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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 348

30 Aug 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.

Jose Blanco1) Joya de Nicaragua announced yesterday that José Blanco, the company’s senior vice president, has stepped down and will be leaving Estelí for “his roots in the Dominican Republic.” While Blanco’s two-year contract with the oldest cigar maker in Nicaragua will not be renewed, he leaves behind his eponymous, critically acclaimed CyB cigar line (formerly Cuenca y Blanco). Some have speculated CyB’s sales never lived up to expectations—notwithstanding virtually unanimous praise from the online cigar community. The terms of Blanco’s departure did not include a non-compete clause, and expects (and hopes) he will continue to work in the industry. Blanco formerly worked at La Aurora in the Dominican for 29 years and is well known for his tasting seminars and extensive travel to cigar shops.

2) For those in the Chicago area, Blue Havana is hosting a RoMa Craft Tabac event this evening from 5-9 pm. The gathering will include deals on RoMa’s Intemperance, CroMagnon, and Aquitaine blends. RoMa produces the forthcoming Ouroboros and Abaddon blends for Blue Havana, both of which are expected to debut in September.

3) Inside the Industry: Hammer + Sickle is introducing the mild Icon Series by Hendrik Kelner, made at Kelner’s Tabacos Dominicanos factory with a Connecticut shade wrapper and Dominican binder and filler. In addition to José Blanco stepping down, Joya de Nicaragua announced a number of promotions by its Board of Directors this week, including the election of Juan Ignacio Martínez, son of longtime Joya head Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, as executive president.

4) Around the Blogs: Cigar Inspector inspects the Punch Rare Corojo Champion. Cigar Fan fires up the CLE Corojo. Stogie Review reviews the CAO Flathead. Tiki Bar kicks back with a Miami Cigar Kilo. Stogie Fresh smokes the Avo La Trompeta.

5) Deal of the Week: This Silver Tray Sampler has five full-bodied sticks for just $27. The deal includes the Cabaiguan Guapos Maduro, a La Flor Dominicana Air Bender, a La Sirena, one Asylum 13, and the Punch Gran Puro Sesenta.

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