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Gran Habano Unveils the Corojo #5 Gran Reserva 2012

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Father and son team, Guillermo and George Rico, are proud to announce the official release of the Gran Habano Corojo No. 5 Gran Reserva 2012.

Gran Habano’s Gran Reserva cigars are made using the top 10% best leaf from the yearly crop and aged for an extra seven to eight years prior to the cigar being rolled. It is then aged for a period of four to six years additionally as cigars. The 2012 installment has been aged an additional three years longer than any other prior Gran Reserva release. These cigars offer a bold new experience in full-bodied premium cigars made with vintage tobaccos. Expect a remarkably smooth, earthy and spicy smoke, accompanied by notes of sweet wood and espresso for this aged smoke. The Gran Habano Corojo #5 Gran Reserva 2012 is currently shipping to retailers nationwide.

The Gran Reserva 2012 is available in five sizes in 20 count boxes:

Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46 – $ 8.10
Gran Robusto: 6 x 54 – $8.60
Imperial: 6 x 60 – $9.40
Czar: 6 x 66 – $11.10
Grandioso: 7 x 70 – $11.50

Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A.
Distributor: Gran Habano
Body: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua and Costa Rica

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Daniel Marshall Brings Modern Day Campfire to Historic Movie Studio’s Theme Park

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Daniel Marshall continues to take his “Modern Day Campfires” around the world. His latest creation, “Cigars Meet Movies” brought Marshall’s Campfire to the oldest movie studio in the world, Babelsberg Studio’s Theme Park in Potsdam Berlin, making it the world’s first cigar event in a major motion picture studios film park.

The storied Babelsberg began operation in 1912 and is home to some of the world’s most beloved movies such as Mad Max, Mission Impossible, The Hunger Games, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, George Clooney’s The Monument’s Men, Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hank’s Bridge of Spies and the Bourne Ultimatum.  Guests of the event walked in the footsteps of film history’s iconic directors and stars, from Marlene Dietrich to Clint Eastwood.

Guests were treated to a private tour of the famous sets and iconic film property of Europe’s largest film studio, while enjoying their Cigar Aficionado 92-Rated Daniel Marshall Red Label Cigars. Following the VIP backstage tour of the theme park, personally guided by owner, Friedhelm Schatz, guests enjoyed cast and crew catering, unlimited drinks, and the opportunity to buy autographed boxes of DM Cigars and win raffle prizes.

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Daniel Marshall and Friedhelm Schatz

The event, a collaboration between Marshall, Schatz, and Manuela Simon of Tabakhaus Simon, was a true reminder of the extraordinary friendships forged over cigars. According to Marshall, he and Schatz “previously met for half an hour, and two years later we are hosting a real ‘Mission Impossible’ Modern Day Campfire in his theme park. Without the power of the cigar to create this improbable friendship, this golden moment would never have happened.”

Marshall noted the excitement surrounding Berlin becoming the epicenter of art, film and culture. “I was so proud to bring the Campfire to Potsdam Berlin, a town where Sir Winston Churchill, Stalin, and President Harry Truman met during the Potsdam Conference to decide how to administer Germany and negotiate terms to end World War II, no doubt sharing a fine cigar during this historic meeting.”

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Twenty-five years ago, Friedhelm Schatz, the mastermind behind the park, envisioned the park as it is today. Over 3000 visitors from around the world enjoy the park daily. Daniel Marshall was honored to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mr. Schatz’s dream with a memorable night at “Cigars Meet Movies.”

Guests included a cross-section of Berlin’s diverse population including military officers, business tycoons, entrepreneurs, actors, producers, artists, and photographers. Marshall shared stories with the group correlating Daniel Marshall with Hollywood film greats who have experienced Daniel Marshall’s cigars and humidors including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Nick Jonas, President Clinton, and Steve Harvey.

Join us as we tour the famous sets and film property in storied Babelsberg Studio:

Daniel Marshall Cigar Events continue to be scheduled worldwide. Please email or call 714-923-2889 for details.

Fratello Cigars Announces Fratello D.M.V.


Omar de Frias is proud to announce the launch of Fratello D.M.V and Delaware. The D.M.V is an abbreviation well known to residents of the DC metro area as DC, Maryland and Virginia. This blend will be sold exclusively to retailers in DC, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware and manufactured at the La Aurora factory in Dominican Republic.

The cigar features an Havana Vuelta Arriba Ecuador wrapper with a Sumatra Ecuador binder and Dominican, Nicaragua and USA filler.

Fratello D.M.V will begin shipping to retailers the last week of November with launches planned throughout the DC metro area.

“The first retailer to carry my cigars was in Maryland, my launch event was in DC and Virginia is home to my business,” said de Frias. “This blend is my tribute to the DMV and to the retailers that helped put Fratello in the map.”

Fratello D.M.V. will be released in 4 vitolas:

  • District of Columbia – Toro (6 1/4 x 54) $9.00 MSRP
  • Maryland – Gordo (6 x 58) $9.25 MSRP
  • Virginia – Robusto Extra (5 1/2 x 52) $8.75 MSRP
  • Delaware – Robusto (5 x 50) $8.50 MSRP

Fratello Cigars was established in 2013.  Since inception Fratello has grown to be sold in 800 brick and mortars in the US and 9 international destinations.  Fratello is considered one of the fastest growing manufacturers in the last five years.

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Legend Launches the World’s First Cigar Themed Phone

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Legend has launched the world’s first cigar themed phone as part of their new iPhone XS collection.

The company that pioneered the bespoke phone and smartwatch concept has collaborated with Finnish cigar accessories company Conocedor to create this Cohiba tribute iPhone for the Cohiba fans worldwide.

Like the rest of the products from these companies, the phone is handcrafted by experienced artisans with high attention to detail. Each phone is made to order and additional bespoke features can be requested as with other phones from Legend Helsinki: hand-engraved gift inscription plate, custom logo, alternative precious metal plating and more, although the customization options on this model are more limited than for their other models.

The Cohiba model is Legend’s tribute to the finest cigar brand in the world. The iconic Taino Indian head logo is made of solid 18-karat gold to emphasize the gold theme found in Cohiba’s premium quality Behike cigars. The squares are machined into a mirror polished solid silver plate and the spaces are filled with black enamel to give a unique inlaid appearance.

The Cohiba model comes with a luxury presentation box, certificate of authenticity, custom leather pouch and 24-karat gold plated ear-pods.

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J.C. Newman Urges FDA to Exempt Premium Cigars from Regulation

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J.C. Newman Cigar Co. filed detailed comments with FDA highlighting the numerous problems with the “substantial equivalency” process for premium cigars.  Under the Tobacco Control Act, before a new premium cigar can be sold, the FDA must first find that it is “substantially equivalent” to a cigar that was sold on February 15, 2007.  Cigar makers must file substantial equivalency reports with FDA for all new cigars introduced between 2007 and 2016 by August 8, 2021.  J.C. Newman’s comments were in response to FDA’s request for feedback on the substantial equivalency process.

“It is critical for FDA to understand that premium cigars are an inherently unscientific product,” said Drew Newman, general counsel of J.C. Newman and fourth-generation cigar maker.  “Hand rolling cigars is an art and a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.  Requiring exhaustive and expensive scientific analysis for new premium cigars simply makes no sense.”

J.C. Newman’s comments explained that:

  1. FDA’s own research has found that children do not smoke premium cigar cigars and that premium cigars are smoked infrequently.
  2. Premium cigar makers do not have the volumes of scientific data that FDA is requesting.
  3. Comparing premium cigars rolled today with those hand rolled 12 years ago is inherently unreliable and is unscientific.
  4. The huge number of substantial equivalency reports for premium cigars will divert the FDA’s limited resources from other more important work.
  5. FDA has grossly underestimated the costs for premium cigar makers to comply with the substantial equivalency process.
  6. The premium cigar industry is largely comprised of small, family business that lack the resources to prepare detailed substantial equivalency reports.

J.C. Newman filed a redacted “Exhibit A” in which FDA set forth the requirements for substantial equivalence reports for premium cigars.  FDA is asking cigar makers to tests for such things as “tobacco rod density” and “wrapper porosity,” and compare new cigars with those rolled a dozen years ago.  The agency also asks for detailed information about the wood in cigar boxes, ingredients in cellophane tubes, and the inks and paper on cigar labels and bands.  Manufacturers must also include environmental assessments including discussions of the “air quality,” “geological features and soils,” and “socioeconomic and environmental justice” for tobacco farms and cigar factories.

J.C. Newman cited the Cigar Association of America’s estimates that health testing of premium cigars could cost between $5,000 and $20,000 per size and brand of cigar, and that the cost of preparing a full substantial equivalency report “may cost a minimum of $250,000.”  Trade associations estimate that premium cigar makers will need to file thousands of substantial equivalency reports.

“The cost of satisfying FDA’s requests would be enormous, particularly since the vast majority of premium cigar manufacturers are small, family businesses who hand roll premium cigar in small batches – none of whom employ scientists or regulatory specialists,” said Newman.  “Premium cigars are just 0.5% of the American tobacco industry – a tiny faction – and lack the sophistication, standardization, mechanization, and economies of scale of mass-market tobacco products.  Given that FDA’s own research concluded that premium cigars are not used by minors, are smoked infrequently, and are unscientific products, it makes no sense to subject them to the same cost-prohibitive substantial equivalency requirements as cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

J.C. Newman concluded by strongly urging FDA to exempt premium cigars from regulation, including the substantial equivalency process.  Yesterday’s comments were the fifth round of comments that J.C. Newman has filed with FDA this year.

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