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Friday Cigar Blog Roundup

Hey, boss, when do we get to visit the Padron Estate?

Time for our Friday blog roundup, where we take a look at the best posts from around the cigar blogosphere. Boy, were there a lot this week!

A Cigar Habanero Newsletter has a great trip report covering a visit to the Padron Estate in Nicaragua. It’s an exciting read and really makes you want to be there in the posh Latin American cigar lounges smoking whatever you want and drinking wine from two decades ago.

Head over to A Cigar Smoker’s Journal for this interview with Dion Giolito from Illusione cigars. He paints a sobering picture of the tobacco industry and talks about his taste in music (he’s a punk!)

In the government just keeps getting bigger department, our man over at Cigar Law sounded the alarm that the FDA may soon require cigar labels to be submitted for approval, following in the footsteps of wine, malt liquor and spirits. Labels rejected for having names too similar to “geographical names” is just one of the implications — potentially costing the cigar industry thousands in legal fees to appeal.

Good thing the Governator is there to veto anti-smoking legislation in California that would have prevented people from lighting up at public parks and beaches.

If you want to forget domesitc politics there’s no better way than to get on a cruise ship and hit the international waters. Stogie Life has this breakdown of cigar smoking rules on cruise ships. It’s good news… most cruise lines offer plenty of areas to enjoy a smoke, and those that tried no-smoking cruises lost too much money to continue.

Finally, if you’re looking for some quality cigar reviews (both the cigars and the reviews are quality) check out Cigar Insider’s glowing review of the Rocky Patel 1961 Toro. Fire Up That Cigar reviews the Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Exclusivo, a can’t-go-wrong stick if there ever was one. Nice Tight Ash offers this video review of Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real, a constant best-seller for us as well as the rest of the industry.