Weekly news week 44 2020. And what a week it was. Lots of news, but the first article of the week is an interview. With Jessi Flores, the cigar artist from Nicaragua. After twenty years with Drew Estate, Jessi is now an independent artist, and Ministry of Cigars asked him about his dreams, his future, and what’s to come on his online store. The 28th Episode of the Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show also aired.
The two reviews of this week are from the Dominican Republic. One from the small factory of Hendrik Kelner Jr, KBF. It’s his Smoking Jacket Short Robusto that Ministry of Cigars reviewed. The second review is the Viking Valhalla Churchill. That is a collaboration between Ernesto Perez Carrillo and the Norwegian cigar importer and distributor Hakon Aanonsen. Not completely cigar-related is the release of The Haunting by Warped. The cigar brand is partnering up with Cornell & Diehl again for the second release of Warped pipe tobacco.
Vintage Rock-a-Fellar is releasing a new cigar. A tribute to magicians. Jessi Flores is the man behind the art for this cigar, and parts of the proceeds go to the Phuck Cancer campaign to help Jessi’s daughter. The Cigar for Warriors charity and Avanti Cigars extend their collaboration, to ensure that American troops on deployment can get cigars. Casdagli Cigars is releasing the limited edition Daughters of the Wind Pony Express globally. Crowned Heads is also releasing a limited edition for the brand new Mil Dias line. La Flor Dominicana is releasing 16 different cigars for the next 16 months in collaboration with Hacking Gourmet.
CAO is re-releasing the CAO Vision. In the same white humidor boxes with blue LED lights. But the blend is different, it now features a Cameroon wrapper. Davidoff announces the Year of the Ox, a 6×60 Gordo. Oliva is coming with the Oliva Serie V Melanio Limited Edition. And the Swiss company Villiger realizes a limited edition Winter Edition. Plus a Robusto Sampler.
Jas Sum Kral is heading to the United Kingdom. Finally, the Nicaraguan cigars of the outspoken cigar manufacturer Riste Ristevski are available in Great Britain. The accessories of Colibri and Les Fines Lames are already available in Norway, but the portfolio got bigger this week. The Ramon Allones Allones No.2, a 2019 Edicion Limitada, is popping up all over the world. And another 2019 Edicion Limitada, from Montecristo, is now available in France. Imperial brands finalize the sale of the premium cigar division. And the birthday calendar for the cigar industry of November is published. That is the news for week 44.