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Tabacos Mata Fina Makers of Monte Pascoal
Friday, 05 December 2008

{mosimage} I first met Lorenzo Orsi at the RTDA in 2007. He had come to Houston with two Brazilian friends of mine, Eduardo Braghin and Tarek Mourad. Lorenzo is Italian born, living in Sao Paulo, Brazil - the cigar factory is in Bahia - and with his partner he purchased the factory and was in the process of creating Monte Pascoal cigars. As we were at the RTDA, I took the opportunity to introduce them to Pepin Garcia, who graciously spent more than an hour with them ... imparting sage advice on cigar making. Subsequently, on a visit Lorenzo made to Miami, I spent many hours with him discussing various aspects of the U. S. cigar market, and cautioning that no Brazilian cigar has ever really gained traction with American cigar smokers. Nonetheless, Orsi proceeded, enthusiastically, and Monte Pascoal made their first appearance at the IPCPR in Las Vegas this past July. The first shipment has landed in Miami and distribution has begun.  

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY... - I left this site in in two shakes of a sheep's tail
Thursday, 20 November 2008

We came upon a press release for a new cigar website called They promise not to spam you, and not to try to sell you some lame house brand dog rocket. That's great. However, the site leaves a lot to be desired. The site design is quite plain, but there are bigger issues than that. On my visit to the site, half the inventory was out of stock. They also only sell full boxes. In today's economy this surely seems like a bad idea to me. Aside from that, I think the name is silly too. You can think of your own sheep jokes though. Below is the press release and a screen shot showing Padron Cigars out of stock. CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov 20, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --, a company of Levinson Marketing, LLC, is a brand new website catering to the needs of cigar smokers everywhere by offering the lowest prices on many different boutique brands and brands not normally found on the Internet. Their policy, unlike many other websites, states: "No Spam - We won't fill your inbox with 'daily deals' or we miss you 'sales' etc. If we send you an email it will only be about major site updates and a real sale on our already low prices," and further states: "No Private Label Cigars -- We don't have exclusive cigars; we only carry nationally distributed cigars. We will not try to pass off terrible cigars as something else" -- which are an all-too-common occurrence in the industry. Their extensive portfolio includes brands such as: Esencia, Tatuaje, Don Pepin, Macanudo, Cusano, Hoyo de Monterrey, Padron, illusione, Ashton, Cabaiguan, La Riqueza, and JFR, to name a few.


Largest Cigar Retailer In Pennsylvania Expands Cigar Lounges
Thursday, 20 November 2008

On September 11, 2008, Governor Ed Rendell signed into law Pennsylvania’s first smoking ban. But if you’re a premium cigar lover, you have an oasis located in the state’s Lehigh Valley region. Cigars International, Inc., the largest premium cigar retailer in Pennsylvania, with nationwide catalog/internet operations, as well as retail stores in Bethlehem, has expanded seating in its retail store lounges to accommodate cigar enthusiasts. Cigars International’s 5,000 square foot flagship store – CI Super-Store – located at the intersection of routes 22 and 191 – is the newest location, offering big screen televisions, fireplace, free coffee, and free wi-fi and ample seating including numerous oversized leather chairs, high tables, even custom-made rocking chairs from Nicaragua. Director of Retail Operations Mat Cook commented, “It’s common to see a wide range of people, from traveling businessmen looking for a quiet corner to work on their laptop to a group of guys enjoying a football game to a couple relaxing with a post-dinner cigar….of course all in a cigar-friendly environment.” In Bethlehem's Historic District on Main Street, nestled among dozens of unique stores and restaurants is the CI Downtown Store. In contrast to the large CI Super-Store the intimate environment here offers a small and cozy cigar oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown. Both stores are open 7 days a week.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY... Announces the Largest Walk In Humidor in the Midwest
Thursday, 20 November 2008

Liaison Sales & Marketing, the parent company of, an online pick-your-own premium cigar service, recently opened the largest walk in humidor in the Midwest. The cigar humidor is located at Liaison's newly remodeled Cigar Factory Outlet in Troy, Michigan. "Customers have been very excited about the walk in humidor which houses more than 1700 different types of cigars," said, Dan Jenuwine, Sr., President of Liaison Sales & Marketing. "Furthermore, our new 2500 square foot lounge with two flat screen TVs provides an enjoyable atmosphere for customers to relax and enjoy premium cigars." Each week, the Troy, Michigan facility hosts a special cigar event where customers can visit the humidor, as well as shop a full line of cigars and accessories, including humidors and lighters. Customers can also take advantage of the opportunity to "Buy 5 premium cigar sticks and Get 1 Free" in person, the same way they can mix and match individual premium cigar selections online at The Jenuwine Family has been in the Cigar Business since 1946 as a Wholesale Distributor, a Retail Tobacoonist, and a Direct Marketing Mail Order Company. With roots in the Detroit tobacco industry for more than 50 years,, owned by the Jenuwine family, recently expanded their business to the digital marketplace where guests create their own cigar collection by mixing and matching specific cigar brands, flavors and sizes. From its initial mail order business opened in 1997 containing 11 items, the business today features, Cigar Factory Outlet, and a mail order service that sold more than 900 million cigars in 2007.

Monday, 24 November 2008

New Site Offers Live Stock Inventory, Easier Navigation and State-of-the-Art Advanced Search Functions STONE RIDGE, NY, (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) --, a leading online distributor of brand name, premium cigars from around the world, announced today the debut of their new user friendly, state-of-the-art website. The new website offers an easy to use interface with live stock inventory, easier navigation and state-of-the-art advanced search functions. The new advanced search functions include filtered results, new categories such as cigar gift samplers, assorted samplers, staff recommendations and newest and recently added items. Visitors to will also notice better organization in the humidor section with easier navigation of the high quality cigar humidors, cigar humidor accessories, travel humidors, humidifiers, credos, crystals and hygrometers. "We are very excited about the added functionality of our new website and what it means for our customers," said Greg Fox of "Our new website puts the power into the hands of the customer, allowing them to see stock inventory updated in real time, helpful recommendations from our seasoned staff and highlights of new items." "We are always quick to adapt to consumer demand. If there are new cigars that have just received a high rating, we will be one of the first to offer them in our new items section," said General Manager David Cagan. purchases only the major brands of cigars, including many of the smaller boutique lines that have come out over the last few years, reselling them with only a small mark-up. This policy ensures great prices for thousands of satisfied customers and a fast turnover that helps to maintain the freshest cigars. For more information about cigars and smoking accessories, call 888-41-CIGAR or visit


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