Cigar bar patrons in Nebraska can light up once again without breaking the law. The state’s Liquor Control Commission recently announced that cigar bars and retail shops will be allowed to renew their smoking licenses while the state’s Supreme Court considers an appeal of its recent ruling that declared the exemptions carved out of the statewide smoking ban are unconstitutional. The licenses were scheduled to expire tomorrow, on October 31.

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The trend of commemorative smokes continues. So far in 2014 we have seen cigars in honor of 50th anniversaries (Padrón, Sosa), 40th anniversaries (MATASA, Matilde), 25 (Miami Cigar), 20 (La Flor Dominicana) and five (EPC Cigar Co.), just to name a few. Now José Blanco is joining the celebration by releasing a cigar for his 65th birthday, which is today.

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“It was an on-the-spot, letter-perfect day.” And that’s what made it so weird. Chris Morris, master distiller of Brown-Forman, is talking about June 7, 2002, the born-on-date of this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, the annual, one-off whiskey bottled to highlight how varying conditions can affect spirit-making from one day to the next. You might think such ideal circumstances were something that he insists in selecting each year’s batch. But they’re not. Morris stresses what an anomaly perfect conditions are in his 13 choices for the limited-edition release. Success for Birthday Bourbon has typically been born from “something out of the ordinary, a day when something happened. That’s where we always seem to turn.”
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Swiss cigar company Patoro is preparing to launch its first line of cigars for the U.S. market. The brand is called Serie P USA Edition and is distributed by CLE Cigar Co. The cigars ship to retailers this week.

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If you’re headed to Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke in Las Vegas next month, you might want to stop by the Davidoff of Geneva store at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino for an advanced look at Davidoff’s Year of the Sheep, an elaborately packaged limited-edition cigar for 2015.
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