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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cigar Review: Undercrown Flying Pig by Drew Estate

Undercrown Flying Pig by Drew Estate
The Undercrown Flying Pig is a cigar that has been awaited by many Drew Estate cigar enthusiasts for quite some time.  This cigar brings Drew Estate's signature short, fat perfecto format to the Undercrown line.  It was back in 2009, when Drew Estate's first Flying Pig vitola, the Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig was introduced.  This was a limited release and one that is very difficult to find today.  In 2010, the Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig would also be released for a limited engagement.  This was followed in 2011 by a slightly longer Flying Pig for the Unico Serie called the Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig. It was also in 2011 when Drew Estate introduced the Undercrown brand, and as soon as that line was released, the question became when we would see an Undercrown Flying Pig.  This soon would come to fruition beginning in 2012, but these were extremely limited.  Fast forward to 2014 and the Undercrown Flying Pigs are now finally starting to show up in the U.S.  While they are still limited, they are not going to be as limited as before  I have had an opportunity to smoke the Undercrown Flying Pig. This was a cigar well worth the wait. I found this format to be an excellent vitola for the Undercrown blend and very enjoyable smoke.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cigar Review: Ditka Signature by Camacho Cigars

Ditka Signature by Camacho Cigars - Toro
The Ditka Signature is the sixth blend to be released under Camacho Cigars' Mike Ditka brand of cigars.  It was just prior to the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show that Camacho announced a partnership with the NFL Hall of Famer for a line of cigars that would carry his name.  At the time, this move was a precursor of bigger things to come.  Almost a year later, the rebranding of the Camacho line was launched that would include a team of cigar personalities known as the Board of the Bold.   This would consist of Room 101's Matt Booth, Hollywood screenwriter Rob Weiss (who would launch BG Meyer with Camacho in 2014), and Ditka.  While the Ditka line has rolled out five blends, the Ditka Signature marks the first regular production cigar in the line.  The partnership with Ditka has proven that a solid line of cigars can be branded with a celebrity personality.  The Ditka Signature continues to strengthen this line.  This cigar has recently made it to retailers.  I've had an opportunity to sample this cigar and there is no doubt, this is an excellent regular production offering by Camacho.

Editor's Corner Volume 3, Number 10: Lack of Coverage?

Ever since the launch of Cigar Coop, I have long stayed out of the long, drawn-out soap opera of IPCPR vs. Online Media.  The Cigar Coop brand has had positive experiences each year we covered the show, so there has been no need to feed this drama. However I have seen this time some erroneous information floating around and I think the record needs to be set straight here. This information involves the amount of media coverage around this year's IPCPR Trade Show.

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