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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXXX

27 Feb 2009

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 items of interest. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

Cuban Cigar Factory1) Even Cuban cigars aren’t immune to today’s global recession. This week Habanos, S.A. reported a 3 percent drop in 2008 sales to $390 million. A Habanos official said the downturn reflects falling demand for luxury items amid overall economic anxieties and warned that 2009 could be a “very complicated” year for manufacturers.

2) New Mexico politicians are pushing a bill that would expand their statewide smoking ban to cars with children present. Fines for violators would range from $100-300—the same amount the state tickets business owners for allowing their patrons to light up indoors.

3) Inside the Industry: Daily Cigar Deal was launched on Monday, a new website offering “an incredible deal” on different cigars every day. Montecristos were provided to all the participants in the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament. Along with Cuban cigars, premium non-Cubans were also down in 2008, although the decline was mostly due to decreased Dominican imports as Nicaraguan and Honduran numbers were up.

4) Around the Blogs: Keepers of the Flame reviews the Cruzado Dantes. Cigar Jack looks at the Punch Election. Stogie Review lights up a Rocky Patel Winter Collection. Matt fires up a Cuban Hoyo. Cigar Spy smokes an Oliva Master Blend.

5) Deal of the Week: This Cuban Blender Sampler features five cigars each from two former top Cuban blenders: Don Pepin and Avelina Lara. Included are five Don Pepin Garcia Blue Labels and five Graycliff 1966 PGs, all for just under $40. Grab yours here.

The Stogie Guys

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