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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cigar Review: Buena Vista Reserva 2008 by MGM Cigars

Buena Vista Reserva 2008 by MGM Cigars
About three years ago, a brand of cigars called Buena Vista Cigars began garnering some attention on the internet. This included a line of cigars called the Buena Vista Reserva 2008. The line was produced by a company called MGM cigars. It seemed as quickly as the cigars burst on the scene were as soon as they diminished from the marketplace. Many questions then surfaced on whether or not the company had gone out of business or not.  Back in June, word surfaced that reports of Buena Vista's demise were greatly exaggerated. MGM Cigars would announce the re-launch of the Buena Vista Reserva 2008. Recently I had an opportunity to smoke the Buena Vista Reserva 2008. Overall I found this to be a solid smoke and one that I could see appearing to many cigar enthusiasts.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 3, Number 40 (8/30/14)

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, August 29, 2014

Cigar News: Antillian Cigar Corp to Distribute Arandoza Cigars, The Cigar Cork, Doña Nieves, and Headlines Cigar Brands

Antillian Cigar Corporation, best known for being the owner of Sosa Cigars has announced it will be the exclusive U.S. distributor for Arandoza Cigars, The Cigar Cork, Doña NIeves, and Headlines Cigars.  Information on this announcement was made through a pre-release by Antillian Cigar Corp.

Under the agreement the four companies would use the Antillian sales staff to bring the products to market while each of the four companies could focus on product development, manufacturing, and brand expansion.

Cigar News: Ezra Zion Cigar Company SP3 to be Shop Exclusive at Lone Star State Cigar Company

Ezra Zion Cigar Company will be creating shop exclusive for Lone Star State Cigar Company. The SP3 will be exclusively sold at Lone Star's retail shops in Allen and Plano, Texas. Information of this announcement was received via a press release from Ezra Zion Cigar Company.

In the announcement, Steve Parker of Lone Star State Cigar Company said, "We hit up the Ezra Zion boys to do something special for our shops. I told them the profile we wanted and what our customers were purchasing most from their blends, and they hit it out of the park for us.”

Assessment Update: Camacho Blackout Limited Edition 2013

Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess "pre-review" cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess the Camacho Blackout Limited Edition 2013 in the Toro format. This was a cigar we assessed back in December, 2013.

Camacho Blackout Limited Edition 2013

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Mummy (Part of the Pudgy Monsters Series)

Tatuaje Mummy - Part of the Pudgy Monsters Series
The Tatuaje Mummy is a part of Tatuaje's Pudgy Monsters series that was released in mid 2014. This is the second sampler series released based on Tatuaje's Monsters Series - a cigar released on an annual basis that pays homage to a different monster / horror movie character.  In 2012, the Tatuaje Little Monsters series was released which provided smaller and thinner versions of the original Monster Series releases.  While there are two all new blends in the Pudgy Monsters Series, the Tatuaje Chuck and Tatuaje Tiff, the remainder of the set provides another set of smaller monsters, but these have larger ring gauges (in most cases the same ring gauge as the original Monsters Series and same length as the Little Monsters). Today, we take a look at the Tatuaje Mummy, a shorter version of Tatuaje - The Mummy (the technical name has "The" in it). This blend combined with the Little Monsters Mini Mum was a winner on Cigar Coop as it was our selection for #10 Cigar of the Year in 2012.  With the case of Tatuaje - The Mummy, I found this cigar worked extremely well in the large format.  With the shorter Pudgy Monsters Mummy, I found this to also be an outstanding release and another winner in the Pudgy Monsters series.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cigar News: Viaje Friends and Family Bel Air (Cigar Preview)

Last month we broke news from the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show that Viaje Cigars was planning the introduction of a third vitola in its Friends and Family line.  The Viaje Friends and Family Bel Air will add a box-press 6 x 50 toro size into one of the company's most limited lines.

The Viaje Friends and Family line was originally designed as a blend by Viaje President Andre Farkas as a personal blend for himself and people he was close to.  In 2012, the blend was released under the Viaje Friends and Family umbrella with a 7 x 48 box-press Churchill called Cadeau.  There were two batches released in 2012 and both were in small batch, limited quantities where most retailers received only one box.   The cigar finished as the Cigar Coop #4 Cigar of the Year for 2012.

Cigar News: Viaje Extends Viaje Oro Reserva and Viaje Platino Reserva Lines with Churchill "Aficionado"

Viaje Oro Reserva Aficionado (L), Viaje Platino Reserva
Aficionado (R), Photo Credit: Andre Farkas Facebook Page
As we noted from the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Viaje will introduce a new vitola to both its Viaje Oro Reserva and Viaje Platino Reserva lines.  The new size will be a box pressed 7 x 50 Churchill called Aficionado.   This marks the first new vitola in both of these sizes in over 3 years.

The Oro and Platino were the original two Viaje lines.  They started out as core lines before company President Andre Farkas made them small batch to be consistent with the rest of the company. . Both are Nicaraguan puros using a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper, but the Oro is considered to be more "amp'd up". The Reserva vitolas are different in that they contain some older tobacco as well as some additional ligero.