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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 500

7 Oct 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.


1) On July 14, 2006—over ten years ago— launched the Friday Sampler series, a weekly roundup of news and items of interest from the world of premium tobacco. Today we celebrate a milestone as we publish our 500th iteration of the series. Over the years, our Friday Sampler content has ranged from the latest news on smoking bans, taxes, and tobacco regulations to new releases, noteworthy deals, industry happenings, and—more recently—highlights from our extensive archives of reviews, tips, commentaries, and interviews. It’s been quite a journey, and we’ve covered a lot of ground. We’re not big on commemorating our own achievements (the anniversary of our establishment in May 2006, for example, almost always passes unnoticed), but we thought this was one milestone worth mentioning. Thank you for making it possible. We hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as we’ve enjoyed keeping our finger on the pulse of the industry and reporting back to you with clear, concise summaries of the most important cigar news of the week.

2) Speaking of cigar news, this week was relatively quiet on the news front, likely in part due to hurricane preparations in Florida (home office for many cigar companies). Hurricane Matthew has already struck eastern Cuba—leaving tremendous damage in its wake—as well as the Dominican Republic. At the time of this writing, the storm is currently barreling towards Florida. Time reports Matthew may even hit Florida twice: “Forecasters say Matthew will likely hit the eastern edge of Florida Thursday night as a powerful category four storm and will continue up the coast through Saturday. But then, instead of shifting toward the Atlantic and slowly dying off, several models show the storm circling back to land and hitting Florida a second time next week.”

3) Inside the Industry: This year’s Tatuaje Halloween release is called “The Krueger” after the bad guy from A Nightmare on Elm Street. The box-pressed torpedo (7.25 x 48) features a Mexican Maduro wrapper. As is tradition, 13 “unlucky” retailers will be getting the majority of the 666 dress boxes, with the list announced on the private Saints & Sinners forum Monday (and publicly soon thereafter). The remaining dress boxes, plus plain ten-count boxes (which make up the majority of the release), will go to Tatuaje retailers nationwide.

4) From the Archives: Since this is the 500th, it makes sense to take a look at our first Friday Sampler, published over a decade ago. In it, we included a link to a video of JFK’s press secretary talking about his mission to buy 1,000 Cuban cigars before Kennedy signed the Cuban Embargo, an item about a cigar butt smoked by Winston Churchill that sold for almost $700, a tasting wheel to help identify cigar flavors, and more.

5) Deal of the Week: This weekly deal from Smoke Inn features 10 cigars for just $30. Included are cigars that have a combined suggested retail price of over $90. The featured sticks include the Aging Room Bin No. 1 B Minor, Nica Puro Robusto, Nestor Miranda Robusto, Asylum Dragon’s Milk, Wild Bunch Warrior Joe, Montecristo Double Corona, La Jugada Maduro Toro, and Rocky Patel Edge Corojo Toro.

The Stogie Guys

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 500”

  1. Arless Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Congratulations Guys. Well Done!!

  2. Steve Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    500 congrats!