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: Viaje Looks to the Dominican Republic
Viaje has announced it will be working on several projects in the Dominican Republic with Abe Flores at the PDR Cigars Factory. Most prominently will be the Viaje Collaboration 2015 which will be done in conjunction with PDR. In addition, the Viaje TNT and C-4 2015 Editions will get new blends and be made at PDR.
News and Previews
- 7-20-4: Kurt Kendall broke news on Stogie Geeks on plans for the 7-20-4 Club Perfecto and 7-20-4 Factory 57 Dog Walker.
- Asylum Cigars: The company is introducing 8 x 80 and a new Super 11/18 sizes to the CAsylum 13, Asylum 13 Authentic Corojo, and Asylum 13 Ogre Lines.
- Davidoff: The company has reopened its Flagship Geneva store in Switzerland.
- Drew Estate: The company announced new packaging and a price reduction for Liga Privada Unico Serie Papas Fritas
- Espinosa Cigars: The company announced its new Espinosa Especial line.
- General Cigar: The company announced that Florida ABT Agents have shutdown a counterfeit operation of their products.
- Hoyo de Monterrey: General Cigar is introducing the new limited edition Hoyo de Monterrey Edicion de Cumpleanos 150 to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary.
- JM Tobacco: The company will introduce its JM Nicaraguan Corojo later this summer.
- La Flor Dominicana: Two Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire has announced that La Flor Dominicana will be making the next edition of its signature Firecracker series.
- Lost & Found Cigars: The collaboration between Tony Bellatto, Robert Caldwell, and Jaclyn Sears announced some new small batch releases including: Le Pigeon, Spam Artist, Pepper Cream Chocolate Crush, Rebel Bingo, and Sw*llen C**k.
- Torano: The long awaited Charlie Torano Capitva has begun to surface at retailers. This is the first major release since Torano was acquired by General Cigar.
- Warped Cigars: The company announced the Warped Cigars Celestrial, the company’s first event cigar.
- Federal: No new sponsors were added to Senate Bill (S. 441) as the total sponsors remains at 15. Meanwhile three new co-sponsors: Steve Chabot (R-OH), Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) were added to House Bill (HR 662) bringing the total sponsor count to 86.
- Minnesota: Rep Jim Nash is proposing reducing the tax on premium cigars to 50 cents. Part of the legislation includes re-defining what a premium cigar is. Opposition to this proposal was voiced at the State Capitol.
- 1875 by Romeo y Julieta Tres
- Avo Limited Edition 2007 (Avo LE07) (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)
- Cubanacan Habano Rothschild
- Matilde Renacer Robusto
- Quesada Seleccion Espana Beli-Lance
Of course we had our smokes of the week included:
1875 by Romeo y Julieta Tres
7-20-4 Hustler Robusto
Ashton Summetry Belicoso
Avo Limited Edition 2007 – Avo LE07 (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)
Leon Jimenes Prestige Churchill
Matilde Renacer Robusto
Nestor Miranda Connecticut Robusto
Quesada Seleccion Espana Beli-Lance
Quesada Seleccion Espana Fabulosos
Viaje Super Shot Criollo 2015 12 Gauge
- March 28th 2011: We assessed the Cubita Spanish Market Selection
- March 28th 2012: We re-posted a press release from Ocean State Cigars announcing an expansion of their staff.
- March 28th 2013: We previewed the Padilla Vintage Reserve.
- March 28th 2013: We assessed the Illusione Rothchildes.
- March 28th 2013 A court of appeals ruled in favor of General Cigar Company in its battle with Cubatabaco over its Cohiba Trademark. Since then that decision has been overturned.
- March 28th 2014: It was announced that The Pipe and Pint in Greensboro NC would be the first recipient of the LFD N.A.S.
- March 28th 2014: We assessed the Rocky Patel Platinum
- March 28th 2014: We previewed the Leroy vs. The Dark Master a Collaboration by CLE Cigars / Edgar Hoill Cigars – an exclusive for Tobacco Haven