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Drew Estate, Pappy Van Winkle Collaboration Gets Regular-Production Blend

Drew Estate's new collaboration with the venerable Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery expands the availability of Pappy Van Winkle cigars and adds a new, mainstay blend to the Nicaraguan cigar company's portfolio.
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Big Smoke Las Vegas Tickets On Sale Now

Cigar lovers, mark your calendars. The Big Smoke is heading to Las Vegas for the 22nd annual weekend of cigar parties, tastings and camaraderie—and tickets are on sale now.
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A.J. Fernandez Shows Off First Broadleaf Cigar At IPCPR

Enclave has gone dark. Nicaraguan cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez has launched a follow-up to his original Enclave brand called Enclave Broadleaf. This is the first time Fernandez has included a broadleaf-wrapped cigar as part of his own portfolio. (He has blended with broadleaf to create brands for other companies in the past).
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Giuliani Speaks To Cigar Industry

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and a stalwart defender of cigar rights, gave the opening speech at the annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show on July 11. Giuliani, an avid cigar smoker who has appeared on the cover of Cigar Aficionado magazine, told the audience of cigar shop owners and cigar industry executives about how to deal with the onerous burden of FDA regulations they are facing, and his insights on the Trump Administration's views on the subject.
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Plasencia 1865 Introducing Alma Del Campo At IPCPR Trade Show

When Nestor Andrés Plasencia and his father formed their distribution company last year—Plasencia 1865—they vowed to deliver distinct cigars blended with aged leaves from their vast library of vintage tobacco. So far, they've kept their promise with Plasencia Alma Fuerte (93 points, Cigar Aficionado). Now, they're introducing their second release in the Alma Series at the IPCPR trade show, which opens today. It's called the Alma del Campo. It isn't intended to be quite as powerful as the Fuerte, but, according to Plasencia, stresses balance over strength.
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Macanudo Inspirado Going Black & White

The Macanudo Inspirado line is getting two new brand extensions—Macanudo Inspirado White and Inspirado Black. As the colors hint, White will be covered in a light Connecticut-seed wrapper while Black dons dark broadleaf.
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Drew Estate Introducing Undercrown Sun Grown This Week

Drew Estate is unveiling a new Undercrown cigar that's draped in wrapper grown in the open sun of Ecuador. Called Undercrown Sungrown, the cigar will formally debut this week at the IPCPR trade show.
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La Palina To Debut New Number Series

La Palina is set to unveil its new Number Series at next week's IPCPR trade show, a line of Honduran-made cigars whose flashy packaging and band artwork was inspired by Paul Rand, a modern master of graphic design.
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EXCLUSIVE: Matt Booth Returns To Cigar Industry

Matt Booth is back in business—the cigar business that is. The Los Angeles jeweler-turned-cigarmaker known for his Room101 brand of cigars and avant-garde rings and bracelets has told Cigar Aficionado he is returning to the world of tobacco.
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Joya de Nicaragua Resurrects Añtano Gran Reserva

A Joya de Nicaragua brand from the past will soon be returning to store shelves—only this time it's positioned as a regular-production offering. Once a limited-edition cigar from 2005, the Joya de Nicaragua Añtano Gran Reserva will be arriving at retailers again this August, after it makes its formal re-introduction at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show next week.
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IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate

Drew Estate seems to bring its A-game to IPCPR every year and this year was no different. In addition to completely changing up its booth—the all metal Brooklyn Bridge that dominated past trade shows was replaced by a large as life graffiti-tagged water tower—the company dropped a bombshell by announcing ...

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:00:39 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Elie Bleu

I love going to the Elie Bleu booth, I hate covering it. There’s a lot of fun fawning over the new products from the iconic French humidor-maker turned cigar accessory brand, but it’s not particularly fun trying to write about the plethora of new products the company has shown off ...

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:00:26 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Gurkha

The coordinated outfits at the trade show seem to have largely fallen by the wayside, but the day I stopped by the Gurkha booth was just one of those rare days. The entire staff was dressed in black guayaberas with satin red linings which inspired a fair number of Benihana ...

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:30:15 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Cheap Bastard Cigar Co.

Cheap Bastard Cigar Co. is no stranger to the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and decided to show off one new line at this year’s event. Golf Bastard As the name indicates, Golf Bastard is a new line available in two vitolas that was made specifically to enjoy on the golf course. Blend-wise, ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:30:35 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Sindicato

Sindicato Cigars was once again part of a larger group of booths that include Casa Fernández and Warped, and while there was some crossover in the middle section, each one managed to keep its own feel. For those that don’t know Sindicato is a company launched not by an individual ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:30:46 +0000
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Maine Legislators Send Tobacco Age Increase to Governor

There could soon be a fourth state where the minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 21-years-old, as yesterday the Maine House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill seeking to raise the age, sending it to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, who so far has given no indication about ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:19:43 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics

Twenty-eight. That’s how many new cigar accessories were mentioned in the new catalog from The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics, which includes the company’s value-priced Vertigo by Lotus line. The list is dominated by lighters, but there are some cutters, cases, an ashtray and some humidification products as well. If there’s one thing ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:00:52 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Rabbit Air

Rabbit Air’s booth was the same this year, but it’s such a cool booth that who would want to change it? The display along with the stools are all honey-combed paper, that not only holds up to their heavy products, but creates a nice diffused glow when the lights are ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:30:38 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Warfighter Tobacco Co.

Warfighter Tobacco Co. was one of a handful of new companies at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and while the company features new cigars, what it really seems to be about is bring cigar smoking warfighters the kind of attitude and community that they are really looking for, ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:00:46 +0000
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IPCPR 2017: Island Lifestyle Importers

Island Lifestyle Importers has been busy this year expanding its offerings, both with its cigars and accessories, specifically the exclusive deal with Tommy Bahama for officially licensed cigar accessories. Earlier in the year Island Lifestyle released the Tommy Bahama Cigar Club line of accessories, but they it stop there. After ...

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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:30:49 +0000
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An Afternoon at LFD

Last month I was able to spend an afternoon with Antonio Gomez at the La Flor Dominicana factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic and I wanted to share our afternoon with you guys! For a little bit of background, La Flor Dominicana was started in 1994 by Litto Gomez Diez, a former Jewler who decided to get into the cigar making business after his Miami based jewelry store was robbed at gunpoint. In 1996, their first full year of production, La Flor Dominicana produced 300,00 cigars and only 3 years later,...
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:42:33 +0000
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La Colmena Black Honey (2017) by Warped Cigars

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: WOODY, SMOKY, SPICY, HINT OF SWEETNESS | Four years ago, my wife bought me a small notebook for Christmas from some little company that I had never heard of before: Warped. It came in a little brown envelope and the pages were set up for assessing cigars. I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea and a great gift! I ended up using up every single page within a matter of months; every time I smoked a cigar I was so...
Sun, 09 Jul 2017 20:44:31 +0000
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Tabernacle Lancero by Foundation Cigar Co.

Last summer, I reviewed the Tabernacle Toro by Foundation Cigar Co. and at the end I mentioned that I would be interested in how they might age. Well, it’s been nearly a year now and I decided to do another review of the Tabernacle, but this time I’m reviewing the Lancero! Blend: Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: San Andreas Mexico Filler: Jamastran Valley – Honduras, Esteli & Jalapa Valley – Nicaragua Vitola: Lancero (7” x40) Appearance: The Tabernacle is an absolutely gorgeous, regal cigar in appearance. The rich Broadleaf wrapper is...
Sun, 09 Jul 2017 01:59:45 +0000
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Drew Estate’s Pappy Van Winkle “Tradition” Makes it’s Debut

Drew Estate announces the formal release of Pappy Van Winkle “TRADITION”. This extremely limited supply brand will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2608) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held July 10-14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition will be exclusively available for sale through Drew Diplomat Retailers. From Kentucky, Julian Van Winkle President of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, “I was invited to Cigar Aficionado’s A Night to Remember by Jonathan Drew in 2016 and was presented with a non-banded, wooden box of...
Sat, 08 Jul 2017 19:43:16 +0000
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Alec Bradley announces release of 2 new cigars at IPCPR this year

The Alec Bradley Prensado and Black Market are two of the brand’s most highly rated cigars. We have seen a few iterations of the Black Market over the years, including the famed “Filthy Hooligan.” This year, Alec Bradley has announced that they will release a new extension for both the Prensado and the Black Market. FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. – For the first time in two years, Alec Bradley Cigar Co. has announced the global release of two premium cigars. Prensado Lost Art and Black Market Estelí are iterations of two...
Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:57:46 +0000
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General Cigar Appoints New Vice President of Marketing

In a recent Press Release from General Cigars just before the 85th IPCPR Convention, it has been officially announced that José de Castro will be starting his new role with General Cigars August 1st, 2017 as Vice President of Marketing.   July 7, 2017, Richmond, VA — General Cigar is pleased to announce that José de Castro will join the company as vice president of marketing, assuming his new role on August 1, 2017. A marketing veteran with nearly 20 years of experience, José will play an integral role in...
Sat, 08 Jul 2017 02:02:14 +0000
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