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.

Today we completed our 104th consecutive edition of this weekly report.  We have completed two full calendar years of bringing you this weekly round-up.  We begin year three next week.

Feature Story:  Cigar Coop Post Season Awards

This past week we have focused on some our post-season awards.  We have introduced new categories for Factory of the Year and Person of the Year.  This Tuesday, we wrap up with our Top Brand Performers List.

12/30/14: 2014 Year in Review: Top 12 Cigar Industry Stories / Themes of 2014
12/31/14: Cigar of the Year: Joel Sherman 75th Celebration by Nat ShermanFull Top 30
1/1/15 By the Numbers (Editor’s Corner Volume 4, Number 2)
1/2/15: Factory of the Year (Small / Single) – Nica Sueno
1/5/15: Best Aged Cigar (Room 101 Namakubi)
1/6/15: Factory of the Year (Larger or Multi-Faceted) – Tabacalera Tropical / Casa Fernandez
1/7/15: Best Line Extensions for 2014 (Padron 1964 Anniversary Belicoso TAA Exclusive Maduro)
1/8/15: Cigar Industry Person(s) of the Year – Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Jim Young
1/9/15: The Honorable Mentions
1/13/15: Top Brand Performers List for 2014

News and Previews

While it was coincidental, three companies made announcements revamping products this week.

Legislative News


Omar de Frias, owner and founder Fratello Cigars returned to Stogie Geeks – and just in time to talk about his new Fratello Lancero.  Our Stogies of the Week included Paul’s recap of some of Cigar Aficionado’s top cigars and my recap of smoking the Padron 50th Anniversary.  Our segment was a recap of a special blending seminar that Paul attended with Michael Herklots sponsored by Mr J’s Havana Shop.

Our smokes of the week included:

Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2014
Ashton ESG 22-Year Salute
Asylum Dragon’s Milk
Avo 25th Anniversary Edition (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Robusto
E.P. Carrillo La Historia (Paul)
E.P. Carrillo Perez-Carrillo La Historia E-III (Will)
Ezra Zion FHK Truth
Illusione Fume D’Amour Clementes
Nat Sherman Epoca (Tasting Seminar)
Oliva Serie V Melanio Perfecto
Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro
San Cristobal Revelation Legend

We published two Stogie Geeks Extra segments this week.  We had Michael Reynolds from Lotus and a special interview with Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman recorded at the Nat Sherman event we recapped in Episode 124.

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