Cigar Lounge – Leaf and Bean Strip – Pittsburgh, PA

As I continued the Stogie Press cigar lounge tour of the northeast, I met up with my associate Mike Bruce in Pittsburgh, PA and we headed off to visit the Leaf and Bean cigar shop in the Strip District, downtown Pittsburgh. Leaf and Bean is owned and operated by Island Jim Robinson, the iconic purveyor[…]

Felix Assouline EGO Gold 24 CT

Cigar Review: Felix Assouline EGO Gold 24 CT – Rated 96

Felix Assouline pulled out all the stops and went all in at the 2108 IPCPR in Las Vegas as he introduced a number of new blends and extensive line extensions. His EGO line of cigars was one that was considerably extended and today I would like to focus on the new EGO Gold.  The EGO[…]

El Artista Cimarron Maduro

Cigar review: El Artista Cimarron Maduro Robusto – Rated 92

Adding to their already successful portfolio of cigars, El Artista S.R.L. released a new line known as the Cimarron. This new cigar was announced at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas, NV and comes in two blends, a Mexican San Andres Maduro and an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade. The filler aand binder are the same only the wrpper is[…]

Cigar News: Crux CigarsBegins Shipping Limitada PB5 Fourth Edition

Crux Cigars has announced the fourth release of their highly successfulLimitada PB5 limited edition cigar begins shipping next week to retail partners across the country. Consistent with previous editions, the Crux Limitada PB5 (PB54 – 2018 fourth edition) will be in a single 5.75 x 54 vitola featuring the proprietary Nicaraguan Engañoso wrapper leaf. The[…]

Cigar News: Gran Habano Announces Seasonal Release of LOS TRES REYES MAGOS

Gran Habano announced today, the limited seasonal release of its Culebra-style cigars, Los Tres Reyes Magos, just in time for the holidays. Los Tres Reyes Magos or “The Three Kings”, is a box of 10 “culebra” style cigars (three, 32 x 7 cigars tied together, each encased in its own coffin) using the Gran Habano[…]

Cigar News: Sinistro Cigars Teams up with Tiburan Boutique Cigars

Sinistro Cigars is proud to announce their partnership with Tiburon Boutique Cigars to represent the brand in the Texas Market.  Tiburon Boutique Cigars is owned by Carter Skinner, of Austin, Texas and Chris Osgood of Houston, Texas.  In a press release, James Agopian, co-owner of Sinistro Cigars, said; “We are pleased to have Chris and[…]

Cigar News: Swinger Cigar Company Halts Operations

Swinger Cigar Company announced today, the decision to cease doing business. The company founded in 2014 by Ryan Gallimore was built with the idea that people love cigars and people love golf, so why not have a cigar company that focused on that combination. Their introductory line of the Front 9 and the Back 9,[…]

Mike Bellody and Luis Tiant

Cigar Sponsor Spotlight – Mike Bellody (MLB Cigar Ventures)

Mike Bellody is the owner of MLB Cigar Ventures and the first sponsor of Stogie Press. Mike and I met at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans, LA. That was Mike’s first IPCPR with his new company but you would not know it from his success oriented demeanor. I would later learn that it was[…]

Cigar News: Legend launches the world’s first cigar themed phone – The COHIBA iPhone XS

Legend Helsinki and Conocedor, two Finnish luxury companies, have announced the latest in cigar lifestyle luxury – the world’s first cigar themed phone. The COHIBA by Legend Helsinki is the result of collaboration between Conocedor and Legend.  The company that pioneered the bespoke phone and smartwatch concept has collaborated with Finnish cigar accessories company Conocedor to[…]

Cigar News: FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES FRATELLO D.M.V.

Omar de Frias is proud to announce the launch of Fratello D.M.V and Delaware.  The D.M.V is an abbreviation well known to residents of the DC metro area as DC, Maryland and Virginia.  This blend will be sold exclusively to retailers in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware and manufactured at the La Aurora factory in Dominican[…]

Ventura Cigars Archetype Axis Mundi

Cigar News: Ventura Cigars ups the Ante at the Big Smoke 2018 in Las Vegas

If you are attending the Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke 2018 then you don’t want to miss the Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) booth. In their latest press release, the company announced they will not only be attending the event, but they will be “making Las Vegas an extra lucky destination for those heading to Cigar Aficionado’s[…]

Cigar News: KRETEK INTERNATIONAL, INC. ACQUIRES FOUNDRY TOBACCO COMPANY

 “The wheel is come full circle.” So said William Shakespeare long ago, but the notion is never more true than today. With Michael Giannini as General Manager at Ventura Cigars, parent company, Kretek International, Inc. has just acquired the Foundry Tobacco Company. This marks a return of a brand to its master, as under his[…]

Samuel Dietz

Cigar News: Fratello Cigars Hire Mid-Atlantic Sales Director

Omar de Frias continues to grow his Fratello Cigars brand both nationally and internationally. The company has announced the hiring of  Samuel Dietz, as the new Director of Sales for the Mid-Atlantic for Fratello Cigars.  In the company’s press release, Omar states: “Sam is an energetic and engaging young leader. With his background and sales acumen we[…]

Conquistador Cigar Parlor

Cigar Lounge: Conquistador Cigar Parlor – Brooklyn NY

The 3rd stop on my NYC Cigar Shop tour, took me to a brand new and luxurious lounge in Brooklyn, NY.  Conquistador Cigar Parlor has been only open since May of 2018 and it is one of the last shops to get a tobacco resale licence in the Big Apple. Located in the Sheepshead Bay[…]