Some Cigar History and the Hoyo de Monterrey Contest No.4 Winner

I’ve been smoking some great cigars this week, but all are cigars I’ve mentioned before here.  I enjoyed the heck out of a Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ on Sunday, although I personally wish it was a happier occasion to smoke this cigar (for those who don’t know why, pay a visit to  I also had a really nice Monte Pascoal robusto, perhaps my favorite in the line, as well as a Room 101 Namakubi Papi Chulo,  which was awesome.


So to break things up a little, my research department tracked down some goodies from the New York Times for me.  Here is an ad from December 10, 1938.  Note that there was a “National Commission for Propaganda and Defense of Havana Tobacco”!  How ironic does that sound?



Next we have this ad from December 11, 1939 for Macy’s Havana Humidor.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could walk into a Macy’s and buy a fine cigar? Talk about a miracle on 34th Street!

You can click on either of these articles to enlarge them.



Today I’ll select the fourth winner in the month-long Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros contest.  Sunday I will have the final installment in this series, but when I’ll announce the winner will be anyone’s guess!  I’ll be driving toward Orlando and the IPCPR show and updates will be dependent upon Internet availability.  Please bear with me, I’ll get a winner announced as soon as possible.  This weeks winner of six excellent Hoyo Reposado en Cedros cigars, as selected by the random number generator at, is comment number 7, which corresponds to smoke770.  Please send me your coordinates so I can get these in the mail to you!  Thanks again to General Cigar Co. and to everyone who entered! There’s still time to enter the Box-a-Day contest at!


Until the next time,





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7 Responses to Some Cigar History and the Hoyo de Monterrey Contest No.4 Winner

  1. Swede214

    Congrats, Smoke770, enjoy!

  2. TriMarkC

    That would be interesting to be able to buy great cigars at Macy’s and other top notch retailers again.


    So if we could buy smokes at a national retailer I could imagine Target or Wally World selling Gurkhas and PIs (just a little sarcasm there)

  4. Freakboy791

    The Cuba/US relationship has always been interesting.

  5. Jerry

    Hmm. #7 seems to be a popular number. lol

  6. jimbobber

    Congrats to Smoke770.

  7. Allen R.

    Interesting research. Thanks,