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Amendola Family Cigars Begins Shipping “The West Side Story”

April 14, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco



Amendola Family Cigar Co.’s new release “The West Side Story” is now shipping. Owners Jefferey Amendola and Christopher Monaco to celebrate by hosting a series of events in New York City at four different tobacconist shops over the course of three days.

 -Thurs. 4/13, Merchants’ cigar Bar, Manhattan with Fine tobacco NYC 7pm

-Fri: 4/14, Barclay Rex, Manhattan, 1-5pm ** Live Cigar Rolling by Jeffrey Amendola

-Sat: 4/15, Harry’s Habana Hut, Bayside Queens, NY,1-4pm 

-Sat: 4/15, South Shore Cigar Club, Brightwaters, Long Island, 6-10pm **Live Cigar Rolling by Jeffrey Amendola

 The West Side Story is the first in a series of brands which will pay homage to their New York roots. The West Side Story is a true New Yorker as it was blended and rolled at the Martinez Cigar Factory based in Manhattan. The West Side Story will have two different blends in the same twenty count box. The blends named the Switch Blades, and the Baseball Bats were inspired by the two gangs in the West Side Story film.

Owners of Amendola Cigar Co. Jeffrey Amendola and Christopher Monaco are New York natives who are dedicated to creating brands that represent their roots. Proud Italian Americans who wear their heritage on their sleeves, they felt it was time to create a series of blends which will honor their home state. The decision was making the two blends true born New York cigars.

 Martinez Cigar Factory was established in 1974 in Manhattan by Dominican native Antonio Genaro Martinez, now owned by his son Master blender Jesus Martinez. Today it is the oldest cigar factory in New York. The factory is located on the West Side of Manhattan at 171 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 Aside from Martinez Cigar Factory being in New York the factory holds special meaning to Jeffrey Amendola.

 Arapiraca (red switch blades)

6×52 Torpedo, MSRP $14.

Medium to medium/full strength. Medium to medium/full body. 

Wrapped in a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper accompanied by an Indonesian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan/Dominican fillers. The West Side Story Red Switch Producing rich, buttery silky smoke with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and graham on the front end accompanied by nuances of roasted nuts, earthiness and a dash crushed red pepper/spice on the backend. This blend boasts full of complexities while at the same time is distinct in flavor due to its rich Arapiraca wrapper. Sure to indulge any palette for any occasion.

Mexican San Andres (Blue barbwire wrapped bats)

6 x 52 Torpedo

Medium/full to Full strength. Medium/full to Full body. 

Cloaked in a toothy Mexican San Andreas wrapper accompanied by an Indonesian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan/ Dominican fillers. The West Side Story barbed bat is named that for a reason as it boasts strong and hearty flavors. This slugger hits you in the face from beginning to end. With tantalizing earthy flavors like leather, barnyard, and chocolate powder on the front end followed by nuances of expresso, milk chocolate and a touch of baking spice to finish it off.

The West Side Story comes in twenty count boxes with ten of each blend. The MSRP is $14 per cigar. $280.00 per box.

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