Weekly news week 22 2021. The biggest multi-venue cigar event in the world is the Cigar Smoking World Championship. The finale is always in Split, Croatia but the qualifiers take place all over the world. And each year in more countries and more cities. This expansion, plus travel restrictions due to the pandemic force founder and owner Marko Bilic to be creative. He can’t judge all qualifiers anymore to now there is a CSWC Judge Association.
Two Nicaraguan reviews this week. From two major manufacturers. Plasencia is probably the biggest grower of cigar tobacco in the world, and they make a lot of cigars as well. For others, and for the Plasencia brand. For the first time, Plasencia joins the brands that celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. Ministry of Cigars reviewed the Plasencia Year of the Ox. The second cigar comes from My Father Cigars. The Flor de Las Antillas is a hit since its release. But we never tried the Maduro and corrected that mistake with this review of the Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto.
This was a week full of new cigar releases. Davidoff finally releases the AVO Improvisation LE 2021 internationally. The American market already had the cigars for a few months. And the Swiss company is also releasing the Independence Day-inspired Camacho Liberty 2021. Warped Cigars never made a Dominican cigar, but is changing that with the Chinchalle, made at Tabacalera La Isla. ADVentura comes with a new size for The Conquistador and a corona for The Royal Return Kings Gold.
Caldwell Cigar Company is releasing a new Blind Mans Bluff, but only 1000 boxes of which 250 go international. Cavalier Geneve comes with the BII Viso Jalapa made in Honduras. Ernesto Perez Carrillo brings the Short Run back with the Short Run Retro 2021. And the Spanish Habanos distributor Tabacalera comes with something special too. An Edicion Limitada to commemorate Juan Belmonte, a famous bullfighter. The The Tauromaquia y Juan Belmonte is a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchilll in special packaging. Only 1000 boxes are available.
Lots of new cigars this week, but there is also news about disappearing cigars. Tatuaje is resting the Tatuaje Black Label Private Reserve Britanicas Extra and Toro. These were always meant as a limited, and once the 1000 remaining boxes are gone, they won’t be back for years. Retailers and distributors that want the last remaining stock can only order it at the PCA trade show. But then these sizes take a nap for several years. J.C. Newman is trying something bold. There is a way to import Cuban coffee legally into the United States, and now J.C. Newman is petitioning to do the same for Cuban tobacco.
Tor Imports, the leading importer of New World Cigars in the United Kingdom, hires Ricardo Carioni as the new COO. Carioni leaves the diplomatic community for this new opportunity. He was the deputy ambassador of Nicaragua for the UK, Iceland & Ireland. Cigar Journal opens the nominations for their annual Cigar Trophies. This Friday, Cigars Lounge Kuala Lumpur is hosting a Zoom session with Jose Blanco from Arturo Fuente Cigars. We published the cigar industry birthdays for June. This was the weekly news for week 22 of 2021.