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 5, Number 10 (Edition 159 1/30/16)
Features of the Week
Diana Silvius Passes Away
Diana Silvius, a long-time popular Chicago tobacconist who was considered a pioneer for women on the retail-side passed away last week.
Drew Estate to Distribute Debonaire House Products
Phil Zanghi and Debonaire House has entered into an agreement where Drew Estate Tobacco will distribute his Debonaire and Indian Motorcycle brands.
News and Previews
- H. Upmann: The brand under Altadis will release Yargüera H. Upmann. This will be the first Altadis USA product to use the company’s proprietary Yargüera tobacco.
- JRE Tobacco Company: Christian Eiroa’s father Julio and his brother Justo have formed JRE Tobacco Company. The new company will assume sale and distribution of the Aladino, Tarascan, and Rancho Luna products.
- Room 101: The brand will unveil a new Connecticut blend under “The Big Payback” appropriately called The Big Payback Connecticut
- Zino: The brand has added Brooklyn based artists from URNY, Mike Baca (aka 2ESAE) and Fernando Romero (aka SKI). as its first ever Zino Platinum brand Ambassadors. The duo will work with retailers creating exclusive artwork and limited edition cigars in their regions.
- Senate Bill S. 441: S. 441 is the Senate Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week, no new co-sponsors were added. The total sponsor count remains at 20.
- House Bill HR 662: H.R. 662 is House Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week, no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 153.
- House Bill 2058: H.R. 2058 is the House Bill to change the effective date for cigars subject to FDA regulation from 2007 to 21 months following any proposed regulations are put into effect. This week, no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 42.
- Oklahoma: State Representative Ben Loring has proposed House Bill 2317. This would raise the age to buy tobacco products to 21.
- Washington: House Bill 2313 which proposes to raise the State’s Smoking age to 21 has passed through a House Subcommittee. The Senate version (6157) is scheduled for a hearing on Monday.
- A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Maduro SP52 by PDR Cigars
- Dunhill Signed Range Seleccion Suprema
- La Rosa de Sandiego Maduro Toro Gordo
- Nomad Esteli Lot 8613 Toro
- Tatuaje TAA 2015
Agile Cigar Reviews
For Episode 172 we welcomed Abe Dababneh from Smoke Inn and Kiss My Ash Radio. We also welcomed Charles Rutherford from Boveda. Our Debonaire Ideal segment was on “Touching Up Cigars” and we had our Smokes of the Week which included:
- MBombay Corojo Oscuro Perfecto
- Bluff Corona Gorda by Caldwell Cigar Company (Burns Tobacconist Exclusive)
- Davidoff Grand Cru No. 2
- Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro
- E.P. Carrillo INCH Natural No. 64
- God of Fire Serie Aniversario 56
- L’Atelier Extension de la Racine ER15
- Las Cumbres Tabaco Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5 by Jose Blanco
- Las Cumbres Tabaco Senorial Le Grand by Jose Blanco
- Ramon Allones Club Allones Edition Limitada 2015
- Saint Luis Rey Regios
- Tatuaje TAA 2015
We apologize for the production delays with Episodes 170 and 171.
Stogie Geeks App
On this date January 30th…
- January 30th 2011: We assessed the Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series
- January 30th 2012: We reported on the Padron 1964 Anniversary No. 4 (6 x 60)
- January 30th 2012: We assessed the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro
- January 30th 2013: We did an Assessment Update on the Macanudo Vintage 1997 Maduro
- January 30th 2014: We assessed the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario 2008
- January 30th 2014: We reported on the Room 101 Master Collection Two
- January 30th 2015: We reported on the return of the Viaje Super Shot for 2015
- January 30th 2015: We did an Assessment Update on the Avo Limited Edition 2011 85th Anniversary (Part of Avo’s Greatest Hits Sampler)