Author

Leaf n Grain

Browsing

Black Label Trading Company is going International. August 24, 2023 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce Tor Imports, Ltd. will begin distributing our products in the UK next week. “We are looking forward to expanding into the UK market with Tor Imports. They have demonstrated their dedication to representing Nicaraguan cigars and will be the perfect partners for our premium cigar brand. We’ve had the pleasure of hosting them at our factory in Nicaragua and sharing our passion for Nicaraguan tobacco. I look forward to meeting some of our existing consumers and meeting new ones next week when we launch the brand,” said James Brown, owner of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra. Scott Vines, Managing Director of Tor Imports, has this to say, “We are excited to welcome Black Label Trading Company to the UK. Not only are their cigars great, but they are very different from anything else we’ve ever offered. We feel good that James Brown is coming over to the UK to help us launch them to the trade and to host consumer events across the country.” Black Label Trading Co. creates hand-crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality at their factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra, in Nicaragua. Email for further information: info@blacklabeltrading.com.

Blue Run Spirits Unveils Trifecta Company’s First Triple-Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon’s Masterful Blend Includes Complex “Wood Heat” Barrels GEORGETOWN, KY (August 23, 2023) – Georgetown, Kentucky-based Blue Run Spirits today announced Trifecta – the company’s first three-age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Trifecta will be available at retailers nationwide in August and at http://www.bluerunspirits.com/shop starting at 3 pm Eastern on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. This is the first bourbon from Blue Run since the 12 Days of Bourbon holiday 2022 collection. Blue Run Trifecta Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small-batch whiskey that demonstrates the delicate balancing act required when blending a high-quality base whiskey with the vivid flavors and aromas from older “wood heat” whiskeys. Trifecta starts with a base of finely crafted six-year-old whiskey, which makes up less than half of the composition of the total liquid. To add additional depth and character, Blue Run Whiskey Director Shaylyn Gammon blends that with two whiskeys aged in the upper reaches of their respective rickhouses, giving them what she calls “wood heat.” “’Wood heat’ barrels are those that experienced the highest temperatures the warehouse has to offer due to their position at the top, forcing out the water molecules and concentrating the alcohol within the barrel,” said Gammon. “These higher-proofed barrels, in turn, extract more of the components of the wood from the barrel that can contribute a particular wood intensity to the whiskey, which needs to be approached with a knowledgeable, restrained hand when blending.” Shaylyn chose these nine- and eight-year-old barrels from Blue Run’s more than 5,000-barrel inventory knowing that the six-year-old Kentucky whiskey would help balance the spiciness of the aged product. It is a precise art, making sure the “wood heat” barrels add the desired layers of complexity without overpowering the base whiskey.…

Makers Mark announces their new Cellar Aged Bourbon Makers Mark Cellar Aged is a new expression from the ones who have placed their mark on Wheated Bourbons that we have all come to know and love.  Cellar Aged, a blend of 11 and 12-year-old bourbons, follows their traditional warehouse aging before spending years in their LEED-certified, temperature-controlled limestone cellar for further aging. According to the website Makers states: Aging our whisky for over 10 years wasn’t something we ever did. Not because we didn’t believe in it but because we hadn’t found our way of doing it. Maker’s Mark® Cellar Aged defines an older whisky that’s distinctly Maker’s. With flavors described as big oak, dark vanilla, and fruit, combined with a velvety long finish, coming in at 115 proof. This new expression is bound to be sought by aficionados and collectors alike.

Micallef Cigars and All Saints Cigars combine sales team Micallef Cigars and All Saints Cigars have recently announced that they will be bringing their sales teams together. Micky Pegg, co-owner of All Saints Cigars, will be joining Micallef Cigars as its new president of sales and leading up the sales teams for both brands. “I am thrilled to roll up my sleeves and work hands-on with a dedicated sales force once again,” commented Pegg. “I am transparent that All Saints Cigars is my Plan A, and there is no Plan B. We’re implementing a strategy with Micallef that I firmly believe in. The decision strengthens Plan A and reiterates our commitment to excellence and growth.” Dan Thompson, president of Micallef Cigars, added: “Micky’s leadership and collective industry experience bring amplified energy to the sales process. He is like an orchestra conductor elevating each instrument, producing a harmonious whole. The sum is greater than its parts; for both All Saints Cigars and Micallef.” https://www.micallefcigars.com/ https://www.allsaintscigars.com/

Premium Cigars Deeming Rule Fully Vacated Judge Amit Mehita of the U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of the premium cigar industry’s favor. This ruling means that the deeming regulations introduced by the FDA in 2016 will not apply to any cigar that meets the court’s definition of “premium cigar.” “This is a great day for the premium cigar industry. Judge Mehta has handed down a scathing rebuke of the FDA and its rule. This underscores what we have been saying for years: premium cigars are different and should be treated as such.” Says Scott Pearce Executive Director of the Premium Cigar Association “I would like to thank all of the manufacturers, retailers, and partner organizations such as Cigar Rights of America and Cigar Association of America, our litigation team led by Michael Edney, and our government affairs staff for shepherding this monumental decision,” says Scott Regina President of the Premium Cigar Association Read the news release from the Premium Cigar Association here

Elijah Craig Bourbon Releases Limited-Edition Toasted Barrel Finished in European Oak Barrels Commemorating the 2023 Ryder Cup (AUGUST 9, 2023) Today, Elijah Craig is proud to announce the release of its Limited-Edition Toasted Barrel finished in European Toasted Oak Barrels to commemorate the 2023 Ryder Cup. Earlier this year, Elijah Craig announced a multi-year partnership which makes the Bourbon brand the “Official Bourbon” and a Worldwide Supplier of the biennial competition. This limited edition starts with fully-matured Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and finishes it in new European Oak barrels that have been toasted with a profile inspired by those used in the Lazio wine growing region. Lazio wines are grown in and around Rome, Italy, where the 2023 Ryder Cup is being held at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club September 29th through October 1st. The European oak, with its ability to integrate flavors subtly and softly, effortlessly balances the sweetness and spiciness of the Lazio-inspired toast profile and the elevated bright fruit character from the fully-matured Elijah Craig. This edition leads with a nose of caramel and crème brûlée and once tasted, the bright fruit notes burst onto the palate after initial notes of baking spices. The finish is moderately long and is dominated by spice. This release represents a marriage of the U.S. Team’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – America’s native spirit – with the famed wine growing region and host city of the European Team. Speaking about the release, Max Stefka, Group Product Director, Elijah Craig Bourbon, said: “We are thrilled to raise a glass to the 2023 Ryder Cup with this new limited-edition release of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel. The unique marriage of toasted European Oak and our extra-aged Kentucky Bourbon offers a taste experience fit for one of the world’s greatest sporting events.” Guy…

MOLSON COORS BEVERAGE COMPANY ACQUIRES BLUE RUN SPIRITS, FURTHER EXPANDING ITS PORTFOLIO BEYOND THE BEER AISLE  Kentucky-based Blue Run complements Molson Coors’ growing spirits portfolio with high-end, award-winning bourbon and rye whiskies  Blue Run co-founder and CEO Mike Montgomery to lead expanded Coors Spirits Co. team  CHICAGO & GEORGETOWN, KY, AUGUST 8, 2023 – Molson Coors Beverage Company (“MCBC” or “Molson Coors”) (NYSE: TAP, TAP.A) has reached an agreement to acquire Blue Run Spirits (“Blue Run”), a visionary and award-winning producer of finely crafted bourbon and rye whiskies. The deal represents another step in Molson Coors’ evolution as a total beverage company while providing Blue Run with resources to continue its growth. Based in Georgetown, Kentucky, Blue Run is one of the whiskey industry’s most compelling new entrants since the brand’s launch in October 2020. The company has won numerous awards, including Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years Old & Older and Best Single Barrel Bourbon – 11 Years Old & Older at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and most recently was awarded Best High Rye Bourbon at the 2023 New Orleans Spirits Competition. It has also gained international acclaim among whiskey experts and branding aficionados who laud Blue Run’s divergence from traditional industry norms, which Forbes has called “sneakerizing the bourbon industry,” with premium whiskies that generate intense interest with each release. As Molson Coors’ first spirits acquisition, the addition of Blue Run boosts the company’s footprint in spirits as it continues to evolve from its storied history as a beer company and premiumize its portfolio. In tandem with the acquisition, Molson Coors has established Coors Spirits Co., an expansion of its existing spirits business, which will house Blue Run, Five Trail Blended American Whiskey, Barmen 1873 Bourbon and future innovation. This acquisition will more than double…

ASYLUM 11 2023 IS NOW SHIPPING C.L.E. CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THAT THE ASYLUM 11 2023 IS NOW SHIPPING (Miami, FL) August 1, 2023–C.L.E. Cigar Company announces that the Asylum 11 2023 is now shipping. Asylum 11 2023 was showcased last year at the 2022 PCA in Las Vegas. This marks the 5th in the line of this series which began with Asylum 7 in 2019. A year in the waiting the Asylum 11 2023 will now land in the hands of retailers across the nation. The cigar is a barber pole blend featuring Mexican San Andres and Habano wrappers. The binder and filler are composed of Honduran tobacco. Christian Eiroa founder and President of C.L.E. Cigar Company stated,” We wanted to create blend that will take the smoker on a wild ride. This flavor bomb of a cigar is extremely complex. The two distinct wrappers while complimenting each other will also keep the smoker’s attention due to the frequent flavor transitions.” Tom Lazuka, co-founder of Asylum and C.L.E. Cigar Company national sales manager said,” The Asylum brand is known for and will continue to be known for its unique blends. We are excited to bring the Asylum 11 2023 to our loyal customers.” The Asylum 11 2023 Exclusive is offered in two vitolas and comes in twenty count boxes. Each individual cigar is housed in a coffin. Vitola – MSRP 11X18 $21.00 70X7 $26.00 *MSRP excludes local and state taxes About Asylum Cigars Asylum serves as the alter ego of C.L.E Cigar Company. Edgy packaging, uniquely large sizes combined with deeply bold and flavorful blends allows 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…

Elie Bleu Hemingway Opus X Press Release by Reyns International Date:  July 5, 2023 You are cordially invited to an historical event.  The introduction of the Limited-Edition Arturo Fuente Hemingway Opus X collection, to honor the creation of the Hemingway Opus X Cigar. Carlito Fuente, along with other members of the Fuente team will be at the Elie Bleu, Reyns International Booth Saturday July 6, 2022 at 12:15 PM. Carlito will introduce the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Opus X Cigar.   The inspiration for the Hemingway Opus X cigar was Carlito Fuente’s passion to create a rare and very unique sized cigar as a tribute to his father, Carlos Fuente Senior who created the Hemingway cigar in the early eighties. Manny Iriarte and Reyns International are the designers of the Fuente Hemingway Opus X collection.  The Humidor’s development is a collaboration between Manny Iriarte, Elie Bleu, Carlito Fuente and Reyns International, the distributor of Elie Bleu in North America. The Fuente Hemingway Opus X humidor is unlike any humidor ever created for one of the most unique cigars in the world.  A combination of sycamore veneers, marquetry, metallic accents, a base with a tile design and a stained glass look on the lid of the humidor.  Stained glass is an integral part of the design inspired by the memories and history of Cuba.  The humidor is a classic Elie Bleu 110 count. Sixty Rare and Limited Fuente Hemingway Opus X cigars will be included with each Humidor.  The Fuente Hemingway Opus X Cigar size is 7 X 50.  The Fuente Hemingway Opus X Cigar features a distinctive Hemingway cigar band.  The blend for this extremely rare cigar is totally unique and unlike any other Fuente Opus X brands.  The Hemingway Fuente Opus X, 7 X 50 cigar is only available with the…

Segovias De Esteli Cigars to Re-Release Segovias at PCA 2023 Inside the BCA Pavilion in FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Segovias De Esteli Cigars (Formerly known as Antigua Esteli Cigars) is a premium cigar manufacturer from Esteli, Nicaragua (Tabacalera Segovias De Esteli S.A),  is proud to introduce Habano Oscuro and Maduro cigar to the World. Segovias De Esteli  “ The Segovias Brand”  is a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro and will be available in four different vitolas: Habano Robusto, Habano Torpedo, Semi Box Press Toro Maduro, Robusto Maduro  “Segovias “will be available August 7th  2023 and showcase in PCA 2023 in Las Vegas July 7, 2023 to July 11th 2023. Segovias De Esteli Cigars along with Tabacalera Segovias De Esteli S.A  has become a favorite among cigar aficionados. Art Garcia, CEO and President of Segovias De Esteli Cigars describes his cigars as, a volcanic robust taste and aroma from Nicaragua. Segovias De Esteli cigars feature a thick and oily Nicaraguan Maduro (San Andres Wrapper) and (Habano Oscuro Ecuadorian Wrapper)  and its bind with the aroma and fillers that are composed of only hand-selected, top priming grade A grade B raw leaf’s of Nicaragua. The blend, like the original, yields a rich, dark and hearty smoke, boasts notes of earth, chocolate and leather with hints of nuts and spice that increase in intensity throughout your smoking experience. SEGOVIAS BREAKDOWN: Length: 5 1/2 to 6 1/8 Ring Gauge: 52 to 56 Wrapper: Mexico San Andres, Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro Binder: Nicaragua/Mexico Filler: Nicaragua Factory: Tabacalera Segovias De Esteli, S.A Intensity: Medium to Full Package: 21-Count Box MSRP: $11.99 to 15.99 per cigar LAUNCH AND AVAILABILITY: Available Date, Starting August 7th  2023 we start Shipping. Segovias De Esteli Cigars Media Contact: Jorge Garcia                           …