IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers (And Giveaway)

posted on August 20th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

IPCPR 2017: Casa Fernandez

posted on August 18th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

IPCPR 2017: Micallef

posted on August 16th, 2017

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IPCPR 2017: John Drew Brands

IPCPR 2017: John Drew Brands

While we were making the rounds, we stopped at the bar in the center of the Drew Estate Booth (beneath the new tower) to sample some spirits and talk to Frank Moreno, National Director of Brand Development for John Drew Brands. If it were up to me, I would have been happy to grab a bottle of John Drew Rye (I’m a rye man) and a glass and kick back on the couches you see in the background. But it’s …

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IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – ACID & Larutan

IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – ACID & Larutan

In the opposite corner of the Drew Estate booth from Pedro we met up with Fabien Ziegler (aka Dirty Fabian) to talk about developments in the ACID department for IPCPR 2017. He revealed his devious plan to rock everyone’s world by introducing a Blue line blend with a candela wrapper leaf. Do not adjust your screen, the cigar is green. The method to the madness is pairing up the sweet, aromatic Blue line blend with the bitterness of the candela …

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IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – Undercrown Sun Grown

IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – Undercrown Sun Grown

We talked to a different personality in each section of the Drew Estate booth we visited at IPCPR 2017. Holding court in Undercrown territory was our old friend Pedro Gomez. After some friendly chatter, Pedro brings our attention to the new Undercrown Sun Grown. This extension to the Undercrown brand features an Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra seed wrapper, a stalk-cut Sun Grown Habano (like the T52’s wrapper) as binder and Nicaraguan fillers, including a single extensively aged ligero leaf from …

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IPCPR 2017: Debonaire House

IPCPR 2017: Debonaire House

In another section of the Drew Estate booth we talked to Philip Zanghi, founder of Debonaire House about he brought to IPCPR 2017. Because this is his first time talking to us on camera, he starts us off with a quick introduction to the Debonaire House product line. First is Indian Motorcycle, which he describes as “a good-smoking, very floral cigar” with a medium body. It features and Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Dominican and Nicraguan fillers, and retails from $7 …

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IPCPR 2017: Joya de Nicaragua

IPCPR 2017: Joya de Nicaragua

Once again this year, Joya de Nicaragua held court over a sizable section of the massive Drew Estate booth. We caught up with a very busy Juan Martínez to get the IPCPR 2017 scoop. He starts off by telling us that Joya de Nicaragua is turning 50 next year, and they’re very excited about that. I’m perpetually amazed out how time passes, it doesn’t seem like four years since they released the Cuatro Cinco.

In recent years, Joya de Nicaragua …

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