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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 328

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.

Scott Walker1) 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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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 328”

  1. mike Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Though I voted for Gov Walker and still support him for all the good he has done our state I wrote him a letter regarding his flip on the smoking ban and how he shows signs of being "just another politician.". Never got a response. I read somewhere that his wife works closely with the American Heart Assoc. Which may or may not have something to do with his change on the issue.

  2. John Weeks Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    I would like to make a suggestion. If you are going to offer your "deal of the week" then offer places that offer real savings as you have in the past rather than a place that offers over priced cigars such as todays offering that is well over the MSRP. I have found many bargains in the past thanks to this site such asthe the Stogie Guys sampler offered at Corona Cigar Co. Thanks for the money you have helped save me in the past and maybe offer a separate thread for hard to find cigars