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Cuba moving indoor cigar smoke to ash heap of history

March 22nd, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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It’s a quintessentially Cuban experience: capping off a meal with a snifter of rum and an aromatic cigar.

This Caribbean nation is renowned around the world for its pungent Cohibas, Montecristos and Romeo y Julietas, but on the island, stogie-lovers are increasingly being told to take it outside. A number of state-owned restaurants in Havana’s picturesque colonial quarter have quietly gone smoke-free indoors in recent weeks as authorities enforce a 2005 measure that has been almost universally flouted across the country. Ream more »

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Havana cigars confirm hand-rolled leadership

March 16th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Havana cigars confirm
THE 14th Havana Cigar Festival which recently took place in the Cuban capital was a gratifying event for the 1,500-plus participants. Aficionados of the finest tobacco in the world expressed their gratitude to the organizers for the unique opportunity to visit cigar factories where the famous Cohíba and Romeo y Julieta brands are hand-rolled.

Another special option was the tour of the San Juan y Martínez tobacco fields in Cuba’s westernmost province of Pinar del Río, which possess exceptional characteristics for the cultivation of this crop.
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House approves revised smoking ban; Senate vote set Friday

March 12th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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The state Senate will decide Friday whether Indiana will ban smoking in most public places, after the House voted 60-33 Thursday night for a compromise smoking ban proposal that includes an exemption for bars and taverns.
Prior to the vote, House Bill 1149 was revised by a House-Senate conference committee to also exempt casinos, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and cigar manufacturers from the smoking ban.
Smoking also would be allowed at private clubs, such as American Legion or VFW halls, but only in designated rooms with separate ventilation systems. Ream more »

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Centennial Hills man travels the world collecting cigar bands

March 12th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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Centennial Hills resident John L. Curtis is passionate about a collectors’ item you might never have never heard of. And he’s OK with that.

Since the 1970s, Curtis has amassed more than 1,000 cigar bands, paper or foil loops attached to cigars to denote brand or variety. But the bands aren’t for or from your average stogie.

Cigar bands were sold as collectors’ items with historical themes. Curtis has volumes of cigar bands representing themes such as U.S. presidents , government agencies , United Nations topics , the history of flight and European history . Ream more »

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Cigar Review: Ortega Serie D No. 12

March 5th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Ortega Cigar Company
As we reported in early February, Eddie Ortega, co-founder of EO Brands along with Erik Espinosa, announced he was leaving EO to start his own outfit called Ortega Cigars. The news came 20 months after Rocky Patel bought a 50% share in EO Brands.

The blends in the EO Brands portfolio—including 601, Cubao, Murcielago, and Mi Barrio—are all made at Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua. So it comes as no surprise that the first line from the Ortega Cigar Company is also made by Pepin at My Father Cigars. Called “Serie D,” the blend boasts a Mexican maduro leaf from the San Andreas Valley surrounding Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Ream more »

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World’s Biggest Cigar Festival Begins on Feb. 27

February 27th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Biggest Cigar Festival
The 14th annual Habano Cigar “Habanos” Festival is scheduled to take place between Feb. 27 and March 2, in the Cuban capital of Havana.

The five-day event will see cigar smokers from around the world (60 countries are expected) participating in the festival, which will also pay tribute to Habanos’ flagship brands – Cohiba and Romeo y Julieta.

There are also a number of traditional activities and tours being lined up. These include tours of the best tobacco plantations, visits to leading factories, launch of new products, seminars, a class on cigar rolling and, of course, the chance to try out the newest and most exciting cigars.
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Charleston city councilman wants to allow other smoking cigar bars

February 24th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

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A Charleston city councilman wants to end the smoking monopoly enjoyed by the city’s only cigar bar, allowing such bars to operate almost anywhere as long as they meet certain criteria. Councilman Aubry Alexander wants to let cigar bars function in tandem with tobacco shops, city-wide. The move primarily is designed to allow the city’s only currently legal cigar bar, Club Habana on Meeting Street, to relocate after learning that its lease won’t be renewed.

Alexander said his suggestion is to open the door for others.
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O’Malley’s cigar tax is a smokescreen

February 21st, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

youth cigar use
Martin O’Malley’s budget is a proposal to dramatically increase the tax on “other tobacco products.”

Advocates of this tax hike say it’s necessary to decrease teen cigar use, but both the facts about youth cigar use and the tax design indicate this rationale is simply a smokescreen.

Instead, the tax hike seems a clever way to manipulate concern about youth tobacco use to funnel more revenue to the state government.
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Tabacos Baez Serie SF Robusto

February 14th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

cigar taste
Short-filler, mixed-filler, “Cuban sandwich.” There are many names for cigars that don’t use 100% long-filler tobacco (tobacco that runs the entire length of the cigar), but the selling point for such cigars, no matter the name, is always the same: more bang for your buck.

In theory at least, it makes plenty of sense. Cigar factories are always trimming tobacco leaves down to the sizes they need for their premium offerings. If instead of being tossed, those trimmings are used in mixed-filler cigars, the price of the raw materials goes down even though the quality of tobacco is the same as a cigar many times the price. Ream more »

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Anniversary of Cuban Cigar Brand Vegas Robaina

February 8th, 2012 Posted in Cigars Tags:

Cuban Cigar Brand
Cuban cigars Vegas Robaina, ratify their worth after 15 years in the domestic and foreign market, said promoters of the hallmark made from leaves grown in this province.

This brand is recognize because of the quality of the crops in Cuchillas de Barbacoa, which provide the raw material for making that type of cigar brand, told Prensa Latina Hiroshi Robaina, grandson of the legendary tobacco grower Don Alejandro Robaina, who died in 2010 and had the honorary title of Ambassador of Habanos. Ream more »

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