Bahiba, New Mid-Priced Premium Cigar from Bahama's Graycliff
Nassau, Bahamas-based Graycliff Cigar Co. has introduced a new, more moderately priced line of premium, hand-rolled cigars to the U.S. market, Bahiba.

Developed by Graycliff's Avelino Lara, the Cuban-born creator of the original Cohiba cigar, the Bahiba is a blend of Brazilian, Honduran, and Nicaraguan longfill tobaccos, an Ecuadorian-grown Indonesian-seed binder finished with an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut shade wrapper. The line is offered in four frontmarks: Churchill (7 1/2 x 50), corona (6 x 38), double robusto (6 x 50), and pyramid (6 x 52). Retail prices range from $5 to $8.

Graycliff Cigar Co., P.O. Box 10246, Nassau, Bahamas, Tel: (242) 322-2796, Fax: (242) 326-6110.

New Premium Cigar Sample Packs from Puros Indios Cigars
Puros Indios Cigars, Inc., is now offering selected sizes of their premium cigars in new Sample Packs.

"The continued demand by our customers encouraged us to announce this new packaging for our cigars," says Carlos Diez, who directs marketing for the company. "We chose four sizes from our standard Puros Indios line for the Sample Packs: Especial #2 (6 1/2 x 46), Especial #4 (5 1/2 x 44), Toro Especial (6 x 52), and Churchill Especial (7 1/4 x 53). These rank among our most popular sizes."

Each Sample Pack holds three cigars of the same size, in colorado claro wrapper only. The Ecuadorian wrapper leaf, naturally shielded from the sun during its growth cycle by cloud cover, yields an extra delicate leaf with fine veins. The filler blend consists of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian tobaccos. The tobacco is aged a full three years and the cigars another six months.

The cigars are individually cellophaned. Suggested retail prices for the three-cigar Sample Packs range from $10.80 for the Especial #4, to $24.00 for the Churchill Especial, at keystone.

The Sample Packs come in a unit of 10 to a carton (30 cigars); sizes may not be mixed in a unit. Puros Indios Cigars is taking orders for immediate delivery.

Puros Indios Cigars, Inc., 114 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33125, Tel: (800) 99-CIGAR, Fax: 305-649-5154, Web: www.purosindioscigars.com

La Hoja Selecta is Latest from El Credito
El Credito, Inc. has introduced a La Hoja Selecta, a box-pressed cigar available in natural and maduro. Blended by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana cigars, La Hoja Selecta is made for the cigar smoker who wants to move to a fuller-bodied cigar with a smooth flavor and earthy bouquet. The cigars are crafted with an Ecuadorian wrapper, a Connecticut broadleaf binder, and Dominican/Nicaraguan filler. "Many smokers are looking for more taste but are afraid to move up to a fuller-bodied cigar because they fear they will not be able to handle the strength. The La Hoja is perfect for making the transition to a stronger-tasting cigar because it imparts a rich, robust flavor," said Perez-Carrillo.

La Hoja is available in six frontmarks, with suggested retail between $3.50 and $4.40 per cigar.

El Credito Cigars, 1106 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130, Tel: (305) 858-4162 Toll-free: (800) 726-9481, Fax: (305) 858-3810.

Davidoff Debuts Tubos Gift Assortment
Davidoff presents an exclusive gift package of three cigars in different classic formats ideal for special holiday occasions or as a small mark of appreciation. The compay suggests that this selection, with its gold lettering on white packaging, would also be highly appropriate and decorative under any Christmas tree.

The popular Davidoff No. 2 (a 6 x 38 Panatela), the more full-flavoured Davidoff 2000 (a 5 x 43 Corona), and the robust Davidoff Special R (6 x 50 Robusto) are all packed in elegant aluminium Tubos, which preserve the cigars in perfect conditions of humidity for up to three months - an ideal gift for those without storage humidors.

The blends for this trio are all different, but they are created from various matured tobaccos grown and harvested from the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic, and stored for up to four years before being processed.

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

Southern Smoke Extends Victor Sinclair Line
Victor Sinclair cigars, a boutique brand now under the ownership and distribution of Southern Smoke LLC, Atlanta, Ga., is shipping several new line extensions.

The Victor Sinclair Vintage Select Maduro is the company's most complex cigar to date, a traditional Cuban box press, hand made in the Dominican Republic. It is considered the company's signature cigar. The multiple pressing of the cigar allows time for the tobaccos to marry and create their unique mixture of aroma and complex tastes, the company explains. A genuine Brazilian maduro wrapper helps create the oils that flavor this medium strength cigar, and a minimum of six months aging make these the most unique and delicious cigars in the company's line. Four frontmarks are offered: Pyramid (6 x 52), Churchill (7 x 50), Robusto (5 1/2 x 50), and Corona (6 x 44).

Bohemian is a limited production, medium-bodied hand made cigar from the Dominican Republic that's moderately priced. The wrapper is five-year-old Brazilian Maduro and the binder five-year-old Dominican Olor. Each cigar has a traditional Cuban rat tail cap and an uncut end. Unique packaging consists of a plexi top on a Boite Natur box, and a tobacco bed on which the cigars rest and mature even deeper. Four frontmarks are available: Big Sur (6 x 70), Greenwich Village (6 x 56), Ginsburg (6 x 50), and Whitman (4 x 48).

Finally, Victor Sinclair has created Honey Delights. These hand made and long-filled cigars are mild, with a hint of sweet honey throughout the entire smoke and a long lasting honey aroma. Like all Victor Sinclair flavored cigars, Honey Delights are cured in barrels - not dipped - delivering a subtle flavor that doesn't overwhelm the palate. These Sumatra-wrapped cigars with a Seco and Ligero filler and Dominican binder are created to appeal to the most sophisticated smoker. They are available in three sizes: Reina (5 x 36) and Solar (5 1/2 x 42), available in cedar boxes of 10 cigars or 25 cigars, and long fill, hand made cigarillos (4 x 28), packed in terrific tins of 10 cigars.

Southern Smoke LLC, 3340 Peachtree Road, Suite 2260, Atlanta, Ga. 30326, Tel: (404) 805-8860; or contact West Coast Office at 3818 Cottonwood Grove Tr., Calabasas, CA 91301, Tel: (818) 378-8426.

SMOKESHOP - December 2000