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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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L’Amateur de Cigare English edition #16 is online

13 February 2024

Summary Are the banks blowing smoke? This is the kind of crucial decision that most cigar lovers are unlikely to be aware of because they are made secretly by dark-suited bankers in plush offices. Under the cover of “commitments”, “initiatives” and “policies”, more and more European banks have decided to cut ties with the producers and distributors of cigars, refusing
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Balmoral Puro Dominicana, affordable and accessible

13 February 2024

After the Puro Nicaragua range, Balmoral continues to explore different regions with the Puro Dominicana, which came out a few weeks ago in France. There are two cigars in the range: the Petit Robusto FT (109 mm x 48) and the Rothschild Masivo, which particularly caught our eye.   The ADC’s opinion Balmoral Puro Dominicana Rothschild Masivo Made in the
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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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Diplomáticos Leal, the 7th regional edition for the Cuban domestic market

19 December 2023

200 guests discovered this new vitola reserved for the Cuban domestic market on December 8 in Havana. Named in honor of Eusebio Leal, historian of the city of Havana who died in July 2020, this new cigar from the Diplomáticos brand (140 mm x 54, duke) was presented during an event at the Parque Central Hotel in the presence of
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L’Amateur de Cigare English edition #15 is online

18 December 2023

Summary Are cigar vintage in vogue? Milder and more complex, the pleasure of smoking a vintage cigar also comes from the thrill of unearthing a rare gem and imagining its storied past. These are the kind of things that compel certain enthusiasts to break the bank in their pursuit. Cohiba: “El Laguito doesn’t have trouble hiring”  Recruitment, quality control, production
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Macanudo Inspirado Orange Lancero: A mutable nature and a great balance

17 November 2023

Lanceros are on the rise! We are particularly fond of this format, which was for a time neglected by aficionados, who seemed to prefer fatter cigars. But much to our delight it is starting to find its niche in manufacturers’ catalogues. Crafted in Honduras from a subtle blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, this elegant cigar is a delight. Aromatic, complex
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L’Amateur de Cigare English edition #14 is online

26 October 2023

Summary The Japanese paradox Famous for its refinement, good food, culture and age-old traditions, Japan has taken longer than its neighbors to discover cigar culture. In this respect, Japan is a land of surprising paradox, where it is forbidden to smoke outdoors but there is no issue doing so indoors, and where tobacco is inexpensive, and you can find the
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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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The Bolivar New Gold Medal and the Ramon Allones No. 3 arrive in Canada

10 October 2023

These two new features are coming to local cigar shops.   The mid-week party at the 2023 Habanos festival included much frenzy over the Bolivar New Gold Medal. Many of us in Canada were wondering how that release would make it to our shops, seeing as the plain packaging is in full force and the cigar’s allure is the beautiful
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The Por Larrañaga 47 RE UK to be launched in 47 venues throughout the country

5 October 2023

A multi-site event for a churchill reserved for the UK market. The Por Larrañaga Larrañaga 47 regional edition United Kingdom 2021 will be launched on November 1st during 47 simultaneous events organized in cigar shops and other cigar-friendly venues in the UK selected by Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive Habanos distributor. The synchronized events will begin at the same time
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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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Silencio Los Rios, the “sweetest creation” of the brand

19 September 2023

Hot on the heels of the Red and Black lines, Silencio has just added the Los Ríos line to its French catalogue. Draped in a connecticut wrapper grown in the volcanic province of Los Ríos, Ecuador – and rolled in the Dominican Republic – these cigars are billed as the brand’s “sweetest creation.” The Toro version is the one that
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San Cristobal de la Habana Obispo: Austria has its second Cuban regional edition

7 September 2023

The regional edition arrives in stores across the Alpine Republic.   The San Cristóbal de La Habana Obispo is the second vitola reserved for Austria after the Juan Lopez Ideales created in 2011. It is a classic robusto format with a length of 124 mm and cepo 50. The cigars are made in the La Corona factory in Havana and
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