The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week.  We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show.  Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

Feature of the Week: Don’t Call it a Comeback!

This week was the biggest week of Cigar News of 2014.  Over the past week, two industry names made a comeback after a short hiatus.  First industry newcomer Robert Caldwell, who split from Wynwood Cigars last year announced the launch of Caldwell Cigar Company.  The other is industry legend Jose Blanco who announced the launch of his own company Las Cumbras Tabaco.   Both left their previous positions (Caldwell with Wynwood, Blanco with Joya de Nicaragua) right around the same time, and both announced their launches right around the same time.  Both companies should have an impact on the cigar landscape in 2014.  Both are also Dominican-based cigar companies and with ProCigar coming up next week, the timing is not surprising.  We should hear more announcements over the next week.

News and Previews.

Legislative News

On Episode 84, we welcomed Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars and Glen Case of Kristoff Cigars as our special guests.  First up, Case took us through his new Galerones line – a line he launched at the 2013 IPCPR.  We also walked through many of the other lines he offers in his portfolio.

We then talked tobacco with Phil Zanghi, co-founder of Debonaire Cigars.  We also smoked the Debonaire Sangita.  In addition to talking about his current line, Phil discussed some plans for his upcoming Maduro line and talked about a new “A” size project.

Finally we went through our smokes of the week.  Our own Mark Jr. provided one of the first reviews of the E.P. Carrillo Inch Short Run 2014 while Stogie Santa provided information (and a review) on the upcoming L’Atelier Lancero.

1502 Nicaragua by Global Premium Cigars (Paul)
1502 Nicaragua by Global Premium Cigars (Pre-Release) (Will)
Brun del Re Gold Robusto
Crowned Heads Four Kicks Robusto
EPC Inch Short Run No. 60
Hechicera by Sotolongo Cigars (Corona)
J Grotto Reserva Lancero Redux
J Grotto Silk Toro
L’Atelier Lancero (Pre-Release)
La Aurora 110th Anniversary Robusto
La Aurora Preferido Sapphire
Leaf by Oscar Maduro
LFD Colorado Oscuro Chisel
Litto Gomez Vintage 2013 Lusitano
Viaje Exclusivo Leaded (Pre-Release)

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