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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 254

2 Sep 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) Edgar M. Cullman, the former head of General Cigar, passed away this week at the age of 93. “Cullman led the fourth generation of his family’s involvement in cigars, which, according to a company history, began in 1848 with Ferdinand Kullman, a wine merchant who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany,” reports Bloomberg. “Cullman joined his father’s tobacco business in 1944 and, in 1961, led a group of investors in buying a controlling interest in New York-based General Cigar, the producer of cigar brands including White Owl, William Penn, and Van Dyck.” Cullman presided over General from 1962 to 2005, helping make Macanudo one of the most recognizable and successful brands in the industry.

2) In August’s “Question of the Month,” we asked readers which cigar released at this year’s trade show they are most looking forward to trying. The Drew Estate Undercrown came in tops with 35% of the vote, followed by the E.P. Carrillo Core Blend Maduro (19%), Tatuaje Casita Criollo (16%), Tatuaje Fausto (15%), CAO OSA Sol (11%), and Casa Miranda (4%). Be sure to weigh in on this month’s question by voting in the sidebar to the right. And feel free to contact us if you’ve got suggestion for a poll.

3) If you’ve got an iPhone and you want to take reviews on the go, be sure to check out the new “Cigar Boss” application, which is available in paid and free (ad-supported) versions. The app also links to other websites’ reviews, locates the nearest tobacconists, and enables you to save favorites.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews an E.P. Carrillo Maduro. Cigar Fan smokes the Berger & Argenti Clasico. Smoking Stogie smokes an Illusione MKULTRA. Nice Tight Ash tries the 8-5-8 Sungrown. Your Cigar Ratings gives high marks to the Tatuaje 7th Reserva.

5) Deal of the Week: We gave the My Father El Hijo our highest rating. Even though it’s a limited edition cigar, Smoke Inn still has boxes ($150) and five packs ($50) available here.

The Stogie Guys

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