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Monday, April 27, 2015

Cigar Review: Saga Golden Age Toro

Saga Golden Age Toro

Saga Cigars is a new brand that was launched by the Reyes family at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show. Many know of the Reyes family through Augusto Reyes Sr, a very well-respected sixth generation cigar maker in the Dominican Republic. The Reyes family has been involved in the tobacco growing and leaf brokerage business for over 160 years. They have also operated their own factory called Corporacion Cigar Export (CCE) where they have produced brands under the Augusto Reyes name. Augusto's daughter Nirka now serves company president. Recently, CCE has rebranded their cigar company De Los Reyes. At the same time, they have consolidated their brands focusing on the Don Julio and Saga lines. Today, we take a look at a cigar in the new Saga line - the Saga Golden Age in a Toro format. Overall, I found this to be a very impressive cigar that delivered an excellent overall cigar experience.

Feature Story: Phil Zanghi Discusses Debonaire 2015 Plans

Phil Zanghi was a featured guest on Episode 137 of Stogie Geeks. Zanghi recapped what has been a banner year for him over the past year, which was highlighted the introduction of the Debonaire Maduro line and the Debonaire First Degree line extension.  He also discussed plans for two projects he has planned for the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show, the Debonaire Maduro 33rd Degree and the new Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigar line.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cigar News: Inca - Secret Blend to be Introduced to U.S. Market

Inca Cigars is a company that produces Peruvian puros (100% Peruvian tobacco) made in Peru. The company originally launched to the United Kingdom, but now Inca Cigars is setting its sights Internationally with a focus on the U.S. market. Plans are now underway to roll out its new Peruvian puro, the Inca - Secret Blend.

Cigar Review: LUJ Morpheus Anniversary #4 Maduro Box Pressed

LUJ Morpheus Anniversary #4 Maduro Box Pressed

The LUJ Morpheus Anniversary #4 is one of the foundation lines of small batch cigar maker LUJ Cigars. LUJ Cigars has established a foothold in the midwest, especially in the Chicago, Illinois area. The company is one to keep on the radar as they plan on going into the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show and expanding their footprint. LUJ Cigars was founded by Luj Morpheus and produces its cigars out of the Dominican Republic. The LUJ Morpheus Anniversary #4 line is offered in two wrapper offerings - natural and maduro. Today, we take a closer look at the LUJ Morpheus Anniversary #4 Maduro in the Box Pressed (toro sized) vitola. Recently I've had an opportunity to smoke this cigar and get my first exposure to this small batch company. Without a doubt, this is one of the more impressive small batch cigars I've had in some time - and this is definitely a cigar and a company to keep an eye on.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cigar News: Casa Turrent Heads for U.S. Release; Will be Distributed by Turrent Family

A. Turrent Cigars has announced that Casa Turrent, a cigar that has previously only been made available in select markets will be heading for a more widespread release in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, the company has announced it will be handling their own distribution. Plans are for the Casa Turrent to make its way to retailers in June.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 4, Number 22 (4/25/15)

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, April 24, 2015

Cigar News: Davidoff to Launch Brazilian-based Blend at 2015 IPCPR Trade Show

Davidoff of Geneva is setting their sights on Brazil.  Yesterday the company announced some details to Cigar Aficionado on plans to launch a brand with the country of Brazil in mind.  The cigar is unnamed, but the cigar will contain a hefty portion of Brazilian tobacco, and incorporate Brazil the country into the theme of the brand.  The new line will be the second line to receive the Davidoff Black-colored band.  The cigar will officially launch at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show.

Agile Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2012

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 take another look at the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2012. This is a cigar first assessed back in January, 2013.

Oliva Serie Maduro Especial 2012