The scene is small and everyone knows everyone, but signs of a trend reversal are there. There are in fact individual, young, cigar-smoking Danes around – a harbinger that Danish cigar culture is slowly gaining momentum again.
For epicureans, Puerto Rico is one of the trendy hot spots in the Caribbean. That about 50 years ago the legendary piña colada was invented there, is no coincidence. The puertorriqueños, as the locals call themselves, are a highly creative, multicultural folk and love cigars.
Jim Beam can also be different. The aromas of roasted nuts, oak, prunes and sponge cake give you a taste for more. The light fruitiness with a touch of burnt almonds is the perfect accompaniment to a Davidoff Miniature Gold Edition.
How important is the cigar industry for a country like the Dominican Republic? Hendrik Kelner at Davidoff points to the concentration of cigar related businesses in the city of Santiago as one of the main reasons for the Dominican success.
In the last two years, Royal Agio Cigars has created two top cigars in a row. Who is behind the name, which, in the first instance, one associates with cigarillos, shortfillers and brands like Mehari’s, Panter and Biddies?
Ramón Emilio Cruz is proud of his family’s four-generation history in the cigar industry – and on the weekends, away from work, he enjoys a childhood hobby: cock fighting.
America’s oldest whiskey brand has been relaunched and stands out with a great representative of the rye category. Overall, this suggests more an aperitif for the early evening, but in combination with an Oliva G Perfecto, there is no objection to brunch, either.
There are probably hundreds of “boutique” cigar manufacturers all over the world, and, generally, we associate this term with both the size of the company as well as the volume of production. But for no brand is it more appropriate than for the new, still unknown label Royal Danish Cigars by Jan Vistisen.
In Finland and Iceland there is an absolute ban on tobacco promotion. Nevertheless the Swede Stephan Praetorius, manager-in-chief at Habanos Nordic AB, has increased the sale of Habanos by a third within one decade. The exclusive distributor of Cuban cigars for northern Europe employs a staff of 13 and offers a range of around 135 vitolas – practically the entire Habanos range.
Following his career as a commercial director for top fashion names such as Dior, Gotex and Golden Lady, the one-time textile engineer decided to follow his second passion, the world of fragrances.
The cigar brand Maravilla was a promising blossom of a newcomer, but, sadly, one that quickly faded. Now it’s blooming once again, this time under Cuban oversight in the Dominican Republic.
Macanudo is beyond doubt one of the most successful labels in the history of the cigar. Visually an eyecatcher, in taste refreshingly stimulating. This could be the description of the brand-new Macanudo Inspirado currently being presented by the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.