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PCA Government Affairs Team Expands

[Washington, DC, September 10, 2021] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that Ryan Parada has officially joined PCA as the full-time manager of government affairs focusing on grassroots and political operations including Premium Cigar PAC, assisting both federal and state government affairs work. Parada worked as a contractor over the past year for the PCA.

“We are excited to continue to expand our government affairs team to reflect new challenges and priorities for the association. Ryan has shown his capabilities as a contractor, and everyone is enthusiastic about him joining the team full-time” said Joshua Habursky PCA Head of Government Affairs.

Before joining PCA, Ryan worked as a legal researcher and holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University in Government and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and National Security Certificate from Rutgers University.

“By hiring Glynn Loope in April and now Ryan, the association is making investments into building back our key areas to prepare for the 2022 state legislative cycles and federal election cycle,” said PCA Executive Director Scott Pearce. “Advocacy is a top priority for the association as we fight to keep the industry on a path for sustained growth. With this government affairs team we are poised to truly take our advocacy program to a whole new level, which everyone in the industry should be very excited about,” Pearce said.

Ryan can be reached at Ryan@premiumcigars.org.

JFR Robusto 5.5×50 Maduro

This is a very smooth dark wrapper cigar. The foot has light aromas of earth and coffee. The cold draw is perfect. Today’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.


There is an initial blast of pepper in the flavor profile, along with the earthy flavor. The retohale also has black pepper notes and the cigar is mostly full bodied to start. The ash is mottled grey and looks solid. The burn is even.

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Santa Clara D8 Robusto

This is a mild looking cigar from the European market. It will be formally released in the US by Redland Cigar Company at a cut and light event On Fridsy, September 10. The cigar line is from the same factory in Costa Rica in the same factory that produces Atabey. They are touted as a “budget friendly” alternative. There are light sweet notes from the closed foot. The cold draw is slightly tight with light leather notes.


Initial flavors are light to medium bodied. There are some salty notes with the leather and light spices. The draw opens up very nicely. The ash is fairly solid and the burn is somewhat uneven to start.

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Drew Estate Announces “The Drew Estate Goodwill Act of 2021”

Drew Estate announces “The Drew Estate Goodwill Act of 2021” initiative designed to honor the spirit of the 2021 Barn Smoker Program and the DE25 Celebration by deploying a token of appreciation to those who purchased tickets to attend these events that were unfortunately canceled or postponed due to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta Variant.

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