If you’re headed to Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke in Las Vegas next month, you might want to stop by the Davidoff of Geneva store at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino for an advanced look at Davidoff’s Year of the Sheep, an elaborately packaged limited-edition cigar for 2015.
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Tobacco giant Swisher International Inc. has agreed to acquire cigar manufacturer Drew Estate Inc., the maker of Liga Privada, ACID and many other cigars. Swisher, the mass-market giant best known for making Swisher Sweets and other machine-made cigars, will run Drew Estate as a wholly owned subsidiary, keeping the existing management team intact.

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Alec Bradley Fine & Rare, the 10-tobacco-leaf cigar from the makers of Prensado, has just begun to ship to cigar retailers. The 2014 incarnation—a figurado measuring 7 inches long with a ring gauge of 54 at its fattest point—is crafted from a mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.
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If your local shop is on the list, you just might be fortunate enough to be smoking the new Ashton Symmetry cigar in only a few days. They’ve been backordered since the summer’s IPCPR trade show but come next week, Symmetry will start making its way to retailers across the United States.

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When José Orlando Padrón sold his first cigar 50 years ago, the future was very much in doubt. Today, his family run company is the most critically acclaimed cigarmaker on the planet
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