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Don’t falsy brand your cigar

Don't falsy brand your cigar. It is a pet peeve at the Ministry of Cigars office. When we see a New World cigar claiming to be Cubanesque or using Cuba, Havana, or any other reference in the name, we cringe. To us, it sends the wrong message. Compare it to our article...

Passionados a New Zealand charity

Passionados a New Zealand charity

Passionados a New Zealand charity. 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,...

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their...

The Cuban controversy

The Cuban controversy. Last Wednesday at the Light Em Up lounge this was the subject. A panel of four cigar enthusiasts was discussing the state of Cuban cigars versus New World cigars. Barry Beliveau & David Garofalo from the cigar authority, Ferdinand Piet from...

A Connecticut Shade experiment

A Connecticut Shade experiment

A Connecticut Shade experiment. Ministry of Cigars has been clear, Connecticut Shade tobacco is not our thing. Not at all. There is a specific characteristic in Connecticut Shade tobacco that we describe as a library flavor or an old book flavor. Something musty,...

Passionados a New Zealand charity

Toast Across America fundraiser

Toast Across America fundraiser. 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,...

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry legend Carlos Fuente sr

Industry legend Carlos Fuente sr. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their...

A visit to the NEOS factory

A visit to the NEOS factory

A visit to the NEOS factory. For the smokers of premium handmade cigars, NEOS might be a new name. But for the smokers of dry-cured short fillers, it is not. It is a famous brand with a long history. The brand is more than a century old and since 1975 part of the J....

Do not be a copycat

Do not be a copycat

Do not be a copycat. That’s the advice I can give all cigar manufacturers out there. Especially the smaller ones that feel that they have to ride the slipstream of a bigger brand to be able to sell their products. It might work short-term, but it will backfire in the...

Passionados a New Zealand charity

Joya de Nicaragua and charity

Joya de Nicaragua and charity. 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,...

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry Legend Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

Industry Legend Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played...

Cameroon, world-class tobacco from Africa

Cameroon, world-class tobacco from Africa. In the early 1900s, European colonists brought tobacco to the countries we now know as Cameroon and the Central African Republic. Historians agree that this is a fact, yet some say it was the Dutch and others claim it was...

Passionados a New Zealand charity

A home for my family charity

A home for my family charity. 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,...

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry Legend Arsenio Ramos

Industry Legend Arsenio Ramos. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their part...

The 6 different Habanos concepts explained

The 6 different Habanos concepts explained

The 6 different Habanos concepts explained. Habanos focuses on two things when creating a concept besides cigars that is. Three retail concepts and three experience concepts. But some concepts do have an overlap. Yet the concepts aren’t clear to everybody, and the...

A new social media platform for cigars

A new social media platform for cigars

A new social media platform for cigars. There is a new social media platform for cigars. It’s stogieslives.com and it’s the brainchild of Valery Marszalek. Marsalek was talking to a friend when he mentioned that he was in Facebook jail for a week for posting...

Passionados a New Zealand charity

Tor Imports giving back charity

Tor Imports giving back charity. 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,...

Industry Legend Dr Martinez Cuenca

Industry legend Julio Eiroa

Industry legend Julio Eiroa. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their part...

Making cigars climate neutral

Making cigars climate neutral

Making cigars climate neutral. Sustainability is a major issue nowadays because of climate change. Many industries are moving to a more sustainable way of production. But you might think that making cigars is very sustainable at its core. It’s planting a crop,...

Is China the future for premium cigars?

Is China the future for premium cigars?

Is China the future for premium cigars? If the question is about sales, the answer is plain and simple YES. The demand for luxury items is growing at an unseen rate. But what about being the future for cigar production? The Chinese have been in the cigar game for more...

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