House of Emilio has re-branded to become Boutiques United

House of Emilio Becomes ‘Boutiques United’ Vineland, NJ (January 18, 2016) – LJ Zucca is proud to announce it’s rebranding from “House of Emilio” to “Boutiques United”. Effective today Boutiques United, which also launched a new website and corresponding social media accounts, will be the name of the cigar distribution entity moving forward. “It’s been a banner year for us. This is the next step in our evolution.” noted owner Scott Zucca. “2016 will be amazing and this is just the tip of the iceberg.” Boutiques United continues with it’s…

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Ezra Zion Cigar Co. Releases “Ugly Sweater 2015” Cigar

Announcing the very first Ezra Zion Ugly Christmas Sweater project! This will be our annual Christmas release; each year featuring the coolest in Ugly Christmas Sweater action! We will use this final release each year to showcase the rarest and most special tobaccos we come across all during the year. The inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater 2015 is TWO blends!! We felt festive so we thought we’d be extra jolly! Each 6 pack contains 3 Red Sweaters and 3 Green Sweaters. The Red Sweater Blend is an Ecuador Habano wrapper over rare Indonesian binder…

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Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero – Robusto

A well-constructed cigar with an incredible flavor profile blended for the discerning cigar smoker. The Draig Cayuquero is the second release in Emilio’s Draig line. The Draig, which means dragon in Welsh, is a limited production, small-batch line of cigars by Emilio Cigars using a different factory and a different blend each year. The Draig uses unique tobaccos that are rarely found in most of today’s cigars. It is yet another line that successfully demonstrates Gary Griffith’s mastery. From Gary Griffith’s Facebook page: “There is a small town in the…

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Ezra Zion – Honor Series FHK – Inspired (5 ½ x 50)

A complex flavor bomb that lives up to Ezra Zion standards of quality and excellence. The Honor Series FHK was released at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, 2014 as the year’s first cigar release. From House of Emilio website: “The name FHK stands for ‘Fathers of Hoover and Kelly’. Being history buffs we’ve researched our family heritage and were amazed at what we found: war heroes, ministers, statesman, and hardworking entrepreneurs. Chris had the idea to do a tribute to our forefathers who’ve made us who we…

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Nomad Connecticut Fuerte – Robusto

A nice mild-medium smoke with a little kick that could be enjoyed any time of day The Connecticut Fuerte is the third core line released by Nomad Cigar Company since the company’s inception in 2012 by founder, Fred Rewey. The CT Fuerte is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera L & V where his self-title blend, Nomad is also made. From Nomad’s website: “For nearly two years now I have sought to release a blend with a Connecticut wrapper. Heck, that seemed easy enough. The blending of…

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Rodrigo Cigars – La Fortaleza – Elegante (6 ¾ x 48)

“It’s gorgeous. The black and silver band, the natural dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper – It all plays well to the senses and when you see the cigar you can’t help but reach for it.”        – George Rodriguez, founder of Rodrigo Cigars I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with Rodrigo Cigars. I have tried each of the three blends and can honestly say they are all outstanding. Each blend brings unique characteristics that make me say, “WoW”. Today’s review is of the La Fortaleza Elegante – the stronger,…

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Rodrigo Habano Clasico – Lancero (7 x 38)

This was my first time trying a Rodrigo cigar and boy am I glad I gave her a whirl. A million thanks to Gary Griffith of House of Emilio for introducing me to this fine, classic cubanesque smoke that is a tribute to the ‘old school’ traditionalist.  “The Habano Clasico is our foundation… a line that represents traditional cigar making at its best.” – Rodrigo Cigars Website The story behind Rodrigo cigars is one for the ages – a romantic fairytale of true destiny. Rodrigo Cigars use “A” grade fillers and…

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Up Close and Personal with Kyle Hoover – Co-Founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company

Kyle Hoover, co-founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company, has turned a long-time passion for cigars into a top-notch brand that rivals some of the premier names in the business. Founded in 2012, Ezra Zion blends some of the industry’s most flavorful boutique cigars. Each one of their cigars uses specially selected tobaccos from Nicaragua to create a memorable smoking experience. “I know a lot of companies talk about their tobacco being the best thing ever, but we source the top five percent of the AA Grade Nicaraguan stuff,” said Kyle….

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Guayacan – Robusto

A very pleasantly tasting smoke that remained consistent and flavorful. Like most of you, I had never heard of this cigar until Gary Griffith of House of Emilio introduced me to this gem. Guayacan is made by Noel Rojas who hails from Pinar Del Rio, Cuba where he worked on tobacco farms since his early teen years. Then this young man dabbled in cigar blending himself until the Cuban government shut him down. He then turned to wood working before that, too, was shuttered by the oppressive government. He named…

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What is so special about boutique brands? – Everything!

Like a micro-brew or single malt scotch, a boutique cigar is like the jewel in an Ethiop’s ear- The gem of the cigar industry. Many people often define ‘boutique cigars’ with a definitive production number. That is not accurate. What labels a cigar ‘boutique’ is the craftsmanship and passion behind the process. While it is true that boutique cigars are produced in far fewer quantities than the ‘main stream’, mass produced companies like Atlantis and General Cigar it is not the absolute definition of a boutique cigar. Tobaccos utilized in…

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