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Weekly Cigar News Sampler: Zócalo Announced, Smokes on Boats, and Mores

13 Apr 2018

As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post our sampling of cigar news and other items of interest from the week. Below is our latest, which is the 574th in the series.

1) This week CAO announced a new, limited edition release called Zócalo. The cigar, CAO’s first blend to use a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, is being made in one size only, a vitola called San Andrés (6 x 60) that includes a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Individual cigars will sell for $8.49 and come in brightly colored, 20-count boxes for $169.80. Only 3,500 boxes of Zócalo have been produced, and the limited release will hit cigar shops in time for Cinco de Mayo on May 5.

2) SAG Imports, the distribution arm of Quesada Cigars, will no longer serve as the U.S. distributor for Matilde Cigars and MLB Cigar Ventures (MLB). Instead, effective immediately, SeiBel Distribution—a new company formed by Enrique Seijas of Matilde and Mike Bellody of MLB—will serve as distributor of the brands. This new distribution arrangement in no way impacts the production of the cigars themselves. Quesada will continue to produce the Imperia, Islero, and Aventador brands for MLB; Tabacalera La Alianza will continue to produce the Matilde brands. Both Seijas and Bellody spoke highly of Quesada but acknowledged the need for more control over the distribution process.

3) Inside the Industry: New York City cigar smokers are invited to attend the fourth annual New York City “Boats and Smokes” cigar cruise series. On Thursday, May 17th, cigar connoisseurs will get the opportunity to sail on the East River with skyline and Statue of Liberty views. The cruise will feature cigars by La Gloria Cubana, CAO, and Macanudo, with a portion of the proceeds going to Cigars for Warriors. More details and tickets to the event, which sold out last year, can be found here.

4) From the Archives: In one of our most controversial interviews, we spoke with Michael J. Mcfadden, author of TobakkoNacht: The Antismoking Endgame. Read the entire thing, including the spirited comments, here.

5) Deal of the Week: Here are over 80 deals, including cigars from Ashton, Oliva, Tatuaje, Rocky Patel, Padrón, Drew Estate, Davidoff, Cohiba, Crowned Heads, RoMa Craft, and more. Free shipping is included on any purchase. If you really want to stock up, add promo code “GBP20D” at checkout to knock $20 off an order of $150 or more.

The Stogie Guys

photo credit: CAO Cigars

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