Try the Green ACID! – Two Wrongs Make a Beautiful Right.

Every year in July, the cigar industry converges for a celebration of our lifestyle with brand owners, retailers, and media members. This event is known as the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) association convention. It is here where those responsible for creating the new blends introduce them to the those that sell them[…]

Stop the FDA

Cigar Industry Talks about FDA Rules

During the 2017 IPCPR I took some time with numerous brand owners to talk about their blends and business in general. One of the questions I asked, was how are they handling the FDA regulations on the cigar industry. It is just about a year (August 8, 2016) since the FDA clamped down on our[…]

Ventura Cigars Case Study 03

Ventura Cigars Case Study 03 Cigar Review

Back at the 2016 IPCPR, Ventura Cigar Co, introduced the Case Study Cigar Project to the world. The project plans to  feature 26 unique blends from all over the worlds tobacco producing regions. The concept is a tribute to Arts & Architecture magazine, which through the years 1945 to 1966, commissioned the rising stars of mid-century[…]

Micallef Experiencia

Micallef Cigars Experiencia – A Name Wrapped in 134 Years of Experience

One of the busiest booths at this years IPCPR was Micallef Cigars. You may not know this company, but you might have heard of the Gomez Sanchez family who has crafted cigars for 134 years. Maybe you have visited one of the Reata restaurants in Alpine and Fort Worth, Texas owned by Dr. Al Micallef.[…]

Don Kiki Gold Label

Don Kiki Gold Label Cigar Review – Passion Loyalty Courage

Last month I took an opportunity to stop into the Don Kiki Cigar Superstore in Daytona Beach, FL. As you may have read in that article, it is one of the nicest shops I have been to. During my visit there, I picked a Don Kiki Gold Label cigar to enjoy and review when I[…]

Legends of the Arapiraca

Crossfire Legends of the Arapiraca Cigar Review

Back in 2015, Crossfire Cigar, LLC released the Library Series 1st Edition cigar line. The line contained three different blends each packaged in 10-count boxes resembling a novel. Each blend was named like the title of a book. Diary of a Connecticut Count of San Andres Legends of the Arapiraca In the company’s original press[…]

Viaje Zombie Antidote

Viaje Zombie Antidote Collectors Edition Cigar Review – I Needed Help!

Let’s get one thing straight, I don’t believe in Zombies and I don’t watch or like Zombie movies or TV shows. Maybe I am in a small percentage of people but I am not worried about a Zombie Apocalypse. I figure if there was such an event we have plenty of Marvel Super Hero’s to[…]

We have been waiting for it – The Moya Ruiz IL Ridotto

Last year at the IPCPR, the Moya Ruiz team teased us all with a new blend – the IL Ridotto.  The name translates into “The Private Room” . IL RIDOTTO was the first public legal casino in Venice. We noted back then: If the Rake set the bar,  the IL RIDOTTO has can be expected to[…]

The Undercrown Takes in Some Sun – The Undercrown Sun Grown

Thursday, July 6, 2017 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announces today the newest extension to the prized Undercrown Brand, the Undercrown Sun Grown. The new Sun Grown is the third Undercrown expression, complimenting Undercrown Maduro and Undercrown Shade. The Undercrown Sun Grown will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2608) at the IPCPR[…]

La Flor Dominicana Announces New Releases

Direct from Coral Gables, FL,  Litto Gomez and La Flor Dominicana are bringing 3 new releases to this years IPCPR in Las Vegas.  Announced today, the company will be introducing the following at this years show: La Volcada Factory Press La Nox Petite (50-count cabinet) The La Volcada is described as a nod to Uruguay, the[…]

Drew Estate Extends Acid Line

It seems like the Drew Estate team likes that candella leaf and what it does to a cigar. Last year the company sweetened up the Kentucky Fire Cured with it in the release of the Swamp Thang, and as we wrote in our review, it made for a sweeter and pleasurable smoke. Now the company[…]

Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) Going Rural with the BOONDOCK SAINT

Black Works Studio (BLK WKS), the boutique cigar company that has brought us the Killer Bee, Green Hornet, NBK and Rorschach cigars  is adding a new Limited Edition blend to their lineup. Known as the BOONDOCK SAINT, it hails from Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua  and will be available at select BLK WKS retailers in[…]

The Crux Epicure Release – Patience is a Virtue

Continuing with the announcement of new releases for this years IPCPR, Crux Cigar Company, honored by numerous Cigar of the Year Awards and Top 25 placements has announced the long-awaited release of the Crux Epicure cigar. The Crux Epicure is a cigar that has been in the works for quite some time. Fans of Crux[…]