IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

posted on September 14th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

posted on September 14th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Bombay Tobak

IPCPR 2017: Bombay Tobak

posted on September 13th, 2017

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Avo Syncro South America Ritmo

Avo Syncro South America Ritmo

Avo released their third cigar in the Syncro line in the South America Ritmo using tobaccos from 6 different countries in Central and South America.  The Ritmo continues the musical theme of the Syncro series in which Ritmo means “rhythm” in Spanish and represents the primal rhythms of South and Central America.  The colors of the cigar, teal, gold, silver, white and blue, are reminiscent of the vivid colors of the carnival season in Brazil.  The artwork created for the …

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Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged Toro

Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged Toro

Camacho has always been a cigar company that pushes the envelope with unique innovations in blends and packaging.  Their new Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged is the latest cigar blend in the Camacho portfolio to do something a little different.  Camacho is known for their excellent corojo tobacco, but the NBA adds a twist.  Camacho takes their corojo tobacco that is grown in Esteli, Nicaragua and ages it in old bourbon barrels that have been used to age rum from Flor …

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Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo

Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo

Mombacho, named after the famed volcano in Nicaragua, was founded in 2006 by Cameron Heaps and Markus Raty.  They discovered the blend for their first cigar by visiting a cigar factory next to a school where Cameron was taking spanish lessons in while living in Granada in 2005.  They convinced the family to share their blend with them and Mombacho Cigars was born.

The Liga Maestro was released in the US market in 2016.  It was originally released in 2013 …

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CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda Robusto

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda Robusto

CAO released a cigar called the Amazon Basin in 2014 to much fanfare.  I was never able to get my hands on one, though and, to be honest, I thought it was a gimmicky cigar.  Fast forward to 2016 and I was able to get my hands on the 2016 release of the cigar at Case de Montecristo in Clear Lake, TX and I was stunned.  I really enjoyed the cigar.  It was very flavorful with a very unique flavor …

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Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania Panatela

Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania Panatela

The first cigar I ever tried from Southern Draw Cigars was the Kudzu Gordo.  As most of you know, I’m not a fan of the big ring gauge cigars, but Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw Cigars, just asked me to give it a chance.  The blend on that cigar was tweaked just for that size.  Reluctantly, I tried it and I’m glad I did.   The box press made it more comfortable to smoke and the flavor was great.  Luckily, …

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Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust announced the Muestra de Saka at the 2016 IPCPR.  The cigar is meant to be an example of blending of unique blends from Steve Saka, owner and tobacco guru of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust.  The Muestra de Saka will be released every year but with a different blend.  These cigars are blends that Steve is testing out a different blending style where the blend will usually be outside his comfort zone or something he wants to …

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All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings was one of the most high anticipated releases from IPCPR 2016.  The All Out Kings is a collaboration with Caldwell Cigars and Drew Estate Cigars.  Both companies are known to push the boundaries in the cigar world so them collaborating on a cigar is not a surprise.  The brainchild of Robert Caldwell, Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew, this would be Caldwell’s first Nicaraguan cigar.  The cigar will be distributed though Caldwell Cigars using tobaccos from La Gran …

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Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Cigars is the brainchild of Esteban Disla, co-owner of Nica Sueno, the cigar factory of RoMa Craft cigars.  Disla partnered up with Skip Martin and Mike Rosales to create RoMa Craft Tobac which produces some of the hot cigars on the market.  RoMa Craft’s most famous of which are the Cromagnon and Aquitaine lines, but Disla didn’t have his own line until they unveiled the Guimaro at the 2016 IPCPR.  I was pretty excited to see this cigar as …

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Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

The Las Mareas was released in 2016 by Crowned Heads as a more Cubanesque style cigar than the rest of the lines.  The cigars were first released in limited quantities with a single silk ribbon at the foot in two sizes and then had a full release at IPCPR in 2016 in four sizes.  The cigars are made by My Father in their factory in Nicaragua.  Las Mareas means “tide” in Spanish and each vitola is named after a specific …

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Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

The Avo Limited Edition cigars are always really good cigars and this year’s Improvisation should be no exception.  This year’s Avo limited edition is a first on two fronts.  One, it’s a box press cigar and, two, it’s in a 60 ring gauge.  I’m glad they did a box press when they decided to do a 60 ring because the box press makes it more comfortable to smoke.  Pretty much everyone knows by now that I’m not a fan of …

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