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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cigar News: MoyaRuiz Chinese Finger Trap Nears Release

MoyaRuiz Chinee Finger Trap - Photo Credit: MoyaRuiz Cigars

As we reported, MoyaRuiz Cigars is planing their second limited edition cigar called the Chinese Finger Trap. With the release of this cigar approaching in the near future, some additional details of this project have now surfaced.

Southern Cigar Festival: Manufacturer and Brand Owner Guide Part 3

When we got word of what was planned for the 2015 edition of the Southern Cigar Festival, we knew there was something very special about this event. The combination of a world class venue, the best of the best of the cigar industry, and a host of amenities providing true southern hospitality easily put this as THE "must go" cigar event for 2015. It is our honor at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks to partner with the folks behind this event and bring you everything you need to know about this event.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana TAA 47

La Flor Dominicana TAA 47

Going into the 2015 Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) Convention, it was known that La Flor Dominicana would be providing an exclusive cigar for the fourth consecutive year as a part of the TAA's annual Exclusive Series. However, the specific cigar that would be put into the series had not been decided. Prior to the convention, TAA members were sent a three pack known as "The Contenders". The three pack consisted of a 5 1/2 x 52 Toro, a 6 1/2 x 54 torpedo prensado (box-press), and a 6 x 60 Gordo - all of the same blend. It would be at the convention where TAA members would vote for the the size they wanted based on how much they would order of that size. Shortly after the convention, it was announced the Toro size had won and would be dubbed the La Flor Domincana TAA 47. Today we take a closer look at the TAA 47. I recently have had an opportunity to smoke this cigar. Overall I found this to be an excellent release as a part of the 2015 TAA Exclusive Series.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World Connecticut Toro

A.J. Fernandez New World Connecticut Toro

The A.J. Fernandez New World Connecticut is the second blend to be released in A.J. Fernandez Cigars' New World line. If you watched the Stogie Geeks 3 Year Anniversary special, you heard for the first time of plans for this particular line. It was at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show when the first A.J. Fernandez New World was officially launched. The New World is a value-priced, box-pressed Nicaraguan puro that was the first project at A.J. Fernandez Cigars between master blender A.J. Fernandez and his father Ismael. The original New World was an enormous success from both a commercial and critical standpoint. Now A.J. Fernandez introduces a Connecticut Shade offering under this brand. While it's not the first Connecticut Shade cigar by the company, it is the most different it has released. The A.J. Fernandez New World introduces a very traditional Connecticut Shade cigar - once again at a value-price. With the New World Connecticut about to hit the shelves, recently I've had an opportunity to smoke this cigar in a Toro size. Once again A.J. Fernandez knocks it out of the part as this cigar - living up to the high expectations I expected here.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cigar Review: Cesar Espinal Habano No. 3

Cesar Espinal Habano No. 3

The Cesar Espinal Habano is one of two lines offered by Cesar Cigars. The company is named for its owner, Cesar Espinal. Cesar Cigars is based in the Dominican Republic and is a small vertically integrated company that has its own factory and farming operations. In addition to the Habano line, the company also makes a Maduro offering. Today, we take a closer look at the Cesar Espinal Habano in the No. 3 (Toro) size. After smoking the Cesar Espinal Habano No. 3, I found this to be an impressive and very different smoke. In a time where many brands are competing for shelf space in retail shops, Cesar Cigars has a product that can compete with the best.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 26 (5/23/15)

The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show.  Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Agile Cigar Review: Viaje Holiday Blend 2014

Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed "Assessment Updates". The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Viaje Zombie Antidote 2014 edition. This is a cigar where we assessed the several iterations before, most recently the Viaje Holiday Blend 2012 back in December 2012

Viaje Holiday Blend 2014

Cigar News: Espinosa Re-Launches Murcielago

Espinosa Cigars will re-launch its Murcielago line at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show.  The Murcielago was a line originally launched in 2009 by EO Brands, the partnership between Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega.  The re-launch will feature what is described as a "reverse engineered" blend that will now be made at Espinosa's La Zona factory.  The re-launched brand will also feature updated packaging.