Ceron Premium Cigars is Industry’s Hidden Gem

Ceron Premium Cigars is a timeless tale born of passion with a commitment to use only the finest tobaccos on the planet. Javier Ceron, founder and president of Ceron Premium Cigars, vows to deliver a product that is sure to deliver an exceptional experience for today’s most discerning cigar smokers. According to Ceron, craftsmanship stretches well beyond the rolling process. It begins with the planting of the seedlings and extends through the entire development from curing, fermenting, aging and packaging. “Before I decided to launch my own brand I spent…

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Jenneff Cigars: The Untold Story of a Cigar Maker and his Dream

Jenneff Cigars, a boutique cigar company based out of Pennsylvania, has been producing incredible cigars since its inception. Many smokers outside of the Northeast may not recognize the brand yet, but that is about to change. Jenneff Cigars, named after co-owners Jenn and Jeff (Jenneff) White, began like most other cigar companies. There was an underlining passion burning deep inside long-time cigar smokers who wanted to turn a dream into a reality. “I have been smoking premium cigars for 17 years,” said Jeff White. “There were so many cigars on…

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George A. Rico of Gran Habano Cigars Featured on Cigar Advisor Podcast

The 4th Generation Cuban Heritage Cigar Maker Talks FDA Regs., New Releases, and More EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – September 22, 2016) – Learning the tobacco trade from his father, Guillermo, a third generation Cuban expatriate tobacco grower and blender, George A. Rico developed his own special talent for blending cigars. Now celebrating their 20th year in business, it is that hereditary instinct which has led to the singular flavor and complexity of Gran Habano cigars, and what distinguishes this boutique cigar manufacturer from all others. George recently sat down with Cigar…

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The ‘Mad Science’ Behind Evil Genius Cigars

Evil Genius cigars is the brainchild of Alex Hirsch, a cigar enthusiast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania who brings a unique perspective to the art of blending. Hirsch, who has been smoking cigars for more than 20 years, brings passion, knowledge and science to the cigar industry. “My former business partner was doing some lab work analyzing premium cigar blends trying to better understand them that way,” said Hirsch. “He had replicable data.” That “replicable” data translated into a company that produces carefully crafted cigars based on analysis and market research. The…

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Fusion Cigars is Building a Lasting Reputation by letting ‘Taste be your Judge’

Fusion Cigars is a fairly new boutique cigar company that is gaining a lasting reputation with smokers. It is a Florida based company owned by Diogenes (Dee) Aquasvivas that, since its early 2015 rebranding, is distributed by Antillian Cigar Corporation (Sosa Cigars). “Our cigars are different,” Aquasvivas revealed. “Our cigar, Headlines, is a blend that is original, doesn’t taste like anything else on the market today. It is an easy, pleasant smoke with pleasant aroma.” Headlines is the company’s first brand with its third blend under the Headlines umbrella scheduled…

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Sosa Cigars: A Legendary Family Celebrating 50 Years as Cigar Manufacturers – A rare interview with Arby Sosa

Arby Sosa is a fourth generation disciple of the tobacco industry following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Don Juan Sosa. The Sosa cigar tradition began in the Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the 20th Century. By the 1920s, Sosa’s farm, Santa Julia, had become one of the largest tobacco producers in Cuba. Today, the storied family celebrates over 70 years in the tobacco industry with 50 years manufacturing cigars. Since the original seed was sown, the Sosa family pioneered the art of making top-quality premium…

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J. Fuego to Re-Blend Famous Exclusive VUDU cigars

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – August 07, 2015) – “As the man behind some of the best premium cigars for the past quarter of a century, you could say that Jesus Fuego was born to make cigars,” writes CigarAdvisor executive editor, Gary Korb in the prologue to his interview with master blender Jesus Fuego. Born to a Cuban tobacco growing family, Jesus learned about tobacco at a very young age. The Fuego’s were part owners of the famed “El Corojo” farm in Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region where Jesus’s early education came from…

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Gurkha Cigars – The World’s Oldest Cigar Company – Dedicated to Satisfying the Consumer’s Interest

Gurkha Cigars is one of the most famous brands of luxury hand-made cigars in the world.  The company is known for using extraordinary quality and premium blends of tobacco to produce limited release and rare tobacco products. It also has a long-standing reputation for using unique, artistically oriented packaging. Gurkha Cigars, often referred to as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of cigars, is enjoyed by many of the world’s elite, including members of royalty, military, leading government officials and celebrities. “We are successful only as far as our followers and consumers take…

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Emma Viktorsson of Las Cumbres Tabaco Releases Her Own Blend, Freyja

Emma Viktorsson, the Swedish-born co-founder of Las Cumbres Tabaco and wife of Jose Blanco, has been learning about the cigar industry ever since she was 8 years old. Today, she is celebrating the release of her very own blend, Freyja. Freyja, the Chief of Valkyries was the Viking Goddess of beauty, love, fertility and war, is a cigar born of Emma Viktorsson’s fascination for Viking and Norse Mythology and respect for tobacco and premium cigars. It was blended by her without influence from husband and master blender, Jose Blanco. “Last…

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Erik Espinosa and La Zona Factory Producing Today’s Finest Cigars

Erik Espinosa is a Cuban-born cigar maker who has definitely gotten his hands dirty in the industry. He started as an independent broker in 1997 peddling cigars for various companies. Today, he is a thriving brand owner with his own factory, La Zona, in Estelí, Nicaragua that produces some of the finest premium cigars on the market. Erik Espinosa inherited his passion for the leaf from his father while living in Miami many years ago.  Because he started at such a young age, Espinosa was able to “live and learn”…

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Ives and Cancel Form Cigar Company – Set to Debut First Release on May 16

Social media legends, Bill, “Cuban Assassin” Ives and Juan Cancel have joined forces to create their own line of cigars, Protocol, under the company name, Cubariqueño Cigar Company. “We are living a dream,” boasted Cancel. “This was not done by grand design but more the path life has taken us due to our passion, love, admiration and reverence for everything in the cigar world.” This dynamic duo, which has already made quite a splash in the cigar world with their online shenanigans, is about to take the industry by storm…

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La Hoja Cigar Co. 1962 – A Rare Look Inside a Unique Cigar Co. – ‘Where Tobacco is the Conversation’

La Hoja Cigars is a contemporary cigar company built from a storied past of ‘old school’ Cuban traditions. The founding family has escaped Castro’s persecution, has overcome societal stigmas, and has emerged from two devastating lawsuits. Today the company, which was founded by Willie Flores and Carlos Gomez, has risen from the ashes as one of the best-selling boutique cigars in the United States. It was 1962 and Cuban cigar makers were on the move. The Great Cuban Exodus was under way and Carlos Flores, the father of Willie Flores,…

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Eddie Ortega – Building a Brand that People Enjoy

The sole purpose behind the creation of Ortega Premium Cigars was to “create and build a brand that people will enjoy.” It is a cigar company headed by founder Eddie Ortega and built on an uncompromising commitment to the quality and integrity of all its premium cigars. The passion, the craftsmanship and the meticulous attention to detail by Ortega ranks his cigars among some of the elite. Ortega has been in the cigar industry since 1996 while married to the daughter of the late Rolando Reyes, Sr. During the mid-1990s,…

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Hermosa Cigars: Taking Cigars Directly to the Smoker

Many of today’s cigar blenders, manufacturers and distributers have deep roots embedded in the cigar industry – generations dating as far back as the 18th century.  The family of Scott de la Pena, founder of Hermosa Cigars, is no different. However, he took a detoured path to the industry, becoming a contemporary cigar maker with ‘old school’ ties to the “Mother Country”. Scott de la Pena is unique to the cigar industry in that he had spent most of his life immersed in the film industry before leaping into cigar…

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Reinado Cigars Continues to Thrive in the Midst of Declining Boutique Market

Today’s smokers may have noticed a steady decline of boutique cigar brands on the shelves of their favorite cigar shops. That valuable shelf space that was once reserved for boutique brands is evaporating in many shops, being replaced with more widely-known mainstream brands. Despite the digression, one brand continues to flourish – Reinado Cigars. “The boutique market right now is in a little bit of a decline,” said Antonio Lam, owner and blender of Reinado Cigars. “It is shrinking from what I have seen compared to previous years. I think…

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History Behind MoyaRuiz Cigars Explains Why Smokers Love ’em

MoyaRuiz Cigars is a brand born of a child’s love for his grandfather and an appreciation for the rich culture and tradition of his country. The boutique cigar company boasts unique blends and creative branding to showcase its founders’ prideful Cuban heritage and to pay homage to the ‘Mother Land’. Danny Moya, co-owner of MoyaRuiz Cigars, was 13 years old when he started smoking cigars and he has not looked back since. The inquisitive youngster grew up in the plumes of his grandfather and great-grandfather’s cigar smoke, two gentlemen who…

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Daniel Marshall: Most Interesting Man Alive

It all started as a boyhood fantasy, an unrelated vision that transformed the son of an avocado farmer into the cigar industry’s most iconic figure. The Daniel Marshall brand is a love story of passion, perseverance and gratitude born of a teenage romance, an encouraging grandfather and a spontaneous trip across the globe. What was meant to be a gracious hand-crafted token of gratitude has since become the ultimate symbol of success and celebration. Daniel Marshall credits Joseph D. Bain (“Papa Joe”), the grandfather of a former girlfriend, with having…

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From the Hardwood to the Tobacco Fields, John Starks’ Fiery Passion Continues to Burn

John Starks enjoyed a brilliant basketball career playing 14 seasons in the NBA, including eight for the New York Knicks where he dominated the hardwood and electrified the Garden. He was a fierce shooting guard who stood toe to toe with NBA legends like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal. Starks amassed 10,829 career points and is the Knicks all-time leader in three point field goals with 982. During the 1994-95 season, he became the first player in NBA history to net 200 three-pointers in a single…

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Up Close and In-Depth with Dean Parsons, Founder of Epic Cigars

Inquisitive factory tours and an innocent social gathering at a local watering hole transformed a thriving real estate broker into a boutique cigar brand owner. Dean Parsons, founder of Epic Cigars, was enjoying a night out on the Dominican Republic after a long day of touring the Fuente, Davidoff and Aurora cigar factories when he met a couple of guys named Eddy Fontana and Rolando Villamil. Unbeknown to Parsons, Villamil is a master blender with 35 years of experience in the cigar industry. He was behind all the original Kristoff…

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Rocky Patel Continues To Revolutionize the Industry – Reveals New Discovery

There is not a person in the cigar industry who works harder than Rocky Patel. His burning passion superseded the harsh stereotypes that were stacked against him when he ventured into the cigar industry during the back end of the ‘boom’ in the mid-1990s. It was a tumultuous time with cigar companies dropping by the hundreds. By the time it was over 400-500 cigar companies folded, but not Rocky Patel. He climbed from the rubble of the collapsed cigar boom and has since risen from the ashes as one of…

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In-Depth Look at the Hot New Cigar Brand, Jordan Alexander III

Jordan Alexander III is a new boutique cigar brand that was launched in 2013 by three life-long friends. JA3, as they are often referred to on social media, uses premium, hand-selected tobaccos to create uniquely blended cigars meticulously crafted to perfection. The story of Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company begins with family and friendship. The three business partners, Alex Miller, Collin Murphy and Bob Murphy hold a deep adoration for the fellowship and culture surrounding cigars. They spent years learning about the methodology and blending process before venturing to…

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The Portrait of a CIGARtist

When two worlds collided a CIGARtist was born. New York-based painter Eric Whitfield has fused his adoration for art with his passion for cigars to capture the essence of the leaf on canvas. “I have been creating art as long as I can remember,” said Whitfield. “I started painting seriously about 15 years ago, around the same time I started smoking cigars. I guess it was inevitable that the two passions collide.” Whitfield began his journey by doodling as a budding youngster and has since evolved into a masterful painter…

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Bodega Premium Blends is Cigar Industry’s Greatest Sensation

Bodega Premium Blends (BPB) is a story of four childhood friends who have coupled their passion for cigars with their entrepreneurial nature to produce a cigar brand that cherishes familial gatherings and fellowship. The company produces finely crafted cigars that offer unique flavors and profiles that stem from a quadruplet of family men who understand the value of time and the relevance of the cigar experience. The BPB Four (Gino Domanico, Ron Plante, Stephane Barjolin, and Rob Mariani) began smoking cigars about 15 years ago when they would gather at…

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Jose Blanco – The ‘Godfather’ of Cigars – Reveals his Storied Past While Continuing to Dominate Industry

Jose Blanco is a fourth generation disciple of the tobacco industry following in the footsteps that his great grandfather planted back in the nineteenth century. Since the original seed was sown, the Blanco family pioneered the success of Dominican cigars with their production of high-grade, premium tobacco. With the inception of his new company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, Blanco sets out to produce full-flavored, complex cigars that will help rejuvenate the lust for Dominican tobacco that seems to have dissipated in the wake of Nicaragua’s recent boom. Blanco fell in love…

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