Your Weekly Cigar News Roundup!

Tonight at 8:00PM EST, join Privada Cigar Club for a live Q&A session! Fresh off of trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to learn, document, and preserve, the PCC team will be answering all your questions. Everything from the people they met, the places they went to all of the history they were able to capture. To get caught up, start with these two videos made with AJ Fernandez on the grounds of his sprawling Nicaraguan operation. The first walks you through what happens post-fermentation, and the second includes an extensive factory tour with commentary. After that, you’ll leave Nicaragua and head to the Dominican Republic to watch An Intro to Dominican Tobacco Royalty followed by In Search of Jopito. See you there!

With a tradition that dates at least as far back as the early 1960’s, the significance of this weekend’s NCAA matchup between Alabama’s Crimson Tide and Tennessee’s Volunteers has grown far beyond just football.  It is all said to have begun in 1961 after a game in which Alabama scored 34 points to Tennessee’s 3. Alabama trainer Jim Goostree, who would go on to serve as Alabama’s Athletic Trainer for 27 years, passed out cigars after the win. Somewhere along the way, Tennessee adopted the tradition as well. Now, even the fans in the stands have cigars ready to cut and light as soon as the final second of the game clock expires. Much to the dismay of many a fan and former player, Tennessee hasn’t earned a victory cigar against Alabama since 2006. That’s just one of the cigar traditions referenced in today’s blog post from the Premium Cigar Association discussing recent news stories containing misleading information related to victory cigars in sport.


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The Perez-Carrillo Pledge Lonsdale Limitada from E.P. Carrillo is now available! This 6.5 x 43 expression comes from the renowned Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Like the existing formats of the Pledge, the Lonsdale utilizes a Connecticut grown wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. Also, don’t miss out on their social media contest and giveaway going on right now. You could win an all expenses paid trip to Miami to spend the day with Ernesto and Lissette Carrillo trying special blends that have never been released from Ernesto’s personal collection!

The Nosferatu cigar is being released by Oak Glen Tobacconist at Midnight EST. This 5.5 x 54 Nicaraguan Maduro is the second collaboration between OGT and Privada Cigar Club. OGT’s Eric Drazin, also a Cigar Public Founding Reviewer, shares that “while hunting for this cigar, I searched for something similar to the previous LCA release, the Purple People Eater. I absolutely loved that cigar…I wanted it to have a subtle, alluring quality while being dynamic simultaneously. I believe I have found it.” The front page of OGT’s site has a countdown clock so you know the moment they go “live” (little Nosferatu joke, not soon enough?). Happy hunting!

Earlier today, CAO revealed the Vision 2022 packaging and blend. This year’s 5 x 52 Toro features a Honduran Jamastran wrapper and Nicaraguan Jalapa binder. The filler consists of Nicaraguan Condega, Nicaraguan Esteli, and Nicaraguan Jalapa. The Vision 2022 landing page offers the story behind the 2022 blend, tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and where you can find your own Vision to experience.

Today is absolutely the very last day to enter to win the 4th forging of a solid gold Cavalier Genève cigar punch Founders Ring. If it feels like you’ve been here before, Cavalier extended the deadline by one week to give as many people as possible a chance to win. With with a retail value of $3500, the 4th ring will be custom made to accommodate the winner’s preferred ring size. Their initials will also be engraved opposite the company’s name. Fill out the form and follow the instructions. It takes 15 seconds, do it!

Wishing you another great week ahead full of your favorite cigars and your favorite people. Keep on sending in your favorite cigar related news stories, posts and videos!