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Honduras Appeals WTO’s Plain Packaging Ruling

This week, Honduras filed an appeal to the World Trade Organization’s panel report on the matter of Australia’s plain packaging requirement for tobacco products. Last month, a WTO panel upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging measures, stating that the four countries who filed complaints against them failed to demonstrate that they ...

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:30:56 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: Quality Importers

While Quality Importers has a number of products that merit checking out the booth on its own, it has most recently seemed to draw attention for the companies it had acquired in the previous year, a list that includes Palio, Shuriken, Cigar Mechanic, Get-A-Grip Clip and others. This year, the big ...

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 19:15:04 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: Top 3 Things – Brooks Whittington

If there is one question that I get asked the most during and after the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show every year, it is some variation of: smoke anything good that is new? That is not the point of this post, but the answer to the second most asked question I ...

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 17:00:02 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate

Drew Estate always brings its A-Game to the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and this year was no different. While the booth was pretty much exactly the same as last year—including the massive graffiti-tagged water tower that literally towered over everyone who walked into it—and the music was blaring pretty ...

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:30:51 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: XIKAR

While XIKAR was acquired by Quality Importers in January, the two companies had separate yet adjacent booth spaces this year, with the XIKAR booth retaining its familiar design of branded corner pieces, open middle sections, numerous retail-style glass display cases and sections of tables and chairs for retailers to place ...

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:10:18 +0000
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Scandinavian Tobacco Group Acquires Peterson Pipe Tobacco Brands

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S, the parent company of General Cigar Co., has announced that it has closed a deal to acquire the entire premium pipe tobacco brand portfolio of Peterson Pipe Tobacco from Kapp & Peterson Limited, an Irish pipe and pipe tobacco manufacturer. The move comes as STG looks ...

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 23:00:03 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: My Father Cigars

I made what has become an annual day four pilgrimage over to the My Father Cigars, Inc. booth. In past years I would try to go earlier, but the booth is generally so busy it makes more sense to go on day four when the traffic is manageable. My Father’s ...

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:45:59 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: Cubariqueno

Bill Ives and Juan Cancel of Cubariqueno Cigar Co. were back at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show as part of the Espinosa Premium Cigars Booth, as the company’s cigars are made at Espinosa’s La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brand occupied one corner of the booth in ...

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:00:28 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: Rabbit Air

Two years ago, Rabbit Air showed off its signature MinusA2 air purifier, and while not new at the time, the company was teasing a new wifi enabled version that was scheduled for spring of 2017. That release date got pushed back after the initial testing phase, but it has been ...

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:15:14 +0000
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IPCPR 2018: MBombay

Although MBombay had just one new release to show off at it’s booth during this year’s IPCPR show, it had announced earlier in the year that its Classic Torpedo—which was originally released exclusively as part of a sampler in January—would begin shipping to retailers as a regular production option in August. ...

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:30:27 +0000
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La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: MEDIUM+ | TASTING NOTES: NUTTY, WOODY, HINTS OF FIG & PLUM | For those of you who were avid cigar smokers in the early 1900’s, the La Imperiosa brand may seem familiar. La Imperiosa, which translates to “The Imperative,” was a Cuban cigar brand popular in the early 1900’s but discontinued likely in 1962 when Cubatabaco took control of the Cuban Cigar Industry and got rid of thousands of Cuban Cigar brands which were registered between 1810 when the registration of Cuban Cigar brands began...
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:33:10 +0000
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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Behind The Stick: The December 8th press release reads: December 8, 2011 — The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America. The first of the...
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:15:04 +0000
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Cigar Review: Protocol Probable Cause Lancero

| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:22:54 +0000
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Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias

“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no...
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:27:45 +0000
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Cigar Review: Headley Grange by Crowned Heads

Following the huge success of Crowned Heads first addition to the cigar world - Four Kicks - which like many of their cigars, has a clear reference to music - this one in specific a song by the band Kings of Leon, the company has continued with branding, design and focus all their own. Being a group with close ties to the music industry and living in Nashville, incorporating the music industry into their cigars fit right in line with who they are.
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:52:02 +0000
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Undercrown Sun Grown

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:56 +0000
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