Don Tomás Extends Line with New Sungrown Version

Don Tomás returns to its roots as a Honduran cigar with the debut of Don Tomás Sungrown, a new medium-bodied, all-Honduran puro from General Cigar featuring Jamastran-grown tobacco grown exclusively for this line. Don Tomás Sungrown is available in five different frontmarks: Rothschild (4 1/2 x 50, $3.70), Cetro #2 (6 1/2 x 4, $3.70), Robusto (5 1/2 x 50, $3.20), Presidente (7 1/2 x 50, $4.10), and Gigante (6 x 60, $5.00).

General Cigar Co., Inc., Richmond, N.C., Toll-free: (800) 273-8044, Tel: (212) 448-3800, Web: www.cigarworld.com.

Red Man Snuff from Swedish Match Enters Test Market

Swedish Match is currently test-marketing Red Man Premium Moist Snuff in eleven states. Produced from a blend of high quality tobacco, Red Man is offered in three flavors - Long Cut Wintergreen, Fine Cut Natural, and Long Cut Straight. Swedish Match North America, Inc., Richmond, Va., Toll-free: (800) 367-3677, Web: www.swedishmatch.com.

Mojito Madness Joins Heaven Cigar Line

Heavenly Cigar Company has added another new flavor to its extensive line of flavored, premium cigars - new Heaven Mojito Madness. Like all of its other 13 flavors, Heavenly’s Mojito Madness is comprised of Dominican long-filler tobaccos, and contains “just enough flavor for smokers to taste the essence of mojito without being overpowered,” says company president Heather Phillips. Mojito Madness is available in two shapes, petite (5 x 30) and corona (5 1/2 x 46) and comes in boxes of 25.

Heavenly Cigar Company, Naples, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 647-8196, Web: www.heavencigar.com.

New Santa Rosa Honduran Cigars from Altadis U.S.A.

Altadis U.S.A. has added to its offering of cigars produced by its La Flor de Copan S.A. factory in Honduras with the debut of the new Santa Rosa line. The factory, located in the remote, northern Honduras town of Santa Rosa de Copan, also produces the company’s Quintero, Saint Luis Rey, and Gispert brands.

The new Santa Rosa brand features a Connecticut shade wrapper from Ecuador, Honduran binder, Honduran binder, and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.

Ranging in price from $3.60 to $4.50, Santa Rosa will be available in six sizes: corona (5 1/2 x 44), tubo (6 x 48), SP (4 3/4 x 50), toro (6 x 50), Churchill (7 x 50), pyramid (6 1/8 x 52), and Rothschild (5 x 54). The cigars are presented in 27-count boxes (10-count boxes for the tubos).

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

Villiger Rolls Out Villiger Export Maduro

Building on the success of their Villiger Export Natural, Villiger Stokkebye presents their Export Maduro with Arapiraca wrapper from Brazil. The Arapiraca region of Brazil is located near the coast and is known for its ability to produce dark tobaccos. The tobacco is hygroscopic, contains less nicotine, and is sturdy. Consumers will notice the more prominent vein structure as well as traditional sweetness that set maduros apart.

Villiger Stokkebye International, Charlotte, N.C., Toll-free: (877) 605-1577, Tel: (704) 597-0416, E-mail: gferguson@viscigar.com, Web: www.vsicigar.com.

Affordable Second Release of Ghurka Black Dragon Features New Shapes, Packaging

In 2006 Beach Cigar Group introduced Gurkha Black Dragon super premium cigars for a retail price of $1,100 per cigar, presented in 75-year old antique camel bone chests hand carved and distressed by East Indian artisans. Now, the company is now re-releasing Gurkha Black Dragon at a more affordable $10 to $13 per cigar. The new Black Dragons come in three shapes: robusto (4 1/2 x 52), torpedo (6 1/2 x 53), and Presidente (8 1/2 x 52). The robusto is available in a 40 count box for $400, torpedo in a 20 count box for $240, and Presidente comes 20 to a box for $260. Like the earlier Black Dragon, this new version is comprised of aged Cameroon wrapper, Dominican binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler. Striking black velour packaging with red interior continues to position this line as a premium product.

Beach Cigar Group, Miami, Fla., Tel: (305) 593-2254, Fax: (305) 593-6223, Web: www.gurkhacigars.com.

A/R Green Band, New Ecuadorian Puros

Puros de Armando Ramos announced the release of A/R Green Band 10-year aged Ecuadorian Puros. “The A/R Green line leverages our long-term success on the leaf growing side, in order to deliver a superior smoking experience at exceptionally low prices,” said Paul Magier, Ramos president.

The A/R Green Band line is comprised of four different blends ranging in price from $3.25 to $4.25 retail: Ecuador Corojo, S-Maduro, EC-Connecticut, and Sun Grown Rosado. All four blends come in five shapes, robusto, toro, torpedo, double corona, and a 6 x 60 gordo. Each size is available in a 25-count box.

Puros Int’l de Armando Ramos Ltd., Woodbridge, N.J., Toll-free: (888) 231-1082, Tel: (732) 634-4771, E-mail: newYcigar@aol.com.

HBI Slows it Down with Cyclone Xtraslo Blunt Cones

Cyclone Xtraslo are new, extra-slow burning double-wrapped blunt cones from HBI Tobacco. The unique new design provides smokers a slow burning cigar with a natural leaf wrapper. By flavoring both the inner and outer leaf, HBI has doubled the overall flavor of the blunt. These new cones are packed in urban-camouflage printed tubes with 24 tubes per box.

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

Hoya de Tradicion joins General’s Hoya de Monterrey Line

General Cigar has taken the classic Hoyo de Monterrey taste profile in a new direction with the debut of Hoyo de Tradicion. The new Tradicion’s blend consists of Honduran, Dominican Piloto Cubano, and Nicaraguan filler leaf, a robust Habano leaf binder from Connecticut, and a Honduran Jamastran Viso Rosado wrapper. The new collection contains four frontmarks that are Spanish box pressed and available in boxes of 25. The four shapes are: epicure (5 1/4 x 50, $4.50), corona (5 3/4 x 45, $4.50), toro (6 x 52, $4.95), and toro grande (6 1/4 x 54, $5.20). Retailers who purchase three boxes of each shape will receive a complimentary display containing 16 Hoy de Tradicion “buy three, get four” sampler packs. Each sampler pack carries a suggested retail price of $14.65.

General Cigar Co., Inc., Richmond, N.C., Toll-free: (800) 273-8044, Tel: (212) 448-3800, Web: www.cigarworld.com.

Avo Uvezian, Hendrik Kelner Launch New Avo 787 Premium Cigars

A completely new addition to the Avo cigar line, the new Avo 787, developed jointly by master blender Hendrik Kelner and cigar namesake Avo Uvezian, 787 is described as a “balanced and aromatic smoke” offering rich, complex medium-intensity taste with a sweet aroma and prolonged aftertaste of spice and sweetness. Rolled from a blend of Dominican Pilot, San Vicente, and Olor tobaccos; a San Vicente binder; and a Connecticut see sun-grown wrapper from Ecuador, Avo 787 is offered in three formats: Perfecto (5 7/8 x 50) at $13 each retail, Robusto (5 x52) at $11 retail, and Toro (6 x 54) at $12.50 retail. The cigars are presented in 22-count cedar boxes, glassine-paper wrapped in three layer 7-8-7 format.

Davidoff of Geneva, Stamford, Conn., Toll-free: (800) 232-8436, Web: www.davidoffusa.com.

Rocky Patel The Edge Now Available in Sumatra Wrapper

Joining The Edge Maduro and The Edge Corojo, Rocky Patel has released The Edge Sumatra. Edge Sumatra features the same filler and binder tobaccos as the Maduro and Corojo versions but has a rich, Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper grown by the Oliva family that is aged five years.

“This Sumatra wrapper was actually the very first wrapper used on the Edge back in 2004, but there wasn’t enough wrapper supply,” says Patel. Three years later, the supply is not an issue.

The Sumatra wrapper, taken from eighth priming off the tobacco plant, adds a “meaty, spicy element to a bold, full-flavored blend,” says company president Rocky Patel.

Edge Sumatra is available in two shapes, toro and torpedo, both measuring 6 x 52 and retailing for $5.25 and $5.50 respectively. The line is presented in rustic trays of 100 cigars, and was pre-released in limited edition 10-count boxes.

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Naples, Fla., Toll-free (888) 766-5387, Tel: (239) 593-1833, E-mail: sonyaindiantabac@msn.com, Web: www.rockypatel.com.

SAG Imports is Named Distributor of Augusto Reyes Dominican Cigars

SAG Imports, Inc. has been named the exclusive distributor of Augusto Reyes’ line of premium cigars, marketed as the “Collection of Pleasures.” Included in the line are brands Nativo, Criollo, and Epicur. All cigars are hand-made in the Dominican Republic under the direction of fifth-generation tobacco grower Augusto Reyes, whose family has been in the tobacco business for over 150 years. Each brand is handsomely packaged in full wood boxes and comes in five popular sizes.

The Nativo line is a medium to full-bodied all-Dominican puro that has received a 90 Rating in 2007 from Cigar Aficionado. The cigar retails for $8.35–$10.25.

The Criollo is a medium-bodied cigar that was the recipient of the Robb Report 2007 Best of the Best selection. This extremely rich and elegant cigar is carefully blended to deliver excellent balance. It retails for $6.85–$8.75.

The Epicur is a medium-bodied cigar with an impressively smooth flavor.All shapes are perfecto. It retails for $7.60–$9.15.

Also available is a Gift Set Assortment that includes two Criollo Robusto, two Nativo Robusto, and two Epicur Especials. It retails for $49.95

SAG Imports, Inc., Miami, Fla., Tel: (818) 521-4980, Toll-free: (800) 272-5396, Email fonsecacigars@bellsouth.net.

Swisher Adds New Grape Flavor to its Value-Priced Kayak Moist Snuff Line

Swisher International has extended its price-valued line of Kayak moist snuff with the addition of new Grape Long Cut, which joins the existing Long Cut Wintergreen, Long Cut Straight, Long Cut Apple, Long Cut Peach, Fine Cut Natural, and Fine Cut Wintergreen varieties. Kayak is sold in single 1.2oz cans and five-pack rolls.

Swisher International, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., Tel: (904) 353-4311, Fax: (800) 628-4675, Toll-free: (800) 322-2317, Web: www.swisher.com.

SMOKESHOP - October, 2007