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Weekend Roundup – Titanic Humidor Part Deux, Sam Leccia Cigar Co., and the Montecristo Relief Organization

We’ve got a long weekend around the corner, so I figure I’d leave our loyal readers with a few stories to chew on until we’re back in the office. With that, it’s time for yet another weekend roundup!

First off, you may remember our brief about the humidor that once belonged to Captain Edward John Smith of the ill-fated Titanic. Well, that humidor just sold for 25,000 GBP, which totals out to over $41,000 USD, according to an article on Mirror.uk. The humidor, which was engraved with the initials EJS, sold to Henrik Stuifbergn, a 57-year-old collector and member of the Swedish Cigar Academy. “I have been obsessed with all things Titanic since I was 15,” said Stuifbergn. “But my other passion is cigars. Imagine my excitement when I heard it was for sale.”

In slightly more cigar-related news, Sam Leccia, creator of the Cain and Nub brands, has founded his own cigar company, aptly named Sam Leccia Cigar Co., according to a post by Cigar Aficionado. His inaugural line, called Debut, will be made from Nicaraguan, Honduran, Ecuadorian, and Dominican tobaccos, and will be available in three sizes. I’m glad that Leccia has made his way back into the cigar business—as you can tell from our reviews of the Cain Habano 550 and several smokes in the Nub line, we’re big fans of his blends.

Lastly, going along with my post a while ago about the generous nature of cigar companies, the Montecristo Relief Organization announced in a press release that they’ll be donating $25,000 to tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri. They’ll also match the first $75,000 in contributions from Altadis U.S.A. and CBI employees, customers, and vendors, according to the release. This goes to show once again that despite the hardships that the government is constantly throwing at them, cigar companies will remain increasingly generous.

Anyway, it’s Memorial Day weekend, so eat, drink, and smoke in honor of our brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom to do so!