Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

posted on December 13th, 2018

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

posted on December 7th, 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

posted on November 28th, 2018

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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 …

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IPCPR 2018: Hoyo de Monterrey

IPCPR 2018: Hoyo de Monterrey

We talk to Ed Lahmann again in the Hoyo de Monterrey section of the General Cigar booth, and he tells us about the third installment of La Amistad, the Black line. As with the previous La Amistad lines, this is also an AJ Fernandez blend. The star of the La Amistad Black’s three country blend is the Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper leaf. Ed recommends the Rothschild as his favorite size in the new line. …

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IPCPR 2018: Punch

IPCPR 2018: Punch

Up next, Ben talks to Ed Lahmann about the new Punch Diablo, which is another collaboration with AJ Fernandez. It’s a new move for Punch, as you might have guessed from the name, there’s no shortage of ligero involved. Nicaraguan and Honduran Habano ligeros, to be precise. The focus was on body with this blend, but you can also expect a good amount of spice to it. And like most of the products we saw in the General Cigar booth, …

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IPCPR 2018: Diesel

IPCPR 2018: Diesel

Ben, aka Bullshark takes the lead to talk Diesel developments with Justin Andrews as the booth tour continues. The new Diesel Whiskey Row begins with a boutique bourbon company named Rabbit Hole. Or more actually, their emptied bourbon barrels, which were shipped to AJ Fernandez’s factory in Nicaragua. Justin is quick to point out that this isn’t an infused cigar, only the Mexican San Andres binder tobacco was aged in the bourbon barrels. So you shouldn’t expect a dominant, up-front …

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IPCPR 2018: Macanudo

IPCPR 2018: Macanudo

Steve Abbot introduces us to the new M by Macanudo as we enter into Macanudo territory. It’s the first flavored Macanudo General has produced, and that flavor is coffee. Apparently there have been a lot of requests for an infused Macanudo, but until this year they just didn’t have the right blend for it. They use a proprietary process to flavor the wrapper leaf with a coffee extract, but the filler tobacco is not modifed. The goal is to avoid …

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IPCPR 2018: CAO

IPCPR 2018: CAO

Our General Cigar booth tour continues with Rick Rodriguez in the CAO section. Rick tells us about the new CAO Nicaragua in this interview. The goal was to create a mellower, complex Nicaraguan cigar that everyone can enjoy, not just the bold spice bomb that is so common with cigars produced there. On the subject of Nicaragua, we talk a little about the situation down there. At the moment, they’re not having any problems, but they can quickly switch production …

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IPCPR 2018: Cohiba

IPCPR 2018: Cohiba

Sean Williams was bringing sexy back this year in the Cohiba section of the General Cigar booth. And sexy, it turns out, is named Spectre. Sean describes Spectre as his ultimate cigar geek project, that started with finding a 22 year old tercio (palm bark-wrapped bale) of piloto cubano in the factory. The blend includes a variety of other well aged tobaccos, including Nicaraguan leaf that was aged in sherry barrels. A lot went into producing the cigar, and according, …