Toast of the Week (5/11/10)

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Happy Tuesday everyone, and congratulations on making it past Monday – I barely scraped by. This was an interesting week in the cigar industry, highlighted by the news of Rocky Patel buying a 50% stake in EO Brands, formerly United Tobacco, and makers of such brands as 601, Cubao, and Murcielago. The announcement was made just a few days after EO Brands broke from their distributor, Miami Cigar, in order to lower prices by as much as $2.50-3.00 per cigar. Some rumors quickly began to spread about whether EO would move some of their production away from Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father factory, but that was quickly denied by Eddie Ortega – all production will remain exactly as it currently stands.

We’ve also seen several new releases over the last few weeks, including the Nosotros from Illusione and Drew Estate, the NHC house blend from Tatuaje, the EP Carrillo Short Run, the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros, the 1989 from Nestor Miranda, and the Davidoff Puro d’Oro, among others. Quite a list of new smokes to try!

Well, let’s get straight to the toasts shall we?

  • The Tiki Bar has a look at the CAO La Traviata Maduro, which will be released at this years IPCPR show in August. Jon Huber gave a few away at Cigar Fest. Toast it here.
  • Barry at A Cigar Smoker fires up another new cigar, the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros and he also has an interview with Don Giolito of Illusione Cigars. Toast it here and here.
  • Fire Up That Cigar has a review of the Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Exclusivo. Toast it here.
  • Tom’s Cigars takes on an infused cigar, the Oliveros Kopi Luwak. Toast it here.