Cigar Media Association Announces 2015 Cigar Industry Award Winners

The winners have been selected and we are proud to announce the winner’s for this year’s Cigar Industry Awards presented by the Cigar Media Association. The 18 members of the CMA created three categories narrowed down the nominations and then submitted their selections. The votes have been tabulated and the winners are: Cigar of the Year: Matilde Oscura Brand of the Year: Warped CMA Member of the Year: Cigar Coop Cigar of the Year: Matilde Oscura There were a lot of great cigars nominated for cigar of the year this year, and it was a close vote at times, but in the end there was a clear winner and that winner was the Matilde Oscura. Showcased at the 2015 IPCPR, Matilde Oscura is the newest release from Matilde Cigars. Crafted with tobacco from throughout the New World, the cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and filler tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and United States. The cigar excelled in the Toro Bravo size, a 6 ½” by 54 ring gauge toro, and it delivered an array of complex flavors with impeccable construction. José Seijas has been in the industry for many years, creating and contributing in a lot of blends, but Matilde Oscura is possibly his finest piece of work. Congratulations to Matilde Cigars for a terrific cigar and a great sophomore year. It will be hard to follow the Matilde Oscura, but we look forward to future projects! Brand of the Year: Warped Cigars The votes were very close this year, from beginning to end, but in the end there can be only...

Cigar Media Association Cigar Industry Award Nominees for 2015

The Cigar Media Association is pleased to announce the 2nd Cigar Industry Awards. With the establishment of the Cigar Media Association in 2014, the members involved in the association created a process where they could honor and celebrate the companies and individuals in the cigar industry. This was first time a collaborative effort among various brands of the cigar media have come together for such a process. Once again the Awards return to recognize the 2015 accomplishments Like last year, there are three categories. Like last year, there are three categories: Cigar of the Year: Our first category, Cigar of the Year, was an easy and practical category to come up with. Everyone always talks about Cigar of the Year, but we wanted media members come together to decide what cigar is truly Cigar of the Year. To quality was simple, the cigar needed to be released in the 2015 year and nominated by a Cigar Media Association member. Each member was asked to nominate five cigars for this category. Of course, multiple members votes on similar cigars, so it was easy to determine which cigars led the pack. From there, we took the five cigars with the highest votes and submitted them back to the members where there will be a final vote. The winner of Cigar of the Year will be announced January 22nd, 2016. Brand of the Year: Our second category, Brand of the Year, was a category that was created to recognize all brands on the market. This was a category that did not look at a specific cigar and that cigar’s accomplishments that year, but rather looked at...
News: Ortega & Primer Mundo Announce Larceny in conjunction with La Zona

News: Ortega & Primer Mundo Announce Larceny in conjunction with La Zona

Eddie Ortega, owner of Ortega Premium Cigars and Sean Williams, owner of El Primer Mundo Cigars have announced a joint project called Larceny. The concept behind this project is that each brand owner will create a cigar for the other brand owner.  Each brand owner will then release the swapped blend to the public under their own name. While the concept is interesting in of itself, there is another twist here: Larceny is being produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory, thus it marks the first time Espinosa and Ortega have come together on a project since their former partnership EO Brands was dissolved in 2012....
Press Release: “Untamed” by La Aurora, Best 2014 Dominican Cigar of the Year by the Dominican Cigar Review

Press Release: “Untamed” by La Aurora, Best 2014 Dominican Cigar of the Year by the Dominican Cigar Review

(Miami, Florida) January 28, 2015 – The Dominican Cigar Review, noted as the most important cigar magazine in the Dominican Republic, has just made public its choice of “Untamed” by La Aurora as Cigar of the Year for 2014. La Aurora “Untamed” was unveiled last July in the IPCPR Show, in Las Vegas. The Dominican Cigar Review panel of experts concluded that due to Untamed’ s perfect balance between flavor and body, and superior construction, a FIVE STAR rating and the award of Best Dominican Cigar in the year 2014 should be awarded. Untamed by La Aurora is a new development, that combines the tradition of a century, working with the best tobaccos in Cibao Valley, with the will to stay ahead of the curve to provide the market new and distinct products. La Aurora’s team has achieved an incredible cigar that has no seco leaves in its blend: three different ligero Dominican leaves and a viso Nicaragua, with a binder harvested in Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic, and a precious Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper from the USA. Guillermo León, president of La Aurora, has shown his satisfaction for the award: “La Aurora’s team has created a really incredible cigar, going beyond our traditional products. They have successfully created an innovative product that works because of the enormous quality of its tobacco leaves”. Untamed is, for La Aurora, a step towards the future for a company which boasts a centenary in tradition. Untamed by La Aurora Robusto is 5 x 50, but the complete gama is: Gran Untamed: 7 x 58 Belicoso: 6 1/4 x 52 Gran Toro: 6 x 58...
2014 Cigar Industry Awards

2014 Cigar Industry Awards

The winners have been selected and we are proud to announce the winner’s for this years Cigar Industry Awards presented by the Cigar Media Association. The 14 members of the CMA created three categories narrowed down the nominations and then submitted their selections. The votes have been tabulated and the winners are: Cigar of the Year: Illusione Fume D’Amour Brand of the Year: Crowned Heads CMA Member of the Year: Cigar Dojo Cigar of the Year: When the votes came in, there were cigars here and there that were receiving the Cigar of the Year vote by members of the association, but the one cigar that was consistently ranking well, if not first, by the members of the Cigar Media Association was Fume D’Amour. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the 2014 Cigar Media Association Award for Cigar of the Year goes to Illusione Cigars for Fume D’Amour. Released at the 2014 IPCPR, Fume D’Amour is the newest regular production release from Illusione Cigars, and is a cigar that is ground breaking on many levels. It is translated as “to love smoke,” and is offered in a variety of more traditional vitolas. Crafted of entirely Nicaraguan tobacco, none of which from the ligero primings, the cigar delivers a wonderful amount of body while having a tremendous complexity level. No matter the vitola being smoked, Fume D ‘Amour delivers everything that a great cigar should while remaining balanced and refined. We can all agree that Dion has tremendous blending skills, and his work with Casa Fernandez and AGANORSA tobacco have created magnificent blends in the past, but this...

CMA Cigar Industry Award Nominees for 2014

The Cigar Media Association is pleased to announce the 1st Cigar Industry Awards. With the establishment of the Cigar Media Association in 2014, the 14 members involved in the association wanted to create an award ceremony where they could honor and celebrate the companies and individuals in the cigar industry. This marks the first time a collaborative effort among various brands of the cigar media have come together for such a process. As this is the first year, the 14 members have created three categories, but they plan to add more categories in the coming years. There are so many wonderful individuals and companies in the industry, that it is only appropriate that more categories be added over time to honor them. As this is the first year though, there are three categories and those categories are: Cigar of the Year: Our first category, Cigar of the Year, was an easy and practical category to come up with. Everyone always talks about Cigar of the Year, but we wanted to have 14 members come together to decide what cigar is truly Cigar of the Year. To quality was simple, the cigar needed to be released in the 2014 year and nominated by a Cigar Media Association member. Each member was asked to nominate five cigars for this category, and that left the association with a maximum of 70 cigars to vote on. Of course, multiple members votes on similar cigars, so it was easy to determine which cigars led the pack. From there, we took the five cigars with the highest votes and submitted them back to the members...

Cigar News: Cigar Media Association Rounds Out Board of Directors

The Cigar Media Association has elected Jonathan David of Toasted Foot, Eric Guttormson of Cigar Dojo, and Aaron Loomis of Blind Man’s Puff to its Board of Directors. The three join Seth Geise of Seth’s Humidor and William Cooper for the 2014-15 Board of Directors. Current board member Logan Lawler will be stepping down. The changes are effective immediately. The election of these three will now put in place a full Board of Directors and better position the association to roll out initiatives. In a statement by Cigar Media Association President William Cooper, “I am thrilled to serve along side Jon, Eric, and Aaron. I have gotten to know all three personally and have the highest respect for their journalistic practices. In addition, they understand the challenges of media in the cigar industry and all three have the ability to ‘think out of the box’. Most importantly, they are great people. Now that we have a full board of directors in place, we will be in a better position to roll out some new initiatives. Finally, I’d like to thank Logan Lawler for his time and commitment. Logan played a critical role in the launch of the Cigar Media Association. Although Logan is coming off the board, he will continue to be an active member of the CMA and help us with some of the programs we have planned.” The Cigar Media Association was founded in March 2014 with the goal of strengthening the relationship with the cigar industry and the media brands that cover it. Since its inception, the group has grown to 17...

Press Release: Establishment of Cigar Media Association

This morning a group of online media members announced the establishment of the Cigar Media Association, Inc. The association was established and incorporated in December of 2013, and documents of the association were drafted by the seven founding members. There are currently five members who have submitted the application and been accepted, and those members are A Cigar Smoker, Cigar Coop, Cigar Federation, The Cigarmy and Seth’s Humidor. The Cigar Media Association would like to thank Reagan Starner of R&R Cigars for the assistance and guidance that he provided in establishing a relationship with the IPCPR. As a member of the Executive Committee for IPCPR, Dave Garofalo had nothing but positive comments on the Cigar Media Association knowing this is a step in the right direction for cigar media. We thank you for your cooperation in this and if you have any question about the association do not hesitate in asking. More important than this press release, we would like to invite members of online media to join the Cigar Media Association, Inc. There are so many online media members that have been wonderful member of the online media for the cigar industry for years, and know they will be a wonderful addition to this newly established association. There are many goals of this association, but one of the more important ones is to strengthen the relationship that online media has with the industry, and in return help us be better at what we love to do. The Cigar Media Association is committed to providing a strong working relationship between new media and the IPCPR. We are committed to...