IPCPR 2016: Foundation

IPCPR 2016: Foundation

posted on August 25th, 2016

IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

posted on August 24th, 2016

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

posted on August 23rd, 2016

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IPCPR 2016: Foundation

IPCPR 2016: Foundation

Nick Melillo was back this year with a colorful new booth, new Foundation cigar lines and of course, new insights into the world of tobacco. We got started with The Upsetters. Nick has been a long time fan of reggae music and Jamaican tobacco, and he also has a history of working with Nicaraguan tobacco. Those factors came together to create The Upsetters, which features both Jamaican and Nicaraguan tobacco (as well as a “Caribbean infusion”). He describes the profile …

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IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

As the show was winding down on the last day we dropped by the White Hat booth for a quick chat with Spencer Drake about what’s new with HR. Of course the first thing that is new since the last trade show is White Hat handling distribution of HR, which means that the original line is back on the market. The original line has two new sizes, a Corona (MSRP $11.95) and an A which comes in a coffin of …

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IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

No IPCPR is complete without another episode in the growing Minutes With Pete Johnson series. This year we met up with a slender Pete behind the bar in his 2016 Best In Show booth. It seemed more like he was tending bar in his shiny new booth than selling cigars. (He was behind the bar talking and pouring his wine for visitors every time we saw him.) Not that his cigars need any help selling.

We get started with Pete …

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IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

We caught up with Chris Harper in the spacious Perdomo booth the last day of IPCPR and we learned that everything old is new again. By that I mean, Perdomo is bringing back all of their pre-2007 brands, though some of them may have some packaging updates. That means the reintroduction of a lot of cigars which should please Perdomo fans that have been missing the retired brands. Here are a few of the highlights:

They’ve brought back all the …

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IPCPR 2016: Romeo y Julieta

IPCPR 2016: Romeo y Julieta

Our IPCPR tour continues with Yasemin Ozoncul in the Romeo y Julieta section of the Altadis booth. Before we get into the new product she gives us a little background, telling us about her first project at Altadis, 2011’s ROMEO. That leads us into the Plasencia-made ROMEO 505 Nicaragua, a box-pressed puro that was created as an answer to the “Nicaraguan trend” in the cigar industry. The potent blend features a Jalapa wrapper, and fillers from Jalapa, Condega and Esteli. …

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