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60 SMOKESHOP February 2016 >>>TOBACCO PRODUCTS & MANUFACTURER PROMOTIONS NEWS Brand Henry Clay Stalk Cut Launched by Altadis U.S.A. Altadis U.S.A. continues to draw attention to one of its lower profile handmade cigar lines, the Dominican-made, broadleaf-wrapped Henry Clay, with the introduction of the new Henry Clay Stalk Cut. The new line, produced alongside other Henry Clay lines at Tabacalera de Garcia in La Romana, Dominican Republic, features a specially processed dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that is stalk cut—a traditional harvesting method of broadleaf tobacco whereby the plant's entire stalk is cut and hung to dry in tobacco barns. The method allows the tobacco to retain its natural nutrients, yielding richer, more flavorful leaves, Altadis explains. In addition, all of the tobaccos used in the cigar's blend are vintage dated. The dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is from the 2012 crop, paired to a blend of 2012 Dominican Olor, 2012 Dominican Piloto, and 2013 Nicaraguan Criollo fill- ers and a 2012 Dominican Piloto binder. Developed by the Altadis U.S.A. blend- ing team known as the Grupo de Maestros, the blend delivers a full-bodied smoke, "bold and robust with earthy notes." The new line is available in three sizes, all featuring the line's hallmark box press format: Gran Corona (6 x 46 ring gauge pig tail), Robusto (5 x 50), and Toro (6 x 54), priced between $8.00 and $8.50 per cigar. The cigars are presented in 20-count gray lacquer cedar boxes, in two ribbon-bound bundles of 10. Unlike last year's Henry Clay Tattoo—a limited edition joint project between Altadis U.S.A. and Tatuaje Cigars founder Pete Johnson that released only 2,500 boxes—Henry Clay Stalk Cut is a regular production release. Altadis U.S.A. has established a dedicated website for the new brand at that fully explains the stalk cut process. It also announced that production of core line Henry Clays will be increased in 2016 and that additional line extensions are planned. Altadis U.S.A. Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 446-5797, Tel: (954) 772- 9000, Web:, Arango Cigar Offers Exclusive Drew Estate Acid Chi-Town Drew Estate has released a new Subculture cigar—Acid Chi-Town—exclu- sively through Arango Cigar Company of Northbrook, Ill. The cigar features a blend of Nicaraguan fillers with a Cameroon wrapper, and is offered in a 5 x 50 format, presented in glass tubes in 18-count boxes emblazoned with Acid branding. "Arango Cigar Company has been a long-time ally of Drew Estate," said Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci. "We've built a great relation- ship over the years and can always rely on them to do right by us. We're excited to work with them on Acid Chi-Town as we continue to bring new and fresh ideas to the popular Acid cigar brand." Drew Estate, Miami, Fla., Web:; distributed exclusiely by Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 222-442, Email: Arango Named U.S. Distr. for J. Cortez's Miramar Cigarillos Arango Cigar Co., a national distrib- utor of tobacco products, is now the exclusive U.S. importer and distrib- utor for Miramar Cigarillos, "little cigars" made by J. Cortès Cigars of Belgium. Miramar Cigarillos were formerly distributed by Swisher International, Inc., but are now available only from Arango. Miramar Cigarillos are offered in natural, vanilla, chocolate, and espresso flavors and are made from a blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Sumatra, Java, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. "The smoking experience is a mild, creamy complexity seldom found in cigarillos," states Arango President Michael Gold. "Their 3-1/4 inch by 20 ring gauge size makes Miramar Cigarillos a perfect short, but satisfying smoke for both long- time and new smokers." Miramar Cigarillos come packed in 10-count metal tins, ten tins per cardboard counter-top display. Wholesale cost is $28.35 per carton. Miramar Cigarillos are back in stock and available now from Arango Cigar Co. Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 222-442, Email:

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