We are happy to review your cigar or accessory product. Please look at the guidelines below and contact us for any clarification. These policies apply to both samples provided and products purchased. The final decision on a cigar being considered for review ultimately will lie with our editorial staff.
Requirements for Cigar Coop Review
The following are our requirements around a cigar review. We don’t set minimum or maximum numbers, but usually will recommend a minimum of two to three.
Active Press Information
For reviews on Cigar Coop, in most cases we do require a brand or manufacturer to be actively sharing press information with us on a regular and timely basis. We don’t require a formal press release, but some form of pro-active communication of new / updated products or company information directly sent our way. We recognize some companies do not provide press information, but keep in mind we are a news-driven media outlet, and view reviewing products we have reported news on to be strategic to our media model. We encourage you to keep this mind when requesting a review here.
If you aren’t providing press information to Cigar Coop, please also contact us and we can work with you. There isn’t a cost to do this, but we will only print concrete newsworthy information and not marketing teasers.
We procure cigars two ways – purchases and samples provided. Purchases may be done at a local retail shop or online. Samples reviewed are those provided by a manufacturer.
Gifted cigars from consumers and friends are typically no longer used for review on Cigar Coop. We we want to ensure the brand’s marketing group or owner is in the loop on this. While we will accept cigar samples from a sales representative, we do it with the understanding the marketing group or brand owner is in the loop.
We highly recommend mailing cigars as opposed to “handing us” cigars as it assures that it gets properly inventoried and scheduled.
In most cases, our reviews focus on products that have been on the market 18 months or less. In some cases we will consider older cigars, but these will be done on a case by case basis.
We typically focus on cigars that have a national U.S. distribution, or are in the process of building a national distribution. We also consider significant releases on the International (non U.S. market). Some cigars that do not meet these requirements, but we still consider strategic will still be considered for review. Shop Exclusives are considered if they are branded by a significant manufacturer or brand owner and meet all of the other criteria for review. We are no longer are assessing House Cigars (Shop Exclusives that are not branded by a significant manufacturer).
Typically a cigar that is provided for assessment for us is deemed a “pre-release” cigar and will not be given a rating and scored unless we are told it is from the production batch. We tend to not focus on these types of reviews.
Reviews normally take an average of six weeks to turn-around. There are cases we can prioritize a review, but these will be done on an individual case by case basis. Scheduling of reviews is usually done four to six weeks in advance. Newer releases, high profile releases, larger distribution channels and those pro-actively providing press information will be prioritized higher on the schedule.
If you are looking for a more “instant” turnaround time, we may not be the best fit for you for a review on Cigar Coop.
Accessory Reviews typically will be longer turnaround times as we look for how the product holds up over time.
Backlinks and Promotions
Our policy is unless you are a sponsor or a strategic partner, we typically will not back-link to your product on a company website or online store. The same goes for promotion or discount codes. There is a high cost to maintain these links and when they are removed, they create work to maintain them on our end.
Unless otherwise noted, all written content, photography, and video incorporated belong to WAC Ligero Group LLC and its associated brand, Cigar Coop. They may not be re-used without expressed written consent from WAC Ligero Group LLC.
Contact for More Information
Please contact us at coop at cigar-coop.com for more detailed policies and requirements for a review.
Thank you for your consideration for this process we follow.