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Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is set to launch three new lines at next week’s IPCPR trade show that include a special birthday blend, a brick-and-mortar exclusive and the company’s first-ever cigar made in the Dominican Republic.
Many manufacturers of premium cigars are concentrating their efforts to get all new cigar products to the market before August 8. This is the deadline imposed by the Food & Drug Administration, which will begin regulating the cigar industry on the same date. Cigar producers that make the deadline will be allowed to put their new products on the market and await FDA approval over a one-to-three year grace period, in which FDA compliance and approval can take place while products are simultaneously on the market. Those who don’t make the deadline will not be entitled to the grace period and prohibited from selling their new products until they’ve fully undergone the FDA’s lengthy, costly evaluation and authorization process.
Next week, PDR Cigars will introduce a new line that wears a lighter shade of Mexican San Andrés wrapper at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. Called AFR-75 Claro, the brand is the follow-up project to the AFR-…
Drew Estate’s Kentucky Fire Cured brand is going green. The Nicaraguan cigar company is adding a three-vitola line extension to its Kentucky Fire Cured brand, and each of the new cigars will be partially covered in green candela wrapper.
Caldwell Cigar Co., known for its imaginatively titled cigar releases such as Eastern Standard and Long Live the King, is launching three new cigar lines next week at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. The new brands are called Midnight Express, Eastern Standard Dos Firmas and Savages. The company has also teamed up with cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo to create a fourth line called Anastasia, which started shipping to U.S. retailers last week.
Altadis U.S.A. is dialing up the famed Placencia cigar family to produce its first-ever Nicaraguan-made Romeo y Julieta cigar. Romeo 505, named after Nicaragua’s calling code, will join the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta line, an incarnation of the main non-…
Pelo de Oro is a difficult, temperamental wrapper to grow. It’s susceptible to disease, the yields are low and most farmers want nothing to do with it—but A.J. Fernandez isn’t most farmers. The cigarmaker-cum-tobacco grower cultivates a bit of this h…
Mombacho Cigars S.A., the company behind Tierra Volcán and Liga Maestro, is giving its two cigar brands a makeover. The redesigned bands and reconfigured boxes are intended to give both cigars a similar look for more consistent packaging and better br…