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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXIV

22 Aug 2008

In our ongoing effort to make 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) Kansas City may be the next metropolitan area to succumb to a government-mandated smoking ban. A local government board discussed “several smoke-free options” yesterday as the city’s newspaper of record inexplicably stated “there’s no economic disadvantage” for business owners.

2) It was announced on Wednesday that new brands of machine-made Cubans will be introduced at the Havana International Fair in November. The expansion is in response to increased global demand for sticks like the Guantanamera Compay.

3) Inside the Industry: Miami Cigar & Co. will take over the distribution of Felipe Gregorio cigars starting in September. George Gershel, Altadis’ Executive Vice President, will retire at the end of 2008 after 47 years with the company. The Fuentes and Newmans raised $75,852 in a recent Cigar Family Charitable Foundation online charity auction of rare cigars.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review tries the Avalon Juke Ebony. Cigar Inspector reviews the Tesa M3. Her Humidor smokes the Kristoff Criollo. Cigar Jack lights up a La Caya Brazil.

5) Deal of the Week: Not long ago, Jon N. praised the virtues of mild cigars. In that spirit, we present this sampler of ten top notch mild cigars. For just $34.99 you get two mild cigars each from Macanudo, Toraño, La Princesa de Cuba, Perdomo, and Rocky Patel, and free shipping is included on the entire order. Grab yours here.

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXIV”

  1. Beringer Friday, August 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks for the deal on the milds. I also enjoyed going back to Jon N.'s post on the virtues of mild cigars. One pet peeve of mine with cigar and pipe uses is this notion of "start newbies mild, then graduate to fuller". I think that's bunk. For years, I rarely smoked cigars because buddies would say "Oh, you're not ready for full body sticks". When I finally discarded this artificial rite of passage and smoked my first JL Salazar, I was hooked. My palate *needed* that kind of full complex cigar to appreciate what is possible. From there, I started to add medium and mild bodied smokes. I can now smoke a Temple Hall and really enjoy its subtle characteristics. So, the moral of the story is this – friends don't let friends only start with mild cigars.

  2. George E. Friday, August 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    Beringer – I think you are exactly right. You might find this interesting from a while back: