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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Aged Selects 2014 Cigar of the Year Countdown: #11 Toraño Exodus 1959 Finite 2013

"Overall, this cigar is definitely a winner and easily moves to the top of the ranks of Toraño Family Cigar releases."



Coming in at #11 is the Toraño Exodus 1959 Finite 2013. Back in September, it was announced that General Cigar Company had purchased the brands of Toraño Family Cigars.  As a result, this technically can be considered General Cigar's second entry on the 2014 Countdown.  On the other hand, if one is still looking at the Toraño brand, this marks the third time Toraño has qualified for the Countdown since its inception - and first placement since 2011.  It also marks the highest ranking Toraño cigar in the history of the Countdown.  Finally, this cigar becomes the fifth Nicaraguan puro on this year's countdown.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 4 (12/20/14)

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, December 19, 2014

Cigar News: Altadis Revamps Saint Luis Rey Cigar Line (Cigar Preview)


18 months ago, Altadis USA began to reimage their Saint Luis Rey line with the introduction of the SLR Gen² cigar. Now Atladis has announced new packaging around its base Saint Luis Rey cigar line.  These changes include new bands and new boxes with a more modern flair. 

From a packaging standpoint, the Saint Luis Rey will now be available in 15 count cedar slide top boxes. The cigars will receive upgraded bands.  The primary band will be a mostly black and silver version of the existing band.  There will now also be a black and silver sheath style secondary band featuring the upgraded "SLR" logo.

Cigar News: Atladis Revamps Gispert Cigar Line (Cigar Preview)


Atladis USA has announced a revamping to its Gispert cigar line.  The revamping includes new packaging and updated banding to the cigars.

From a packaging standpoint, the Gispert will now be available in 15 count cedar slide top boxes. The cigars will receive upgraded bands including a slight tint change to a darker red on the primary band.  There will now be a secondary sheath style band added as well.

Cigar News: La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro 1962 (Cigar Preview)


La Hoja Cigars has announced the launch of its new La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro 1962.  The Edición Clasica Maduro features a San Andres wrapper over a Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Earlier this week, an Ecuadorian Corojo counterpart to this blend, La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 was also announced.

Aged Selects 2014 Cigar of the Year Countdown: #12 601 La Bomba Warhead II by Espinosa Cigars

"2014 is proving to be a very strong year for excellent maduro releases and the Warhead II is among the best of them."



Coming in at #12 is the 601 La Bomba Warhead II by Espinosa Cigars.  This marks the second consecutive year that Espinosa Cigars makes the Countdown.  Last year, Espinosa Cigars qualified for the Countdown with its initial Warhead release, the 601 La Bomba Maduro Warhead by Espinosa Cigars.  That cigar finished #16 on on 2013 Countdown.  This year, the Warhead returns with a new size and a modified blend.

Cigar News: My Father Oro de Nicaragua

My Father Oro de Nicaragua (Photo Credit: Casa de Montecristo)

My Father Cigars has produced a new small batch release called Oro de Nicaragua.  The cigar will feature a special wrapper that comes from My Father Cigars and will be launched in four vitolas and has landed at Casa de Montercristo in Countryside, Illinois.

Cigar News: La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 (Cigar Preview)



La Hoja Cigars has announced the launch of its new La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962.  The Edición Clasica features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper over a Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos The launch of the Edición Clasica is one of new new lines launched by La Hoja cigars this past week as the company also announced a maduro counterpart -  La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro 1962.