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, [...]

Cigar & Spirits Magazine Releases its September / October Issue Featuring Cover-Interview Michael Strahan

For Immediate ReleaseCigar & Spirits Magazine Releases its September / October Issue Featuring Cover-Interview Michael StrahanLake Forest, CA August 30, 2019 — Lincoln B. Salazar, CEO and Publisher of Cigar & Spirits Magazine announced the release of the magazine’s September / October issue featuring Michael Strahan as the celebrity cover interview.“We are honored to have Mr. Strahan grace the cover and pages of our magazine,” says Salazar. “He’s a man who’s quickly becoming one of the great media stars of our generation. Most importantly, he inhabits the very essence of our magazine as a true gentleman who possesses an appreciation of the premium lifestyle.”Cigar & Spirits Magazine offers some of the finest lifestyle articles and photos in the cigar and spirits world today.Some highlights from the September / October issue include:⦁ 2019 NFL Preview With ESPN’s Dianna Russini⦁ The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Experience⦁ Make Every Moment Count With Short Cuban Smokes⦁ Fall Style Groove—Suiting Up for Cooler Weather⦁ The Kentucky Bourbon Trail—A Bucket List Must for Bourbon Brand Fans⦁ Cody Rhodes–Wrestling Scion Makes the Scene With American Rebel Cigars⦁ Behind the Leaf—Jonathan Drew and Company Celebrate 20 Years of ACID Cigars⦁ Perfecto Pairings to Expand Your Palate⦁ Fall [...]


Donated Equipment Will Help to Replace Animals in Respiratory Toxicity Testing Gaithersburg, Md. – The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd., Imperial Brands PLC, Altria Client Services (ALCS), British American Tobacco (BAT) PLC, and Philip Morris International Inc have joined together to donate equipment that can help to replace the use of animals in respiratory testing with more human-relevant, non-animal test methods. The equipment – worth $110,000 and manufactured by Germany-based VITROCELL Systems – was donated to the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a non-profit laboratory in Gaithersburg that conducts animal-free testing. It will be used in the IIVS in vitro respiratory toxicology laboratory, which helps companies assess the effects of tobacco, nicotine, and other aerosols on the human respiratory tract. Results from these tests will also help to show regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration, that non-animal methods are accurate and effective and can be used instead of tests on animals. PETA International Science Consortium purchased the VC-1 in 2017. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Amy Clippinger, president of the Science Consortium. This donation follows the Science Consortium’s gift of five VITROCELL in vitro exposure systems to laboratories around the world. “This latest donation takes us [...]


For release: CONTACT Rachel McKnett Kretek International Ventura Cigar is Rolling into the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Michael Giannini to Host rolling event at this year’s Festivities August 2019 – Bringing their signature unconventional approach to their cigars, Ventura Cigar Company will be hosting a cigar rolling event at this year’s Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival. Held on August 24, 2019 in Broomfield, Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Cigar festival brings together aficionados of spirits, cigars, wines, and food, with a full day of sampling, music, games, and activities. It’s an ideal setting for Ventura Cigar Company to showcase products with attendees, but they’ve decided to take it to the next level by holding a rolling event to share the craft behind their blends. Led by Michael Giannini, industry icon and General Manager for Ventura Cigar Company, the rolling event is expected to draw several hundred people, offering a hands-on approach to cigars. Guests of the rolling event will be treated to a VIP experience, as they roll their own Axis Mundi cigars, a popular blend from Ventura Cigar Company’s popular Archetype brand. “Sometimes, to really appreciate the experience, you have to get your hands dirty,” says Giannini. “It’s not enough [...]

Cigar & Spirits Magazine Featured on Fox Sports-Premier Boxing Champions Manny Pacquiao Pay Per View Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Irvine, CA July 22, 2019 Cigar & Spirits Magazine Cigar & Spirits Magazine Featured on Fox Sports-Premier Boxing Champions Manny Pacquiao Pay Per View Event This past Saturday, July 20th, during a live broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Cigar & Spirits Magazine was showcased during one of the year’s most highly anticipated sports television events. Analysts Kenny Albert and Shawn Porter revealed that Lennox Lewis is the current cover-interview of the magazine’s July-August issue. The two announcers complimented Lennox Lewis on his association with the magazine and displayed the eye-catching cover and inside feature article on-air to fight fans the world over. The bouts in Las Vegas were attended by over 14,000 fight fans and had a million plus pay per view audience. Cigar & Spirits Magazine CEO and Publisher Lincoln Salazar said, “We’re so pleased to have featured Lennox Lewis in the July-August issue. This collaboration brought together the boxing world, our print readership and social media followers in a big way. Lennox Lewis is a gentleman and a true champion. It’s inspiring to see Fox Sports Premier Boxing Champions bring boxing back to the masses.” The main event saw Manny [...]

Royal Agio Releases Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua

June 11 th, 2019 (Bradenton, Fla.) – Royal Agio Cigars USA announced today that they will be expanding the Balmoral Añejo XO lineup with the release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua. The new release will be displayed in the Royal Agio booth (Booth #3638) at the 2019 IPCPR Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. The release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua further rounds out the lineup for Balmoral Añejo XO that currently includes Añejo XO (Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper), Añejo XO Connecticut and Añejo XO Oscuro (Mexican San Andrés wrapper). Once again, this new blend aligns directly with the blending philosophy of the Balmoral Añejo XO brand, which is about consistently delivering the optimal balance of sophisticated complexity and smoothness. Each meticulously crafted, extensively aged cigar blend is the result of a relentless curiosity and global search for the top 5% of select premium tobaccos available, including the exclusive, signature Brazilian Mata Norte, that combine to accentuate flavor notes with an underlying natural sweetness. When asked about the new Añejo XO Nicaragua blend, Boris Wintermans, 4th Generation CEO of Royal Agio Cigars stated, “The new Añejo XO Nicaragua is a special blend that has been in development for quite some time because, [...]

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