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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 243

17 Jun 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) The Toraño Family Cigar Company announced this week that it is now the exclusive distributor of the newly formed Sam Leccia Cigar Company. “I have always had great respect and admiration for the Toraño family,” said Leccia, who made his mark on the industry with the creation of Nub in 2008. “Their expertise and history in growing tobacco and manufacturing great cigars is well known. Since their announcement last year whereby they took back control of the distribution of their brands, it’s clear that Toraño is focused on expanding its distribution company and providing tobacconists with the service and cigars they deserve.” Leccia’s first release, “Debut,” will be a blend from Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, and Santo Domingo.

2) It was always unclear how a new Maryland law that criminalizes the shipment of cigars by out-of-state retailers to the state’s residents would be enforced. But now, according to the Baltimore Sun, “Comptroller Peter Franchot says he doesn’t want to enforce the prohibition on Internet sales of premium cigars that took effect May 1…When out-of-state cigar dealers told Maryland customers about the change last month, smokers fired back, bombarding Franchot with emails. The comptroller quickly said he didn’t intend buyers of high-end cigars to fall under the restriction and started talking to legislators about fixing the statute.” The penalty for violation of the law is $50 per package and up to two years in prison.

3) Inside the Industry: Cuba reportedly produced 81.5 million cigars last year, up 8% over 2009. “My Uzi Weighs a Ton” is a new cigar by Drew Estate made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory that will be out for this year’s trade show; its three sizes will retail for $9-12 each.

4) Around the Blogs: Smoking Stogie lights up a Viaje WLP 50/50. Cigar Fan fires up the Los Blancos Nine. Stogie Review reviews the Angelenos. Cigar Inspector inspects a Diamond Crown Julius Caeser. The Tiki Bar kicks back with a Zino Z-Class.

5) Deal of the Week: This special features two tasty blends, one from the Dominican Republic and one from Nicaragua. For $29 you get 5 La Gloria Cubanas and 5 Padilla 1948s, or double up for 10 of each for $50.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Sam Leccia Cigar Co.

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