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: Edition 372 (3/14/20)
Announcement: Prime Time Jukebox Dedications Show Requests Being Taken
Prime Time Jukebox is bringing the Dedications Show concept over from Cigar Jukebox. We are asking our audience to submit requests for loved ones who have passed away.
To submit a dedication, please submit an email with 1) The song; 2) Who the song is dedicated to; 3) Any thoughts on the person being remembered and/or why you are picking the song. Emails can be sent one of the following addresses:
The dedications should be sent to us by March 19th. We will air the show later in the month.
As always, a tradition to the Dedications Show is to light up a Las Calaveras Cigar by Crowned Heads.
Feature of the Week: José Blanco Joins Arturo Fuente
José Blanco is heading to Arturo Fuente Cigars. He will become the company’s new Director of Sales for the Eastern Hemisphere. We’ve got the details here.
The cigar industry was not immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic:
- Amid Coronavirus Concerns, PCA Says 2020 Trade Show is Still On
- Citing Coronavirus, TAA Postpones 2020 Convention
In addition Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke, Cigar International’s CigarFest, and ZT Cigars’ Smokelahoma events have been postponed. All three will be rescheduling with the CigarFest event targeted for October 16-17.
We also published the feature story “121 Days – Why the PCA Plan to Move Forward with the 2020 Trade Show was the Right One”
XXII Festival del Habanos Releases
This past week we wrapped up our new releases from the XXII Festival del Habanos:
- Bolivar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016
- H. Upmann Colección Habanos Super Magnum Launched at XXII Festival Del Habano
- Hoyo de Monterrey Primaveras
- Montecristo Herederos
- Partagás 175 Aniversario Humidor
- Partagás Legado Edición Limitada 2020
- Romeo y Julieta Linea de Oro
News and Previews
- Alec Bradley: The company announced the Alec & Bradley Kintsugi will be released later this Spring. The company also announced the Alec Bradley Black Market EstelÍ Diamond
- Drew Estate: The company announced the Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Cigar will now be sold as an exclusive to Pappy & Co.
- JRE Tobacco: The company announced the Aladino Cameroon will soft-launch this Spring
- La Aurora: The company will release the La Aurora to Release TAA Exclusive in 2020
- Villiger: The company will release its first TAA Cigar in 2020
- Altadis USA: Announced the H. Upmann 1844 Añejo
- General Cigar: We reported on the Cohiba Royale. We also reported on the Macanudo Inspirado Green appearing at ProCigar 2020
- JSK Cigars: The company is unveiling three releases for the Ristefari Event
- My Father: We reported on the company adding the My Father La Opulencia 2017 Box-Pressed Torpedo
- Viaje: The Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 will be making a return
- Warped Cigars: Later this year, the company will release the La Hacienda First Growth
- U.S. Senate: S.9 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 15. S 3174, a companion bill to HR 2339 was introduced to the U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives: H.R.1854 is the House Companion Bill to S.9. This week Harold Rogers [R-Kansas] was added as a co-spnsor The total number of sponsors remains is now 85.
Agile Cigar Reviews
Prime Time Show
Prime Time Special Edition
- No Show This Week
Prime Time Jukebox
- No Show This Week
3/19 Episode 130: Charlie Minato Halfwheel
Prime Time Special Edition
3/24 Special Edition #70: Rocky Patel Mount Rushmore
Prime Time Jukebox
TBA – Dedications Show
On this date Mar 14
- Mar 14, 2011: Some details on the Avo Limited Edition 2011 (Avo 85th) were released.
- Mar 14, 2011: We took a look at the Camacho Super Limitado.
- Mar 14, 2012: We re-posted a press release on the Midwest Smoke Out partnering with Cigar Rights of America.
- Mar 14, 2012: Beach Cigar Group formally announced a name change to Gurkha Cigar Group.
- Mar 14, 2014: We assessed the Viaje White Label Project (WLP) St. Patrick’s Day Candela 2012
- Mar 14, 2013: We re-posted a press release announcing Dona Flor’s new USA distributor.
- Mar 14, 2013: We reported on plans for Mike Ditka to speak at the IPCPR Convention.
- Mar 14, 2013: We reported on Oliveros’ plans to release Vista de Cuba Reserva.
- Mar 14, 2013: We assessed the East India Trading Company Red Witch Double Fuerte.
- Mar 14, 2014: We previewed the Tatuaje Releases 10th Anniversary Belle Encre Reserva.
- Mar 14, 2014: We took a look at the Debonaire First Degree.
- Mar 14, 2014: We reported on the announcement of the 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb by Espinosa Cigars made on Smoke Night LIVE.
- Mar 14, 2014: We reported on Kuuts’ plans for the Kuuts Nicaraguan Blend; Confirmation of Miro Capa Negra
- Mar 14, 2014: We did an Assessment Update on the Illusione 88 Claro (Candela).
- Mar 14, 2015: We published Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 16 (3/14/15)
- Mar 14, 2016: We reported on price decreases by La Palina.
- Mar 14, 2016: We assessed the MoyaRuiz Pickle Juice.
- Mar 14, 2017: We reported on Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Minis
- Mar 14, 2017: We assessed the Gaaja Maduro Torpedo by Bombay Tobak
- Mar 14, 2017: We reported on the Partagas Serie No. 1 Limited Edition 2017 being unveiled at XIX Habano Festival
- Mar 14, 2018: We published Prime Time Special Edition 25: Luis Cuevas, Casa Cuevas Cigars
- Mar 14, 2018: We assessed the RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Black Irish
- Mar 14, 2018: We reported on the Villiger Lounge opening at the ABAM Factory
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on Ventura Cigar Company debuting the PSyKo Seven Nicaragua by Indiana Ortez
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on the Villiger La Meridiana comíng to the U.S. Market
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on Crowned Heads Sanctuary being launched as an exclusive for Smokers Abbey
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on Drew Estate bringing back the Herrera Estelí Habano Edición Limitada Lancero
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on the FDA’s plans to accelerate enforcement of Deeming Regulations on Flavored Cigars
- Mar 14, 2019: We reported on Warped Cigars bringing back the Don Reynaldo Coronas de Luxe for a limited run