Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

posted on June 18th, 2019

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

posted on June 10th, 2019

Punch Egg Roll

Punch Egg Roll

posted on May 24th, 2019

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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, …

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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 …