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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XV

20 Oct 2006

In our ongoing effort to make as entertaining and reader-friendly as possible, each Friday we’ll post a sampler of quick cigar news and stogie-related snippets to tide you over for the weekend. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Three weeks ago we reported that a “public safety committee” in Houston was pushing to expand the city’s smoking ban to stand-alone bars. Well, on Wednesday the Space City fascists got their way. According to the Houston Chronicle this morning, the law does include an array of exemptions for places such as tobacco shops, cigar bars, and hotel rooms – exemptions SmokeFree Educational Services, the zealous do-gooders who pushed for the ban, would like to clear up with, you guessed it, more government regulation.

2) Altadis introduced the world’s most expensive cigar yesterday in Spain. The “Behike” – a limited edition of the Cuban Cohiba – will retail for $420 each in commemoration of the brand’s 40th anniversary. Fun fact of the day: Behike means sorcerer or doctor to the pre-Columbian Tiano tribe (but you knew that already). Only 4,000 were made, each at the hands of veteran Norma Fernandez at the famed El Laguito factory in Havana. So how do they taste? Nobody outside of Cohiba’s pre-launch tasting panel has had the balls to light one up yet. Contact us if you want to do a guest review. Of course, you’ll have to buy the stick yourself.

3) There’s a couple of special deals over at Thompson Cigar that I’d like to call your attention to. In one (which is absolutely free), you can register to win a dinner at the restaurant of your choice (value of $2,500) and a cigar and humidor package that retails for $2,500. If I win, I’m going to get a six-month supply of Sliders at White Castle. Thompson also has a pretty sweet High Roller sampler (featuring, among others, Macanudo and Cohiba) and a 125-cout humidor with 100 cigars for only $125. You can find all of these deals under “Popular Items” on Thompson’s homepage.

The Stogie Guys


3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XV”

  1. Anonymous Friday, October 20, 2006 at 6:09 am #

    $420 for a cigar?! Does that come with a BJ?

  2. akatarpon Monday, October 23, 2006 at 4:07 am #

    I don't think White Castle would be consider one of America's top restaurants. It would be my choice, but not Esquire Magazines….

  3. Skip Monday, October 30, 2006 at 1:51 pm #

    Hey Guys–

    Thanks for reminding everyone that the CT wrapper is primo. I live about two miles from the Brown's tobacco farm in Windsor (the subject of the Hartford Courant article). It is a real teat to watch the entire growing process of the CT leaf, from plowing the fields to harvesting and drying in the barns. At least 90% of the cigars I purchase have the CT shade wrapper.