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Volume 20, Number 1

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24 tobaccoasia / Issue 1, 2016 March / April) By Eric Piras What's New for 2016? Alex Bradley Black Market The Wall of Cigar in Macau This year, the beginning of the Western calendar almost coincides with the start of the Chinese year. Somehow the monkey (the animal of the new Chinese year) seems to inspire cigar makers more than the other Chinese zodiac animals… An auspicious choice to start this new year is the Davidoff Chinese Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition: this 10-cigar box of Special Toro with Ecuadorian Habano Rojiza wrapper comes in a handcrafted bamboo wooden box. This special edition's ash should not rest in just any ashtray, but rather in the Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition ashtray made in Limoges porcelain, featuring a rich gold and red pattern evoking the many red envelopes exchanged during Chinese New Year. In the same festive spirit, look no further than Siglo Monkey Humidor with a charm- ing calligraphy design resembling a monkey holding a peach. Made to store 75 cigars and in a limited edition of 200 pieces, each humidor is serial numbered, with mother of pearl inlaid on each piece by a small team of workers, followed by the painting of the monkey calligraphy and 15 layers of piano lacquer. To complement the monkey humidor, a colorful Siglo Monkey Ashtray made with bone china is also available. Perfect for fans of everything that shines, Daniel Marshall Golden Torpedo, one of the most expensive cigars in the world, is now available in the Asia region. Endorsed by celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Douglas, and Sylvester Stallone to name a few, these cigars are wrapped with up to 25 individual 24K gold leaves. They can be purchased separately or as a set of Five Golden Torpedo in their individual wooden box, held in a beautiful Daniel Marshall travel humidor. Available from Pacific Cigar retail outlets in Hong Kong and Macau at US$250 a stick, they are a striking and exuberant way to start the year.

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