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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXL

7 May 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.

Ron White1) Ron White, famous for his part in the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, may face charges in North Dakota for smoking a cigar onstage. A nosy Bismark resident reportedly informed police that White was violating the state’s smoking ban during one of his standup routines. No charges have yet been filed against the cigar- and scotch-toting comedian.

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3) Thanks to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the highest profile member of the Smoke-Free Texas coalition, the Lone Star State may be closer than ever to a statewide smoking ban. All that stands in the way of a pivotal vote is State Sen. Jane Nelson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. She pledged her support for the ban in February and, when asked why she hasn’t allowed a vote to date, vaguely said she has “an agreement” with her colleague who is sponsoring the legislation.

4) Inside the Industry: Cigar Expo was destined to a good time with tons of cigars, superstar cigar makers in attendance, and plenty of food and drink—all of which makes it an unexpected place for a fight to break out. But according to a press release from Famous Smoke Shop, which hosts the event, the VIP dinner on Friday night will also feature a heavyweight (at least figuratively speaking) boxing fight between Tatuaje owner Pete Johnson and Famous’ retail store manager Tim Carr. Evidently, the pair have been sparring with their words lately and are aiming to end the feud with their fists. will be there to see it all go down, and you can join us by grabbing your ticket to the event.

5) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review smokes a Gurkha Warlord. Keepers of the Flame lights up an Isabela Miami. Nice Tight Ash fires up a Camacho 10th Anniversary. Cigar Command samples a Panacea Black. A Cigar Smoker reviews the Cabaiguan.

6) Deal of the Week: This sampler is a great way to try four different Don Pepin Garcia cigars at a reasonable price. You get two each from the EO 601 Red line, plus Pepin’s own Blue, Black, and JJ blends, all for under $45. Grab yours here.

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8 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CXL”

  1. dmjones Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:14 am #

    Free Tater Salad!

  2. CWS Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:30 am #

    The boxing match between Pete Johnson and Tim Carr is a moronic way to promote the industry. I'll pass – I expected more out of both of them.

  3. Patrick S Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7:56 am #


    Yeah, I was planning on being there anyway, but I must say the boxing match seems over the top, even for the cigar industry which has more than it's share of marketing gimmicks.

    Still, since I'll be there anyway it is good to see that I'll be getting two extra smokes for attending the fight: a La Riqueza and a Camacho Triple Maduro

  4. CWS Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    Patrick S – hard to pass up those two free smokes. It's interesting to see that Camacho is sponsoring the event – just wondering if it's all part of their new marketing campaign after their successful Black Box marketing drive.

    Enjoy the smokes – have yet to smoke a La Riqueza . . .

  5. big mike Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    i thought the la riqueza was a little harsh the tats are still a go to for me and the number 9 that you can only get from holts is fantastic

  6. Barry - acigarsmoker Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    Thank for the link love!

  7. Moro Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    CWS – I too was thinking in their Black Band Project when I saw they were to sponsor the fight. Which regardless of why it will be done, is bound to attract a load of attention. Pete is, after all, the king of marketing.

    And mate? Interesting to see ye've yet to smoke a La Riqueza…(nyehehehehehe)

  8. CWS Monday, May 11, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    Moro – I love Tatuaje and Cabiaguan, but have yet to smoke the La Riqueza. They guys at Holts said to wait on it – they all had some burn and construction issues. I trust them so I've held off.

    Lately been smoking a lot of the Padilla Miami and Viaje Platino . . . been keeping me pretty satisfied.