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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 352

4 Oct 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.

JV131) Inspired by the Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th franchise, this year’s Monster Series release from Tatuaje is called JV13. It will come in one large format (7.5 x 52), retail for $13, and feature a broadleaf wrapper around Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Only 666 special coffin boxes of 13 cigars will be shipped to 13 “unlucky” retailers, all of which were announced this week: Buttheads Tobacco Emporium, Danbury, CT; Prime Cigar and Wine Bar, Boca Raton, FL; Town & Country Cigar Bar, Euless, TX; Havana House, Akron, OH; Fine Ash Cigars, Avondale, AZ; Union Cigar Society, Seattle, WA; Liberty Tobacco, San Diego, CA; Atlantic Cigar Co., Folcroft, PA; Don Francisco Cigars, East Brunswick, NJ; Humidor Pipe Shop, Huntsville, AL; Tobacco Shoppe of Midland, Midland, MI; Cigar Masters, Boston, MA; and Leesburg Cigar and Pipe, Leesburg, VA. JV13 is the sixth Monster Series cigar (hence the “6” on the box). It is preceded by The Frank, The Drac, The Face, The Wolfman, and The Mummy.

2) October 1 marked the beginning of Arkansas’ tax cap on cigars. “In March, Arkansas passed a bill that caps the state’s excise tax on premium cigars at 50 cents per stick, down from the previous tax of 68% of the manufacturer’s price,” according to CS Decisions. “[The Cigar Association of America] noted that this cap will be good for retailers and consumers, and should encourage the in-state purchase of tobacco products.”

3) Inside the Industry: My Father Cigars is shipping a limited edition to its popular Flor de las Antillas line. Called the MAM 15, the cigar (6 x 48) is being sent to a a group of stores in the South and Southeast.

4) Deal of the Week: Corona Cigar has tweaked its Stogie Guys Sampler. Now $29.95 (normally $55) gets you an Avo Lounge, a Davidoff, plus five house blends from Corona Cigar. You also get free shipping on your entire order.

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photo credit: Tatuaje Cigars

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4 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 352”

  1. Timothy Black Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Can't wait for the new Tatuaje Jonas!

    • Patrick Semmens Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      That would presumably be a scary Halloween release, right?

  2. mighty Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    All these years I have not had the opportunity to buy these Monster cigars unless I order online. I'm not sure about anyone else, but it's getting a little tiring not being able to pick one of these up…in my entire state even.

    • Patrick Semmens Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      I understand it can be frustrating, but you never know when you'll run across them. A few years ago (Wolfman) I came across half a box well after Halloween just sitting on the shelf at a local shop. Not only that, but it was the fancy "dress box" (blood spattered and coffin shaped) so sometimes you just get lucky. Keep looking and you never know.