6 Jun 2014
As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.
1) In preparation for the 2014 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show, which will take place in Las Vegas in July, Miami Cigar & Co. this week unveiled its new look, which coincides with the outfit’s 25th anniversary. “Along with the unveiling of the new design elements at the show, Miami Cigar & Co. will host a by-invitation 25th anniversary event at the fabulous Hyde Bellagio Las Vegas,” reads a press release. “The event…will welcome friends, colleagues, media, collaborators, and celebrities who have helped Miami Cigar & Co. reach this milestone. The event will also symbolize a passing of the torch as Nestor Miranda has decided to pass along day-to-day operations to his son-in-law, Jason Wood.” Wood is currently vice president of the company. “It has been an honor for me to begin the process of creating a new look and feel which is worthy of what Nestor Miranda and the Miami Cigar & Co. team have accomplished over the last 25 years,” he said.
2) Jeff Borysiewicz, president of Corona Cigar Co., has stepped down as chairman of Cigar Rights of America to spend more time with his family, concentrate on his cigar shops in Florida, and focus on his first crop of Florida Sun Grown tobacco. He will be succeeded by Robert Levin, president of Ashton and the Holt’s of Philadelphia. “We sincerely thank Jeff for his hard work for the last four years,” said Levin. “We would not be having the discussion of an exemption for premium cigars were it not for the legislative efforts of Jeff and the CRA staff and team of advocates. Jeff will remain active with our advocacy and legislative efforts, offering his expertise and passion for the premium cigar industry.”
3) Inside the Industry: Joya de Nicaragua has revealed its latest cigar line, which is called Joya Red. It was “developed for the modern smoker by the youngest executive team in the industry, together with the most senior master blenders of Nicaragua,” according to a press release. The Nicaraguan puro will come in four sizes and be positioned as a milder Joya smoke, using a Habano wrapper of a lower priming than usual, and featuring less ligero tobacco than is typical of the oldest cigar maker in Nicaragua.
4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan fires up the East India Trading Company Rogue. Cigar Inspector inspects the Cult Ometepe. Stogie Fresh smokes the Liga Privada Único Serie L40. Stogie Review reviews the Eiroa Prensado.
5) Deal of the Week: This sampler lands you five premium cigars for just $26. Included are such highly-rated sticks as the Fausto FT166, Sindicato Affinity Belicoso, Cain F 654T, Montecristo Classic No. 3, and the Vega Fina Robusto.