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Emilio Cigars releases the Grimalkin Seasonal Edition October 3, 2023 — Emilio Cigars is pleased to announce the release of the Grimalkin Seasonal Edition: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra. Grimalkin Seasonal is being released in time to enjoy for Halloween and fall festivities. “To celebrate one of my favorite times of year, Grimalkin seasonal is back. We changed things up a bit this time around. The blend of filler tobacco has stayed the same, but we did a dual wrapper, closed foot and a rabito cap.  The Grimalkin has rich, intense flavors of dark fruit, herbal cedar notes and mild baking spice on the layered, complex finish,” said James Brown, of Black Label Trading Co and Fabrica Oveja Negra. Grimalkin Seasonal Limited Edition will be available in limited quantities at select retailers beginning this week. Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro and Corojo dual wrapper Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaragua Robusto 5 x 50 (25 count) MSRP $11.00 Emilio Cigars is a brand with old school roots and new school attitude. With an eclectic portfolio, Emilio is sure to have something for everyone. For more information, visit our website featuring a comprehensive retailer map. OvejaNegraCigars.com.

And the battle continues! Premium Cigar Association Responds to FDA’s Appeal in Deeming Rule Case FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, D.C., 9.29.2023 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a notice of appeal of Judge Amit P. Mehta’s decision to vacate the deeming rule in the case of Cigar Association of America et al. v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al. (Case No. 1:16-cv-01460-APM) “We believe that Judge Mehta correctly recognized that the FDA’s decision to regulate premium cigars was arbitrary and overturned. We will defend the Court’s reasoning on appeal. The Premium Cigar Association remains committed to advocating for the rights of its members and ensuring that the unique characteristics of premium cigars are recognized and protected.” Says Scott Pearce, PCA Executive Director. The PCA remains steadfast in its commitment to defending the interests of its members and the broader premium cigar community. The association will continue to monitor, inform, and engage its members and stakeholders on important developments related to legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters. For media inquiries, please contact: Joshua M. Habursky Joshua@PremiumCigars.org About Premium Cigar Association: The Premium Cigar Association is a non-profit trade organization with the mission of growing specialty tobacco retailing and supporting the interests of premium cigar and pipe tobacco manufacturers, and distributors and suppliers of related goods and services.

Crowned Heads Welcomes Andy Yaffee and Craig Smith as Sales Representatives Crowned Heads has announced the addition of two new sales representatives. In the past year, we’ve seen Crowned Heads make some changes by adding new offerings to their already robust line of cigars; this recent move will help the brand grow. Craig Smith and Andy Yaffee join Jake Sanders, who came to Crowned Heads from Rocky Patel Burn. While Jake covers the Indiana and Ohio regions, Craig’s territory will include Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico. Andy Yaffe brings a decade of experience in cigars, sales, and management with the last five of those years having spent with Micallef. Andy will represent Crowned Heads in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, Washington D.C., and Maryland. “I’m excited to welcome these three dynamic individuals to the Crowned Heads team, comments National Sales Manager Miguel Schoedel. “Their addition will go a long way towards our goal of providing an unparalleled level of customer support and attention to our retail partners.” Crowned Head Cigars: A premium cigar company committed to producing cigars of artisanal quality that are defined by a combination of excellent flavor, balance, and consistency. Featuring: Four Kicks, Headley Grange, J.D. Howard Reserve, Jericho HIll, La Imperiosa, and Ozinger by Tim Ozinger as a distributor.

Jim Young to Join Plasencia as Advisor & Board Member Plasencia 1865 announces that Jim Young has joined the company as an advisor and board member. Mr. Young has been in the premium cigar industry since 2011 with Oettinger Davidoff AG, first as President – Davidoff North America based in Pinellas Park, FL and then as Davidoff’s Global Chief Commercial Officer based in Basel, Switzerland. He left Davidoff in 2022 and relocated back to the United States. Prior to his experience in our industry, Mr. Young spent 24 years in the premium beverage alcohol industry with Seagram and eventually with Diageo. His experience includes extensive overseas assignments including Europe and Asia and he has a functional background in finance while also holding a number of leadership roles in the commercial area and leading business units. Plasencia 1865 has enjoyed a very strong growth trajectory since the launch of the company in 2017 and is now at a point where they have decided that it is vital to add structure, experience, and leadership to take the business to the next level. The company has made the decision to recruit a CEO and Mr. Young will play an important role in that effort. In the meantime, he will take on the additional role of “Interim CEO” until a successful CEO candidate has been identified and on-boarded. Nestor Andres Plasencia commented: “We are super excited to bring Jim onto the board and into the interim CEO position. Jim brings many years of experience and proven results, and we are confident that, together with the extraordinary team we have, we can achieve our goal of ‘keep lighting up’ many souls around the world with our cigars.” Jim Young added: “I am delighted to join Nestor Andres and the team at Plasencia 1865. This is…

Illva Saronno Holdings purchases Sagamore Spirit The acquisitions continue, with the latest coming in with Sagamore Spirit Rye and its new majority owner, Illva Saronno Holding, an Italian company known for its Italian liqueur Disaronno. Founded in 2013 by Kevin Plank, executive board member for Under Armor, it opened its new distillery in Port Covington of Baltimore, now known as the Baltimore Peninsula. Sagamore Spirit offers a core collection of Ryes and its Reserve series featuring various cask-finished Ryes such as its Sherry, Rum Cask, Tequila, and Manhattan Finished Rye. Having earned over 200 awards internationally, including the World’s Best Rye Whiskey in 2019 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Sagamore has established a significant player in the world of Rye Whiskeys. Illva Saronno is an Italian Multinational company founded by the Reina family in 1947, whose origins date back to the 16th century and has a presence in over 160 countries. While known for Disaronno, a liqueur favored by many around the world, it also has several other known and prestige products such as Tia Maria coffee liqueur, Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro, and Artic Vodka, and the recently launched Irish Whiskey “The Busker.” Aldino Marzorati, CEO of Illva Saronno, states, “We are thrilled to announce this transaction, which supports our portfolio strategy to acquire high growth, attractive margin brands, and in this case, broaden our offering into the premium market American whiskey segment,” he goes on to say that “with Sagamore Spirits we have the opportunity to enter the attractive bourbon whiskey category and exploit its grown potential around 160 countries where we already have a presence with Disaronno”. Okay, so what does this all mean? What this means for Sagamore essentially is an opportunity to enter markets and countries around the world where Illva already has a presence that…

Black Label Trading Co releases Bishops Blend Novemdiales Press Release: September 12, 2023 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the release of Bishops Blend Novemdiales to select retailers. Novemdiales is handcrafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua. It represents a revised iteration of the original Bishops Blend by using a Pennsylvania wrapper with other slight revisions. Those who have grown to love this release will still recognize the distinctive flavors of the past with a fresh, nuanced perspective. “Bishops Blend has been one of our most popular and sought-after releases. This year, to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Black Label Trading Co., we felt compelled to create a special edition. The Bishops Blend Novemdiales is an amped-up version of the traditional Bishop. We tweaked the blend a bit and went with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper instead of the traditional Ecuador Habano Maduro. The Novemdiales will be available in vitolas not seen before in the Bishops Blend lineage. The result is a very rich, earthy, and intricate fusion of dark fruits, layers of spice, and a stout star anise finish,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. BISHOPS BLEND NOVEMDIALES begins shipping to retailers this week. Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Binder: Ecuador Habano Filler: Nicaragua, Pennsylvania, Connecticut Broadleaf Petite Corona – 4.5 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $10.50 Toro – 6 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $12.00 Robusto– 5 x 50 (20 count) MSRP $11.00 Black Label Trading Company is celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Our goal was, and continues to be, to provide exceptional cigars with unique flavor profiles and creative artwork. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. continues to create handcrafted, premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch…

Charles Goodnight Bourbon: True Texas Whiskey Honoring Legendary Cattleman  Foley Family Wines Expands Spirits Portfolio by Reimagining American Whiskey Brand as a Barrel-Strength, Beef-Lover’s Texas Bourbon SANTA ROSA, CA (September 13, 2023) — Foley Family Wines today announced the reintroduction of Charles Goodnight Bourbon (SRP: $79.99), a whiskey crafted in memory of the Lone Star state legend who captured the unbridled spirit of the American West. Charles Goodnight Bourbon, distilled and aged in Texas, is upping the ante with higher proof and a bold, new bottle design. It is currently available at spirits retailers across the U.S. First appearing in 2017 as a 100-proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Charles Goodnight reenters the market as a distinctive homage to its namesake and a bold Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey that holds special appeal for beef lovers. Honoring Charles’ legacy as a legendary Texas cattle driver and the inventor of the chuckwagon in the 1800s, the team created a high-rye whiskey with deep oak, rich dark fruit, and brown sugar flavors that pair perfectly with steak. “I take great pride in the fact that my great, great uncle was legendary cattleman and Texan, Charles Goodnight,” said Bill Foley – a relative of Charles Goodnight, the founder of Foley Family Wines and a Texas native. “Pulling barrels from my commissioned private stock has given me inspiration to craft a true Texas whiskey that pairs as perfectly with a well-prepared steak as a bold Napa Cab does.” Charles Goodnight Texas Bourbon is a six-year-old, non-chill filtered whiskey clocking in at a robust 115 proof to capture the most flavor possible. A barrel-strength, high-rye bourbon with a mash bill of 60% Texas-grown yellow #2 corn, 36% unmalted rye and 4% barley, Charles Goodnight Texas Bourbon is triple distilled in a copper-lined Vendome pot still with no…

Blue Run Spirits Releases Reflection II Bourbon Follow Up to Platinum Award-Winning Predecessor Reflection II Continues High Standard of Approachability Set by Reflection I with Focus on Intriguing Whiskey Middle Notes GEORGETOWN, KY (September 13, 2023) – Georgetown, Kentucky-based Blue Run Spirits today unveiled Reflection II Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the follow up to the highly regarded Reflection I, which received a Platinum Medal at the respected SIP Awards International Spirits Competition. Reflection II is now available at retailers nationwide and at http://www.bluerunspirits.com/shop beginning at 3 pm Eastern today. When launched in May 2022, Reflection I Bourbon quickly became a favorite in the whiskey community as one of Blue Run Spirits’ most approachable products. With Reflection II, Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon is looking to continue that tradition while emphasizing a different layer of flavor notes than its predecessor. While Reflection I focused on the darker base notes like oak and caramel, Reflection II zeroes in on the brighter middle notes, including florals and sweetness. “The Reflection Bourbon series is an intriguing blending project because we have an established baseline of approachability that will carry through to every release, but we will explore the different layers that make whiskey such an interesting spirit,” said Gammon. “For continuity, we included some Reflection I as the base, and then started painting with an entirely different brush. Reflection II will be as familiar as it is new to anyone who enjoyed the first product.” For Reflection II, the dominate mash bill features less rye than the original, but the proof is increased from 95 to 100. Reflection II also features older whiskey stocks than its predecessor, with Gammon seeking out barrels that clearly exhibited elevated mid-note flavors from Blue Run’s more than 5,000-barrel inventory. Tasting Notes A bright bouquet of warm spices and rich…

Heaven Hill Brands Major Milestone Still Installation Brings Heaven Hill One Step Closer to a ‘Bourbon Capital Homecoming’ Heaven Hill Brands marks major milestone in Heaven Hill Springs Distillery construction with installation of Vendome copper still Bardstown, Ky. (August 31, 2023) – Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest family owned and led spirits producer, marked a major milestone today in the more than $200 million project to build a new distillery in the Bourbon Capital of the World. Construction partners and media joined the company as they completed installation of the distillery’s Vendome copper still. This critical piece of the new Heaven Hill Springs Distillery marks a major step towards returning the company’s distilling processes to Bardstown for the first time since the 1996 fire that destroyed the original distillery. The major milestone in the Heaven Hill Springs Distillery project coincides with the start of Bourbon Heritage Month and upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Festival, celebrations that have become synonymous with the rich heritage and craftsmanship of Kentucky Straight Bourbon. “This project represents a significant investment in the future of bourbon production, solidifying Heaven Hill’s commitment to upholding the time-honored traditions that have made Kentucky Bourbon world-renowned,” said Allan Latts, co-president of Heaven Hill Brands. The distillery is being built at 1015 Old Bloomfield Pike and is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. Initial production is slated for 150,000 barrels a year, and over time will have capacity to ramp up to producing 450,000 barrels annually. This will be in addition to the company’s distilling that occurs at the historic Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, which will continue to operate at full capacity of 450,000 barrels annually. The new Vendome copper still was shipped by Vendome to Bardstown in two pieces on separate flatbeds. At nearly 60 feet tall and…

ASYLUM PCA 2023 Exclusive Shipping C.L.E. Cigar Company has begun to ship the ASYLUM PCA 2023 Exclusive (Miami, FL) August 31, 2023–C.L.E. Cigar Company has begun to ship the Asylum PCA 2023 Exclusive to retailers. Asylum is recognized for its bold and edgy cigars. Only three thousand cigars per vitola were created of this blend. In what is expected by any Asylum brand, this blend is full-bodied and full-flavored. This blend sports a Maduro wrapper containing binder and filler tobacco from C.L.E. Cigar Company’s new South American farm. Christian Eiroa said:” The Asylum brand was made for those looking for extra strength in their smoking experience. This Asylum delivers and more. The combination of strength and flavor will offer a unique and satisfying smoking experience for the Asylum smoker. This unique flavor is born out of the tobacco from our new farm. Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum Cigars and National Sales Manager of C.L.E. Cigar Company, stated: “The Premium Cigar Association has been a great partner, and we wanted to show support and help bring some extra excitement coming into the 2023 PCA. We will continue to create PCA-exclusive blends for the near future.” The Asylum PCA 2023 Exclusive is offered in four Vitolas and comes in twenty-count boxes. The top of the box doubles as an ashtray. Vitola – MSRP 50X5 $17.00 11X18 $ 18.00 52X6 $18.00 60X6 $19.00 *MSRP excludes local and state taxes About Asylum Cigars Asylum serves as the alter ego of C.L.E Cigar Company. Edgy packaging and uniquely large sizes combined with deeply bold and flavorful blends allow Master Blender Christian Eiroa to experiment with out-of-the-box ideas that break tradition. ABOUT C.L.E CIGAR COMPANY C.L.E. Cigar Company, established by Christian Eiroa in 2012 is steeped in tradition, going back to the early 1960’s in Honduras.…