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Soldier of Fortune Cigars Announces Soldier of Fortune, Almost Dead

Soldier of Fortune: Almost Dead

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S.O.F. Cigars is proud to announce the Soldier of Fortune, Almost Dead (S.O.F., A.D.). The S.O.F., A.D. is wrapped with a killer, dark brown Brazilian Arapiraca using a proprietary binder/filler and rolled in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The S.O.F. A.D. will initially be offered immediately via www.stogieplace.com. It’s being released in three vitolas ranging in price between $6.45-7.60.

Vitolas Size

Robusto 5×54 Toro 6×50 Magnum 6×60

Details

Release Date May 2015

SRP

$6.45 $6.95 $7.60

Wrapper Binder/Filler Origin Quantity

Brazilian Arapiraca Proprietary
Santiago, Dominican Republic 20 per box

About S.O.F. Cigars

Soldier of Fortune (S.O.F.) is a cigar brand that is U.S. Veteran owned and operated, based in Vero Beach, FL,

For more information, please visit www.sofinc.net or via our social media:

www.facebook.com/sof.ad.cigars www.instagram.com/sofoperations

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Where Keeping Your Man Card Is Going

Let me first start off by saying we have some of the greatest fans, readers, and vendors out there.  I will be the first person to admit that I have not been getting as many posts and reviews up as I would like to, mainly in part to my life changes.  Longer work hours, planning a wedding, etc.  That being said I just paid our renewals up for the next two years, so you are stuck with me.  I am trying to work up a better schedule to where I can get more posts on more of a regular schedule.  Bare with me and we will get through this together.

-Frank

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Asia Marketing Services to Represent Swisher and Drew Estate

Asia Marketing Services to Represent Swisher and Drew Estate

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 21, 2015) — Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Company announced today that they have appointed Asia Marketing Services (AMS) of Taipei, Taiwan, led by Hans Rijfkogel, as an Independent Sales Representative for the Asian Domestic and Duty-Free Market.

“The international marketplace holds tremendous growth opportunities for Swisher and Drew Estate. As the two companies have been able to combine resources in specific geographies following the acquisition of Drew Estate last year, we have seen an almost immediate increase in the number of retailers carrying our brands and the number of consumers smoking our product.” stated Alex Goldman, Vice President of International Business Development.

Joe Augustus, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs, added “The Asian region has been a growing market for Swisher for several years, and we have set some ambitious goals for its growth. With the addition of the Drew Estate portfolio of products, it made sense to add a resource located in the region to better service our customers, and keep them informed of our growing product mix. With over 20 years of selling experience in the region, we feel Hans and his team are the perfect representatives to help further our goals.”

Reached at AMS headquarters in the Taipei 101 Tower, Hans Rijfkogel, Director of Asia Marketing Services stated “When I started AMS the goal was to build solid relationships with a small group of prominent manufacturers in order to represent a well rounded portfolio of quality products. Adding both Swisher International and Drew Estate to our mix has allowed us to reach that goal. I am excited to be a part of the Swisher/Drew Estate family and look forward to great success in the future.”

Asia Marketing Services will represent Swisher and Drew Estate in the following domestic and duty-free markets: China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan (Swisher only), Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and India.

About Swisher International

Swisher International, Inc. is a leading tobacco manufacturer whose cigars, filtered cigars and smokeless tobacco brands include the largest-selling cigar brand in the world—Swisher Sweets, as well as King Edward, Optimo, BlackStone, Pom-Pom, and Santa Fe cigars; Mail Pouch, Chattanooga Chew, Starr, Bowie and Lancaster chewing tobaccos, Silver Creek, Kayak and Redwood moist snuff, and Navy and Railroad Mills dry snuff; as well as Kismet, Casino Gold HRS, and Nirvana Cameroon Selection Premium Cigars thru its Royal Gold Premium Cigars division. Swisher products are exported to over 80 countries. Swisher International, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL and also has manufacturing facilities in Wheeling, WV and Santiago, Dom. Rep. Website: http://www.swisher.com

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About Drew Estate Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

About Asia Marketing Services

Established in Taipei in 2013, Asia Marketing Services (AMS) has been successfully marketing and promoting imported tobacco products of the highest quality throughout Asia. Through experience, AMS has developed a deep understanding of how to market and promote these exclusive products and build them into powerful brands. AMS represents Swisher, Drew Estate, Royal Agio Cigars and Flandria in the Asian domestic and duty free markets and maintains close relationships with all the major tobacco importers and Duty Free operators. Website: http://asiamarketingservices.com

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A.J. FERNANDEZ TO RELEASE NEW WORLD CONNECTICUT

A.J. FERNANDEZ TO RELEASE NEW WORLD CONNECTICUT

A.J. Fernandez New World Connecticut

(Miami, Florida) April 22, 2015— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars is set to release the exceedingly anticipated New World Connecticut. The unique blend was created after the overwhelmingly positive response from the public and critics alike, when New World was unveiled at the 2014 IPCPR. The New World went on to attain the honor of Number 1 Cigar in the World 2014 by Cigar Journal Magazine.

Master blender A.J. Fernandez created the New World brand to pay homage to the discovery of the “mystical smoking leaf” named tobacco by the Europeans, when their ships landed in what is now known as the New World. In November 1492, Jerez and Luis de Torres first observed natives smoking as they were searching for the Emperor of China. Unaware that they had landed in modern-day Cuba, they encountered natives that created rolls made of palm and maize leaves, in the shape of a musket constructed of paper with tobacco on the inside. One would light one end and enjoy the smoke out of the other.

A.J. Fernandez said: “The New World cigar was a very special project as it was the first cigar that was created with the help of my father Ismael Fernandez since he joined me at A.J. Fernandez Cigars. I am more than thrilled that the public reception has been so positive, that it has once again allowed us, as father and son to create the New World Connecticut.”

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade U.S.A.

Binder: San Andres Mexico

Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil

The New World Connecticut is a medium bodied cigar.  Unlike the original New World, it will not be box pressed. Smokers of the New World Connecticut will experience notes of cream, wood, and almonds in a very well balanced and refined cigar. The MSRP for the New World Connecticut will stay in line with the original New World at six dollars.

New World Connecticut will be available in a beautifully adorned 20 count box and in four sizes:

CORONA GORDA 5 ½ X 46

ROBUSTO    5 x 50

TORO      6 x 52

BELICOSO: 6 x 54

The New World Connecticut will begin shipping to your favorite tobacco shop in May.

ABOUT A.J. FERNANDEZ CIGARS: 

A.J. Fernandez Cigars is based on the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy. A.J. Fernandez produces unparalleled, hand-rolled cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, which have garnered numerous top ratings and acclaim from cigar publications and consumers alike.  Today he continues the family legacy as he oversees production and manages the day to day operations in his factory in Estelí.

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Punch Signature

Punch Signature

Punch Signature

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Connecticut Habano

Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5×54

Price: $6.79

Acquired: Samples sent courtesy of Punch Cigars/General Cigar.

The newest release to come out with the Punch nameplate is the Punch Signature. Shipping began a couple weeks back to retailers so there is a good chance that you may have already seen this stick on the shelves of your local brick and mortar. If not, ask your B&M when they expect to have them in.

The new Punch Signature is available in four sizes; Rothschild 4 ½ x 50, Robusto 5 x 54, Torpedo 5 ¾ x 52, and a Gigante 6 x 60.

The Punch Signature is produced in Honduras under the watchful eye of master blender Agustin Garcia. The original development for the Punch Signature began in 2012.

Smoking Conditions:  Early evening, approximately 65 degrees with a slight breeze.

Looks:   The Punch Signature has a medium colored Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper leaf that has some medium sized veins running through it. The wrapper leaf has an oily sheen to it. This cigar is finished off with a triple cap.

The band of the Punch Signature has a white background with black and red letters. The band reads; “PUNCH”, “SIGNATURE”, and on the sides, “GRAN FABRICA DE TABACOS, Handmade Fine Cigars” “SINCE 1840.” On the back of the band is a picture of the Punch joker mascot smoking a Punch cigar.

Pre-Light: This cigar has a very rich earthy pre-light aroma to it.

Taste: Upon the initial light I am greeted with flavors of earth, wood, and pepper.   As I continue to smoke this cigar these three flavors stay fairly consistent throughout with maybe the slightest bit of a nuttiness that has developed somewhere between the first quarter and half way points. Toward the end of the smoke the most dominant flavors are that of earth, wood, and nuttiness. The pepper flavors have somewhat softened in the final quarter.

Strength:  Medium

Burn: Fairly good, it did require a few small touch ups to keep this cigar burning even.

Buy it? It’s a hell of a price point, I mean anytime you can pick up a decent tasting stick for under $7 you are winning in my book. Although I do not think this will be a box purchase for me, I do think I will keep a handful in the humidor at all times.

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A.J. FERNANDEZ TO RELEASE NEW WORLD RETAILER EXCLUSIVE AT TEXAS CIGAR FESTIVAL

A.J. FERNANDEZ TO RELEASE NEW WORLD RETAILER EXCLUSIVE AT TEXAS CIGAR FESTIVAL

AJ New World Brute

(Miami, Florida) April 17, 2015— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars is proud to introduce the “New World Brute” as a retailer exclusive for Serious Cigars in Houston, Texas.  The New World Brute comes in at a hefty 6x 66 size, and will make its debut at the Texas Cigar Festival taking place this April 25, 2015.

Ron Lesseraux owner of Serious Cigars said,” A.J. Fernandez’s New World is a special cigar, and we love to offer our customers unique products. It only made sense to create a special edition New World, for Serious Cigar customers.

It is true that everything is bigger in Texas, so we decided along with A.J. to push the limits, and create the New World Brute”.

Master blender A.J. Fernandez created the New World brand as homage to the discovery of [the] then “mystical smoking leaf” called “tobacco” by the Europeans, when their ships landed in what is known today as the “New World”. The New World was introduced at the 2014 IPCPR, and went on to attain the honor of “Number 1 Cigar in the World” in 2014 by Cigar Journal Magazine.

A.J. Fernandez said:  “Serious Cigars has always championed our cigars and we are more than happy to create the New World Brute for them. We look forward to a great response by the consumer.”

The New World Cigar is a medium to full bodied cigar, with an amazing aroma. Smokers of New World will experience elements of sweetness, spiciness in a very balanced and refined cigar. The New World Cigar is composed of a Jalapa binder, Viso Ometepe Filler, Condega Ligero, Esteli-Finca Soledad Ligero, wrapped in a beautiful Dark Nicaragua.

The New World Brute has an MSRP of $6.95 and can only be purchased at Serious Cigars or through their online store at: http://www.seriouscigars.com.

ABOUT A.J. FERNANDEZ CIGARS: 

A.J. Fernandez Cigars is based on the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy. A.J. Fernandez now produces unparalleled, hand-rolled cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua which have garnered numerous top ratings and acclaim from cigar publications and consumers alike.  Today A.J. Fernandez continues the family tradition as he oversees production and manages day to day operations in his factory in Estelí.

For more information about A.J. Fernandez Cigars, please visit www.AJFernandezcigars.com Follow A.J Fernandez Cigars on Social Media here: Facebook: AJ Fernandez Cigars, Instagram: AJFCigars, Twitter: AJFCigars

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Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars by Drew Estate To Begin Shipping April 15

Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars by Drew Estate To Begin Shipping April 15

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Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that their new Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars would be shipping to the Pappy & Co. headquarters in Louisville, KY on April 15.

The Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar is a long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features Kentucky seed, Kentucky grown tobacco that was fire cured and then barrel fermented. The blend includes a barrel fermented “tapa negra”-style wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, as well as aged Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The cigars are packaged in 10ct boxes and are available in two sizes, a 5.25×52 Robusto ($130 per box MSRP) and 6×54 Toro ($150 per box MSRP).

When asked about the cigars, Drew Estate Founder Jonathan Drew stated that, “our relationship with the Van Winkle family has significant meaning to the Drew Estate legacy. Anyone who knows me, knows JD loves brown spirits, so when we received the opportunity to work with the legendary Van Winkle family, I was truly inspired. We can’t wait to share this important premium tobacco expression, the best of both worlds.”

Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci went on to add, “It took numerous iterations for us to be satisfied with the final blend. We are excited to bring the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar to market with the barrel fermented wrapper, something that has never been featured on a premium cigar in this way. We think everyone who smokes this blend will be as excited as we are about it.”

To learn more about the process of making Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, please visit http://pappyvanwinklecigars.com. Drew Estate has assembled a series of videos featuring Jonathan Drew that detail the production process from seed to smoke. The website also features photos taken during the creation of the cigar brand.

The Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars are available exclusively through the Pappy & Co website. To order the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, visit http://pappyco.com.

About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew

Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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Caldwell Cigar Co. – Sevillana

Caldwell Cigars Co. – Sevillana

Caldwell Sevillana

 

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Corona (Super Sport) 5 ¾ x 41

Price: $5.99

Acquired: The Smoker’s Abbey, Nashville, TN.

 

 

Caldwell Cigar Co. is a company that over the last year has intrigued me more and more. I personally had not heard that much about the company until a few months prior to last years Chattanooga Tweet Up. Much of this being mainly in part to none of my local shops carrying the product line and my being away from reading all the cigar pages due to extensive work demands. At the Tweet Up, I had the chance to meet Caldwell Cigar Co. owner Robert Caldwell and try some of their sticks that were in stock at Burns Tobacconists in Chattanooga. Let’s just say that after smoking those first couple sticks, I wanted to try some more.

Fast forward to a couple months ago and I am at The Smoker’s Abbey in East Nashville. I noticed they carried the Sevillana one of Caldwell Cigar Co. Seleccion Junior Varsity. It was a Connecticut and they carried it in a corona size, I was sold.

After letting the Sevillana’s that I purchased rest for a bit, I finally decided to give it a try the other morning.

Smoking Conditions: Morning, approximately 10 am CST. Sunny with a slight breeze, temperature of 67 degrees.

Looks: This cigar has a very light colored Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf that has some small veins running through it. The wrapper leaf is toothy in texture and the cigar is finished on top with a pig-tailed cap.

The band of the Caldwell Cigar Co. Sevillana is white in color with gold writing and design. At the top it reads, “SEVILLANA” with “Liberty and Greed” in small print below with a bull that looks to have a sword in its back. The remainder of the band is trimmed with what appears to be Asian style hand fans and some flowers at the bottom. There is a brown and gold bar that runs through the sides of the band that reads, “LA REPUBLICA” and “2014”

Caldwell sevillana band

Pre-Light: Prior to lighting this cigar, it has a strong aroma of hay. On the pre-light draw I taste hay, grass, and raisins.

Taste: The first thing I notice after lighting the Sevillana is that it is distinctively creamy. The raisin flavor that I tasted on the pre-light is definitely present as well as the slightest bit of citrus. These flavors are the primary flavors throughout the smoke, at the half I did get a little bit of mild white pepper notes. The end finished with a very pleasant nuttiness.  This cigar is clean and consistent with its flavor notes.

Strength: Mild

Burn: Perfect, lit it once and it burned straight and even throughout.

Buy it? At the price point this cigar is at, everyone should give it a try. If you are a fan of good Connecticut cigars and are looking for a mild morning or all day smoke, then this is something that should definitely be in your wheelhouse. On a personal note, I am a huge fan of Connecticut cigars done right, this one is. That being said, I see a box or two of these in my future.

Want to know more about Caldwell Cigar Co.?  Check out their website: http://caldwell-cigars.myshopify.com

 

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