Crown Heads Court Reserve XVIII

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Robusto – Rated 96

Ah yes, Crowned Heads, a cigar company known for cigar names like Four Kicks, Headley Grange, Jericho Hill and more. Names that give tribute to musicians and bands. This makes sense, as Crowned Heads is based out Nashville, TN and why not give tribute to music. But this year, at the IPCPR, Crowned Heads Cigars[…]

Felix Assouline EGO Ocean Blue Rogue Wave Cuadrado

Cigar Review: Felix Assouline EGO Ocean Blue – Rogue Wave Cuadrado – Rated 91

At this years IPCPR I visited the Felix Assouline cigar company and got to meet Felix and talk about his cigars. You can see the chat we had here. The company rolled out a number of new SKUs to the market at the show and one of those was a line extension to their popular EGO[…]

DAV Cigars - Prima Natural Churchill

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Prima Natural Churchill – Rated 91

Today we offer the third review in the series of reviews of DAV cigars. This time I examine the DAV Cigars -Prima Natural, a mild to medium introduction from this small boutique company. DAV cigars was a first time exhibitor at this years IPCPR in Las Vegas. and it was a pleasure  to talk with Val[…]

Cigar News: Crux Cigars Starts Shipping the Crux Limitada IPCPR Show Exclusive

It’s that time of the year when we get an opportunity to pick up one of the most exclusive cigars showcased at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show. I am talking about the Crux Cigars Limitada IPCPR Show Exclusive. In a press release, Crux Cigars noted that this years  Limitada IPCPR Show[…]

Micallef Grande Bold Nicaragua

Cigar Review: Micallef Grande Bold Nicaragua 554N – Rated 93

At the 2017 IPCPR, a new name hit the market, with a full portfolio of cigar blends and sizes – Micallef Cigars. The new company had an impressively crowded booth for any brand owner let alone a new brand. They had a great story and a successful businessman as an owner. Throughout the week, word[…]

DAV Cigars Aristocrat Robusto

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Aristocrat Robusto – Rated 94

Today we take a look at another blend from DAV Cigars, the company founded by Valot (Val) Atakhanian and Armen Caprielian. Today’s choice is known as the Aristocrat, whish was one of the blends exhibited at  this years IPCPR. and it is available in a single 5 x 58 robusto gordo vitola. The company describes the[…]

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[…]