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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cigar Review: D'Crossier Golden Blend Aged 10 Years

D'Crossier Diplomacy Series Golden Blend
 Aged 10 Years Robusto

The D'Crossier Diplomacy Series Golden Blend Aged 10 Years is the latest release by D'Crossier Cigars.  The D'Crossier brand is made by Pure Aroma Cigars.  Back in 2010, the company introduced the first D'Crossier Golden Blend - described as a mild to medium offering using select tobaccos aged for seven years.  Early last year, work on the D'Crossier Golden Blend Aged 10 Years series began.  This new blend is positioned as medium to full smoke.  D'Crossier says the blend uses some of the best tobacco made available to the company - 40 percent which was harvested back in 2004.  Recently, I've had an opportunity to smoke the D'Crossier Golden Blend Aged 10 Years.  I have personally been very impressed with the products coming from this company - and once again D'Crossier does not disappoint.  This delivers another outstanding cigar experience.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Feature Story: Nat Sherman's Herklots Launches Aureole Las Vegas' #ChasingThursdays

Nat Sherman Vice President Michael Herklots was in attendance for the launch of Auerole Las Vegas' #ChasingThursdays event.  The event also featured Chef Charlie Palmer and Robin Leach.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 3, Number 21 (4/19/14)

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, April 18, 2014

Cigar News: Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda Shipping to Retailers (Cigar Preview)

Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda
Back in February 2014, Viaje Cigars President Andre Farkas was a special guest on our Stogie Geeks show and announced that the Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda would be released as a small batch shipment.  Information has now surfaced on Viaje's Facebook page that the cigar is now heading to retailers.

The Exclusivo blend started as a personal blend for Farkas.  The 5 5/8 x 46 Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda was originally an "unofficial" event only cigar for Viaje.  Last year, Farkas introduced a new blend - the Viaje Secret Sauce as Viaje's event only cigar.  This marks the first time the Corona Gorda has been released outside of being an event only cigar.

Cigar News: Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac Provides Update on 2014 Activities

Skip Martin, co-owner of RoMa Craft Tobac made a surprise call-in to Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks and gave us a short update on some things happening with his company.

Martin updated us on the Neanderthal release.  This was a cigar he had broke some news about when he was on Episode 75 of Stogie Geeks.  Neanderthal has been a project in the works for two years and it is still something to be worked on.   The intent of the Neanderthal is to be a super strong. flavorful cigar.   Martin described it as a "a very complicated cigar to make - a complicated size, a complicated shape.. and the blend is very complicated". The Neanderthal has now evolved into a cigar that will feature a San Andres wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and 8 filler tobaccos.  The cigar is only being released in one size.  Some of the tobaccos used are from Condega, Jalapa, Esteli, Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Olor and a leaf called Pennsylvania Double Ligero.

Assessment Update: Cuenca 5 Anniversary Robusto

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 provide an assessment rating and score to the Cuenca 5 Anniversary in Robusto size. This was a cigar we did an assessment for in the box-press torpedo format back in January 2013.

Cuenca 5 Anniversary - Robusto
The Cuenca 5 Anniversary is a collaboration between Hollywood, Florida retailer Cuenca Cigars and blender A.J. Fernandez.  The cigar was originally made to commemorate the retailer's five year anniversary  It was originally sold in the Cuenca Cigars store, but is also being distributed to sell. The line was launched in early 2013 in a box-pressed torpedo and since then there are two additional sizes that have been added.  Today, we take a closer look at one of those sizes - the box-pressed robusto.

Cigar News: Alex Goldman Discusses Royal Gold Cigars on Stogie Geeks

Alex Goldman, President of Royal Gold Cigars was our special guest on Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks.  On this episode he discussed the company, the products he made, the relationship with Swisher International and gave us some insights in some potential new projects.

Royal Gold Cigars was announced back in early 2013 as a premium cigar division of Swisher International.  The company is headed by Goldman who is a long-time industry veteran.  He has partnered with many leading cigar factories to make his blends.

Cigar News: Ocean State Cigars to Release J. Grotto Silk Lancero and J. Grotto Anniversary Line (Exclusive)

On Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks, our own Stogie Santa broke news on a couple of new projects by Ocean State Cigars.   The first will be a lancero line extension to the J. Grotto Silk line while the second will be a new line called the J. Grotto Anniversary.

The J. Grotto Silk line was introduced back in 2012.  It contains an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a double binder featuring Criollo 98 and Indonsesian tobacco as well as filler from Trojes, Honduras and Jalapa, Nicaragua.  The J. Grotto Silk Lancero becomes the fifth size available in this line and will measure 7 1/2 x 40.  It is expected to be released prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The J. Grotto Silk Lancero was released based on consumer demand and feedback.