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General Cigar will be the toast of Indianapolis this weekend, with sampling events that are on par with the Big Game itself. In fact, two of the three events that General Cigar is participating in have been named to BleacherReport.com’s highly-publicized ranking of the "10 Best Parties of Super Bowl Week."

According to Alan Willner, General Cigar’s vice president of marketing said, "General Cigar has long been known for associating our brands with high profile events that elevate the cigar smoking occasion. This year, we’ll once again be at the best parties leading up to the ‘Big Game’ to bring the ultimate cigar smoking experience to A-list athletes, celebrities and football enthusiasts."

Last night’s Jaws Cigar Party was hosted by none other than Ron Jaworski at Nicky Blaine’s cigar bar in downtown Indy. This fundraiser benefitted Ron’s pet charities — Jaws Youth Playbook Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank’s BackSack program.

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Orange Bowl Bails on Camacho Cigars Sponsorship
Orange Bowl officials
said that they have scrapped a planned sponsorship deal with Camacho Cigars, reported the Associated Press. Orange Bowl spokesperson Larry Wahl told the news agency that after mutual review, it was determined that it would not be appropriate to go forward with the sponsorship.

Earlier this month, Pinellas Park, Fla.-based Davidoff of Geneva and the Orange Bowl Committee announced a new three-year agreement that would have made Camacho Cigars a corporate sponsor of the Orange Bowl Festival, which included the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Discover Orange Bowls and 2013 Discover BCS National Championship.

The sponsorship included a large presence at several game-day events at Sun Life Stadium leading up to the 2012-2014 Discover Orange Bowls and 2013 Discover BCS National Championship. Football fans, VIPs and Committee members would have had access to onsite Camacho lounges where premium cigars could be enjoyed throughout the day. At the Orange Bowl Game Day Fan Zone, the Orange Bowl’s largest pregame event, guests could relax before kickoff in the Camacho Club Lounge. There would also have been two cigar lounges located in the designated smoking areas of the stadium on the Club Level for attendees of the Orange Bowl VIP pregame party.

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By Cigar Chronicles Staff
Miami, FL – Drew Estate Inc. announced today that they have launched a Drew Estate iPhone app. The app is free of charge, and incorporates the following features:

  • Browse Drew Estate’s cigar brands, including description, size, and quantity information
  • Find nearby stores that carry Drew Estate brands
  • Visit the Kult Shop, Drew Estate’s online store, to purchase unique Drew Estate branded merchandise
  • Browse through photos and videos from Drew Estate’s Flickr and YouTube accounts
  • Browse Drew Estate’s Facebook, Twitter and blog posts
  • Find Drew Estate events based on location
  • Browse through details, photos and videos from Drew Estate’s Cigar Safari
  • Read Drew Estate’s story, written by founders Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel, including pictures
  • Manage subscriptions to "From Under the Bridge", the official Drew Estate newsletter

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Created Exclusively for the New York Market From the Finest Tobaccos on Earth

Now the excitement and allure of New York is captured in a cigar of equal distinction. Montecristo, the world’s most revered cigar brand, presents the Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition – a cigar of exceptional character available exclusively at retail tobacconists in New York City and throughout the state.

Officially launched at the Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke in Manhattan, this newest Montecristo is crafted from leaves carefully hand-selected and flawlessly aged at the famed Tabacalera de García in the Dominican Republic under the watchful eye of legendary cigar maker José Seijas.

Featuring a gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition offers the aficionado a singular blend of unique flavors seamlessly woven into a luxurious smoke that is rich, complex and deeply satisfying.

An Altadis U.S.A. spokesperson summed it up: "We created this exceptional cigar to offer the true connoisseur a captivating smoke of unparalleled complexity and sophistication."

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By Cigar Chronicles Staff
Ocean State Cigars, Inc., has just added two 4-cigar Gift Samplers, following the debut of these two new boutique premium cigar lines last July.
The Samplers should satisfy the curiosity of discriminating cigar smokers, about the new J. Grotto and J. Grotto Reserve cigars.

Paul Joyal, company founder and president, describes the original J. Grotto line "as a mild-to-medium, spicy cigar." The wrapper and binder are Honduran; the filler is Nicaraguan and Honduran, with Honduran ligero. Its shapes are: Gran Robusto (5" x 52), Gran Toro (6" x 52), Gigante (6" x 58), and Churchill (7" x 48).

J. Grotto Reserve, the newest cigar line, is a full-bodied smoke, but without the spice. It is a five-leaf blend, with tobaccos aged three years, for deep complexity and balance. The finished cigars sleep for another four months, to complete the marriage of the leaves’ flavors. The wrapper and binder are Honduran Criollo 98, and the filler is Honduran, with Nicaraguan ligero. There are four shapes: Gran Corona (5-5/8" x 46), Gran Robusto (5" x 52), Gran Toro (6" x 52), and a new 6" x 60, for veteran smokers, seeking a commanding cigar.

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Columbus, Georgia – According to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association, the news media and general public are being duped into widely reporting and believing a new tactic of many tobacco prohibitionists who are issuing so-called post-smoking ban studies that supposedly show declines in illnesses like heart attacks.

The IPCPR cited studies reported by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the states of North Carolina and Oregon that have been shown to be either false or misleading. The association’s position is based on analyses by Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor of social and behavioral sciences, mass communication and public health and public health advocacy in the Masters of Public Health program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health in his blog http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com.
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He is one of the industry’s legendary cigar makers, and this new addition to the VegaFina brand represents the culmination of José Seijas’ many years of cigar mastery.

The new VegaFina’s fuller-bodied blend is highlighted by a rare, highly sought-after San Andrés Criollo wrapper, premium Dominican binder and the finest Dominican fillers.

All tobaccos are carefully hand-selected and meticulously aged to perfection. VegaFina Seijas 2011 offers the connoisseur of fine, premium cigars a unique and memorable smoking experience. This is a rich, robust smoke with a myriad of flavor complexities. Naturally, a cigar of this quality can only be manufactured in a limited edition, and only 2,500 boxes have been made available to select retailers.

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By Cigar Chronicles Staff

Indianapolis, Indiana – The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says the Indiana prohibitionists who want to pass a more stringent statewide smoking ban are blind to the jobs- and business-killing repercussions such a ban would have throughout the state.

"Our position hasn’t changed: business owners have the right to decide the smoking policies of their own establishments. When the government tells them what to do, it is going too far. Legislated smoking bans are a product of the ‘Nanny State’ and put businesses at risk, jobs in jeopardy, hurt local economies, and leave consumers with no choices," said Bill Spann, CEO of the IPCPR.
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By Cigar Chronicles Staff
"Carnero is all about strength," according to JM Tobacco’s president, Anto Mahroukian. "Carnero is Spanish for the tough, formidable mountain ram, which we feel fits this brawny, full-bodied cigar. We’re all smiles at JM Tobacco. We listened to our loyal customers, who kept asking ‘What’s new?’ Now, Carnero will put smiles on their faces, too."

Carnero is available in four classic Cuban shapes … Lonsdale (6" x 44), Robusto (5" x 50), Churchill (7" x 50), and Belicoso (6" x 52). Twenty cellophane-protected cigars come in a Cuban-style "dress-up" heavy cardboard box, with bold Ram’s Head logo. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for this all-long-filler, handmade premium cigar line is an accessible $5 to $6.

"We sensed the right entry cigar would appeal to smokers who want the perfect complement to a steak dinner, red wine and maybe spirits. The Corojo-wrapped Carnero is strong without apology. Even though it has an all-Dominican filler, which normally means a soft smoke, the binder is an equally powerful Connecticut Broadleaf."

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By Cigar Chronicles Staff
Cuban-American and third-generation tabaqcalero Ares (AH-res) Contreras brought the rowdy Old West border towns to life this summer, with Pride Bandolero, his company’s latest boutique premium cigar. Contreras is the president of Pride Cigars, who manufactures his own cigars in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Four shapes are offered: Billy the Kid (5" x 50), Pancho Villa (6" x 60), Butch Cassidy (6" x 50) and Jesse James (6-1/2" x 52 Torpedo). Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices range from $6.90 to $7.90. "These sizes," explains Contreras, "are so-named to let cigar lovers know they’re in for a brawny, full-bodied smoking experience. The rustic-theme artwork on Bandolero’s cedar box carries the image of a six-shooter, and holds 20 cigars in cellophane tubes. You might be interested to know that ‘bandolero’ in Español, especially when referring to an hombre by a señorita, is slang for a ‘bad ass’ … this is a cigar for serious cigar veterans, not greenhorns." Although the Dominican-grown Habano wrapper is dark and oily, it’s not processed as a maduro, it’s a natural shade. Despite its menacing appearance, don’t think there’s a rough edge on its power.

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