Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

posted on September 11th, 2019

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 119

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 119

posted on September 6th, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2019: Complete Digest

posted on August 23rd, 2019

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IPCPR 2018: Illusione

IPCPR 2018: Illusione

In the Illusione booth this year, Dion Giolito talks to us about the new OneOff and the history of the brand. Dion sought to create a cigar in keep with the spirit of the legendary original, but with his interpretation. It’s not meant to be a recreation of the original, tobacco and processes have changed a lot since it was originally created. We also talk about the situation in Nicaragua and what effect its having on Illusione. At the moment …

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IPCPR 2018: J.C. Newman

IPCPR 2018: J.C. Newman

It’s always fun to walk through the booth J.C. Newman shares with Arturo Fuente and look at the eye candy. It’s not a huge booth, but it takes a while to drink it all in. Though there is a lot to see, and plenty to talk about, Drew Newman wanted to focus our attention on the forthcoming The American project he’s been working on. The American is actually the name of the first brand ever rolled in J.C. Newman’s El …

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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 …