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Cigars of a Different Flavor

Long a part of the machine-made cigar world, flavored smokes make a stand in the premium market
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
Michael Jordan, July/August 2005

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Ozgener (who markets his cigars using the word "Flavours") tried to make the flavored cigars in his company's factories in Honduras and Nicaragua, but didn't like the results. "It's not so easy to make flavored cigars," he says, explaining that different flavors and sizes of cigars require different formulae that must be worked out separately.

Instead of simply calling the smokes "honey" or "rum," C.A.O. has come up with memorable brand names for its flavored smokes. EarthNectar is infused with Chianti, Eileen's Dream has the flavor of white chocolate and Irish Cream, and its most popular flavor, Moontrance, contains Bourbon and vanilla. Its newest cigar line, KarmaSutraSplash, smacks of mango and chocolate mint ice cream.

Whatever they're called and whatever they're thought of, flavored smokes are likely to grow in the market for years to come.

"Flavor is not a fad," says Blanco. "It's a fact."

Photo by Bill Milne

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