My Interview for Cigar Journal Magazine with Micallef Cigars

As many of you may know, I am one of the staff writers for Cigar Journal Magazine. While attending IPCPR 2017 in Las Vegas earlier this month I had the privilege of interviewing Al Micallef of Micallef Cigars. Here is the interview in its entirety. Look for the written version in the upcoming Fall issue of Cigar Journal.

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Cigar Sense: A Game Changer for Cigar Smokers

Cigar Sense is a ground-breaking advisory service designed to match up cigar smokers with cigars that complement their palate based on recommendations from the company’s online database. Cigar Sense is the only available source to offer personalized, expert advice to help identify new cigars for smokers based on individual preferences. Franca Comparetto and David Wells are the masterminds behind the 2015 launch of Cigar Sense. Comparetto is a certified Tobacconist by Tobacconist University in the United States and a certified Catadora by the CCA (Cigar Club Association) in her homeland…

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Drew Estate Announces Connecticut Barn Smoker!

Tickets on Sale Now! Today, Drew Estate announces the next scheduled event of the 2017 Barn Smoker Program, the Connecticut Barn Smoker on August 12th, 2017! The Connecticut Barn Smoker will take place from 10am – 5pm and is located at : 90 Foster Street South Windsor, CT 06074 United States Ticket price includes access to the Barn Smoker Event and a tour of the farm. The Barn Smoker ticket purchase will also include a voucher for a 10 cigars for $10.00. The voucher will be for the following 10 cigars: 1- Nica Rustica El Brujito 1-…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Maria from Canada

Meet Maria, a sizzlin’ 42-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Toronto, Canada. Maria, better known as @ladicigar on social media, is a hardworking mother who owns a gym and works for Havana Castle Cigars. She absolutely loves cigars and smokes almost every day. This smokin’ beauty’s fairy tale entrance into the enchanted world of cigars is a memorable account of a loving father-daughter bond. “As a little girl I remember gathering at the home of family to spend time together. The men playing poker, the moms chatting it up and all the…

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OLIVA LAUNCHES THREE NEW INFERNO CIGARS WITH FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP

Marking Five Years of Collaboration; Oliva Cranks Up the Heat with Inferno Expansion EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced the extension of their Inferno line with three new cigars. Made in collaboration with Nicaragua’s Tabacalera Oliva, these new premium cigars will be made in Oliva’s factory and are available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, in store and online. The new additions include Melt, Scorch, and Singe, representing the fourth, fifth, and sixth additions to the Inferno cast. Oliva and…

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Protocol Branded Coffee Now Available

Cubariqueño Cigar Company is excited to announce the release of three Protocol branded coffees in partnership with Layne Coffee Co. The Protocol Azul, Protocol Rojo, and Protocol Oro have all been methodically crafted to be paired with each prospective cigar. Cubariqueño Cigar Company teamed up with Layne Coffee Co., which is a ”small batch” specialty coffee roaster, because of their focus on quality and consistency. Working hand in hand with Layne Coffee Co., Cubariqueño cupped countless coffees in order to bring an experience which would enhance and complement each Protocol…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Renee from Miami

Meet Renee Barkley, a sizzlin’ 46-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Miami, Florida. Renee is a beautiful gal who has spent time in New York and Atlanta before finally settling in Miami. She is a Commercial Casualty Insurance Underwriter who smokes cigars twice a week. Renee’s entrance into the cigar world is a unique tale of two lovers locked in a quarrel. “About two years ago, my hubby and I had a bet, I can’t remember the details, but I lost,” revealed Renee. “As a result, I promised him that I would…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Octavia from Atlanta

Meet Octavia Toliver, a sizzlin’ 34-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Atlanta, GA. Octavia is a gorgeous gal who is best known as HERficionado in the cigar world. Octavia curates cigar events in and around Atlanta. “My most popular event is “She Smokes, Too,” which has grown tremendously since a year ago when it started. I invite women (and men) to come out and have a stick or two while mingling, networking, flirting, or whatever,” Octavia expressed. Octavia entered the cigar industry nine years ago when she went on a date with…

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FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP LAUNCHES NEW VINDICATOR CIGAR SERIES Collaboration with Altadis U.S.A Revamps Vindicator with Exclusive New Lineup

Easton, PA — Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced the release of the all-new Vindicator cigar lineup. This new premium cigar is debuting exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, and is their latest collaboration with Altadis U.S.A. It’s a bold new step for the brand, as the original Vindicator – a single offering, rolled with hardy ligero fillers – will be rebranded as ‘Vindicator Classic.’ These new and highly anticipated new line is produced at Altadis’ Flor de Copan factory in Honduras, a…

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Cubariqueño Cigar Company National Protocol Themis Release Announced as well as a Probable Cause Line Extension.

Cubariqueño Cigar Company is proud to announce that it is releasing its third blend, Protocol Themis, at the 2017 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer trade show in Las Vegas. “We are super excited to announce the Protocol Themis,” stated Bill Ives, managing partner of Cubariqueño Cigar Company. “These cigars will launch at the 2017 IPCPR trade show with a soft launch on May 13th at our 2 year anniversary party located at Berkeley Humidor, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.” The name, Themis, stays true to the company’s law enforcement motif,…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – **Special Feature** – Karen Berger from Esteli, Nicaragua

This week’s Sizzlin’ Sunday Cigar Girl is no ordinary sister-of-the-leaf. This week ultimatecigarparty.com has the pleasure to feature the ONE and only Karen Berger from Daytona Beach, Florida. Karen has become a legendary figure in the cigar industry and continues to produce some of the tastiest cigars on the market.  “I smoke cigars every day and I love blending and manufacturing cigars,” said Karen.  Born and raised in Estelí, Nicaragua, Karen is the owner and blender of two major cigar brands – K by Karen Berger and Don KIKI Cigars.…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Ashley from NY

Meet Ashley Bridget, a sizzlin’ 31-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Long Island, NY but raised in New Jersey. Ashley is a dazzling dame with a gorgeous smile, rockin’ body, and an unyielding love affair with cigars.  This lady of the leaf loves her cigars and enjoys everything about them – the taste, the aroma, the smoke and the culture that surrounds them. “I wouldn’t consider myself an avid cigar smoker but I do love smoking a good stick when I am at work hanging out with the guys. I always loved…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Ruth from Esteli, Nicaragua

Meet Ruth Inestroza D’Gonzalez, a sizzlin’ 31-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Nicaragua. Ruth is a passionate cigar smoker who has worked at the Rocky Patel Cigars Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua for the past six years. “I am interested in learning everything about the cigar industry,” stated Ruth. “Starting from its cultivation to the production at the cigar factory, I learn something new every day.” This dazzling dame has been smoking premium cigars for the past five years; today, she smokes two to three cigars a day. Because her home city of…

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Cigar Advisors review entire Cohiba cigar lineup sold in the U.S.

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – April 07, 2017) – Cigar Advisor, the nation’s premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down-to-earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. The magazine has released a top-to-bottom brand overview of Dominican-made Cohiba cigars, one of the most popular premium cigar brands available in the United States. The Report is titled “The Essential Cohiba Cigars Tasting Guide” and contains full-length cigar reviews by each of the Cigar Advisor Editors. “I think a lot of brand extensions sometimes get confusing,” says Marcus Strom,…

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Famous Smoke Shop details effects of newly-enacted FDA cigar regulations

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – March 30, 2017) – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has debuted their new interactive Cigar Smokers’ Rights Hub. Crafted in response to the US Food & Drug Administration’s 2016 Final Deeming Rule regarding premium cigars and other tobacco products, the Famous Smoke guide presents cigar enthusiasts with a history of legal actions affecting the tobacco industry. The Smokers’ Rights Hub also offers cigar smokers a detailed understanding of how FDA’s new regulations will negatively impact the premium cigar industry, and the…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Rosie from Texas

Meet Rosie McKane, a sizzlin’ 25-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from San Antonio, Texas. This mother of two is not just a pretty face pinned to the wall of some testosterone-filled cigar shop. Rosie is the devilish dame nestled in the corner of the lounge, sunken in an over-sized arm chair with her lips locked around a premium cigar.  Rosie has been smoking cigars for the past eight years, but her infatuation for the leaf started long before that. “I blame it all on my dad who has been an avid cigar…

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DAVIDOFF FAMOUS 75TH ANNIVERSARY CIGARS NOW AT FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP

Limited Edition Cigar Presented in Toro Format with Only 500 Boxes Made EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices has just announced the arrival of the Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary cigar. Blended exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop, this limited edition cigar, of which only 500 boxes were produced, is offered in one size, a 6″ x 50 Toro format with a secondary band that reads: “75 Years of Famous Smoke…

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Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigars Remembers Avo Uvezian

On Friday, March 24th, I woke up to a slightly different world. Avo Uvezian had passed away in the early hours and it was only a matter of time before the word would spread throughout the industry. During these few hours, perhaps some of loneliness, several things occurred to me. First off was the obvious. I had lost a good friend. Not that it matters, but to give context to these thoughts, I have had the pleasure of knowing and smoking with Avo for nearly two decades. In that time,…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Monica from Dubai

Meet Monica Pulgarin, a sizzlin’ Colombian-born sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) who has been smoking cigars for the past 10 years. Monica now lives in Dubai where she is a managing partner of an event management company called Edelweiss. “I have been living in Dubai since 2000 and have been smoking cigars for the past 10 years,” explained Monica. This smokin’ beauty credits her sister for introducing her to the leaf. “My sister is the marketing manager of Habanos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), so she got me into smoking cigars.” Monica’s…

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ROMEO Y JULIETA LAUNCHES “HOUSE OF VERONA” COLLABORATION CIGAR

Famous Smoke Shop Adds House Of Verona To Its Exclusive Lineup of Cigars  EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced a new cigar release: Romeo y Julieta House of Verona. This new premium cigar is debuting exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, and is the latest they have done in collaboration with Romeo Y Julieta. Previously, RyJ and Famous collaborations have resulted in some highly rated and well-received cigars including House of Montague and House of Capulet. This exciting new addition…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Itka Vistisen from Esteli

Meet Itka Vistisen, a sizzlin’ 26-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Estelí, Nicaragua. Itka is one of the most prominent Sizzlin’ Sunday Cigar Girls that Ultimatecigarparty.com has featured. She is the vice president of Royal Danish Cigars and owner of Altamirano Cigars. Itka is a smokin’ beauty who hails from Nicaragua’s “Capital of Tobacco.” She has smoked cigars her entire adult life, starting at 18 years old. Today, she smokes between four and six cigars per week. “I like cigars because my father is a fan and that is how I started…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Alexis from Chicago

Meet Alexis Kendra, a sizzlin’ sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Chicago, Illinois. Now living in Los Angeles, CA, this smokin’ hot screenwriter has been smoking cigars for the past ten years. Her love affair with the leaf began shortly after moving to “The City of Angels.” “I remember being really busy, running around the city, not having much time to myself,” explained Alexis. “I do remember having a cigar and was instantly calmed. It was undeniably beautiful and amazing.” Like most cigar enthusiasts, Alexis doesn’t have a favorite cigar or favorite size;…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday- Featuring LaToya from Tennessee

Meet LaToya, a sizzlin’ 39-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Nashville, TN. LaToya, born and raised in Indiana, moved to “Music City” in 1997 to study massage therapy. Thus began her journey into the enchanted world of cigars. “I have been smoking since 2003,” revealed LaToya. “I walked into a smoke shop looking for something to replace cigarettes and the man working there suggested I try flavored cigars. I fell in love with the CAO Flavours.” Today this smokin’ beauty smokes three or more cigars per week. Flavor infused cigars, specifically Drew…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Angela from Colorado

Meet Angela de la Garza, a sizzlin’ 39-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Littleton, Colorado. Angela is a very beautiful woman who has several interests in life that she is very passionate about, including smoking cigars. Angela, who has been smoking cigars for more than seven years now, loves weightlifting, running, roller skating, traveling and reading. “I have been a weightlifter for 26 years, been running since I was 5-years-old and was a semi-professional roller derby skater for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in Denver, Colorado,” said Angela. Angela was voted Rookie of…

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