The Cigar Industry Report is a one-stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop. It is a combination of the news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. In addition, 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 7, Number 11 (Edition 264 2/3/18)

Remembering Gary Laden

This week we continue to pay homage to Gary”Doc” Laden, Gary was the founder and host of the Smooth Draws Radio Show. He passed away in Atlanta, Georgia at 4:10 am on Friday 1/26/18 at the age of 65. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family.

Performance Ratings

This week we published our performance ratings for cigars reviewed in 2017 on Cigar Coop

We also published our Value Rankings of the 2017 Cigar of the Year Countdown.

Feature of the Week: Acquisitions of Xikar and Thompson Cigar

While they weren’t total surprises, the timing was. On January 31st, word came of two cigar industry acquisitions. First came news that Quality Importers had acquired Xikar. This was followed only a few hours later by Scandinavian Tobacco Group announcing it acquired online retail giant Thompson Cigar.

News and Previews

Legislative News

Cigar Coop Coffee Collection

Reminder, we have partnered with Layne Coffee to offer two unique coffee blends. We have the details here. You can also order your coffee here.

Prime Time Show Schedule

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Episode 41 (2/8/18): Andre Farkas, Viaje Cigars
Episode 42 (2/15/18): Nick Syris, LH Cigars
No Show 2/22/18
Episode 43 (3/1/18): Michael Giannini, Ventura Cigar Company
Episode 44 (3/8/18): Mo Maali, Patina Cigars

Special Edition #21 (Pre-recorded): Henke Kelner and Eladio Diaz, Davidoff
Special Edition #22: (2/6/18): Omar de Frias, Fratello Cigars
Special Edition #23 (2/13/18): Davidoff Viaje Al Origen
Special Edition #24 (2/27/18): Claudio Sgroi, Mombacho Cigars
Special Edition TBD (3/27/18): MLB Baseball Preview

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