Its that time of year again, the tobacco leaves are rolled, the bands are bright and shiny, and the Neon glow of Vegas beckons Cigar Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, and the Media to the whirlwind that is known as the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Trade Show. We are excited to be reporting from Las Vegas starting tomorrow and hope to bring you all the latest and greatest in news as the show unfolds.
In usual Cigar Brief fashion we will give you one more release that is coming out and hasn’t yet been discussed. Its not an earth shattering release, but it is a new economy stick from Gran Habano. Its entitled VIP and is focused on being a high quality, affordable cigar for the everyman. From what we hear it tastes pretty good, but we haven’t got a whole lot more on it yet. Stay tuned as we find out more about this cigar and many others at the show this week.
In one final piece of news that Barry, from A Cigar Smoker, broke earlier today in the day, is the court order barring Sam Leccia from the IPCPR. Not a lot of information is known, other than that which Sam personally stated on his Facebook update earlier today, when he said,
“I am saddened to announce that my Debut is on hold. I have been barred from attending the Cigar Show by court order. I will however, be vigorously pursuing Oliva’s failure to fulfill it’s contractual obligations to me and my family. I have faith in the legal system and I will see you all as soon as possible. Thank You all, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support.”
What this means in the long run and how Oliva responds response will be an interesting thing to observe at the show.
Last night Oliva responded to Sam Leccia’s Facebook statement and the online community by saying:
“I am always amazed by how quickly people will draw conclusions with little more than marginal information.
Prudence prevents me from getting into details about this situation. I will however offer a few items for consideration.
The Oliva Cigar Co is not a big conglomerate, it is a small family owned business. The consistency of actions by the family and the company throughout the years should carry some weight when hasty generalizations are being made. For years Oliva has provided world class cigars at reasonable prices, even when the economy allowed for gouging. We have sought to bring new and innovative products to the genuine aficionado and to always advance our craft. Furthermore, the actual facts of the matter are not being sought by those eager to draw conclusions.
Consider that a judge heard facts that you have not and ruled accordingly. Consider also that during the course of future trials many more facts will be divulged. The life’s work of an honorable family and company should be considered. However, if that is not compelling enough, those who have taken an interest in this dispute should follow the litigation closely. Some patience may save you some “egg on the face” as well as surprise you.”
There you have it folks, the story continues to unfold. Be sure, that we will try to talk to the different parties involved, and get both sides of the controversy surrounding Sam Leccia, as the story no doubt continues to develop in Las Vegas.
For the time being though, we will stop here for now and say simply this: “Viva Las Vegas!”