Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

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Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

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Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

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IPCPR 2017: Herrera Esteli

IPCPR 2017: Herrera Esteli

On last day of IPCPR we alway make the rounds one last time in hopes of grabbing some time with people we’d missed. One of those people was Willy Herrera, the man behind Herrera Esteli. After some quick banter, Willy gets us back on track by telling us about the new Pappy Van Winkle Tradition, one of Drew Estate’s three show highlights. There’s a good story behind the cigar. The blend was actually created by Willy while he was on …

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IPCPR 2017: Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars

IPCPR 2017: Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars

One of the most interesting interviews we did at IPCPR was with Jesse Marriut and Steve Gherebean, two of the people behind a documentary about the cigar industry called Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars. Pete Johnson told us about the project, and was kind enough to give us a spot in the Tatuaje booth to record this video.

Jesse and Steve tell us that the goal of the film is to acquaint the viewer with the cigar industry …

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IPCPR 2017: La Palina

IPCPR 2017: La Palina

On the last day of IPCPR 2017 we stopped by to talk to Bill Paley about the latest in the world of La Palina. Based on our conversation with him at last year’s trade show, we weren’t surprised to hear La Palina was bringing a several new lines to the market. The first of the new products was a considerable expansion to the classic line, which will now be available in four different blends: Natural, Connecticut, Rosado and Maduro. The …

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IPCPR 2017: EP Carrillo

IPCPR 2017: EP Carrillo

We always enjoy talking to Jose Blanco, this year at IPCPR 2017 we caught up with him in the EP Carrillo booth. He tells us Dusk and La Historia are flying off the shelves and the new Short Runs (Nicaragua and 2016) are selling well too. And despite lower attendance, EP Carrillo’s sales numbers are up for the year. The only thing new for the show was the reintroduction of the Elencos line, which should start hitting shelves around October. …

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IPCPR 2017: Southern Draw

IPCPR 2017: Southern Draw

It was a challenge carving out a little time to speak to Robert Holt of Southern Draw at IPCPR 2017. His uniquely cozy patio-like booth was always full of people either doing business or relaxing. Probably a little of both. We start our chat with the Jacob’s Ladder, Southern Draw’s new double maduro, double ligero blend and the second release of the Rose of Sharon, their mild-to-medium blend. Speaking about the Jacob’s Ladder, Robert tells us that what they were …

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IPCPR 2017: Gurkha

IPCPR 2017: Gurkha

Picking up the last leg of our IPCPR 2017 coverage, we stop by the huge Gurkha booth to get the latest from Eddy Guerra. Eddy gets us started by showing us the new tubos for Cellar Reserve 12, Cellar Reserve 15 and Royal Challenge. This development is a response to long time customer demand, and are available in boxes of either 3 or 20. Next we see Havana Legend, a brand from back in 1999, revived in response to looming …

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IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

We dropped by the Island Lifestyle Importers booth again this year at IPCPR to talk to Ryan Frailing about cigars and the latest Tommy Bahama-themed accessories. He tells us that last year was really a soft launch of their product lines to brick and mortar retail shops around the country. This year it’s game on.

Ryan first tells us about their three cigar blends, Maduro, Sun Grown and Connecticut, each was initially released in a single 6 x 54 toro …

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IPCPR 2017: Cornelius & Anthony

IPCPR 2017: Cornelius & Anthony

Picking back up with our IPCPR 2017 coverage after a short intermission last week, we talk to Steven Bailey of Cornelius & Anthony. Since this is our first time talking to him, he gets us started with a little company background. His family has been growing tobacco in southern Virginia since Cornelius Bailey planted his first crop the 1860’s. Last year they introduced a flagship line of cigars bearing his first name, which are made at El Titan de Bronze. …

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IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

It’s been a while since we talked to the Casa Fernandez people at IPCPR, so we made a point of checking in with Max Fernandez this year. As with years past, Casa Fernandez shared a nicely sized booth with Warped Cigars. And much like Kyle’s side of the booth, their part was looking sharp.

Max starts off by telling us about Guardian of the Farm developments. The new Guardian of the Farm Rambo (an extension of the previously launched collaboration …

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IPCPR 2017: Micallef

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

Newcomer to the industry and the IPCPR 2017 trade show, Al Micallef really set out to make a splash with an expansive booth for his eponymous Micallef Cigar company. To start off the interview, Al tells us how he met his partners, the Gomez Sanchez Family about a year ago. He was so impressed with the Cuban-esque cigars they made for him, he wound up buying a controlling stake the company. They’ve been making cigars since 1934, but lacked the …