The Leccia Tobacco Company cigar brands, formerly distributed by Toraño Family Cigar, are now the property of General Cigar Co. General has acquired all three Leccia brands and has hired former brand owner Sam Leccia to become part of the General team. Leccia owned three brands: Leccia Black, Leccia White and Luchador. Black is made in the Dominican Republic at the Cuevas factory while White and Luchador are produced in Nicaragua at the American Caribbean factory. “The Leccia brands are going to be part of General’s Foundry division,” Leccia told Cigar Aficionado in an interview today. Foundry is an experimental subdivision of General run by Michael Giannini. “We’ll be more than likely rebranding the lines altogether without the Leccia name, but the blends will be the same. General owns the blends, but they do not own my name or my signature.”

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Joya de Nicaragua continues to add to its international reach. In the past 15 days, it has forged new relationships with distributors in Canada and Germany, two of the 36 countries around the globe where the brand is sold. Beginning on Friday, Joya de Nicaragua cigars will be distributed in Germany by Arnold André GmbH & Co. KG, a producer of cigars and cigarillos. Previously, Joya de Nicaragua cigars had been distributed in Germany by Villiger Söhne GmbH, the Swiss company famous for its machine-made cigars.

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General Cigar Co. has acquired all Toraño Family Cigar brands. According to General, production of Toraño’s existing portfolio such as Exodus, Casa Toraño, Vault and Master Collection will remain the same. General is now assuming full ownership and distribution of every Toraño brand. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. “They bought all the brands and stepped into my shoes,” said former brand owner and Toraño president Charlie Toraño to Cigar Aficionado. “General is a full-fledged distribution company. Toraño Family Cigar Company is now in a winding-down phase. We existed to distribute the Toraño cigars that we had manufactured for us. Now that General owns the brands, there’s no longer a function for Toraño Family Cigar.”

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Nat Sherman’s New York City footprint is expanding. The company is opening a cigar lounge on the rooftop of the legendary Knickerbocker Hotel, which has been fully restored to its former glory and is slated to re-open this fall. The Nat Sherman lounge will not be the sole occupier of the rooftop space, but will actually be within St. Cloud, a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar that is the brainchild of celebrity chef (and unabashed cigar lover) Charlie Palmer.

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One of Alec Bradley Cigar Co.’s early successes was Trilogy, a triangular-shaped cigar that helped solidify the company’s reputation as an innovator. This fall, the company will once again show its creativity with the release of Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut, a limited-edition cigar that has been molded into the shape of a diamond.

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