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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CLXXXVIII

7 May 2010

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.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger1) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking in California’s parks and beaches. While he signed a regulation in 2007 that criminalizes smoking in cars with minors, the former action star called state politicians’ newest attempt to restrict tobacco “an improper intrusion of government into people’s lives.” He also said “there is something inherently uncomfortable about the idea of the state encroaching in such a broad manner on the people of California.”

2) Rocky Patel has purchased a 50% interest in United Tobacco, manufacturer of highly acclaimed brands like 601, Cubao, and Murcielago. The company will be renamed “EO Brands” in honor of co-founders Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega—both of whom will continue to oversee the venture. This move comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that United Tobacco is separating from Miami Cigar & Co. to lower its prices.

3) Inside the Industry: Following up on the success of La Traviata, CAO is set to introduce the La Traviata Maduro (pictured here) at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. The three sizes of Behike (BHK 52, BHK 54 and BHK 56), the new ultra-exclusive extension of the Cuban Cohiba, will cost $41, $53, and $62, respectively, in London cigar shops.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews the Liga Privada T-52. Nice Tight Ash checks out the Illusione 88. Smoking Stogie smokes the Montecristo “C” EL 2003. The Tiki Bar kicks back with a CAO La Traviata Maduro. Cigar Inspector inspects the Rocky Patel 1961. Keepers of the Flame lights up a Siboney Reserve.

5) Deal of the Week: This Torpedo Bomber Sampler is full of 20 tasty torpedos. For just $70 (including free shipping) you get four each of five quality smokes: Cuba Libre, Padilla Obsidian, Rocky Patel Sun Grown, 5 Vegas, and Graycliff 1666.

The Stogie Guys

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