14 Feb 2014
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) When longtime industry veteran and roving cigar ambassador José Blanco left Joya de Nicaragua in August, few expected he would be away from cigars for long. Questions about the nature and timing of his return were answered this week as Blanco announced the creation of Las Cumbres Tabaco. The new venture, which translates to “summits of tobacco,” will run out of the Dominican Republic and include a partnership with Tabacalera La Palma, operated by Blanco’s cousin, Jochi Blanco. The first Las Cumbres blend is still in the works—don’t expect to see anything until the summer—as are details about cost and distribution. But it is known the blend will be called Señorial (Spanish for “lordly”), have an Ecuadorian wrapper, and feature Dominican tobacco.
2) The Indiana Supreme Court ruled this week that an Evansville ordinance banning smoking in bars violates the state constitution. Since 2012, Indiana has had a statewide ban that exempts bars, retail tobacco stores, cigar clubs, gaming facilities, and a few other locales. The court struck down the stricter Evansville regulation because it closed the bar exemption but maintained the exemption for a local casino. Evansville is Indiana’s third-largest city.
3) Inside the Industry: General Cigar has unveiled a new project with E.P. Carrillo called “Re+United” under its boutique-oriented Foundry Cigar Company. The cigar will reunite Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Foundry’s Michael Giannini, who worked closely together at General Cigar until Carrillo left in 2009 to form his eponymous family-owned cigar company. Even before this official partnership, the two companies cooperated, including E.P. Carrillo boxes being built at General Cigar’s Dominican box factory. The trademark for “Re+United” (seen here) is owned by General Cigar.
4) Deal of the Week: Cigar Place has some excellent deals if you use these coupon codes. Some of the deals include Cain Daytona starting at $76 (box of 24) and Liga Undercrown starting at $104 (box of 25).
photo credit: Stogie Guys