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: 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 Antaño 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 …

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IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate – Kentucky Fire Cured

IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate – Kentucky Fire Cured

You can’t not talk to Pedro Gomez when you visit the Drew Estate booth at IPCPR. This year Pedro was our tour guide through the world of Drew Estate’s Kentucky Fire Cured products. After a quick review of the fire curing process and previous releases, Pedro introduces us to the latest expansion, the Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets. The cigars feature a Mexican San Andres wrapper leaf, a sweetened cap, and a little of the fire cured leaf in the filler. …

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IPCPR 2018: Joya de Nicaragua

IPCPR 2018: Joya de Nicaragua

This year is Joya de Nicaragua 50th Anniversary, and they’re celebrating it with several new products. We talk to Juan Martínez about Cinco Décadas, the latest addition to their Tribute Series of cigars. It’s a very limited cigar produced using some of the oldest tobacco they have in their factory, and with the oldest vitola formats produced by Joya de Nicaragua.

Also new this year is the Joya Silver in the Joya Family Series, a box-pressed cigar with a Ecuadorian …