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The PCA situation

The PCA situation

The PCA situation. Usually, Ministry of Cigars stays away from the American market. We focus on what’s going on in the international cigar markets. But with the news that Altadis, Drew Estate, Davidoff, and General Cigars are withdrawing from the world’s largest cigar...

Weekly news week 3 2020

Weekly news week 3 2020

Weekly news week 3 2020. To the world of the nonsmoker, tobacco is evil, the devil. Nothing good comes from tobacco. But for us cigar smokers, we know better. And if you’re more informed about the cigar industry, you know how warm the cigar family is. Cigar smokers...

Oliva Masterblend 1 Churchill

Oliva Masterblend 1 Churchill

Oliva Masterblend 1 Churchill. Now, this is not a regular review. This is a collaboration between Pura Vida and Ministry of Cigars. Pura Vida is a YouTube cigar review channel by Jay Walia. Walia is a Malaysian TV personality and musician. But he’s also an avid cigar...

5th Annual Daniel Marshall Kitzbuhel Campfire

5th Annual Daniel Marshall Kitzbuhel Campfire

5th Annual Daniel Marshall Kitzbuhel Campfire. On Saturday, January 25th, the world-renowned humidor builder Daniel Marshall is hosting another of his modern-day campfires. And this year, its to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Hahnenkamm-Rennen. The event is...

Balmoral Añejo Oscuro Lancero FT

Balmoral Añejo Oscuro Lancero FT

Balmoral Añejo Oscuro Lancero FT. This is the 2019 limited edition for the Balmoral Añejo series. Balmoral launched the Ańejo a few years ago with an 18-year-old wrapper. The cigar was an instant hit and put the brand back in the spotlights. So when the Dutch cigar...

J.C. Newman changes logo for anniversary year

J.C. Newman changes logo for anniversary year

J.C. Newman changes logo for anniversary year. This year, the oldest still-functioning family-owned cigar manufacturer, J.C. Newman is celebrating its 125th anniversary. And to highlight the celebratory year, the logo is updated. The reason for the new logo is...

Bundle cigars from Fratello

Bundle cigars from Fratello

Bundle cigars from Fratello. The brand will be releasing three different bundle blends. These are for the Fratello lovers that want a little extra bang for the buck. The cigars will be launched at the TPE Trade Show in Las Vegas later this month. The cigars There will...

Casa Cuevas appoints new Director of Operations

Casa Cuevas appoints new Director of Operations

Casa Cuevas appoints new Director of Operations. But, just as it is supposed to be in a family-owned business, the position is filled with a family member. The new Director of Operations is Alec Cuevas. He’s the son of president Luis Cuevas Jr and the grandson of...

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Connecticut

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Connecticut

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Generosos Connecticut. This is one of the Tyrannical Buc blends that Jas Sum Kral released in 2019. The first announcement was just the name and the logo. More details surfaced later. And the cigar is slowly making it’s way to the...

Oliva Masterblend 1 Churchill

Cigar charities

Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising awareness while trying to...

Oliva Masterblend 1 Churchill

Weekly news week 2 2020

Weekly news week 2 2020. We started the week with a review of the cheapest handmade longfiller that we ever reviewed for Ministry of Cigars. That’s the Umnum Nicaragua Bond, and it would not surprise us if it wins the Value for Money award for 2020. The second cigar...

Royal Agio employees get a bonus

Royal Agio employees get a bonus

Royal Agio employees get a bonus. The Wintermans family, who founded the Dutch cigar company in 1904, have decided to donate 10 million euro towards the employees. The money will be divided between all the employees. How much each employee will get depends on the...

Vertical La Ley tastings in Kuala Lumpur

Vertical La Ley tastings in Kuala Lumpur

Vertical La Ley tastings in Kuala Lumpur. Brand owner Didier v Houvenaghel, a Belgian agricultural engineer, author, blender and brand owner, will be hosting two events in Kuala Lumpur with Cigar Malaysia. The evens will take place on January 23rd and 24th. On January...

Brun del Re 1787 Rainforest Short Robusto

Brun del Re 1787 Rainforest Short Robusto

Brun del Re 1787 Rainforest Short Robusto. Brun del Re is a Costa Rican cigar brand, founded in 2006. Carlo Corazzo is originally from Switzerland but has been living in Costa Rica for the longest time. In 2001, he was introduced to the art of cigars on a trip to...

Dominican Night in Slovakia

Dominican Night in Slovakia

Dominican Night in Slovakia. The cigar distributor Dom Cigar will continue their regular series of cigar nights at the HRON club in Bratislava into the new year. And the first gathering of 2020 will take place on Tuesday, January 21st.  As always, the event...

A new distributor has surfaced

A new distributor has surfaced

A new distributor has surfaced in The Netherlands. Montaña Alta Cigarros is the new premium cigar distribution for VandenBerg Special Products. VandenBerg Special Products has been supplying tobacco stores and other retailers with rolling papers, cones, and other...

La Sagrada Familia now available in Malaysia

La Sagrada Familia now available in Malaysia

La Sagrada Familia now available in Malaysia. The Dutch cigar brand teamed up with distributor and retailer Cigar Malaysia. The cigars will soon be introduced at the Cigar Malaysia retail locations and at their partner lounges. Both La Sagrada Familia blends will be...

STG finalizes Royal Agio deal

STG finalizes Royal Agio deal

STG finalizes Royal Agio deal. And with that, Royal Agio Cigars now officially owned by STG. Last September, Scandinavian Tobacco Group and the 115-year-old Dutch cigar manufacturer announced the intended sale which is now finalized. The Wintermans family sold the...

Umnum Nicaragua Bond

Umnum Nicaragua Bond

Umnum Nicaragua Bond. Our motto is quality over quantity. Being the spoiled cigar aficionados that we are, we usually don’t smoke budget cigars. It’s better to smoke less but higher quality in our opinion. But not everybody feels that way considering how many budget...

STG finalizes Royal Agio deal

Royal Agio: the history part 2

Royal Agio: the history part 2. Last week Ministry of Cigars published an article about the history of Royal Agio Cigars from the foundation in 1904 up until the introduction of the Agio Gouden Oogst for the 50th anniversary of the company. In this article, we will...

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Conrado Plasencia (Plasencia Cigars)
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January 21
EVENT: Dominican Night, Bratislava
January 23
EVENT: La Ley tasting with Didier Houvenaghel, Cigar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
January 24
EVENT: La Ley tasting with Didier Houvenaghel, Cigar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
January 25
EVENT: Daniel Marshall Campfire, Kitzbuhel, Austria
January 26
Bill Ives (Cubariqueño)
February 1
James Brown (Black Label Trading Company)
February 3
Nimish Desai (Rocky Patel)
February 4
Nick Perdomo (Perdomo Cigars)
February 6
Nish Patel (Rocky Patel)
February 11
Erik Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars)
February 13
EVENT: CSWC Qualifier, Naples Florida
February 14
Philipp Schuster (Schuster Cigars)
February 17
Mel Shah (MBombay)

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