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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 343

26 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.

Foundry1) Following recent International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show in Las Vegas, IPCPR has released its list of “Best-In-Show” winners, celebrating the expensive, elaborate, and sometimes bizarre displays the various cigar companies set up to lure retailers and attract attention. It came as no surprise to us that General Cigar won best large booth. General had an enormous display (it took us over an hour to see all the displays for CAO, La Gloria Cubana, Macanudo, and their other brands). And Foundry’s mad scientist-inspired display within General’s booth (see right) was one of the more memorable exhibits. Also recognized for their booths were La Palina, Fabricas Unidas, Fusion Cigars, and Tabacos Mata Fina, among others.

2) ABC News is reporting Alex Goldman, president of the newly launched Royal Gold Cigars (which is owned by Swisher International), recently had assets seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). “About $538,000 was seized from an ING Direct checking account associated with Goldman on May 23, 2013,” ABC reports. “The ATF also seized a 2011 Ferrari California convertible, a 2011 Audi A5 convertible, and a 2013 Porsche Panamera, all with New Jersey plates.” Little other information is available at this time since this is an ongoing ATF investigation. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

3) Inside the Industry: Nat Sherman opened a short-term “pop up store” in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, sharing space with Cocoa Prieto which makes chocolate, liquers, and even sells its own bourbon. CAO is discontinuing its Sopranos cigar line, which was made under a licensing agreement with CAO. The new Davidoff Nicaragua has begun arriving at stores nationwide.

4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan fires up some Don Pepin Garcia Blue Labels. Cigar Brief smokes the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Big Bull. Stogie Fresh lights up a RoMaCraft Intemperance. Robby Ras reviews the J.D. Howard Reserve. Cigar Inspector inspects the Ramón Allones Gran Robusto RE.

5) Deal of the Week: This five star sampler includes five sticks for just $26. You get the Gary Sheffield HR 500, Partagas 1845, Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso, CAO OSA Sol Lot 54, and Cain NUB Maduro 464T.

The Stogie Guys

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