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

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

posted on September 11th, 2019

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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 …

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IPCPR 2019: Partagas

IPCPR 2019: Partagas

This year the Partagas Decadas is getting a re-release after- you guessed it- a decade. And Andres Maturen was there to tell us all about it. Though the details of previous release’s blend weren’t made public beyond the 10 year old Cameroon wrapper, I think it’s safe to say the rest of the blend will be a little different. …

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IPCPR 2019: Diesel

IPCPR 2019: Diesel

In the Diesel section of the General Cigar booth, Justin Andrews tells us about the new Diesel Whiskey Row PX Sherry Cask, and how it differs from the original Diesel Whiskey Row. Since Ben has already reviewed the sherry cask, he also talks about his impression of the cigar, and what consumers can expect. A third barrel-aged installment could be on the way, but as of yet nothing is confirmed. (The smart money is on there being a third …

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IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

We met up with a more trim and athletic Steve Saka this year in the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust booth at IPCPR / CPA 2019. Before we get down to business, we get find out what Steve’s favorite fishing lures are for smallmouth bass. But since since it is a cigar trade show, and we are cigar press, we get into the new cigars. On the milder end of things, there’s the new Sobremesa Brûlée, or “your grandfather’s Connecticut”. A …

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IPCPR 2019: Hoyo de Monterrey

IPCPR 2019: Hoyo de Monterrey

More developments with Hoyo de Monterrey at IPCPR / PCA this year, and Ed Lahmann joins us again this year to tell us all about it. In this video we discuss the importance of the brand, particularly the Hoyo Dark Sumatra in cigar culture, and the release of the new La Amistad Dark Sumatra another collaboration with AJ Fernandez. Ed also gives us some drink pairing ideas, which are always welcome.

After that we check out Ed’s passion project, the …

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IPCPR 2019: Cohiba

IPCPR 2019: Cohiba

It’s always great to catch up with Sean Williams. We kicked off our annual tour of the General Cigar booth in the Cohiba section, where Sean gave us the scoop in the 2019 release of the Cohiba Spectre, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural release of the very limited, super-premium cigar. It may share the same name, but the blend is very different from the original release, with a more fuller-bodied Nicaraguan influence. We also talk about aging tobacco in …

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IPCPR 2019: Miami Cigar and La Aurora

IPCPR 2019: Miami Cigar and La Aurora

A trip to the Miami Cigar booth means a tour of the latest La Aurora and Toscano products in addition to the latest from Nestor Miranda. This year Nate McIntyre shows us new limited edition Toscano Stilnovo, the Tatiana Harvest Moon, the return of the Don Lino Africa as a box-pressed cigar made by AJ Fernandez, the return of the Nestor Miranda Special Selection, and the full lineup of the La Aurora 115th Anniversary, La Auroa Preferidos Hors d’Age, and …

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IPCPR 2019: Mombacho

IPCPR 2019: Mombacho

We catch up with Claudio Sgroi in the Mombacho booth to hear about the new very limited Cosecha 2014, a Nicaraguan puro that has been aged for four years. Also there’s the Casa Favilli another Nicaraguan puro, but this one featuring a Nicaraguan broadleaf. And then there’s Diplomatico by Mombacho, a cigar collaboration with Diplomatico rum, blended specifically to pair with Diplomatico rum. …

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IPCPR 2019: A.C.E. Prime

IPCPR 2019: A.C.E. Prime

It’s hard to where to begin on the first day of the trade show. So we got started with the letter ‘A’. That lead us to Luciano Meirelles in the A.C.E. Prime booth, and NBA stars Dominique Wilkins and Tiago Splitter. In this video we get to know A.C.E. Prime, how Dominique Wilkins and Tiago Splitter got connected with the brand, the new M.X.S. cigar blends, Dominique’s forthcoming Human Highlight Film IPA, 100% Pelo De Oro cigars, and a lot …