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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXII

8 Aug 2008

In our ongoing effort to make StogieGuys.com as entertaining and informative as possible, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other snippets of interest. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks this week proposed an ordinance banning smoking in almost all public places, including outdoor patios and outside office buildings. “If the City Council approves the ordinance, L.A. would become the largest city in the U.S. to adopt a comprehensive smoking ban for all public places, joining the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, and Santa Monica.”

2) Readers are encouraged to check out this online auction of rare and exclusive cigars, including original 1984 Arturo Fuente 8-5-8s and Opus X “troll” cigars. Proceeds benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which serves the impoverished children of the Dominican Republic by providing schools, health care, clean water, nutrition, and recreation.

3) Notwithstanding this shameless act of self-promotion, we would like to thank The Cigar Alliance for naming StogieGuys.com winner of the “Best Cigar Blog” category in the 2008 Cigar Alliance Media Awards. We would also like to congratulate the winners of the other categories, including Cigar Live, Stogie Review, DogWatch Social Club, European Cigar Cult Journal, and Stogie Fresh.

4) Inside the Industry: StogieGuys.com has received a tip that Carnival Cruise Lines is testing a new no cigar policy on some of its ships, including vessels with cigar bars. Alec Bradley is adding a new size to the Tempus line, a perfecto called the Magistri (6.5 x 53). Isla de Cuba’s two new lines, the Blend 376 and the Wango Tango, are set to hit stores in mid-September.

5) Around the Blogs: Keepers of the Flame continues its vertical tasting of the Padrón line with the 4000. Stogie Review reviews the La Riqueza. Cigar Jack lights up a Gurkha G5. Cigar Command checks out the Live Green Label.

6) Deal of the Week: Here’s a great way to enjoy two of our favorite smokes. This Padrón Maduro vs. Rocky Patel ’92 sampler includes five cigars of each, all for just $45 (shipping included for the sampler and anything else purchased with it). Grab yours here.

The Stogie Guys

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Drew Estate

5 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXII”

  1. Jerry @ Stogie Revie Friday, August 8, 2008 at 3:59 am #

    Congrats on the award from Cigar Alliance!

  2. Mac and Nudo Friday, August 8, 2008 at 4:17 am #

    Ditto. It's well-deserved.

  3. George E. Friday, August 8, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    Following up on the Carnival warning, searching "cigar" on the company's Website turns up three ship bars promoting cigar smoking. if you're planning to take a Carnival cruise, I would urge you to get a letter from the company in writing beforehand that details the cigar smoking policy on the ship you're taking at the time of your cruise. Don't get surprised once you're aboard — as has happened — to learn that rules have changed.

  4. dmjones Friday, August 8, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    The LA City Council certainly has their priorities straight, don't they? Stricter bans on smoking, banning plastic grocery bags, and putting a 1 year ban on new fast-food restaurants in a portion of the city are high on their list. Improving traffic conditions, keeping predatory gang members from killing innocent young people, and fighting the growth in the illegal alien problem–not so much. To make matters worse, the state legislature and the leftist Governator are picking up some of the same stupid nanny-state issues and spreading their application statewide. My wife and I are getting out of the People's Republic of California in January–and people actually wonder why!

  5. Patrick S Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:07 am #

    Thanks Jerry.

    Likewise congrats to you Jerry for the Best Videocast award.