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.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 15 (Edition 112   3/7/15)

Feature of the Week: Altadis and Boutique Blends Team Up to Create the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25

This week it was announced that Altadis and Boutique Blends are coming together for a collaborative project.  The Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 will be a limited production cigar created at Tabacalera La Palma and distributed by Altadis.

News and Previews

Legislative News
  • Federal: It was a big week for co-sponsors as 18 House members and 2 Senate members signed on to the proposed legislative bills.  First, Senators Jerry Moran [R-Kansas] and James Inhofe [R-Oklahoma] have signed on as a co-sponsor to Senate Bill (S. 441) bringing the total sponsors to 14.   Meanwhile , Rep. Keith Rothfus  [R-Pennsylvania-12], Rep. David P. Joyce  [R-Ohio], Rep. Michael R. Turner. [R-Ohio],  Rep. John R. Carter. [R-Texas], Rep. David Schweikert  [R-Arizona-]  Rep. Joseph J. Heck. [R-Nevada], Rep. James F. Sensenbrenner Jr. [R-Wisconsin], Rep. Charles W. Dent [R-Pennsylvania], Rep. Bradley Byrne  [R-Alabama], Rep. Rod Blum [R-Iowa,] Rep. Andy Barr [R-Kentucky], Rep. Thomas J. Rooney [R-Florida], Rep. Mark E. Amodei [R-Nevada], Rep. Mark Meadows [R-North Carolina], Rep.Mick Mulvaney [R-South Carolina], Rep Tom Graves [R-Georgia], Rep. Glenn Thompson [R-Pennsylvania], and Rep. David Rouzer [R-North Carolina] have signed on to House Bill (HR 662) bringing the total sponsors to 70.
  • Kentucky:  The proposed smoking ban has stalled in the State Senate.  It appears dead for 2015.
  • Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a 40% tax increase on cigars in his State Budget.
Editor’s Corner (March 2015)

Stogie Geeks Episode 131

This week we welcome J. Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America as our special guest.  We also covered our smokes of the week and did a “Debonaire Ideal” segment on “Weather and Cigars”.  Video will be available in the next couple of days and posted on next week’s Cigar Industry Report.

Our smokes of the week included:

1502 Emerald Corona
Avo Limited Edition 2009 Companero (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)
Pepper Cream Soda Robusto (Supreme Cream) by Bellatto / Caldwell / Sears (Lost & Found Cigars)
Quesada Seleccion Espana Petit Belicoso
Senor Rio Anejo Toro

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