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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 …

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IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate Liga Privada & Herrera Esteli

IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate Liga Privada & Herrera Esteli

Our long time friend Willy Herrera gives us the scoop on the latest Liga Privadas and Herrera Esteli cigars in the Drew Estate Booth at IPCPR 2018. In this video we talk about the new corona Viva, petite corona, and short panatela Liga Privada sizes, the Liga Privada Aniversario, the Liga Privada H99, the Herrera Esteli Maduro, and the new Herrera Esteli Miami sizes.…

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IPCPR 2018: Xikar

IPCPR 2018: Xikar

Up next we drop by Xikar to talk to Kurt and Suzanne about new cigar accessories. They show us their new single, flat-flame lighter in a variety of finishes, which retails for $80. Antique bronze is a good look, and it’s a fast mover for Xikar. We also check out a lighter with red prism fuel windows that creates a “blade of flame” with three torches that angle to a point. And then there’s Kurt’s favorite, the $69 scratch-resistant Turismo …

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IPCPR 2018: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

IPCPR 2018: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

Ben, Justin and I got the show started by catching up with Oliver Nivaud in the United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco booth. He shows us the limited releases of the Firecrackers. Each year a different manufacturer does one, previous manufacturer’s Firecrackers include the Tatuaje (M80), La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, and RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker (which is returning). Drew Estate, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and Fratello are also producing Firecrackers for them this year.

We also take a …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 115

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 115

We’re coming up on my favorite time of the year for cigars- trade show season. It’s also a really busy time. A lot of back and forth emails discussing appointment times on the floor of the trade show. That and increased activity with other projects haven’t left a lot of time to set up a proper cigar review. But that’s OK. I’ve been picking up and smoking a lot of interesting one offs lately (though unfortunately not the Illusione OneOff …

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Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

For those of you who like dates, anniversaries, and milestones, I have some relevant fun facts for you in thise week’s cigar review. As noted in the press release (more of that below), the introduction of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018 coincides with the 50th anniversary of both Joya de Nicaragua and the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA). You really don’t have a choice with a dual milestones like that, you just have to release …

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Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

As I smoked through several Romeo San Andrés Toros for this review, I found myself imaging the moment when the idea for the cigar came together. I envision a small group of Altadis blenders and decision-makers walking leisurely along a tobacco field, looking on as a tour group gets the scoop on farming and tobacco curing. After a pause in conversation, one of them announces that a new Romeo by RyJ blend is needed. Another says, “how about a San …