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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cigar News: 262 Roadhouse Planned for 2015

262 Cigars has plans to release a new cigar line later this year. After putting a sneak preview photo of an upcoming project, 262 Cigars President Clint Aaron confirmed some additional details of this project being dubbed the 262 Roadhouse.  This cigar will make its debut at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans.

Cigar News: Quesada Selección España Petit Belicoso Heading to Union Cigar Company in Monroe NC

Union Cigar Company, located in Monroe, North Carolina has been selected as a retailer to receive the February, 2015 shipment of the Quesada Selección España Petit Belicoso.  This special size is a special limited production cigar where each month in 2015, a different retailer is selected to receive a single box of the petit belicoso size of the Quesada España.

Cigar Review: The Alibi by Espinosa Cigars (Part of the Backroom Series)

The Alibi by Espinosa Cigars (Part of the Backroom Series)

The Alibi is the first release in the Backroom Series by Espinosa Cigars.  About a month ago, Espinosa Cigars announced the launch of its Backroom Series.  This series marks Espinosa Cigars' entry into the world of lounge exclusive cigars.  Currently, there are three such lounges available nationwide - Casa Belicoso in Walnut Creek, California; Cordova Cigars in Pensacola, Florida, and Smoke Inn VI in Margate, Florida.  The Alibi is a limited production cigar that is currently only available through those three retailers. The cigar is produced at Espinosa's La Zona factory in Nicaragua.  Recently I have had an opportunity to smoke The Alibi.   Overall I found this to be a cigar worthy of being a lounge exclusive cigar as well as an excellent release.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cigar Review: Dram Cask No. 1 Toro by C & C Cigars

Dram Cask No. 1 Toro

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, C & C Cigars announced a new line of cigars called Dram Cigars for Whiskey.  Whiskey and Cigars have been in the news lately as companies like Asylum Cigars and Drew Estate currently have projects that involve tobacco aging in bourbon barrels.  The Dram for Whiskey does not involve infusion-like process.  Instead the line introduces four distinct blends - each meant to be paired with an appropriate type of whiskey. Today, we take a look at the one of these blends, the Dram Cask No. 1.  This is a milder cigar designed to be paired with a lighter whiskey.  Recently I had an opportunity to smoke the Dram Cask No. 1 in a toro format.  Overall I found this to be an excellent milder offering, and a cigar that pairs nicely with a lighter whiskey as designed.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cigar News: La Colmena Black Honey by Warped Cigars

La Colmena Black Honey Photo Credit: Warped Cigars

Warped Cigars will release a limited production off-shoot that combines elements from its La Colmena and El Oso lines.  The La Colmena Black Honey will ship to a list of thirteen select retailers on January 26, 2015.

According to the company, La Colmena Black Honey will place a Habano Ecuador Oscuro wrapper over a tweaked blend of the La Colmena.  The Habano Ecuador Oscuro wrapper is found on the El Oso PaPa and El Oso Cub.  The La Colmena Black Honey will be in one size - a 5 x 48 belicoso.

La Colmena Black Honey will be packaged in bundles of 10.   A total of 60 bundles will only be released.

Cigar Review: Felipe Gregorio Pelo de Oro Robusto Gordo (2014)

Felipe Gregorio Pelo de Oro Robusto Gordo (2014 Edition)

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Felipe Gregorio Cigars launched a new and revamped version of its Pelo de Oro line. While there was some packaging changes, the big change was in the blend as the line was reintroduced as a Costa Rican puro.  The new Pelo de Oro would be one of two Costa Rican puros launched at the trade show by Felipe Gregorio (the other being the Felipe Gregorio Power 2014).  While Costa Rica has slowly been on the rise in the cigar marketplace, Felipe Gregorio takes things to a different level.  Not only is the company moved toward producing all Costa Rican tobacco blends, but has undergone a transformation where it is becoming a vertically integrated company out of Costa Rica.  Recently, I've had an opportunity to smoke the revamped Felipe Gregorio Pelo de Oro cigar in the Robusto Gordo format.  Overall I found this to be an excellent cigar that showcases some great work coming out of Costa Rica.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 9 (1/24/15)

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, January 23, 2015

Cigar News: Nestor Miranda Collection One Life Edition Series to Launch in March

When Miami Cigar and Company Vice President Jason Wood showed his father in law, company founder Nestor Miranda the new revamped Nestor Miranda Collection line, Nestor had two questions for his son in law. First he wanted to know where his signature was on the band and second what happened to his special sizes? The special sizes refer to the brand's Danno, lancero, and Ruky vitolas.  Wood was able to convince Nestor that the new logo would do just fine in terms of the new direction he wanted to take the brand.  He also assured Nestor he had plans for his special sizes. On Episode 126 of Stogie Geeks, Wood explained that these sizes would now be incorporated into an offshoot of the Nestor Miranda Collection called the One Life Edition series.