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IPCPR 2018: Arturo Fuente

IPCPR 2018: Arturo Fuente

In the always flashy and enticing Arturo Fuente booth, Liana Fuente and the perpetually dapper Manny Iriarte show us the new Carlos Fuente Commemorative Humidor, that features a clever “secret stash” compartment that opens from the back, decorated with Carlos Fuente’s fingerprint in gold. It’s a limited edition piece, only 858 were produced. We also take a look at the Don Carlos The Man cigar, the Rosado Sun Grown Magnum R Super 60, and the 40 ring gauge Fuente Fuente …

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IPCPR 2018: Foundation Cigars

IPCPR 2018: Foundation Cigars

As per usual, the Foundation booth was constantly full of people, and full of a mixture of art and cigars. We grabbed a few minutes of Nick Melillo’s time to talk about the very limited Wise Man Maduro Lancero and the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT which features Cuban Seed Havana #142 tobacco. That tobacco is high yield, very oily, resistant to disease, but also difficult to properly ferment. It’s a much different tobacco than your typical Connecticut Broadleaf.

We also …

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IPCPR 2018: Curivari

IPCPR 2018: Curivari


This year at IPCPR Andreas Throuvalas shows us the latest Curivari releases. It isn’t a single cigar, instead it’s two different collections of their popular microblends. In the past, it has been difficult to track down all the different blends the company has released. These collections will allow fans an easy way to try them all. Keep an eye out them in the coming months. They will be a regular release, but the amounts shipped will be small at any …

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IPCPR 2018: Micallef

IPCPR 2018: Micallef

We catch up on the latest Micallef cigar news with Steve Henrickson in this video. Steve tells us about the new cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. And that’s good news for fans of their cigars. The increases in economies of scale mean that they’ve been able to reduce the price of the majority of their products. He also tells us customers have been asking for additional, fuller bodied cigars, and they’ve responded with the new Grande Bold lines. There are …

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IPCPR 2018: Illusione

IPCPR 2018: Illusione

In the Illusione booth this year, Dion Giolito talks to us about the new OneOff and the history of the brand. Dion sought to create a cigar in keep with the spirit of the legendary original, but with his interpretation. It’s not meant to be a recreation of the original, tobacco and processes have changed a lot since it was originally created. We also talk about the situation in Nicaragua and what effect its having on Illusione. At the moment …

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IPCPR 2018: J.C. Newman

IPCPR 2018: J.C. Newman

It’s always fun to walk through the booth J.C. Newman shares with Arturo Fuente and look at the eye candy. It’s not a huge booth, but it takes a while to drink it all in. Though there is a lot to see, and plenty to talk about, Drew Newman wanted to focus our attention on the forthcoming The American project he’s been working on. The American is actually the name of the first brand ever rolled in J.C. Newman’s El …

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IPCPR 2018: La Flor Dominicana

IPCPR 2018: La Flor Dominicana

In the La Flor Dominicana booth (or just outside it), the statuesque Antonio Gomez tells us that the company is taking it a little easy this year with the new releases. But they didn’t come to the trade show empty handed by any means. They’re offering, for your consideration, a new version of the “A” and the Ligero Lancero, both featuring a new Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, in slick black 10-count boxes. These cigars will be pretty limited, and the company …

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IPCPR 2018: Crux

IPCPR 2018: Crux

We dropped by the Crux booth again this year to get the scoop from Casey Haugen. We talk about the forthcoming Mexican San Andres-wrapped Epicure Galant (look for that in December), the fourth release of the Limitada PB5, and the third release the Limitada IPCPR blend. Crux is also introducing some quarterly release line extensions, the Limitada Gunner and the Limitada RedLine. …

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IPCPR 2018: AJ Fernandez

IPCPR 2018: AJ Fernandez

AJ Fernandez had a lot of product out on the trade show floor this year, and a good amount of it was on display in other booths. But Frankie Santos tells us the Ramon Allones on display in their booth is the most exciting blend they’re introducing this year. It’s a very limited cigar because the limited nature of the medio tiempo wrapper leaf.

Next we take a look at the Bellas Artes Maduro. It features a Brazilian maduro wrapper, …

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IPCPR 2018: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

IPCPR 2018: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

It’s always a fun sitting down with Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust at IPCPR. And it was a very good show for the company again this year. After some hot hair talk, we get into the new extension to Todos Las Dias, a 6 x 46 “thick lonsdale” with more of an up-front pepper hit. We also talk about why he prefers that size to the lancero vitola, which is favored by many cigar geeks.

Next we talk …