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

IPCPR 2019: Dissident Cigars

IPCPR 2019: Dissident Cigars

posted on August 11th, 2019

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IPCPR 2019: Ventura Cigar Company

IPCPR 2019: Ventura Cigar Company

In this video we talk to Michael Giannini and Indiana Ortez about what’s happening with Ventura Cigar Company at IPCPR 2019. First we hear about the cigar collaboration project with Benji Menendez and Manolo Quesada called the Cuban Cigar Factory, which will two blends in three sizes. Then we take out the very colorful, black light-reactive Architype Chapter 3, which also features two blends, Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. And then Indiana Ortez joins us to talk about the …

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IPCPR 2019: Altadis

IPCPR 2019: Altadis

In an earlier interview, we talked about what’s new with H. Upmann this year. Now we return to the Altadis booth and talk to Eddy Guerra about the new very limited humidor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their factory in the Dominican Republic and comes with a special box-pressed Montecristo No. 2. We also take a look at the Trinidad Espiritu a Nicaraguan puro which is made by AJ Fernandez that comes with its own series of events …

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IPCPR 2019: Sindicato

IPCPR 2019: Sindicato

During our second day on the trade show floor, we stopped to talk to Gene Tipton about what’s new with Sindicato these days. He tells us about the forthcoming Cubico, the popular Particulares, and of course the flagship Sindicato lines. …

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IPCPR 2019: H. Upmann

IPCPR 2019: H. Upmann

H. Upmann turns 175 this year, and to commemorate that milestone Altadis has released, you guessed it, the H. Upmann 175th Anniversary. It’s a limited edition Nicaraguan puro with a medio tiempo wrapper. After telling us about the cigars, Candela Diaz shows us the accompanying humidors equipped with the new Boveda Butler smart sensors. After that we take a look at the H. Upmann Hispaniola by Jose Mendez which features some pretty unusual “andullo” tobacco. …

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IPCPR 2019: Tommy Bahama / Island Lifestyle Importers

IPCPR 2019: Tommy Bahama / Island Lifestyle Importers

We always make a point to talk to Ryan Frailing at the trade show to check out the latest Tommy Bahama cigar gear produced by Island Lifestyle Importers. This year we Ryan displaying product in the Ventura Cigar booth. That’s no accident, they’ve partnered up. In this video we take a look at the new Hula Paradise Collection (including a humidor other accessories with impressive metal inlay work) and the limited release Sail Away ashtray. Ryan tells us there are …

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IPCPR 2019: Atabey & Byron

IPCPR 2019: Atabey & Byron

Early on the second day of the trade show we stopped by Atabey & Byron booth to talk to Oliver Nivaud and Nelson Alfonso about the latest developments with the super premium lines. We hear about the new Byron Mesolongis and Venecianos, as well as the new Atabey Idolos and Sabios. Both will be available in tubed three packs. Oliver and Nelson also tell us about the interesting part a variety of cedars play in the creating the cigars, and …

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IPCPR 2019: Aganorsa Leaf

IPCPR 2019: Aganorsa Leaf

Shade grown what? Terence Reilly tells us about an innovative new wrapper from Aganorsa Leaf that is maduro in color, but grown in the shade. You can experience this tobacco paradox with the new Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch, Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro, and JFR Lunatic Loco. We also take a look at a special, limited edition box-pressed perfecto vitola of the Miami Aniversario available exclusively to retailers attending the show. While we were there we also sampled fumas of …

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IPCPR 2019: Macanudo

IPCPR 2019: Macanudo

You can’t drop by the General Cigar booth without stopping by the Macanudo section. This year we talked to Laurel Tilley the new and very limited, brick and mortar-only Macanudo Inspirado Palladium which features more of the tercio-aged tobacco like the kind that goes into the Cohiba Spectre. Next we check out the M Bourbon and extension to the line that started with the M Coffee last year. And finally another limited edition, the Macanudo Heritage Nuevo. …

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IPCPR 2019: Curivari

IPCPR 2019: Curivari

As a big fan of Curivari (the Buenaventura in particular) I always look forward to stopping by the Curivari booth and talking to Andreas Throuvalas about what’s happening. This year isn’t about new product for Curivari, it’s about maintaining consistency and building up tobacco inventory. But also reintroducing people to the popular Achilles line with a slightly tweaked blends that promise more depth, and stronger, clearer packaging. …

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IPCPR 2019: CAO

IPCPR 2019: CAO

CAO has a couple of new cigars for 2019. Rick Rodriguez and Doug Baldwin tell us about the idea behind the new CAO Session and consumers can expect when they light it up. We also take a look at the limited edition V19 extension to Flathead, with a tweaked fermentation process intended to give the cigar more body without sacrificing flavor. And we end with the Amazon Trilogy “prequel” cigar, the CAO Orellana, which was named for the cartographer that …