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Drew Estate and Royal Gold Cigars Announce NIRVANA

Miami, FL, February 5, 2014: Royal Gold Cigars has partnered with renowned cigar manufacturer Drew Estate for their latest premium, hand-rolled cigar release, NIRVANA CAMEROON SELECTION. The new cigar features a luscious, light-brown, Rosado wrapper grown in the Eastern province of Cameroon, Africa.

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The wrapper is grown by small farmers who, when it’s time to cure the tobacco, clear an area of land and construct a rustic curing barn. This completely natural process translates into a leaf almost devoid of disease and also produces some of the best tasting Cameroon leaf in the world. The origin of the Cameroon seed varietal is Sumatra Indonesia, which has been grown in Africa for over 60 years. The balance of the blend consists of fillers from Nicaragua, specifically Jalapa and Estelí, along with a portion from the Jamastran region of Honduras. The binder is San Andreas tobacco from Mexico. When reached for comment, Drew Estate co-founder Marvin Samel responded from their Miami office stating that, “the beauty behind the Nirvana blend is the combination of Cameroon wrapper and Nicaraguan filler leaves. Cameroon leaf is from Africa and is known for its sweetness and a natural sweet spice taste. Blending the strength, body, and richness of the Nicaraguan tobacco with the Cameroon allows a nuanced & layered depth to really come through. This is not an old fashioned mild Cammy. Quite the contrary.”

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45 years of the Nicaraguan cigar industry celebrated with a Limited Edition by Joya de Nicaragua

Esteli, Nicaragua – - 1968 was the year when it all started: the first Premium Nicaraguan cigar was hand rolled in Estelí under the Joya de Nicaragua seal. With it, the Nicaraguan cigar industry was born and a new era for Premium hand rolled cigars began. JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A is proud to honor this achievement with Cuatro Cinco, a Limited Edition cigar.

Cuatro Cinco has been especially crafted to commemorate four and half decades of history of Joya de Nicaragua, its people and the city of Estelí, where it all started. Cuatro Cinco is an authentic Nicaraguan puro,
hand rolled in Estelí with tobaccos grown in the region and in Jalapa, with a special 5 year old ligero that the factory had been saving in its bodegas for this special occasion. As if time wasn’t enough, the filler tobaccos have been specially aged in oak barrels for more than a year to give them distinctive and sophisticated notes, and the silky smooth wrapper and binder are Nicaraguan grown in the Jalapa valley.

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Size: 5 x 44 ( Corona )
Wrapper: Connecticut Sun-Grown Habano
Binder and Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina
Strength: Full
Price: ~ $12.00 USD each

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For all those Drew Estate fans – the story of the Dirty Rat is years old and has been clouded by Flying Pigs, UF’s and A’s but taking a look back on the Unico Serie Dirty Rat and its unique composition – spicier, fuller and a bit more powerful than the regular T-52 line is now up on the chopping block. The regular readers know how much I despise ‘limited edition’ or ‘limited release’ – not because it is not a financially wise decision of the companies but because invariably I get a single or a pair and enjoy them so much I want to buy a box – only to find none – anywhere. While the Dirty Rat still stirs up controversial discussions – it is not hard to believe that this is a cigar that you either love, or hate – I have yet to meet someone “on the fence”. That being said – does this cigar deem the hunt or like other products out there, is the hype more impressive than the cigar?

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KUUTS, LLC TO RELEASE MIRO SPECIAL EDITION LANCERO

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MIAMI FL, OCTOBER 2, 2013 – Kuuts, LLC is set to release a Special Edition Lancero under the Miró Brand mid-4 Edition production is limited to 500 – 10 count boxes nationwide with an MSRP of $10.00 per Lancero. This will be a US only release being that the Miró brand is distributed worldwide.

The Miró Lancero will keep the same basic characteristics of the original blend with more emphasis on flavor for the true traditionalists that enjoy this vitola. Comprised of an Ecuadorian Sumatra Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran Blend for the Filler.

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Drew Estate Papas Fritas

Size: Petit Corona (4 1/2″ x 44)
Wrapper: Broadleaf
Binder and Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina binder and ‘Mixed Scraps’ from Liga Privada line
Strength: Full
Price: ~ $6.00 USD

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Behind The Stick:

While not all people are fans of the Drew Estate line – those who are fans will live and die for the brand and make sure to voice their feelings. From the goggles ( I still don’t get that crap ) to hats to rings and especially on all the ‘limited edition’ or rare releases that seem to constantly rotate out of their factory. Using the scraps ( not sure if they sweep them up like hotdog filler or if the cuttings/scraps are set aside during production ) of the Liga Privada line the Papa Fritas was born. By sandwiching, using mixed and short fillers – the cigars are packaged in easy to carry 4 pack tins and are being offered at a ‘reasonable’ price of $6.00 each for a 4 1/2 by 44 ring gauge cigar or $25.00 for a 4 pack. Although this is a very lucrative option, are ‘scraps’ being sold as ‘premium’ worth your and my dollars? Click that link to find out!

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Surrogates Skull Breaker

Size: 5.25 x 52 ( Belicoso )
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Full
Price: $7.50 each

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One of my favorite parts of the cigar world is when seemingly completely different entities come together for a common purpose with sincere intent. The Surrogate Skull Breaker is exactly this type of a cigar – although rather intimidating from the band to the wrapper to the hype, this was actually a cigar that was produced for “… the excitement of a limited edition stick at a consumer-conscious price point and be readily available”. New Havana Cigars out of Ohio had teamed up with Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars while being physically created by the My Father Cigars factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. While the intent and collaboration have been broadly spoken about the actual specifics of the cigar have been a bit of a mystery with the exception that “Nicaraguan tobacco is used”.

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