Recluse Cigar Company announces the release of Recluse Draconian Connecticut

The Recluse Draconian Connecticut is the second expansion of Recluse Cigar Companies Draconian blend. Scott Weeks, the companies President stated, ” We created the original Recluse Draconian to smash the perception that a cigar needs to say the word Cuban on it to be exceptional. We have taken this original work of art and taken it to a new level with the Draconian Connecticut.”
The Recluse Draconian Connecticut features a Grade A Ecuadorian shade grown wrapper and the cigar is also comprised of a  Sumatra binder and fillers comprised of Braziago, Iconic Ligero and Piloto Cubano. The Recluse Draconian Connecticutwill be showcased at the 2016 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. July 25th-28th.
The Recluse Draconian Connecticut will be made available in Fourteen sizes:
Petit Corona
5 3/4×46
6 1/4×50
6 1/2×56
7 1/2×56
Sidewinder #1
Sidewinder #2
Sidewinder #3
Kanu #1
Kanu #2
Kanu #3


Drew Estate announces the release of Herrera Estelí Miami

Miami-Box (1) Friday, July 22, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the release of Herrera Estelí Miami as a line extension to the Herrera Estelí Brand. The new cigar will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Willy Herrera known for his signature Cubanesque blending style was recruited to join Drew Estate in 2011, after running the El Titan de Bronze factory since the late 90s. The factory is known for being one of the few remaining hand made cigar factories in the United States and employs only Level 9 rollers from Cuba who continue to manufacture cigars in traditional Cuban style, including tubing the filler and finishing with a triple cap.

Willy spent the first 3 years at Drew Estate, predominantly in Estelí, Nicaragua adapting to working at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, a factory with access to some of the most innovative and diverse black tobaccos in the world. In 2013, Drew Estate released the Herrera Estelí Brand, a medium bodied, spicy, cubanesque cigar, and followed up in 2014 the release of Herrera Estelí Norteño, a full-bodied maduro, as his sophomore release.

Miami-SingleThe new Herrera Estelí Miami debuts in a 5 ¾ x 48 corona vitola packaged in 10 count boxes with an MSRP of $130.00 per box. The blend features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro Wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan Fillers. The unique attribute of the new release is that it is produced at El Titan de Bronze Factory on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami, Florida.

When asked about the new cigar, Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera stated, “The journey at Drew Estate has taken me to new countries, and almost every state in the union. After 5 years, it was time to come home and work on a project where it all began for me. Going back to my roots and in my home where I was brought up has been such a blessing.”

HE-Tray-_-BundlesIn addition to the new Herrera Estelí Miami, the Herrera Estelí line will offer new packaging configurations including a Display Tray and refill bundles in the core Herrera Esteli Vitolas including the Herrera Esteli Toro, Piramide Fino, Lonsdale, Robusto, and Short Corona.

La Barba Cigar Co. announces “One & Only”


In April of this year La Barba announced that they entered into an agreement with “Down and Back LLC” which is synonymous with The Caldwell Cigar Company. Down and Back will now handle all of La Barba’s Distribution and importing leaving time for its founder, Tony Bellatto to focus on the highly anticipated “blue project” which is being named “One and Only.”

barba2The “One and Only” is an undisclosed blend that was created at the Tabacalera William Ventura factory in the Dominican Republic, and boasts artwork from Jade Rivera, a prominent artist located in Miami. When asked about the artist Tony said, “Jade is from Lima, Peru and Robert Introduced me to his artwork about 3 years ago and I’ve always loved his style, especially his portraits. So it seemed like a natural fit for us to use him for the artwork.”

Barba1500 boxes of the “One and Only” will be released at the 2016 IPCPR trade show, and will be available to select retailers nationwide along with a re-branding of the La Barba “Red” which will now be produced at the Ventura factory using a blend that will stay true to the original intended palate, and will be comprised of primarily Dominican tobacco.

When Hoochly asked Tony about the details on the One and Only  he said “We cannot disclose the blend at the moment but  what I can tell you is that The One and Only will be a full bodied, spicy and creamy cigar. It’s a 6×52 Toro extra and will come in 10 count boxes. The retails price will be $12.50”

The La Barba “purple” will also undergo some minor design and packaging changes but the blend itself will remain the same. Down and Back will also be distributing Bellatto’s other brand “Siempre” a brand that Tony and his father developed along side Robert Caldwell and Henderson Ventura.

Foundation Cigar Company Releases The Tabernacle, ft. CT Broadleaf Wrapper & Artisanal Nicaraguan Fillers


July 13, 2016 – Estelí, NICARAGUA – The Tabernacle is Foundation Cigar Company’s newest super premium cigar, boasting a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and some of Nicaragua’s finest fillers. It is a combination of tastes that calls on founder Nicholas Melillo’s roots in the Connecticut River Valley and also his work with the finest artisanal tobacco batches in Nicaragua.

The Tabernacle“I want to show my love for Connecticut Broadleaf,” says Melillo. “I was born in New Haven where, at the turn of the century, there were many cigar factories.”

Also wanting to continue showcasing the flavors of northern Nicaragua, Melillo blended The Tabernacle at AJ Fernandez’s factory in Estelí.

“AJ grows some of his tobacco on the farm, La Soledad, where I lived on when I first moved to Estelí in 2003. I know firsthand that AJ’s farm is blessed with the perfect location for growing filler tobaccos. He has incredible tobacco inventories and gave me full access to some of his best leaf for this project.”

The Tabernacle box tells the story of the cigar’s name. The artwork features an image of none other than Haile Selassie, 225th King of Abyssinia, whose lineage traces directly to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. The reference to “tabernacle” is as a container for the Ark of the Covenant.”

unnamed (1)“They call me ‘Chief of the Broadleafs’ for a reason,” Melillo continues. “I have been working closely with farmers in Connecticut for over ten years. Broadleaf is more than tobacco for me. It is something sacred.”

On the outside, this cigar uses a CT Broadleaf wrapper, selected by Melillo for this project two years ago.

“AJ Fernandez has been meticulously fermenting this broadleaf wrapper and the combination of both of our passions for tobacco is dangerous.”

unnamedThe Tabernacle also uses a San Andreas Mexico binder and filler from Jamastran Valley in Honduras, plus the Esteli and Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. The Tabernacle will be released nation wide July 25th The line will have a retail price of $9.00 – $13.00 and offered in the following sizes:

4 1/2 x 52 – Torpedo -24 count box

5 1/4 x 46 Corona – 24 count box

5 x 50 Robusto – 24 count box 6 x 52 – Toro – 24 count box

7 x 54 Doble Corona – 24 count box

7 x 40 Lancero – 13 count box

Retail Prices – $9.00 – $13.00

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS


Southbury, CT – June 8, 2016 – Rick Ardito has officially joined Foundation Cigar Company as Brand Manager, for the highly anticipated July 2016 release of Nick Melillo’s exciting new brand, “The Upsetters.” Ardito brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience to the project backed by nearly two decades of industry experience beginning with Drew Estate in 1997, retiring in 2010 as both a Partner and Executive Vice President of Public Relations.

Ardito also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 7-20-4 Cigar Company from 2012-2015. Prior to the cigar industry Ardito served 8 years as a Cryptologist for the United States Marine Corps. Upon leaving the Corps Ardito began a career in comedy performing mainly from NYC to Miami Florida, residing in both cities during the 1980’s and 1990’s, moving back to his home state of CT in 1995 becoming a successful Restaurateur in New Haven.

Rick-Ardito-Foundation“I’ve garnered invaluable experience directing and managing sales for Drew Estate during the companies’ first ten years and look forward to integrating this expertise into The Upsetter’s brand and the brand’s distribution arrangement with Miami. My philosophy has never changed and focuses primarily upon ensuring that I’m doing my part to insert excitement and positive regard into the equation. The Upsetters is a highly unique product and I’m certain it will grow legs quickly. I am committed to ensuring that, beginning with Jason Wood, and on down through the Miami sales staff, that I am supremely present and ready to serve the team. Above all I am committed to ensuring that everyone involved is having fun, because if ‘fun’ is ever present, then so will ongoing sales.” Rick Ardito.

“I first met Rick while working at the Calabash Shoppee in 1997 and we instantly became friends.” Says Nicholas Melillo, President of Foundation Cigar Co. “I am beyond excited to have Rick on board and leading The Upsetters with Miami Cigar Company. Rick brings an amazing energy and work ethic which makes him a perfect addition to the Foundation team.”

A practicing Metaphysician, Rick has recently completed a memoir, which is set for publication in October 2017. “I am exceedingly excited to come on board and work with Nick, who I’ve considered a full blown tobacco genius since first meeting him in 1997, and Dave Sather, who’s authenticity as a person and a professional rivals that of Nick’s.

“ The exotic nature of the Nick’s visionary-enhanced Upsetters brand is right up my alley and my expectations for the brands complete success are very high.”

The UpsettersFor Ordering information please contact – Miami Cigar Company 1-800-643-7209

Smoke Inn Cigars Announces The Microblend Collection First Edition


Wednesday, June 22, 2016—Boynton Beach, FL— Smoke Inn Cigars is pleased to announce a collection of exclusive, premium cigars, six years in the making. Introducing The Microblend Collection First Edition—featuring our finest presentation to date—including each of the first ten cigars in the legendary Microblend SeriesTM.


The Microblend Collection First Edition showcases a custom-built collector’s box, displaying each Microblend cigar in a velvet inlet—molded to each vitola’s specifications. The cigars are then numbered from I to X and feature additional information on the box’s lid; such as the logo, size, release date, and production quantity.

microblend-collection-2The Microblend Collection First Edition cigars include:

  • Tatuaje Anarchy
  • Padrón 1964 Anniversary SI-15
  • My Father El Hijo
  • Arturo Fuente Solaris
  • Tatuaje Anarchy Apocalypse
  • Room101 Big Delicious
  • Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel
  • 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster
  • Illusione Pactum
  • Drew Estate The Pope of Greenwich Village

microblend-collection-3“The Microblend SeriesTM not only represents my love and passion for fine cigars but the appreciation and fellowship for the cigar manufacturers that were so amazing to work with on each release.” said Abe Dababneh, owner of Smoke Inn.

Abe continued, “At Smoke Inn, we have always strived to offer the best possible cigar buying experience, as well as bring something unique to the market. The Microblend Collection First Edition is representation of those efforts and our love for the premium cigar industry.”

Priced at $135.00 per 10-count box, cigars have carefully been set aside from each of the original releases to produce 1,000 boxes for The Microblend Collection First Edition. And because our Padrón 1964 Anniversary SI-15 cigars featured both natural and maduro varieties, we have honored this by producing 500 of the boxes in each wrapper style—which cigar enthusiasts will have the option to select.

microblend-coinsIn addition, each box will arrive with a free, custom-designed challenge coin. Ten coins have been designed after their respective cigars and are limited to 100 coins per design. Purchasers will have the option to select the coin of their choice on a first come, first served basis.

Preorders will begin on Friday, June 24th at 12pm (Eastern time), with shipments following on July 5th. Any remaining boxes will be available to purchase on the same day preorders begin shipping.

1792 Distillery Releases a New Limited Edition Full Proof Bourbon


BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (May 17, 2016) – A stout 125 full proof bourbon is the latest limited edition release in the 1792 Bourbon line up.  Bottled at the same proof it was originally entered into the barrel, the bourbon was distilled, aged, and bottled at the historic Barton 1792 Distillery.

New oak barrels were filled with 125 proof distillate in the fall of 2007 and left to age in Warehouses E, N, and I for eight and a half years. Warehouse I is one of the oldest warehouses at Barton 1792 Distillery. All of these warehouses are seven stories high, metal clad, with concrete bottom floors, and windows all the way around the outside, allowing some direct sunlight inside.

1792 Full Proof BottleAfter the barrels were emptied, the bourbon underwent a distinct filtering process, forgoing the typical chill filtration, and instead was only passed through a plate and frame filter.  This allowed the bourbon to maintain a robust 125 proof for bottling, as well as the rich and bold flavor. The aroma is powerful – with vanilla and dried cherries notes.  The first taste is intense as it meets the tongue, oaky and full bodied, but continues with flavors of caramel and jam-like fruit, before an enduring finish.

This is the fourth limited edition release of 1792 Bourbon expressions, the Full Proof joins previous releases of Sweet Wheat, Port Finish, and Single Barrel Bourbons. Although the 1792 Full Proof Bourbon is very limited in quantities, it will be released annually for the next few years. The 1792 Full Proof Bourbon will be available at retail starting in late May. Suggested retail pricing is $44.99.