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: 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 …

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Punch Egg Roll

Punch Egg Roll

would you believe me if I told you that the Punch Egg Roll isn’t the first cigar I’ve seen that comes in a Chinese food takeout box? And I don’t mean because a guy carrying a humidor ran into a guy carrying Chinese takeout. (“You got your cigars in my fried rice!” “No, YOU got your fried rice in my cigars!”) I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t believe me. It was only after some googling that I …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

It’s once time 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 …