19 Jul 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) In a bizarre publicity stunt, Alec Bradley sent the first ever cigars into the stratosphere—one day before kickoff of the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. It took partnership with a company concentrated in high-altitude balloon launches, coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, and months of planning to pull off the feat. When it was all said and done, 30 cigars traveled 18 miles high from Las Vegas, eventually landing safely in a nearby mountainous area. The cigars were all of the Mundial variety, a new, Honduran-wrapped blend from Alec Bradley that comes in five sizes and costs $9-16. Only 3,000 boxes of Mundial will be made.
2) The bourbon world lost a great ambassador this week, Elmer T. Lee. Lee, who was born in 1919 on a tobacco farm in Kentucky and started at the George T. Stagg Distillery (now called Buffalo Trace) in 1949, is credited with introducing the concept of single barrel bourbon when he created Blanton’s Single Barrel in 1984. Later, he was honored with his own single barrel (see our write-up here) which, until his passing, he helped select the barrels for at the distillery.
3) Graycliff has introduced John Howard Graysmith, a new blend named after the pirate who was the original proprietor of the Graycliff estate in Nassau, Bahamas. The blend is shipping in five-packs in a black box with a Spanish replica coin and parchment featuring the history of Captain Graysmith. Two sizes are available, one torpedo and one parejo, both 7 inches long with ring gauges of 60. The suggested retail price is $29 per cigar.
4) On Tuesday, Bodega Premium Blends announced it will be distributed by House of Emilio, a boutique cigar distribution company started by Emilio Cigars founder Gary Griffith. The company will distribute Bodegas’ signature Reunión line, available in three sizes. In just a year Griffith has gone from not having an IPCPR booth at all (at least not inside the Trade Show) to having an active booth representing over a half-dozen small boutique lines, a number of which haven’t even been added yet to the House of Emilio website.
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photo credit: Alec Bradley