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 46 (Edition 195 10/8/16)
Feature of the Week: Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration Coming Soon
Better late than never, but it appears the Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration – a cigar that first surfaced at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show is finally heading to retail shelves. Cigar Aficionado got some of the first details on this release. We also have some photos on the cigar to commemorate 20 years of OpusX.
- JM Tobacco: The company is bringing back the Espanola for its 20th Anniversary
- Meier & Dutch: The distribution arm of Cigars International will distribute the Lucious Lyon Limited Edition Line. This is a line of cigars and accessories based on the character bearing the same name from the television series EMPIRE.
- Tatuaje: The Unlucky 13 retailers were announced for the 2016 Monsters Series installment Tatuaje-The Krueger.
- Viaje: The company announced the new Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua. In addition, the Viaje Full Moon 2016 will be released as a Collector’s Edition release.
- 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-sponsors were added. The total sponsor count remainsat 169
- 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 78.
- FDA: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being sued by various anti-tobacco groups for a delay in implementing graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging. While targeted at cigarettes since FDA is now using a “one size fits all” approach to tobacco, this could have implications on premium cigars.
This week we had two feature stories:
- “Dancing on the Jetty-Cigar Smoking in Cuba“
- “A Look Back at the Michael Giannini Era At General Cigar“
- Mi Querida Ancho Largo by Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust
- Torano Vault TM-027 Robusto
- Archetype Dreamstate Toro by Ventura Cigar Company
- La Flor Dominicana Beer Stein Limited Edition
- Tatuaje Skinny Mummy
- Yaxel Ortiz Y.O. Toro
This week was Episode 201 for Stogie Geeks. Our special guest was Eddy Guerra from Gurkha Cigar Group. For our Debonaire Ideal, we talked about Cuba and Baseball. Finally we had our Stogies of the Week which included:
Hoyo La Amistad Robusto
Torano Vault TM-027 Robusto
Charter Oak Connecticut Shade Toro
Crux Classic Robusto
Good Karma Donkey Dropping
Guayacan Rojas Reserve Gordo
Leaf by Oscar Sumatra Robusto
Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro
Serino Royale Maduro XX Robusto
Tatuaje Skinny Jason
Yaxel Ortiz Y.O. Toro
Stogie Geeks News
This week on Stogie Geeks News, we look the Tatuaje – The Krueger, new releases from Viaje, the new Lucious Lyon line of cigars and accessories, and the long awaited Fuente Fuente OpusX 20 Years Celebration.
On this date October 8th…
- October 8th 2011: We assessed the Padron 1926 Serie Maduro.
- October 8th 2011: We assessed the Liga Privada T52.
- October 8th 2012: We previewed the My Father Commemorative 911 Limited Edition 2012
- October 8th 2012: We re-posted a press release announcing Joya de Nicaragua Rebranding “Cuenca y Blanco” to “CyB”.
- October 8th 2013: We reported on Commonwealth Cedar Spills’ Placard Project
- October 8th 2013: We assessed the VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2012 by Altadis USA
- October 8th 2013: We reported on Zander-Greg launching the Nat Cicco Cuban Legends Habano.
- October 8th 2013: We reported on Xikar launching its new Scribe Lighters .
- October 8th 2014: We reported on the Sons of Anarchy Clubhouse Edition Chapel and the Cigar Sons of Anarchy Clubhouse Edition KG-9 by Black Crown Cigars.
- October 8th 2014: We assessed the RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance BA XXI Revenge.
- October 8th 2014: We reported on the Asylum Dragon’s Milk project with New Holland Brewery.
- October 8th 2015: We assessed the Flor de Selva Maduro Toro by Maya Selva Cigars