IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 2

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 2

I don’t know how, but it seems even hotter and more humid today than it did yesterday. Everyone at the IPCPR seems tired and worn out, maybe it’s from the heat or maybe it’s being hungover, but people are moving around the Convention Center floor a little more slowly today. So, while I do have some great new stuff to talk about there wasn’t anything quite as exciting as yesterday.

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Early in the day, I ran into William Cooper (check out Cigar Coop and Stogies Geeks if you haven’t already) and Gabriel Piñeres. We made our way over to the Miami Cigar & Co. booth together, and snapped a quick picture while Nestor Miranda was nearby. The Nestor Miranda Collection (see our Nestor Miranda Connecticut review) was on display, along with the new Nestor Miranda Collection Danno series. La Aurora Cigars will be releasing a new addition to it’s Untamed line, called the La Aurora Untamed Extreme. I Personally, I love the La Aurora brand. The La Aurora Preferidos Ruby Tubo is one of my all time favorites. Although, I don’t typically cover flavored cigars, it’s worth mentioning that there is a Coffee Break coming to Miami’s Tatiana line.

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So, one brand I’ve not been able to shut up about since I met them during their Kiss My Ash Radio appearance is Cordoba & Morales. Their Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole was our No. 9 Cigar of 2014. This is a boutique company that has yet to make a bad cigar. This year they’ve brought back the limited edition Clave Cubana in a new 7 1/2” x 38 lancero vitola. The cigar feathers a Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 wrapper and a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The Clave Cubana has a $11.20 MSRP, and comes in boxes of 20 cigars. The second new release is the Platino, with a blend of an Ecuadorian Rosado and Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and has a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. The Platino, which is rolled at the Tampa Tobacco Company, will be a limited release of 600 boxes of 18 cigars.

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Although I see him all the time up at Stogies World Class Cigars, I paid a visit to the Cabal booth to visit with owner Chris Arolfo and his father. I really enjoy Chris’ cigars (check out the Cabal Corona Gorda review here), and have been looking forward to seeing what he had in store for the future. The newest release from Cabal is the Linda Petit Lancero, that is named for Chris’ late mother and has a band featuring her signature. Only 500 boxes of 14 of the Linda Petite Lancero will be released, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales going to support front temporal dementia research. Look for Linda Petite Lancero to begin hitting shelves in the next several weeks. The Cabal Esoteric review will be posted to ToastedFoot in the near future.

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One of my favorite little know new brands is Vivalo Cigars. I’ve been smoking them fairly regularly lately. However, I’ve thought the simple look of the bands and boxes didn’t really pop off the shelf the way they should, so I was pleased to find out that the Vivalo will be getting an updated look. Owner, Patrick Vivalo who previously worked for Rocky Patel, says that he believes the new bands and packaging will help the cigar sell on a national level. These Nicaraguan will definitely be featured on ToastedFoot in the future.

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There’s more IPCPR 2015 coverage to come in the future. In the coming weeks you can expect many reviews and news stories coming post-IPCPR.