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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXXXV

29 Feb 2008

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

1) Our upcoming DC Stogie Guys Smoke Out is only a little more than a week away: Sunday, March 9 at 4pm to be exact. The event will feature free cigars plus giveaways all provided by Cuban Crafters. Please RSVP here if you haven’t already.

Dick Butkus2) Despite smoking bans, tobacco taxes, and the American trade embargo, sales of Cuban cigars exceeded US$400 million last year – up 7 percent from 2006. To put things in perspective, consider that Cuban sales comprise a whopping 80 percent of the world cigar market (excluding the U.S.), with Spain and France as the largest importers.

3) Windy City readers were no doubt disappointed by the cancellation of Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke Chicago. But thanks to the good folks at CAO, NFL legend Dick Butkus, and Cigars & More, they have another great event to look forward to on April 23. Click here to check out the event’s creative marketing campaign.

4) Recognizing the power of tobacco, Tampa’s InterContinental hotel now has a “Big Cigars and Motor Cars” promotion that includes the use of a Maserati or Corvette, a steak dinner, and Fuente cigars for $550 per night.

5) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a AVO 787. Cigar Inspector inspects a Griffin’s Fuerte. Cigar Monkey checks out the Gurkha Regent. Cigar Jack lights up a Hoyo de Tradición.

6) Deal of the Week: Cuban Crafters (sponsor of our Smoke Out) is running a number of incredible web specials, featuring some great deals on their already reasonable prices. Click here to check them all out.

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4 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler LXXXV”

  1. Cigar Inspector Friday, February 29, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    Very good news for the sales increase, especially for us Cuban cigar reviewers 🙂 Thank you.

  2. Daniel Friday, February 29, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    Ha. Dick Butkus.

  3. Patrick A Friday, February 29, 2008 at 7:11 am #

    Get off the tracks when the Butkus train's a comin'. Here's some classic NFL Films footage for your Friday viewing pleasure:

  4. Sean Friday, February 29, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    I might have to check out this new "Griggin's" Line of cigars.