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Trinidad Cabildos LE 2024 launched in London

24 June 2024

The first 2024 limited edition was launched a few months after its presentation in Cuba. “The Trinidad Year” continues. Launched last February during the XXIVth Festival del Habano, the year-long celebration of Trinidad’s 55th anniversary continued this weekend in London. After the world launch of the Bolivar Regentes LE 2021 at the beginning of the year, the British capital last
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In China, The Hunt For Smuggling Is Open

4 June 2024

Since the start of the year, Chinese customs have dismantled at least four contraband cigar resale networks. For a few millions of euros value.   Régis Besko   For most aficionados, China is a blamed country. Notably because it is supposed to siphon off an already bloodless Cuban cigar market and would therefore increase the scarcity of vitolas. And the
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InterTabac & InterSupply: The top event in the tobacco industry

21 May 2024

Anticipation is building as the annual highlight of the tobacco industry, the trade fair duo InterTabac and InterSupply, is just around the corner.  Sponsored content    From 19 to 21 September 2024, more than 700 exhibitors are expected in Dortmund to present their wide-ranging offers, products and innovations. This event not only attracts market leaders, but also representatives from all
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BREAKING Habanos SA pushes on independent distributors: fewer cigars for Switzerland, Asia and the Middle East

30 April 2024

Distributors not fully owned by Habanos expect deliveries to be down 30 to 50% compared to last year.   According to our sources, several Havana distributors which are not 100% owned by Habanos SA have been informed that their deliveries would be significantly reduced from this year. The Havana-based group has decided to favor distributors which are 100% under Cuban
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EXCLUSIVE Habanos S.A. will not take part to Intertabac Dortmund 2024

18 April 2024

The Sino-Cuban group has decided to skip the world’s largest trade show dedicated to tobacco.   According to our sources, Habanos S.A. has decided not to participate in the 2024 Intertabac trade-fair which will take place in Dortmund (Germany) from September 19 to 21. Despite the supply problems it has been experiencing since the pandemic, the Sino-Cuban group had maintained
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Birth of the Cigar Academy

25 March 2024

In order du “safeguard, nurture and disseminate the rich artisanal heritage and traditional knowledge of cigare making”, two industry figures are launching the Cigar Academy. Ricardo Carioni (à gauche) et Thomas Gryson, les deux cofondateurs de la Cigar Academy. “We invite all cigar makers to join the Cigar Academy to help us scale up access to cigar education for all,
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Partagás Línea Maestra: the first boxes appear in Cuba

13 March 2024

Exactly one year after their presentation at the Festival del Habano 2023, some cigars from the Partagás premium line arrived in the cigar shops in Cuba, the first country to market them.     Boxes of the Partagás Línea Maestra went on sale in Cuban La Casa del Habano during the Habano Festival 2024 and the week that followed. A
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Min Ron Nee: death of a legendary collector

12 March 2024

The author of the “bible” of vintage Havanas died on Saturday March 9. Min Ron Nee’s signature appearing at the bottom of the preface to his book (© DR) Min Ron Nee, cigar collector and author of An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars, a reference book for fans of vintage Havana Cigars, died this Saturday, March 9. L’Amateur de
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EXCLUSIVE – Xiaohong Hu, the woman who bought the Cohiba humidor for €4.5 million

5 March 2024

L’Amateur de Cigare reveals the identity and functions of the woman who bought the Cohiba humidor for €4.5 million this Friday March 1 in Havana. Xiaohong Hu at a reception at the Kempinski Hotel on Saturday, March 2, the day after the XXIVth Habanos Festival.   Xiaohong Hu, chairman of the Chinese media group ZSHK, is not only the proud
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Annie Lorenzo, Managing Editor of L’Amateur de Cigare wins the 2023 Habano Award

2 March 2024

Annie Lorenzo, Managing Editor of L’Amateur de Cigare, received the 2023 Habano Award in the Communication category this Friday March 1 in Cuba. Annie Lorenzo is part of the team that founded the French magazine in 1994, exactly 30 years ago, under the leadership of Jean-Paul Kauffmann, also winner of the Habano Award in 1999. This year, the other two
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No, the Asian market has not hoovered up all the habanos!

9 February 2024

Dag Holmboe, CEO of The Pacific Cigar Company, exclusive distributor of Cuban cigars in Asia, denies the rumors. And confirms that the shortage of Havanas is global. Excerpts from the interview he gave us in L’Amateur de Cigare English edition #16, currently available for subscribers.   Interview by Jean-Pascal Grosso, our special correspondent in Hong Kong   L’Amateur de Cigare:
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La Flor Dominicana introduces its first Canadian exclusive cigar

19 January 2024

The Dominican Republic brand, La Flor Dominicana presents an exclusive cigar for the Canadian market. The “Exclusivo Canada” cigar was produced in a limited edition of 6 000.  The figurado measures 165 mm x 52 and comes in boxes of 20.  What is very interesting and cool about this cigar is that it features a special tobacco in the shape
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The Bolivar Regentes LE 2021 finally presented to the public

17 January 2024

Announced more than three years ago by Habanos S.A., this 2021 Limited Edition will be launched in London on February 7.   Third and last limited edition 2021 after the Cohiba 55 Aniversario and the Hoyo de Monterrey Monterreyes Nº 4, the Bolívar Regentes, announced for more than three years, will be officially launched at London’s Boisdale Canary Wharf on
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Cuban cigars: “difficulties will continue”, warns French distributor

12 October 2023

In a letter sent to French cigar shops on September 29, Coprova does not see any improvement in supplies.   “The latest information received from our supplier [Habanos SA, editor’s note] indicates to us that difficulties relating to availability will continue to affect the various Habanos markets around the world,” write Enrique Babot and Antoine Bathie, co-general managers of Coprova,
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FDA: the Department of Justice appeals

29 September 2023

The cigar industry won a historic victory in a federal court in Washington. While commentators considered this hypothesis most unlikely, the US Department of Justice has decided to appeal the judgment of August 9 in favor of the premium cigar industry, announced to L’Amateur Fred Vandermarliere , president of Oliva cigars. “It wasn’t really expected, it’s a shame,” he said.
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Rocky Patel : « We set a precedent in the world »

22 September 2023

On August 9, a federal judge in Washington canceled the FDA’s handmade cigar market regulation. Rocky Patel was the face of this fight which lasted almost eight years. We met him in the aisles of the Intertabac trade fair in Dortmund (Germany) on September 15.   L’Amateur de Cigare: What was your first reaction when you learned the victory against
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Cuba: Hurricane Idalia caused some damage to tobacco facilities

4 September 2023

More than 60 dryers have been partially or totally destroyed, according to the official Cuban press. Heavily hit by Cyclone Ian last year, the region of Pinar del Rio (west) was again hit by a hurricane at the beginning of last week, even if the damage was less extensive. The roofs of 13 natural dryers were partially damaged, as were
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FDA : A victory for the industry, a threat for European aficionados

11 August 2023

After the victory of the cigar industry over the FDA, the gap is widening between an American market still as little regulated and European markets which are sinking into repression. Analysis.   The decision of the federal judge is a clear and fully deserved victory for the cigar industry in the United States. A clear victory because the judge completely
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