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 23 (Edition 120   5/2/15)

Feature of the Week: Gary Griffith Departs House of Emilio and Emilio Cigars

Gary Griffith, who was a founder of the Emilio Cigars brand, and then built a nine company distribution arm with House of Emilio has departed.  House of Emilio issued a statement on social media announcing Griffith’s retirement from House of Emilio, Emilio Cigars, and his retail responsibilities at Delaware Cigars.

Southern Cigar Festival

Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks are proud to partner with the Southern Cigar Festival. The event is being held on June 6 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia. This past week, we took a look at the Amphitheatre venue itself.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster via the event website, Cutters Cigar Emporium, and the Amphitheatre box office. Those purchasing tickets in person at Cutters Cigars will get a free cigar with their ticket purchase.

News and Previews

Legislative News
  • Federal: Senator Lindsey Graham [R-South Carolina] became the 16th sponsor of Senate Bill (S. 441). Three new co-sponsors have also been added to House Bill (HR 662): Rep Patrick Mc Henry [R-North Carolina], Rep Peter King {R-New York], and Rep Will Hurd [R-Texas] – the total sponsors is now at 101.
Editor’s Corner (Volume 4, Number 6)
Feature Stories
Stogie Geeks Episode 138

This week we welcomed Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Company as our featured guest.  Our Debonaire Ideal was on “Mold in the Humidor”.

We posted Episode 137 – which contained our interviews with Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars and Jason Holly of Viva Republica.

Our smokes of the week included:

Saga Blend No.7 Perfecto
Saga Golden Age Toro
Avo Limited Edition 2004 – Avo Legacy (Avo LE04) (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)
Avo Limited Edition Improvisation Series – Avo Classic Covers 2015
Charlie Torano Captiva Robusto
Eiroa Robusto by CLE Cigars
Hammer + Sickle Hermitage No. 1 Churchill (Collaborative Review with Blind Man’s Puff)
La Aurora Preferidos 1903 Edition Cameroon No. 1
Nat Sherman Host Hobart
Nomad C-276 Robusto
Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series Majestuoso
Room 101 Namakubi Roxxo (Unbanded from Seth)
Tatuaje Gran Cojonu
Tatuaje Jekyll

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