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Author Archives: Simon Lundh

Oscar Valadares - A Cigar for Kings

A Cigar For Kings

A Cigar For Kings

As the Cigar Journal slogan says ”every cigar tells a story”, and in the case of Oscar Valladares nothing could be more true. From the start his cigars have had a background story, most often connected to the Mayan history. At InterTabac he brought his newest creation, Altar Q to Europe. “I use tobacco from

Tatuaje revives the Mexican Experiment

Tatuaje revives the Mexican Experiment

A few years ago Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars created a cigar called Tatuaje Mexican Experiment. Now it’s time for the sequel, ME II (pronounced metoo; no connection). “Mexican Experiment was my first try with the San Andrés wrapper and it was made in a very small amount,” he says. “Since it’s easier to bring

Limited Melanio and V Maduro worldwide

OLIVA: Limited V Melanio and V Maduro worldwide

In September J. Cortèz & Oliva announced the release of their new Serie V Melanio Limitada 2019 on the global market. The Diadema Edition comes in boxes of ten, but unlike the original this limited edition is round with a conical head and not box-pressed. According to Brian J. Shapiro, director of international sales, the

The Collector

Makram Salha is not only a passionate cigar smoker; he probably has one of the largest private collections of vintage cigars in the world. And it all started with wine. “My father used to take me to wine auctions in the UK, teaching me about wines and prices. Every now and then they put cigars

Smoking Jackets for Oliva's School in Nicaragua

Smoking jacket creates awareness for Oliva’s school in Nicaragua

In order to raise money for their school in Nicaragua J. Cortèz & Oliva created a raffle where everyone choosing to donate had the chance to win a smoking jacket. “The jacket is in the same color as the limited edition of Oliva Melanio 2019 and inside it we made a design with that label,”

Enrique Sanchez, Global Premium Cigars 1502

1502 Cigars: Enrique Sanchez is Proudly Nicaraguan

Nicaraguan heritage is very important to Enrique Sánchez, founder of Global Premium Cigars. When he walked into Néstor Plasencia’s office in 2010, he was told to emphasize his roots. It was not the first time – and certainly not the last – that he took the cigar legend’s advice.

Casa de Montecristo Brickell Miami

Casa de Montecristo in Brickell, Miami | Cigar Friendly: Florida

In June 2016, six years after Ryan Leeds and Jason Reznik opened prime Cigar and Wine Bar in Boca Raton, Florida, they added a second location, situated among the skyscrapers in downtown Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.

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