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.
1) 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.
photo credit: Tatuaje Cigars