JR Cigar Black Abyss


Fans of premium-quality San Andrés wrapper leaf are gonna want to check out, Black Abyss, a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco, the guy who grows the leaf for a bunch of Boutique Blends cigar brands, including Aging Room and Swag, both of which have collected tons of high ratings in cigar magazines (the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto took second place in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2013). Anyway…

Black Abyss is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and, while it is full bodied, it’s cleverly designed for not just smokers of super-strong cigars. It’s got that big, rich, bold flavor often associated with a San Andrés wrapper and it does contain some potent ligero leaf, but along with the blend’s hearty, zesty notes of dark coffee, this cigar begins and ends with a sweetness while a smooth creaminess remains throughout, making it a great choice for medium-bodied cigar fans who want to step it up in strength.

Black Abyss’s construction is top-notch, as evidenced by its extremely even burn and draw, which are made even better by an exceptionally appealing aroma.

Jochy Blanco’s Black Abyss is made in four sizes (each featuring a somewhat sinister name: Banshee, Cerberus, Hydra, and Wraith) packed in boxes of 20 cigars. If all that’s piqued your interest, you’ll be glad to know that Black Abyss cigars are also pretty reasonably priced. Starting in July, you’ll find them exclusively at JR Cigar.

Drew Estate Announces New Releases in ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí & MUWAT Lines


Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that they would be releasing new extensions in their ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí and MUWAT lines at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV next week. The new cigars will include the following:

• Acid Blondie Maduro – A maduro version of Drew Estate’s popular Blondie. Featuring a San Andrés Valley Maduro instead of the Connecticut Shade wrapper used on the current Blondie, the new ACID Blondie Maduro will appeal to those who desire Blondie in a bolder blend.

• Kentucky Fire Cured Sizes, “Delfinas”, “Kyotos”, & “Hamhock” – The Kentucky Fire Cured line is being expanded by three sizes: the Delfinas (6 x 26), the Kyotos (5 1⁄2 x 34), and the Hamhock (3 3⁄4 x 56). All three sizes are based on the original KFCC blend, which features smoked tobaccos as well as dark air cured tobaccos.

• Herrera Esteli Norteño – The “Norteño” showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. The “Norteño by Willy Herrera” will be available in the following six vitolas at select Herrera Estelí retailers nationwide.

Coronita – 4 x 46
Corona Extra – 4 3/4 x 48 Belicoso Fino – 5 x 50 Robusto Grande – 5 1/2 x 54 Toro – 6 x 50
Lonsdale Deluxe – 6 1/2 x 44

• MUWAT Nightcrawler – A 4 1⁄2 x 50 Short Robusto based on the stronger Bait Fish blend. A bigger Bait Fish, for fans of that blend. Drew Estate’s customers asked for it, and they delivered. The MUWAT line will also debut a new packaging style at the IPCPR tradeshow.

When asked about the new line extensions, Drew Estate president Michael Cellucci stated that, “we are always looking to improve our brand portfolio at Drew Estate. We strongly value customer feedback, and many of these new sizes were directly influenced by customer input. We believe that there is a cigar for every palate in the Drew Estate portfolio.”


XIKAR and Cigar Boss Team Up to Add App Features for Consumers


XIKAR, Inc. proudly announces a digital marketing partnership with Cigar Boss, the #1 Cigar App in the world. XIKAR will advertise on Cigar Boss and collaborate to add a new XIKAR accessory section, similar to the app’s very popular “Cigar” section. In addition, XIKAR will offer the Cigar Boss Custom App and Preferred Store Programs to their retail partners, beginning at this year’s IPCPR show in Las Vegas.

This integrated partnership provides an outlet for cigar enthusiasts to evaluate XIKAR products before purchase. The app provides a description of the accessory, price, user reviews of the product, as well as links to educational videos for cigar enthusiasts. Consumers can access these features any time on their mobile device, or by using the iPad kiosk available inside all Cigar Boss Custom App retailers. XIKAR and Cigar Boss are also working to integrate the XIKAR PuroTemp System into the existing Cigar Boss “My Humidor” section to assist users with real-time monitoring of their cigars.

“When we saw what the guys at Cigar Boss had created, we knew they would be a great innovation partner,” said Kurt Van Keppel, CEO and Founder of XIKAR. “We have similar goals; educate the cigar consumer and develop industry leading innovations, all aimed at enhancing the cigar smoker’s experience,” continued Van Keppel.

“We are very excited about partnering with an industry leader in XIKAR,” said Sonny Westmoreland, President and Co-founder of Cigar Boss. “XIKAR is the leading cigar accessory brand, and we are the #1 Cigar App in the world. I believe together we can be a powerful resource for consumers who are looking for their favorite cigars and accessories at retailers across the country,” added Westmoreland.

Look to the app for additional innovations from XIKAR and Cigar Boss to help passionate cigar smokers continue to enjoy premium cigars. The dedicated XIKAR section on Cigar Boss will be available to consumers as a free update beginning next week.



With a brand new makeover to a consistent premium blend, Gurkha Cigar Group is proud to announce the reintroduction of Pedro Martin Ruby and Maduro Cigars. Gurkha welcomed Maria Martin and the Pedro Martin brand under the corporation’s umbrella in the spring of 2013 and closed the year with the release of the Limted Edition 2013. “The Limited Edition 2013 has had a wonderful reception by retailers nationwide,” says Maria Martin, Pedro Martin Brand Ambassador. “Many of our customers have repeatedly asked for the popular Pedro Martin brands and now we are happy to finally be able to introduce them once again.”

The Pedro Martin Maduro and Ruby cigars are set to be re-released at IPCPR this month. These medium to full body, full flavor cigars include the traditional Pedro Martin blends with a brand new look and feel under the same watchful eye of Arsenio Ramos in TABASA ESTELI NICARAGUA. Set to incorporate the customary feel of old world Cuba, family tradition, and a matter of pride, Gurkha has paired with Maria Martin to honor the famed master blender of cigars himself: Pedro Martin, with a brand new band and box. The Pedro Martin Maduro includes a Mexican San Andrés Wrapper, Nicaraguan Maduro Binder, and Nicaraguan Filler to incorporate the flavors of spice, caramel, sweetness, and cocoa. The Pedro Martin Ruby includes a Red Colorado Corojo Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, and Nicaraguan Filler for another medium to full body profile. Both cigars will be available in the following three sizes: Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×52), and XO (6×60) with an MSRP set between $7.50 and $10.10 per cigar.