Avo Releases Limited Edition 07

Avo Uvezian marked his 81st birthday in March with the release of the Avo L.E.07. The Limited Edition features a combination of Piloto and San Vicente tobaccos refined with milder Olor tobaccos and finished with a sun grown Ecuadorian wrapper. The flavor is accentuated by the shape, a 5 5/8 x 48 toro. The cigars are not banded, but instead are wrapped in paper and signed by the supervisor who inspected them for quality before boxing them. Presented in boxes of 20, suggested retail per cigar is $11.50 or $230 per box. The Avo L.E.07 is available only to select merchants in the U.S. in a limited production of 4,000 boxes.

Davidoff of Geneva, Inc., Stamford, Conn., Toll-free (800) 232-8436, Tel: (203) 323-5811, Web: www.davidoff.com.

Seijas Signature Series from Altadis Expands Distribution, Adds New Sizes

When the Seijas Signature Series first debuted commercially in 2000, it was an extremely limited production cigar available in a single size and to only a handful of top Altadis U.S.A. retail accounts. Originally the personal cigar of Tabacalera de Garcia factory general manager José Siejas, the special cigar was expanded to three sizes last year, but production remained very limited.

Now, Altadis U.S.A. has decided to increase distribution of the once secretive Seijas Signature Series Seijas Signature Series with four more sizes and availability through about 100 retail accounts.

All tobaccos used in this cigar line are aged a minimum of three years. A combination of Peruvian, Dominican, and Nicar­aguan long filler tobaccos are surrounded by an Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra wrapper. Seijas Signature Series is now available in seven sizes ranging in price from $12.50 to $16: belicoso (6 1/8 x 52), toro (6 1/8 x 52), figurado (5 3/4 x 52), robusto (5 x 52), Churchill (7 x 50), perfecto (6 1/2 x 48), and short figurado (4 1/4 x 46).

Altadis U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Toll-free (800) 683-8800, Tel: (954) 772-9000, E-mail: sales.admin@altadisusa.com, Web: www.altadisusa.com.

Three-Pack Samplers from General Cigar

General Cigar has a lineup of several promotional buy-two-get-one-free three-packs appearing at retail shops during the second quarter 2007.

Consumers can sample three tastes of the full-bodied Partagas line with the Partagas Three Pack containing Naturales, Partagas Black Label Clasico, and Partagas Spanish Rosado Agustin retailing for $11.10.

The Punch Gran Puro Three Pack offers consumers the chance to enjoy three all-Honduran cigars. For the price of Punch Gran Puro frontmarks Pico Bonito and Rancho, consumers get the three-pack which includes a free Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita cigar for $8.60.

Three robusto-sized Sancho Panza cigars are offered in a three-pack containing a Sancho Panza Natural Valiente, Double Maduro Quixote, and Extra Fuerte Pamplona for a suggested retail price of $7.25.

The Helix Tubo Sampler ($7.90) contains three Helix tubos for the price of two, featuring two Helix Tubular Natural cigars and one Helix Tubular Maduro cigar. Sister brand Helix Remix — which combines amaretto-flavored liqueur with Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars — follows suit with its own three-pack, the Helix Remix Sampler ($6.40), which features Helix Remix robusto, corona, and petit corona sizes.

General Cigar Co., Richmond, Va., Tel: (800) 273-8044, Web: www.cigarworld.com.

Estate Select Reserve and Vintage Shabby from Beach

Beach Cigar Group recently announced two medium-bodied Gurkha premium cigars, the Estate Select Reserve and Estate Select Vintage Shaggy. According to c.e.o. Kaizad Hansotia, “both feature extra-aged tobaccos not usually found in cigars in this price range, offering an extra-smooth and refined flavor.”

The unbanded Estate Select Reserve features a Dominican wrapper and binder with a Dominican and Peruvian filler and is available in three sizes; Imperial perfecto (5 x 52, $8.80), Royal Rothschild (6 x 54, $6.80), and Prince (5 x 52, $6.40). Each size is available in boxes of either 25 or 100. The Estate Select Vintage Shaggy is a Dominican puro, and is also available in three sizes: toro (6 x 50, $7.20), Churchill (7 x 52, $7.60), and torpedo (6 1/2 x 53, $8.40). Like the Estate Select Reserve, the Estate Select Vintage Shaggy is also available in boxes of 25 or 100.

Beach Cigar Group, Miami, Fla., Tel: (305) 593-2254, Web: www.gurkhacigars.com.

Montecristo Serie C New from Altadis

Altadis U.S.A. has extended its flagship Montecristo premium cigar line with Montecristo Serie C, a new blend featuring “ultra premium Cameroon [wrapper] leaves that Altadis U.S.A. alone was able to acquire,” according to the company. Serie C is manufactured at the Tabacalera de Garcia factory in the Dominican Republic.

The fine Cameroon wrapper is matched with a Nicaraguan binder and a blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian filler tobaccos. Currently, the Serie C is available in four sizes: corona (5 1/2 x 44, $7 retail); robusto (5 x 52, $8); toro (6 x 54, $9); and belicoso (6 1/8 x 52, $10).

Altadis U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 683-8800, Tel: (954) 772-9000, E-mail: sales.admin@altadisusa.com, Web: www.altadisusa.com.

Macanudo Adds Two New Sizes

General Cigar Company has added two new frontmarks to the industry’s best-selling premium cigar line.

Macanudo Gold Label Hampton Court (5 1/2 x 42) makes its retail premier in June. Known for its golden Connecticut Shade wrapper leaves, Macanudo Gold Label Hampton Court comes packed in a flavor-sealing tube and marks the seventh frontmark in the line which debuted in 2002. Its suggested retail price is $6.50 per cigar, or $162.50 for a 25-count box.

Macanudo Maduro Crystal (5 1/2 x 50) arrived at retail in May, bearing a rich Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper highlighted in an elegant and durable glass tube. While individual cigars will sell at retail for $6.80 per cigar, Macanudo Maduro Crystal cigars will be cradled in an eight-count box which carries an suggested retail of $54.40.

General Cigar Co., Richmond, Va., Tel: (800) 273-8044, Web: www.cigarworld.com.

Partagas Debuts Black Label Corona, Spanish Rosado Gigante

The full-flavored Partagas Black Label line from General Cigar Co. recently added a new corona-sized offering (5 1/2 x 45). The Partagas Black Label Corona sells for $5.50 per cigar, or $110 for a 20-count box. The new size bears the trademark dark appearance and extra rich taste that have made Partagas Black Label a go-to cigar for the seasoned smoker.

Partagas Spanish Rosado Gigante (6 x 60) caters to the trend for large ring cigars, while delivering its characteristically distinctive flavor derived from its Honduran San Agustin wrapper. Partagas Spanish Rosado’s Gigante frontmark is available individually for $6.50 per cigar, or in 25-count boxes that retail for $162.50.

General Cigar Co., Richmond, Va., Tel: (800) 273-8044, Web: www.cigarworld.com.

Candela Leaf Bluntzilla from HBI

Made from a green Candela wrapper, the new Bluntzilla by HBI Tobacco is a flavored blunt tube wrapper with a twist of lemon and lime. Part of the Juicy line of blunts, Bluntzilla comes in two sizes — normal and “superblunt” — and is packed in green luminescent packaging to further build upon the “Godzilla — Crushing all blunts in its path” theme.

HBI Tobacco, Phoenix, Ariz., Toll-free: (800) 420-4372, E-mail: inquiry@hbiinternational.com, Web: www.hbiinternational.com.

Gizeh Adds Twister Air Tubes

Twister Full Flavored make-your-own cigarette tubes from Gizeh are now also available in a new light version tube called Twister Air Tubes. To easily differentiate the new product from the existing Twister Full Flavored line, new Twister Air comes packed in a light blue box with yellow writing, packed 200 tubes per box with 50 boxes per case. Twister Air joins Gizeh’s existing Silver Tip and Mascotte RYO/MYO products.

Gizeh of North America, Ltd., Brea, Calif., Toll-free: (888) 989-4662, E-mail: info@gizehna.com, Web: www.gizehna.com.

Camacho Rolls Out New Packaging

Camacho Cigars has launched newly redesigned packaging for all Camacho-branded products. The redesign is intended to more clearly communicate the quality and heritage of the Camacho brand. This upgrade adds a more unified and contemporary flair, giving the complete line of products a better presence on cigar store shelves.

The greatest efforts in this redesign were applied to the Camacho Corojo Diploma, 11/18, and 07/05 lines, which “merit a look that reflects quality, complexity, and sophistication,” said the company.

Camacho consumers will recognize and welcome the enhanced look, while new consumers will be attracted by the new bands and labels, identifiable color coding, and approachable price points.

Camacho Cigars, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 367-0782, E-mail: ceiroa@att.net, Web: www.camachocigars.com.

Padilla Rolls Out Signature 1932

Ernesto Padilla of Padilla Cigars, Inc. has released his new Signature 1932 line which is rolled in the United States in Miami’s El Rey de los Habanos factory. Crafted by Don Pepin Garcia within his factory of only 12 rollers, the Signature 1932 is comprised a five-year-aged rare Nicaraguan Cuban seed wrapper, fermented in Don Pepin’s new Nicaraguan factory. The cigar’s binder and filler tobacco are also Nicaraguan, are robust yet smooth offering a unique smoking experience.

Initially packaged in only 200 limited leather-bound humidor-styled boxes, the Signature 1932 was released in three sizes: robusto, Churchill, and torpedo. Select retailers will also be offered 25-count cedar-lined boxes in all three sizes, plus a soon-to-be-released lancero and unique perla (4 x 43) editions which will be specially packaged in 50-count cabinets with suggested retail prices ranging from $9.00 to $14.00.

Padilla Cigars, Inc., Hialeah, Fla., Tel: (305) 362-8733, E-mail: Ernesto@padillacigars.com, Web: www.padillacigars.com.

CAO Introduces CAO Gold Maduro “Hybrid” Cigar

Combining their successful CAO Gold brand with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, CAO Cigars has created the new CAO Gold Maduro. While the wrapper is new, the binder and filler are the same combination that made the Gold line a success.

“CAO Gold Maduro was one of our very first concept cigars,” explained president Tim Ozgener. “Over the past two years, we received such positive feedback from guests of CAO who sampled that blend that we decided to bring Gold Maduro to the marketplace.”

Packaged in wooden boxes of 20, CAO Gold Maduro will be available in six shapes: corona (5 1/2 x 42), robusto (5 x 50), corona gorda (6 1/2 x 50), Churchill (7 x 48), torpedo (6 1/4 x 52), and double corona (7 1/2 x 54).

CAO International Inc., Nashville, Tenn., Toll-free: (800) 237-8226, Tel: (615) 352-0587, E-mail: cao@caointernational.com, Web: www.caointernational.com.

El Tiante 23 Cigars from Luis Tiant

Red Sox Legend Luis Tiant proudly introduces his El Tiante 23 Series, created exclusively for cigar enthusiasts to the exact specifications of Tiant himself. The El Tiante 23 Series is a completely hand made cigar rolled by Tabacalera Tambor using selected tobacco leaves grown in Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Mexico.

The 23 Series comes in two blends: Natural, with a light bodied Nicaraguan wrapper and filler and an Indonesian binder; and Maduro with a Nicaraguan wrapper, Sumatra seed binder grown in Mexico and Nicaraguan and Mexican fillers. Both the Natural and Maduro are available in belicoso (6 x 54), Churchill (7 x 50), and robusto (5 x 50) sizes.

El Tiante Cigars, Tel: (508) 361-3321, E-mail: dtiant@eltiantecigars.com, Web: www.eltiantecigars.com.

Grape joins Cyclone Blunts; Kingpin Blunts add Melon Madness

HBI International is warning consumers of a “severe flavor threat” with the newest addition to its flavored Cyclone Blunts—grape. Cyclone is a line of cone-shaped blunt tubes that come in individual flavor-sealing tubes of plastic. Grape joins the list of Cyclone Blunts already available, including: Strawberry, Kiwi, Blueberry, Sour Apple, Mango, Fruit Punch, Peach, Honey, White Chocolate, and Natural. All are available in upright display boxes of 24.

HBI’s Kingpin Blunts line has added Melon Madness in buy-one/get-one twin packs. Melon Madness joins Kingpin’s line of eleven flavored blunts sold in two-for-one packaging: Big Apple, Bahama Mama, Blueberry Bomb, Cherry Bon Bon, Chocolate Mint, VSOP Cognac, Goomba Grape, Hawaiian, Liquid Honey, Mango Tango, Maple Syrup, and Peach Paradise. Kingpin Blunts are available in upright display boxes of 24 and promotional materials are available for retailers.

HBI Tobacco, Phoenix, Ariz., Toll-free: (800) 420-4372, E-mail: inquiry@hbiinternational.com, Web: www.hbiinternational.com.

Natural American Spirit Standardizes Case Sizes

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco, the maker of Natural American Spirit cigarettes and rolling, is converting its 10M case (50 cartons) to the industry standard 12M (60 cartons) and 6M (30 cartons) cases.

“To make things easier on our distributors and retailers,” says John Collins, Santa Fe’s sales planning manager. “The new 12M case packaging is designed to go through cutting and stamping machines with no hand labor. This move will also help us be more responsive to customers by improving their warehouse efficiency and order frequency.

To service smaller retailers and ensure the highest quality, certain styles will be available only in 6M cases and other styles in 12M cases. For example, Menthol Filter, Perique, and Organic styles will be available in 30-carton, 6M cases. Regular, Medium, and Ultra Light Filter hard packs will ship in 12M, 60-carton cases.

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., Santa Fe, N.M., Toll-free: (800) 982-7454, Tel: (505) 982-4257, Web: www.nascigs.com.

Camacho Triple Maduro Debuts

Camacho Cigars is now shipping its innovative new Camacho Triple Maduro line.

“The idea of blending a cigar where the filler, binder, and wrapper are all maduro posed a challenge,” says Christian Eiroa, president of Camacho Cigars. “The biggest challenge was to get these thick leaves to burn and taste right together.”

Eiro worked on this new blend for almost a full year, blending five different maduro varieties before perfecting the cigar. The Camacho Triple Maduro is medium to full-bodied with a very rich flavor. Camacho will begin to ship the cigars in the next few months. It will be available in four sizes, 4 1/2 x 50, 6 x 60, 6 x 54 (figurado) and in Camacho’s 11/18 size which has a 56 ring gauge.

Camacho Cigars, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 367-0782, E-mail: ceiroa@att.net, Web: www.camachocigars.com.

SMOKESHOP - June, 2007