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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 260

14 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) Legal restrictions on tobacco by those who claim to know what’s best for us is hardly a new phenomenon. Today’s anti-tobacco lobbyists take many cues from the Anti-Saloon League which, over 100 years ago, pushed prohibition to ban all alcohol. That makes the latest documentary by Ken Burns on the push for, and failure of, Prohibition of interest to cigar smokers concerned about protecting their rights.

2) Las Vegas has a thriving cigar scene, but it hasn’t always been that way. This article details the ups and downs of the cigar business in Vegas over the past two decades, including interviews with Michael Frey, the man behind Casa Fuente.

3) Inside the Industry: Tatuaje has announced which 13 retailers will be receiving its highly sought-after Halloween cigar. This year’s cigar will be the Wolfman. You can find the list here. Wolfman will be a torpedo (7.5 x 52) reportedly based on the Cojonu 2009 blend, with Nicaraguan filler and binder and a Sumatran wrapper.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews a La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro. Smoking Stogie smokes a Cain Daytona 646 Maduro (pre-release). Nice Tight Ash checks out La Caridad de Cobre Maduro. Cigar Fan fires up the Camino Real.

5) Deal of the Week: This weekly special features 10 flavorful robustos for just $30 (or double up for $50). The deal includes five Ricky Patel Vintage 1990 cigars and five Punch Rothchild Natural cigars.

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 260”

  1. Ashburn Dave Friday, October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Regarding the Wolfman, I've about had it with ridiculously limited releases. Tatuaje is starting to get on my nerves. They used to be great cigars, now every other one burns funny and the line is getting as diluted as Gurkha. (ok, that last part was a bit of an exaggeration :))

  2. jjo Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Just for the record, Brooks at Smoking Stogie states that the Oliva/Studio Tobac cigars they are reviewing are not slated for actual manufacturing, but are simply "concept" cigars that they are playing around with. Thus, not really pre-release – maybe pre-pre-release?