La Barba Primitivo

Cigar Review: La Barba Primitivo Corona – Rated 98

Tony Bellatto from La Barba Cigars has been rather quiet over the past couple of years. He was not represented at the 2017 IPCPR and the last new cigar was the La Barba “One and Only” introduced at the 2016 IPCPR in the Caldwell Cigars booth. That has all changed as Bellatto has come back on the scene[…]

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Habano Clasico Short Robusto – Rated 88

A new face at this years IPCPR was a small boutique cigar company known as DAV Cigars. When speaking to co-owners Valot (Val) Atakhanian and Armen Caprielian, they explained that they have been in business for about 3 years  but have concentrated on markets in Russia and Eastern Europe. I asked about their presence in the[…]

Soneros Habano Claro Toro

Cigar Review: Soneros Habano Claro Toro Rated 87

Cubanacan, La Corona, Hirochi Robaina, the González family, White Hat Tobacco. La Palina, Spenser Drake – names that are all part of a tangled web of legal  proceedings, collaborations, and eventual ownership of and distribution of a cigar called the Soneros.  It all started back in 2015 when the González family stated they were stopping the production of cigars[…]

Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Rothschild Masivo

Cigar Review: Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Rothschild Masivo – Rated 91

At the 2017 IPCPR we learned Royal Agio Cigars was ending their US distribution agreement with Drew Estate and would be directly managing the US sales, distribution, and marketing from the company’s Bradenton, FL location. This year the company introduced two extensions to their prestigious Balmoral brand, with the addition of a Connecticut and an[…]

Dirty Fabien Discusses the Drew Estate Isle del Sol Maduro at the 2018 IPCPR

I had the pleasure of meeting Dirty Fabien, the non-traditional Drew Estate personality, at this years IPCPR. Fabien is the face behind the Drew Estate Isle del Sol. This is not the first time I had the pleasure of talking with Fabien, but this particular year he was grinning like he was the cat that[…]

Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lancero Especial

Cigar Review: Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lancero Especial – Rated 97

Today we take a look at the latest line extension to the Villiger Cigars La Flor De Ynclan, The lancero vitola was introduced at this years IPCPR and I will say it is a powerhouse cigar. Today’s review features a new Stogie Press panelist, Mike Bruce. I met Mike and his beautiful wife Kim while[…]

Willy Herrera Discusses the Drew Estate Premium Cigars at the 2018 IPCPR

This year, Drew Estate was celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Liga Privada and there was plenty to celebrate. I was honored to be presented the Liga Privada 10 Year Anniversary collection at the Drew Estate Media event and would like to thank the whole Drew Estate team for the generosity and time during[…]

Steve Saka Talks to Stogie Press about Halos, Errors and NIcaragua Challenges at the 2018 IPCPR

During the 2018 IPCPR trade show, Boston Jimmie managed some time to sit with Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust and talk about his latest launch, the Sin Compromiso. We also discussed the thick lonsdale extension to the Todas Las Dias line, and then we got into Steve’s views of how the latest events[…]

The T. Connecticut

Cigar Review: The T Connecticut by Robert Caldwell – Matt Booth – A.J. Fernandez (Rated 88)

At this years IPCPR, Robert Caldwell and Matt Booth announced a line extension to “The T” cigar they released last year in collaboration with A.J. Fernandez. The latest rendition replaces the original Nicaraguan grown habano wrapper with an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf. Like the original,  The T Connecticut cigars are produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.[…]

Macanudu Inspirado White

Stogie Press Presents #1 Connecticut Cigar of 2017 to General Cigar Company at the 2018 IPCPR

Back in January of this year, we published our top 25 Connecticut cigars for 2017. The top cigar on that list was the Macanudo Inspirado White. After 7 months and a long trip out to Las Vegas, NV; it was time to present to the General Cigar Company the award for this achievement. As I[…]

Drew Estate Previews the Liga Privada H99 at 2018 IPCPR

At last weeks IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Drew Estate unveiled the latest edition to their famed Liga Privada cigar line. Officially named the Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo it is part of the 10 year celebration of the Liga Privada series and joins the Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 on the[…]

An Introduction to Felix Assouline at the 2018 IPCPR

One of the best experiences of attending the annual IPCPR Trade Show is getting to meet and spend some time with the men and women behind the cigar brands we all enjoy. This year was our 5th trade show, since launching Stogie Press, and like the past four it did not disappoint. Although there was[…]

Nick Melillo

Stogie Press Presents Foundation CIgars #1 Boutique Cigar of 2017 at the IPCPR

We have finally made it home from the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show and I have been going through the many photos and videos we took during the event. To begin our coverage of this years show I would like to start with the presentation of the 2017 Boutique Cigar of the Year. One of our[…]

BREAKING NEWS – Electrical Fire Delays Day 2 of IPCPR

BREAKING NEWS – As many IPCPR attendees were awakening from a deeep slumber this morning, their phones were setting off alert messages from the IPCPR and texts from friends that noted the show will be opening at least 3 hours late. According to the latest information, an electrical fire started in or near the AJ[…]