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: Punch

IPCPR 2018: Punch

Up next, Ben talks to Ed Lahmann about the new Punch Diablo, which is another collaboration with AJ Fernandez. It’s a new move for Punch, as you might have guessed from the name, there’s no shortage of ligero involved. Nicaraguan and Honduran Habano ligeros, to be precise. The focus was on body with this blend, but you can also expect a good amount of spice to it. And like most of the products we saw in the General Cigar booth, …

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IPCPR 2018: Diesel

IPCPR 2018: Diesel

Ben, aka Bullshark takes the lead to talk Diesel developments with Justin Andrews as the booth tour continues. The new Diesel Whiskey Row begins with a boutique bourbon company named Rabbit Hole. Or more actually, their emptied bourbon barrels, which were shipped to AJ Fernandez’s factory in Nicaragua. Justin is quick to point out that this isn’t an infused cigar, only the Mexican San Andres binder tobacco was aged in the bourbon barrels. So you shouldn’t expect a dominant, up-front …

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IPCPR 2018: Macanudo

IPCPR 2018: Macanudo

Steve Abbot introduces us to the new M by Macanudo as we enter into Macanudo territory. It’s the first flavored Macanudo General has produced, and that flavor is coffee. Apparently there have been a lot of requests for an infused Macanudo, but until this year they just didn’t have the right blend for it. They use a proprietary process to flavor the wrapper leaf with a coffee extract, but the filler tobacco is not modifed. The goal is to avoid …

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IPCPR 2018: CAO

IPCPR 2018: CAO

Our General Cigar booth tour continues with Rick Rodriguez in the CAO section. Rick tells us about the new CAO Nicaragua in this interview. The goal was to create a mellower, complex Nicaraguan cigar that everyone can enjoy, not just the bold spice bomb that is so common with cigars produced there. On the subject of Nicaragua, we talk a little about the situation down there. At the moment, they’re not having any problems, but they can quickly switch production …

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IPCPR 2018: Cohiba

IPCPR 2018: Cohiba

Sean Williams was bringing sexy back this year in the Cohiba section of the General Cigar booth. And sexy, it turns out, is named Spectre. Sean describes Spectre as his ultimate cigar geek project, that started with finding a 22 year old tercio (palm bark-wrapped bale) of piloto cubano in the factory. The blend includes a variety of other well aged tobaccos, including Nicaraguan leaf that was aged in sherry barrels. A lot went into producing the cigar, and according, …

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