A Tribute to the Late Diana Silvius – A True Champion of the Cigar Industry

Diana Silvius passed away today. She had more than 50 years experience in the cigar industry and was the former and first female president of the RTDA (known as IPCPR today). She owned Up Down Cigars in Chicago along with her own brand, Diana Silvius, made by the Fuente family.    

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ESPINOSA CIGARS TO RELAUNCH MURCIELAGO

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) – Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the “Murcielago” will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after it is re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July. The Murcielago (which is Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands.  It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend.  “Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we…

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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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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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