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Though I always enjoy writing up a good cigar-related news story, negative or positive, writing this one up isn’t putting the usual indignant smirk on my face. Rich Perelman just announced that CigarCyclopedia.com will be going on indefinite hiatus starting January 31. Perelman also announced that his company, Perelman, Pioneer & Company, has no plans to continue to produce the Perelman’s Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars, which means the 2011 edition is potentially the last one. He did, however, mention that it’s a “subject of ongoing discussion,” so let’s hope someone picks up the pieces and keeps it going.
The first edition of Perelman’s Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars came out in 1995 and contained 370 brands. The 2011 edition is over 700 pages long and contains a staggering 1,576 brands. Perelman’s also makes a Pocket Cyclopedia of Havana Cigars, which contains information solely on Cuban cigars.
We’d like to extend a fond farewell to CigarCyclopedia.com and to Perelman’s Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars, at least for now. The site has been publishing information about cigars since long before I was even old enough to legally smoke them, so I think it’s safe to say they’ve become the authority on the subject. We wish everyone involved with the site and book the best in the future and thank them for keeping the cigar community updated for the last 17 years.