What’s happening to The Cigarmy?

Where have I been?  Where is The Cigarmy headed?  Why have there been no posts in the past month?  Well, the answers are manifold.

Firstly, I’ve had some fairly serious health issues arise.  What began as a semi-routine visit to the doctor for some headaches and vision anomalies turned into a diagnosis of a brain tumor.  Never fear….the chance of the type I have being malignant is very remote.  A little surgery and lot of medication should clear it up to a manageable level.  None the less, it has consumed a great deal of my time these past few weeks.

However, that’s not the main reason for the lack of update here.

There was initially some talk of going the other way – to use The Cigarmy domain as our point of release.  But, it did not make sense from a technical standpoint.  It is simply easier to migrate written blog posts than audio streams, the forum, and some custom post formats.  Sometime this week, I will be forwarding the good bits of The Cigarmy to halfashed.com, so if you have any pages you want to bookmark you should do that sooner rather than later.After a great deal of plotting, planning and consternation, my Half Ashed co-host and I have decided that we will be consolidating The Cigarmy and Half Ashed into a singular media outlet.  All the important historical articles from The Cigarmy are being imported into the Half Ashed site, and the remainder of posts here will remain in perpetuity as an archive (use the search function from the menu bar if you are looking for something specific).  However, all cigar news and reviews going forward will only be posted at halfashed.com.  This process has already begun – so if you hadn’t previously figured this out head over there and check out the most recent posts.

We believe that this consolidation will create a much lighter work load for me, and make way for more dedication to developing a few new features that have been put on the backburner because there have been two sites to maintain.  This will also give Cigarmy readers a few new fun things right off the bat – today.  If you visit Half Ashed and create a user profile, that profile gives you the ability to hang out and chat during the show each week, as well as forum use.  A single profile provide access to all three.  If you’re logged into the site, you are connected to both chat and forum as well.  It might take a few minutes after registration for it to become active, but after that you’re good to go.  If something is amiss, drop me a line at kip@thecigarmy.com and I’ll get you all fixed up.  Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to hearing from you on the other side!

General Cigar Acquires Toraño Brands

[This is a bit of news that spread like wildfire yesterday afternoon….this will most definitely be a topic of discussion on tonight’s Half Ashed Cigar Podcast]

General CigarRichmond, VA — General Cigar Company today announced the acquisition of the Toraño Family Cigar Company brands. This acquisition will strengthen General Cigar’s market position and enhance the company’s product mix to deliver greater value and innovation to its retail customers and consumers. It will also allow General Cigar to further expand its exceptional portfolio of leading brands by offering opportunities within the company’s international footprint, while presenting significant growth potential in the domestic market.

Spanning almost 100 years, Toraño Cigars has a vast history that encompasses every area of the cigar industry, from growing to manufacturing, to ultimately the creation of their own brands.  Production of Toraño’s portfolio including the popular Exodus, Reserva, Casa Toraño, Vault and Master Collections will remain unchanged.

Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said, “The acquisition of the Toraño brands represents an opportunity for us to strategically expand our portfolio. Our companies have been intertwined for over 50 years and I look forward to working with Charlie Toraño on plans to celebrate the upcoming centennial and to carry forward the vision, passion and innovation that is synonymous with the Toraño name while also leveraging our resources to bring even greater excitement and reach to our trade partners and consumers.”

“There is a long-standing and proud history of partnership between General Cigar and Toraño, dating back to my family’s exodus from Cuba. There is no other company that I would rather have continue my family’s legacy, and I look forward to seeing the Toraño brands prosper under General Cigar’s expertise,” said Toraño president Charlie Toraño.

The transaction will take effect on September 11, 2014.


About Toraño Family Cigar Company

Headquartered in Miami, Toraño Family Cigar Company was established as a leaf growing company in Cuba and spans over four generations. Following the Cuban revolution, the Toraño family grew tobacco in the Dominican Republic and later began manufacturing handmade cigars across Central America. Since the 1990s, Toraño developed its own portfolio of brands, best known for having complex blends featuring tobacco from many different countries of origin and taste profiles.


About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®,  La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group.  Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® Macanudo, Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana, Partagas, CAO, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Company.

Drew Estate Unveils “ Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera ”





New Tienda by Will Herrera produced for Barrister Cigars

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Miami, FL – Drew Estate Tobacco Co. announced today the release of the first “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”, a concept cigar by Willy Herrera. Made at La

Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in extremely small batches, the Tienda Exclusiva line is specially crafted for one retailer per release, with only a few releases scheduled per year. The inaugural “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend was produced for Continue reading

3rd Annual “Havana Nights” by the Guayabera Lady & Fuente Family


The “Fuente Family Affair” event hits South Florida this October 25, 2014


havana nights 3(Miami, FL) August 21, 2014— Miami is no stranger to amazing events. But few are charged with such a powerful message and such a dynamic group of supporters. The Inaugural Havana Nights – “A Fuente Family Affair” event was held in 2012. The fete was unforgettable to many, as it was also one of the largest fundraising events held for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.  With great pleasure is the announcement of the3rd Annual Havana Nights – A Fuente Family Affair presented by Hublot, taking place Saturday, October 25th, 2013 from 7PM-1AM at Neo Vertika located at 690 SW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130.


Presented by The Guayabera Lady Foundation, this event is being held to support the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and promises to be bigger and better than last year; with an outstanding array of entertainment, Bacardi cocktails, libations and live music. As if that wasn’t enough, guests can enjoy a raffle and silent auction featuring a huge selection of luxury items as well as unique collectibles all donated by supportive sponsors all over the map.


The event is once again being hosted by the “World Renowned” Guayabera Lady, Mrs. Berta R. Bravo.  Beloved by many, and recognized for dressing many notables, Berta again welcomes everyone to attend the festivities and reminds: “it’s all for a wonderful cause.”


Expected guests will include: local VIPs and celebrities, cigar aficionados from across the country, city officials, and supporters from various walks of life that will make for an entertaining and fulfilling evening of great music, great food and great company.   Don Carlos Fuente Sr. will present.


Tickets to the gala are $125 per person and $200 per couple. To pay by credit card please log onto www.theguayaberaladyfoundation.org – or you may call: 786-287-6664.

Checks must be made payable to The Guayabera Lady Foundation and mailed to:  The Guayabera Lady – Attention:  Havana Nights – 4832 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL. 33155. Suggested attire: Black and red “Guayabera Chic” in honor of Carlos Fuente.


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The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit organization. The foundation’s mission is to provide a significant humanitarian impact to communities in the Dominican Republic resulting in a better quality of life to those who experience a lack of education, poor access to health care and nutrition and who have little or no sustainable employment. CF-CF in 2001 the Fuente and Newman families created the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. The Foundation partnered with Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI), a Dominican based nonprofit organization that for the past 30 years has been fighting poverty by providing training and skills necessary to make a positive change for those living in both urban and rural regions of the Dominican Republic.