In the case of shop events, it can be challenging for a small cigar shop. The difficulty comes in a few different forms. On one hand, a smaller cigar shop simply doesn't have as much space for customers. Also, a brand owner would typically be less inclined to spend the time money and effort to hold an event at a small cigar shop. But brands who have a broad following and dedicated group of talented sales reps can take chances on small shop events, and sometimes turn them into a success. In late July of 2018, I spent the evening at my local shop and had a wonderful time at a small scale cigar event.
Camacho, a popular brand of bold cigars, will be launching a Bourbon vs. Rum Throwdown. Having first released the Camacho American Barrel-Aged, using the Original Corojo tobacco aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, followed by the Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel-Aged, using Esteli-grown Corojo aged in some of the world’s oldest Nicaraguan Rum barrels. Camacho will now challenge their fans to pick a side: Bourbon vs. Rum.
Fratello cigars will release a special limited cigar for Leesburg Cigar and Pipe called the Fratello Oro Churchill. The shop is located in Northern Virginia, and this limited cigar is meant to celebrate 30 years in the premium cigar industry.
Oettinger Davidoff AG will be realigning their sponsorship, and conclude the Davidoff Art Initiative which was launched in 2012. Current projects and residencies of the Davidoff Art Initiative in Basel, Bogotá, and New York will continue as planned throughout 2018.
White Hat Cigars have announced price reductions on the H.R. Signature Line. “We are reducing the wholesale price by 35% on 5 of the 6 sizes in the H.R. Signature line. We are incredibly proud of these cigars and want to get them into more hands.” said Spence Drake, owner of White Hat Cigars
Villiger Cigars announced today that the new Flor de Ynclan Lancero Especial and La Vencedora Gordo have shipped to Villiger retailers. These new extensions were limited production, with only 500 (25-count) boxes produced of each.
Rocky Patel Premium Cigars (RPPC) began shipping the new Tavicusa brand that was introduced at the recent IPCPR trade show. Tavicusa is the name of Rocky’s Estelí, Nicaragua-based cigar factory, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Altadis U.S.A. will be shipping the new H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros starting next month, to selected retailers. It is being released in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of the H. Upmann brand. The H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros was envisioned and blended by Rafael Nodal as a unique and bold Connecticut cigar.
Mombacho Cigars revealed new packaging design for their Liga Maestro line at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas earlier this month. The new boxes have a matte black finish with gold embossed Mombacho logo and are already shipping to retailers. The Tierra Volcán line will also be available in a similar box concept later this year.
Casa Cuevas Cigars will be expanding the core lines in the form of the Clásico Prensado. The new extension releases stay true to the original Habano & Maduro blends while the new vitola brings the popular box pressed shape to the line-up. The 6 X 48 box pressed cigars will be available in 20-count boxes starting in August of 2018.