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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 282

23 Mar 2012

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) On June 5, Californians will vote on Prop. 29, a measure that would increase already-high state cigar taxes by 73%. California Citizens Against Wasteful Taxes issued a press release on Tuesday citing that “the estimated $735 million raised annually by these tax increases will be spent on cancer research, but spending decisions will be made by a bureaucratic committee that will not be accountable to voters or to the state legislature.” The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is “committing significant financial resources” to help defeat the proposition, and Cigar Rights of America is also said to be involved.

2) In last month’s “Question of the Month,” we asked readers, “Which cigar-producing country would you like to visit most?” Cuba topped the poll with 58% of the vote, followed by Nicaragua (22%), the Dominican Republic (15%), and Honduras (5%). 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 future poll.

3) Inside the Industry: Javier Plantada, a longtime industry veteran who worked with Altadis/Imperial Tobacco Group, has been appointed the first senior vice president of global production of the Oettinger Davidoff Group. Toraño Family Cigar Co. teamed up with the Charley Foundation earlier this month to help the Nashville-based non-profit raise funds to provide support to charitable agencies addressing the critical needs of children. Urbano is introducing handmade mixed-filler bundle cigars that will sell for less than $1.50 apiece. Carnero, J.M. Tobacco’s first premium cigar, is now available in a Cameroon wrapper.

4) Around the Blogs: Tiki Bar reviews the Emilio Series H Maduro. Cigar Explorer explores La Dueña by My Father Cigars. Cigar Fan fires up a Gurka Cellar Reserve Prisoner. Nice Tight Ash lights up a Puros Indios Siembra de Oro Short Maduro in honor of Don Rolando. Cigar Inspector inspects a Hoyo de Monterrey Short Robusto. Stogie Review reviews an Emilio AF Suave.

5) Deal of the Week: Cain and Nub fans will want to check out this sampler. $30 gets you eight cigars: one each of the four main Nub blends (Cameroon, Habano, Connecticut, and Maduro), and one each of the four main Cain blends (Habano, Maduro, F, and Daytona).

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Defeat Prop. 29

3 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 282”

  1. Joe Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    The Corona Cigar Co. sampler you reference in Deal of the Week is out of stock so it's actually an even better deal than before….$0 since you can't buy it. LOL

    • Jermaine Friday, March 23, 2012 at 9:12 am #

      I was just able to buy one of those samplers. Maybe the deal was temporarily down when you visited Corona Cigar Co.? If you're interested, you might want to try again because I had no trouble.

    • Sampson Friday, March 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Works for me too.