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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler CCXXX

18 Mar 2011

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.

1) Avo Uvezian is celebrating his 85th birthday with the launch of the “85th,” the tenth annual limited edition release from Avo Cigars. About 60,000 units will hit select U.S. retailers on March 21, each with an MSRP of $17.50. “The well-balanced combination of the San Vicente and piloto tobaccos enfolded by a Peruvian binder and perfected with a special sun-grown Dominican wrapper as well as the gorgeous Diademas format make it an outstanding cigar,” reads an Avo press release.

2) Paul Garmirian, Inc. is adding two new sizes to its limited edition Symphony 20th. For the first time the Virginia-based boutique cigar maker is offering a Salomones (6.9 x 57) and a Short Robusto (4.5 x 52). They carry suggested retail prices of $210 per box of 10 and $325 per box of 25, respectively.

3) E.P. Carrillo is launching two new blends in late March and early April. The first is called the “Elencos Series” and features the exact same blend as the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2010. Its three sizes will retail for $9.50-12.50 per cigar. The second, the “New Wave Connecticut Edition,” will sell for $4.50-7.

4) Inside the Industry: General Cigar has designated March 25 as Serie N Day and is hosting the industry’s first-ever national virtual cigar tasting. The grand opening of CXIII Rex is slated for April 4. Illusione has announced that four new sizes—cg4, 88, 888 & mj12—will be released with maduro wrappers in time for the IPCPR Trade Show (in addition to the existing hl maduro).

5) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews the Cain Daytona. Cigar Inspector inspects a Davidoff Special Short Perfecto. Tiki Bar Online kicks back with a Viaje WLP Candela. Cigar Fan fires up a Macanudo Maduro Vintage. Smoking Stogie smokes an Oliva Serie V No. 4. At YourCigarRatings.com, the Guillermo León Gran Corona is currently in the top 10 with a rating of 94.

6) Deal of the Week: The Corona Cigar Co. has a St. Patrick’s Day special featuring two excellent cigars: the green-labeled Toraño 1916 Robusto and the gold-labeled Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne. For $29.95, you get five of each cigar; for $50, you get 10 of each. Make your purchase here.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Avo Cigars

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