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Dec.99/
Jan.00

TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY PROMOTIONS

Davidoff Adds Private Stock Cigars
Davidoff of Geneva has developed a new line of medium-filler cigars under the Private Stock label. The cigars consist of Dominican binder and filler tobacco in a Connecticut shade wrapper. The medium-fillers come in five sizes, including corona, panetela, robusto, toro, and lonsdale. Each size is available in a four-pack or in boxes of 20. Retail prices on the four-packs range from to $4.60 to $5.30, while box prices run from $23.00 to $26.50.

Also available are Private Stock No. 12 and Private Stock No. 14, which also contain Dominican binder and filler in a Connecticut shade wrapper. Sizes here include petit panetela and Churchill. The petit panetela comes in a five-pack at $5.25 and 25-count boxes at $26.25. The Churchill comes in four-packs at $7.00 and 25-count boxes priced at $43.75.

Davidoff of Geneva, 550 West Avenue, Stamford, CT 09902, Tel.: (203) 323-5811; Fax: (203) 975-0090.


La Perla Maduros Now With Triple-Fermented Connecticut Wrapper
La Perla Cigars has made a change to its line of maduro cigars, implementing a new triple-fermented Connecticut broadleaf wrapper rather than the corojo wrapper used previously.

"Surprisingly brisk demand for our new maduro line following its introduction at RTDA outstripped our ability to supply corojo wrappers," explains Doug Wood, president of La Perla Habana. "We found it necessary to adopt the Connecticut leaf, and, in doing so, we discovered a far superior wrapper for our maduros."

Triple fermentation was developed and perfected in Cuba. Very few tobaccos are fermented a third time, especially outside of Cuba. La Perla Habana will maintain the existing shapes in the maduro wrapper: toro (6 x 50), torpedo (61/4 x 52), and the new perfecto (5 x 51). Wood also plans to introduce the perfecto in limited numbers in La Perla’s classic line.

La Perla Habana, 859 North Hollywood Way, #470, Burbank, CA 91505; Tel.: (818) 563-3533; Fax: (818) 842-5108.


New Miami-made TTT Trinidad Line Released
More than a year after discontinuing the Fuente-made TTT Trinidad cigars, Trinidad Tobacco Trading has released a new line of cigars under the Trinidad name. The new line is available in five sizes - perfecto (41/2 x 52), corona (51/2 x 44), robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (67/8 x 48), and torpedo (6 x 54) - with retail prices ranging between $7.00 and $9.95 per stick.

The all long-filler blend for the new Trinidad cigars balances Cuban-seed Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran tobaccos, recreating an old secret from 1905 Cuba. The wrapper is piloto-Cuban Dominican and the wrapper is a four-year-old Cameroon-seed Sumatran.

The company developed the old Trinidad cigar blend working with Lugo Gomez, the last Trinidad tobacco buyer from Cuba. The new line is produced at Tabacalera Las Villas in Miami by Cuban rollers, each with 40 years experience. Production and sales will be strictly limited. Some exclusive regional distributorships are available.

Trinidad Tobacco Trading Corp., 20547 Old Cutler Rd., Ste. 130, Miami, FL 33189, Tel.: (305) 238-2025; Fax: (305) 971-0245.


Punch Grand Cru Punchito
Villazon & Company, Inc. has launched a new cigar, the Punch Grand Cru Punchito, into the classic Punch Grand Cru specialty line. The new Punchito is a mild- to medium-bodied perfecto-shaped cigar that measures just four inches in length.

"The Punchito was added to the Punch Grand Cru line to meet consumer demand for an extra-premium quality cigar in the popular perfecto-shape and shorter length," says Bill Roethel, Villazon’s vice president of marketing. "The result is a superb figurado that can be enjoyed in a limited time frame."

Punch Grand Cru specialty cigars are made with a blend of extra-premium leaf of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Piloto Cubano tobaccos in a smooth Connecticut shade wrapper. The cigars are packed in the classic Grand Cru style wooden boxes. The Punchito is four inches in length, and tapers from a 42 ring gauge at the head to a 50 ring gauge at its foot. Suggested pre-tax retail price: $99 per box of 20.

Villazon & Company, Inc., P.O. Box 720, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458, Tel.: (800) 526-4653.



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