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GURKHA CIGARS NAMES EDDY GUERRA AS NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

GURKHA CIGARS NAMES EDDY GUERRA AS NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Accomplished cigar and spirits consultant brings his expertise to one of the most recognized cigar brands on the map.

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(Miami, Florida) April 26, 2016 – Gurkha Cigars, known for producing fine cigars for the sophisticated palate, hires Eddy Guerra as new Director of Marketing. Gurkha Cigars’ hiring of Eddy Guerra was a strategic move to strengthen their positon in the luxury market.

A native of Miami, Florida Guerra brings with him an impressive resume, which includes the title of Marketing Director for the world renowned Nikki Beach brand, in Miami and Thailand. Guerra followed his passion and entered the cigar industry in 2010, by becoming partner in the Thailand-based ChindAsia Capital Partners, which grew to become the largest distributor of non-Cuban cigars, in Southeast Asia. Under the ChindAsia Capital Partners umbrella, Guerra helped created the Whisgars Cigar/Whiskey lounge concept, which catered to the high-end market. Under Guerra’s watch, Whisgars was an immediate success. Its growth was rapid, with the brand establishing six (6) locations, throughout Southeast Asia.

When asked about his position as Director of Marketing for Gurkha Cigars, Eddy Guerra said:” I’m excited to bring a fresh outlook to the team. I feel that my background and love for tobacco will be beneficial to my new role in the company.

Kaizad Hansaotia, President of Gurkha Cigars stated:” I met Eddy Guerra in Thailand, and we quickly became friends. His knowledge about cigars and marketing acumen, make him a tremendous asset to the Gurkha team. I look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with Guerra.”

About Gurkha Cigars

Gurkha produces eight million cigars per year that are sold in more than 58 countries worldwide. And while Gurkha is known for its exclusivity, it has an impressive array of 105 brands of flawlessly handcrafted, premium cigars created in a variety of strengths, tasting profiles, and price-points. No matter what your taste, there’s a Gurkha cigar that’s perfect for your palate. And each Gurkha brand has its own artistically created packaging further separating that brand from any other. The Gurkha Cigar Group Inc. is located at 6600 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL 33321. For information, visit www.gurkhacigars.com

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Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands,” JD Collection Rye, Brixton Mash Destroyer, and Dove Tale Rum

Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands,” along with 3 inaugural brand launches – John Drew Collection Rye, Brixton Mash Destroyer, and Dove Tale Rum

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April 19, 2016, Wynwood, Florida  – Jonathan Drew has announced his plans today to enter the spirits industry with his new venture, “John Drew Brands.” The movement will focus on spirits, craft beverages, and food.

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Best known for “Market Disruption” before the word was an art form, JD pioneered new market segments in the premium cigar industry with brands such as “ACID Cigars” and “Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars.” Over 19 years, the Drew Estate founder created one of the world’s largest premium cigar companies – Drew Estate.  In November 2014, DE was sold to Swisher International (Swisher Sweets) for an undisclosed amount.

“My life’s journey has been hard, and sometimes painful,” said the 45-year-old Drew. “Permanently moving to war-torn Nicaragua in 1998 without speaking a word of Spanish was emblematic of the risks I embraced to have access to the raw materials we required for our cigars.  While I’m proud of the successful brands & culture we’ve birthed at DE, my greatest pride and joy was living inside the factory for 14 years, only steps away from the daily production, packaging, and leaf processing.  On a daily basis, I was working on the factory floor before breakfast. The dedication and hard work from the DE team in the USA allowed me to remain laser focused on brand ideation from an organic perspective on the factory floor, not from a whack corporate office.”

President of Drew Estate, Michael Cellucci, commented from Estelí, Nicaragua, “JD might just be the Bo Jackson of the cigar and spirits industries. His passion and commitment for Drew Estate Cigar Company remains 100% intact with no plan to disengage. I have full confidence in his team’s ability to develop a legacy in the spirits world as well. JD is a visionary with an attitude to match, but he doesn’t forget his roots or his people.  This is going to be a lot of fun and Jonathan is amped up, so expect a wild ride.”

To continue to follow the developing story of John Drew Brands, visit the new websites for the brands at http://mashdestroyer.com, http://dovetalerum.com, and http://johndrewrye.com. Also, follow John Drew Brands on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @johndrewbrands.

About John Drew Brands:

Founded in 2015, John Drew Brands is an NDP Beverage Startup, with a reckless spirit to destroy… Initially focused on developing rums and whiskey brands, as well as “Second Birth Craft Spirits,” John Drew Brands represents quality, transparency and vision-forward philosophy. Brand portfolio includes Brixton Mash Destroyer, Dove Tale Rum, and John Drew Rye.

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LA AURORA ́S NEW LAUNCH: BLACK LION

LA AURORA ́S NEW LAUNCH: BLACK LION

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April 14th, 2016.- La Aurora is pleased to announce the launch of its new product: Black Lion.

Four blends -Black Lion Connecticut, Black Lion

Cameroon, Black Lion Corojo and Black Lion Maduro- full of taste that

represents four different types of choices.

Black Lion Connecticut features a Connecticut wrapper, wrapped over an Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Cibao Valley, Nicaragua and Peru. Very well-rounded in mouth.

Black Lion Connecticut

Black Lion Cameroon sports a Cameroon wrapper, wrapped over an Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Cibao Valley and Nicaragua. Wooden and Cocoa notes, hints of cinnamon…

Black Lion Cameroon

Black Lion Maduro features a Cubra wrapper, wrapped over Brazilian binder and fillers from Cibao Valley, Brazil, Nicaragua and Peru. Citrus notes, cocoa, cedar among other tasting notes.

Black Lion Maduro

And last, Black Lion Corojo sports a Corojo wrapper, wrapped over an Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Cibao Valley and Nicaragua. Honey and floral notes.

Black Lion Corojo

Black Lion comes in four sizes in boxes of 25 cigars: Robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (7 x 50), Toro (5 1⁄2 x 54) and Gran Toro (6 x 58).

There are four products lines: Black Lion Cameroon, Black Lion Corojo, Black Lion Connecticut and Black Lion Maduro.

Some words on La Aurora Cigar Factory

La Aurora is the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. Masters artisans elaborate manually the best handmade cigars, since 1903, almost 113 years ago today. Located in Santiago de los Caballeros, world capital of Premium cigars, in the center of the best tobacco-growing area in the world, El Valle de Cibao, La Aurora Cigars is a family-owned company chaired by Guillermo León. He represents the fifth family generation at the forefront of the company and a symbol for all Dominicans. La Aurora is the leading company of the Dominican tobacco market and is present in more than 60 countries – among which United States, Spain, Russia, France and Germany.

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LA AURORA 1962 COROJO AND LA AURORA 1987 CONNECTICUT NOW IN STORES

LA AURORA 1962 COROJO AND LA AURORA 1987 CONNECTICUT NOW IN STORES

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(Miami, Florida) March 5, 2016 – La Aurora is pleased to announce that the La Aurora 1962 Corojo and the La Aurora 1987 Connecticut are now in stores. La Aurora is celebrating their 113 years in existence. These two blends are dedicated to the years in which they began working with the types of wrappers used on each.

 

The La Aurora 1962 features a corojo wrapper, from the Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic, wrapped over an Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Cibao Valley and Nicaragua. The La Aurora 1987 sports a Connecticut shade grown wrapper, over a Dominican binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

La Aurora offers both cigars, in four sizes in 20 count boxes: Robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (7 x 50), Toro (5 1/2 x 54) and Gran Toro (6 x 58). The low MSRP of $5.50 to $6.00 is to pay tribute to the consumers who have supported La Aurora for 113 years.

About La Aurora Cigar Factory

La Aurora is the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. Masters artisans elaborate manually the best handmade cigars, since 1903, almost 113 years ago today. Located in Santiago de los Caballeros, world capital of Premium cigars, in the center of the best tobacco-growing area in the world, El Valle de Cibao, La Aurora Cigars is a family-owned company chaired by Guillermo León. He represents the fifth family generation at the forefront of the company and a symbol for all Dominicans. La Aurora is the leading company of the Dominican tobacco market and is present in more than 60 countries – among which United States, Spain, Russia, France and Germany

Follow La Aurora on Social Media: Facebook: La Aurora Cigars, Instagram: @LaAuroraCigars

 

ABOUT MIAMI CIGAR & CO.
Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars, boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A, Viva Republica, and Toscano brands. For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Creativas Group at info@creativasgroup.com.

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Black Label Trading Co. Announces Third Release of Morphine

PRESS RELEASE

April 6, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the third release of MORPHINE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

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Black Label Trading Co. first released MORPHINE in June, 2014. Followed by the second release in June 2015. MORPHINE is produced by BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli.

 

“Morphine has quickly become a favorite of our customers. I think we can now say its our signature blend. The 2016 Morphine will not disappoint with it’s big bold flavors and unique character. The blend is the same but we have changed the vitolas to highlight different characteristics of the cigar. This production also includes our first torpedo cigar in any of the BLTC lines.” Said James Brown.

 

MOPRHINE cigars will be available in limited quantities at select BLTC retailers at the end of May, 2016.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

  • Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $10.50
  • Lancero – 7.25 x 42 (12 count) MSRP $11.00
  • Torpedo Box Press – 5 x 54 (18 count) MSRP $10.50

 

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a less is more philosophy Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

 

BLTC are available for purchase through Boutiques United. More information can be found at www.BlackLabelTrading.com

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Drew Estate Announces the Drew Estate Lounge at BB&T Center and the “Year of the Rat” Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate Announces the Drew Estate Lounge at BB&T Center and the “Year of the Rat” Commemorative Cigar

 

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that a Drew Estate Lounge will open at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., home of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers. This new Drew Estate Lounge is a major milestone in the company’s Lounge Program, officially placing Drew Estate in a professional sports arena for the first time.

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“This new lounge brings the Rebirth of Cigars to a broad new audience of hockey fans at the BB&T Center. On a personal level, I am a huge fan of the Florida Panthers. I became a season ticket holder this year and have been so impressed with the ownership, their management of the team and the family environment that is reminiscent of the Drew Estate’s culture, so this is especially exciting for me,” Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci said. “We’re excited to join forces with the BB&T Center for this new chapter in Drew Estate’s Lounge program.”

 

“Drew Estate was our first choice when partnering with a cigar company. What we expected was a cool brand with creative execution; what we didn’t expect was a friendship with a group of people we so admire and with whom we absolutely love spending time,” Florida Panthers Executive Vice President Charlie Turano said. “The Drew Estate Lounge at the BB&T Center is a special place.”

 

Drew Estate also announced a new cigar called the “Year of the Rat”. The new cigar will be joining the ultra-premium Liga Privada Unico Serie line and is a commemorative cigar celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Florida Panthers 1996 Stanley Cup team. This cigar will launch April 1st and will only be available for sale at this Drew Estate Lounge.

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The new “Year of the Rat” cigars presented in a 5-1/2 x 46 vitola featuring the iconic fan tail featured on many Unico Serie cigars. The cigar will feature a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Brazilian binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. The cigar will be packaged in 10-count boxes and will have an MSRP of $14.00.

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“Our Liga Privada Unico Serie line of cigars is reserved for our most exclusive, limited cigars. We wanted to create something extra special to commemorate our new partnership with the Florida Panthers and we believe the new ‘Year of the Rat’ expresses our sense of friendship with the team at the BB&T Center,” Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci said.

 

To learn more about the new cigar, visit http://drewestate.com.

 

About Drew Estate

 

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, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

 

About BB&T Center

 

Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and leading international concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world, servicing Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties.

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VIVA REPUBLICA ANNOUNCES “STEALTHY” CIGAR SERIES: CLOAK & DAGGER

VIVA REPUBLICA ANNOUNCES “STEALTHY” CIGAR SERIES: CLOAK & DAGGER
Jason Holly to release “Ojos Verdes”, the first blend under the Cloak & Dagger series.

Viva Republica Cloak and Dagger

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, the premium handmade cigar manufacturer announces a new series named Cloak & Dagger. This new effort will allow the company to quickly release an array of limited edition blends. The Cloak & Dagger program is unique, as the blend contents will not be released to the public. The first blend under the Cloak & Dagger series is the: Ojos Verdes cigar.

The first release, Ojos Verdes or “Green Eyes”, is a 6″ x 47 Corona Gorda, featuring a Dominican Candela wrapper. No other information on the blend will be released, and future blend information on cigars brands under the Cloak & Dagger series will be withheld. Production is limited to 250 bundles of 20 cigars with an MSRP of $8.50.

Jason Holly stated:” It’s my belief that to enjoy a cigar you needn’t know the blend components, in fact I think it’s better to smoke a new cigar without being prejudiced by tobacco origin, marketing/positioning, proclaimed strength, etc. ”Cloak & Dagger was born out of the desire to create a vehicle, to quickly market test blends and unique concepts. Cloak & Dagger will be a limited production line, with an irregular release schedule.”

Keeping in the political vein, Viva has themed its previous releases, and this one takes on the personality, of clandestine operations (or the Dark Arts). These releases will be non-boxed and shipped in mazos of 20. Each different release features the same Cloak & Dagger band, with a hang tag indicating the vintage, and codename for each release.

“I’m excited about this line, because it will allow me to get projects out of the factory much quicker, than we have been doing in the past. With standard packaging prepared, we can turn out a wet-shipped release, in less than a week, or 30-40 days, with traditional minimum aging, stated Holly.

Consumers should expect to see more releases under the Cloak & Dagger program this year, featuring different sizes, different blends and some novel concepts regarding both blending and construction.

The theme for Viva for 2016 will be to reinforce our theme of “Where the Wild Things Grow” and Cloak & Dagger will certainly serve as one of the expressions of the brand.

Miami Cigar & Co. is the exclusive American distributor of Viva Republica.

ABOUT VIVA REPUBLICA
Viva Republica is a boutique premium handmade cigar manufacturer, with all production being provided by La Aurora, S.A. Miami Cigar Co. serves as exclusive United States distributor www.vivarepublica.com.

About Miami Cigar & Co.
Miami Cigar & Co. , founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A and all Viva Republica brands.

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