With Salomé Alemán Carriazo a new era has begun. She is the first woman to be named Maestra del Ron cubano and thus the eighth in the group of rum masters. Cigar Journal met the chemical engineer and passionate cigar smoker in Havana.
An artisan cabinetmaker from Northern Italy is setting new optical and technological standards in walk-in humidors. In the meantime, the works of DeArt from Calvenzano near Milan can be found in the United Kingdom to China in cigar-scene hotspots.
Driving past the premises of Tabacalera de García in La Romana, one already senses the grandiose dimensions of the world’s largest cigar factory. An endless sea of mopeds glitters in the Dominican midday sun. Thousands of specialists daily produce a huge amount of cigars. We have the opportunity to meet the man who is responsible for ensuring that the cogwheels of the mega-operation run smoothly and never stop: factory director, Javier Elmudesi.
Do you know this place? You go through a door and find yourself in another world. In a small town in southern Germany, anybody who loves cigars gets this feeling: at Paul Bugge in Schwenningen.
Les Fines Lames offers with the Compass Serie – Nicaragua a new addition to the already existing lines Cuba and Dominican Republic.
Bulgari, Tiffany et Al., Cartier, and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few noble boutiques, line the way to our interviewee in Geneva. We meet Jean-Charles Rios, owner of Gestocigars, in Rue Robert-Céard, in the heart of the city on lake Geneva.
The sky over Belgium is blue, and the day between Brussels, Handzame and Zwevegem is similar to this agreeable sunny, warm weather. I’m visiting Frederik Vandermarliere, CEO of J. Cortès and, for the past three years, owner of the traditional brand Oliva Cigars.
Procigar announced the fourteenth annual Festival, a face-to-face event held on February 22-25, 2022, with the new safety protocols and the same feeling of festivity.
On the eve of the 125th anniversary of the founding of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., I visited the oldest cigar family of the United States. The very personal insights – both in the legendary factory El Reloj and also in the company owners’ world of ideas – were impressive.
Far away from Luxembourg, I first heard some time ago that the small country in the west of central Europe was a pure paradise for cigar smokers.
In a virtual but no less personal interview, Cigar Journal spoke to Beat Hauenstein, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff, on the status QUO of the family company. Despite the atmosphere of the crisis, the passionate skydiver ventured a look into the future. Because, if there is anyone who has learned to deal with difficult situations on the fly, it is the 52-year-old Swiss national.
La Palina will be debuting Goldie Prominente at the PCA show in Las Vegas, NV. Bill Paley (owner of La Palina) proudly states, “Goldie Prominente continues La Palina’s commitment to produce Goldie in classic styles and hyper limited quantities. We consulted with our team at El Titan De Bronze to utilize vintage tobaccos — which…