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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cohiba Comador

Size: 6 X 52

Wrapper: Connecticut Grown Habano Seed

Binder/Filler: Caribbean and Central American Tobaccos

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Drew Estate Unveils “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars

Miami, FL – Drew Estate Tobacco Co. announced today the release of the first “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”, a concept cigar by Willy Herrera. Made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in extremely small batches, the Tienda Exclusiva line is specially crafted for one retailer per release, with only a few releases scheduled per year. The inaugural “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend was produced for the owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, New Jersey, David Mallow, following the 2013 New Jersey Cigar Festival. 

When asked about the blend, Willy Herrera responded from Estelí, Nicaragua: “This was one of the blends that I was working on through 2012 and 2013. David smoked it at the Festival and kept coming back for more. Eventually, he smoked every cigar I had brought, which I thought would be enough for the entire week! I knew he loved the blend and it felt right assigning it to him for my first Tienda Exclusiva.” 

David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars, said that, "the ‘Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera’ is a truly beautiful project that I am honored to be involved with. It’s no secret that Willy is one of the most talented tobacco blenders out there, and we can’t wait to have the cigar in our humidor.” 

As stated previously, every “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend is a limited quantity production cigar made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jonathan Drew noted, “I recommend you don’t sleep on this one. These are one and done. Willy has a lot on his plate right now as Master Blender of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. As I’ve said before, ‘Boutique is in the Heart’ and Willy has spent so much time creating and experimenting with blends. We have some real gems out of the blends he has worked on. Now, it’s time to get them into production.” 

The “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars is packed in 10-count boxes and will sell for $12.00 MSRP per cigar, plus applicable state taxes. They will be offered for sale on September 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a Barrister Cigars event in Union, New Jersey, with Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew hosting the event. 

In the meantime, enter the “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” giveaway for your chance to win the first box of this Tienda Exclusiva release, signed by Willy Herrera. Enter at For more information on this release, please contact John Brooke at 

About Drew Estate, Inc.
Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new
elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican Republic Toro

Size: 6 1/4 X 52

Wrapper: Honduran

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bill Bromley Butter Robusto

Size: Robusto

Wrapper: Sumatra Claro

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Panamanian

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Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company officially announces a rebranding of the company.


DALTON, PA. Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company officially announces a rebranding of the company to include a new logo, band, and release. The new logo, which will be incorporated into future releases and marketing materials, can be seen attached to this release. Replacing the original “lions and crest” logo, this design exemplifies the family tradition theme of JA3Cigars. The rebranding logo is based on the Alexander Family Coat of Arms. 

Partnered with the rebranding of the company, JA3Cigars is proud to officially announce a new blend produced through the Quesada Cigar Factory, expected to be released mid-Fall of 2014. Replacing the current corojo blend, the new release (known as the Jordan Alexander III Corojo) is constructed with a Dominican Corojo wrapper, Dominican binder, with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The Jordan Alexander III Corojo will be available in four vitolas; robusto (5 1⁄2 x 54), toro (6 x 52), double toro (6x60), and belicoso (6 x 52). All vitoals except the belicoso will feature a pigtail cap. The new release will feature a new band, incorporating the “Alexander Coat of Arms” logo, which will be unveiled with the release. 

Retailers interested in carrying the Jordan Alexander III Corojo are asked to contact or call 1-866-216-3349. Shipment priorities are given to current retailers and are first come, first serve. Reviewers interested in pre-release samples and/or release samples are asked to contact
The previously carried corojo, along with the original band and logo, will be discontinued at the release of the Jordan Alexander III Corojo. Current retailers wishing to maintain stock of our previously released blend are asked to contact regarding limited production options. 

Questions regarding this announcement and requests for digital files of the new logo or permissions can be directed to Alexander Miller at or at (570) 335-3143.

26 Franklin Valley Road Dalton, PA 18414 1.855.216.3349

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker Event!



Event Details

The Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker is going to be a special, intimate moment to reveal how fire curing (smoking tobacco) is really made. This is a real Southern affair, located in deep Kentucky, only 60 miles outside of Nashville, and featuring some of the finest cigars and spirits around. Many of our customers have asked us about the fire curing process over the past year. We are having this event to showcase the process at the source, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
The event is sponsored by Drew Estate, and will feature KFC Cigars plus top shelf bourbon from our good friends at Angel’s Envy. In fact, Kyle Henderson from Angel’s Envy will be in attendance along with Jonathan Drew. In addition, the event is for a good cause, with 100% of the proceeds going to Cigars For Warriors, a program that we at Drew Estate are passionate about.

Included in ticket purchase:
  • 2 KFCC cigars
  • 1 DE Cutter
  • 1 ticket for a glass of Angel's Envy bourbon

  • Angels Envy 
  • Cigars for Warriors
  • Cigar Press
  • Drew Estate
For tickets click here.

Have questions about Kentucky Fire Cured Barn Smoker? Contact Drew Estate  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gran Habano Cigars Reaches Out to the Cigar Community to Save Their Trademark.

Miami, Florida, August 6, 2014 Santa Cruz Tobacco, LLC., distributor to Gran Habano Cigars, reaches out to cigar industry and customers to help with trade mark issue. 

Gran Habano was notified by the U.S. Trade Mark office stating that “Gran Habano” is misleading the public. The Trade Mark office claims that with the brand name “Gran Habano” is misleading the public to think we are selling cigars from Cuba. We all in the cigar industry know that this is not true and Cuban cigars being sold in this country is ILLEGAL. All retail locations know that Gran Habano products are not manufactured in Cuba and are grown in Honduras and Nicaragua as all labels on Gran Habano cigars state. The public buys our cigars for the quality of the cigar and Gran Habanos customers do not smoke them “BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY ARE FROM CUBA”.  

We are asking everyone who would like to help us dispute this claim by filling out the blanks on the attached MS Word forms and returning them to Gran Habano via email or and fax (305) 436-5740 before Friday 08/08/14. Please help us stop the Government from trying to remove a name so well known in the cigar community. Together we can stop this from happening.

THANK YOU to everyone and your efforts in this matter will be greatly appreciated from us at Gran Habano.

Hector Mesa
Santa Cruz Tobacco Gran Habano
(305) 436-5960
3261 NW 82nd Avenue Doral, FL 33122

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sam Leccia Luchador

Size: 5 X 54

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano

Filler: Pennsylvania Ligero/Honduran Ligero/Nicaraguan Ometepe

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