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Saturday, 22 June 2013

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After spending the last few weeks educating you guys on the Cuban Trade Embargo and how to mind your manners, we’re taking a break to bring you a few bits of news on cigars and the people who love them.



I’m the New Sheriff Around Here

It looks like former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez wants everyone to know that he’s found a new territory to conquer. Rodriguez and his posse of former Wolverine assistants filmed a promotional video for his new team, the University of Arizona, where the coach appears dressed as a sheriff straight out of an old Hollywood Western, complete with cigar. We don’t know whether this will help him lasso any promising players, but the vid is getting Rodriguez plenty of airtime on the Internet.

Kristoff Debuts Four New Blends

Glen Case, owner and founder of the nine-year-old Kristoff brand of cigars promises that his new line of smokes will be “the next generation of Kristoff.” Case says the four new blends, called the Kristoff Galerones Series, will have a more elegant and traditional style. “The packaging is going to be totally different, and the tobaccos I'm using are totally different.”


The Kristoff brand is noted for its unique pigtailed cigars with an uncut foot. Both will be missing from the Galerones Series, which will instead have triple-seam caps and clean-cut feet.

For the Galerones Series, the brand is also switching from the milder Jalapa tobacco to the fuller-bodied Estelí. According to Case, “In one of the blends I'm using a San Andrés wrapper [from Mexico], another one has a Cubra wrapper from Brazil, grown from Habano seed. In most of these blends I'm using a fair amount of Nicaraguan Estelí filler, which I haven't used. The Nicaraguan I've used the most has been from Jalapa.”

The smokes will be available in three sizes: robusto, toro and torpedo. The cigars in the new Galerones Series will be manufactured by Abe Flores at the PDR Cigars Dominicana factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, and they’re expected to sell for $10 to $11.50 per cigar.

Cousin’s Cigars Opens in Akron

Cigar smokers in the Akron, Ohio, area have a cool new place to hang out now that a new tobacco emporium has come to the neighborhood. Cousin’ Cigars is the latest branch of a family-owned business headquartered in Cleveland.

Patrons can relax with a fine cigar in the store’s smoking lounge while seated in a comfy chair in front of the store’s big-screen TV or by the gas fireplace. Cousin’s Cigars keeps its inventory, which includes thousands of fine hand-rolled cigars, in a large (900 sq. ft.) walk-in humidor with cedar-lined walls. Customers are encouraged to stroll inside and breathe in the sweet scents of cedar and tobacco while checking out the cigars, which sell for $3 to $45.

While the store does sell imported pipe tobacco, what you won’t find are mass-market cigars or cigarettes. Cousin’s Cigars stocks what they dub a “private label” called Mile Marker 82, made in Miami by a Cuban expatriate.

Store manager called the lounge “a part of the culture of cigar smoking. It’s a gathering place, like the barbershop and the old general store.”

Cousin’s Cigars is located at 1812 Merriman Rd., Akron, OH 44313. 234-678-3050.

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