Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition 2019

Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition 2019

posted on October 17th, 2019

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

posted on October 8th, 2019

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

posted on September 26th, 2019

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 119

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 119

It’s time once again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), along with a couple of quick thoughts that came to me at the time. These are not full cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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IPCPR 2019: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2019: Complete Digest

And now, our coverage of IPCPR 2019 is complete. We hope you have enjoyed the videos. As is tradition, here is our complete list of interviews for your convenience. Enjoy! Now it’s time to get back to our regular cigar review programming. Have a fine weekend and a fine cigar!…

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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 …