January Edition, 2015                                               View this email in your browser

“I smoke in moderation only. Only one cigar at a time.”  

Mark Twain


Cigars of the Year at The Depot

     At year-end, Cigar Aficionado (the Bible of cigar smokers) announced its selection of the 2014 Cigar of the Year. The winner: Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado – a pricey torpedo-shaped stick 6 ½ by 52 ring. It has a Nicaraguan binder and filler and an Ecuadorian Sumatra seed wrapper, giving it a rich appearance. More important is the taste. Cigar Aficionado claims that the new Oliva line boasts notes of leather, coffee, caramel and woody intonations. Sounds delicious.

    As soon as the selection was announced, the Depot placed its initial order – but, alas, other greedy retailers ordered as well. So as of the first week in January we are still awaiting our delivery. Meanwhile, we can settle for a Punch Corojo, which also has an Ecuadorian red wrapper.

     Two years ago when Flor de las Antillas, made by My Father Cigars Co.,  won the 2012 designation, we were able to beat almost everyone to the market. That stick has been our biggest seller for two years ever since – and at a price point of only $8.75! Then last year My Father Cigars Co. almost hit the jackpot again when one of its cigars came in second (after a Cuban-made Montecristo #2), and we have a hard time keeping that $11.15 stick in stock.

     The Depot does not forget a winner either. We also feature the Casa Magna 2008 Cigar of the Year at $14.25 in a maduro wrapper.

What To Do about the Super Bowl?

     For those of you going to a Super Bowl party, The Depot has some ideas for your accompaniment. One option is to treat the host and guests with an attractive 10-stick box of La Gloria Cubana Wavells, which we have on sale in January for only $51.95 per box.

     For those of you who don’t have nine friends, our ever-popular Perdomo 4-packs are only $24.50 (although we are not sure that either Captain Joe Brown or his nemesis Kenny Batewall will ever have as many as three friends each).

     Coincidentally, both Captain Joe and Kenny came in separately to The Depot last week to show off new gloves that each had purchased for work during the cold wave. Luckily, they didn’t arrive at the same time; so a new dispute between them was avoided.

            A note from boss lady Cecelia: Captain Joe and Kenny do agree on one thing though – that the editor of this newsletter is a low-life! 
Another Super Bowl Idea – Take this One Occasion in the Year to Forget about Pleasing Your Lady
     If you are tired of reading about gifts for the female in your life at the end of each month’s newsletter, remember those ideas come from the boss lady Cecelia -- Silver Forest earrings, Northern Lights candles, blah, blah, blah.  

   Super Bowl time is a great occasion to ignore your lady and concentrate on the biggest sports event of the year; so for once you can ignore Cecelia’s ideas. (Enjoy sleeping on the couch though.)
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