I might offer one small caveat to your "chicken and egg" notion. For those of us who are passionate about what we do it is not consumer demand that drives the creation of new releases. It is the fact that there is ever more exquisite tobacco to work with, and thus we are driven to create. It is what we do. Taken to it's rather illogical extreme, your notion would dictate that an artist should paint only when there is a market for his or her paintings, and abandon their passions, dreams, and creative essence when the market forces so dictate. While what we do may be a commodity for you, which you review and comment on, it is my art, and I will have no one who lacks that level of passion and creativity unilaterally decide when I should or should not create.
@Gary Griffith My chicken and egg reference was to the more and more common cries from manufacturers that starts with "there are too many (new) cigars." Followed by, "but every time I walk into a shop, all I hear is, 'what's new' — so what am I supposed to do." This situation isn't new, the speech isn't new; a bit more common from my own experiences. As for the artistry — I don't think that's the overwhelming reason for the new releases, at least not in my own dealings. You've made your artistic approach well-known, I see it (much like Dion's origins), but I just don't see it in the majority of the industry.