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Author Archives: Simon Lundh

Plasencia Brothers

Plasencia Cigars: The 5th Generation of Family Business

The story of Plasencia Cigars starts, as so many other cigar stories, in Cuba during the 1800s. It’s a story of a fifth-generation family business that is one of the most respected on the scene. It’s a story of hardship, two revolutions, a disastrous mold attack, but also of persistence, conviction and innovation.

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,”

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