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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 318

4 Jan 2013

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.

CRA1) The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) isn’t the only organization stepping up its efforts to marshal resources to fight impending threats to cigar rights (see yesterday’s article for more details). Cigar Rights of America (CRA) this week made a special appeal to all cigar smokers to become official CRA members. And they’re throwing in special goodies to sweeten the pot, including a special CRA cutter and a subscription to Cigar Insider. The urgency is looming regulation from the FDA that “would do irreparable harm to the premium cigar industry and your ability to enjoy a fine cigar.” If you aren’t already a CRA member, please sign up here.

2) In last month’s “Question of the Month” (which admittedly ran significantly longer than a month), we asked readers which cigar maker made the biggest splash at this year’s industry trade show. A.J. Fernandez topped the poll with 24% of the vote, followed by Tatuaje (20%). Honorable mention goes to Joya de Nicaragua/Drew Estate, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, and General Cigar. 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) The financial website MarketWatch this week explored what it called the half-dozen most popular U.S. neighborhoods. Topping the list was Chicago’s Old Town, which was cited for pleasantries that include “bohemian-era mainstays such as Up Down Cigar.” “With roots dating back to the 1870s, Old Town’s well-preserved Victorian-era buildings, fashionable dining scene, and its urban, pedestrian-friendly Near North Side location help explain why it’s the most searched neighborhood on Realtor.com,” explains MarketWatch. Up Down Cigar has been serving the neighborhood since 1963.

4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews an Ezra Zion Reagan. Cigar Brief reviews an Oliva Serie V Maduro 2012. Tiki Bar kicks back with a VegaFina Master 2012. Cigar Fan fires up a 7-20-4 Lancero. Nice Tight Ash checks out Herederos de Robaina. Cigar Inspector inspects a Cohiba Behike BHK 52. Chuck Cowdery reviews the Evan Williams Single Barrel 2003 Bourbon.

5) Deal of the Week: We recently gave the Tatuaje Apocalypse a four-stogie rating. Fortunately, the exclusive Tatuaje releasee is still available at Smoke Inn. Five-packs and boxes of 15 of the exclusive release are still available here (along with shirts and hats).

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: CRA

Drew Estate

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