cigars

Alec Bradley Celebrates 10 Years of Fine & Rare with Anniversary Set

Alec Bradley Celebrates 10 Years of Fine & Rare with Anniversary Set

Alec Bradley founder Alan Rubin has gone into his archives to produce a 10th anniversary boxset of Fine & Rare’s “greatest hits,” some of which he says date back to 2014.

July 9, 2020
New World Connecticut Getting a Gordo

New World Connecticut Getting a Gordo

In August, A.J. Fernandez is launching the New World Connecticut Gordo, a 6 inch by 60 ring gauge cigar that will have a suggested retail price of $8.

July 9, 2020
Spain Marks Montecristo’s 85th Anniversary With Aged Cigars

Spain Marks Montecristo’s 85th Anniversary With Aged Cigars

The Montecristo brand turns 85 this year, and Spain is celebrating with a limited, exclusive release of Cuban Montecristo No. 3 cigars that regional distributor Tabacalera S.L.U. …

July 8, 2020
Onyx Bold Nicaragua Coming Next Month

Onyx Bold Nicaragua Coming Next Month

A new Onyx that’s rolled by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua will start showing up in stores in August, and it may very well be the strongest Onyx to date.

July 7, 2020
Kintsugi Line From Alec & Bradley Shipping This Fall

Kintsugi Line From Alec & Bradley Shipping This Fall

Inspired by an ancient Japanese art form, Rubin brothers Alec and Bradley created Kintsugi, a new Honduran cigar brand heading to retailers this fall, and available for sale to …

July 6, 2020
Winter In July From Rocky Patel

Winter In July From Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel is in for a busy summer as it plans on releasing a number of new smokes and bringing back a reblended version of one of his most popular limited editions.

July 2, 2020

cuba

Roof Collapse at Cuba’s Partagás Factory Closes Iconic Casa del Habano

Roof Collapse at Cuba’s Partagás Factory Closes Iconic Casa del Habano

This week, a roof collapsed in the iconic Real Fabrica de Partagás in Havana, casually known as the Partagás factory. While the damage did not affect the La Casa del Habano inside …

July 1, 2020
Marriott Hotels Being Forced To Leave Cuba

Marriott Hotels Being Forced To Leave Cuba

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International Hotels to close down its business interests in Cuba. According to the company, it has until August 31 to end its …

June 6, 2020
Cuba Tightens Borders As Coronavirus Cases Spread

Cuba Tightens Borders As Coronavirus Cases Spread

Cuba will close its borders to international tourism and non-resident visitors for at least a month, Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel announced on March 20. The new border-contro…

March 23, 2020
Romeo Night at Habanos Festival Raises More than 4 Million Euros

Romeo Night at Habanos Festival Raises More than 4 Million Euros

Habanos spared no expense on Friday night when the company threw its final gala cigar dinner to conclude the 22nd Habanos Festival, raising more than 4 million euros in the …

March 2, 2020
American Airlines Wants More Flights to Cuba

American Airlines Wants More Flights to Cuba

American Airlines has set its sights on Havana. The carrier is petitioning the U.S. government to take over two daily flights from Miami to Cuba that JetBlue Airways will abandon …

February 4, 2020
The Co-Presidents

The Co-Presidents

The two men who run Cuba’s Habanos S.A. sit down to shed light on what’s new in the world of Havana cigars.

January 24, 2020

legislation

Court Strikes Down FDA’s Cigar Warning Label Plan

Court Strikes Down FDA’s Cigar Warning Label Plan

A trio of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously this morning to keep FDA warning labels off of cigars. The court said the FDA …

July 7, 2020
Florida Representatives Urge President to Drop Cigar Industry Regulations

Florida Representatives Urge President to Drop Cigar Industry Regulations

In response to the economic downturn, a dozen representatives from Florida have signed and sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging his administration to eliminate “onerous, …

June 8, 2020
Court Ruling Ends Chances of 2021 Deadline for FDA Product Reports

Court Ruling Ends Chances of 2021 Deadline for FDA Product Reports

The FDA’s pre-market application deadline for cigars will remain September 9 after a trio of judges yesterday rejected the cigar industry’s appeal to extend the deadline for …

May 5, 2020
Judge Extends Deadline for FDA Product Approval Reports

Judge Extends Deadline for FDA Product Approval Reports

Cigar manufacturers received a bit of good news last week as the FDA’s premarket application deadline for cigars and other tobacco products was officially extended by a Maryland …

April 28, 2020
New York State Raising Cigar Taxes This Fall

New York State Raising Cigar Taxes This Fall

New York state lawmakers passed a $177 billion budget for 2021 that includes a tax rate of 75 percent of a cigar’s wholesale price—one of the highest cigar tax rates in the United …

April 15, 2020
FDA Asks Court for Extension of Key Product Deadline Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

FDA Asks Court for Extension of Key Product Deadline Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed a motion in court requesting a 120-day extension of the premarket application deadline for cigars and other tobacco products that is …

March 31, 2020

cigar industry

Fake Instagram Accounts Try to Scam Cigar Community

Fake Instagram Accounts Try to Scam Cigar Community

Over the past few weeks, our Instagram followers–along with the editors at Cigar Aficionado –have identified several fake Instagram accounts impersonating our magazine, and …

July 9, 2020
Cigar Industry Veteran Gene Tipton Dies At 74

Cigar Industry Veteran Gene Tipton Dies At 74

Gene Tipton, who spent more than 50 years selling cigars for such big names as Altadis and Hav-A-Tampa, died this weekend. He was 74 years old.

July 6, 2020
PCA Furloughs Entire Staff In Wake Of Pandemic

PCA Furloughs Entire Staff In Wake Of Pandemic

The Premium Cigar Association announced today that the organization will be placing all seven members of its staff on furlough, with benefits, beginning July 15. The group blamed …

July 1, 2020
U.S. Cigar Imports Slow in First Quarter

U.S. Cigar Imports Slow in First Quarter

Cigar shipments in the U.S. were down in the first quarter of the year, off 9.5 percent from the first three months of 2019. Only some of this slowdown, however, can be blamed on …

June 29, 2020
Oliva Cigars Helps Factory Workers’ Children Access Education

Oliva Cigars Helps Factory Workers’ Children Access Education

As part of a long-term commitment, Oliva Cigars, owned by Belgium-based J. Cortès, is donating part of its profits directly to its factory's nearby Catholic primary school (now …

June 26, 2020
Rocky Patel, Oliva, Alec Bradley, And Crowned Heads Hitting Road Together

Rocky Patel, Oliva, Alec Bradley, And Crowned Heads Hitting Road Together

Rocky Patel, Oliva, Alec Bradley and Crowned Heads have joined together to schedule a traveling miniature trade show that will stop at 15 U.S. cities to replace the cancelled PCA …

June 11, 2020