Well the IPCPR has come and gone as did the 1 year anniversary of Stogie Press. As we enter our second year of bringing you the information, news, and reviews you enjoy we would like to thank all those int he industry and our reader for your help.
We are looking forward to reviewing some of the newest blends that were previewed at this years IPCPR and have a special article highlighting some of the blends that are making our mouths water to try. They are possible contenders for the Stogie Press Top 25 of 2015 but that does not preclude some of the newest brands that have hit the market such as MLB Cigar Ventures, Dominican Big Leaguer, and Yayabo cigars to mention a few. We have months of sampling before we declare our list so stay tuned. If there is a brand not mentioned feel free to let us know and if you are a manufacturer we shameless request a sample or two so we can review and report on it. If we don’t have it cant contend in the Top 26. .
This is also the time of the year when we announce the Stogie Press IPCPR awards and you can read that article here. Congratulations to the winners, it is always a fun time for us here at Stogie Press, pouring over photos and discussing the show.
We were also introduced to one of the finest cigar pairing beverages ever created and you can read about Not Your Fathers Root Beer in this issue of Stogie Press. I am sure you will want hunt this out and try it yourself.
We also have done a number of short video interviews with owners at this years show, they can be found here:
We are committed to bringing you the best and have increased the number of video cigar reviews with our expanded group of stogie heads in the Stogie Press lounge. Those can be found under our video cigar review tab. We also are going to enrich the site with higher quality photography.
On a closing note we would like to say that the IPCPR was a fun and informative event. The people we meet each year are the best and are committed to what they do for you the consumer, whether it be blending and manufacturing the newest blends, bringing those into your local brick and mortar for your smoking pleasure, writing about and reviewing cigars and related lifestyle, or working diligently to fight for our rights to enjoy the leaf. The only down side of the event was the city of New Orleans . We have devoted an entire article on what this, wanna be, great city could be if only they had the right focus. We will be sending this also to City Council Woman Latoya Cantrell, the New Orleans City Council, and to the local New Orleans newspapers. We don’t know if it will make a difference but we can certainly try.
We hope you enjoy Volume 2 of Stogie Press and feel free to pass the word and help us grow into your source of cigar knowledge.