Aaron Loomis

Cigar News: FDA Releases Final SE and PMTA Rules

Last night, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) released the Final Substantial Equivalence (SE) and Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) Rules to address deemed products. While the rules apply regulations to a wide variety of products, FDA stopped short of applying the new regulations to "premium cigars" acknowledging that the agency is evaluating industry comments and its own research on the category.

Cigar News: AVO Classic Belicoso Returns

Cigar News: AVO Classic Belicoso Returns

AVO Cigars, the global premium cigar brand, is proud to announce the return of the artisan Belicoso size in the brand-leading line, AVO Classic. A reunion of the Belicoso size which was last released in 2005. This unique and popular format will be available for a one-time production of 2,000 boxes in 25-ct available only in the Unites States.

2020 Cigar of the Year

Take a look at our cigar of the year list which consist of new cigars released in the calendar year of 2020.

Cigar News: J.C. Newman Announces Havana Q

Cigar News: J.C. Newman Announces Havana Q

The new cigar Havana Q is a cousin of the J.C. Newman value cigar, Quorum, the number 1 selling bundle cigar out of Nicaragua. These are another value brand cigar, but with important differences. Havana Q comes in a variety of larger ring-gauges, to cater to the modern cigar smoker's contemporary preferences.

Cigar News: Protocol Coppers Announced as Shop Exclusive for Vintage Cigar Lounge and Club

Cigar News: Protocol Coppers Announced as Shop Exclusive for Vintage Cigar Lounge and Club

Protocol Cigars is pleased to present their first new release of 2021, a shop exclusive called the Protocol Coppers for Vintage Cigar Lounge and Club in Westerly, RI. Like all projects that keep with a law enforcement theme, this project is built around the shop we partnered with. In this case we are doing the project with Vintage Cigar Lounge and Club which happens to be law enforcement owned and operated.

Cigar News: Lake Country Cigar and Brothers Cigar Collaborate on Revival

Cigar News: Lake Country Cigars and Brothers Cigar Collaborate on Revival

Lake Country Cigars in collaboration with Brothers Cigars launch Revival. Revival is a two-blend premium long filler cigar line manufactured at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. Matt Matheny owner of Lake Country Cigar spent the last year working with his good friends at Brothers Cigar to create Revival.

Cigar News: Wiseman Maduro Firecracker Slated as 2021 Limited Release

Cigar News: The Wise Man Maduro Firecracker Slated as 2021 Limited Release

Aside from the regular production United Firecracker there is always the anticipation of which manufacturers band will adorn the 3.5” x 50 vitola with the original wick as the cap. This year’s collaboration is with Foundation Cigar Company and in true Firecracker form, President and master blender, Nicholas Melillo delivered excellence with the Wiseman Maduro Firecracker.

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo INCH Natural No. 60

Personal Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo INCH Natural No. 60

The E.P. Carrillo INCH Natural No. 60 had a flavor profile that was pretty linear with just a few changes. It was definitely a heavy oak and earth influence. I'd prefer a bit more to the flavor profile, but for those that are fans of the flavors I've described, you'll get a full dose of them here and find something you enjoy. The cigar is a very slow smoker, so there is some value there.