Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announces today that the company is returning as an exhibitor to the 2023 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show which takes place on July 7-11 at the Venetian Convention Center in Las Vegas.Continue reading STG Returns to PCA Trade Show with Forged Cigar Company
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Cayman Cigar Sovereign #3
The Cayman Cigar Company is unique in that the net profit of the company goes to charitable causes. This is a Corona parejo with a medium dark wrapper that is a bit rustic but shows an light oily character. The cold draw is perfect.Continue reading Cayman Cigar Sovereign #3
NEWLY BLENDED UNITED CIGAR IN THE ROUND FORMAT SLATED FOR APRIL SHIPMENT
Hudson, NH – United Cigars has enhanced their flagship United Cigars Line and will now be rolled in the traditional round shape. United Cigars is not just the name of the company, or their flagship brand, it is an
American Icon. The company’s rich origins stretch back over a century, delivering unique experiences to cigar enthusiasts since 1901. Since reigniting United Cigars in 2010, it has been their mission to continue improving on their products and services to their retail partners and consumers. As part of that pursuit, the new format for the United Cigars line will begin shipping in Mid-April.
Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55LE
This is a robusto size is a special edition made in honor of Guy Fieri’s 55th birthday (just in case you didn’t know, Fieri collaborated with Eric Espinosa to develop the blend for the Knuckle Sandwich line). The wrapper is a rich dark brown. The notes from the foot are earthy. The cold draw is perfect.Continue reading Espinosa Knuckle Sandwich 55LE
PCA Announces Date and Location for 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show
[Washington, DC — Fri, March 24, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that the 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held March 22-25, 2024 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This marks a change from the traditional summer time trade show to earlier in the year. PCA is currently negotiating contracts for the 2025 Annual Convention and Trade Show for an early spring date in a new location and expects to announce that in the coming weeks.Continue reading PCA Announces Date and Location for 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show
PCA Position Statement and Background on Tax Caps
PCA | March 23, 2023
The Premium Cigar Association is actively working with state associations, retailers, and coalition partners to introduce and support tax cap legislation in the states. The goal of this state legislation is to reduce the tax burden on retailers and consumers, alike, and to create a robust marketplace to sell premium cigars. The association aims to support legislation that can provide relief to the most number of products sold by our retail members, and to use the available definitions of cigars, that can best suit the legislative climate in a given state. The “large cigar” tax definition encompasses the most number of products, but because of it’s inclusion of non-premium machine made and flavored cigars, the use of this definition is not acceptable in every state. To pursue tax relief in more challenging legislative environments, the association will utilize the definition of “premium cigars” used by the Judge Amit Mehta opinion in Cigar Association et al v. Food & Drug Administration. Tax caps for premium cigars are essential in promoting a robust brick and mortar marketplace, especially in states with challenging tobacco tax and regulatory environments.Continue reading PCA Position Statement and Background on Tax Caps
PCA Announces the Hiring of Antoine Reid as Director of Content
[Washington, DC — Tue, March 21, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today the hiring of Antoine Reid as its new Director of Content. In this new role, Reid will be responsible for overseeing content creation and production for PCA’s various platforms, utilizing PCA’s unique industry position to connect content with retailers, manufactuers, and consumers. In addition, Reid will leverage high-quality content to engage consumers to raise PCA’s profile to enhance comsumer engagement in grassroots advocacy efforts. Antoine’s first day is Tues., March 21.Continue reading PCA Announces the Hiring of Antoine Reid as Director of Content
Karen Berger 25th Anniversary by AJ Fernandez
This is a very attractive box-pressed cigar with a rich Broadleaf wrapper. The foot gave up light notes of coffee and cedar. The cold draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is Desert Door Sotol.Continue reading Karen Berger 25th Anniversary by AJ Fernandez
Aganorsa Leaf Anniversario Lancero
This is a beautiful Cigar with very little aroma from the foot. The cold draw is slightly tight, but I expect it will open up as the cigar burns. Tonight’s beverage is a 50ml pour of Clyde Mays Rye.Continue reading Aganorsa Leaf Anniversario Lancero
UNITED CIGARS PUTS BIG PAPI FIRECRACKER ON DECK FOR OPENING DAY
Hudson, NH- Spring Training is in full swing and with our national pastime’s opening day around the corner it is the perfect time for the Big Papi Firecracker to step back into the batter’s box. Featuring a dark, rich Mexican wrapper grown in the San Andres Valley, the Big Papi Firecracker explodes with flavor right from the start. Returning for MLB’s Opening Day, the Big Papi Firecracker is back as part of United Cigars collaboration project with Artista.Continue reading UNITED CIGARS PUTS BIG PAPI FIRECRACKER ON DECK FOR OPENING DAY
Black Works Studio Releases
March 14, 2023 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) will begin shipping the Limited Release, S&R, and the new RORSCHACH SUMATRA. Both are hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.Continue reading Black Works Studio Releases
PCA Summary of FDA’s Proposed New Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practices
[Washington, DC — Tue, March 14, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association has completed its initial analysis of the Proposed Rule for Tobacco product Manufacturing Practices published in the Federal Register on March 10th, 2023. The nearly 300-page document contains several provisions that will affect the “business of specialty tobacco retailing” both domestically in the United States and commerce internationally. Because a federal court has held that the FDA acted arbitrarily and capriciously in deeming premium cigars subject to the Act, it is the PCA’s position that FDA lacks jurisdiction to apply this rule to premium cigars. The PCA will urge the agency, and if necessary, the courts, to make clear that the proposed rule should not, cannot, and will not reach premium cigars. Furthermore, the proposed rule has several fundamental flaws in it that would inordinately harm smaller manufactures and lead to overall market contraction that would limit the products offered on retail shelves.Continue reading PCA Summary of FDA’s Proposed New Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practices
BRAND NEW! WEST TAMPA RED
I was fortunate enough to see Rick Rodriguez at a recent event and he gave me a couple of pre-release samples. This cigar is beautiful, with a nice dark San Andreas wrapper. There are light sweet notes from the foot. The cold draw is perfect.Continue reading BRAND NEW! WEST TAMPA RED
LAMPERT FAMILY RESERVE 2022
LAMPERT CIGARS has begun shipping “FAMILY RESERVE 2022”, a 6 x 52 TORO, to retailers.Continue reading LAMPERT FAMILY RESERVE 2022
Muestra de Saka Krakatoa Pre-Order Window Open
Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) is currently taking pre-orders for “Krakatoa”, its newest addition to their much-heralded Muestra de Saka line. The deadline for pre-orders is Friday, March 24th, 2023.Continue reading Muestra de Saka Krakatoa Pre-Order Window Open
PCA Submits Recommendations to OIRA
[Washington, DC — March 10, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association submitted a comment to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in response to their solicitation of feedback on “Broadening Public Engagement in the Federal Regulatory Process”.Continue reading PCA Submits Recommendations to OIRA
LAMPERT 1675 EDICION MORADO
LAMPERT CIGARS will be unveiling its newest line – Edición MORADO and it has started shipping to select shops. The widespread release is expected in mid-April.Continue reading LAMPERT 1675 EDICION MORADO
Crowned Heads Le Patissier #50 (4-3/8 x 50)
This is a very good looking cigar with a smooth dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Notes of cocoa are detected in the foot and cold draw, which is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a 50ml pour of Woodford Reserve with a sparkling water back.Continue reading Crowned Heads Le Patissier #50 (4-3/8 x 50)
Oppose Flavor Ban in Texas
We are writing to inform you of a bill that has been introduced in the Texas State Senate, SB 920. This bill aims to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including cigars with a so-called “characterizing flavor” other than tobacco. We believe this would have a negative impact on our industry and our ability to enjoy these products.
We strongly urge you to read the PCA’s position statement on flavor bans to fully understand the potential harm this bill could cause. We also urge you to use the link below and contact your state elected officials and express your opposition to SB 920.
We must act now to protect our industry and the options of consumers to purchase and enjoy premium cigars and pipe tobacco.
Thank you for your support.
RED ANCHOR COMES ASHORE WITH FOUR NEW SIZES FOR 2023
Hudson, NH- The tide is rolling in, and with it comes four new sizes of Red Anchor for 2023. Originally launched in 1772, Red Anchor was created by Albertus Hillen Sigarenfabriek in Delft, Holland. The brand was passed down through the family until 1890 when it was sold to Martinus Holland who continued to expand the brand into a tin format through the early 1900s until the brand went out of business in 1937. In 2022, United Cigars reignited the 250 year old brand with a familiar Dutch connection, the Kelner Family, at Hendrik Kelner Jr.’s Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.Continue reading RED ANCHOR COMES ASHORE WITH FOUR NEW SIZES FOR 2023
C.L.E. Signature 11/18
This is a very nice looking cigar. The Cameroon seed Honduran wrapper is a nice medium brown. Very subtle notes of loam and wood from the foot. The cold draw is perfect.Continue reading C.L.E. Signature 11/18
Goals and Tactics of the Anti-Tobacco Groups
The premium cigar and pipe tobacco industries have long been targets of organizations seeking to restrict or eliminate the use of tobacco in society. This paper will examine some of the tactics used by these groups in their efforts to marginalize industry producers, retailers, and consumers. These tactics include conflation of data, prohibition and virtue signaling. Finally, the paper will examine how these organizations fundraise on the decades-long decline in tobacco use while publicly perpetuating the notion of an ongoing crisis. By analyzing these tactics and strategies, this paper aims to shed light on the challenges facing the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industries and to offer insights into how it can successfully navigate these challenges.
“Those who smoke cigars heavily or inhale deeply also increase their risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (…) Cigar smoking has many similar consequences as cigarette smoking”
An interesting claim but let us look at the facts. The NASEM report, released March of 2022, stated “Conclusion 5-5: There is strongly suggestive evidence that health consequences of premium cigar smoking overall are likely to be less than those smoking other types of cigars because the majority of premium cigar smokers are non-daily or occasional users and because they are less likely to inhale the smoke.” Continue reading Goals and Tactics of the Anti-Tobacco Groups
Espanola 1996 Maduro
This is an attractive cigar with a slightly rugged dark wrapper. The foot reveals notes of cocoa and coffee. The cold draw is perfect.
The initial flavors are earthy with just a hint of graphite. The mottled grey ash looks fairly solid and the burn is even.Continue reading Espanola 1996 Maduro
WEST TAMPA TOBACCO COMPANY RELEASES RED
Tampa, FL, Feb 2023. One of the hottest brands in the industry just got hotter! Introducing, West Tampa Tobacco Company Red!
Like its predecessors, White & Black, Red delivers a flavor bomb with enhanced body that is a perfect addition to the West Tampa line-up. From mild to full bodied, creamy to spicey, West Tampa now offers something for everyone.Continue reading WEST TAMPA TOBACCO COMPANY RELEASES RED
Muestra de Saka Krakatoa
(Esteli, Nicaragua) – Muestra is the humble, common Spanish word for “sample;” however, it takes on much more important, sometimes reverential, meaning when used in a handmade cigar factory. A muestra is the vision of the ligador and torcedor realized, it is the promise of a new experience and possibly the key to financial success for the fabrica. Muestras are hoarded and coveted by not only their makers, but by the cigar smokers who seek to catch a glimpse into the cigar maker’s soul within their smoke.
Muestra de Saka is just that. A line of unique blends and vitolas made in extremely limited quantities that reflect the blending machinations of Mr. Saka. To smoke a Muestra de Saka is to embark upon a journey with him in which he greatly welcomes your companionship.Continue reading Muestra de Saka Krakatoa