In 1999, Drew Estate unleashed ACID cigars onto an unsuspecting premium cigar world, bridging old-world tobacco traditions to new-world innovation with iconic taste and style … placing Brooklyn, New York, onto the premium cigar map with distinction. The groundbreaking ACID became the tip of the spear for Drew Estate’s rise from a homegrown nasty little posse working on Jay Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn to the global premium cigar and lifestyle company it is today.Continue reading Drew Estate Launches ACID 20 Connecticut Toro
To allow members to have a greater voice in the organization, the Premium Cigar Association has added five manufacturing spots to their board.Continue reading PCA Expands Board, includes manufacturers
January 13, 2022 – Austin, Texas
Southern Draw Cigars is turning to 10,000 of our most loyal consumers, valued retail partners and media members, to select our next new brand.
In a very traditional industry – premium handmade cigars – the company decided to create a very modern Quick Response (QR) portal, accessed from any mobile device, to allow participants to input valuable information including cigar reviews, ratings and recommendations, the very data that will be used to determine a new brand to be launched by Southern Draw Cigars in 2023, with plans for a similar campaign that will bring a follow up launch in 2024. For years, our loyal consumers have offered to test our sample blends, and in some cases, they have smoked a few, but we wish to empower them by harnessing the power of the crowd, to heed their collective feedback and to deliver a product chosen by them, meaning cigar blend, size, and format.Continue reading News from Southern Draw
Before I post my list, realize that these were mostly released in 2021.
Here is a list, not in any order other than alphabetical, of the cigars that really impressed me that were released in very late 2020 and 2021. There were many other cigars that did not rate a 95 or better, according to my palate, but if you read my reviews you can count on anything rated 85 or better.Continue reading My list
January 5, 2022 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the release of INTERGALACTIC; hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.
INTERGALACTIC is a Limited Edition that will begin shipping to select BLK WKS retailers next week. It will also be available in Belgium and Germany later this month.
2021 was a strong year for the Premium Cigar Association’s advocacy efforts and the support of its membership. Consumers, retailers, and manufacturers all felt the positive effects of a strong PCA advocacy presence at both the federal and state levels.Continue reading PCA’s 2021 Government Affairs Highlights: No New Taxes
Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) has begun shipping its highly anticipated StillWell Star®
handcrafted luxury pipe tobacco cigar to its Purveyors.
Located in Tampa, Florida the JC Newman factory offers free tours, a chance to learn the area’s history and a great cigar.Continue reading JC Newman Cigar Factory: a photo tour
Southern Draw Cigars to release exclusive NEW KUDZULUSTRUM at Cigars International HamburgContinue reading NEW KUDZU LUSTRUM
Southern Draw Cigars LLC, a family-owned company of Austin, TX emerges from its own “COVID fog” and is excited to announce that we are changing the way we support the great premium cigar communities that have helped us learn and grow as a brand. We believe the best way to connect and share our mission is face to face, over a cigar, and only then can we enlist the power of social media to chronicle and capture the true personal connections.Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars announces a NEW release and BIG changes.
(TAMBORIL, DO) – El Artista Cigars announces a new distribution agreement with Star Cigar & Spirits of Sweden. El Artista Cigars brands should be available to Swedish Retailers by the end of September 2021.Continue reading EL ARTISTA CIGARS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN SWEDEN
|On October 6, 2021, the Premium Cigar Association will hold a virtual International Policy Summit, hosted in collaboration with Light em Up Lounge. This Summit will cover a wide range of topics including tax, trade, and commerce, the impacts of the charitable efforts and community, and the employment and operations of the premium cigar industry. The summit will be moderated by Reinhard Pohorec of Light em Up Lounge, who will serve as the master of ceremonies and will be joined by panels of experts, policymakers, and dignitaries to discuss the international implications of the premium cigar industry. “We at the Premium Cigar Association are excited to be the first body, internationally and domestically, to hold a policy summit of this kind. Please join us on October 6th for a half day of international policy discussion as well as major goal setting for the future of the premium cigar industry” -Scott Pearce Executive Director of the Premium Cigar Association.|
September 17, 2021 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce the release of ARAPOSA as a Fox Cigar Bar exclusive; hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.
“Araposa is dark, rich and extremely well balanced. This cigar has bold flavors and just the right amount of spice on the retro hale. The flavors of black cherry, anise and bitter cocoa let you know this is a Black Label cigar. The Nicaraguan fillers are topped with an Ecuadorian Habano binder and wrapped in both Mexican San Andrés and Ecuador Corojo,” says James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.
ARAPOSA will be available at Fox Cigar Bar in Arizona.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: San Andrés and Ecuador Corojo
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Robusto – 5.5 x 54 Box Press (10 count pack)
“Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a less is more philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality at their own factory in Nicaragua.”
For more information, please contact the shop directly at foxcigarbar.com
[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.