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Stogie News: Fresh Twists on Old Products

29 Aug 2006

While CAO has lately been the most creative company as far as cigar marketing is concerned, other brands are now putting new spins on old products to try to get more of their stogies into your humidors.

Take H. Upmann, for example. In cooperation with Michael Argenti, the manufacturer recently released a new version of two old lines – the H. Upmann Signature Series and the Por Larrañaga Cuban Grade.

The Signature line is really Argenti’s take on the esteemed Upmann label with a new tobacco blend and a new box. While the Por Larrañaga Grade is also a new blend, the most noticeable change is the unique silver box – a product of Argenti’s obsession with design.

Another current example of cigar manufacturers putting fresh twists on old stogies is that Rocky Patel’s unbanded cigar is slipping out of its birthday suit and into a tiny band. The Edge, which has been naked since its debut in 2004, will now have a thin, pastel yellow band around the foot of each cigar. The first of these newly-packaged stogies are scheduled to arrive in America by early September.

But as fancy boxes, new bands, and other creative marketing tools begin to flood your tobacconist, remember that new advertising strategies can be helpful in prompting you to try new cigars – but they should never dictate your preferences. A great cigar in a new box or band is still a great cigar…and a piece of crap in a new box or band is still a piece of crap.

Patrick A


3 Responses to “Stogie News: Fresh Twists on Old Products”

  1. Anonymous Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 3:41 pm #

    Speaking of new variations on existing products, what’s the deal with these so-called “sun grown” cigars? I know Ashton has an ESG and Rocky has some sun grown line, but are they really worth the extra dollars?

  2. George Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 4:36 am #

    As I understand it, sun grown cigars are, well, grown in the sun. They will have bolder, more complex flavors and will be more oily than traditional stogies.

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    […] After creating a huge hit with his Vintage Series Rocky Patel followed up that success with the Edge line. The unbanded cigars (though last year it was announced that a band around the foot would be introduced – as pictured) came in rustic wooden cabinet of 100 that featured a prominently displayed “WARNING: Professional Smokers Only. Smoke While Sitting Down.” […]