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Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)

General Cigar Co. Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (San Agustin) Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico & Honduras Size: 5” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $6.99 Overall Rating: 8.7 In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the brand’s […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Perdomo

We caught up with Chris Harper in the spacious Perdomo booth the last day of IPCPR and we learned that everything old is new again. By that I mean, Perdomo is bringing back all of their pre-2007 brands, though some of them may have some packaging updates. That means the reintroduction of a lot of cigars which should please Perdomo fans that have been missing the retired brands. Here are a few of the highlights:

They’ve brought back all the …

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IPCPR 2016: Macanudo

In this video Ben talks to Victoria McKee Jaworski about the latest Macanudo, the Macanudo Mao. General Cigars has been keeping their tobacco scientists busy, because like the new Partagás Ramón y Ramón, the Mao uses Dominican tobacco from “regenerated” vintage 1960’s seeds. In addition to that the blend also includes Nicaraguan and Colombian leaf. It’s a limited edition, only 1800 boxes in each three sizes were produced, with prices ranging from $16 to $18, plus applicable taxes for …

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IPCPR 2016: Foundry

In this video Justin Andrews takes us on colorful trip through Foundry Tobacco Company’s new offerings. He starts things off with a collaboration A.J. Fernandez called Time Flies. It comes in a limited edition skull box (regular boxes also available) and features a Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers. This cigar is a brick and mortar only release, and will retail for between $7 and $9, plus applicable taxes. Look for it at the end of August.

Michael Giannini …

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IPCPR 2016: Cohiba

The next stop on the General Cigar tour was the Cohiba display to check out the new Cohiba Macassar. Steve Abbot tells us that the new cigar was inspired by a rare, expensive wood called Ebony Macassar (or Makassar Ebony) with a grain known for it’s dark brown to black stripes. The idea is a provide the consumer with a luxurious cigar in equally luxurious packaging.

The blend is completely made of proprietary tobaccos- a Connecticut Havano wrapper, a Connecticut …

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IPCPR 2016: Camacho

In the Camacho section of the Davidoff booth Ben talks to Shaun Carroll, Brand Manager for Camacho. They cover the next installment of the Master-Built Series, the Camacho Powerband, which is a followup to last year’s American Barrel-Aged. Camacho has a nation-wide event tour planned for the Powerband where people will have a chance to go on a virtual reality motorcycle ride (I did it, it’s pretty cool) and win a custom Harley Davidson Street Bob.

Shaun Carroll also introduces …

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Cigar Review: Ohana Pulse (Habano)

Ohana Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ X 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 8.7 “Ohana means family,” according to Lilo from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, and as Brothers and Sister of The Leaf, we cigar enthusiasts are one big family. That is the […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

Jonathan Drew can be a hard guy to track down at IPCPR, and a tour of the all the new products in the Drew Estate booth would be difficult to accomplish without numerous interruptions from customers and fans. Everyone’s looking for a few minutes of Jonathan’s time. So we took the pragmatic approach this year, we had Pedro Gomez take us on the tour, freeing up our time with Drew to focus on other developments.

Ben and I have known …

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IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

No IPCPR is complete without another episode in the growing Minutes With Pete Johnson series. This year we met up with a slender Pete behind the bar in his 2016 Best In Show booth. It seemed more like he was tending bar in his shiny new booth than selling cigars. (He was behind the bar talking and pouring his wine for visitors every time we saw him.) Not that his cigars need any help selling.

We get started with Pete …

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IPCPR 2016: Romeo y Julieta

Our IPCPR tour continues with Yasemin Ozoncul in the Romeo y Julieta section of the Altadis booth. Before we get into the new product she gives us a little background, telling us about her first project at Altadis, 2011’s ROMEO. That leads us into the Plasencia-made ROMEO 505 Nicaragua, a box-pressed puro that was created as an answer to the “Nicaraguan trend” in the cigar industry. The potent blend features a Jalapa wrapper, and fillers from Jalapa, Condega and Esteli. …

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IPCPR 2016: Hoyo de Monterrey

In this video Elizabeth Maksim, the Brand Manager for Hoyo de Monterrey gives us a quick introduction to the newest Hoyo offering for IPCPR 2016. It’s another collaboration with A.J. Fernandez, appropriately named the Hoyo La Amistad which translates to “the friendship”. The blend is made at Tabacalera Fernandez and features an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and filler from the three main regions of Nicaragua. The cigar will be available in four sizes, ranging in prices from $6.49 to $7.99.

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IPCPR 2016: Dunhill

Ben is a big fan of the Dunhill Heritage (it got an honorable mention on his top ten list last year) and as a pipe geek, he was looking forward to talking to Steven Kron about Dunhill’s cigar and pipe tobacco offerings. So it only made sense for him to step out from behind the camera to take us on the Dunhill tour.

We get started with the new Dunhill Aged Maduro which features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, …

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IPCPR 2016: Toraño

Our first stop in the large, open General Cigars booth was the Toraño display. Jack Toraño, Toraño Brand Ambassador is happy to be back representing the brand, and wanted to talk about the two new Vault lines. Each line comes in two sizes, a Robusto and a 6 x 60. Not only are the lines new, the packaging has been colorfully updated- the Nicaraguan puro comes in a neon green box, and the Mexican San Andres blend comes in an …

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IPCPR 2016: Avo

In this interview, Ben talks to Avo Brand Manager Scott Kolesaire about what’s new with Avo this year. Kolesaire shows off the brightly-packaged Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata, and runs through the details of the blend and vitolas, highlighting the new short torpedo format. The Fogata builds of last years Avo Syncro Nicaragua, which Ben reminds us was his cigar of the year for 2015. (It was my #2 for 2015 as well, and we didn’t even compare notes.)

From …

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IPCPR 2016: Foundation

Nick Melillo was back this year with a colorful new booth, new Foundation cigar lines and of course, new insights into the world of tobacco. We got started with The Upsetters. Nick has been a long time fan of reggae music and Jamaican tobacco, and he also has a history of working with Nicaraguan tobacco. Those factors came together to create The Upsetters, which features both Jamaican and Nicaraguan tobacco (as well as a “Caribbean infusion”). He describes the profile …

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IPCPR 2016: Montecristo

In this first part of the Altadis IPCPR booth tour, we focus on the new Montecristos for 2016. Our tour guide is Yasemin Ozoncul, Marketing Director for Altadis USA. We get started with the Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez and the story of Dominican Pilotico tobacco, which made its debut with last year’s limited edition Montecristo 80th. Briefly, it’s an expensive and exclusive tobacco strain that produces small leaves which aren’t suitable for wrapper and binder, but ideal for filler. The …

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IPCPR 2016: Partagás

In this video we talk to Andres Maturen Maal, Brand Manager for Partagás about the new Ramón y Ramón. The cigar is an homage to Ramón Cifuentes, the owner of the Partagás in Cuba until his departure in 1961. The project has been in the work for four years, using tobacco seeds from the 1960’s. Andres tells us the wrapper leaf is and outstanding sixth priming Cameroon tobacco, and that the blend incorporates Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano tobaccos …

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IPCPR 2016: CAO

At the CAO display we saw something that seemed a little familiar, but with a name we didn’t recognize. I’m talking about the CAO Consigliere of course, not Rick Rodriguez. He wasn’t wearing a name tag when we talked to him, but I’m pretty sure his name hasn’t changed.

Rick is a little bit coy about the Consigliere, but the truth is it’s a new name for an old cigar that CAO is bringing out of retirement: Sopranos. There’s no …

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IPCPR 2016: Smoking Jacket

In this video Ben Lee talks to Hendrik Kelner, Jr, the man behind Smoking Jacket cigars. This year Kelner is introducing the brand’s second limited edition, the Gran Toro. And limited edition is right, there are 300 boxes of 10 cigars produced for the world, 250 of them destined for the U.S. market. Each one is signed and dated.

The Gran Toro is 6 x 54, and features a Corojo wrapper, Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian fillers, and a Dominican double …

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IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

After hoofing it around Drew Estate’s planet-sized booth with Pedro, we climbed to the top of the bridge at the heart of the booth to talk to Jonathan Drew about his new venture, John Drew Brands.

JD tells us that the next step for him doesn’t involve leaving Drew Estate behind, it’s a matter of combining two separate aspects of his life. Drew Estate being one of them and John Drew Brands the other.

5 years ago he and Jeff …

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IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

As the show was winding down on the last day we dropped by the White Hat booth for a quick chat with Spencer Drake about what’s new with HR. Of course the first thing that is new since the last trade show is White Hat handling distribution of HR, which means that the original line is back on the market. The original line has two new sizes, a Corona (MSRP $11.95) and an A which comes in a coffin of …

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Cigar Review: Gurkha Shaggy Vintage (2016)

Gurkha Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7” x 48 Strength: full Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 8.7 Originally released in 2001, the Gurkha Shaggy Vintage was loved by many a Gurkha fan. Now the Gurkha Shaggy Vintage has returned to store shelves. Returning to the original blend for the […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Daniel Marshall

We met up again with Daniel Marshall at IPCPR 2016, and he was only too happy to give us the tour of his cigars and high end humidors. He’s in a good position in the context of the new FDA regulations, as all of his Heritage Brand cigar lines have been in production since well before the February 2007 cutoff date.

He gets us started by showing us the his 20th Anniversary Treasure Chest humidor which are limited to 200 …

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IPCPR 2016: La Gloria Cubana

At the La Gloria Cubana disply we met up with Matt Davenport, and he introduced us to the new La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro. The Serie R Esteli Maduro has a blend based on the original Serie R Esteli, the difference being a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper instead of the original’s Nicaraguan Jalapa Sol. The new wrapper raised the price of the cigar, but only slightly. It will retail from $6.99 to $7.99 and in the same sizes as …

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Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Cornelius & Anthony Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 50 Strength: full Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 So far, Steven Bailey’s Cornelius & Anthony has been releasing some really impressive cigars. The Venganza, their latest release, follows the Cornelius and Daddy Mac, and manages to continue the company’s […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Davidoff

In this video Ben Lee talks to Jeff Stone, Davidoff’s brand ambassador about the latest developments in the world of Davidoff as they walk through the booth. They start off with the new Escurio Gran Perfecto, a Robb Report award winning line extension. There is also a new Corona Gorda in the Escurio line. Stone also shows us the repackaging and reorganization of the core lines, which now have color designations for easier to tell the lines apart and intensity …

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