Blessed Leaf Kairos Release!

March 13, 2014! !
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kyle Hoover and Chris Kelly, the leaders of, a
Christian cigar-based ministry, announce the release of the long anticipated Blessed Leaf
“This is a project that has been in our hearts for over a year. Our vision was to produce a great
cigar with vintage tobaccos and have the proceeds go to ministry and missions efforts.” noted
Kyle Hoover.
“For this project, we went back to our roots: Nicaraguan tobacco! This is a Nicaraguan puro in
the Ezra Zion genre of blending. Since we are doing this for The Lord, it had to be the best work
we could possibly do!” added Chris Kelly.
The Blessed Leaf Kairos is a 52 x 6.25 box press. The wrapper is Corojo 99 Rosado. The filler
includes ligeros from Esteli and Jalapa. Total production is 4000 cigars of 100 boxes and 5
The Blessed Leaf Kairos is produced at the Casa Fernandez factory in Miami, Florida.! !
“We chose the name Kairos because of it’s unique meaning to this project. Kairos is defined as
a specific moment in time when the Divine intervenes directly into your life. To us, there is a duel application. Obviously, as a person smokes the cigar they will have a “heavenly” smoking
experience. Secondly, that the support raised for Christian missions will impact people’s lives
with the gospel of Christ.” added Hoover.! !! The Blessed Leaf Kairos will be available for pre-order on and The official launch herf will be on April 2 on

Miami Cigar to Serve as Exclusive US Distributor of Viva República

Miami Cigar & Sirena Seal

Miami Cigar to Serve as Exclusive US Distributor of Viva República
MIAMI – March 19, 2014

Viva República, Inc. and Miami Cigar Co. are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1st 2014. Miami Cigar will sell and distribute all Viva República lines in the United States.
In addition to the brand joining Miami Cigar’s premium product offerings, the brand creator, Jason Holly, is joining the Miami Cigar team. He will concentrate on developing existing brands and work on creating new projects, while visiting accounts nationally for events and sales support. When questioned about the acquisition Jason Wood, VP of Miami Cigar, had this to say, “We plan to increase our emphasis on traditional channels,” he said, “It is time for the cigar industry to see the new Miami Cigar, the addition of (Jason) Holly is exactly what we needed to get a jump start to our 25th Anniversary campaign.”
Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda in 1989 the Company is celebrating its 25th year in business.
“We are proud to be adding a growing new brand in the same year we are celebrating our 25th
Anniversary,” said Miranda, “Even after two-plus decades and millions upon millions of cigars, we’re not ready to slow down.”
“I was thoroughly impressed with the Miranda’s and Jason Wood,” said Holly, who attended Harvard University, “We share similar values, key relationships and both see enhanced growth potential resulting from our complementary skills and resources.”
“I am proud to have Viva República in the Miami Cigar family of lines we distribute.” said Wood. “In adding Holly we bring on another valuable team member, who has seen the industry from the traditional retailer’s eye. He is highly creative and can add to our strategy immensely.” When asked about future Viva República releases Holly said he would continue to rely solely on León’s factory. “It’s home. The factory is modern and well run, boasts a fantastic tobacco inventory and is owned by a great friend,” Holly said.
With the pending release of the Nestor Miranda Collection, the addition of Viva República and plans to enhance its sales mechanisms, Miami Cigar could be in for one of its most exciting years since its founding.
“We have spent some serious time evaluating our practices and look forward to implementing positive changes that will enhance our brand identity,” said Wood.

About Miami Cigar Co
Miami Cigar Co is proudly celebrating its 25th Year in Business as a distributer of premium cigars. Founded by Nestor and
Mariana Miranda the company is currently run by Vice President Jason Wood. In addition to the Nestor Miranda brands the
company also boasts the Tatiana, Don Lino and Casa Miranda brands. MCC also serves as the exclusive United States distributor
for La Aurora, S.A.

About Viva República
Viva República was founded in 2012 by former brick and mortar retailer Jason Holly. Holly partnered with Guillermo León and
his La Aurora factory as the exclusive manufacturer of the company’s Viva República brand. In addition to winning an award in
the “Best in Show” category at the IPCPR in 2013, the brands sales have steadily increased. Current releases include Rapture,
Rapture Maduro and Guerrilla Warfare, with new additions shipping shortly.

Partagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections

Partagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections
The Sequel That’s Second to None

Richmond, VA—General Cigar Company is proud to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Partagas® 1845 line with two unique, channel-specific collections debuting in mid-March.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte was created exclusively for sale at brick and mortar cigar shops, and Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro will be available only through internet and catalog retailers. Each new collection has its own distinctive blend.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar explains, “These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio. We anticipate that the appeal of these new Partagas 1845 cigars will be shared equally among those who favor the heritage and craftsmanship of classic brands, and those who seek to expand their smoking repertoires with exciting new tastes.”

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is a full-flavored cigar featuring high priming tobacco for a deep, rich smoking experience. The wrapper is a dark, lustrous Ecuadoran Habano ligero, and the binder is Habano Connecticut binder. The blend is bold, with Dominican Piloto Cubano, peppered with Nicaraguan tobacco from three growing areas: Gurdian, Esteli and ASP. With its eye-catching band that features a silver and black color scheme, Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte will be easy to find at retail.

Extra Fuerte will debut with these four frontmarks, each protected in boxes containing 20 cigars: Robusto Gordo
(5.5” x 52), SRP per cigar $7.49; Gigante (6” x 60), SRP per cigar $7.99; and Double Corona (7.5” x 54), SPR per cigar $8.19 and Supremo (7” x 58), SRP per cigar $8.49.

Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro is a robust smoke with a unique flavor unto its own. Extra Oscuro’s blend begins with an oily Connecticut Havano Oscuro wrapper. The binder is a proprietary Dominican leaf and the blend features a selection of the most full-flavored tobaccos that the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua have to offer. A silver band with royal purple accents differentiates the Extra Oscuro line.

Extra Oscuro is also a five-cigar collection, with each frontmark packed in 18 count boxes. The line includes Robusto Gordo (5.5” x 52), SRP per cigar $7.26; Double Corona (7.5 x 54), SRP per cigar $7.75; Rothschild (4.5” x 50), SRP per cigar $7.01; Gigante (6” x 60) SPR per cigar $8.03, and Supremo (7” x 58), SRP per cigar $8.47.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte and Extra Oscuro are presented with the same innovative band positioning and patented vertical box format that debuted with the original Partagas 1845 line in 2012.
Jhonys Diaz (vice president of operations) led blend development on both new collections, collaborating with General Cigar Dominicana’s development team which includes Francisco Rodriguez (general manager of operations) and Yuri Guillen (production manager).
About Partagas Cigars
Partagas cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar also produces Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur®, and several other leading premium brands. In addition, the company grows its own premium Connecticut Shade wrapper tobacco, as well as natural and candela wrapper in the Dominican Republic. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide. For more information, please visit
® Partagas, Macanudo, Cohiba La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Company.

Nomad Connecticut Fuerte Cigar Review

Nomad Connecticut

If you still haven’t gotten to know the superb company that is Nomad Cigar Company, I’m not sure why you still smoke cigars. Stop now, you’re not paying enough attention. Having smoked and enjoyed every cigar Fred has come out with, I was unsurprisingly anticipating smoking the Connecticut Fuerte. Add to the fact that this cigar was to add some kick to the light side of Connecticuts and my excitement grew more. Read on for my thoughts…


The Connecticut Fuerte is of course by Nomad Cigar Company and a member of, and distributed by the House of Emilio. If you’re looking for some, look no further, Cigar Fed Store. The cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Construction & Pre Light;

The Connecticut Fuerte is a beautiful looking cigar. There are a few noticeable veins, and very faint wrapper seams. It is packed well and gives off a barnyard type aroma along with a faint sweet tobacco note. The foot gives some spice and wood. A straight cut to the cap yields a dry draw of sweet tobacco and nuts.


The Connecticut Fuerte started off with some delicious nutty notes accompanied  by a slight pepper spice. It gave a beautifully creamy sensation with just the right kick to it. Throughout the first third the nut and spice were present along with notes of wood and sweet tobacco here and there.

The second third brought the wood and sweet tobacco notes more to the forefront. The nutty notes were still present. The spice also kicked up a tad in this third. The creamy sensation also stayed in play adding such a tasteful accent to this already enjoyable cigar.

The final third saw the nutty notes and pepper stay as the dominant notes. The cream was still there but a little more faint. Nubbing this was a must and a pleasure.

Draw, Burn, and Ash;

The draw was absolutely phenomenal. A plentiful amount of smoke on each pull. Was never too tight or too loose.

The burn was as I’ve decided to deem it; “The Nomad Coefficient.” It was as splendid as most of the Nomads I’ve enjoyed. Just about razor-sharp from beginning to end.

The ash was as strong as they come, showing off the craftsmanship of this cigar. Stellar!


It’s no secret that Nomad Cigar Company has found the secret to success. I personally have been impressed with every offering in their portfolio. Fred’s cigars have made my top of the year lists and I doubt this will change. As for this cigar, it was absolutely splendid. It was a bit stronger than a normal Connecticut, but not terribly stronger. It definitely, in my humble opinion, is one of the best Connecticuts I’ve enjoyed. I’ve already placed a box purchase with the Cigar Federation Store as I see it becoming a normal smoke in my rotation. Usually when I think of a Connecticut, its reserved for morning or early afternoon. Not the case here. I see myself being able to enjoy it at any time of the day. The flavor throughout the cigar makes it an excellent experience and a compliment to Nomads already exceptional repertoire.

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;




Nomad Cigar Company Releases “Connecticut Fuerte.”


Nomad Cigar Company Releases “Connecticut Fuerte.”

Orlando, FL (March 3, 2014) – Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of the Connecticut Fuerte: Blended and rolled in the Dominican Republic.

Earlier in the year Fred Rewey, founder of Nomad Cigar Company, outlined his plans for the year, which included the release of a Connecticut cigar.

Created in the heart of the Dominican Republic, Nomad’s first Connecticut wrapped cigar successfully treads the fine line between traditional and progressive.

“The goal was to give traditional Connecticut smokers something a ‘bit more’ but not bury them in spice or strength. The other consideration was that I really wanted to create a cigar Nicaraguan fans would enjoy for their first smoke of the day. It was a very challenging endeavor. So far, the response has been very positive and I am pleased that so many people are taking to it” Said Rewey.

The Nomad Connecticut Fuerte cigar features the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, an Ecuadorian Habano Binder, and Both Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigars come in 20 count boxes and is available in four sizes.

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

Corona 5.5 x 44 – $158
Toro – 6 x 52 $170
Robusto Gordo 5.5 x 54 – $170
Robusto 5 × 50 – $158

Nomad has grown considerably in the last year with the 2013 release of the Nicaraguan S-307 and the Esteli Lot 1386.

The Nomad Fuerte is in stock and shipping to all retailers.

More information can be found on Nomad’s website at

Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company

Twitter: @Godfadr

Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)


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”

Drew Estate Logo
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