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Press Release | Foundation to Launch New Highclere Castle

After the highly successful launch of the Highclere Castle Cigar at the 2017 IPCPR in Las Vegas, Foundation Cigar Company has announced the upcoming release of the Highclere Castle Victorian.

Globally recognized as the iconic face of the award-winning television drama, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle partnered with Foundation Cigar to craft a cigar reminiscent of the style enjoyed in England in the early 19th century. Highclere’s rich cigar history goes back to 1862, when cigars were first introduced to England. The tradition at Highclere Castle has always been to retire to the library after dinner for a cigar and spirits.

Highclere Castle Cigar Company partnered with world-renowned cigar producer Nicholas Melillo, whose blend of the Wise Man Maduro earned Cigar Aficionado’s #3 Cigar of 2018, to oversee the blend creation and production of the cigar. Melillo formed Foundation Cigar Company in 2015 to craft hand-made cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, and the Highclere Castle Victorian is the latest in Foundation’s award-winning line up.

Press Release | Foundation to Launch New Highclere Castle

The Highclere Castle Victorian is wrapped in Habano Ecuador, harkening back to the very first cigars to be imported into England in the Victorian era. The flavor profile of the cigar was created as a tribute to the style of cigars most popular during Victorian times, when smoking rooms became the fashion in grand country homes and castles. The previously released Highclere Castle Cigar was designed when the Highclere archivist discovered letters and personal account records of the Carnarvon’s cigar purchases in the early 1900s from dealers in London as well as the Ritz Hotel. Melillo subsequently crafted a cigar that reflects that historic flavor profile and smoking style.

The new Victorian is a “full-bodied cigar delivering notes of nougat, cedar, cinnamon, and leather,” said master-blender Nicholas Melillo. “This is some of the rarest and highest quality wrapper that I have been able to source, based on 20 years of building relationships with farmers and exceptional tobacco growers.”

“Nick is arguably one of the most well-respected cigar blenders in the industry,” said Highclere Cigar co-founder, Adam von Gootkin. “Partnering with him to craft this masterpiece cigar speaks to his obsession with quality while embracing the rich history of enjoying cigars at Highclere Castle. His access to rare tobaccos and high-quality, by-hand, production capabilities has led to this historic, award-winning line of cigars that we are incredibly proud to offer to connoisseurs.”

George Carnarvon, the current 8th Earl Carnarvon, owner of Highclere Castle and farmer of the 5,000-acre estate, is an active partner in the endeavor. “Highclere House was transformed into the inspirational Victorian Castle, much loved today, during a time of confidence and exploration in the world. Cigars were smoked at home by leading statesmen, such the Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, a close friend of my great, great grandfather. In fact, Queen Victoria’s, husband, Prince Albert, helped improve Anglo-French relations by smoking cigars with Napoleon III. Good food, good wine and the best cigars have been part of our weekends, entertaining friends and guests from around the world.”

The cigar will be launched at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association’s (IPCPR) Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 28, 2019. The first release will be limited, and cigars will be available in select cigar lounges and tobacco shops across the United States by August 2019.

About Foundation Cigar Company

Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense, The Wise Man – Corona, which was awarded among Cigar Aficionado’s ‘top 25 cigars’of 2016. The Company launched The Tabernacle, Charter Oak, and the infused line, The Upsetters, in 2016. In 2018, The Wise Man Maduro was named #3 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado and The Charter Oak was named Best Value Cigar. Foundation’s home offices reside in the Connecticut River Tobacco Valley and its production in Esteli, Nicaragua. Foundation Cigar Company’s goal is to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.

For More Information, Contact:

Foundation Cigars
110 Day Hill Road
First Floor
Windsor, CT 06095
Ph: +1 (888) 507-1098
info@foundationcigarcompany.com

Press Release | Frenchies ACID and Tabak Especial Brands

Friday, June 14, 2019 — Miami, FL- Voila! Drew Estate announces today the nationwide release of a series of Frenchies, quick smokes, under the ACID and Tabak Especial brands. Frenchies were showcased at the 2019 TPE trade show and will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada.

The ACID and Tabak Especial Frenchies are 3 3/4” x 20 small cigars. ACID Frenchies are packaged in both 5 and 10 count packs, while the Tabak Especial Frenchies are sold in 10 count packs only. Each is shipped in a shelf merchandising sleeve of 10 packs for retailer convenience, with each pack individually humidified with Boveda for placement inside the humidor, on the planogram or at the register.

Drew Estate Announces the National Release of Frenchies in Both the ACID and Tabak Especial Brands

The ACID Frenchies are small cigars wrapped in a lush Sumatran wrapper with Nicaraguan fillers, producing a delightful, sweet, pleasing, smoke. The Tabak Especial Frenchies are wrapped in smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade with Nicaraguan fillers that are perfect to pair with your cup of coffee in the morning.

Drew Estate Announces the National Release of Frenchies in Both the ACID and Tabak Especial Brands

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Drew Estate President and Founder Jonathan Drew adds, “Frenchies are truly small cigars, packaged in a mass market style box that’s easy breezy for the fast-paced smoker. These small cigars produce volumes of velvety smoke and are nice and sweet, so delicious…voila!! “

Drew Estate Announces the National Release of Frenchies in Both the ACID and Tabak Especial Brands

The ACID Frenchies are available in September as follows:

ACID Frenchies 5-Count pack MSRP $5.50/pack, shipped in shelf sleeves of 10
ACID Frenchies 10-Count pack MSRP $10.00/pack, shipped in shelf sleeves of 10

The Tabak Especial Frenchies are available in September as follows:

Tabak Especial Frenchies 10-Count pack with an MSRP of $10.00, shipped in sleeves of 10.

For full coverage of ACID and Tabak Especial Frenchies and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.

Joseph Gro
Digital Marketing Manager, Drew Estate
jgro@drewestate.com
@drewestatecigar
www.drewestate.com

Drew Estate Brand Guide: ACID and Tabak Especial Frenchies

ABOUT DREW ESTATE

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that attracting new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Press Release | Southern Draw Cigars adds 300 HANDS CONNECTICUT at IPCPR 2019

The company is adding the 300 HANDS Connecticut blend and has updated its rustic display to best share all three blends and “story cards” with the faces, names, roles and charitable needs of the 300 HANDS featured staff.

“This is their story.”

Announced a year ago we are reminded that that 300 HANDS, is an all too real story of collaboration told through a value line of premium cigars from Southern Draw Cigars. The result of approximately 300 small steps and those hands producing nearly identical handmade rolled bundles of our patiently aged and naturally fermented tobaccos that we know as premium cigars. The process of hand making a premium cigar is a deliberate marriage of art and skill that has been passed down from generation to generation and our beloved Nicaragua, with its complex tobaccos and dedicated people, is now the most prominent supplier of this unique art form to the United States and the company is honored to share this charitable project with our retail partners and consumers. For the entire story please visit us at https://www.southerndrawcigars.com/300-hands
300 HANDS Connecticut

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.
Wrapper: Connecticut, USA
Binder: Peru
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic

Southern Draw Cigars

Notes: a smooth and mellow tasting high-grade Connecticut wrapper, velvety smoke with a slight zest of citrus and bright spicy notes from the Peruvian binder and just a touch of spice from the Corojo 99 and complimentary filler tobaccos.

300 HANDS Connecticut joins the 300 HANDS Maduro and 300 MANOS Habano as all three blends are offered in five classic sizes, each sold in 10 count bundles (each retail order will include a FREE vertical display tray that is just 12”w x 10”d x 12”h and holds three blends and 10 cigars of each size with easy to use refill bundles)

• Petit Edmundo 4.75 x 52 – $5.99 (Bundles of 10, $59.99)
• Coloniales 5.25 x 44 – $6.19 (Bundles of 10, $61.99)
• Corona Gorda 5.625 x 46 – $6.29 (Bundles of 10, $62.99)
• Piramides 6.125 x 52 – $6.39 (Bundles of 10, $63.99)
• Churchill 7.0 x 48 – $6.49 (Bundles of 10, $64.99)
• Release Date – June 28 – July 2, available during tradeshow hours at Booth #3061 IPCPR 2019
• Number of Cigars Released – 150 display trays, 50,000 cigars per sizes for 2019, 250,000 cigars
• Ship Date(s) – August & October 2019

To make an appointment for IPCPR 2019, please email shelly@southerndrawcigars.com as 300 HANDS is available to our valued retail partners who are in good standing and will be first come, first served.

Press Release | Protocol Sir Robert Peel

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Sir Robert Peel as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Cigars will be offered in a natural & maduro format. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel is produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigars will be available in a 6 x 52 box press format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $119.50 per box.

Press Release | Protocol Sir Robert Peel

The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper covering Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The second blend utilizes the same filler but a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf wrapper. The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Sir Robert Peel is regarded as the father of modern day policing. Cubariqueño Cigar Co  again pays homage to the profession of its owners Bill Ives & Juan Cancel who are police officers. We left no stone unturned for this release. Both cigars are smoking phenomenal and we took the packing up to the next level stated Juan Cancel. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Press Release | Drew Estate Unveils the 2019 Undercrown “Dojo Dogma” Limited Release

Drew Estate Unveils the 2019 Undercrown “Dojo Dogma” Limited Release

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate unveils today the 2019 limited release of Undercrown Dojo Dogma to Drew Diplomat Retailers nationwide featuring redesigned packaging and a sleek merchandising solution. Following its introduction in 2014, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the online cigar community Cigar Dojo, Dogma became an instant classic. Undercrown Dojo Dogma will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Like the Undercrown Corona Viva, the Undercrown Dojo Dogma features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder, and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Brazil. Unique within the core vitolas of Undercrown Maduro, the 6 x 56 Dogma is box pressed and packaged in a beautiful blue 10 count soft pack.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, President and Founder Jonathan Drew notes, “It was definitely cool to bring back the Dojo Dogma last year at IPCPR. I received a bunch of texts and dm’s from all sorts of dudes that I’ve met throughout the years, all really amped up to see it back. We screwed up though last year because the soft packs did not have a sales tray so the marketing guys fixed it real nice, plus yo… the blue pack is super dope.”

Press Release | Drew Estate Unveils the 2019 Undercrown “Dojo Dogma” Limited Release

From the Cigar Dojo studios in Lakewood, Colorado Master Sensei Eric Guttorstorm adds, “To this day the DOGMA has been our most popular collaborative cigar release and for good reason. It has just the right size and shape combined with a killer blend that keeps folks coming back for more.”

The Undercrown Dojo Dogma will be launched at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival on August 24th in Broomfield, Colorado by JD himself, the team from Cigar Dojo and Drew Estate with a full national release slated in September. Undercrown Dojo Dogma is packaged in a 10 count soft pack with an MSRP of $107.97 exclusive to Drew Diplomat retailers.

For full coverage of Undercrown Dojo Dogma and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.

Press Release | Lancero released for Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142

Lancero released for Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142

Experiment Station – Windsor, CT

June 10th, 2019

Originally released one year ago at the 2018 IPCPR, the Tabernacle Havana Seed #142 created a stir in the cigar world as aficionados clamored for the unique combination of spicy and sweet tones that gave this cigar its unmistakable rich flavor. The #142 has so far offered consumers four sizes to enjoy; a 6 x 52 Toro, 5 x 50 Robusto, 5 ¼ x 46 Corona, and a 7 x 54 Double Corona.

Press Release | Lancero released for Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142

Now cigar lovers can experience the #142 in all its glory as a new 7 x 40 Lancero size. This long, thin vitola has a higher wrapper to blend ratio and relies on a flavorful wrapper leaf to carry the cigar. Its slender shape requires delicate craftsmanship to construct, and only the highest quality, pristine wrapper leaves will do. And what better wrapper to highlight than that of the #142? The thin leaf is full of rich oils and an unbelievable range of flavors, with an extravagant offering for any palate.

Press Release | Lancero released for Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142

“In some circles, it is believed that Lanceros are the best way to truly taste the cigar’s terroir,” says Nicholas Melillo.

In that case, the #142 Lancero embodies over 100 years of history in the Connecticut River Valley. The wrapper is grown not far from Foundation’s Connecticut headquarters, where Nicholas Melillo has been a steward of this one of a kind seed since 2014. “As they grow in popularity stateside, Lanceros are increasingly becoming known as the cigar size that cigarmakers smoke themselves.” Foundation is excited to offer this classic size in the innovative Tabernacle blend to create a profound experience for connoisseurs.

Lancero Details

Wrapper – Havana Seed #142 Grown in Connecticut
Binder – San Andres Mexico
Filler – Esteli, Jalapa, and Jamastran

Stick MSRP – $12.75

Box MSRP – $306.00 24 Count Box

About Foundation Cigar Company
Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense, The Wise Man – Corona, which was awarded among Cigar Aficionado’s ‘top 25 cigars’of 2016. The Company launched The Tabernacle, Charter Oak, and the infused line, The Upsetters, in 2016. In 2018, The Wise Man Maduro was named #3 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado and The Charter Oak was named Best Value Cigar. Foundation’s home offices reside in the Connecticut River Tobacco Valley and its production in Esteli, Nicaragua. Foundation Cigar Company’s goal is to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.

For More Information, Contact:

Foundation Cigars
110 Day Hill Road
First Floor
Windsor, CT 06095
Ph: +1 (888) 507-1098
info@foundationcigarcompany.com

Press Release | Introducing the ACID Accents Collection: Regional Exclusive ACID Cigars for Drew Diplomat Retailers

Monday, June 10, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate unveils today the creation of the ACID Accents collection, an ongoing series of regional exclusives to be available to Drew Diplomat retailers in specific regions, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ACID cigars. The first two ACID Accents, “Jay Street Posse” and “B-More 410”, will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Exclusive to the New York City area, we are taking it back to our DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) roots with the ACID Accent Jay Street Posse, a 4.5” figurado with a ring gauge ranging from 52-62. Jay Street in Brooklyn is the birthplace of Drew Estate, and we honor our New York Accent with a brash Sumatran wrapper over robust Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Also ready for release is the B-More 410, a 4.5” x 60 vitola exclusive to all Maryland Drew Diplomat Retailers. This bold blend also features a Sumatran wrapper and is the perfect complement to the “Charm City.”

Introducing the ACID Accents Collection: Regional Exclusive ACID Cigars for Drew Diplomat Retailers

Jonathan Drew, President and Founder of Drew Estate illuminates, “When we first introduced ACID Cigars, our challenge was having the Retailers accept the brand into their stores because the industry was so extremely conservative. Now that ACID is truly a top performing brand nationwide, we look to honor those regional pockets of Retailers with local exclusives that are truly bangers. The Cubans are really good at introducing excellent regional sticks, and I’ve always liked the approach. We want ours to be purposeful and speak to our roots.”

Introducing the ACID Accents Collection: Regional Exclusive ACID Cigars for Drew Diplomat Retailers

The ACID Accent Jay Street Posse is a 4.5” x 52-62 figurado sold in a 10-count soft pack with an MSRP of $92.00, exclusive to Drew Diplomat Retailers in a 50 mile radius of New York City, plus all of Long Island, and will be shipping in August

The ACID Accent B-More 410 is 4.5” x 60 sold in a 10-count soft pack with an MSRP of $80.00, exclusive to Drew Diplomat Retailers in Maryland, and will be shipping in August

We will also include a Merchandising Tray with initial shipments of both Accents to retailers.

Future ACID Accents are currently planned to be released in the second half of 2019 for Texas, California, Atlanta and Chicago. Details to be announced, coming soon.

For full coverage of ACID Accents Program and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.