IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

posted on August 24th, 2016

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

posted on August 23rd, 2016

IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

posted on August 22nd, 2016

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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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IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

No IPCPR is complete without another episode in the growing Minutes With Pete Johnson series. This year we met up with a slender Pete behind the bar in his 2016 Best In Show booth. It seemed more like he was tending bar in his shiny new booth than selling cigars. (He was behind the bar talking and pouring his wine for visitors every time we saw him.) Not that his cigars need any help selling.

We get started with Pete …

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IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

We caught up with Chris Harper in the spacious Perdomo booth the last day of IPCPR and we learned that everything old is new again. By that I mean, Perdomo is bringing back all of their pre-2007 brands, though some of them may have some packaging updates. That means the reintroduction of a lot of cigars which should please Perdomo fans that have been missing the retired brands. Here are a few of the highlights:

They’ve brought back all the …

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IPCPR 2016: Romeo y Julieta

IPCPR 2016: Romeo y Julieta

Our IPCPR tour continues with Yasemin Ozoncul in the Romeo y Julieta section of the Altadis booth. Before we get into the new product she gives us a little background, telling us about her first project at Altadis, 2011’s ROMEO. That leads us into the Plasencia-made ROMEO 505 Nicaragua, a box-pressed puro that was created as an answer to the “Nicaraguan trend” in the cigar industry. The potent blend features a Jalapa wrapper, and fillers from Jalapa, Condega and Esteli. …

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IPCPR 2016: Montecristo

IPCPR 2016: Montecristo

In this first part of the Altadis IPCPR booth tour, we focus on the new Montecristos for 2016. Our tour guide is Yasemin Ozoncul, Marketing Director for Altadis USA. We get started with the Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez and the story of Dominican Pilotico tobacco, which made its debut with last year’s limited edition Montecristo 80th. Briefly, it’s an expensive and exclusive tobacco strain that produces small leaves which aren’t suitable for wrapper and binder, but ideal for filler. The …

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IPCPR 2016: Daniel Marshall

IPCPR 2016: Daniel Marshall

We met up again with Daniel Marshall at IPCPR 2016, and he was only too happy to give us the tour of his cigars and high end humidors. He’s in a good position in the context of the new FDA regulations, as all of his Heritage Brand cigar lines have been in production since well before the February 2007 cutoff date.

He gets us started by showing us the his 20th Anniversary Treasure Chest humidor which are limited to 200 …

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IPCPR 2016: Macanudo

IPCPR 2016: Macanudo

In this video Ben talks to Victoria McKee Jaworski about the latest Macanudo, the Macanudo Mao. General Cigars has been keeping their tobacco scientists busy, because like the new Partagás Ramón y Ramón, the Mao uses Dominican tobacco from “regenerated” vintage 1960’s seeds. In addition to that the blend also includes Nicaraguan and Colombian leaf. It’s a limited edition, only 1800 boxes in each three sizes were produced, with prices ranging from $16 to $18, plus applicable taxes for …

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IPCPR 2016: Hoyo de Monterrey

IPCPR 2016: Hoyo de Monterrey

In this video Elizabeth Maksim, the Brand Manager for Hoyo de Monterrey gives us a quick introduction to the newest Hoyo offering for IPCPR 2016. It’s another collaboration with A.J. Fernandez, appropriately named the Hoyo La Amistad which translates to “the friendship”. The blend is made at Tabacalera Fernandez and features an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and filler from the three main regions of Nicaragua. The cigar will be available in four sizes, ranging in prices from $6.49 to $7.99. …

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IPCPR 2016: Partagás

IPCPR 2016: Partagás

In this video we talk to Andres Maturen Maal, Brand Manager for Partagás about the new Ramón y Ramón. The cigar is an homage to Ramón Cifuentes, the owner of the Partagás in Cuba until his departure in 1961. The project has been in the work for four years, using tobacco seeds from the 1960’s. Andres tells us the wrapper leaf is and outstanding sixth priming Cameroon tobacco, and that the blend incorporates Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano tobaccos …

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IPCPR 2016: La Gloria Cubana

IPCPR 2016: La Gloria Cubana

At the La Gloria Cubana display we met up with Matt Davenport, and he introduced us to the new La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro. The Serie R Esteli Maduro has a blend based on the original Serie R Esteli, the difference being a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper instead of the original’s Nicaraguan Jalapa Sol. The new wrapper raised the price of the cigar, but only slightly. It will retail from $6.99 to $7.99 and in the same sizes as …

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