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Weekend Round-up – The Future Looks Bright

Well folks, it’s been a fairly eventful news week in the world of cigars, and we’ve got the scoop, so without further ado lets get into this week’s Weekend Roundup.

This week both Macanudo and CAO announced the introduction of new front-marks to some of their more successful brand lines. Macanudo has added a “Gigante” size (6×60) to their best-selling Café, and Macanudo Maduro lines, joining the “big-ring” trend that has been increasingly popular in recent years, while CAO has expanded upon their La Traviata Luminoso (4 ½x50) with a new maduro-wrapped version. In both cases, the new additions are intended to cater to their customer’s preferences, and offer more variety. According to The Cigar, CAO senior brand manager Ed Mckenna was quoted as saying “CAO La Traviata Luminoso is one of our top sellers, so it was only natural that we give CAO fans a new take on one of their favorite cigars.” I personally have no doubts that these new stogies will be as successful as their predecessors.

In other news, Eddie Ortega stepped down from his role as president of EOBrands Inc., the company that brought us Cubao and 601 cigars, among others, to pursue an independent venture based out of Sunrise, Florida. Eddie’s new company, Ortega Cigars is set to debut their first line, the Ortega Serie D sometime next month. In an industry that seems to be leaning more and more towards limited release “boutique” brands, Ortega has stated he is only interested in building solid, on-going-production brands that he hopes will be here to stay. In a particularly humble quote from Cigar, Ortega stated: “I have no interest in the so called limited-release market— plenty of those around. I’d much rather build solid brands. And I’m not looking to be the next big thing”. Here’s wishing Mr. Ortega good luck with his new endeavor, hopefully we can expect some great new smokes from Ortega Cigars.

The Vega Fina Sumum 2010, a cigar that was previously only available to European retailers, will finally make it’s way to the U.S. Altadis U.S.A. has confirmed that the cigar, which contains two-year aged fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Peru, will finally be made available in the states. The American Sumum will come non-tubed, which differs from the original European tubo version, and will be sold in boxes of ten, in the robusto (5×54) vitola only. According to, 2500 boxes will be produced at Tabacalera de Garcia in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Keep an eye out, as these will be on our shelves very soon.

And finally, another new brand we can look forward to in 2012 is Epicurian Cigars, which was founded by Steve Ysidron, formerly of Savinelli cigars. The brand will kick off with two cigars that will be produced at Plasencia Cigars S.A., in Estelli, Nicaragua. The first release, “Armando Gutierrez”,  features Nicaraguan fillers and a Honduran and Jalapan dual binder wrapped in a Habano Colorado wrapper, and was named for Ysidron’s great grandfather, who was a roller himself. Each cigar will come wrapped in a cedar sleeve and will be available in boxes of 20. The second new stogie from Epicurian has been dubbed “Gonzo”, and will be a box-pressed limited production release showcasing an aged Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper atop dual binders ( San Andres and Jalapan), and Nicaraguan fillers. Both cigars are set to debut sometime in late March.


That about wraps it up for this week’s round-up.  Have any questions or comments? Please feel free to post them below and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest cigar news, updates, and reviews.