FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claudio Sgroi President & Master Blender E:


Cosecha 2014 is the latest release from the successful yearly limited edition Cosecha line in the market since 2012. GRANADA, NICARAGUA. – (June 18th, 2019). Mombacho Cigars S.A. announced today that the highly anticipated Cosecha 2014 is shipping worldwide. Cosecha 2014 is a vintage Nicaraguan puro and will be available at select cigar retailers in the near future. The cigars will be distributed to retailers around the globe once they reach the warehouses Mombacho uses to serve its international markets. “True vintage is almost impossible to find in the cigar industry and we have created a cigar that showcases the best of Nicaraguan tobaccos with Cosecha. Cosecha 2012 was great and Cosecha 2013 was even better, Cosecha 2014 will surprise the aficionados once again.” said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars. “Cosecha is a project that has been in my heart since the day I started working with Mombacho and I am thrilled to share it with all of you now” added Sgroi. The Spanish word “Cosecha” translates to “harvest” in English and is the perfect name to convey the genuine vintage nature of the Cosecha line. The Cosecha 2014 is the third release of this limited vintage line and features Nicaraguan tobaccos harvested in 2014. The cigars have been in the aging room at Casa Favilli, Mombacho’s state-of-the-art factory in Granada, since early 2016. Currently, Cosecha 2015 cigars have already been rolled and are resting in the aging room at Casa Favilli and Cosecha 2017 will be soon in production until ready for distribution in 2022. Cosecha 2014 is a 6 x 52 toro with a pigtail cap and is available in 10-count boxes with an MSRP of $21.95 per cigar. A total of 750 boxes were produced and they will be shown at the IPCPR in Las Vegas at the booth #2867. ABOUT MOMBACHO CIGARS Mombacho Cigars S.A. is a “totally made by hand” cigar company established in 2006 that entered the US market in 2013. The international interest in Mombacho has grown rapidly and Mombacho cigars are now available in 15 countries around the world. Mombacho produces all of its cigars at its state-of-theart factory Casa Favilli, in Granada, Nicaragua.

For more information please contact Claudio Sgroi, President & Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars, at – 30 – | f/t/i: @MombachoCigars

The tricky topic of “pairings”

One of the most common things I get asked when I ask about new content and things people would like to see more of is pairings. Cigars and spirits, cigars and wine, cigars and foods, etc. This is not only one of the most requested topics but it is by far the hardest topic to do. Simply by the sheer numbers of combinations that are available to us I would venture to say would be in the billions. Which, when you consider it, is a very good problem to have! If we only had 5 cigars and 10 spirits to pick from, it would be no problem.

I will be the first to admit that the topic is one that really appeals to me as I love to try new things but the overwhelming number of options make it a challenge I am not sure I want to tackle. Not only that, it is also highly subjective. Much like cigar reviews, it comes down to each individual. You may find certain flavors and notes that I simply just don’t get. Lord knows I read reviews and wonder what the hell is this person smoking because I have never gotten Lucky Charms Marshmellows covered in Dr. Pepper in my cigar profile…ever. Not even smoking an Acid.

My other thought about this topic is that I am honest enough to admit that my palate is not well rounded enough, IMO, to do the topic a lot of justice. Not saying that I wouldn’t be willing to give it a shot but just know that it may not be of much value. Again, a super subjective topic. I have done bourbon tastings and cigar tastings with friends and rarely to we all agree on the notes and flavors. While we may find some common undertones and primary notes, the subtle differences varies greatly across the group.

Another thing to consider with pairings is your own personal range and likes. As someone with a heavy palate that really enjoys medium rare steaks, red wine, bourbon and maduro cigars as my go to options I am going to have a real challenge doing pairings on things like Connecticut’s with white wine, beer or vodka. While those may make for some absolute dynamic pairings, I am not sure I would be able to enjoy them.

I have a ton of respect for people like James Brown of Black Label Trading Company and Black Works Studio that was heavy in the wine industry and has trained his palate as a sommelier. I believe this is what makes him so successful as a cigar blender. That is someone who I think would provide some serious pairing options because of his experience.

Another thing that plays a HUGE factor in creating perfect pairings has nothing at all to do with taste. It has everything to do with experiences. I can remember one of my most favorable pairings was something I rarely even drink and when I do, the first few sips are terrible. I was at a work conference in Scottsdale, AZ with my now current boss (we had just met for the first time) and he found out I was a cigar guy. He was a scotch guy. I am not. I am a bourbon fan but scotch has not been favorable to me. I gave him a cigar and he purchased us a Lagavulin. For those that know, or don’t, this is like drinking campfire smoke from the heavy peat. Drinking it now, it takes me a few sips to ease into it and I wonder what the hell was so different about it from what I remembered. What I remembered was that drink, in AZ, paired with a Padron 1964 maduro and the atmosphere and conversation was one of the best experiences I have had, making it one of the most memorable pairings in my recollection.

To sort of wrap this up a bit, my suggestion is to try different things, take notes on each. Write down pros/cons, likes/dislikes of the cigar you are smoking and whatever you are pairing it with. As you experiment I think you will find trends and patterns in the flavors and profiles of things you like and you don’t. If you have a cigar that you absolutely love and a wine or spirit that you absolutely love, try pairing them if you don’t already. I have done that in the past and have been really disappointed in the findings. Sometimes the flavor combinations actually overpower or work against each other. Once you have put together a solid list of 5 or so choices, switch them up. Try a cigar you had more pros than cons and pair them with a drink you maybe had more cons that pros and see if anything changes. It’s a super challenging and fun thing to do. Keep making tweaks and changes to your pairings until you lock one down that you absolutely enjoy. Then start all over. Lol. That is the game and that is what makes it such a fun and interesting topic, Variety is the spice of life and we are blessed to be able to sample so many different things. Stop smoking the same cigars you always have, stop being the “I’m a XYZ man/woman, I only drink this or smoke that”. Life is too short to be narrow minded. If you have some favorite pairings, please feel free to comment and share.

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BLTC revamps its core lineup

PRESS RELEASE – Black Label Trading Co. PRESS RELEASE June 17, 2019 —

Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) will be debuting new artwork and packaging for its core-line at this year’s IPCPR in Las Vegas. Visit Booth #2463 to see the display. Royalty, Salvation, Lawless and Last Rites have each been given unique artwork designed by James Brown, creator of BLTC. These cigars are part of the original core-line that BLTC launched in 2013. Benediction was also part of the original core-line but will be replaced with Porcelain to complete the spectrum of BLTC’s five core-line cigars. New Packaging will begin shipping after IPCPR. “I’m very excited for the re-boot of the BLTC Core Line. Black Label is celebrating its six year anniversary and it was time to change things up a bit. I believe every cigar has it’s own personality and tells a story. I wanted to give our core products the chance to tell that story through unique artwork for each line. It was also time to tweak the blends a bit. The blends didn’t change, I just played with different proportions of the original tobaccos creating a new, unique version of the cigars,” said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. “Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a less is more philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality at their own factory in Nicaragua.” Visit BLTC Booth #2463 at this year’s IPCPR 2019 to place your orders.

Protocol Sir Robert Peel Announced

Pennsylvania (Monday June 17, 2019) —

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Sir Robert Peel as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Cigars will be offered in a natural & maduro format. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel is produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigars will be available in a 6 x 52 box press format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $119.50 per box. The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper covering Nicaraguan binder and fillers.

The second blend utilizes the same filler but a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf wrapper. The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Sir Robert Peel is regarded as the father of modern day policing. Cubariqueño Cigar Co  again pays homage to the profession of its owners Bill Ives & Juan Cancel who are police officers. We left no stone unturned for this release. Both cigars are smoking phenomenal and we took the packing up to the next level stated Juan Cancel. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda as a new size & regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Official Misconduct will continue to be produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. This second size in the line – Corona Gorda – will be available in a 5 5/8 X 46 format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $99.40 per box. The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder as well as filler tobaccos hailing from both the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. offered a select amount of boxes at our 4 Year Anniversary Party on June 1st to our loyal supporters attending the event. The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Protocol Themis Corona Gorda Release

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Themis Corona Gorda as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The cigar was originally introduced as a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive on September 8, 2018. The cigars will continue to be produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Themis Corona Gorda will be available in a 5 5/8 X 46 format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $99.40 per box. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. & Famous Smoke Shop have had a great relationship and success with this line and are excited to offer this cigar to all of our retail partners. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Claudio Sgroi President & Master Blender E:

MOMBACHO CIGARS ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF A EUROPEAN WAREHOUSE IN GERMANY Mombacho Cigars S.A. to serve the European market through a warehouse in Germany in collaboration with PasionPuro GmbH & Co. KG GRANADA, NICARAGUA. – (June ……, 2019). Mombacho Cigars S.A. announced today that it will start serving the European market through a warehouse based in Dusseldorf, Germany. “In the last two years we saw a tremendous growth in Europe and now, with the support of PasionPuro’s team, we have a bonded warehouse in Germany to better serve our European partners in their respective markets. We’ll be able to ship cigars to the countries where we already have a presence and the new ones opening soon, faster and with a lower cost of shipment”, said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars. “We strongly believe, that boutique manufacturers with high market potential are getting faster and more efficient distribution within the European Union (EU) by using a warehouse in the union territory. Sure there is still paperwork to do, but comparing to an import from Nicaragua, it is much faster and cost effective to get Mombacho within the EU. The European market is fragmented into 28 different countries, each with their own laws and regulations, besides the EU Big 5 (UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy); there are 23 smaller markets. To be able now to ship from one EU-warehouse to another EU-warehouse easily, makes it more attractive for smaller distributors to take Mombacho into their market”, said Tuan Hung Ma, owner and CEO of PasionPuro. The new warehouse will receive the first shipment before the end of June 2019. Mombacho Cigars are already distributed in Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Italy; the company plans to open Spain, Belgium, and Luxembourg before the end of 2019. Mombacho will welcome US retailers at the IPCPR in Las Vegas at the booth #2867 and both Mombacho & PasionPuro will be present to welcome every European distributor at booth E.30, Hall 4, at Intertabac in Dortmund. ABOUT MOMBACHO CIGARS Mombacho Cigars S.A. is a “totally made by hand” cigar company established in 2006 that entered the US market in 2013. The international interest in Mombacho has grown rapidly and Mombacho Cigars are now available in 14 countries around the world. Mombacho produces all of its cigars at its factory in Granada, Casa Favilli, where over 30 members of the Mombacho Family work. For more information contact Claudio Sgroi, President & Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars, at – 30 – | f/i: @MombachoCigars

Stolen Throne Interview with Lee and JR

I am pretty happy to land the first interview with owners Lee and JR of the newly launched Stolen Throne cigar brand. Their official launch was June 1 and they are currently available at Be sure to check them out! Let’s get a little more info about them and the brand shall we?

So tell us a little bit about yourself/selves. (Background, occupation, hobbies, interest, etc.)

JR: My background is in Supply Chain Management. My wife and I are fans and supporters of the Old Dominion University sports programs. My partner and I are also avid fans and season ticket holders of the Baltimore Ravens. Other than cigars, I really enjoy traveling to other countries.

Lee: I kind of been all over the place. I have lived and traveled all over the world. I am currently in the IT/Project Management field. Like JR, I am an avid sports fan from Baltimore, MD so I love my Ravens and Orioles.

How long have you been into cigars?

JR: I’ve been into cigars for over 20 years. I remember sitting with my brother in-law after work and enjoying a cigar with a brew or two.

Lee: JR is much MUCH older than me lol. But I have been into cigars for a decade or so. I fell in love with the different tobaccos and how flavors marry and really what the smoking experience is. Time spent with family and friends connecting, that’s meaningful. Think about it, when you smoke a cigar, you are most likely at peace.

What made you decide to start your own brand?

JR: My partner, Lee and I would talk about starting our own company when we worked together. I remember how we’d stress the need for a quality, ready to smoke boutique. We wanted a brand that quality was never compromised. And that our passion was reflected in each cigar.

Lee: JR really hit it on the head. As our palates developed along with our passion for tobacco the desire to create something different really started building and never really subsided.

Walk us through the process if you will.

Lee: It was a pretty simple process albeit time consuming lol. Basically once we decided who we wanted to work with we hit the ground running. Sampling tons and tons of tobacco, prototyping, tweaking, so on and so forth. It was the naming of the company and all the red tape and administrative stuff that was cumbersome and difficult.

Tell us about the brand. Does the name have a story behind it? How did you pick a factory to work with?

Lee: It’s a funny story actually. As we have said this has been years in the making. Well someone in the industry, who we won’t name didn’t take too kindly to the idea of JR and I venturing into the business. They made some off color comments to the effect of “there is no seat for you at the table.” Well, me being me I responded with choice words and ended with “I’ll steal one…” Stolen Throne was born. LOL

Working with Noel Rojas has to be a pretty cool experience. Care to discuss that a bit?

Lee: Noel has been great. I can’t say enough about him. He really let us loose and control the blending process which was really important to me. He has so much knowledge and lessons learned to share. We have just clicked and I can’t really envision Stolen Throne being produced with someone else.

Let’s talk about the cigars. (Blends if you want to disclose or not is fine, sizes, price point, etc.)

Lee: The Crook of the Crown is our baby lol. It’s a 10 year aged San Andres Maduro wrapper over Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

What can people expect from the blends?

JR: Crook of the Crown is a full-bodied, medium plus strength smoke that offers strong espresso notes balanced with some black pepper spice and rounded out by a subtle sweetness from that beautiful well aged wrapper.

The artwork is really cool. Any story behind the names or artwork?

JR: Coming up with a name was arduous process. We came up with numerous names, but none was appealing. Finally, Lee floated the names Stolen Throne and Crook of the Crown. Perfection doesn’t come easily, lol

Lee: The artwork is all JR. He actually sketched it up on a napkin while we were smoking and a few bourbons deep I believe. lol

Where can they be purchased?

We are happy to announce that Crook of the Crown can be purchased from Cigar Federation!

What can we expect over the next few months?

We have already started on future projects, but our major focus is to continue to get the Crook into the hands of the people.

Anything else you want to add?

We just want to thank everyone for the support as we start this journey, the feedback has been excellent! Thank you Scott for giving us a voice.

Thanks for taking the time to do this. We look forward to watching this journey and experience these cigars. Best of luck to you!

Stolen Throne cigars can be purchased at

Dissident Press Release

Press Release:

Dissident Debuting Limited Release

Home at IPCPR 2019

June 5 th , 2019 – Dissident Debuting Limited Release Home at IPCPR 2019

Dissident will be releasing Home, a limited production cigar at IPCPR 2019.

Home, which is produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra, is a full bodied, full flavor

cigar that highlights an Ecuador Maduro wrapper with a Corojo spiral. Home

utilizes an Ecuador binder and Nicaragua filler. All filler tobacco is 100

percent grown in Esteli. Home will be released in a Box Press Toro and come

in a 20 count box. Ben Holt, owner of Dissident, stated, “In the process of

blending this cigar I really tried to focus on what the name Home meant to

me in the context of cigars. I kept reflecting back on how much I love Esteli

tobacco and the first time I spent at Fabrica Oveja Negra. Fabrica Oveja

Negra creates fantastic artisan cigars and it instantly became a no brainer

for me to highlight these tobaccos in this way. I’m very proud of this cigar

and how it brings out the flavor that I feel is the taste of Esteli.”

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro & Corojo

Binder: Ecuador

Filler: Nicaragua

Box Press Toro – 6 x 54 (20 count) MSRP $14.00

Dissident will be present in Booth 2463 at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show.

For more information contact

Jane Doe to be released…

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Jane Doe, a follow up to the quick selling John Doe. The John Doe is now a unicorn. John and Jane Doe are the names given to unidentified persons. Males are given John Doe and females are given Jane Doe. The cigars are packaged in 10 count white paper bundles and no information is known on the blend. This project is a Limited Edition with undisclosed amount of bundles, they will be available after party if any are left over. The authorities are asking the public’s help in identifying our Jane Doe. The pricing is set at $99.00 per bundle. The cigars will be available first to those attending Cubariqueño Cigar Co. 4 Year Anniversary Party this coming Saturday, June 1, 2019 at a special discount rate. The cigars were produced at LaZona in Estelí, Nicaragua. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again hold its Anniversary Party at the Holiday Inn, Clinton NJ at 2pm. All that contributed to the success of the company are invited to attend. 

Size- 6×52 Toro Box Press

Wrapper- Unknown 

Binder- Unknown 

Filler- Unknown



March 14, 2019



On April 1, Smokers Abbey, a Nashville-based retail tobacconist, will debut a new Limited Edition cigar, “Sanctuary,” created exclusively for the boutique-centric retailer by Crowned Heads.

Produced at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., the factory behind Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Cigar of the Year 2018’ (EPC Encore Majestic), ‘Sanctuary’ is a 5 1/2″ x 52 trunk-pressed Genios vitola that features an Ecuadorian (Sumatra) wrapper and all-Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Total production of Sanctuary is limited to 333 12-count boxes. “We’ve been amazed to witness the rapid rise of The Abbey since they began from square one five plus years ago,” commented Crowned Heads co-owner/founder, Jon Huber. “We’ve always had a mutually supportive local relationship and it’s really been a labor of love to create a shop exclusive for them. ‘Sanctuary’ have been aged for over fourteen months, and they are truly a special smoke for a special tobacconist.”

‘Sanctuary’ single cigars will be available for $11.99 and boxes will be priced at $129.99

Box reservations are currently being accepted by contacting Smokers Abbey at (615) 678-8458, via email at, or online at

Founded in 2013 by Joshua Stump, Smokers Abbey is located in the heart of East Nashville. The Abbey was born from Josh’s passion for cigars and his desire to build community and fellowship among people. The Abbey has successfully carved a national reputation as a go to source for some of the most sought-after and hard-to-find boutique cigars on the market, as well as a place where all are welcome to come “Find Rest for Your Soul.”


Protocol Night Stick Announced

Cigar Dojo & Cubariqueño Announce Second Collaboration with Protocol Night Stick

DENVER, CO (Friday, March 15, 2019) —— Cigar Dojo, the first and
largest social cigar app, and Cubariqueño Cigar Company, a rapidly growing favorite in the craft cigar industry, have collaborated for the second time, introducing the Protocol Night Stick—a swift and just assault on the palates of die-hard cigar enthusiasts.

Following in the footsteps of 2018’s Hit Release: Protocol K9—a limited
edition project that proved to be among Cigar Dojo’s most acclaimed and fastest selling cigar collaborations—the two community-focused companies have combined talents once more, now upping the ante with a 6½” x 54 toro gordo; a
commanding cigar truly befitting its “Night Stick” title.

With Protocol Night Stick, members of both Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño
worked in collaboration with Espinosa Premium Cigars’ director of operations, Héctor J. Alfonso, Sr., to design the Nicaraguan-based blend. Like all Protocol cigars, the Night Stick caters towards Nicaraguan tobaccos and vibrant flavors. This begins with a filler recipe selected from Nicaragua’s uppermost Condega and Jalapa growing regions, giving the blend an approachable sweetness. This blend is bound in a Nicaraguan leaf and finalized in a highly specific Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper, imparting deep levels of stone fruit and cinnamon to the flavor-forward profile of the Protocol Night Stick.

Juan Cancel, co-owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co., notes, “We wanted to
follow up the extraordinarily successful Protocol K9 with something special for the Cigar Dojo community! We wanted the Dojo Nation to have a very memorable cigar experience, so we blended this beauty especially with them in mind! We hope you guys enjoy the Night Stick
as much as we do; I actually love it and am sad that it will not be a regular-production cigar. I made myself a few extra because I know they are going to sell out fast!”

As the Night Stick’s predecessor was extremely short-lived on the retail shelves of Pennsylvania-based Famous Smoke Shop (completely selling out in a matter of 2 hours), Protocol Night Stick has increased production to 500 limited-edition bundles of 10 cigars (compared to only 300 bundles for Protocol K9). With a completely new blend and size, Night Stick showcases custom-designed artwork as well, adding to the atypical series of police-themed projects from Cubariqueño and Cigar Dojo. Like the K9, Night Stick is being offered exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop, including an in-store sale (accompanied by a release-party with members of Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño), as well as online orders through

Cigar Dojo owner Eric “Master Sensei” Guttormson commented, “The
release party, the amazing cigar, working with Juan, Bill, and Kevin—the Night Stick is EPIC in every facet, so get ready for another instant classic.”

With Cubariqueño co-owners Juan Cancel and Bill Ives being among the
first influential members of Cigar Dojo’s app upon its debut in 2012 (including a Dojo Hall-of-Fame induction in 2014), the two companies have shared a tight-knit bond and common core beliefs; this has
allowed for highly engaging collaborations such as the Protocol K9 and now the Protocol Night Stick!

“Juan and I have been involved with the Cigar Dojo community since
2012,” adds Bill Ives, co-owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co. “Being able
to work with Eric and blend a second Dojo cigar after the K9 hit is an honor.”

The Protocol Night Stick Release Party will be held at the Famous Smoke Shop and accompanying Leaf Cigar Bar, located in Easton, PA. The event will begin simultaneously with the cigar’s release on April 5th at 12pm (Eastern Time).

Protocol Night Stick Breakdown

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Jalapa)
Factory: La Zona
Production: Limited Edition (500 bundles of 10 cigars)
Packaging: 10-ct Bundles
Vitola: 6½” x 54 “Attitude Adjuster”
Price: $89.99 ($9/cigar)
Release: April 5, 2019 | 12pm (EDT)
Retailer: Famous Smoke Shop