Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

posted on February 11th, 2019

Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

posted on February 4th, 2019

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

posted on January 29th, 2019

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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, …

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IPCPR 2018: Partagas

IPCPR 2018: Partagas

The next stop in the General Cigar booth was the Partagas section. Andres gave us the scoop on the packaging design updates (the blends remain the same) and the new Partagas Legend, which features a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, a Honduran binder, and Piloto Cubano filler. …

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IPCPR 2018: La Gloria Cubana

IPCPR 2018: La Gloria Cubana

We got our tour of the General Cigar booth started with a stop at the La Gloria Cubana section. Yuri Guillen was ready with a big smile and details about the new “white box” La Gloria Cubana Esteli. It’s a budget friendly cigar retailing from $4.99 to $6.99 and features a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. …

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IPCPR 2018: Gran Habano

IPCPR 2018: Gran Habano

George Rico catches us up on the latest Gran Habano news, including the new medium-bodied Blue in Green, the seriously aged Gran Reserva #5 2012, and the La Coleccion De Elegancia Corojo No. 5 Maduro, which is presented in a way reminiscent of the old Cuban sampler boxes from the 1980’s and 90’s.…

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IPCPR 2018: Mombacho

IPCPR 2018: Mombacho

In the Mombaco booth this year, Claudio tells us about the second release of Cosecha, Cosecha 2013. It’s a proper vintage, a Nicaraguan puro that’s made exclusively with one year’s harvest of tobacco. All the tobacco from these cigars was harvested in 2013, as the name indicates. Because the cigars age so long, he tells us that Cosecha 2014 and Cosecha 2015 have already been made and are aging.

Claudio also tells us about an upcoming project, Casa Favilli, which …

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IPCPR 2018: Gurkha

IPCPR 2018: Gurkha

We dropped by the Gurkha booth again this year, and Carlos Llaca Torano took us on a tour of the latest cigars. We started with the Ghost Gold extension to the popular Ghost line. It sports and Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper and has a pigtail and closed foot. Next we look at the Marquesa, which is an older property of Gurkha that has a more traditional Cuban vibe. Of course it isn’t completely traditional, the 20-count box is half round, …

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IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

No trade show coverage is complete without chat with Pete Johnson at his usual place behind the bar in the Tatuaje booth. This year we lucked out and caught Pete on the first day, which was the day following the premier of his passion project, Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars. So we get started talking about the documentary, what he thought of the final (or near final) product, plans for distribution (Netflix is a possibility), and the potential …

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IPCPR 2018: Room 101

IPCPR 2018: Room 101

After a quick stop to enjoy some refreshing chicken in the Room 101 booth, we talked to Matt Booth about arcade games for enjoyment purposes, cigar time travel, and products for people to observe, consume, and purchase (in any order). Those products included The T., Farce, the Connecticut extension of Farce, the full-bodied Hit and Run Part 2, and some bundled cigars that are not being actively promoted. But the packaging is far more interesting than your typical bundles. These …

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IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate – Tins, Isla Del Sol, and More

IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate – Tins, Isla Del Sol, and More

Drew Estate added a lot of new products to their catalog this year, and the highest concentration of new things were smaller cigars in tinned presentations. The Undercrown Sun Grown, Sweet Baby Jane, and Joya de Nicaragua AntaƱo 1970 are coming to tins. Dirty Fabien gives us the run down on the change from actual tins to cardboard packaging. This drops the retail price of many of their short smoke offerings from $18 to $13. The new cardboard packaging also …