Oliva elected cigar brand of the year 2020

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Zwevegem, 13 July 2020 – Oliva Cigars, a subsidiary of J. Cortès from West Flanders in Belgium, has been elected brand of the year by France’s most prominent cigar magazine, L’Amateur de Cigare.

Bimonthly French magazine L’Amateur de Cigare has been around for more than twenty years, enjoying an unrivalled reputation among local and foreign cigar experts. Besides featuring interviews with international cigar manufacturers, reports from cigar-producing countries and cigar reviews, the publication also releases a unique annual cigaroscope edition that closely examines every cigar brand in the world. This guide has elected Oliva Cigars the world’s best cigar brand.

Praise from the judging panel

The L’Amateur de Cigare panel of experts praised, amongst others, “the record number of Oliva modules with five-star ratings (like the Serie V Figurado, the Serie V Lancero or the Serie V Melanio Robusto), the excellence of the Serie V and the accessible pricing of the Serie G.”

Recognition of quality

CEO Frederik Vandermarliere is delighted with this new title: “What a great honour for everyone working on production of this fantastic brand, both here in Belgium and in Nicaragua. We’re extremely proud to receive this recognition of the quality of Oliva Cigars. However, this title doesn’t mean that we’ll be taking it easy from now – quite the contrary! It’s just proof that we’re well on our way to satisfying connoisseurs around the world with our splendid cigars. For example, this year we bought beautiful farmlands to ensure the future and the constant taste of our Oliva Cigars.” He says with some pride, after which he concludes with his classic slogan : “Our motto is ‘#dontsmokebutenjoy’, enjoy, in moderation and don’t inhale your cigars : the taste is in your mouth, not in your lungs.”

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For further information or interviews, please contact Laure Boisbouvier,

Marketing Manager J. Cortès (Laure.Boisbouvier@jcortes.com) or Olivier Mottrie, Marketing J.Cortès (Olivier.mottrie@jcortes.com/+32 (0) 472 42 36 21)

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About J. Cortès

J. Cortès is a family run company with a passion for cigars. Cigars in all shapes and sizes. It's a never-ending story of dedication and craftsmanship that started in 1926. Don't smoke but enjoy! Our prime brands are J. Cortes, Country, Neos and Amigos. For the major European countries we have strong in-house sales teams; for other markets our brands are in the hands of our export managers and sold over 80 countries globally. In 2016 CEO Fredje fell in love with artisanal cigar company Oliva Cigars, based in the US and Nicaragua. A business marriage was set and it turned out to be the party of the year. The Cortès family business now spreads across two continents.

Don't smoke but enjoy!