22 Mar 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.
1) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, is proposing a $50-per-month surcharge for state employees who smoke. “To demonstrate how bad ideas spread, nine other states have similar policies penalizing those that simply want to enjoy a cigar,” said Glynn Loope, executive director of Cigar Rights of America (CRA). “Testing for nicotine in the same fashion as illegal narcotics is a practice we cannot tolerate nor accept in this nation.” CRA points out that, before he was elected governor, Walker promised to end Wisconsin’s statewide smoking ban. But he later flip-flopped, saying he no longer supports a repeal. Interestingly, the LaCrosse Tribune reports many anti-tobacco groups don’t support Walker’s surcharge proposal. They claim it won’t help state employees quit smoking.
2) The new CAO Brazilia Carnivale is now hitting cigar shops. It’s a large Brazilia (6.5 x 60) that, according to General Cigar, “puts an innovative spin on the popular Brazilia blend.” It features a Habano Grueso wrapper with a Brazilian binder and ligero filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Singles will sell for $8.30. General Cigar hints it may be working on another “small batch twist” for one of CAO’s other blends.
3) Inside the Industry: Iconinc Leaf, maker of Recluse, has announced that a new Draconian blend will officially debut this summer. Draconian will have a maduro Ecuadorian wrapper and a “proprietary” binder. Look for a pre-release review of this cigar in the coming weeks.
4) Around the Blogs: Stogie Review reviews the Diesel Wicked. Cigar Fan fires up an Asylum 13. Half Wheel smokes the Oliva OC-001. Cigar Inspector Inspects the Quesada Selección España. Nice Tight Ash checks out the Cuenca Cigars 5 Anniversary.
5) Deal of the Week: One ultra-popular line that’s hard to find is Liga Privada by Drew Estate. Site sponsor Emerson’s currently has both the Liga Privada No. 9 and the Liga Privada T52 available, but don’t wait too long since they’re likely to go fast.
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