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Written by Kevin Godbee

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

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When one thinks of cigar producing countries, the places that come to mind are usually; Cuba (illegal in the US), the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. Now new brands entering the market are expanding the scope of Latin American countries exporting cigars to the US.

We recently reported on a new line of Colombian cigars named Colombian Gold by Bravo Cigars. Now we have new cigars from Panama named Joyas de Panama. (We will be publishing reviews on both of these next month.) Joyas de Panama had limited availability in the US market in 2004 - 2006. Now they are being re-introduced with a new distributor.

Last fall, BCB Design brought Joyas de Panama cigars to Europe, and they are now introducing them to the U.S. Panama has a rich history of cigar manufacturing for over 100 years. Miriam Padilla and her sons run a factory in the small town of La Pintada, nestled in the foothills of the Continental Divide. Miriam has been making cigars for over 26 years. Stepping into her factory is like stepping back in time. Simple wood desks line in rows, stacks of cigar forms, presses and dried tobacco await the skilled hands of each roller.

Joyas de Panama will initially come in five classic varieties such as; Churchill, Especial #1, Torpedo, Robusto and Coronita. The cigars are 100% puros, all Panamanian product of the same blend. These quality artisan products are made of organic Cuban seed tobacco. The cigars are constructed of a long filler with Sumatran wrapper. They are mild to medium in flavor, with a smooth, even draw.

The leaves are hand selected and examined for quality assurance. No chemicals, pesticides or machines are used in the growing or production of this sustainable product. The mid-range price point of this selection is a notable value, retailing between $6 - $8. The cigars are offered in bundles or boxes of 25.

The tobacco is grown in the Chiriqui province of Panama, a lush region well known for it's agricultural products, from internationally award winning coffees to varied tropical flowers. The rich volcanic soil and shade canopy give the tobacco it's Colorado Maduro color and smooth, rich flavor. The consistent tropical climate of Panama has been a prime location for cigar production, much like her neighbors, Cuba, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Due to political problems in the past, Panama and it's diverse products have been kept in the shadows, until recently. The world is just now rediscovering this tiny country, for business, tourism, and beauty. Panama now boasts the fastest growing and stable economy in Central America.

Joyas de Panama Cigars

Joyas de Panama cigars are available for sale in the U.S. at the following retail locations.

Michigan

Hayes Market
22580 Telegraph Rd.
Southfield, MI 48034
248.352.2216

Ohio

The Cigar Affair
323 Conant St.
Maumee, OH 43537
419.891.0109
www.thecigaraffair.com

Oregon

Cannon Beach Liquor Store
P.O. Box 566
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
503.436.2558

Cedar Mill Liquor Store
13571 NW Cornell Rd.
Portland, OR 97225
503.626.2611

Gearhart Golf Links
1157 N. Marion
Gearhart, OR 97138
503.738.3538

Hollywood Liquor Store
3738 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
503.284.0987

Hyland Hills Liquor Store
14334 SW Allen Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
503.644.2235
www.hylandhillsliquor.com

Jim Wise Golf Club
Rogue Valley Country Club
2660 Hillcrest Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

Langdon Farms Golf Club
24377 NE Airport Road
Aurora, OR 97002
503.678.3262

McMinnville Liquor
1270 NE Baker St.
McMinnville, OR 97128
503.472.2841

News & Smokes #15
1175 Court St.
Medford, OR 97501
541.774.9271

News & Smokes #8
259-C Barnett Rd.
Medford, OR 97501

Pendleton Mixer & Cigar
237 SW Emigrant
Pendleton, OR 97801
541.276.1202

Progress Liquor Store
8616 SW Hall Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97008
503.646.2875

Rick's Smoke Shop
2209 Madison St.
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
541.884.0719

Shadow Hills Country Club
92512 River Road
Junction City, OR 97448
541.998.8441

The Liquor & Cigar Store
1125 Alabama Ave.
Bandon, OR 97401
541.347.2106

The Liquor Store
38755 Pioneer Blvd.
Sandy, OR 97055
503.668.4447

The Old Mill Martini Bar
360 Powerhouse Road #210
Bend, OR 97702
541.585.1101

Tualatin Country Club
P.O. Box 277
Tualatin, OR 97062
503.692.4620

Wanker's Country Store
19995 SW Stafford Rd.
West Linn, OR 97068
503.638.0606

West Linn Liquor Store
19335 SW Willamette Dr.
West Linn, OR 97068

West Moreland Liquor Store
7207 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
503.235.3635

Texas

The Smoke Ring - Clear Lake
17050 Hwy 3
Webster, TX 77598
281.332.9871
www.smokeringcigars.com

For all inquiries buyers can contact:
BCB Design
316 NE Thompson St.
Portland, OR 97212

Julie Colosso
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503.267.7111

Hans Olaf Wilson
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503.467.8167
www.bcbdesign.ch
 




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