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IPCPR 2017: Day One

Top 10 things we learned on Day 1 at IPCPR 2017

  1. Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a bad ass. His keynote speech was what the cigar industry needed to hear from a politician in light of the recent FDA regulations.  "President Trump realizes regulations are killing businesses," he said "Let businesses operate like businesses instead of government -regulated organizations."
  2. IPCPR knows how to party. Light up the Night with General Cigar was the best ever with food, drinks, cigars, drinks, T-shirt screening, cigars, drinks and cigars. And Mombacho parties-Enough said about that. 
  3. Ventura Cigars is bringing back old favorites from their supplier and production partners in the case study line. They cleverly named them Case Studies 1-5. Try them and see if you can find your old favorites. 
  4. Unfortunately this year we lost Avo Uvezian. David off has pledged to continue with the vision AVO began long ago. 
  5. With the changing laws concerning medical cigarettes, two companies I have come up with unique products to aid those smokers. PDR's Devil's Weed (in red and dark) provides rollers with a quality tobacco leaf to use as their wrapper. Total Flame has marketed a Russian tube product that you can easily load with your own blend to make a smooth smoke. 
  6. Stepping up the presentation standards, United-A luxury brand- has perfected beautiful humidified tubes sold with their cigars
  7. Davidoff once again presented their Gold Band awards to deserving partner retailers at a press event complete with fancy hors d'oeuvres,  Champagne and of course their new Churchhill, Comacho and Avo blends.
  8. For every serious businessman's office, the new Hiram and Solomon pyramid humidor, complete with 30 of their cigars, is a must have.
  9. In a perfect example of how the cigar industry has helped the economies of multiple small countries, Crossfire Cigars has several blends whose profits roll directly back into the Dominican Republic people through hospitals, schooling and jobs.
  10. Warfighter Cigars is made up of six soldiers who bonded together to create cigars for other soldiers, naming all the cigars after calibers of ammunition. 

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Providencia Cigars Announces Aromatic Aged Event Cigars

meritageFort Worth, TX – Just off the heels of the Hostage Release, Providencia Cigars will be offering special cigars, which have been created using the company’s proprietary “Aromatic Aging” process.

Jim Faber, Providencia Cigars founder explains:

The production process includes storing the tobacco leaves in a separate humidor in their Danli, Honduras factory. The Meritage blend uses a local Honduran red wine for the aromatic process. The length of time used for the aging process is unspecified.

The resulting sweet floral notes are something quite unique, yet subtle through the smoking experience.

The 5.5 x 52 pressed torpedo Meritage, contains select Nicaraguan binder and ligero filler leaf, all beautifully cloaked with a toothy Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

It will be offered primarily as an event special, and also available at select retailers in limited quantities.

The Meritage, like all Providencia cigars, are produced at the La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras.

Artwork for the Meritage was done by JT Design Studio, who designed the cigar bands as well as the inner box lids.

Cigar Regulations and the Little Guy

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This is a guest article by Rob McKeon of CigarZen, manufacturer of the Blüme family of products. CW makes no product endoresements as a matter of policy.

 

It’s tough out here for us cigar smokers!

As we all know, tobacco has been highly regulated and the level of those regulations seems to keep climbing, almost by the day. For cigar lovers, it seems unfair that the products we use--to relax, to de-compress, to celebrate--are becoming more and more difficult to acquire.

While we can all appreciate the government’s desire to keep tobacco far away from kids, it’s hard to see the justification behind including cigars in its recent rigorous FDA rulings which were originally intended for smokeless tobacco only. The act of cigar smoking is almost artistic in its nature, viewed as a sign of sophistication, hard work and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each stick. While it’s easy for a teenager to get their hands on a cheap pack of cigarettes, they’re likely not going to get too far in an artisanal cigar store.

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Ezra Zion Acquires Nomad Cigar

nomadlogoEzra Zion Cigar Company has acquired Nomad Cigar Company.

"Nomad is an artisan boutique brand with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Fred has been a close friend and colleague for years. We're honored to be entrusted with such an institution." stated Ezra Zion owner Chris Kelly.

Nomad Cigars will be distributed nationally by TX Distribution, which is owned by Ezra Zion and operates from their warehouses in Alvord, Texas.

"I feel confident that not only will Chris and Kyle take Nomad Cigar Company to the next level, but will also preserve what has brought it to this point." noted Fred Rewey.

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Industry (raw)

I am cnp'ing this raw from my PM inbox. I'm not quite sure what to do with it yet, but it is relevant and could easily be cleaned up for publication.

 

I smoke cigars to Celebrate. A wedding, a birth, a promotion. A Life.

I lost my paternal Grandmother a year ago, and I celebrated.

I celebrated a life of nearly 75 years. A life of handing down love, lessons, admonishments and accolades.
She was a woman of action with a strong will and a huge heart.

I sat on the porch at the farm where we shared countless conversations - the place where she imparted her wisdom upon me.
I sat next to the black rocking chair with the word 'MA' emblazoned across the back in gold leaf. It was her throne during haying season, where she rested and surveyed the fields.
It occurred to me that I had never sat next to that chair without her sitting there next to me.
I smoked a 'Queen B' from Fuente. The name seemed fitting, and it was a solid smoke.

A few days ago, our community was rocked by the sudden passing of a childhood friend. He was my first 'best' friend.
 
 
Some of my earliest memories are of the two of us discovering the world together. We spent countless hours exploring the woods, riding our bikes, camping, and dirtbiking. We played the Hero and we played the Villain. Saturday mornings full of Thundercats and Voltron cartoons and epic GI Joe battles. We Talked. The conversations were of people yet unburdened by the weight of the world.
 
The divorce of my parents changed everything in my world, and my friendship suffered as well. I moved away, and we drifted apart. Only after his passing did I realize what that friendship really meant. He died at 34 years old in an ATV accident. His name was Jason.

Soon I will go and find him, at the spot on our dirt bike trail where we would shut the bikes down and talk. I will take a Hemmingway 'Short Story'. The name seems fitting, and it’s a solid smoke.

I will celebrate a life.

J Norton

Crux Ships New Limitada Release

cruxlogo(Miami, Fla.) - The Crux Cigars Limitada IPCPR Show Exclusive will soon be in retail humidors.
The company announced today the cigars are in their Miami warehouse and will begin shipping immediately.
The Limitada IPCPR cigar is a limited edition, produced once per year in 1,000 10-count boxes.The cigar
is produced in a single size, 5 x 52, box pressed, and finished with the Crux Marblehead cap. The blend
features the exclusive Engañoso wrapper. This is the third edition. Each of the past two productions quickly
sold out.


Priced at $10.99 per cigar
For questions or additional details, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oak & Eden Releases New Whiskey

cabwhiskeyCabernet Steeped Bourbon is Oak & Eden's first small-batch expression!

We start with bourbon whiskey, distilled from corn, rye and barley. We age our whiskey for two years in new American charred oak barrels, which produces a rich, deep and sweet, yet slightly spicy spirit. Exceptional on its own, but our work has just begun!

Most often used to age wine, we use French Oak to breath new life and inspiration into our whiskey. At bottling, we add a 5 inch long spiral cut piece of French Oak. We call this our "Spire". This spire is not only exceptional due to it species of origin, it is exceptional because we rest it in cabernet sauvignon for 4 weeks before allowing it to rest in our bottle, finishing our whiskey.

The combination of American bourbon whiskey, finished with a French Oak spire that has been influenced with deep, rich, red wine creates an inspired elixir that is sweet, fruity and simply remarkable. Combining sweet bourbon, with rich, deep cabernet and french oak, produces a creative whiskey experience that must be imbibed to fully appreciate.

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Marrero Announces New Factory, 1st Edition Artistico Line

Tamboril, D.R.: Marrero Cigar Co. is proud to announce the opening of a new cigar factory in Tamboril D.R. with cigar artist Felix Gonzalez, the Creator of the most beautiful cigars in the world.

Joel Vazquez Marrero said “I feel privileged to start this venture with a true innovator, Felix will bring to the cigar industry his lifelong passion and love for the leaf.”

We asked Felix Gonzalez what does it mean to him to start his own Cigar Factory? He said “It has been a dream of mine to own my own factory after working in the best factories in the world. I’m humbled and honored to be producing Artistic Cigars in my own Factory, Fabrica MCR.”

Having been in the industry for almost 30 years and having the privilege to work at Arturo Fuente, Davidoff and La Flor Dominicana. Learning from the top cigar makers in the world. Has given me the experience and confidence to know that if I work hard and follow the lessons I learned from these legends, Joel and I can produce a cigar that we can be proud of.”

Their production called “Artistico Salomon” will be of 250 boxes 1st edition. It will be a beautiful 10 count box with 10 distinguished cigars in each box.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/marrerocigarco

Marrero Cigar Co. is a premium cigar manufacturer making cigars in Costa Rica and Dominican Republic.

Providencia Cigars Announces New Release

La missionFort Worth, TX – Providencia Cigars is pleased to announce their latest, limited production, cigar - La Misión.

La Misión (The Mission) brings the company’s production line to five blends, joining the ranks of the El Santo, El Padre, Trinitas, and The Hostage. With the addition of La Misión, the company completes the story of Providencia Cigars Founder Jim Faber’s “mission” to Honduras which started as a professional soccer player and turned into a mission to organize youth soccer camps to get boys and girls off the street in a gang littered environment.
Jim Faber, founder of Providencia Cigars, states:

 

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Villager Releases Two New Vitolas

ComingSoonNOW SHIPPING:

VILLIGER LA FLOR DE YNCLAN LANCERO ESPECIAL AND THE VILLIGER VENCEDORA GORDO

 

Only 500 25-count boxes of each of these line extensions were produced.

(Miami, Florida) August 28, 2018— Villiger Cigars reports the newly announced Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lanero Especial and The Villiger La Vencedora Gordro (6X60) is on schedule to be shipped this week. Both products are line extensions that were showcased at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas this past July. 

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Cigars International Opens Super Store in Dallas, Texas

ci loungeCigars International recently launched a Super Store in the suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth, marking Cigars International’s fourth retail store and the first outside of its home state of Pennsylvania.


The store was built in just six months and is located in a sprawling, mixed-use development called Grandscape in The Colony.


Craig Reynolds, president of Cigars International said, “Given that the handmade cigar category was built on the kinds of personal interactions that can only be had in-store, our new location gives cigar lovers a unique venue for experiencing the camaraderie of fellow smokers. Our stores are meant to complement the traditional cigar shop experience and enhance the cigar lover’s appreciation for handmade cigars.”


The Cigars International Super Store at the Colony encompasses more than 7,000 square feet including an outdoor smoking lounge. A 2,500 square foot, glass-enclosed humidor anchors the space, which also includes a bar, a Club Macanudo lounge, 32-foot-high ceilings and an impressive array of handmade cigars and accessories.

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Villiger Releases 2 New Vitolas

ComingSoonVILLIGER LA FLOR DE YNCLAN LANCERO ESPECIAL AND THE VILLIGER VENCEDORA GORDO

 

Only 500 25-count boxes of each of these line extensions were produced.

 (Miami, Florida) August 28, 2018— Villiger Cigars reports the newly announced Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lanero Especial and The Villiger La Vencedora Gordro (6X60) is on schedule to be shipped this week. Both products are line extensions that were showcased at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas this past July.

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OSOK CIGARS SERVES ANOTHER KILLSHOT

osok1Along with Casa Turrent, this new cigar will redefine the meaning, “Hecho en Mexico”

Houston, Texas – September 26, 2018 – The success of OSOK Cigars has been bolstered by rave reviews of industry critics and patrons alike, but this did little to satisfy its founder Edgar Hoill. Happy, but not content, Mr. Hoill fell in love with the industry but had an unwavering desire to gain a deeper appreciation behind the process.

“The growth of ‘boutique’ cigars has been incredible, but I wanted to up the game and the only way to do so was to truly understand the entire process. I owed it to myself, and it I owed it to all who have ever supported the OSOK brand” says Edgar. He further mentions, “The only way to gain a true appreciation for the process was to be a part of it so I moved to Mexico to apprentice under Don Alberto Turrent – an experience that changed my life, and one which resulted in the creation of OSOK San Andres.”

During his stay, Mr. Hoill took a multifaceted approach to learning the entire process. From seedling to growing, fermentation to blending, his explorations resulted in him becoming a quality control appointee for Casa Turrent. As a result, he then took another year to create the OSOK San Andres – a medium bodied cigar filled with complexity, infused with pride, and crafted to satisfy the most discerning pallet all the while delivering the true flavors of Mexican tobacco.

“Many top cigars already utilize Mexican San Andres tobacco for their wrappers, but they do little to give them the recognition they deserve and I wanted to change that,” says Mr. Hoill. As a result, he created the OSOK San Andres in conjunction with the Turrent family as a way to showcase the strength and flavor of a cigar that is made entirely of Mexican tobacco grown in San Andres.

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Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces release of the Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

protocol2Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Themis Corona Gorda as a Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive.  The cigars are being produced at Erik Espinosa’s LaZona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Themis Corona Gorda will be available in a 5 5/8 X 46 format in boxes of 10. The blend consists of a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. & Famous Smoke Shop are set to launch the Themis Corona Gorda at Famous Smoke Shop and Leaf Cigar Bar, in Easton, PA. on September 8, 2018 starting at 2pm. The Cigar will be available on-line and in-store at the event. Ives says about this blend... “I believe this blend shines the best in this Vitola. I believe this might be our best cigar yet.”
 

FDA Vapor Announcement Explained

ipcprlogoThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced a flurry of policy directives specifically targeting e-cigarettes or “vapor” products. So what exactly has the FDA announced, and what is the impact or potential impact on IPCPR’s retailers? We’ll unpack both questions below.

 What Exactly Did the FDA Announce?

The FDA rolled out an action plan specifically targeting vapor products and what the agency has identified as an “epidemic” level of product use amongst teenagers. This plan includes:

  • Potential removal of vapor products from the market until a pre-market application is reviewed and approved. This is a reversal of FDA’s comprehensive plan on tobacco announced in July, ’17;
  • Required responses of the top 5 selling vapor product brands to provide detailed action plans on how they will combat and mitigate youth use of their products. This could include the voluntary removal of flavored products from the market;
  • Investigating whether vapor products may be on the market illegally;
  • Continued aggressive brick-and-mortar and online store inspections, underage stings and enforcement actions to combat underage sales, and
  • Launching a multi-million dollar media blitz discouraging youth use of vapor products.

All-in-all, the FDA announcement threatens action that could seriously limit what vapor products remain on the market and promises increased enforcement against manufacturers and retailers of these products who are not adhering to current regulations.

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FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES FRATELLO ORO CHURCHILL

Celebrando 30 aniosSpringfield, VA (August 20, 2018) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the Fratello Oro Churchill as an exclusive cigar to Leesburg Cigar and Pipe. Located in Northern Virginia, Leesburg Cigar is celebrating 30 years in the premium cigar industry with this exclusive.

Featured in a 6 ¼ x 47, the initial run of the Oro Churchill will be 150 Boxes of 20 cigars with an MSRP of $8.75 per cigar.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of Leesburg Cigar and Pipe 30th anniversary. To continuously run and operate a small business for 30 years is no easy feat. Bill is a passionate Connecticut shade cigar smoker and played a huge role in selecting the final oro blend.” Said de Frias.

This marks the fourth store exclusive for Fratello Cigars.

ISLAND CLUB CIGARS SHIP NATIONALLY

island lifestyleIsland Lifestyle Importers is pleased to announce the shipping of their Island Club cigars to dealers across the country.  The line of cigars were introduced this past July to a national audience at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Convention in Las Vegas. 

The Island Club cigar is comprised of aged Nicaraguan filler and binder tobacco wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf with a covered foot.  These cigars are manufactured in Estelí, Nicaragua by 9 pairs of dedicated rollers. 

The line consists of five sizes: Robusto 5x52, Corona Gorda 5⅝x46, Toro 6x52, Torpedo 6⅛x52, Churchill 7x52 and packaged in bundles of 20 cigars.  The cigars carry a “wallet-friendly” suggested retail price ranging from $3.95 to $4.75 per cigar.  Corona Gorda $3.95

  • Robusto $4.25
  • Toro $4.50
  • Torpedo $4.50
  • Churchill $4.75

The line of cigars sits beautifully inside a custom adjustable wooden retail display unit.

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VIDEO: Y.A.Berra updates the Guayabera

Published August 21, 2018 - an IPCPR2018 event feature.

Y.A.Berra, a Miami based company has redesigned the traditional guayaberra shirt to modern wearers. The fit has been changed, to give a different feeling to the shirt, It also comes in a variety of colors and patters that allow the wearer to make a fashion statement and personalized. The company's founder was present at the IPCPR show in Las Vegas in July and sat down for an interview with CW's Jeff and Brenda Slatton.

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Providencia Cigars Announces Aromatic Aged Event Cigars

meritageFort Worth, TX – Just off the heels of the Hostage Release, Providencia Cigars will be offering special cigars, which have been created using the company’s proprietary “Aromatic Aging” process.

Jim Faber, Providencia Cigars founder explains:

The production process includes storing the tobacco leaves in a separate humidor in their Danli, Honduras factory. The Meritage blend uses a local Honduran red wine for the aromatic process. The length of time used for the aging process is unspecified.

The resulting sweet floral notes are something quite unique, yet subtle through the smoking experience.

The 5.5 x 52 pressed torpedo Meritage, contains select Nicaraguan binder and ligero filler leaf, all beautifully cloaked with a toothy Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

It will be offered primarily as an event special, and also available at select retailers in limited quantities.

The Meritage, like all Providencia cigars, are produced at the La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras.

Artwork for the Meritage was done by JT Design Studio, who designed the cigar bands as well as the inner box lids.

IPCPR Statement on ALTRIA


IPCPR is aware of comments recently submitted by Altria Group, Inc. regarding premium cigar regulations, as well as the subsequent concerns raised about these comments. IPCPR has long been and remains a staunch advocate for premium cigar exemption from FDA regulation. Additionally, we have worked diligently with industry partners, including Altria and Nat Sherman, both on and off Capitol Hill to advocate for this position.

While the association differs with Altria’s official position on premium cigar exemption, we are heartened by the company’s statement that “Premium Cigars Are Different”, and further, their subsequent comments that premium cigars are a unique tobacco product category harmed by current FDA regulations. This includes their opposition to the unwarranted pre-market pathway and untenable testing framework under the Deeming Rule. Moreover, Altria has publicly supported current legislative language sponsored by Congressman Cole (R-OK) that includes a premium cigar exemption. We will continue to work with our partners in industry in support of favorable outcomes for premium cigars and pipe tobacco.

IPCPR urges its member retailers to review the full Altria comment, Nat Sherman’s response, as well as IPCPR’s comments. The association remains an ardent supporter of premium cigar exemption, and will continue to be the leading advocate for this outcome in Washington, DC.

Daniel Trope

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