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Monday, 30 December 2013

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Also making a March debut were three new cigars from Montecristo, all handmade in the Dominican Republic. The Montecristo Classic No. 2 Belicoso is a 5½” by 14 cm with a ring gauge of 52, the Montecristo Habanito is a smaller, milder stick, while the top-of-the-line Montecristo Platinum Churchill Tubo is a 7” x 47 cigar made for the smoker who enjoys a long, leisurely smoke.


In the same month, Ashton Classics introduced three new cigars, the medium-to-mild Ashton Classic Corona, the medium-to-mild Ashton Classic Magnum and the full-bodied Ashton Classic Churchill. All sell for $7-$8 each.

In April, the folks at Swishers Sweets decided to class up their act by adding a line of premium cigars. Swisher’s Royal Gold Cigars were test marketed in April and made their national debut at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Annual Convention & International Trade Show in Las Vegas in July.

In November, another product related to the hit A&E TV show “Duck Dynasty” hit the market. The Official Duck Commander cigar is a 6 x 50 Toro filled with a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano, Dominican Habano, Dominican Criollo 98 and U.S. broadleaf tobaccos, all encased in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Unlike other “Duck Dynasty” merchandise, you can’t buy the Duck Commander cigar at your local Walmart or Cracker Barrel store, but you can get them starting at $10 each from


In December, just in time for holiday giving, rap mogul Jay-Z launched his Comador Cigar line, crafted from Connecticut broadleaf tobacco with a Connecticut Havana wrapper. The smokes are advertised as being “made by the master blenders of Cohiba” in Dominican Republic. After being grown on a private farm in Connecticut, the leaves are transported to the Dominican Republic for four years of aging followed by a year of finishing in Dominican rum barrels and six months of resting in a cedar lined room.


After all that preparation, it’s not surprising that Comadoers don’t come cheap. The brand’s website is selling a box of seven cigar for $210 and a travel cylinder also holding seven sticks for $350. At Barney’s you can get 21 Comador cigars, a small travel case and a humidor for a cool $1,000.


Hey, that’s how Jay-Z rolls—he brought along a professional cigar roller on his tour with Justin Timberlake this summer to create a “gentleman’s club” backstage for special fans and friends. He described the “Legends of the Summer” outing as a “tour where there's going to be a lot of whisky and cigars.” Sounds like the tour of the year to us!

Have a fun-filled New Year’s Eve and a very Happy New Year!

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