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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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 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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CRA Facilitates International Support Against FDA Regulation of Cigars

Fairfield, VA -- Cigar Rights of America announced this week a dramatic new measure in the effort to combat federal regulation of cigars. CRA has not just been working the halls of Congress since legislation was filed to protect cigars from potentially threatening regulations by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The organization has also been engaging in a brand of shuttle diplomacy among the primary cigar producing nations of Latin America.

Last week, following several months of meetings and groundwork, a joint letter was issued by the Ambassadors to the United States for Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
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