"This was really a nice cigar. It looked special at the beginning and quickly proved to be special once the flame was applied. The initial mild flavors attracted my interest and the gradual increase in intensity was perfect to end my day. I could easily see myself smoking this on a regular basis..." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Southern Draw Cigars announced that the second release in the IGNITE series will be a special vitola of The Rose of Sharon. The special and very limited release will be a beautiful Perfecto vitola, and will be exclusively available from Famous Smoke Shop. This cigar, along with the rest of the IGNITE series, will benefit Operation Cigars for Warriors. Since its release, The Rose of Sharon blend has been on many top lists in the world of cigar media, including the number 13 spot on our Blind Man's Puff 2017 Top 25 list.
As we close out our series on Puro Sabor 2018, let's take a look at the events that made the week special. In all honesty, even the everyday lunches were special events. It seemed like every time we gathered for a meal, the organizers pulled out all the stops and made it a grand occasion instead of just another meal. One of my favorite things about all of these events was the reality of being able to sit down with people from all over the world, all walks of life, and all manner of experience in the cigar industry. We were all the same at these events. It was just an enormous group of friends gathering for a meal, some drinks, and great conversation.
BLK WKS (Black Works Studio) announce the release of the S&R. The S&R are crafted by hand at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua. S&R will be made available at selectd BLK WKS retailers for a limited time. The S&R cigar is the newest addition to the existing lines from Blk Wks such as Killer Bee, Green Hornet, NBK and Rorschach.
The line of Aging Room Cigars, under the Altadis umbrella of brands, will soon expand with their newest facing. A cigar called Pura Cepa, which translates to Pure Bred. It is a Nicaraguan puro with tobaccos from multiple Nicaraguan growing regions.
The dates for each of the 2018 Barn Smoker events from Drew Estate have been announced. The Barn Smokers are meant to highlight the American tobacco experience and bring the cigar smoker to the barn to teach them about the ins and outs of tobacco growing, processing, and manufacture. Drew Estate is adding Pennsylvania to the Barn Smoker lineup in 2018, specifically in Strasburg, PA on June 23rd. This event will be highlighted by the introduction of a new test blend that will feature a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper.
Imagine a car enthusiast having an opportunity to tour the Ferrari factory in Maranello, or someone who is a collector of fine watches going to visit Patek Philippe in Geneva. The chance to actually see your favorite products being constructed by hand can be a real treat for the senses, and it can also give a heightened respect for the work that goes into creating these items that we love so much. For premium cigar lovers the products that we consume are some of the most artfully and painstakingly crafted products in the world. Still, so many cigar lovers still don't have the first-hand experience of seeing what goes into growing fine tobacco and crafting great cigars. During Puro Sabor 2018 I was able to visit a number of cigar factories, large and small. In this second article of the series about the festival I will take you through these factories in the same order that I visited them.
Gurkha Cigars planned to acquire American Caribbean Cigars in Q1 2018, but after careful consideration have decided to pull out of the deal. Instead, they will build their own 100,000 square foot factory for the manufacturing of premium cigars for their international markets. They expect the project to take about 2 years as location scouting takes place.
On Friday, January 17th, Drew Estate Tobacco Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new leaf processing facility, dubbed “DE2”. Built across the street from their La Gran Fabrica in Estelí, Nicaragua, the new facility is one of the largest, most state-of-the-art leaf processing operations in the world, specializing in dark air-cured tobaccos.