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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CLXX

4 Dec 2009

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

Partagas' Benji Menendez Social1) Exclusive: Last month we told you about the “Benji Menendez Social.” This five-city tour was launched on November 17 to celebrate the new Benji Menendez Partagas Master Series Majestuoso. Events have already been held in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, each featuring the new limited release from General Cigar and drinks from sponsors like Courvoisier, Dalmore Scotch, Mount Gay Rum, and Stella Artois. Until now, each event has been held at a “secret location,” revealed only the day before it takes place. But has learned that the next social, scheduled for Chicago on Tuesday, will be at the Seven Stars Lounge at the Horseshoe Casino (6:30-8:30pm). To attend, enter the RSVP code “DA31049” here.

2) Now is a great time to join the J.C. Newman Cigar Club with a modest membership fee of $18. In return, you’ll get a four-stogie Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino sampler, a golf shirt, coupons for free cigars and merchandise, and more. Plus, best of all, the fee includes a donation to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit that raises millions to build schools and health facilities in the Dominican Republic.

3) Inside the Industry: Jaime Garcia’s latest creation, the Reserva Especial, will debut next Saturday at an event at at the Cigar Inn in New York City. The cigar, which comes in only one size (6 x 56) is composed of a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, an Ecuadoran binder, and filler from Nicaragua. Attendees get a free box of 10  when they purchase select other Don Pepin-made cigars. The cigar isn’t scheduled to start shipping to shops until Spring 2010.

4) Around the Blogs: Weekly Cigar torches up a La Flor Limitado III. Cigar Jack lights up a Tesa Cabinet 312. Keepers of the Flame reviews the Illusione Epernay. Stogie Review smokes the 777 Corojo. Cigar Inspector inspects the La Traviata.

5) Deal of the Week: There’s a good reason why the toro is one of the most popular sizes, and this “Stellar Toro Sampler” has ten quality toros for just $29.99. Featured blends include the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label, Perdomo ESV 1991, Rocky Patel Connecticut, Casa Toraño, Partagas, Perdomo Golf Edition, and La Aroma de Cuba.  Get yours here.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Benji Menendez Social

5 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CLXX”

  1. Dave Friday, December 4, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    I like these Friday samplers, and even more so I like the format here. Am I the only one who doesn’t appreciate this growing trend of video reviews?

  2. Winford9 Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    Amen, Dave. A-fucking-men.

    Watching some uncharismatic guy smoke a cigar for 20 minutes is slow torture. I know videos are big, but something like a cigar review is so much better suited to the written word.

    I think the video review phenomenon (if you can call it that) is somewhat of a product of laziness. Laziness on the part of those who make them, who can’t be bothered to script anything out or put together a string of decent sentences. And laziness on the part of those who watch them, who can’t be bothered to read.

    To each his own. I’m glad there’s variety when it comes to cigar websites, and I’m glad for

  3. JoshK Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    I thought the DPG event at Cigar Inn was next Saturday (the 12th).

    I also enjoy text reviews more than videos.

  4. The Stogie Guys Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    You are indeed correct. Thanks, the post has been updated.

  5. Anthony Ferreira Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Apparently, when the new and improved blends of certain cigars release date was said to be November, guess they meant Nov. of next year.