La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva Robusto

La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva Robusto

posted on October 18th, 2017

H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez Toro

H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez Toro

posted on October 12th, 2017

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino

posted on October 6th, 2017

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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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Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo

Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo

Mombacho, named after the famed volcano in Nicaragua, was founded in 2006 by Cameron Heaps and Markus Raty.  They discovered the blend for their first cigar by visiting a cigar factory next to a school where Cameron was taking spanish lessons in while living in Granada in 2005.  They convinced the family to share their blend with them and Mombacho Cigars was born.

The Liga Maestro was released in the US market in 2016.  It was originally released in 2013 …

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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 …

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