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Monday, 12 April 2010

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newrelease To continue with the April Edition of new cigar releases for 2010, I come to you with part three of this month's series. So, kick back and relax as I offer you some of the newer cigars arriving from a variety of brands.


Flor de Gonzalez 90 Miles


Flor de Gonzalez has released a new line of cigars that has a profound meaning to the family behind the brand. The new line goes by the name of “90 Miles”, which signifies the distance between Cuba, which is the Gonzalez family's homeland, and Key West. The Gonzalez family has made this new line with a catchy name as a tribute to the United States, the country that has allowed them to participate in the cigar making process despite the troubles back home. Even though Cuba is only 90 Miles away from the United States, it surely has to seem like a much further distance for the Gonzalez family.

The 90 Miles line marks the eighth line from the brand, which had a rough start in the business. The Flor de Gonzalez line was founded in 1993 by Arnaldo Gonzalez in Hialeah, Florida. Like most young businesses, Gonzalez' failed. He did not quit, however, and gave the business a second try by moving the cigars' production to Nicaragua and out of the Miami area. This move proved to be a success, and the Flor de Gonzalez brand is still alive and well, as evidenced by the release of the 90 Miles line.

Credit for the crafty 90 Miles name goes to Roberto Alonso, the brand's marketing director. Alonso came up with the name while on a sales trip, and as soon as he pitched it to the owners, they fell in love with the concept and immediately began the process of coming up with a new blend to match it.

The blend the family came up with to fill the 90 Miles is a combination of Nicaraguan long fillers. A Nicaraguan binder holds the fillers in place and the cigar is topped off with an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. The 90 Miles is considered to be medium to full-bodied. Rather than producing the line on a limited basis in Miami, the Gonzalez' decided to produce it in Nicaragua on a larger scale.

The 90 Miles comes in four different sizes: the 5.5x50 Robusto, the 6x52 Toro, the 6.5x52 Torpedo, and the 7x48 Churchill. All sizes come in boxes of 20. You can expect to pay around $5 for a single, and the line is currently available for purchase.

Havana Cellars' El Triunfador


El Triunfador from Havana Cellars, which some may know to be affiliated with the brand name Tatuaje, is not an entirely new cigar. Pete Johnson, owner of Havana Cellars and Tatuaje Cigars, introduced the El Triunfador back in 2009. It only came in one size, a 7.5x38 Lancero. It also had a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Its one-size release in 2009 was limited to only a few retailers, so you were lucky if you had the chance to try one.

This time around, Johnson has decided to release El Triunfador once again, only in wider production and with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Rather than just having one size to pick from, enthusiasts have six sizes of the El Triunfador at their disposal: the 6 1/2x42 No. 1, the 5 1/2x52 No. 2, the 5 5/8x46 No. 3, the 5x48 No. 4, the 4 3/8x42 No. 5, and the 7 1/2x38 No. 6. The El Triunfador is handmade in Nicaragua by industry icon Don Pepin Garcia. The cigar mild to medium-bodied and is one of the smoother cigars offered from Tatuaje.

All six sizes of the El Triunfador come in boxes of 25. Singles retail for around $6 to $8 for each. Keep your eyes open, as the El Triunfador, translated to “the winner”, should be in stores now.

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