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: Willy Herrera

Three years ago Willy Herrera was running a small boutique factory in Little Havana, Florida.  This week he was named the company’s Master Blender.  Herrera becomes the first person of Cuban descent to be given an executive position at the company.

FDA Regulatory Information

We are into the period of public comment for the FDA’s proposed regulations.  We have a digest below of our links and other useful links when making your response:

We also recommend some of the following in regards to the FDA:

News and Previews.

Legislative News

Stogie Geeks Episode 95
This week we had two special guests in the studio, Phil Zanghi, co-founder of Debonaire Cigars and Paul Joyal, owner of Ocean State Cigars.  First up Zanghi and Joyal explained the happenings at Debonaire and Ocean State respectively – including an exciting collaboration between the two companies.  We then had a roundtable segment with Phil and Paul.  Finally we covered our smokes of the week:

Debonaire First Degree
CAO Brazllia Box-Press
Cubanacan Special Edition Event Cigar
Davidoff Millennium Blend Lancero
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli (Toro)
E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Stellas
Falto Delirio
Illusione ~Ultra~ OP No. 4
Jaime Garcia Limited Edition 2012
La Flor Dominicana Ligero
Ortega HeavyDuty 660
Quesada 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica
RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Blockhead
Viaje Plata Lancero
Viaje Zombie 2013 (Black Box Release)

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