The most tony of towns in Southern Connecticut now has a new cigar oasis. A Davidoff Cigar Lounge opened in Greenwich, Connecticut last week, welcoming its first members and visitors to 2,700 square feet of cigar-friendly space. It’s the fifth Davidoff lounge in the United States.

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For the third consecutive year, famed cigarmaker Carlos Fuente Jr. is teaming up with Berta “The Guayabera Lady” Bravo to host Havana Nights—A Fuente Family Affair, a lavish charity cigar party taking place this fall in Miami.

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While it seems that so much of the premium cigar industry is turning to Nicaragua for its tobacco, Philip Wynn, owner of the Felipe Gregorio cigar brand, is looking to Costa Rica. He’s contracted 80 acres of land in Costa Rica to grow tobacco, built a factory and reblended three of his brands with nothing but Costa Rican leaf. It isn’t a leap of faith nor merely a matter of convenience for Wynn. He has an unapologetic love for Costa Rican leaf and believes it to have distinction and character of all its own. “The best tobacco that I have ever found was not in Cuba or Nicaragua, but in Honduras,” Wynn told Cigar Aficionado. “It was in the Copan region and the Jamastran variety was amazing. After Hurricane Mitch destroyed the fields [in 1998], the tobacco was never the same.”

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Arturo Fuente’s dark, rare and considerably powerful Añejo brand is getting a new size. The Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva will be shipping in mid-September. The smoke is a figurado with a pointed head slimmer than that found on piramides such as Montecristo No. 2s. The tip doesn’t end in a classic point, but has a bit of extra stub allowing the smoker of the cigar to have an ultra-concentrated smoking experience. It measures 6 5/8 inches long, with a ring gauge of 44.
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Remember when Macanudos were made in Jamaica with Jamaican tobacco? If you’re at all nostalgic for Macanudo cigars with Jamaican leaf, General Cigar Co. will be releasing its Macanudo Estate Reserve this October. It’s been more than 15 years since a Macanudo cigar has been made with Jamaican tobacco, but come this fall, General Cigar’s limited-edition Macanudo Estate Reserve turns back the clock by featuring some Jamaican leaf in the filler. General intends this special Macanudo to serve as an homage to the brand’s heritage. Macanudos were originally produced in Jamaica at the Temple Hall factory in Kingston using a blend that included Jamaican tobacco. General Cigar closed the Jamaican facility in the year 2000, with production of Macanudo moved entirely to the Dominican Republic. Jamaican tobacco was eventually phased out of the blend.

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