Friday, June 16, 2006

General Cigar Named the Official Cigar of Maxim Mag Super Bowl Party

- General Cigar and Maxim took the plunge into "Maximony," the wedding-themed Super Bowl bash thrown by the top-rated mens magazine. A kick off to the Big Game, "Maximony" was the hottest ticket in Jacksonville. As the official cigar of the A-list Super Bowl party, General Cigars top brands, including Macanudo Vintage 1997, Partagas Limited Reserve, Diablo, Excalibur Royal Sterling, Punch and Helix, were distributed to scores of models, athletes, VIPs and corporate power brokers. Apparently, now that General Cigar and Maxim have tied the knot, our companys cigars will be the sole stogies at many a Maxim shindig.

- Little Bro

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Cohiba XV

True to its Cohiba tradition in every detail, Cohiba XV is the most full-bodied expression of the brand's uncompromising standards. From its rich, lacquered box of mahogany to its dark Capa Corona wrapper of the most thoroughly aged Ecuadoran Sumatra, Cohiba XV stands for Extra Vigoroso. And in keeping with the cigar's superior quality, it can be made only in limited quantities. The most distinctive leaf of a Cohiba XV cigar is its sun-grown Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador. Harvested only from the tops of the tobacco plants, each of these wrapper leaves is aged in tercio for three years. The flavor is then enhanced by aging all of the leaves again for six months in crates of fragrant cedar. In crafting Cohiba XV cigars, the most flavorful Nicaraguan Ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero are bound with the richest three-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf. The result is a cigar that is made, not only to please, but also to impress.

- Little Bro
The C.A.O. Italia

Widely heralded as the producer of some of the worlds finest wines, olive oils, and truffles, Italy has been largely overlooked as a source for premium cigar tobacco. "Historically, there have been two types of tobacco seeds that thrive in Italy," said CAO Vice President, Tim Ozgener. "The Geudertheimer seed is grown and used primarily for machine made cigars. The seed grown for CAO Italia, however, is an Italian Habano seed originally brought to Italy from Cuba some forty-plus years ago. This seed is grown in the Benevento region of the southern portion of Italy, located between Rome and Naples. We have experimented a great deal with Italian tobacco and we believe it lends a very unique earthy-sweetness to the blend, one that rounds out the robust, full-bodied flavor profile that is CAO Italia." The CAO Italia will be available in three shapes: Ciao (5 x 56), Gondola (6 ¼ x 54 figurado), and Piazza (6 x 60). The Italian Habano seed filler is complimented by filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Peru, and finished with a Habano seed Honduran-grown wrapper and binder.

- Little Bro