IPCPR/PCA News: A.C.E. Prime Cigars

There was a lot of buzz leading up to, and during, the Premium Cigar Association trade show this year about a new cigar company called A.C.E. Prime, a cigar distribution company. The name stands for ‘A Cuban Experience’. The company is a vertically integrated operation that was formed by: NBA Champion – Tiago Splitter Sommelier – Luciano Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: A.C.E. Prime Cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Powstanie Wojtek (War Bear) – Rated 92

With just over a month since the 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show, friends have been tugging at me to try the latest creation by the folks at Powstanie cigars. I have to say, I missed seeing them at the show this year and that is my fault as I just ran out of time Read more about Cigar Review: Powstanie Wojtek (War Bear) – Rated 92[…]

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Cigar News: “Cuevas Reserva” By Casa Cuevas Cigars Now Shipping

Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars announce the Cuevas Reserva Natural and Cuevas Reserva Maduro is now shipping to retailers. The Cuevas Reserva was introduced to the public at the 2019 IPCPR/PCA Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. President of Casa Cuevas Cigars, Luis Cuevas Jr. stated: “The Cuevas Reserva for my father Read more about Cigar News: “Cuevas Reserva” By Casa Cuevas Cigars Now Shipping[…]

Cigar Review: Dissident Bloc Robusto – Rated 92

The 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show had some new products to talk about. In the case of Dissident Cigars an old brand made new by Benjamin Holt. The original Dissident brand was launched in 2013 by Neil Edwards and Jason Webster, who also own The Humidor Cigars and Lounge in Wichita, Kan. The line Read more about Cigar Review: Dissident Bloc Robusto – Rated 92[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: Rock-A-Feller Cigars

After a few days working the floor of the 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show, I finally caught up with Kevin Schweitzer and the Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigar Group (VCRG). Kevin and his company have been moving the needle ever since he acquired the brand a few years ago. As a previous gold and silver trader, Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Rock-A-Feller Cigars[…]

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IPCPR/PCA News: Southern Draw Cigars

This year, Robert Holt and his Southern Draw Cigars family were celebrating 5 years in the premium cigar business and they did it in grand style, as they showcased an array of products at the Premium Cigar Association trade show. Starting with the new Jacob’s Ladder Brimstone, which is the boldest fullest strength cigar the Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Southern Draw Cigars[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: RoMa Craft Tobac and Skip Martin

I was fortunate to get some quality time with Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac at this years Premium Cigar Association trade show. Sitting with Skip is like reading an encyclopedia of cigars. His knowledge of the art, craft, and science of tobacco and cigars is one of the best in the business. What was Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: RoMa Craft Tobac and Skip Martin[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: La Barba Cigars – Welcome to the Party

My first stop at the IPCPR/PCA this year was with Tony Bellato and La Barba Cigars. I was pleased Tony was able to take the time to sit with me for a few minutes before his booth got too crazy. Welcome to the Party. In our discussion, Tony explained to me – La Barba Cigars Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: La Barba Cigars – Welcome to the Party[…]

IPCPR/PCA News – A Cigar Chat with Ram Rodriguez of El Artista Cigars

Near the end of day one at the 2019 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show, I caught up with Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars at their booth. El Artista was showcasing two new introduction this year, The Slugger and the Buffalo Ten. In the video below, we talk about the new introductions, the Read more about IPCPR/PCA News – A Cigar Chat with Ram Rodriguez of El Artista Cigars[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: Tarazona Cigars

At this years IPCPR/PCA tradeshow an old face reemerged on the floor, Eddie Tarazona. You may remember Tarazona cigars from a few years ago with his 305, 305 Guerrilla, Revolution 305, and XTC cigar lines. Something New After his hiatus, Eddie is back with a vengeance and this year he brought with him some new Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Tarazona Cigars[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: The Numbers!

For those that are interested, here are the official attendance count at this years IPCPR/PCA trade show: Total # of Attendees: 5,462 Total # of Retailer Attendees: 2,085 Total # of Retail Accounts Represented: 771 Total # of Retail Stores Represented: 2,017 Total # of Manufacturer Attendees: 3,043 Total # of Manufacturers Represented: 233 The PCA noted that each retailer badge Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: The Numbers![…]

IPCPR/PCA News: Casa Cuevas Cigars

At the 2019 IPCPR/PCA trade show I got the opportunity to catch up with Luis Cuevas Jr. to sit down and sample one his newest offerings and talk about whats new. I have known Luis for about 4 years now, originally meeting him on a trip to the Dominican Republic with my good friend Ryan Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Casa Cuevas Cigars[…]

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IPCPR/PCA NEWS: Oscar Valladares Cigars

During this years IPCPR/PCA Trade Show, I got the chance to chat a little with Oscar Valladares about how his company is growing and what new products he has for the market. For a small company that started just a few short years ago with the famed Leaf by Oscar, a collaboration between Island Jim Read more about IPCPR/PCA NEWS: Oscar Valladares Cigars[…]

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IPCPR/PCA News: A Cigar Chat with Lars Tetens – A Renaissance Man

It was the first night of the 2019 IPCPR/PCA Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV and my Stogie Press associates Steve and Gary joined me at the Alec Bradely/Lars Tetens media party. Of course we just came from the opening party at the Sands Convention Center and I was dressed in black tie and a white Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: A Cigar Chat with Lars Tetens – A Renaissance Man[…]