IPCPR 2018:  Avo Cigars

IPCPR 2018: Avo Cigars

posted on August 17th, 2018

IPCPR 2018: Altadis

IPCPR 2018: Altadis

posted on August 17th, 2018

IPCPR 2018: S.T. Dupont

IPCPR 2018: S.T. Dupont

posted on August 13th, 2018

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IPCPR 2018: Camacho and Zino Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Camacho and Zino Cigars

We meet up with Scott Kolesaire of Davidoff to talk about what is new with Camacho and Zino Cigars, which are lines under Davidoff. Scott shows us the new 3 pack of the Zino Platinum Z-Crown and the Back2Back cigar from the amazing Mike Baca and Fernando Romero of UR New York, also featuring their own artwork. Next, we see what’s new from Camacho as Scott show us a new Camacho Liberty, a throwback to the 2005 Liberty, which is …

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IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

No trade show coverage is complete without chat with Pete Johnson at his usual place behind the bar in the Tatuaje booth. This year we lucked out and caught Pete on the first day, which was the day following the premier of his passion project, Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars. So we get started talking about the documentary, what he thought of the final (or near final) product, plans for distribution (Netflix is a possibility), and the potential …

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IPCPR 2018: ROYAL AGIO BALMORAL

IPCPR 2018: ROYAL AGIO BALMORAL

We visit with Boris Wintermans and Jaime Florez-Estrada at the Royal Agio booth to talk about the new offerings from the Balmoral line. We also talk to them about their collaboration with Ernesto Perez Carrillo on the Dueto.

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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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Balmoral Dueto – Quick Look

Balmoral Dueto – Quick Look

 

On our third stop of the day, we were treated to the new Dueto, a collaboration between Boris Wintermans and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. The Gran Toro was showcased and we were able to sit down and light one up. The MSRP is 8 to 12 and will be available in a limited release later this year.

Initial thoughts

Justin

”Very smooth, nice creamy flavor, amazing burn, a bit of spice on the finish”

Ben

”creamy, a little bit of spice, …

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OneOff Corona Gorda

OneOff Corona Gorda

If you smoked cigars in the early to mid-2000s like me, you probably remember a cigar company called OneOff.  There were a true boutique cigar that was hard to find with a peace symbol on a simple band.  OneOff made some amazing cigars back then, but were quite pricey coming in at around $14 on average.  The company was originally started by Andrea Molinari in 2001, who an the La Casa del Habano SA in Milan, Italy and was the …

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Avo Improvisation 30 Years

Avo Improvisation 30 Years

In 2018, Avo Cigars celebrates their 30th anniversary in the cigar business and they have released a special cigar to mark the occasion.  The Avo Improvisation series is a series of special tweaked blends of classic Avo cigars and this years is framed around the Avo Classic No. 3 and is called the 30 Years to celebrate their anniversary.  This marks the sixth edition of the of the Avo Improvisation line and the first after Avo Uvezian’s death last year, …

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Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

Gran Habano is a cigar company that was well know for making quality cigars for a great price.  My friends and I smoked a lot of Corojo #5s when we used to get together to smoke because it tasted great and was priced right.  They’ve added various line extensions since then and one of them they sent me to review is the Persian King Rajah.  The Persian King is a unique cigar in that it has two different wrappers.  The …

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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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Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

The Diesel cigar line is well known for being a stout cigar that was very popular with cigar smokers, but was only available online at Cigars International or CIgar Bid which is a subsidiary of General Cigar Company.  Recently, General Cigar Company has moved the Diesel line out of being online only to a regular line within their portfolio.  General Cigar partnered again with AJ Fernandez to create their first Diesel cigar for for cigar shops called the Whiskey Row.  …

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