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62 SMOKESHOP August 2016 >>>TOBACCO PRODUCTS & MANUFACTURER PROMOTIONS NEWS Brand Davidoff Re-launches Cusano Brand with Release of Dominican Connecticut, Maduro, Nicaragua Estelí Targeting cigar consumers who are seeking out great value quality blends and taste experiences, Oettinger Davidoff launched Cusano Dominican Connecticut and Cusano Dominican Maduro in the spring, and has now expanded the line with the addition of Cusano Nicaragua Estelí. All three blends were developed to offer great-tasting daily cigars at an excellent value. The two Dominican blends replace the company's former Cusano 18 Series and both are blended with Dominican filler tobaccos and an Ecuador Connecticut binder. Cusano Dominican Connecticut features an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper, delivering a mild and mellow smoke with hints of white pepper adding depth and spice to its creamy coffee notes. The Cusano Dominican Maduro taps a dark and oily Negro San Andrés maduro wrapper from Mexico to add sweetness to the blend's woody, earthy flavors with notes of coffee and spice. Cusano Nicaragua Estelí, slated to ship in June, is a medium-to-full body blend with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos refined with a Negro San Andrés wrapper from Mexico that offers a stronger, fuller-bodied multi-origin blend. All three lines are offered in the same four sizes and suggested retail price points: Toro (6 x 50), $5.49 each; Robusto (5 x 50), $4.49 each; Churchill (7 x 48), $5.49 each; and Gordo (6 x 60), $5.99. The cigars come in a classic wooden slide-top cabinet box and feature a high impact ring design—blue bands for the Connecticut, black bands for the Maduro, and red bands for the Nicaragua Estelí. Davidoff of Geneva U.S.A., Pinellas Park, Fla., Tel: (727) 828-5400, Web: Cavalier of Geneva White Series Coming to U.S.A. Cavalier Premium Cigars, the Geneva, Switzerland-based producer of Honduran- made Cavalier of Geneva White Series premium cigars developed by company owner Sébastien Decoppet, has signed a national U.S. distribution partnership with Cigar Art, a tobacconist, boutique cigar maker, and wholesale distributor in Dallas, Texas. The cigars will debut at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in July. The medium-bodied cigar line features a blend of six different tobacco varieties from five countries and boasts "tremendous complexity." The flavor profile is described as "sweet and salty with mild spice" with notes of "humid earth, moss, mushrooms, and toasted aroma." The series is available in three sizes: Medio (3 1/2 x 58), Elegantes (4 1/2 x 52), and Diplomate (5 1/2 x 56). The cigars are presented in compact cabinet-style Cuban dress boxes of 20. Cavalier Premium Cigars LLC, Geneva, Switzerland, Web:, distributed in U.S.A. by Cigar Art LLC, Dallas, Texas, Tel: (469) 399-0901, Email:, Web: Ventura Cigar Company Set to Debut Archetype Archetype, a new three-blend cigar series from Kretek International subsidiary Ventura Cigar Company, is an "exploration of nuance—a complex smoking experience that rewards the discriminating palate," according to a company announcement. Ventura Cigar explains it has always brought to market cigars that "move the senses and take the smoking experience to another level. Archetype continues this mission with a new line of highly- complex, yet perfectly balanced cigars. Each vitola is artfully crafted with a unique blend of rich, flavorful tobaccos and bound in a pristine wrapper— working in harmony to create intense, memorable smokes." Archetype will be available in three blends. Dreamstate offers a smooth, Dominican-made mild to medium cigar with a velvety-golden Connecticut wrapper that rewards with a complex bouquet of fruit, vanilla and white pepper. Sage Advice delivers an exotic blend of seven rare, aged tobaccos including an H2000 wrapper combined to create a full-bodied smoking experience that explodes with leather, dried fruit, and spice. Strange Passage, a Honduran box press, provides a multi- dimensional flavor profile of a full- bodied cigar with notes of freshly roasted coffee and aged wood to an earthy fruit-and-spice finish. Ventura Cigar Company, Moorpark, Calif., Tel: (805) 531-8888, Web:

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