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.

IPCPR 2014

Our 2014 IPCPR Digest is now live.  Follow this to keep track of all products and news related to this year’s trade show in July.

Feature of the Week: Room 101 – The Big Payback

For the past five years, Matt Booth has continued to build and evolve his Room 101 brand when it comes to cigars.  This week, the brand announced its 14th blend – Room 101 – The Big Payback (Cigar Preview).  This is a significant release because it marks a value-priced line that is the brand’s first Nicaraguan puro – and contains its first 70 ring gauge offering.

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 96
This week Steve Saka was our special guest.  Steve took us on his journey as one of the earliest Cigar Bloggers, to Consultant at J&R Cigars, and then eventually his landing at Drew Estate where he became the CEO.  Steve talks a lot about tobacco and the tobacco business in this very special conversation.

Our smokes of the week this week were:

Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Classic (Cameroon)
Carpe Noctem by Emilio Cigars (Pre-Release)
Elogio Robusto Especial Limitada
E.P. Carrillo Re+United
Herrera Esteli Limited Edition Lancero
L’Atelier LAT Lancero
Opus X (Fuente Fuente & Scorpion)
Quesada 40th Anniversary Salomon Press
RoMa Craft Cromagnon Aquitaine Mode 5
Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial
Tatuaje Lancero Sampler 
Tatuaje Tattoo (2014) Caballero
Viaje Zombie 2014 (Green Label)
Viaje Zombie Maduro 2014 (Red Label) (Mark Jr.)
Viaje Zombie Maduro 2014 (Red Label) (Will)

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