IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

posted on August 20th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

posted on August 18th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

posted on August 16th, 2017

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IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

We dropped by the Island Lifestyle Importers booth again this year at IPCPR to talk to Ryan Frailing about cigars and the latest Tommy Bahama-themed accessories. He tells us that last year was really a soft launch of their product lines to brick and mortar retail shops around the country. This year it’s game on.

Ryan first tells us about their three cigar blends, Maduro, Sun Grown and Connecticut, each was initially released in a single 6 x 54 toro …

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IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

It’s been a while since we talked to the Casa Fernandez people at IPCPR, so we made a point of checking in with Max Fernandez this year. As with years past, Casa Fernandez shared a nicely sized booth with Warped Cigars. And much like Kyle’s side of the booth, their part was looking sharp.

Max starts off by telling us about Guardian of the Farm developments. The new Guardian of the Farm Rambo (an extension of the previously launched collaboration …

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IPCPR 2017: Micallef

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

Newcomer to the industry and the IPCPR 2017 trade show, Al Micallef really set out to make a splash with an expansive booth for his eponymous Micallef Cigar company. To start off the interview, Al tells us how he met his partners, the Gomez Sanchez Family about a year ago. He was so impressed with the Cuban-esque cigars they made for him, he wound up buying a controlling stake the company. They’ve been making cigars since 1934, but lacked the …

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IPCPR 2017: Wild Fire Ladies Cigar Society

IPCPR 2017: Wild Fire Ladies Cigar Society

You never know who you’ll run into walking the aisles of IPCPR. This year we ran into Brenda Scott of Wild Fire Ladies Cigar Society, and Justin and I thought it’d be fun to have a quick chat her about her group of cigar enthusiasts. They’re based out of the Dallas-Forth Worth area of Texas, and get together at least once a month to burn a few. They have a pretty full event calendar, Brenda tells me they’re booked through …

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IPCPR 2017: Cigar Oasis

IPCPR 2017: Cigar Oasis

The Cigar Oasis booth looked (and sounded) a little different when we met up with Chaim Kohn at IPCPR. That no doubt has to do with this being Cigar Oasis’s 20th year in business. Chaim takes us on a quick product tour, starting with the Cigar Oasis Excel, the product that started it all. Then through the models that followed it (Plus, Ultra, Magna), and their line of hygrometers. Finally, the recently updated Smart Humidor technology allows you to view …

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IPCPR 2017: 13 Minutes with Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2017: 13 Minutes with Pete Johnson

One of the interviews I look forward to every year at IPCPR is our annual chat with Pete Johnson of Tatuaje. And it felt like almost no time had passed since our last installment of the Minutes With Pete Johnson series. There he was behind the bar at the back center of the booth, leaning over a lineup of Tatuaje Monsters, just like last year. Fortunately Pete’s considerably heavier beard this year snapped me out of my Deja Vu.

After …

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IPCPR 2017: Ashton

IPCPR 2017: Ashton

We made our way back to the Ashton booth on the third day of IPCPR to talk to Mark Goldacker about the latest in the world of Ashton. The first thing we cover is the new size of the San Cristobal Quintessence, the Corona Gorda. (The original line of four sizes was introduced last year.) The blend is the same, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler. The new size retails for $8.25, plus applicable taxes.

A third size …

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IPCPR 2017: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

IPCPR 2017: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

This year we didn’t sit down with with Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust until the 3rd day of IPCPR. He was self-deprecating as always, but you don’t have to brag when your booth is constantly full of people. Initially he was a little annoyed by the trade show venue change up, but after a couple of days in the Las Vegas Convention Center, he decided he liked it there. Because it was less convenient to get sucked into …

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IPCPR 2017: Nomad

IPCPR 2017: Nomad

It’s always fun stopping by to talk to Fred Rewey, owner of Nomad cigars and several entertaining social media accounts. If you can believe it, Fred’s been at it, doing cigars his way for five years now. To celebrate that significant accomplishment, he’s releasing five-year old Anniversary edition of the Classic Dominican Line in the Navigator (6 x 52) and Vagabond (4 5/8 x 54) sizes.

Fred tells us that Fin De Los Mundos (“End of the worlds”) is coming …

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IPCPR 2017: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

IPCPR 2017: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

You can tell from the quiet introduction that our interview with Oliver Nivaud of United Cigar Group began the third day of IPCPR 2017 for us. Oliver gives the full tour of the product in the United booth, starting off with the Dos Hombres Cabinet. The Dos Hombres Cabinet is being relaunched with a Dominican and a Honduran blend. He tells us that United Cigar Group is bringing back the five dollar cigar with an innovating scheme that involves reimbursing …

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