Michael Chiusano is back in the cigar business. After formally leaving Davidoff’s DomRey/Cusano subsidiary in 2010 and allowing his non-compete contract with Davidoff of Geneva to expire last February, Chiusano decided to re-enter the industry, and he’s done so with a new cigar brand called Loose Cannon. Produced in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera La Palma, Loose Cannon comes in two wrapper varieties and is distributed by C&C Cigars, the company started in 2011 by Chiusano’s brother Joe.
Michael Chiusano Michael Chiusano, the president of DomRey Cigar Inc., a unit of Davidoff and the maker of the Cusano and Cuvée cigar brands, left the company he founded in 1995. "I am no longer with the company," Cusano said over the phone this morning, reading from a prepared statement.
Joe Chiusano has stepped down as president of Cusano Cigars. His former duties have been divided between J. T. Guagliardo and Bill Holliway, both heads of marketing and Sales for the Cusano brand, which is owned by Davidoff of Geneva.
How former pension fund manager Michael Chiusano sequed into the cigar world and now plans to expand his 13-year-old Cusano cigar brand.
A decade ago scores of new cigar brands went on sale. Most are gone, but the few that remain have built a comfortable niche in the industry
Dr. Reto Cina, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff Group, left, and Michael Chiusano, president, Cusano Cigars. Oettinger Davidoff Group, the owner of the Davidoff and Avo cigar brands, has acquired Cusano Cigars, the midsize cigar company from Bradenton, Florida, that sells Cusano, Cuvée and other cigars.
DomRey Cigar Inc., the Davidoff subsidiary that owns the Cusano and Cuvée cigar brands, will assume U.S. distribution of Heavenly Cigar Co. beginning on December 1.
The panel of cigar experts taking audience questions. Is the whole of a cigar greater than the sum of its parts? This philosophic question was raised by more than 500 cigar smokers at the Cigar Blending portion of the Saturday Big Smoke seminars, where a panel of industry professionals smoked along with the crowd, comparing samples of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, followed by a blend of the finished C.
Oettinger Davidoff is reinvigorating Cusano, a value-priced brand that has been dormant for the last two years. This week, the Swiss cigar manufacturer introduced the new Cusano Dominican Connecticut and alluded to an upcoming Dominican Maduro brand, as well.
The recently invigorated Cusano brand will be offered in a maduro wrapper and the new, dark variety should be hitting the market in the next few weeks. This comes after brand owner Davidoff of Geneva rebranded and relaunched its Cusano core line earlier this year.
I spent the day looking at tobacco fields and cigar factories here in Santiago. It was a bright, warm and sunny day, as this is the heart of tobacco growing season in the Dominican Republic. Before I left on this trip, I asked you for questions that you would like answered in my blogs, which will appear all week here on www.
Forget everything you may have known about Cusano's Cuvée Rouge and Cuvée 151 cigars. Since their introduction at last year's tobacco retailers trade show, production was halted and the original blends were scrapped.
The cigar legend behind Davidoff’s transition to the Dominican Republic talks about how the taste profile changed after the company left Cuba, and his theories about mapping tobacco types on the tongue.
I landed yesterday in Las Vegas for our Big Smoke, and I wasted no time getting started Vegas style. After a long flight, I was hungry and ready for a cigar, so I dumped my bags at the Venetian Hotel and went straight to the Forums Shops at Caesars’ Palace.
It’s Big Smoke day in New York. After 14 years, I know that means the holiday season is on us too. It’s always been the perfect kick-off to that time of year. For starters, we get a parade of our favorite cigar manufacturers coming through the city.
First things first—I keep calling this IPCPR trade show by its old name, RTDA, so from now on I’m just going to say “trade show.” Problem solved. It’s Monday morning here in Las Vegas, and in one hour the trade show begins.
Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. The ProCigar Festival doesn’t officially begin here in Santiago until Wednesday, so I planned to spend this day meeting people who aren’t part of the organization.
Saturday night, Mashantucket, Connecticut, about 8 pm. I’m standing next to the Quesada Cigars booth at the Big Smoke at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, puffing on a Coronado by La Flor Double Corona and talking to Hostos Fernandez Quesada.
Bob White of Manhattan Beach, CA, poses with the Las Vegas Bikini Team. A decade after cigar aficionados from around the United States and the globe first ventured to a desert paradise to revel in smoke, they continue to come in astounding numbers.
Elaina Nordella (Back Left), Frank and Ron Nordella, Meg Sotomi, Jamie Ponzio, Duane Tucker, Terry Koh (Front Left) and Jeff Ponzio pose outside the Big Smoke before entering. Walking through the Venetian Hotel to Cigar Aficionado's Big Smoke Las Vegas gives a visitor an inkling of what's in store for the weekend.
Michael Milken and Marvin R. Shanken (standing) pose with Rush Limbaugh, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rudy Giuliani at the head table. Springtime in New York City, and the Grill Room of the Four Seasons Restaurant was shoulder-to-shoulder with men in tuxedos smoking cigars.
Cuvée Rouge The men behind the popular Cusano line of cigars are expanding in the Dominican Republic. In the first quarter of 2008, brothers Mike and Joe Chiusano will open a global distribution hub in Santiago, Dominican Republic, complete with a rolling gallery for making some of the company's newest lines.
Imagine a birthday party where all the guests are treated to 23 cigars and a five-course Italian meal, some of the top cigar manufacturers are in attendance, the Rat Pack provides the entertainment, and one lucky person receives 10,000 gallons of gas.
Springtime in New York City, and the Grill Room of the Four Seasons Restaurant was shoulder-to-shoulder with men in tuxedos smoking cigars. They had gathered together in an effort to bring an end to prostate cancer at Cigar Aficionado's 15th annual Night to Remember dinner, which has raised more than $15 million over the years for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This year's auction raised $1.2 million, including $600,000 in matching funds from Michael Milken, the charity's founder and chairman.
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