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Protocol Sir Robert Peel

Protocol Sir Robert Peel

Pennsylvania (June 2019) —

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Sir Robert Peel as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Cigars will be offered in a natural & maduro format. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel is produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigars will be available in a 6 x 52 box press format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $119.50 per box. The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper covering Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The second blend utilizes the same filler but a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf wrapper. The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Sir Robert Peel is regarded as the father of modern day policing. Cubariqueño Cigar Co again pays homage to the profession of its owners Bill Ives & Juan Cancel who are police officers. We left no stone unturned for this release. Both cigars are smoking phenomenal and we took the packing up to the next level stated Juan Cancel. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Protocol Sir Robert Peel

INSPIRED BY THE OLD WORLD, CREATED FOR THE NEW

Cuban Cigar FactorVENTURA CIGAR COMPANY TO LAUNCH 2 BLENDS CREATED BY MASTERS FOR CUBAN CIGAR FACTORY BRAND.

June 2019 – “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” (Benjamin Franklin)

Benjamin “Benji” Menendez and Manuel “Manolo” Quesada: two of the greatest of all time. Cigar industry pioneers, builders, blenders, visionaries, creators, and friends. True legends of the business, Menendez and Quesada are teaming up for the first time in an exciting new passion project from Michael Giannini and Ventura Cigar Company (VCC). Led by their longtime friend, Giannini, Menendez and Quesada have each collaborated on a namesake blend for Cuban Cigar Factory. A celebration of tradition and talent, this collaboration for Ventura Cigar Company’s Cuban Cigar Factory is bringing the importance of Old-World Cuban expat expertise to the palates of the present and generations to come.

Behind the Blends

Benji Menendez enjoyed an early beginning in the Cuban tobacco business at his father’s factory. Forced to leave his home and livelihood when Castro came to power, Menendez had to start completely over. However, as a seeker of opportunity and a purveyor of fine tobacco, he soon established a new

foothold, becoming a mastermind behind cigars and factories in nearly every cigar-making country. His career has been legendary, working in 8 different countries to produce some of the best cigars to hit the market.

“I still think about the cigar factory every day of my life,” says Benji Menendez.

The Benji Menendez for Cuban Cigar Factory: available in a Robusto, Toro, and Belicoso, a rich, silky smooth blend featuring a Dominican binder, Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, and a Connecticut Ecuadorian wrapper.

Manolo Quesada is a fourth-generation master from a lineage of tobacco growers, brokers, and blenders that stretch back over a century. His career began in pre-Castro Cuba, where he first developed a taste for the intricacies of tobacco at his father’s company. Also forced to leave Cuba by Castro’s rise to power, Quesada went to the Dominican Republic, where he founded MATASA in 1972, from the humble beginnings of a chair, a phone, three rollers, and $100. Over the decades, MATASA has flourished under Quesada’s intuitive, expert eye for quality and flavor, making his knowledge for the past and present a natural fit for the Cuban Cigar Factory project.

The Manolo Quesada for Cuban Cigar Factory: available in a Robusto, Toro, and Belicoso, a rich and savory blend featuring an Ecuadorian binder, Dominican fillers, and a Habano Ecuador wrapper.

“I feel like I’m a Rick Rubin of the cigar industry,” says Michael Giannini, General Manager at Ventura Cigar. “I’m bringing people together- people who I admire, my great friends who laid the foundation of the cigar industry, and people of the next generation. The creators and the consumers. Everyone has something to offer. We have a duty to engage this talent, not to let these great minds and their priceless knowledge fade away. They’re now our mentors, an inspiration to us all, and they’re still here. They’re still on the court, so let’s play ball. Let’s show everyone what we can do.”

Both Cuban Cigar Factory cigars are created at the MATASA factory in the Dominican Republic, in collaboration with Ventura Cigar Company. They are set to debut at IPCPR 2019, and are planned for a late summer ship date. The Benji Menendez and Manolo Quesada blends will each be available as follows:

Robusto: 5″x50, $12.99 each or $259.98 for a box of 20

Toro: 6″x50, $13.99 each or $279.98 for a box of 20

Belicoso: 6.25″x52, $14.49 each, or $289.98 for a box of 20

Paul Rosenberg + Drew Estate = Undercrown ShadyXX

 

 

Undercrown ShadyXXMiami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the national release Undercrown ShadyXX, in collaboration with Shady Records for their 20th Anniversary. The Undercrown ShadyXX will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Originally released in only 10 Detroit area retailers in 2014, the Undercrown Shady remains one of the most consumer demanded limited editions in the Drew Estate portfolio. This powerhouse blend, like the Undercrown Corona Viva, features a toothy Mexican San Andres wrapper, spicy Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder, and the highest quality filler leaves from Nicaragua and Brazil. The ShadyXX is offered in a 5” x 50 box pressed belicoso, this cigar packs a punch and is packaged in a majestic, gold embossed 10 count petaca.From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate reminisces, “Eminem, Paul Rosenberg, and Shady Records have changed the world. It’s undeniable!! While selling 230 million records is impressive on its face, it’s the unique way that Shady has connected with so many of us “regular folk” that’s impacted me the greatest. Shady made it okay to be different, no matter how weird or how fucked up we might be. The conceptual space of Shady Records is connected to the Undercrown brand because UC is cut from a different cloth, and not afraid to admit it. THE Undercrown is not the king in this romantic cigar story. The Undercrown’s position is juxtaposed to the king, like a wildin out prince on some DE, homegrown shit. The UC don’t want to be king. He’s deep in the cut, robust, and got mad flavor. I love the connection to Shady Records and am very proud to celebrate 20 years with the dudes.”Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s long-time manager and Shady Records’ President, had this to add, “I’m honored to team up with JD and Drew Estate again on our second collaboration resulting in the stellar ShadyXX.  20 years is a huge milestone, and I couldn’t think of a better way to reflect on the label’s legacy and celebrate our achievements than by lighting up another limited edition cigar that we can share with the world. This smoke is a superb, authentic blockbuster and just like one of our classic albums I expect it only to get better with time.”The Undercrown ShadyXX is packaged in a 10-count petaca with an MSRP of $104.00/petaca. It will be shipping in August with a merchandising solution to Drew Diplomat retailers nationwide.

About Shady Records:

Shady Records was founded in 1999 by Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg as a boutique hip-hop joint venture with Interscope Records.  The first signing to Shady was Eminem’s original group, Detroit rap collective D12, who immediately put the label on the map with the commercial and critical success of their multi-platinum first album, Devil’s Night.  The momentum continued with the release of Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture 8 Mile, garnering Eminem and Shady Records an Academy Award for Best Original Song with the hit single “Lose Yourself”; a first for a rap song.  The label also partnered with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment to sign rap superstar 50 Cent, who over the course of his career has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.  Shady Records continued its success into the aughts and beyond with successful releases from Obie Trice, D12, Yelawolf, rap supergroup Slaughterhouse and others amassing worldwide sales in excess of 40 million albums.  Shady is currently home to Bad Meets Evil, Eminem’s long-running project with Royce da 5’9”, as well as Compton-bred rapper Boogie and Griselda Records own underground cult heroes Westside Gunn and Conway the Machine.