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Industry legend Don Jose Pepin Garcia

Industry legend: Don Jose Pepin Garcia. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. Some names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, some that fade away over time. Legends that have left us, and legends still alive. These legends all...

Weekly news week 31 2020

Weekly news week 31 2020

Weekly news week 31 2020. Last September, Ministry of Cigars was invited to visit Vrijdag Premium Printing. A company with a long history in cigars, yet as a supplier. Most of you have seen products from Vrijdag Premium Printing without realizing it. For the second...

New Cohiba Atmosphere in Cyprus

New Cohiba Atmosphere in Cyprus, in the heart of the island’s capital Nicosia. A beautiful, luxurious lounge on the first floor of the Helios Court. It’s there where Cuban cigars, cocktails, spirits, and sweets meet in a relaxed and tranquil lounge. A piece of heaven...

AJ Fernandez to distribute Aging Room Nicaragua

AJ Fernandez to distribute Aging Room Nicaragua

AJ Fernandez to distribute Aging Room Nicaragua for the international markets. A few weeks ago, Ministry of Cigars published that the Aging Room Nicaragua is coming to The Netherlands. Cigar Aficionado’s #1 cigar of 2019 is soon available there. But it also raised...

Cigar birthdays in August

Cigar birthdays in August

Cigar birthdays in August. Like every month we celebrate some of the people in the cigar industry. If we miss anybody on our calendar, please let us know and we will add him or her. Here are the birthdays for August. The birthdays August 3: Juan Lopez. When you are...

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage...

New specialist cigar shop in Slovakia

New specialist cigar shop in Slovakia

New specialist cigar shop in Slovakia. The largest distributor of premium cigars in the country, Dom Cigar, opened another retail outlet. This time in the second largest city of the Eastern European country, in Košice. The city is called the capital of the east. The...

PDR releasing a reblended A Flores CVR

PDR releasing a reblended A Flores CVR

PDR releasing a reblended A Flores CVR. CVR stands for Connecticut Valley Reserve, and that tells us where the wrapper comes from. From the United States. From the Connecticut River Valley. A broadleaf wrapper in two varieties. Lighter shade for the Azul and a darker...

CAO releases domino inspired cigars

CAO releases domino inspired cigars

CAO releases domino inspired cigars. The new upcoming brand is called CAO Bones. Bones is a reference to dominoes and dice. Just like with the CAO Sessions, blender Rick Rodriguez takes inspiration from kicking back with friends, relaxing, with a cold beer in your...

EPIC Cigars now available in the United Kingdom

EPIC Cigars now available in the United Kingdom

EPIC Cigars now available in the United Kingdom. The cigar brand and the online importer & retailer Boutique smokes agreed to an exclusive distribution agreement. With that agreement, EPIC Cigars are available on the Boutique Smokes website effective immediately....

Les Fines Lames adds new finishes for Le Petit

Les Fines Lames adds new finishes for Le Petit

Les Fines Lames adds new finishes for Le Petit. The Les Fines Lames Le Petit is the smaller version of the praised French cigar cutting knife. Les Fines Lames Le Petit was released last year. The new knife already saw the release of limited-edition versions with...

VegaFina 1998 finally coming to America

VegaFina 1998 finally coming to America

VegaFina 1998 finally coming to America. The brand, founded by the former Spanish tobacco monopoly Tabacalera, isn’t new to Europe. But the cigar is available in international markets since 2019. Ministry of Cigars reviewed the cigar earlier this year. 1998 The 1998...

JC Newman releases a new line called Yagua

JC Newman releases a new line called Yagua

JC Newman releases a new line called Yagua. With the Yagua, J.C. Newman brings back a concept from the 1940s and 1950s Cuba. The cigars are rolled with under-fermented Connecticut broadleaf and then tightly bundled in the palm leaf of the Yagua tree. That way, the...

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado. Earlier this year, Ministry of Cigars published a review of the Muestra de Tabac Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. A thick perfecto with two wrappers. Not in a barberpole style, but half and half. The cigar is open...

Printing of cigar bands

Printing of cigar bands

Printing of cigar bands. Recently we published an article about Vrijdag Premium Printing from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Vrijdag Premium Printing is one of the most renowned and praised printers of cigar art in the world. For over 115 years, the company has quality...

Weekly news week 31 2020

Weekly news week 30 2020

Weekly news week 30 2020. When you talk about cigars and markets, the biggest market that comes to mind is the USA. With Europe in second place. Asia is an emerging market, that is known too. China is huge for Cuban cigars, but the rest of the Asian markets are...

Peter Rohner from Wellauer Tabac passes away

Peter Rohner from Wellauer Tabac passes away

Peter Rohner from Wellauer Tabac passes away. On June 18, the owner of Wellauer Tabac passed away suddenly at age 59. In a few days, Rohner lost a lot of weight and looked tired. His usual “it will all be fine” showed his optimism, but it wouldn’t be fine. Rohner...

JC Newman is now available in Singapore

JC Newman is now available in Singapore. The oldest, still active, American cigar family found a new distributor in the small southeast Asian city-state of Singapore. The J.C. Newman cigars used to be available in Singapore in the past, but for unknown reasons, the...

Fratello Cigars going to Brazil

Fratello Cigars going to Brazil

Fratello Cigars going to Brazil. Not to make cigars, but to tobacconists all over the country. The brand, owned by former NASA employee Omar de Frias, is partnering up with a local distributor. Reality Cigars is the largest importer and distributor of cigars in the...

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Birthdays and events
August 12
Jesper Petersen (Splendid Cigars)
August 14
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 23
August 15
Erik D Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars)
, EVENT: CSWC Kuala Lumpur
August 20
Sebastien Decoppet (Cavelier Geneve)
August 26
Ramon Zapata Perez (Condega)
, Steve Saka (Dunbarton)
August 28
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 24
August 29
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
August 30
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, Jessi Flores
, Sal Lucchetta (Arista Cigars)
August 31
Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars)
September 1
Danny Vazquez (RoMa Craft)
September 2
Patricia Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
September 6
Tony Bellatto (La Barba/Lost & Found)
September 10
Kerr Viajante (Stogie Road Cigars)