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Royal Agio releases Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo

Royal Agio releases Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo

Royal Agio releases Balmoral Anejo XO Gordo in The Netherlands. Now, this cigar isn’t exactly brand new, but the news is that the cigar will be readily available. For the last few years, the cigar was exclusive ‘event-only’. Covid-19 The Dutch government hasn’t called...

Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Fellow Craft Robusto. Freemasons George Dakrat and Fouad Kashouty are passionate cigar smokers. For years they wondered why there weren’t any cigars with the Freemason symbol. After years of research and getting the right approval, they made 1000...

Soil to Soul Episode Nine

Soil to Soul Episode Nine

Soil to Soul Episode Nine. For the last few months, Ministry of Cigars and friends have been hosting a Facebook Live called Soil to Soul. Now, this is purely for fun and we do the Facebook live shows quite irregularly. Keep an eye out on the Ministry of Cigars...

What can cigar factory owners do

What can cigar factory owners do

What can cigar factory owners do to help the workers during a closedown? As we all know, the cigar producing countries aren’t rich countries. They are all developing countries with a low standard of living. So shutting down factories, either mandatory or voluntary, is...

Weekly news week 12 2020

Weekly news week 12 2020

Weekly news week 12 2020. We started the week with a list of 5 boutique brands that we think will stand the test of time. And we published episode eight of Soil to Soul.  Reviews and virtual herfing This week we reviewed two cigars, as usual. The first cigar we...

CSWC cancels all qualifiers for the 2020 season

CSWC cancels all qualifiers for the 2020 season

CSWC cancels all qualifiers for the 2020 season until the end of May. On a post on Facebook, the organization behind the Cigar Smoking World Championship announced that they canceled all qualification events for the 2020 season at least until May.  In the next two...

Light ‘em up introduces a virtual cigar lounge

Light ‘em up introduces a virtual cigar lounge

Light ‘em up introduces a virtual cigar lounge. The Austrian entrepreneur Reinhard Pohorec and Cigar Journal Magazine collaborate in the world premiere of the brand new Light 'em Up Community & Lounge.  Virtual herfing According to a press release, Pohorec...

Covid-19 has reached Nicaragua

Covid-19 has reached Nicaragua

Covid-19 has reached Nicaragua. Officially Nicaragua has one case of covid-19. A 40-year-old Nicaraguan male who visited Panama tested positive for the virus. Yet there are rumors that there are at least 2 cases in the capital of the cigar industry, Esteli. According...

Dominican cigar factories shut down as well

Dominican cigar factories shut down as well

Dominican cigar factories shut down as well. A few days after the mandatory shut down of cigar factories in Honduras, some Dominican factories follow suit. With the difference that the closure of factories is voluntary and not government forced. So far, Tabacalera...

Talu Signature Toro

Talu Signature Toro

Talu Signature Toro. Indonesia has a long history of tobacco. And a long history in cigars, yet not in premium handmade longfillers. Most of the cigars hailing from the South East Asian country are machine-made dry-cured shortfillers. And of the cigar tobacco that’s...

What can cigar factory owners do

How to support your favorite B&M

How to support your favorite B&M during the covid-19 crisis. Many countries or states within countries have taken drastic measures in the fight against the covid-19 virus. From total lockdown in countries such as Malaysia, Austria, Italy, Belgium and many more to...

Condega is entering the Malaysian market

Condega is entering the Malaysian market

Condega is entering the Malaysian market. The Nicaraguan cigars have taken Europe by storm over the last three years. And slowly the brand is expanding outside the European market as well. Distribution in Asia In the last year, Condega has added countries in the...

Honduras closes all cigar factories

Honduras closes all cigar factories

Honduras closes all cigar factories. But not just cigar factories. All public and private businesses are on lockdown with a few exceptions, such as banks, gas stations, hospitals, and pharmacies. The Honduran government took this drastic measure after the number of...

Padilla introduces a new cigar

Padilla introduces a new cigar

Padilla introduces a new cigar. Just two weeks after appointing Todd Vance as director of sales, Ernesto Padilla is releasing a new cigar. The new line is named Padilla Poetica and is made in Nicaragua at Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez. The line comes in three sizes. Those...

What can cigar factory owners do

How will Covid-19 effect the cigar industry?

How will Covid-19 effect the cigar industry? With the pandemic currently raging havoc around the world, it’s a good time to ask how it will affect the cigar industry.  Events and lounges With countries all over the world locking down or limiting gatherings, the...

PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua Robusto

PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua Robusto

PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua Robusto. That’s a long name. It’s the latest addition to the PSyKo SEVEN brand that already had the Psyko SEVEN, Psyko SEVEN Maduro, and the PSyKo SEVEN Connecticut. All of the blends are made in the Dominican Republic, except for the PSyKo SEVEN...

Soil to Soul Episode Nine

Soil to Soul Episode Eight

Soil to Soul Episode Eight. For the last few months, Ministry of Cigars and friends have been hosting a Facebook Live called Soil to Soul. Now, this is purely for fun and we do the Facebook live shows quite irregularly. Keep an eye out on the Ministry of Cigars...

Weekly news week 12 2020

5 Boutique brands that are likely to make it

5 Boutique brands that are likely to make it. After suggesting to get rid of the term boutique, since the value of the word has diluted so much, the discussion started. Podcast Protecting the Legacy replied, to which we answered. And we were guests during their 5th...

Weekly news week 12 2020

Weekly news week 11 2020

Weekly news week 11 2020. We started the week with a list of 5 boutique brands that we think will stand the test of time. And we published episode seven of Soil to Soul.  Reviews and Fuente This week we reviewed two cigars, as usual. The first cigar we reviewed...

Arturo Fuente Amsterdam update

Arturo Fuente Amsterdam update

Arturo Fuente Amsterdam update. Recently, Ministry of Cigars published the news that Arturo Fuente will get an exclusive store in Amsterdam. It will be the first exclusive Fuente store outside of the USA. A visit to Chateau Fuente Last week, the entrepreneur behind...

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