The outside temperature has gone from tolerable in the beginning of the week to frigid. Wednesday evening I managed to take a Vegas Robaina Famosos for a walk. Several years old, this hermoso (5″ x 48) was the perfect size for the occasion. It burned well and tasted great! I was sorry when I had to put it down.
In the Cigar Media:
I saw an article on Cigar Aficionado by James Suckling regarding Cuba’s Best Market. The article throws some numbers around regarding the number of Cuban cigars that are sold in the US, ranging from 20 million to 50 million (with 50 million representing one third of Habanos S.A.’s annual production). I think that when the embargo is eventually lifted there will be such a huge rush on Cuban cigars that the quality will be terrible, and the rest of the world will be mad at us for smoking up all their cigars! Cuban cigar hungry Americans will stampede to their local cigar store to try what has been unavailable here for almost 50 years. There will be abundant fakes and what are legitimate will be mistreated. I don’t look forward to that day. While I enjoy the occasional Havana cigar (I like the flavor of them) I don’t think they are better than many cigars currently available. We are in a time when there are such great cigars being made outside of Cuba that there is room for all of them in the market.
Camacho Cigar‘s website posted some pictures of an event where the inimitable Pauly Shore was spotted with a box of Liberty’s. Click here for the pics. I have been a Camacho fan myself for many years, going back to the first one I had in 1996.
Cigars One to One podcast on Cigarmedia.tv featured Andre Farkas of Viaje Cigars, which were featured on last week’s Dogwatch Cigar Radio podcast. This sounds like an interesting cigar to try, especially the 50/50 which is blended to be, from the way I understand it, two separate blends which transition from one to the other midway through the smoke. It just sounds like it would be interesting to try.
A Lehigh Valley TV news outlet reports that Cigars International is opening their new headquarters in Bethlehem, PA on the site of the old Bethlehem Steel. CI says there will be 50 jobs created. I hope the state of Pennsylvania realizes that if they had gone through with their proposed tax on cigars this wouldn’t have happened and CI would have moved their operation to Florida. In related news, CI’s Cigarfest tickets go on sale Monday, February 8. I have never attended this event, but I’m considering it this year. If anyone has gone in the past and can tell me about it, please leave a comment or e-mail me. If you’re going this year, please let me know so we can meet up! Obviously I’m always looking for new cigar-ventures and this looks like a good one.
Cigar Rights of America reported this week that the Governor of Massachusetts is recommending a tax increase on cigars from the already punitive 30% to 110%. What are people thinking when they suggest such things? That people are just going to roll over and accept it? Obviously they aren’t thinking that people are going to buy from out of state and that businesses are going to close and people are going to be unemployed and the state will lose ALL of the taxes instead of increasing their revenue. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the CRA to help protect our rights.
Well, that’s all I can manage to go on about right now. Thanks to everyone for reading and remember that you can subscribe to this blog and receive updates in your inbox!
Until the next cigar,