Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

posted on November 23rd, 2016

CAO Amazon Basin

CAO Amazon Basin

posted on November 17th, 2016

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

posted on November 15th, 2016

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CAO Amazon Basin

CAO Amazon Basin

The popular CAO Amazon Basin has returned after a hiatus of several years, and I made a point not to miss it this time around. According to CAO, the supply of the blend’s key component, Amazon-grown Braganca tobacco is only harvested once every three years. As you can imagine, that makes it pretty difficult to produce the Amazon Basin on a regular basis.

Here’s the full scoop right from the source:

After a long wait, the Amazon has given us

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 105

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 105

So I was working on the last Week in Smoke and it occurred to me, I smoked a lot of cigars on vacation. Like two weeks worth of interesting cigars. Which does check out, since I was gone for two weeks. And after a brief, sitcom-esque flashback to me smoking cigars in a much warmer part of the world, I decided to save the second week for another Week In Smoke. Also, it was getting late and the bourbon was …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 104

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 104

It’s good to be back. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen a lot of pictures of exotic locales interspersed with pictures of cigars that rarely show up in one of my Weeks in Smoke. I was on vacation in Southeast Asia (Malaysia and Bali) and I made a point to browse the local brick and mortars for interesting cigars as often as possible. I was successful in finding some great cigars, and I thoroughly enjoyed the …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

If there’s a theme for this Week In Smoke, it’s a mix of new cigars and relaxation. Heavy on the relaxation. Maybe a little procrastination too. It’s been a busy summer, and I for one am ready to welcome a less hectic season of bourbon and heavier beers. Sure, I drink both year round, but it’s nice to be able to do so on a patio without bursting into flame or ingesting lethal amounts of pollen. And shorter, cooler days …

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IPCPR 2016: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2016: Complete Digest

And our IPCPR 2016 coverage is complete. It took us a little longer to get everything posted, due in large part to our decision to switch our gear and software out all at once. But it all worked out in the end. We didn’t talk to everyone we wanted to interview, but we never do. There are just too many booths and too little time. But we got a good percentage of them. Here’s the complete list:

FDA

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The FDA Update with Frank Herrera – 8/30/16

The FDA Update with Frank Herrera – 8/30/16

In the latest episode of The FDA Update with Frank Herrera we talk about the August 16th order issued by the judge in the case Philip Morris brought against the FDA. The opinion rendered applies to the guidance documents the FDA provided with regard to Substantial Equivalence (not the actual deeming regulations), and looks to be beneficial to cigar manufacturers. You may have heard something about it- it has to do with packaging changes and box counts. What you may …

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IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

After hoofing it around Drew Estate’s planet-sized booth with Pedro, we climbed to the top of the bridge at the heart of the booth to talk to Jonathan Drew about his new venture, John Drew Brands.

JD tells us that the next step for him doesn’t involve leaving Drew Estate behind, it’s a matter of combining two separate aspects of his life. Drew Estate being one of them and John Drew Brands the other.

5 years ago he and Jeff …

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IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

Jonathan Drew can be a hard guy to track down at IPCPR, and a tour of the all the new products in the Drew Estate booth would be difficult to accomplish without numerous interruptions from customers and fans. Everyone’s looking for a few minutes of Jonathan’s time. So we took the pragmatic approach this year, we had Pedro Gomez take us on the tour, freeing up our time with Drew to focus on other developments.

Ben and I have known …

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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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