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Blend Bar to Open New Lounge in Pittsburgh’s Kopper Building in June

Blend Bar announced their plans to open up a new venue in the Koppers Building located at 436 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA in June 2016. The company announced that they recently signed a lease for approximately 5,000 square feet in the historic building to open up their “Blend Bar with Davidoff Cigars”.

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Cigar Industry

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Miami Cigar & Co. Taking Over U.S. Distribution for Toscano

Miami Cigar & Company announced that they have reached an agreement to become the exclusive distributor of Toscano Cigars in the United States. Based in Tuscany, Italy, Toscano has been producing their iconic cigars for 200 years and is to this day the most dominant cigar brand in Italy.

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Vintage & History

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Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

Ratings & Awards

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Looking Back: Cigar Journal’s Best Buy Cigars of 2015

We combed through our blind tastings from the year 2015 again to find out which cigars received particularly good evaluations during the course of the year but are offered for a much lower price compared to others of the same rating.

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Looking Back: Cigar Journal’s Best Buy Cigars of 2015

We combed through our blind tastings from the year 2015 again to find out which cigars received particularly good evaluations during the course of the year but are offered for a much lower price compared to others of the same rating.

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Smoky Spirits

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Koval Whiskey: Austrian Distillery Tradition in Chicago

Robert Birnecker dreamed of taking Austria’s time-honored distillery tradition to the United States. His Koval brand has achieved that dream – though not with Old World-style fruit brandies, but by producing distinctly New World whiskeys. Two years after the company’s founding, his creations already won several awards.

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Cigar Life & Culture

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Tournament Schedule for Cigar Smoking World Championship 2016 Revealed

More than 70 of the world’s slowest cigar smokers from over 20 countries are expected to participate at the 7th Cigar Smoking World Championship this year. Taking place from September 2-4, 2016 in Split, Croatia, the Championship is the finale of qualification tournaments held in more countries than ever this year. Winners of those tournaments

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From the Magazine

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Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

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Denmark: A Tobacco Nation in the Back Rooms

The scene is small and everyone knows everyone, but signs of a trend reversal are there. There are in fact individual, young, cigar-smoking Danes around – a harbinger that Danish cigar culture is slowly gaining momentum again.

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El Panteón: The former La Corona Factory

El pantéon – hall of fame or cemetery – depending on the translation – was what the torcedores called the La Corona factory. Built by the American Tobacco Company, later under the name of Tabacalera Cubana, the factory operated a total of 91 brands.

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How Many Leaves Go Into Making One Cigar?

The answer isn’t as straight-forward as you might think. Of course, it’s obvious that the amount of tobacco used will vary considerably from Vitola to Vitola, and that it will also be influenced by the density of the roll. It can be said that the wrapper and the binder each use one half of a tobacco leaf.

cubatabaco 1492 vintage humidor open certificate

Who are the Buyers of High-Priced Vintage Cigars?

The vintage cigar market can be an enigmatic place, with players unwilling to reveal their sources, collections or investments for fear of alerting their competitors. With some information from a few specialists, Nick Hammond found out that vintage buyers can be divided into two distinct groups.

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