Monthly Archives: February 2014

3rd Annual NJ Cigar Festival!


Union, NJ – David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ, today announced the 3rd New Jersey Cigar Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Like last year, this year’s event will take place at the prestigious Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ from 11:00am until 4:00pm EST.

Tickets for the event are $150 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 11:00am EST on the NJ Cigar Festival website ( and at Barrister Cigars’ location at 2565 Route 22W in Union, NJ. Attendance is limited to 250 people.

There will be festival-exclusive cigars handed out to all attendees. One of last year’s festival-exclusives, the Willy Herrera Project “M” received rave reviews from all who were lucky enough to experience it (…).

This year’s Cigar All*Stars include (subject to change) industry behemoths Jon Drew of Drew Estate Cigars, Willy Herrera of Herrera Esteli, Rafael Nodal of Aging Room (Oliveros Cigars), George Sosa of Alec Bradley Cigars, Brian Chinnock of Chinnock Cellars Cigars, Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars, Juan Martinez of Joya de Nicaragua, and Antonio Lam of Reinado Cigars amongst others including representatives from La Flor Dominicana, Primer Mundo Cigars, Miami Cigar/La Aurora, Rocky Patel Cigars and Xikar.

For further questions, please contact Barrister Cigars at 908-964-3000 or



Los Angeles – February 20, 2014 – Bodega Premium Blends @BodegaCigars today announced their support of ICON MANN™ and the 2nd Annual pre-Oscar event. ICON MANN™ is the leading lifestyle media company “championing the accomplishments and positive dialog surrounding the Diaspora of Black men.” Their impressive list of luminaries span from Award-winning actors/directors/musicians to Fortune 500 businessmen including numerous premiere Cultural Artistes, Media Moguls and Technology Entrepreneurs.

One of the many goals of ICON MANN™, according to its founding partner and CEO, Tamara N. Houston is to “recognize men from multiple countries and a wide array of industries who are using their tremendous professional success to advance the lives of others, be it communities, or nations in some meaningful way. ICON MANN™ does not specify how this is done or have allegiance to any specific organization for their participation. ICON MANN™ only mandates that our men are involved to great affect so that the measure of success throughout the Diaspora is synonymous with one’s philanthropic commitment.”

ICON MANN™ pre-Academy Awards (Oscar) celebratory dinner will mark the inaugural relationship between the two. Comments Rob Mariani, BPB co-founder, “Bodega’s Reunión Aperitvo and Digestivo blend combination marries itself perfectly to ICON MANN’s very essence: Culture and Fellowship.”

“We are extremely pleased to be ICON MANN’s companion partner for this Oscar event”, stated Bodega Premium Blends’ CEO Gino Domanico aka @Cigar_G. “The cigar industry is like no other. You are not divided by race, religion, social status or political views. Cigar enthusiasts share a bond that is second to none. We’re proud to be associated with these leaders of change”, adds Domanico.

Bodega Premium Blends ( is a Boutique Brand focused on offering only Premium, hand rolled Cigars. BPB’s mission is Investing in your Life’s moments.

ICON MANN™, a lifestyle media company with a purpose; to positively change the global dialog surrounding the Diaspora of Black men. Being the best at what you do places you on the list. How you consistently pay-it-forward puts you in the room.

Cigar Federation Announces First Cigar Release!!!


Cigar Federation announces the release of it’s first cigar The Collective.
The cigar was blended by Ezra Zion Cigar Company and manufactured in the Casa Fernandez
factory in Miami, Florida.
“New media has changed the cigar industry dramatically in the last few years. We feel it has
started a second cigar-boom, especially in the boutique arena. We wanted to make a cigar that
would pay tribute to that and The Collective project was born.” noted Kyle Hoover.
“Smoking this cigar is a completely interactive experience. By scanning the QR code on the
band when you light up will allow you to smoke the cigar with us via video. You’ll hear all about
how the cigar came to be, the blend, the process. It’s like we all came over to your house,
raided beer from your fridge and lit up the cigar with you.” said Chris Kelly.
The Collective is a micro-batch project and features a San Andres Cafe Claro wrapper over
binder and filler of Nicaraguan. Total production is 250 boxes of 20. The Collective comes in one
size, a 52×6.25 prensado box-press.
“We pulled out all the stops when we blended this cigar. The Collective features a wrapper leaf
that has never been used. We kind of invented it. We call it a San Andres Cafe Claro. Obviously,
there are a lot of cigars that use San Andres, but our processing of the leaf is what makes it
unique. The filler contains a substantial amount of the ultra-rare medio tiempo leaf. It’s very
expensive filler leaf, but it had the flavor we wanted and took the cigar into the stratosphere.”
added Hoover.
The Collective is a full bodied, medium strength cigar. Flavors include chai tea, sweet woodsy
notes, dark leather, hints of anise, and an ultra-clean finish.
“When the Ezra guys sent us some samples of this blend to try out, it blew us away. When they
told us they wanted to do it to highlight the new media contribution to the cigar industry, we were honored! As a reviewer, TV host, and all around cigar geek, it’s nice to have someone take the time to recognize your efforts, and with a great cigar no less.” said Rob Rasmussen, Cigar
Federation co-General Manager.
“As a General Manger of Cigar Federation I can tell you that we will continue striving to innovate
and not be bound by conventional ways of doing things. All of the things that make the cigar
lifestyle awesome, we will continue to include in Cigar Federation. We refuse to be stereotyped.
We refuse to be censored. You don’t put baby in a corner!” added Logan Lawler.
The Collective is available exclusively on the Cigar Federation Online Cigar Store. Pre-order of
The Collective will be made available to Cigar Federation members on February 10 at 3pm CST.
The Collective will be made available for sale to the general public at the Virtual Herf launch
party on February 18 at 7pm CST on Cigar Federation.
For more information visit Cigar Federation.

Drew Estate & Corona Cigar Company Announce “Drew Estate Lounge”

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Drew Estate & Corona Cigar Company Announce “Drew Estate Lounge”
Miami, FL
February 11, 2014
Drew Estate announced today their plans to open the first official “Drew Estate Lounge” at the Corona Cigar Company Sand Lake, FL location. This momentous news was met with much excitement from both the Drew Estate and Corona Cigar camps.
When asked to describe his relationship with Drew Estate, Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Corona Cigar
Company, said, “Since the infancy of both Corona Cigar Company and Drew Estate, Jon, Marvin, and I
have not only had a close business relationship, but a long personal relationship built on trust, respect
and an incredible passion for all things cigars. Drew Estate and its entire team, both in the U.S. and
Nicaragua, are incredibly talented and we are proud of our long standing relationship with them.”
The Drew Estate Lounge in Corona Cigar Company’s Sand Lake headquarters is currently being
remodeled with a significant but undisclosed investment, featuring an entirely new full liquor bar area,
complete with an incredible selection of Bourbon, Single Malt Scotch, Dark Rums and
Two new community tables will add additional seating and a place for cigar enthusiasts to gather
with fellow aficionados. Drew Estate and their stable of cigar brands will be tastefully displayed
throughout the lounge via custom art, custom furniture, unique ashtrays and other eclectic items that
Drew Estate’s Nicaraguan artists will create. In addition to the branded Drew Estate Lounge, Corona Cigar Company will be working with Drew Estate creating a series of unique, limited edition, lounge
exclusive offerings of Liga Privada, Undercrown, Natural, Tabak Especial, Nica Rustica and Herrera Esteli cigars, available in summer 2014. Drew Estate cofounder and namesake, Jonathan Drew, had this story to tell about the first time he
met Borysiewicz:
“It was 3 A.M. on some random day in 1999 when Jeff Borysiewicz walked by our little
factory in Estelí, Nicaragua and saw us working, prepping the boxes for the release of the “Natural by
DE” line. Half the factory had no roof; we were drinking borrowed
iced tea while we placed bands on each cigar ourselves. Jeff told me that he respected our hard work and humility. We probably should have jumped him for his cash to finish up the factory roof! Hahahahahahahaha
well, the rest is history.”

Drew Estate & Corona Cigar Company Announce “Drew Estate Lounge”
When asked why Drew Estate chose Corona Cigar, Drew Estate cofounder Marvin Samel said that,
“I consider Corona Cigar Company to be Drew Estate’s home away from home. Every December,
Jonathan [Drew] and I get together with Jeff [owner of Corona Cigar], his wife Tanya, t
heir family, store manager Angel, his extremely talented staff, and consumers for a year
end celebration.
It is here that I tend to become most nostalgic and emotional, reconnecting with consumers who have returned to this
annual event for over 10 years now.”
Marvin continued, “What a way to end each year, surrounded by family and friends who have
embraced our mantra, ‘The Rebirth Of Cigars’, from the beginning!
The fact that Corona has the largest selection of Drew Estate products cemented our decision th
at Corona Cigar Company’s Sand Lake location would become the very first Drew Estate Lounge.”
To stay up to date on the progress of the first Drew Estate Lounge, visit

Miami Cigar Company 25th Anniversary Humidor

Miami Cigar & Sirena Seal

For Immediate Release
MIAMI, FL – Twenty-five years ago Nestor and Mariana Miranda began distributing cigars
out of the trunk of their car, visiting accounts that Nestor had built relationships with
through his many years in the liquor business. Never in their wildest dreams would they
have thought that twenty-five years later their hard work and dedication would translate
into one of the nations largest premium cigar distributors.
To commemorate this accomplishment Miami Cigar & Company has decided to release a
limited edition 25th Anniversary Humidor containing cigars from the two factories that
have helped them reach this milestone.“ We are very excited to be working with La Aurora
and My Father Cigars on this project”, said Jason Wood, Miami Cigar’s Vice President,
“Twenty-five years would not have been possible without the help of the Leon and Garcia
families and we thank them for that.”
This piano-finished humidor has the capacity for 75 cigars. It will contain 20 Toro sized
cigars, each packaged in their own individual coffin. The individual cigar will have a
secondary band denoting its country of origin. Total production on this limited release will
be 500 humidors set to hit the US market mid-March.
“I feel privileged to be a part of this historic milestone” said Wood. “What the Miranda’s
have been able to accomplish is something that I can only hope to duplicate in the 25 years
to come. They have provided us with the blueprint, now with the help of everyone at Miami
Cigar, we look forward to an amazing run continuing their legacy.”
About Miami Cigar & Company
Miami Cigar & Company, founded in 1989, is the worldwide owner/distributor of Tatiana,
Nestor Miranda, Casa Miranda, Anoranzas and Don Lino lines of cigars. They are also the
exclusive US distributor for La Aurora brands. They can found on the web at


Drew Estate and Royal Gold…

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Drew Estate and Royal Gold Cigars Announce NIRVANA
Miami, FL, February 5, 2014: Royal Gold Cigars has partnered with renowned cigar
manufacturer Drew Estate for their latest premium, hand-rolled cigar release, NIRVANA CAMEROON SELECTION. The new cigar features a luscious, light-brown, Rosado wrapper grown in the Eastern province of Cameroon, Africa. The wrapper is grown by small farmers who, when it’s time to cure the tobacco, clear an area of land and construct a rustic curing barn. This completely natural process translates into a leaf almost devoid of disease and also produces some of the best tasting Cameroon leaf in the world. The origin of the Cameroon seed varietal is Sumatra Indonesia, which has been grown in Africa for over 60 years. The balance of the blend consists of fillers from Nicaragua, specifically Jalapa and Estelí, along with
a portion from the Jamastran region of Honduras. The binder is San Andreas tobacco from Mexico.
When reached for comment, Drew Estate co-founder Marvin Samel responded from their Miami
office stating that, “the beauty behind the Nirvana blend is the combination of Cameroon wrapper and Nicaraguan filler leaves. Cameroon leaf is from Africa and is known for its sweetness and a natural sweet spice taste. Blending the strength, body, and richness of the Nicaraguan tobacco with the Cameroon allows a nuanced & layered depth to really come through. This is not an old fashioned mild Cammy. Quite the contrary.”
Co-founder and company namesake Jonathan Drew stated, “Nirvana is extremely important to
Drew Estate Tobacco Company for a variety of reasons. First, Nirvana will join our product lineup as one of only two brands that we produce for strategic partners. Second, our relationship with Alex Goldman is akin to that of a brother. When he hurts, we hurt. When he succeeds, our hearts are filled with pride. The brand Nirvana is a long-term relationship that begins with the Cammy Selection. Testing and
experimenting with different blends, different algorithms of leaf and concept – is the beauty of creation. We have a lifetime to learn together. Nirvana will be that common space and bond between DE and Royal Gold. We will deliver something beautiful that proves itself over time. We are in no rush.”

Drew Estate and Royal Gold Cigars Announce NIRVANA
The new NIRVANA line is offered in five sizes, including a 6×46 Corona Gorda, 5×52 Robusto, 6×52 Toro, 6×54 Torpedo, and finally a 4×44 size called the “Silencio”. The line will be available exclusively through Royal Gold Cigars distribution network. The first shipment of NIRVANA will be shipped in unique, limited edition, wooden display boxes featuring beautiful silk screen graphics. The cigars are produced at Drew Estate’s La Gran Fabrica in Estelí, Nicaragua. The facility currently produces 95,000 hand-rolled cigars per day, without the assistance of any machines. The factory is known for their other highly-praised lines, including Herrera Esteli, Liga Privada, Undercrown, ACID Cigars by Drew Estate, and many more.
When asked about the new partnership with Royal Gold Cigars and Drew Estate, company
president Michael Cellucci shared his excitement. “We have worked with Alex (Goldman) for years and have always been close friends. This new venture allowed us to collaborate on a project we are both proud of and both committed to.” Royal Gold Cigars president Alex Goldman stated that, “When I started Royal Gold at the beginning
of 2013, my vision was to work with the best blenders and factories in the world to create our brands. Of course, Drew Estate was right at the top of the list. The talent and creativity of the Drew Estate team, combined with all the resources that Royal Gold, its parent company, and my own history in the cigar business, allowed us to create a truly special blend. The limited nature of the Cameroon wrapper will not allow us to produce all the cigars that we feel the market will demand, but you can be sure that neither Drew Estate nor Royal Gold will trade quality for quantity – we will keep the production limited to ensure the best possible product is delivered to our consumers. Both the Royal Gold and Drew Estate names
and logos appear on the packaging, and as such we will always stand behind the quality of this product.
This is just the first brand of what I hope will be a long term collaboration between Royal Gold Cigars and
Drew Estate”
Information on ordering NIRVANA Cigars can be obtained from Royal Gold Cigars by telephone at
800 524 4406, by email at, or on the web at www.royalgoldcigars.

Nirvana Nirvana Box

Bodega Premium Blends Digestivo Cigar Review

Bodega Digestivo

If you’re a social media buff, especially twitter, you’ve definitely heard of this company and more likely its founders. Gino, (@Cigar_G) is a name you’ve probably heard and interacted with. I personally have had many interactions with him as well as the rest of the Bodega Family, which is also why I have a great amount of respect for this company. The family aspect. Their credo embraces the great philosophy that is a part of the cigar lifestyle. Read about it here. Read on for my experience with the Digestivo.


Bodega Premium Blends is a Canadian based company. The company’s cigars are under the distribution flag of the House of Emilio. Bodega Cigars are selling on the Cigar Federation Store.

Construction & Pre-light;

The cigar felt well packed from top to bottom. There were minimal veins, and hard to detect wrapper seams. The Digestivo consists of a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The cigar gave off a nice cocoa and earthy smell, with the foot consisting of cocoa, earth, and spice. A straight cut to the cap yielded much of the same flavors.


The Digestivo started out with a healthy dose of pepper, accompanied by notes of cocoa and a slight coffee presence. After the first initial puffs, the pepper mellowed into a nice milder kick. The cocoa and coffee notes were the main players. The cigar had a nice full profile going on.

The second third stayed true to the cocoa, yet presented in more of a dark chocolate form. The pepper was a tad “weaker,” for lack of a better word. An addition in this third was leather. It added a nice bold feel to an already bold cigar.

The final third kept up with the dark chocolate and leather. The pepper was strictly on the retrohale and almost gone all together. The Digestivo kept me interested to the last. Nubbing it was a must. At the nub I did feel that I detected a slight soft feel taking over the cigar but never proved to be anything troublesome.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was effortless and produced a gorgeous amount of aromatic smoke.

The burn was fantastic. I can report one touch up, maybe two, but no relights at all.

The ash was strong and held firm. Nice and tight like G likes them. 😉


I love the whole idea behind an appetizer and after dinner cigar. I can’t say that I usually get the chance to do both but I sure won’t have a problem trying. if you want to look at it in order I started backwards, but its ok it goes with my personality I guess. The Digestivo was a flavorful, well constructed introduction to the line for me. Knowing the Bodega family’s passion for tasty cigars, food, and beverage I had high hopes. The Digestivo didn’t fail to meet my expectations. The whole experience encapsulated, for me, the idea behind Bodega’s philosophy of the lifestyle. Try them my friends, I don’t think you’ll disagree. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

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