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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 259

7 Oct 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) Rocky Patel’s Burn Lounge—which currently has one location in Naples, Florida—may be coming to Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood next year. “It would be great to have a venue [on Capitol Hill] where congressmen and senators or aides could appreciate the art form called cigar smoking,” Patel told the Washington Post. It would ostensibly be frequented by Patel on his many visits to Washington (Rocky works fastidiously to lobby for cigar rights), and the lounge may help lawmakers better understand premium cigars.

2) The same article reports on other developments in Washington’s cigar scene. A new private locale called “Puff Restaurant and Lounge” is opening in the Georgetown area (with memberships going from $1,000 to $10,000 each) in November. Also mentioned is W. Curtis Draper‘s new downtown location with an expanded lounge across from the U.S. Treasury building.

3) Inside the Industry: General Cigar is officially releasing La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale, which includes a new cross-bred Connecticut-seed wrapper that’s grown in Honduras. “The maiden crop yielded a hearty, golden wrapper as noteworthy for its color as it is for allowing each of the cigar’s components to enjoy equal bearing on the overall taste of the cigar,” reads a General Cigar press release. “Despite the golden appearance of the wrapper, the blend is brash in its full flavor and engages the entire palate.” The new line’s four sizes, which range in price from $7 to $8.15, are now hitting tobacconists across the U.S. (Photos of the new cigar can be seen in our IPCPR coverage.)

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a Big Pipe Connecticut. Smoking Stogie smokes a My Father Le Bijou Torpedo. Cigar Inspector inspects a Fonseca No. 4 RE. Stogie Fresh checks out the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2010. Tiki Bar tries a Panacea Corojo (White).

5) Deal of the Week: Octoberfest may be wrapping up in Munich, but there’s still time to get the Quesada Octoberfest cigar. Smoke Inn has boxes of 20 available for $140.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Burn by Rocky Patel

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