La Aurora – Para Japon Release Virtual Party and Giveaway

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As I am pretty sure most of you have head, La Aurora will be celebrating their release of the Para Japon cigar, a cigar in which all proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. What you may not have heard is the fact that there will be an online virtual release party taking place on April 29th at 7pm EST. Fun stuff right? But I know what you may be thinking: “So what? Only certain people have been able to get their hands on the Para Japon”. True, but Miami Cigars is out to change that but giving the Para Japon Original Supporters access to a few sticks to give away!

How to win:

 Entering is simple. Simply leave a comment on this post. Simple as that. If you want another entry just leave a comment on any of the reviews coming later this week. We will then choose 10 winners at random to receive a 2pk of La Aurora Para Japon so that they can join in the virtual event.

 Winners will be chosen, and contacted this Friday Evening (4/22). PLEASE do me the favor and fill out the email you would like to be contacted at, I will need to get a list of names and addresses over to Miami Cigars by Saturday evening. 

One quick note. You are free to enter ANY or ALL of the contests that are being ran by any of the Para Japon supporting sites, however you can only win once. If a name is picked more than once by alternate blogs then another winner will be chosen by Miami Cigars. 

Thanks for the support! Please read the following press release with more information on the Para Japon project as well as a list of all the supporters!

A short history of the “Para Japón” concept: 

In March 2011 La Aurora hosted a media event at their factory in the Dominican Republic. Invited to this event were many members of the online cigar blog community who have become a vital part of the cigar industry today. During an evening discussion at the hotel where the attendees were staying the topic of the recent devastation in Japan came up. Cigar Explorer founder Mario Takayama (a native of Japan) described the area of Japan most impacted by the earthquake/tsunami, and just how much this destruction of that region will set back the country as a whole. As most conversations of this manner play out, the idea of “what can we do to help?” arose. Guillermo quickly came to the decision that he really had to do something, so the idea for a cigar (Now know as “Para Japón”) will be produced, and all the proceeds from the sale of the cigar will be donated to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief fund thought JAPAN TOBACCO IMEX CO. LTD, La Aurora Distributor in Japan.

 Details of the Virtual Release Party 

The Virtual Release Party will be a live online event hosted by Team of Project Para Japón that is open to anyone who wishes to join in on this significant occasion. The event will be streamed live via UStream (Link will be on and Guillermo will be on hand to answer any questions about the Para Japón cigar, or any of the La Aurora products. Also attending the event via UStream Chat, Twitter, and Facebook are all of the cigar bloggers who attended the La Aurora media event in the Dominican Republic. These bloggers will share stories from the trip, and give their opinions on the “Para Japón” cigar. 

For more details on the La Aurora Para Japón cigar please visit

Project Para Japón Original Supporters 

Guillermo Leon – La Aurora – @GuillermoLeon_

Jose Blanco – La Aurora – @joseblanco809

Amaury Abreu – La Aurora – @LaAuroraCigars

Jason Wood – Miami Cigar Company – @MiamiCigar

Barry Stein – A Cigar Smoker’s Journal – @nyisles

Tony Casas – Casas Fumando – @tonycasas

David “The Doc” Diaz – Doc StogieFresh – @Doc_StogieFresh

Ben Lee – Nice Tight Ash – @NTA_ben

Steve Valle – Smoking Stogie – @SteveVLiLo

Brian Hewitt– Stogie Review – @brianhewitt

Jerry Cruz – Stogie Review – @jcruz

Tom Ufer – Tampa Cigar Examiner – @cigarsmokingman

Charlie Minato – The Cigar Feed – @thecigarfeed

David Jones – The Tiki Bar Online – @dmjones1009

About La Aurora 

La Aurora is the first Dominican Cigar factory. It was established in 1903 and is own by the León family whose roots in the tobacco industry trace back to the early 19th century. The factory is part of Grupo León Jimenes Corporation, the largest industrial group in the Caribbean. La Aurora brands are among the most well known cigars, with sales in more than 50 countries around the world. 

About Miami Cigar and Company 

Miami Cigar & Company, founded in 1989, is the sole U-S distributor of La Aurora brands, Ducados and worldwide distributor of Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda Special Selection. 

About Cigar Explorer 

Cigar Explorer is a production company injecting excitement to the cigar community, with revolutionary tools, to discover and explore the world of cigars. It creates content that helps cigar community strengthen its passion for cigar culture at in Columbus, Ohio, USA. | Experience the Discovery. 


Jason Wood, Director of Marketing

Miami Cigar and Comapny


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Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.


  1. Andy K.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    In it to win it. Enjoy your reviews.

  2. kekoa_kai

    April 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Great cause.

  3. Patrick

    April 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Great cause for a terrible event.
    Good luck to you all.

  4. David L

    April 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Fantastic cigars: Great way to generate more awareness & aid for a tragic event. Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Albert

    April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm


  6. Tom k

    April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Great idea to support those in need at this time. Awesome……

  7. ChrisM

    April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the info. and the giveaway!

  8. Cigarjockey

    April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Would love to try a Cigar from the Big Cat

  9. Eran

    April 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’m really looking forward to this cigar. La Aurora is doing a great thing.

  10. matt maronna

    April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Pick me! I’d love to give the cigar a try!

  11. Jake

    April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    [jumps up and down like a puppy in a pet store window]

    Keep up the great work, bro.

  12. jimbobber

    April 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A virtual party! What a terrific concept for all of us to be able to participate without having to buy a plane ticket. Kudos to the organizers!

  13. Mike B.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    An “atta boy” to the guys & girls at La Aurora. Thanks for the contest also.

  14. Kevin Morehead

    April 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I recently met a rep from the Miami Cigar and Company at my local smoke shop and he suggested some cigars that I might enjoy. He was right on the money and I have been smoking the La Aurora BME Brazil almost exclusively.

  15. Will Carpenter

    April 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Would love to try em out!

  16. Jason Zahner

    April 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    A great idea by a great company for a worthy cause.

  17. JoshK

    April 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Count me in. La Aurora does a lot of charitable contributions.

  18. Kaz646

    April 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Boom baby! Love me a contest

  19. Doogie

    April 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    oh y eah! i’m in!

  20. Doogie

    April 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    oh y eah! i’m in!

  21. Lloyd L.

    April 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Count me in for a chance to win a couple of sticks!

  22. steve

    April 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Really sad what happened over there.
    A great cigar for a great cause. Im in!

  23. Swede214

    April 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Great idea for this contest

  24. Komodota

    April 19, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Having been to Japan several times for the Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 Race (Suzuka Circuit), I cannot express how sad I was to see this tragedy unfold. I absolutely love the country. Every where I went in the evenings during my various stays was based on where I could smoke a cigar. Although Japan is more of a cigarette smoking society, the country’s cigar aficionados are very knowledgable and extremely friendly. Please advise on where I can purchase some of these cigars in quantity. I live in the Chicagoland area.

  25. mark best

    April 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Great way to raise money for the people of Japan.

  26. NoDough

    April 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

    pick me! pick me!

  27. Sandman

    April 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Great cause for people who need our help right now!

  28. Stew

    April 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Love contests!

  29. Jakrell

    April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Awesome contest. Anxious to try these cigars.

  30. Jakrell

    April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Awesome contest. Anxious to try these cigars.

  31. JT

    April 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Great to see all the people excited for this. Hoping it provides a good chunk of money for the recovery. Keep up the good work Tony!

  32. Darren Powell

    April 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Great cause! Its good to see good people doing great things for those in need!

  33. Marin

    April 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Giving hope and help to the land of the sun. We all have to do that

  34. Nick

    April 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    This is a great thing they are doing to support those in need!

  35. scratch

    April 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Mmm sounds tasty. I’m always down for a good smoke from La Aurora. Even better if its for a good cause.

  36. Danny P

    April 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Very nice to see this kind of thing. What a great cause.

  37. HabanoHam

    April 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    That was a really kind gesture from the guys at La Aurora.

  38. Chaz

    April 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Regardless!! The fact of the contribution and what the company has stepped up, and is doing is GREAT! I would love to WIN the sample. More than that I would LOVE to know how much of a contribution was raised. Viva Para Japon !

  39. CigarCraig

    April 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    What’s most impressive is the speed which which this project came together! Kudos to The folks at La Aurora and all involved in the genesis of this cigar.

  40. boomerd35

    April 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Guess these will be coming out soon. Hope to try one.

  41. Tadd

    April 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Sounds great Tony… I am away for a few days and I miss all the cool stuff…..

  42. Jeff B.

    April 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Dropping my name in the hat.

  43. dalamscius

    April 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! We really appreciate it!

  44. danistalking

    April 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    HOLY SMOKES. It’s a great cause. Really cool that they’re doing this.

  45. Rod G.

    April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds great, I’m in !

  46. Dbell

    April 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Here is to hoping, if I don’t win I can’t wait to donate at my local shop.

  47. J.A.S.

    April 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    great project; hope every cigar lover supports it

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