IPCPR 2019: Cigar Oasis

posted on August 18th, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Boveda

IPCPR 2019: Boveda

posted on August 11th, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Black Label Trading Company

IPCPR 2019: Black Label Trading Company

posted on August 11th, 2019

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IPCPR 2019: 19 Minutes with Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2019: 19 Minutes with Pete Johnson

And of course, it wouldn’t be a trade show without the next installment of the Minutes With Pete Johnson. That’s right, it’s time to talk Tatuaje. We get started talking about the stealth release of the full-sized Chuck and Tiff, now with the proper Monster Series treatment. Then there’s Mexican Eperiment, with a limited runs of the ME I and ME II. Eventually the ME II will be full production. Up next, the very budget-friendly Tattoo Favorito and a new …

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate: ACID 20

IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate: ACID 20

So you probably guessed it after seeing all the ACID intros to our trade show videos, Drew Estate pulled out the stops to honor the 20th Anniversary of ACID. Josh Roque takes us on a tour of a booth within a booth, the not-so-secret flavor playground of Fabien Ziegler, the ACID 20 booth. Once we take a look around and get our bearings, we talk to Dirty Fabien Ziegler about what’s happening for the big milestone. Of course that means …

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 3

IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 3

In this third part of our Drew Estate booth tour, we get the master blender’s perspective from the always dapper Willy Herrera. (How he hasn’t been cast as the next James Bond, we’ll never know.) We get started talking about the new BOTL, Willy gives us a break down of what you can expect from the different vitolas, but we can’t get him to pick a favorite. (I think it’s the corona gorda, but he’s not saying.) Then we talk …

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 2

IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 2

In the second part of our Drew Estate booth tour, we talk to Josh Roque, Drew Estate’s Non-Traditional Brand Manager about new releases for Deadwood and Tabak Especial. Deadwood has expanded to include the new Fat Bottom Betty Toro vitola. And for Tabak Especial we check out the new Gorditos. They’re bigger than the name might lead you to believe. There are also tubos and gift sets for your on-the-go convenience. …

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IPCPR 2019: Foundation

IPCPR 2019: Foundation

It’s time for us to talk to Foundation’s Tobacco Güegüense, Nick Melillo in the shadow of the booth’s 13 foot tall pyramids. We start off talking about the new Highclere Castle Victorian, then we look at the lancero line extension for The Tabernacle Havana Seed #142 and then there’s the son of the wise man, Menelik. With the new cigar talk out of the way, we talk a little bit about Nick’s thoughts on the changes to future trade shows. …

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IPCPR 2019: Fratello

IPCPR 2019: Fratello

In our travels around the trade show floor on the third day we dropped by the Fratello booth to get the latest from our friend Omar de Frias. There’s a lot going on with Fratello this year, Omar is three new products, the diminutive Fratello Piccolo, the Navetta Inverso Boxer, and the Space Pack. There’s also an exclusive cigar coming for Texas around October, and we will be seeing more exclusives in the Fratello State Series. And if that wasn’t …

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IPCPR 2019: Joya de Nicaragua

IPCPR 2019: Joya de Nicaragua

In the Joya de Nicaragua section of the vast Drew Estate booth we talk to Andres Dietta about the new Connecticut wrapped Antaño CT, the Obras Maestros, the Numero Uno, a cigar that was originally created for Nicaraguan ambassadors, and finally the Cinco Décadas Fundador. …

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate

IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate

You know what you can always count on at IPCPR? You can count on Pedro Gomez to bring it with a smile. And bring it he does again in the Drew Estate booth. We talk about the rebirth of the BOTL (Brothers Of The Leaf) cigar as a brick and mortar exclusive and the new Limited Edition Undercrown Shade SUPREMA, a richer, more complex blend than the rest of the Undercrown Shade line. Then we get into the rerelease of …

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IPCPR 2019: RoMa Craft Tobac

IPCPR 2019: RoMa Craft Tobac

In the RoMa Craft Tobac booth we did a little reminiscing about the good old days with Skip Martin, but then we cinched up our tactical video-enabled fanny packs and got to the business at hand. New cigars. Skip talks to us about the new Baka, the Whiskey Rebellion, the new limited edition Neanderthal LH, a limited rerelease of a Wunder|Lust Gran Corona vitola, and some other new exclusives.…

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IPCPR 2019: S.T. Dupont

IPCPR 2019: S.T. Dupont

Dropping by the S.T. Dupont section of the Davidoff booth is always exciting for us. It’s a visual exploration of cigar accessories can be artistically. In the past we’ve learned that a pen and a lighter can become a wild west revolver, this year we find out you can light a cigar with tap water. Yes, a water lighter- you pour plain water in one side, flip and hold a swith, internal magic happens, and a soft flame appears on …