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I am a part time journalist and a full time cigar and pipe tobacco reviewer. If you enjoy "the leaf," Why not join us over at Cigarweekly.com. I personally have 30ish years of knowledge to share and I consider myself one of the lesser experts.

Foundation Announces Menelik Corona Gorda for Humidour Shoppe 25th YR Anniversary.

December 1st, 2022 Ellington, CT – Foundation Cigar Company and The Humidour Cigar Shoppe of Cockeysville, MD are pleased to announce the limited-edition release of the Menelik Corona Gorda. This cigar is a special collaboration with the Humidour to mark the 25th anniversary of the store.

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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Now Shipping “Reclaimed”

Real Cigar Molds Numbered 1 Through 800, Containing Seven Limited Edition Figurado Cigars Heading to Appointed Tobacconists 

Alec Bradley Cigar Company today announced that the 800 Limited Edition Reclaimed samplers, first reported on by Cigar Aficionado in October, are now shipping. Over the next several days, an exclusive group of Alec Bradley appointed US tobacconists will receive their share of the highly collectible, individually numbered sets. Presented in factory-worn molds, the aptly named Reclaimed samplers contain one Figurado iteration (6 1/4″ x 54 ring-gauge) each of Black Market, Medalist, Prensado, Magic Toast, Maxx, Gatekeeper and Tempus.

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Operation: Cigars For Warriors Announces 2022 “Giving Tuesday”fund raising drive

Ocala, FL – Operation: Cigars For Warriors announced today that it is conducting a fundraising drive from now until November 29th
(Giving Tuesday). CFW is rebuilding its operating capital from a dramatic drop in donations (cigars and operating funds) due to canceled events and shop closures – mainly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PCA Announces Promotion of Ryan Parada to Senior Manager, Expands Role to Include International Policy and Programs

[Washington, DC — Nov 16, 2022] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today the promotion of Government Affairs Manager Ryan Parada to Senior Manager, Government Affairs and International Policy. The announcement comes on the eve of PCA’s second annual international policy summit.

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Foundation Cigars & Highclere Castle to Begin Shipping Senetjer in honor of King Tut’s 100th Anniversary.

11.15.22 Ellington, CT – Foundation Cigar Company announces it has begun to ship its Highclere Castle Senetjer to select retailers throughout the county. Senetjer will strategically start to ship West Coast to East Coast, with the first fulfillment of product landing for everyone by the end of November. A subsequent fulfillment of orders will happen at the start of December, in advance of the holiday season.

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StillWell Star Holiday Y2022 Shipping Nationwide to Purveyors

Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) began shipping the inaugural annual Holiday release of its StillWell Star® handcrafted luxury pipe tobacco cigar to its Purveyors on October 27th, 2022.


Simply dubbed the “Holiday Y2022”, it is a liga of traditional black cigar tobaccos combined with a unique custom crafted aromatic pipe blend from the pipe tobacco maker Cornell & Diehl® (C&D).

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PCA Presents to Reagan Udall Foundation:

Recommends Changes to FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

[Washington, DC — Oct 24, 2022] Today, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) presented to the Reagan Udall Foundation’s Independent Expert Panel conducting the operational evaluation of certain activities of the Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. PCA was represented by the association’s President Greg Zimmerman of The Tobacco Company (Harrisburg, PA) and PCA Deputy Executive Director and Head of Government Affairs Joshua Habursky.

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SOUTHERN DRAW CIGARS ANNOUNCES LIVE DRAWING FOR PECCADILLOES “Small Sins” contest 

AUSTIN, TEXAS, October 13, 2022 – SOUTHERN DRAW CIGARS, LLC today announced the date for the LIVE drawing of the GRAND PRIZE, 2nd and 3rd prizes and alternate winners on Black Friday, November 25, 2022, at 8:00 pm EST. The prize package is valued at over $250,000 and includes the grand prize, consisting of an all-expenses paid trip for two to Estelí, Nicaragua (options for travel 2023 and 2024 will be provided to winner for planning purposes), tours and instructions in the process of producing each hand made, premium cigar, selection of tobacco seed varieties, trips to the nursery, tobaccos fields and farms, curing barns, sorting rooms, fermentation rooms, rolling room and production floor, quality control process, aging room, quality and sorting of finished cigars, box press and other formats, banding, packaging and logistics required to import finished products.  The grand prize package also includes access to and explanation of all tobaccos used in the PECCADILLOES blends, review of blending techniques, instruction into finalizing winners own blend, selection in size and format of winners cigar, access to design team for bands and packaging, and the production of 50,000 handmade cigars that will be produced, imported, marketed, and sold by Southern Draw Cigars, to benefit the charitable organization selected by the grand prize winner.  Some restrictions apply. 

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Southern Draw Cigars – announces EVENING PRIMROSE blend – presales begin today

OCTOBER 7, 2022

Austin, TX — The Southern Draw Cigars family has been working late into the evening for years with the AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. to add a new maduro core blend to the family of brands. A warm, dark cocoa colored wrapper of Mexico’s finest San Andrés tobacco adorns this deep blend, and with it, we offer our respects to the efforts of the true masters that made this specific tobacco and modern fermentation techniques available to small family-owned brands such as ours.

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PCA Position Statement on Pipe Tobacco

The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is committed to defending premium cigars and pipe tobacco from legislative and regulatory overreach. Although the words “pipe tobacco” were removed from the Association’s name, efforts to protect this product category remain steadfast. The Association recognizes the importance of pipe tobacco in many retail tobacco shops and lounges, which is why the PCA government affairs team continues to advocate for its protection at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

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Southern Draw Cigars – IGNITE 2022

Southern Draw Cigars is HONORED to announce three additions to its Fall Release 2022 schedule with the fourth and fifth installments of the IGNITE some good charitable campaign as it joins forces with Warriors on the Fly and the United States Border Patrol Fallen Officers Scholarship Fund to share their respective missions via the release of these entirely new cigars, available in a specially designed IGNITE DRAWpak samplers. 

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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. to Begin Shipping PCA Debut: Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series

Alec Bradley Cigar Company today announced that Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series, which debuted to great fanfare at the 2022 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, July 8-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada, just started shipping to tobacconists. The third installment in the company’s Experimental Series, and the first full cigar line release by Alec Bradley since 2020’s Project 40 Maduro, the Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series is a welcomed and unique addition to the company’s cigar portfolio.

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Cayman Cigar Company: Luxury Cigar Brand to Focus on Charity

Cayman Cigar Company is the world’s only premium cigar company to donate 100% of net profits to charity.

CAYMAN ISLANDS – Cayman Cigar Company is one of the world’s first luxury cigar brands to offer consumers premium cigars and the knowledge every purchase provides financial support to charities around the world. The company is unique in two ways. First, its collection of hand-rolled cigars provide a level of quality on par with Cuban cigars – minus the expense and hassle of sourcing Cuban cigars. Second, every dollar that doesn’t immediately go back into rolling its next cigar is donated to international charities – as well as those closer to home for the company.

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