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May/June 2018
Vol. 29, No. 2


Joya de Nicaragua
Fifty years ago, no one gave much thought to Nicaragua as a cigar making country, but oh how times have changed.

Ashes to Ashes: Vintino’s Cigars
What started as an idea between a tobacconist and his customer in New Jersey came to fruition in a former funeral parlor in Naples, Florida.

End of an Era: McClelland Tobacco
If you see a pipe smoker weeping on the side of the road, it’s probably because he just learned McClelland Tobacco is closing its doors after more than 40 years.

Macanudo: Celebrating 50 years
It was probably your first cigar—the iconic Macanudo brand that is celebrating a half-century—and the premium cigar industry should be offering its thanks.

An effulgent shine, rich resins and essential oils that produce a full-bodied taste—these are just some of the poetic words used by Luciano Simeone, CEO, to describe Avanti cigars.

Procigar 2018
Discover all the sights from this year’s Procigar Festival in the Dominican Republic.

Ask the Tobacconist: The famous and the not so famous, part two
Every tobacconist can relate. Yes, there are always more trials and tribulations when it comes to the tobacco business.

5 Questions With …
Pedro Gomez, factory spokesman, Drew Estate