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Hurricane Harvey One Love
Houston Strong: The Cigar Industry and Hurricane Harvey



It’s hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that it caused over the Greater Houston Area. In a period of less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water on South Texas to fill the entire San Francisco Bay TWICE!

Altadis H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez
Cigar Review: H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez



Over the last few years Altadis has teamed up with outside cigar makers, like with Pete Johnson on the Henry Clay Tattoo, but perhaps the most sought after cigar blender of late is AJ Fernandez. Altadis has partnered with AJ on the new H. Upmann Nicaragua, which is a departure from standard Altadis fare. The new H. Upmann Nicaragua is one of those cigars regular production cigars that’ll make a good everyday smoke for the avid cigar enthusiast.

Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3
Cigar Review: Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3


Rarely does a specific tobacco attain a celebrity status of its own, but Davidoff’s proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper is one such type of tobacco. The 702 wrapper has been a part of some amazing cigars, making its appearance with the Davidoff LE 2009 Seleccion 702, and then being included on legendary cigars like the Avo LE 2012 La Trompeta and Davidoff LE 2013 Year of the Snake. Davidoff has taken this impressive tobacco and used it in place of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on seven of their core blends.

Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017
Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector's Edition



For years, Viaje has laid claim to Zombie themed cigars, with cigars like the Zombie Supershot, the Zombie Antidote and the recent Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet. This year, there is a new Collector’s Edition of the Zombie Antidote. Unlike previous versions of the Viaje Zombie Antidote which measured 6 1/4” x 44, the latest version has earned the moniker “Double Dose” because it is 6 1/4” x 50.

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon



Last year released its first Connecticut cigar with the QuickDraw Connecticut, and since the release of that cigar, many have wondered if there would be a Connecticut addition to their core line of cigars. Finally, there is one, with the release of the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon. As with previous cigars in the core line, the company is keeping with its theme of flower plant name, while also drawing on the biblical expression that first appeared in the King James Bible in 1611...

Aug
05
2016

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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Jul
28
2016

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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Jul
27
2016

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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Jul
25
2016

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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Mar
24
2015

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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