"Thanks for your email. I am currently out of the office but will still be very hard at work selling Aviation Gin. For quite a long time, it seems.” That’s the automatic response to anyone who emails Ryan Reynolds at Aviation Gin. Diageo is set to buy the New York-based spirits company Davos Brands, which owns Aviation Gin and Balcones whiskey. The Deal $610 million is not too shabby of an earn-out deal for three years of work. Reynolds became the brand ambassador in 2018. It’s reported he’ll receive an initial payment of $335 million, but there’s potentially another $275 million on the table depending on sales over the next ten years. The Email You have to love the actor’s sense of humor on this. Then again, $610 million would make just about anyone giddy. “I just learned what an ‘earn out’ is… And I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to everyone I told to go f— themselves in the last 24 hours. My lawyers just explained how long it takes to achieve an ‘earn out’… so… turns out I’m not as George Clooney as I thought.” Clooney’s Tequila label Casamigos was also bought by Diageo a [...]

Micallef Cigars Announces Name and Release of the Micallef “A” Honoring the Micallef Ambassadors

Micallef Cigars releases the new Micallef A in partnership with its Ambassadors. The "Micallef A" is the name chosen by the Ambassador Community. The Ambassadors smoked the cigar in a limited release celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Micallef Ambassador community. The cigar sold out in an unprecedented 36 hours and was referred to as the "TBN" or "To be Named." The Micallef A is a 6.75 x 54 Churchill with a Nicaraguan Maduro Wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican Fillers. The cigar is a brick and mortar exclusive. "Brick and Mortars are the backbone of this industry and I want to continue to be a great partner with them." Said Al Micallef when asked about the upcoming release. Micallef Cigars began taking reservations for the cigar after the initial sell out in February. Dan Thompson, president of Micallef Cigars commented "Demand for the Micallef A has been substantial and steady these past six months. Its been popular right from the start, our factory is excited to roll cigars honoring the Ambassadors. Everything in the shipment which arrived from Nicaragua is already pre-reserved for our Brick & Mortar partners. We're humbled by its [...]

Manifatture Sigaro Toscano announces the long-awaited release of the Toscano Duecento cigar in the United States

Not many businesses can enjoy the opportunity to celebrate a 200-year storied tradition. Manifatture Sigaro Toscano did just that in 2018. To celebrate this momentous milestone, MST decided to launch an extraordinary and limited-edition product: the TOSCANO Duecento. The cigar, two hundred millimeters in length, signifies two hundred years of tradition and Italian craftsmanship, wrapped in the smoke spires of a commemorative cigar, embraced and warmed by the skillful burn that only the cigar rollers in MST’s Lucca factory are able to create. After a successful launch in Italy and in Europe in 2018, the cigar became a continuous edition and Manifatture Sigaro Toscano decided to launch this unique product in USA. Each Toscano Duecento is carefully crafted from the hands of the most experienced Cigar Rollers in the Lucca Factory. The cigar is made with an exceptional dimension: a North American Kentucky seed leaf wrapper bolstering a length of 200 mm (7 ¾”) with a 46-ring gauge! The wide belly design consists of a blended medium filler of Italian and North American Kentucky seed Tobacco. This composition affords our enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the “best of [...]


TAMARAC, FL – Gurkha Cigars is re-releasing the grandfathered brand San Miguel as its latest premium cigar. San Miguel marks the third recent offering by Gurkha Cigars that is made with the highly desirable Aganorsa Leaf from Nicaragua. This Nicaraguan puro is also made with Aganorsa’s signature double Nicaraguan binder and includes Nicaraguan filler and Nicaraguan shade grown corojo and will be sold for less than $10 per cigar (not including tobacco state taxes). San Miguel will be available in 20 count boxes in the following three sizes: • Petite Corona (4 ¼ x 42) • Robusto (5 x 52) • Toro (6 x 54) In 2019, Gurkha announced the Gurkha Nicaragua Series and Treinta also made by Aganorsa Leaf and they both have received great reviews. Cigar Snob gave the Nicaragua Series a 92 rating and the Treinta a 90 rating. Cigar and Spirits Magazine ranked Gurkha Nicaragua Series #13 in their top 20 cigars of 2019. For more pictures please visit: Gurkha Cigars are known throughout the world for their premium cigars. The company produces millions of cigars per year that are sold in more than 70 countries worldwide. While Gurkha is known for its exclusivity, [...]

CAO Launches Bones: Full-time collection celebrates dominoes, dice and great times with great Smokes

CAO presents “Bones,” a collection made to celebrate the memories that are made when a great cigar is lit and the games begin. Bones was named after dominoes and dice, the deeds that are best done with a cigar in hand and in the company of friends old or new. CAO’s blender/brand ambassador Rick Rodriguez said, “Bones is about kicking back with your friends with a cold beer in your hand, playing a game, smoking, grilling, talking a little trash, and having the time of your life. And that’s what CAO is about, too. It’s about being yourself, enjoying the people you’re with and not having a care in the world while you’re having your cigar. Most of us need a break right now and Bones is just the cigar for that.” Rick and the Nicaraguan-based CAO blending team set out to make a medium-to-full-bodied smoke that could easily be the topic of conversation or take the backseat during a game night or any smoking occasion with fellow cigar smokers. Rick and the team also developed the blend to complement a wide range of libations that go hand-in-hand with a handmade cigar. Bones features a [...]

Cigar & Spirits Magazine Announces Schedule For The Top 20 Cigars of 2019 Countdown

Lake Forest, CA December 10, 2019 — Lincoln B. Salazar, CEO and Publisher of Cigar & Spirits Magazine announced the upcoming release of the magazine’s Top 20 Cigars of 2019 beginning on Monday, December 16. The countdown will continue through the week, and will appear in the January / February issue featuring Francis Ford Coppola as the cover-interview. “Our tasting panel smoked hundreds of cigars in 2019. The results will reflect the current state of high quality premium cigars available in the industry ,” says Salazar. “Consumers and brands have come to rely on our collective expertise, and we take our position as industry influencers with great responsibility.” Top 20 Cigars of 2019 Cigars # 20-15: Monday, December 16 Cigars # 14-10: Tuesday, December 17 Cigars # 9-5: Wednesday, December 18 Cigars # 4-2: Thursday, December 19 #1 Cigar of the Year 2019: Friday, December 20 You can visit the magazine’s website for subscription information, archived cigar ratings, past interviews and feature articles at About Cigar & Spirits Magazine Cigar & Spirits Magazine is an award-winning publication. The magazine is a respected industry leader and the second largest distributed magazine in its category, ranking in the top 20% in [...]

Alec Bradley Now Shipping the Most Important Fine & Rare Release: HOF / 506

For Immediate Release Alec Bradley Now Shipping the Most Important Fine & Rare Release: HOF / 506 Fine & Rare HOF / 506 is Dedicated to the Life of Alec Bradley Founder’s Father Fort Lauderdale, FL (11/13/2019) Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today announced that the Fine & Rare HOF / 506 is now shipping to tobacconists worldwide. According to Alec Bradley brand owner, Alan Rubin, the Fine & Rare HOF / 506 is the most important of the Fine & Rare releases since its inception. The reason being is that this year’s release pays homage to the life and legacy of Alan’s father, David Rubin, who passed away in late 2018. “My father brought joy to everyone around him,” Alan said. “The only way I knew how to spread joy in his honor was through a cigar that was dedicated to him.” Alan and David worked alongside each other since 1982. The father and son team built a successful fastener business together. After selling the fastener business, Alan went on to start Alec Bradley Cigar Company, as David went into retirement. David’s retirement did not last long, though. David joined Alan again at Alec Bradley. During this time, they both [...]

Royal Agio Releases Limited Edition Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Lancero FT

September 23rd, 2019 (Bradenton, Fla.) – Royal Agio Cigars formally announced today that they are releasing the Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Lancero FT Edición Limitada. This is the second limited production lancero vitola released from Balmoral, which follows previous releases of the original Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT Edición Limitada. A total of 2,650 boxes have been produced for global distribution, with only 500 boxes available for the U.S. The original Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero Flag Tail (FT) Edición Limitada was the first lancero vitola released under the Balmoral brand umbrella, and it quickly became a favorite among premium cigar smokers who prefer lanceros. Balmoral is now releasing its second lancero, this time in a fullerbodied blend, with the Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Lancero FT Edición Limitada. Availability is limited to a total of 2,650 boxes worldwide, with only 500 individually numbered boxes allocated to the U.S. As always, current Balmoral retailers will be given priority for this special, limited production release, with shipments beginning in October. The Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Lancero FT Edición Limitada (7 x 40; MSRP $12.95) is crowned with a sun-grown, stalk-cut Mexican San Andrés wrapper, and blended with a Dominican Olor binder and Nicaraguan, [...]

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