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 40 (Edition 189 8/27/16)

Feature of the Week: Matilde Serena Introduced

While Matilde Cigars focused on the box-pressed Matilde Quadrata as its feature cigar at IPCPR, the company had one more surprise. Quietly a new cigar known as the Matilde Serena made its way to select retailers. This is the first Connecticut Shade offering by Jose Seijas’ company. We got the details here.

Detailed IPCPR Coverage

Our detailed product reports continued this week from the IPCPR Trade Show.

Legislative News

  • 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 21.
  • 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-sponsored were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 166.
  • 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-sponsored were added. The total number of sponsors is now 72.
  • California: A bill that would ban smoking within 250 feet of Youth Sporting Events has been sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
  • Colorado: A proposed 22% tax increase for cigars will appear on the state’s ballot this November.
  • Missouri: The proposed tax hike that was the result of a petition has survived a court challenge and will be on the state’s ballot this November.
  • North Dakota: There will also be a proposed tobacco tax hike on this state’s ballot this November.

Stogie Geeks

For Episode 198, Azarias and Emille Mustafa of Cordoba and Morales joined as our special guests. Our Debonaire Ideal was tips on Debonaire Cuba and of course we went through our Stogies of the Week.

Our stogies included:

Rocky Patel Special Edition Robusto
Ashton ESG 24 Year Salute
Camacho 1962 Pre-Embargo
Don Bernardo El Caballero El Rey
Guaimaro Robusto
L’Atelier Maduro LAT54
Leaf by Oscar Maduro 6 x 60
Partagas 170 Aniversario (Cuba)
RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Robusto (Cigar Dojo Edition)
Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 Capriccio
Viaje C-4 2016

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