Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

posted on September 23rd, 2016

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

posted on September 22nd, 2016

Screwpop Cigar Ashtray

Screwpop Cigar Ashtray

posted on September 19th, 2016

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The FDA Update with Frank Herrera – 8/30/16

The FDA Update with Frank Herrera – 8/30/16

In the latest episode of The FDA Update with Frank Herrera we talk about the August 16th order issued by the judge in the case Philip Morris brought against the FDA. The opinion rendered applies to the guidance documents the FDA provided with regard to Substantial Equivalence (not the actual deeming regulations), and looks to be beneficial to cigar manufacturers. You may have heard something about it- it has to do with packaging changes and box counts. What you may …

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IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

After hoofing it around Drew Estate’s planet-sized booth with Pedro, we climbed to the top of the bridge at the heart of the booth to talk to Jonathan Drew about his new venture, John Drew Brands.

JD tells us that the next step for him doesn’t involve leaving Drew Estate behind, it’s a matter of combining two separate aspects of his life. Drew Estate being one of them and John Drew Brands the other.

5 years ago he and Jeff …

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IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

Jonathan Drew can be a hard guy to track down at IPCPR, and a tour of the all the new products in the Drew Estate booth would be difficult to accomplish without numerous interruptions from customers and fans. Everyone’s looking for a few minutes of Jonathan’s time. So we took the pragmatic approach this year, we had Pedro Gomez take us on the tour, freeing up our time with Drew to focus on other developments.

Ben and I have known …

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IPCPR 2016: Foundation

IPCPR 2016: Foundation

Nick Melillo was back this year with a colorful new booth, new Foundation cigar lines and of course, new insights into the world of tobacco. We got started with The Upsetters. Nick has been a long time fan of reggae music and Jamaican tobacco, and he also has a history of working with Nicaraguan tobacco. Those factors came together to create The Upsetters, which features both Jamaican and Nicaraguan tobacco (as well as a “Caribbean infusion”). He describes the profile …

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IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

As the show was winding down on the last day we dropped by the White Hat booth for a quick chat with Spencer Drake about what’s new with HR. Of course the first thing that is new since the last trade show is White Hat handling distribution of HR, which means that the original line is back on the market. The original line has two new sizes, a Corona (MSRP $11.95) and an A which comes in a coffin of …

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