Dominican Republic

Making the Case: The Cigar Boom and Bust of the 1990’s

Back in the 1970s and 80s, cigar smoking was something your grandfather did. But then seemingly overnight, the "face of the industry" literally changed. And yet while the image of cigar smokers was changing drastically, the sheer number of cigars being imported and sold was even more mind-boggling. And then, almost overnight, the boom was over. The fascinating thing about operating in a business boom cycle is that you are constantly kidding yourself about how long it will last. But in this cycle lay the seeds for a real cigar market that would take us into the 21st century.
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Cigar Factory Tours You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Taken The Journey

Cigars might be a big part of your everyday lifestyle, but for-shame on you if you have never visited a cigar producing nation and taken an official cigar factory tour. You may "think" you know all about your favorite pastime, but until you have walked the fields and factory floors, then consider yourself a mere tobacco virgin. Here we take a look at some of the top cigar manufacturers who offer the chance of a lifetime to "walk the walk", giving you the up close and personal, first-hand experience to see, touch, taste, and smell the real-life goings in a cigar company.
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Cigar Artisans – Meet the Grupo de Maestros

The Tabacalera de Garcia factory stands as a powerful fortress in the lush La Romana region of the beautiful Dominican Republic. And each week, the Grupo de Maestros file into a well-lit room inside the factory. It is cozy and unassuming, with an intimate feel; a war room of sorts. Once inside, these men undertake a very specific process to ensure that their cigars remain amongst the industry's elite: the taste test. We've saved you a seat at the Maestros' table to join in on this weekly meeting of cigar geniuses.
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Explore. Adventure. Discover. Journey into Davidoff Nicaragua

BASEL, SW -- Inspired by Zino Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, we at Davidoff Cigars have made it our mission to bring the modern aficionado a variety of taste experiences and cigar smoking pleasures. Our experts, led by master blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, unceasingly explore every opportunity to create new and diverse ways of ensuring time spent enjoying each and every Davidoff cigar is time beautifully filled.

For this challenge, Henke and his team embarked on a worldwide search for tobaccos that would enable us to create a unique cigar. The search landed in the tobacco fields of Nicaragua.

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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Limitado V

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6�" x 54
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Nicaragua
Presentation: Boxes of 48 / 5-packs / Singles
Location smoked: Leaf Cigar Bar
Paired with: Svedka Citron Vodka & Tonic

Construction and Overall Appearance: �Very attractive dark Sumatra wrapper. Cigar was well packed with no remarkable imperfections.

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The Dominican Republic requests WTO panel concerning plain packaging for tobacco products


Geneva, 13 November 2012 - On 9 November 2012, the Dominican Republic requested the establishment of a panel under the dispute settlement procedures of the World Trade Organization ("WTO") challenging Australia's plain packaging measures for tobacco products. The Dominican Republic has asked that this request be included on the agenda of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body meeting on 17 December 2012.

From 1 December 2012, Australia will mandate that all tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. Packaging will be a standardized drab brown colour, with the brand and variant name in a standardized font and place, banning all logos or other design features. This move will prevent tobacco products from using their well-known trademarks and geographical indications.

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