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Saturday, 04 August 2012

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lleadditThis is a big week for cigar makers and retailers, since the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers is happening August 2-6 in Orlando. That means we’ll be hearing about plenty of new products and the latest on some old favorites.




Mike Ditka Signs with Camacho Cigars

Hall of Fame football player and coach Mike Ditka will be lending his famous name to a new line of cigars from Camacho. In his long career, the 72-year-old Ditka has played for or coached the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.



Camacho’s head of marketing Dylan Austin expressed his feelings about having Ditka associated with the brand. “Ditka is an absolute legend and I cannot express the excitement felt about this new partnership. Coach truly embodies the bold and outspoken spirit of our brand and it’s great to have him as an ambassador and partner moving forward.”

This partnership means that Camacho, a part of the Oettinger Davidoff Group, will be developing a new line of cigars bearing the Ditka name, which will be manufactured at the Tabacos Rancho Jamastran in Honduras. The first cigar in the Ditka line should hit the market later this year, with others to follow in 2013.

Ditka will make his first appearance for the brand at this week’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers show in Orlando, FL, as part of the Davidoff Golden Band Awards.

Longtime cigar lover Ditka thinks this is a perfect fit. “If I am going to put my name on something, it’s gotta be the best. The product and the package are outstanding. I am really looking forward to this relationship.”

Graycliff Introduces Two New Blends

The Graycliff Cigar Company has lots of big news to announce at this week’s IPCPR convention, like launching a pair of blends and showing off a new production facility in the Bahamas.



In a statement, Graycliff president Paolo Garzaroli revealed, “We’ve created two new blends at different spectrums of the market so that we can satisfy both the connoisseur and the novice cigar aficionado. And now that we’ve brought back distribution to our G. Distributors we’ll be able to control the distribution and protect our brick and mortar retail partners.”

The first of the new blends is the Graycliff Silver, aimed at the true cigar aficionado. This limited edition cigar is elegantly packaged in a silver bullion vault that holds 24 cigars and includes a certificate of authenticity. The tobacco is aged for at least five years and hand-blended for a perfect balance of flavor and body strength.

The Graycliff Silver cigar will be available in the 52 x 6” Pirate and the 54 x 6” “54.” Both are expected to ship next month.

For the novice cigar smoker, there’s the B-cuz, a new Graycliff blend that combines medium strength and smooth flavor with a hint of real Bahamian spice. Offered at a lower price point, the B-cuz blends tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua, encased in an Indonesian binder and wrapper from Ecuador.

The B-cuz comes in a bright orange box holding 21 cigars, and is available in the 52 x 6” Torpedo for $7.95 per box or the 54 x 6” Triple Robusto at $7.50 per box. The B-cuz will go on sale August 15.

That’s not all the news from Graycliff, since earlier this year, the company moved into expanded quarters within the gardens of the Graycliff Hotel property that include a spacious smoking lounge.

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