizes they didn’t arrive by show time but we are thrilled to have them available especially with how well the Espinosa Crema was received at the show.” The additions to...

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Aug
02
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigars Announces Updated Package Design

August 3, 2016 – Esteli, Nicaragua The Company is very pleased to announce that ALL Southern Draw Cigars will enjoy an upgraded package design as they begin shipping this week. Certain retailors provided constructive comments and recommendations on the early package design and on the 2 year Anniversary of shipping the first boxes to retailers, they will now...

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Jul
22
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigars discusses IPCPR 2016

July 20, 2016 – Austin, Texas As the premium cigar industries’ BIGGEST week rapidly approaches, Southern Draw Cigars would like to share a few thoughts with partners, consumers and friends along with media members and industry associations. WIN. The top priority of Southern Draw is to honor God’s will in our lives. Secondarily, our priority is centered on our...

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