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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 461

8 Jan 2016

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.

Raconteur1) Davidoff yesterday announced The Raconteur, a new limited edition for the Winston Churchill brand that celebrates Churchill’s “personality as a master wordsmith.” Available in a Gran Toro size (6 x 56), the cigar will feature a Habano Ecuador wrapper, San Andrés binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos (including, notably, a San Vicente Ligero that has been aged for 15 years). “Only 6,000 wooden boxes, each containing 10 cigars with a different quote, have been crafted in an elegant white design, carefully chosen to showcase the iconic silhouette of Sir Winston Churchill,” reads a Davidoff press release. “After its launch in the U.S. in January 2016, Davidoff’s new Raconteur range will also be available to cigar aficionados at Davidoff Depositaires and Davidoff Flagship Stores worldwide from February/March 2016.”

2) In last month’s “Question of the Month” (which admittedly ran significantly longer than a month, as many of you rightly pointed out), we asked readers to select their favorite cigar size. Robusto came in first place with 38% of the vote, followed by Corona (20%), Torpedo (13%), Churchill (10%), Gordo (7%), and Lancero (4%). Eight percent listed “other.” Be sure to weigh in on this month’s question by voting. And feel free to contact us if you’ve got a good suggestion for a future poll. In 2016, we resolve to keep the questions rotating much more frequently. We promise.

3) Inside the Industry: Davidoff is adding two box-pressed sizes (5 x 48 and 6 x 52) to the Davidoff Nicaragua blend. Tatuaje’s La Vérité, which was last released in 2011, will reportedly be returning in two sizes: a Churchill ($20) and a Robusto ($16). Altadis is introducing the Henry Clay Stalk Cut, the second new Henry Clay cigar in as many years, which features a stalk-cut Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Dominican Piloto binder grown in 2010, and Dominican Olor and Piloto fillers from 2012—plus 2013-grown Nicaraguan Criollo filler tobaccos.

4) From the Archives: Back in April 2012, Patrick A wrote about the challenges of maintaining multiple humidors—including monitoring humidity, keeping the stash organized, etc. “At any given time, I have anywhere from five to seven humidors,” he wrote. “The variance is explained by the fact that, depending on inventory, I sometimes outfit two large Tupperware containers with humidification beads and Spanish cedar to store spillover smokes. In a perfect world I would only have one very large humidor to worry about, not a handful of medium- to small-sized humidors. But because the five traditional wooden humidors all carry sentimental value (i.e., the one I got for my wedding that’s engraved with the wedding date) I can’t bring myself to consolidate.” Click here for the full article (and the interesting conversation that followed in the comments).

5) Deal of the Week: Cigar fans looking for more information should consider joining the Montecristo Social Club. Signup is free, and if you provide a verifiable address you will receive a welcome pack including a free punch cutter.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: Davidoff

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