Reserva places in Tobacco Business Magazine's Top 25 Cigars of 2018

As the accolades continue to pile up, the latest accolade is from Tobacco Business Magazine. The Reserva Limitada Privada earns a spot in the Top 25 of 2018.


Tobacco Business Magazine is excited to announce the 2019 nominees for the Tobacco Business Awards. These awards are designed to honor the best businesses, entrepreneurs, and products in various categories of the tobacco, vapor and alternative industries. The Tobacco Business Awards will be presented at an exclusive party during Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE), which will be held in Las Vegas, Feb. 11-13, 2019.

“The Tobacco Business Awards is about recognizing those industry professionals, businesses, and entrepreneurs, that think outside the box and have disrupted the industry in some way,” explains Ben Stimpson, managing director at Tobacco Business Magazine. “This is our chance to recognize those professionals and businesses for their achievements, tenacity, innovation, and new ideas.”

To reflect the growth seen in Tobacco Business Magazine over the past year, this year’s awards are also expanded from last year. New this year are categories highlighting Nicaraguan and Dominican cigars, boutique cigars, leading tobacconists and women who have made great contributions to the industry.

Nominees for the 2019 Tobacco Business Awards are as follows:

DOMINICAN CIGAR OF THE YEAR

  • Davidoff 50 Years Limited Edition Diademas Finas (Davidoff Cigars)

  • Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican (Nat Sherman Intl.)

  • Pistoff Kristoff (Kristoff Cigars)

  • Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut (Royal Agio Cigars)

  • Diamond Crown (J.C. Newman Cigar Co.)

NICARAGUAN CIGAR OF THE YEAR

  • Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne (Perdomo Cigars)

  • Romeo San Andres by Romeo y Julieta (Altadis U.S.A.)

  • Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) (Drew Estate)

  • Macanudo Inspirado Red (General Cigar Co.)

  • Bellas Artes (AJ Fernandez Cigars)

BOUTIQUE CIGAR OF THE YEAR

  • Las Calaveras (2017) (Crowned Heads)

  • Big Papi by David Ortiz (Tabacalera El Artista)

  • Cornelius (Cornelius & Anthony)

  • Micallef Reserva Limitada Privada (Micallef Cigars)

  • Farce (Room101)

MASS MARKET PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

  • Tatiana Groovy Blue (Miami)

  • Panther Cigarillos (Royal Agio Cigars)

  • Lex12 (S&M Brands)

  • Signal (Ohserase Manufacturing)

  • Golden Harvest (Rouseco, Inc.)

ACCESSORY MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

  • Boveda (Humidification)

  • Bic (Lighters)

  • Xikar (Lighters, cutters, butane, humidification)

  • Missouri Meerschaum (Corncob pipes)

  • Tobacco Outlet Products (Candles, sprays, air fresheners)

NEXT-GENERATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

  • Cannadips (Cannadips)

  • Cue Vapor System (EAS)

  • Bo One (MMS Distribution)

  • Cig2o (Spark Vapor)

  • Rogue Nicotine Chewing Gum (NicoGen Pharma Solutions)

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  • Christian Eiora (C.L.E. Cigars)

  • Rocky Patel (Rocky Patel Premium Cigars)

  • Michael Herklots (Nat Sherman Intl.)

  • Michael Giordano (Quality Importers)

  • Kaizad Hansotia (Gurkha Cigars)

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

  • Lana Fraser (Davidoff of Geneva USA)

  • Liana Fuente (Arturo Fuente)

  • Victoria McKee (General Cigar Co.)

  • Lissette Perez Carrillo (E.P. Carrillo)

  • Courtney Smith (Cornelius & Anthony)

LEGACY AWARD

  • Nestor Miranda (Miami Cigar & Co.)

  • Heinrich Villiger (Villiger Cigars)

  • Dean Rouse (Dean’s)

  • Benji Menendez (General Cigar Co.)

  • Jeff Martin (Rouseco, Inc.)

TOBACCONIST OF THE YEAR

  • Havana Phil’s (Greensboro, NC)

  • Casa Fuente (Las Vegas, NV)

  • Soho Cigar Bar (New York, NY)

  • BURN by Rocky Patel (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Curtis Draper Fine Tobacconist (Washington, D.C.)

TOBACCO CHAIN OR FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR

  • Casa de Montecristo

  • Collett Enterprises

  • Diamond Crown Lounge

  • Smoker Friendly International

  • Wild Bill’s Tobacco

Voting is open from Nov. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. Winners will be announced during an exclusive party on the opening night of Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) on Feb. 11, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Steve Henrickson