Hail Destroys Acres Of Fuente Fuente OpusX Wrapper Leaf

(As reported in Cigar Aficionado) An intense and long-lived hailstorm destroyed several acres of cigar tobacco at Chateau de la Fuente in El Caribe, Dominican Republic on May 6. Ice fell from the sky, blasting holes in unpicked tobacco leaves, tearing down cheesecloth shade, damaging curing barns and wrecking seedbeds. In the aftermath, it appeared as if snow had fallen in the tropics, with workers chipping away at piles of ice that had gathered on the collapsed tenting that normally covers the fields. 

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Press Release

The excitement has finally arrived as the 7-20-4 Hustler Five & Dime Series heads to PCA Retailers across the country starting on May 4th.

The “Five & Dime” name was chosen by Kurt Kendall, the owner of 7-20-4 Cigars honoring the history of the 5 and 10 cent cigars manufactured in NH back in 1874.

The Five & Dime is a 6 x 52 Toro in a 10 count box with a Mexican San Andres/Brazilian Habano Wrapper, Sumatra Binder, and PA, Esteli, Jalapa Fillers. Hand-made in Nicaragua at the Jesus Fuego Factory.

The cigar will retail at $12.50 and will begin shipping on May 4th to retailers who made reservations for the new release.

7-20-4 Cigars began taking reservations for the cigar at the PCA show in 2021. Kurt Kendall, president of 7-20-4 Cigars commented “Despite the bottlenecks, we have hit in the cigar industry with production, printing, and shipping cigars, we are grateful for all the patience from everyone and the hard work from everyone participating in rolling out the Five & Dime. Everything in the shipment which arrived in Miami is ready to head to our Brick & Mortar partners. We are truly humbled by its success.”

The 7-20-4 Hustler Five & Dime cigar is a PCA exclusive. The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is the leading authority and advocate for the premium cigar and pipe retailer industry. The PCA is dedicated to the current and future success of brick and mortar premium tobacconists.


May 3, 2022 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the 2nd release of Hyena: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

HYENA is a Limited Edition that will be shipping to select BLK WKS retailers this month. It will also be available in Belgium and Germany.

“Hyena received a lot of hype in 2021 and this year’s release will be no different.  The 2022 Hyena is bold, spicy, very well balance and a touch more intense than last year’s release. A truly unique cigar that is focused on showcasing a perfect balance between Nicaraguan fillers and the Cameroon wrapper. The profile is spice forward with white pepper & semi-sweet baking spices blended with herbal notes & cedar.

The finish is a blend of bitter cocoa, cream & malt. Hyena is an extremely complex and balanced cigar and is a tribute to my wife’s and my many years of living in Africa,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC & BLK WKS and owner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. 

Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Africa Cameroon
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua

Corona Gorda – 5 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $12.50
Lonsdale – 6.5×42 (20 count) MSRP $12.50

These cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco of our boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra. BLK WKS cigars are available for purchase through Oveja Negra Brands. For more information visit OvejaNegraCigars.com.

Casa 1910 – Where we have been

On April 26th at the emblematic restaurant La Única in Polanco, Mexico City, we had a pairing with Chivas Regal whisky, where we enjoyed a four-course dinner paired with Chivas Regal extra (Tequila barrel), 18 years aged, Ultis, and to finish with Chivas 25 years and our famous Cuchillo Parado cigar.

Among the attendees were celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs in the spirits industry, Chivas Regal Mexico ambassador Alex Millán and our Master Blender Manolo Santiago. Undoubtedly a night to remember.

At the beginning of the month, we had presence at one of the most nationally recognized competitions in the world of classic automobiles, the “Concurso de Elegancia”, where the most exquisite collectors of antique cars exhibit their best work in restoration, maintenance and mechanics.

For two days, classic car enthusiasts were able to experience the collections of American and European cars up close, along with an excellent gastronomic atmosphere. 

Our first guests in a our talk show was one of the top-ranked Podcasts in the industry; this was presented as an Instagram Live about what they thought of our cigar Cuchillo Parado.

The renowned Wine Sommelier Grecia Guerrero delighted us with a wonderful interview about her experiences and opinions about the tobacco business in Mexico.

Drew Estate Announces Revamped Barn Smoker 2022 Program

Drew Estate has announced the big 2022 return of its popular Barn Smoker Program. This year’s Barn Smoker event will consist of five different events:

  • Florida Barn Smoker (Clermont, FL): May 13-15
  • Pennsylvania Barn Smoker (Strasburg, PA): July 15-16
  • Connecticut Barn Smoker (Ellington, CT ): Aug. 12-14
  • Kentucky Barn Smoker (Hopkinsville, KY): Sept. 30-Oct. 1
  • Barn Smoker Presents—Savage Feast (Parker, TX): Oct. 21-22
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PCA Announces Bold New Advocacy Initiative

[Washington, DC, Feb 8, 2022] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today the development and release of its new strategic advocacy plan known as Vision 50: A Decade of Action. The plan focuses on a proactive approach to spearhead policy and legislative advocacy to benefit specialty tobacco retailing and will be synced with the association’s efforts to bolster state associations and retail membership.

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