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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Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company is known for their special release cigars that come out annually during different times of the year.  One of the most anticipated cigars is the Last Rites.  This year, the Last Rites is a little different from the normal yearly Last Rites release.  This year, James Brown, owner of Black Label Trading Company, tweaked the blend to be more in the realm of his personal tastes.  Here is a quote from James Brown about the new …

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IPCPR 2019 Recap

With IPCPR 2019 in the books, Brian and Ben sit down to discuss the trade show and some of their favorite moments.

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Day One at IPCPR 2019

Day one of what is now the last IPCPR, as next year it becomes PCA/CigarCon is just about over. With absolutely no scientific backing, the show felt a bit lighter attendance wise. Could be just day one, but usually the first two days are the busiest. Retailers tend to get in, get their orders done and get back to their shops.

Brian, Ben and myself had the chance to interview quite a few manufacturers today. We spoke with Southern Draw,

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Red Meat Lovers by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Red Meat Lovers by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Smoke Inn has introduced their 12th microblend release with the Red Meat Lovers cigar blended by Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust.  Named after the famed Red Meat Lover’s Club in South Florida, Steve blended the cigar to be a perfect accompaniment to a huge steak dinner.  Steve tried several wrappers and eventually decided to go with a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 dark maduro wrapper over a Mexican San Andreas binder with filler from Nicaragua and US tobaccos.

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Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

Diesel Cigars and Rabbit Hole Bourbon have teamed up again to collaborate on another cigar called the Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask.  The Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask follows the very successful Diesel Whiskey Row which was a huge success in the retail market.  Both cigars are part of the new cigar lines by Diesel that are for sell both online and in cigar stores, a departure from the online only distribution that Diesel has maintained for many years.  The …

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San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

We continue our San Pedro de Macoris reviews with the Nicaragua this week.  This is the other new release from this year that accompanied the Sun Grown.  The blend and binder are the same, but feature a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder:  Dominican
  • Filler:  Dominican
  • Size:  5 1/8 x 52
  • Vitola:  Robusto
  • MSRP:  $5.50

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Like the Sun Grown, the San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua is quite a good looking cigar considering …

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Punch Egg Roll

Punch Egg Roll

would you believe me if I told you that the Punch Egg Roll isn’t the first cigar I’ve seen that comes in a Chinese food takeout box? And I don’t mean because a guy carrying a humidor ran into a guy carrying Chinese takeout. (“You got your cigars in my fried rice!” “No, YOU got your fried rice in my cigars!”) I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t believe me. It was only after some googling that I …

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San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Robusto

San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Robusto

Royal Agio introduced the San Pedro de Macoris line at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas with an Ecuador and Brazil lines.  They have followed those two successful lines this year with the Nicaragua and Sun Grown lines which debut at the 2019 TPE show in Las Vegas this past February.  You can watch our coverage video of the San Pedro de Macoris from the 2018 IPCPR where master blender for Royal Agio, Francisco Bautista, discusses the lines

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Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

The Henry Clay line has a rich history that started in 1840 and was revived a few years ago by Altadis USA.  The Henry Clay line has always been a line of modest cigars that have a more rustic appearance.  In March of 2019, the Henry Clay line was expanded to include the War Hawk.  The War Hawk is a nod to the US senator Henry Clay that the line is named after.  Henry Clay was considered a war hawk …

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Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

La Aurora introduced a new value cigar line called the Cazadores by La Aurora earlier this year.  The line is available in 3 sizes all priced under $4.25 per cigar.  The Cazadores enters a crowded field with several cigar companies introducing value priced cigars over the past few years.  It’s actually a nice turn in the industry as many cigar companies have been releasing cigar, many that are limited editions, that are in the $15 plus price range.  There wasn’t …