Rizla RYO Accessories Get New Look
The Rizla RYO Accessories line of products have been given a new look. The products, including the Rizla Rolling Machines and Rizla Filter Tips, now carry the Rizla paper branding, creating a cohesive Rizla RYO range. The new packaging look is also designed to create an impact on-shelf, with the gold Rizla logo displayed on the top of the packs.

Robert Burton Associates, Ltd., 2 Henderson Drive, West Caldwell, NJ 07006; Tel: (973) 882-5500.

Arango New Publisher of Cigar Dossier;
Adds Dale Scott “How To” Book
Mako Publishing, Inc. has announced that Arango Cigar Co. has recently purchased all rights to publish and distribute the cigar tracking book Cigar Dossier. The hardbound book is designed to allow cigar enthusiasts to rate, record, and remember their favorite cigars. Suggested retail for the book is $29.95, and it is available for immediate distribution to cigar retailers. Arango is also now the exclusive distributor of Dale Scott’s popular book, How to Select and Enjoy Premium Cigars. “Tobacconists have bought more of Scott’s books from us than any other publication, so it was natural for us to add his best-seller to our lineup of exclusively distributed products,” said Arango president Mike Gold.

The original how-to cigar book was first published in 1984, and is now in its third edition. Consumers and the industry alike hail its humor, readability, and no-nonsense answers to the questions new - and veteran - smokers ask retailers. Author and cigar journalist Scott has smoked premium cigars for forty years. His feature articles appear regularly in Smokeshop magazine, and he has written tutorial articles and cigar reviews for several consumer publications. How to Select and Enjoy Premium Cigars is available to tobacco retailers only. The 186-page, illustrated book retails for $16.95.

In addition, Arango was at press time negotiating to acquire rights to the Perfecto Garcia brand, a handmade cigar produced in Estelí, Nicaragua by Nicaraguan American Tabacos S.A. for Lane Limited. In July, Lane ceased distribution of nearly all its premium cigar brands. Perfecto Garcia is an old Chicago-based brand, originally produced by the House of Windsor in Evanston, Illinois as high-grade machine-made, all Cuban-tobacco “Clear Havana” prior to the Cuban embargo.

Arango Cigar Co., 3170 Commercial Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062; Tel: (800) 222-4427.

Morgan Alexander Cigars
A new brand of cigars, Morgan Alexander Cigars, has introduced five sizes to the cigar market: corona, robusto, toro, Churchill, and torpedo. The cigars have a double-fermented Connecticut maduro wrapper, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. Produced by Nick Perdomo at Tabacalera Perdomo in Estelí, Nicaragua, the cigars range in price from $3.00 to $5.00. The company will release a robusto and torpedo in a Cameroon wrapper in the near future.

Morgan Alexander Cigars, 7 Briarwood Dr., Warren, NJ 07059; Tel: (908) 604-0388.

Davidoff Releases Griffin’s Piramides, Toro
Davidoff of Geneva’s Griffin’s line is being extended with the addition of the Piramide and Toro formats. The Piramide, widely available several decades ago but a rarity these days, has a tapering conical shape, while the Toro, a well known classic shape, will be slightly box-pressed. Both styles are medium strength and are available in convenient four-packs and boxes of 25. The Piramides measure 5 x 38/52 with a blend of Seco Piloto, Ligero, and Olor filler in an Olor binder and Connecticut wrapper. The Toros, which have the same blend of tobacco as the Piramides, measure 6 x 52.

Davidoff of Geneva, 550 West Ave., Stamford, CT, 06902; Tel: (203) 323-5811; Fax: (203) 975-0090.

SMOKESHOP - October 2000