Ben’s Week in Smoke – No. 16

Ben’s Week in Smoke – No. 16

posted on November 9th, 2017

Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

posted on November 8th, 2017

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

posted on October 31st, 2017

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Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

The recent announcement of Room 101’s entrance into the spirits world with surprising choice of gin reminded me that I’m overdue to reread George Orwell’s 1984. But more relevant to the task at hand, it also reminded me I had picked up some Room 101 Hit & Run sticks for a review, and it was high time to roll up my sleeves and get to work on that. I decided to save time on the sleeve-rolling by sticking to …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet since The IPCPR 2017 Complete Digest posted a few weeks back. Sadly, I haven’t been on vacation, well, I was for the last week. It’s that time of year, and I caught whatever crud du jour that was going around. I don’t know for sure, but I think it was a mild case of whooping cholera. It really took the wind of my sails for a couple weeks, and also the …

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IPCPR 2017: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2017: Complete Digest

At long last, the marathon of IPCPR 2017 coverage is complete. It took a little longer than expected to get them all posted, but then, we filmed a few more interviews than we did last year. About a dozen more, in fact. That included a big expansion of videos covering products (and topics) related to, but beyond cigars. In all, I’m happy with the work we did this year. A big thank you to Justin Holman for tirelessly holding the …

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IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

I’ve been meaning to stop by the Paul Garmirian booth at IPCPR for years now, but it never seems to happen. This year we bumped into Kevork Garmirian after the trade show floor had closed for the day and talked for a while. I promised to drop by next day to chat on camera. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we didn’t get to talk to Paul Garmirian on camera, but Kevork did a great job of telling us about the …

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IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

The very last interview we did before walking off the IPCPR trade show floor for the last time was with Nick Melillo of Foundation Cigars. And it’s a doozy- so buckle in, grab a drink and light up a cigar. A lot of people talk about having a busy show, but the Foundation booth was slammed every time I dropped by to see if Nick was available. The Foundation booth wasn’t just a hit with retailers, the IPCPR awarded it …

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IPCPR 2017: Bombay Tobak

IPCPR 2017: Bombay Tobak

We caught up with Mel Shah, owner of Bombay Tobak on the last day of IPCPR to see what’s new and how the show went. He tells us it was a busy trade show. The highlight of the show for them was the Gaaja Robusto (5 x 54) line extension. It retails for $12.50, plus applicable taxes. And because it was our first time talking to Mel at the trade show, he gave us the full tour of their products.…

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IPCPR 2017: J.C. Newman

IPCPR 2017: J.C. Newman

While I was off doing who-knows-what for a moment, Justin took the tour of the J.C. Newman booth at IPCPR this year. Monica Foster shows us the new Julius Caeser Corona (5 1/2” x 43) line extension (MSRP $9.75), the box-pressed Perla Del Mar Maduro line (MSRP ~$6), the new Brick House Connecticut (MSRP $5.80 to $7.00) as well as a preview of the forthcoming American Series, a blend which will feature all American tobacco and be rolled in Tampa. …

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IPCPR 2017: Herrera Esteli

IPCPR 2017: Herrera Esteli

On last day of IPCPR we alway make the rounds one last time in hopes of grabbing some time with people we’d missed. One of those people was Willy Herrera, the man behind Herrera Esteli. After some quick banter, Willy gets us back on track by telling us about the new Pappy Van Winkle Tradition, one of Drew Estate’s three show highlights. There’s a good story behind the cigar. The blend was actually created by Willy while he was on …

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IPCPR 2017: Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars

IPCPR 2017: Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars

One of the most interesting interviews we did at IPCPR was with Jesse Marriut and Steve Gherebean, two of the people behind a documentary about the cigar industry called Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars. Pete Johnson told us about the project, and was kind enough to give us a spot in the Tatuaje booth to record this video.

Jesse and Steve tell us that the goal of the film is to acquaint the viewer with the cigar industry …

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IPCPR 2017: La Palina

IPCPR 2017: La Palina

On the last day of IPCPR 2017 we stopped by to talk to Bill Paley about the latest in the world of La Palina. Based on our conversation with him at last year’s trade show, we weren’t surprised to hear La Palina was bringing a several new lines to the market. The first of the new products was a considerable expansion to the classic line, which will now be available in four different blends: Natural, Connecticut, Rosado and Maduro. The …

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