Espinosa Alpha Dawg
Cigar Review: Espinosa Alpha Dawg

Erik Espinosa has been making some great cigars for a while now, with his Larañja Reserva being the No. 2 on our Top Ten Cigars of 2014 list. Maybe all the success has gone to his head a bit because his latest cigar is called the Alpha Dawg, but as much as I like Erik and his cigars I don’t think I’ll ever be calling him “Alpha Dawg”.

1502 Blue Sapphire Toro by GPC
Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would become Nicaragua on his final voyage. Enrique Sanchez Icaza’s brand has been producing some very good cigar, whose quality has only gotten better with time. The latest release is the medium to medium-full bodied 1502 Sapphire that was announced at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Vegas.

Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales
Cigar Review: Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales

Though they may not be well known, Cordoba & Morales has made some great cigars over the last few years. The Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole Maduro even earned a spot in our Top Ten Cigar of 2014. With their latest release, the Finca Santa Fe, brand owners Azarias and Emille Mustafa have gone above and beyond. The Finca Santa Fe is one of the most Cuban-like cigars on the market, while having a bit of added strength. This is a very impressive medium bodied cigar that will definitely surprise.

Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu Perfecto
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu Perfecto

Cigar smoking is a social event that gives us the chance to connect with others from all different walks of life. If your local cigar shop is anything like mine, on a daily basis we solve the world’s problems, and then we start all over again the next day. During these sessions we have a tendency to share cigars we like with each other.

Davidoff Yamasá Cigar Review
Cigar Review: Davidoff Yamasá Toro

Although it is not a region known for its tobacco, Davidoff has been growing cigar tobacco in the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic for over 20 years, and have now decided to use the Yamasá leaf in the newest addition to the "black label" line. Master Blender Henke Kelner has put a lot of care into making this cigar turn out just right, doing everything from raising the pH of the soil in Davidoff's Yamasá fields to having climate controlled storage for the tobacco to be stored and dried.

Foundation Cigar Co. Tabernacle
Cigar Review: The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar Co.

In Exodus, God commanded Moses to erect a Tabernacle in the dessert, situated due east and west, which was where in the Holy of Holies the Ark of the Covenant was to be kept. This is where Foundation Cigar Company’s new The Tabernacle takes its name from. Nick Melillo teamed up with AJ Fernandez’s factory to produce this excellent full bodied Connecticut Broadleaf cigar.


IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Final Thought on the Show

Well, the 2016 IPCPR is finally over with, and I’ve had a few days to recover. While running errands with my wife, hanging out with friends and catching up on work for my day job, I’ve had some time to gather my thoughts on the IPCPR Trade Show last week. As I sit here on my patio smoking an Espinosa Laranga H-Town Lancero, I have decide to lay out my thoughts...

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IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Day 4

This is my last day in Vegas, and it will be good to be heading home. I really need some sleep. I awoke early and got most of my things back. I can’t help but think whoever is on the flight home  next to me is going to hate me because I’l reek of cigar smoke, I’ll be sleeping and likely be snoring too. Still there’s more to do today, so back to the show floor...

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IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Day 3

Last night was a late night. One of the great things about the IPCPR Trade Show is getting to see all the people that you haven’t seen in a while, and for me that means a lot of the guys I left behind when I moved away from Florida. One of the not so great things about the show is the amount of alcohol that seems to be consumed. It was very hard to get going...

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IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Day 1

Already, Vegas is turning out to be easier and more manageable then last year’s show. Some people keep talking about the heat, but it’s been 69º everywhere I’ve been, but I also haven’t left the Venetian/Palazzo/Sands complex since getting here. Anyhow, time to get on with the real cigar related stuff… The IPCPR Trade Show floor is much more manageable than...

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Press Release: Tobacconist University Announces New Consumer Certification Program

New Jersey, March 23, 2015: Starting in April of 2015, Tobacconist University (TU) will hand off their consumer certification program to Certified Retail Tobacconists (CRT). The University updated this program allowing certified retailers the exclusive right to administer final exams to consumers who want to become certified. TU anticipates that these changes...

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