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La Palina Series 2 Exclusively Available to PCA22 Trade Show Attendees

The famed La Palina Goldie series is one of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Bill Paley, owner of La Palina, proudly states, “Goldie Prominente continues La Palina’s commitment to produce Goldie in classic styles and hyper limited quantities. Last year we offered 300 boxes of the Prominente as a PCA Trade Show exclusive and they were sold out within an hour of the show start. This year we are able to offer 500 boxes, in what we are calling Series 2.

We consulted with our team at El Titan De Bronze to utilize vintage tobaccos—which had been set aside for short run projects such as Goldie Prominente Series 2, and are pleased to offer this notable product to the retailers who support and attend the PCA22 in person later this week in Las Vegas.

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Twisted

The Romeo y Julieta story keeps getting better as the revered Reserva Real line expands with a twist. The Reserva Real Twisted Love Story and the Reserva Real Twisted Toro. Each cigar is rolled with two different wrapper varietals consisting of alternating Ecuadorian Habano and Ecuadorian Connecticut shade tobacco. Each hand-crafted cigar features filler made from the finest Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos available. The binder is Nicaraguan and, as noted above, the wrapper is alternating with specially selected Ecuadorian and Connecticut shade tobacco.

Judges: FDA acted improperly, EPA exceeded authority

A district court ruled the FDA did not properly adhere to the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act by ignoring the evidence supporting a premium cigar exemption from regulation.

This comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Thursday stating Congress did not give the Environmental Protection Agency authority to make broad requirements of states in the climate fight.

“Agencies have only those powers given to them by Congress,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “The agency … must point to ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the power it claims.”

The ruling yesterday called the FDA’s move “arbitrary and capricious.” The judge gave the opportunity for both sides to submit additional briefings before he issues his final judgement after July 26.

Credit has to be given to Premium Cigar Association, the Cigar Rights of America and the Cigar Association of America, Inc. for years of research, lobbying and lawsuits.

“Please understand this is and has been an incredibly complex and difficult task to get our Government’s Regulatory Bureaucracy to respond,” cigar manufacturer Steve Saka posted on Facebook. “A tremendous effort has been expended legislatively and legally to get us to this point.

“Without their efforts, I am not even sure if Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust would be in business today,” he added.

In June, the FDA ordered the vaping company Juul to pull its devices and nicotine liquid pods off shelves, determining they had not shown enough evidence that its products do not hurt public health.

“On July 5, 2022, FDA administratively stayed the marketing denial order” the FDA said in a twitter post. “The agency has determined that there are scientific issues unique to the JUUL application that warrant additional review.”

The stay temporarily suspended the marketing denial order during the additional review but did not rescind it. The message added the stay “does not constitute authorization to market, sell, or ship JUUL products.”

Foundation Cigars Introduces New Core Line – Olmec

June 2022, Ellington, Connecticut – The Olmecs are the early Americas’ most mysterious and ancient civilizations.  The Olmecs pre-date the Mayans and Aztecs and are considered the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica.  They are the first to create mathematically precise pyramids, calendars, and, as far as we know, the first to smoke cigars.  The Heart Land of the Olmecs is the tropical lowlands of modern-day Mexican states of Veracruz, Tabasco, and San Andrés Tuxtla.  Today, this is the same region that grows some of the finest San Andrès Negro wrapper tobacco.  This seed variety is considered one of the oldest seed varieties in the world. 

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Espinosa announces two new releases for PCA22

Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced the release of two anniversary cigars that will debut at the PCA in July 2022.

The first is the La Zona 10 Year Anniversary cigar. This cigar is a celebration of the La Zona factory, where Espinosa Cigars started
making cigars in 2012 when Erik formed his own company. “Everything about this cigar is a tribute, from the cigar blend to the box design and the band. They are all throwbacks to when we first started out,” said Hector Alfonso.

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Delray Beach, FL – Freud Cigar Co., the new-to-market luxury cigar house built by a group of the industry’s leading executives and master blenders, today announces that longtime industry veteran Eladio Diaz is serving as Master Blender of its second cigar. Formerly Head of Production and Quality Control for Davidoff of Geneva, Diaz is producing “Freud Cigars Agape Limited Edition,” at his recently-opened factory, Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera. It will be Diaz’s first cigar following his departure from Davidoff of Geneva and the first cigar produced by his new workshop to hit the market.


Alec Bradley Confirms Exclusive For 2022 PCA

Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 27, 2022)

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today confirmed a report printed by the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) on May 10, 2022 announcing the company’s participation in the trade show attendee exclusive program. To date, Alec Bradley has not substantiated the report, but due to a multitude of tobacconist inquiries, the company is now electing to provide some details ahead of the PCA Trade Show, happening July 8-12, 2022, at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

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Foundation Cigars & Highclere CastleAnnounce Special Blend Commemoratingthe 100-year Discovery of King Tutankhamun

June 2022, Ellington, CT  – Foundation Cigars crafted this rare blend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle and famed archaeologist Howard Carter.

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Michael Giannini joins Quality Importers as Chief of Customer Engagement

Weston, FL- June 20, 2022—Quality Importers Trading Company (QI) is proud to announce that Michael Giannini has joined its senior management team in the newly created position Chief of Customer Engagement. In this role he will be responsible for the Sales, Marketing, and Messaging initiatives of the company. Michael’s career in the premium cigar business began in the early1980s. While working on a Master’s Degree in Psychology, teaching and cooking professionally on the weekends, his true passion was in the premium cigar business. To pursue this passion, he began working at a local Philadelphia cigar shop as a store manager, and then became co-owner of an independent manufacturer’s representation firm. He left those roles to become the National Sales Manager for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s El Credito Cigar Company – while continuing to work on his culinary and fashion skills when time permitted. After the acquisition of El Credito by Swedish Match, the El Credito portfolio merged into General Cigar, where he became Director of Marketing for the La Gloria Cubana brand.

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Hiram & Solomon Cigars

Hiram and Solomon Cigars is pleased to announce its cigar production has moved to the PDR Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

In 2021 Hiram and Solomon owners, Fouad Kashouty & Romy Kashouty, began working with Abe Flores of PDR Cigars, creating new blends and forging a business relationship that allows for streamlined production and distribution channels via the PDR factory. Hiram & Solomon blends remain the same.

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Operation: Cigars for Warriors on the ATF Podcast

Ocala, FL – Operation: Cigars For Warriors is featured on a new episode of the ATF Podcast, available on both Spotify and Apple. The podcast is a companion to ATF Magazine, a bold new publication devoted to telling insightful, educational and inspirational stories about these industries and the people that move them forward. The magazine is released quarterly in print and digital formats to subscribers and is produced (along with the podcast) by the 526 Media Group.

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LAMPERT CIGARS enters the Canadian market through Canadian Craft Cigars which is owned by cigar enthusiast Barry Hannah and Kent Plosz. LAMPERT CIGARS are now available to the Canadian public. Canadian retailers who are interested in purchasing LAMPERT CIGARS can
reach out to Barry and Kent at

Canadian Craft Cigars specializes in distributing boutique cigars. As a first step, Canadian Craft Cigars distributes the LAMPERT 1675 Edición AZUL as well as the Edición ROJO which were both made in Nicaragua.
Currently, LAMPERT CIGARS is available in more than 10 countries worldwide.

Muestra de Saka “The Bewitched” Shipping Nationwide to Purveyors

Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) will begin shipping its long awaited Muestra de Saka “The Bewitched” to its Select Purveyors on Thursday, June 9th, 2022.

“The Bewitched” is an intoxicating liga of choice Nicaraguan and US Grown fillers with our exclusive Cultivo Tonto San Andreas Negro binder swaddled in a Grade 1 Ecuador Habano Seed capa. Presented in a beautiful 6 5/8 x 48 prensado vitola with a spiral colita, this cigar rewards the smoker with a beguiling smoking experience with notes
of cafe, caramel, cedar, and tempered spice. It is truly an entrancing medium-plus bodied smoke, so hard to describe, yet so perfect in balance and nuance, from the moment I finished the blend I was mesmerized with it,” states DTT’s Founder & Co-Owner, Steve Saka.
Saka adds, “After over two years of waiting for the next release in our MDS series of puros, I am ecstatic to now be able to share this liga with the world. It is the perfect personification of an elegant cigar.”

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