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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 307

5 Oct 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) In early June, Californians headed to the polls to vote on Prop. 29, a measure that would have increased already-high cigar taxes in the Golden State by a whopping 73%, crushed cigar shops statewide, and paved the way for similar tax hikes in other states. Weeks later, the vote was too close to call, with a razor-thin margin of less than a half of a percentage point. This week, what had long been suspected was made official as Prop. 29 supporters failed to close the gap via a recount. Thanks to all the California cigar enthusiasts who voted against this tyrannical attempt to tax cigars even further.

2) Contest: In case you missed it yesterday, we’re giving away a fantastic prize worth almost $200 to one lucky reader. The only catch is you have to be a dues-paying member of Cigar Rights of America. If you already are, just leave a comment saying so on yesterday’s post. If you aren’t yet, sign up today. In a week we’ll select one person at random to receive a Prometheus 20th Anniversary Edition God of Fire Serie B 5-Cigar Assortment Box and a Prometheus Retro 20th Anniversary Lighter, all courtesy of our friends at Prometheus.

3) Inside the Industry: In addition to launching the new Ortsac Habana, Victor Vitale’s The Cigar Agency is now the U.S. distributor of Don Duarte. Registration is now open for the 013 ProCigar Festival, which will take place February 17-22 in the Dominican Republic. Dona Flor is bringing the Alonso Menendez brand back to the U.S.

4) Around the Blogs: Nice Tight Ash checks out an Antonio Benitez Maduro. Cigar Brief smokes a Tres Reynas. Casas Fumando fires up a Foundry. Cigar Inspector inspects a My Father. Stogie Review reviews a La Dueña.

5) Deal of the Week: Here’s a nice sampler of ten cigars for just $30 (or 20 for $50). “Perdomo vs. Toraño” features five cigars by each of the well-regarded cigar makers.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Defeat Prop. 29

One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 307”

  1. cigarphil Friday, October 5, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    The lighter and cigars would be nice so choose me!