Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

posted on October 9th, 2018

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

posted on October 5th, 2018

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

posted on September 27th, 2018

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Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

One of my favorite cigars that has been released in the past 5 years has been the Balmoral Anejo XO by Royal Agio, so I was really excited to visit their booth at the 2018 IPCPR show in Las Vegas.  Royal Agio had a distribution deal with Drew Estate to distribute the Balmoral line in the US with the Balmoral Anejo XO and Balmoral Anejo 18 Limited Edition.  I was blown away by both cigars so I was excited to …

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Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 Parejo

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 Parejo

One of the most anticipated releases for IPCPR this year was the Sin Compromiso from Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust. The Sin Compromiso is made with some of the best tobaccos available which took Steve Saka 3 years to get the blend right. Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust uses unique tobaccos for the Sin Compromiso that I’ve personally never heard of before. We sat down with Steve to talk about the new releases including the Sin Compromiso which you can watch here

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IPCPR 2018: Protocol Cigars

IPCPR 2018: Protocol Cigars

We meet up with the amazing Bill Ives and Juan Cancel at the Protocol Cigars booth. Bill and Juan discuss their new releases for the year including a new corona gorda in the Probable Cause line, Themis lancero, and Official Misconduct.

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IPCPR 2018: Black Label Trading Company

IPCPR 2018:  Black Label Trading Company

We catch up with James Brown with Black Label Trading Company to discuss what is new for their 5th anniversary. New this year is a Killer Bee with a Connecticut wrapper and a new size in the Deliverance called the Porcelain which features a Connecticut wrapper, as well.

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IPCPR 2018: Avo Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Avo Cigars

We catch up once again with Scott Kolesaire to talk about what is new with Avo Cigars. Scott tells about all the new cigars for the 30th anniversary of Avo Cigars. He tells us about the 6 new releases to celebrate 30 years of Avo Cigars.

1. Avo Improvisation 30 Years
2. Avo 22 (Avo Uvezian’s personal blend)
3. Avo Signature (Re-release)
4. Avo Maduro (Re-release)
5. Avo Limited Edition 2005 (Re-release)
6. Avo Special Toro in the Syncro Nicaragua, …

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IPCPR 2018: Camacho and Zino Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Camacho and Zino Cigars

We meet up with Scott Kolesaire of Davidoff to talk about what is new with Camacho and Zino Cigars, which are lines under Davidoff. Scott shows us the new 3 pack of the Zino Platinum Z-Crown and the Back2Back cigar from the amazing Mike Baca and Fernando Romero of UR New York, also featuring their own artwork. Next, we see what’s new from Camacho as Scott show us a new Camacho Liberty, a throwback to the 2005 Liberty, which is …

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IPCPR 2018: Serino Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Serino Cigars

We meet up with Carson Serino at Serino Cigars to discuss the Wayfarer. We also get a sneak peak at a new cigar coming out later this year or 2019 called the Taino. Carson gave each of us a pre-release sample of the Taino to smoke which we all thought was very good. Keep an eye out.

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IPCPR 2018: Fratello Cigars

IPCPR 2018: Fratello Cigars

We catch up with the humungous Omar de Frias of Fratello Cigars at his booth at IPCPR and he gives us the lowdown on what’s new with Fratello. One change is the Classico, Bianco and The Boxer packaging has been updated. He also tells us about his new cigar line, Navetta Inverso, which retails from $9.00-$12.00. Navetta is Italian for “shuttle” which is a nod to Omar’s days at NASA.

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IPCPR 2018: Island Lifestyle Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Island Lifestyle Cigars

We visited with Ryan Frailing of Island Lifestyle Cigars about their new cigars and lighters. Their new cigar is a cost friendly cigar called the Island Club. They also release two new lighters. The first one is called the Rocker that is dual flame lighter with a 7mm punch built into the bottom retailing for $50. The other lighter is called the Longboard and is a triple pinpoint flame that will retail for $60.

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IPCPR 2018: Warped Cigars

IPCPR 2018:   Warped Cigars

We visit with Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars about his upcoming new wine, Blue Monster. Also, we discuss the new cigar releases for 2018: Moon Garden, Serie Gran Reserva 1988, and La Relatos, which was originally one of Warped Cigar first releases called Anubis. We also get a sneak peak at a future cigar currently in the making called Sarto.

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