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Commentary: Random Thoughts From the Humidor (VII)

15 Nov 2011

In this issue of “Random Thoughts from the Humidor” I pontificate on an odd cigar name, a Honduran puro, a legal victory for cigars, and a new supporter of Cigar Rights of America.

Would you smoke “The Gagger”?

I’m a big fan of K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 cigars. I’ve enjoyed both the original and the new line, and I think the “Dog Walker” size is not only a good little smoke but also clever branding. (Even non-dog owners can relate to a cigar that’s just large enough to enjoy on a short walk.) I can’t say the same for his newest size, “The Gagger.” I honestly can’t think of a worse name for a cigar. Maybe that’s what he’s going for, but personally I don’t see it working. Then again, I’m not a big fan of 60-ring gauge cigars, so I’m probably not the target audience.

Humo Jaguar

Speaking of cigars with unique names, I was skeptical when I was first told about Humo Jaguar, named after the Honduras cigar festival of of the same name. The cigar, which is distributed by Miami Cigar & Co., is a Honduran puro made by Placensia and was the winning blend at the 2011 festival, where cigars by various Honduran makers were tasted blind. It happens to be a fantastic cigar, one of my favorite from the recent IPCPR show, with depth, plenty of body, excellent construction, and quintessential Honduran sweetness. As someone who generally reaches for Nicaraguan and Dominican smokes and not for Honduran smokes (especially puros), it reminds me how good Honduran cigars can be. To that end, it certainly achieves its goal.

Free Speech for Tobacco Companies

While I’m not a lawyer, the recent federal court decision striking down the new graphic warning labels for cigarette packages strikes me as particularly important. Finally, a judge stood up for the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies by saying that they cannot be forced to put propaganda on their products. While courts haven’t always recognized it, the graphic warning labels clearly are not about providing facts to smokers so they can make an informed decision, but are designed to persuade people not to smoke. As someone who worries about the artistry of cigar boxes being ruined by similar anti-tobacco propaganda, it’s good to see a judge standing up to government attempts to force companies to propagandize their customers.

Altadis USA Steps Up

Kudos to Altadis USA for signing up with Cigar Rights of America and also making a “significant contribution” to IPCPR. Up until they signed on a few weeks ago, Altadis, one of the largest premium cigar makers, was the one missing cigar company from CRA’s list of supporters. Now that they’ve stepped up, all of the largest cigar makers are represented with CRA.

Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

3 Responses to “Commentary: Random Thoughts From the Humidor (VII)”

  1. Bill Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    I totally agree on the ring sizes and the trend to what I consider stupid names for cigars. I can only asume the target market is the 21-30 year old male. Why would anybody want to smoke a cigar named gagger, fat pig or the dumbest one in my opinion My Uzi ways a ton.
    Somebody must be smoking these 60 ring cigars because they are all selling them now. I don't know what the attraction is.

  2. @TheCoronaGorda Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    Completely agree with you Bill…as my Twitter name implies. 60RG is horrible. It will be nice to see this trend fade into the woodwork and see cigars back in the <= 52RG where they should be.

  3. cigarfan Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    Is it too cynical to hope that the Gagger also comes in peach or rum flavors?