IPCPR 2016: Update 1

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If you follow cigar news, you are doubtless aware that this week is one of the biggest of the year for the industry. The 84th Annual IPCPR Convention is taking place right now in Las Vegas, running from July 24th through July 28th. With the event in full swing, there is already a ton of news. Here is a rundown of some of what’s been happening at the show.

You may know that IPCPR opened up with a number of seminars, more than one of which involved the impending harsh regulations being imposed by the FDA. These seminars went well and provided an abundance of information and advice for large and small businesses. As you might expect, the entire convention has been abuzz about the changes. In fact, a number of brands were showcasing incomplete products or were unable to show off certain products because they are in such a hurry to complete them before the new rules come down.

Getting away from the legal aspects, let’s talk about some of the exciting new releases that have been announced at the event thus far.

Drew Estate: Undercrown Additions and More

Drew Estate made quite a few announcements at IPCPR this year. To start with, the Undercrown line will receive a number of extensions: Undercrown Shade Flying Pig, Undercrown Shade Churchill, Undercrown Shade Tubos, Undercrown Shade 10 Count Metal Tins, Undercrown Maduro Tubos, Undercrown Maduro Churchill, and Undercrown Maduro 10 Count Metal Tins. All of these were showcased at their booth.

Drew Estate Releases

What else does Drew Estate have cooking? Well, for one thing, the brand new Kentucky Fire Cured “Swamp Thang” as well as the Kentucky Fire Cured “Swamp Rat.” The Swamp Thang is a particularly interesting blend of smoky Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos and a sweet candela wrapper. This is the first time in cigar history that these two flavors have been combined in the premium market.

Drew Estate is also extending the Herrera Estelí brand with the addition of the new Herrera Estelí Miami. The Herrera Estelí Miami features Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves in an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder with an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper. As the name “Miami” indicates, the cigar is being manufactured in Miami, Florida. 10-count boxes will retail for $130.

General Cigar: Cohiba Macassar and La Amistad

General Cigar introduced the brand new Cohiba Macassar at this year’s IPCPR. This new blend features Nicaraguan Jalapa fillers in a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a Connecticut Havano leaf wrapper. All of the tobacco used has been aged for over four years and finished in Dominican rum barrels.

Three vitolas will be available for purchase starting in August this year in the US.

Meanwhile, General Cigar’s Hoyo brand has a new limited edition line coming out in September called La Amistad. La Amistad will feature a Nicaraguan filler with a blend of Estelí, Ometepe, Condega and Jalapa leaves. The binder will also be Nicaraguan and the wrapper will be from Ecuador.

Four vitolas will be released:

  • Rothschild 4.5 x 50 (USD 6.49)
  • Robusto 5 x 54 (USD 7.59)
  • Toro 6 x 50 (USD 7.79)
  • Gigante 6 x 60 (USD 7.99)

My Father: New Lines + Accessories

In the past, My Father and Tatuaje shared booth space. This year the booths were located close together, but each had its own separate area. Even though that meant a lot more room overall, it didn’t contribute much in the way of elbow room. Both booths were extremely crowded.

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Limited Edition 2016

This year, My Father announced the new limited edition line My Father Le Bijou 1922 Limited Edition 2016 and expanded distribution for the limited release García y García. You may also be familiar with Flor de Las Antillas Maduro. While this cigar has been released twice through Federal Cigar, it will now be entering the regular production line. This will include the original two sizes plus three new sizes. All will be available in November with a price estimated between $7.40-$10.30:

  • Flor de las Antillas Maduro Petit Robusto (4 1/2 x 50)
  • Flor de las Antillas Maduro Toro (6 x 52)
  • Flor de las Antillas Maduro Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52)
  • Flor de las Antillas Maduro Toro Gorod (6 1/2 x 56)
  • Flor de las Antillas Maduro Corona (5 5/8 x 46)

Additionally, My Father has announced a November launch for My Father The Judge, which includes Nicaraguan fillers and an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper:

  • My Father The Judge (5 x 60) — $12.40 (Boxes of 23, $285.20)
  • My Father The Judge (6 x 56) — $12.10 (Boxes of 23, $278.30)

Nat Sherman: Metropolitan Habano

Nat Sherman is another brand which is in a rush to get a new line released before the FDA deadline. As a result, there is only one new line coming out, the Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano. It is a Nicaraguan puro available in five sizes. The product is already shipping, so it will be available very soon:

  • Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Short Robusto (4 1/4 x 54) — $5.50 (Boxes of 18, $99)
  • Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Robusto Fino (5 x 46) — $5 (Boxes of 18, $90)
  • Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Robusto (5 1/2 x 56) — $6.25 (Boxes of 18, $112.50)
  • Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Toro (6 x 52) — $6.75 (Boxes of 18, $121.50)
  • Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano Gordo (6 x 60) — $7.25 (Boxes of 18, $130.50)

Additionally, the Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican line is getting two new sizes:

  • Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican Gordo (6 x 60) — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $175)
  • Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican Robusto (4 3/4 x 50) — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $150)

These are also already shipping out to retailers.

Joya De Nicaragua Updates Branding

Joya Black

As you may know, Joya De Nicaragua updated the look for its cigars and packaging with Joya Red in 2014. This year, the company showed off more updated design work with the Joya Black. Joya De Nicaragua has also updated the look of the popular Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. The updated line will be available in stores in August this year and will be sold exclusively through Drew Estate in the US.

Quick Updates:

  • While Alec Bradley made a showing at this year’s convention, the company only had a chance to showcase existing products. The manufacturer is in a rush to release new cigars before the August 8th FDA deadline.
  • Illusione debuted the Illusione Haut 10, a brand new robusto to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary. The Illusione Haut 10 features a blend of Nicaraguan criollo ’98 and corojo ’99 leaves inside a Nicaraguan café claro AAA wrapper.

So that wraps up our first update on IPCPR 2016! Be sure to check back in soon for more news!

Cigar Release: Camacho Check Six

Camacho Check Six - Box

Camacho is proud to announce the latest addition to its Brotherhood Series, the new Camacho Check Six.

Built with the impenetrable character of the Original Corojo, Camacho Check Six pays tribute to the unbreakable bond between those who watch their brother’s six no matter what. In honor of those bold individuals who stand side by side to protect our freedom, Camacho deploys its latest addition to the Brotherhood Series with a cigar built from the legendary tobacco we fought to defend. 


Camacho Check Six - Single

Backed by integrity and bound by virtue, this is one cigar that yields to no other. Celebrating those who prove themselves through actions, not words. A rare breed of individuals who stop at nothing to lay everything on the line for what matters most. Always doing what’s right, never what’s easy. Confirming that there are no limits when it comes to solidarity.

“We are very excited about this second release under our Brotherhood Series. While the concept was inspired by a common bond shared amongst the military brotherhood, it is also aspirational for many. We all have those people in our lives that we know have our back. By extension, it is also understood that you have theirs as well. This is the cigar to share with those special individuals,” said Dylan Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA.

At the core of the new Camacho Check Six is a tri-country blend of Original Corojo, San Vicente and Criollo tobaccos. These powerful filler tobaccos combine to add a depth of strength, complexity and flavor to the overall experience. The addition of a Criollo 98 binder from Nicaragua amps up the pepper notes, while the Habana 2000 wrapper from Ecuador adds roundness and excellent combustion to the blend.

Camacho Check Six : Stats

Wrapper: Habana 2000 (Ecuador)
Binder: Criollo 98 (Nicaragua)
Filler: Criollo 98 (Nicaragua) / Estelí (Nicaragua) / San Vicente (Dominican Republic) / Original Corojo (Honduras)
Intensity: 4 of 5 (Medium to Full)

The new Camacho Check Six is packed with twenty Toro (6 x 50) sized cigars and features a shareable challenge coin on the lid of each box. Shipping begins in the US shortly after the 2016 IPCPR trade show and will extend across global markets in the first quarter of 2017.

Suggested Retail (US): $12.50 per cigar / $250.00 per box

FDA Subjects Premium Cigars to Regulation

FDA Regulates Premium Cigars

You might already have heard the sad news. From Cigar Rights of America press-release, earlier today:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ("FDA") Center for Tobacco Products released their 499 page final rule that would deem additional tobacco products subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Under today's release, premium cigars have been deemed and will be subjected to the "option 1" regulatory framework, which in some respects treats premium cigars in harsher terms than that of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

What does it mean? The main takeaway is that all cigars released after Aug 6 2016 will have to be submitted for approval before they are allowed to the market. Costs and delays of this approval procedure remain unknown.

Charlie Minato from Halfwheel published a great article covering the consequences of this decision in more details. Let's not forget that this is not necessarily the end for the cigar industry, as we can still fight and adapt.

IPCPR 2015: Day Four Recap

Day four is here and guess what? We have more new releases! “But, Gil” you may think, “there’s so many new cigars out already, how could I possibly try all these?” Well, that’s something you’re going to have to deal with personally. Do you want my advice? Smoke on.

Acme Cigars: Premier Ecuador, Premier San Andreas, and Route 66

ACME Cigars

On the AKA Cigars side of things there were no fresh brands, however news on the development of AKA Cigars’ latest company have been announced at this year’s IPCPR. Acme Cigar Company is launching with three lines of cigars this year, which one would assume are markedly less explosive than their looney-toons counterpart. The cigars are being made within Nicaragua’s second oldest factory, Nicaraguan American Cigars SA (NACSA).

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IPCPR 2015: Day Three Recap

Another day in for the 2015 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show and another flood of Cigar releases. Between the past two days, there’s been enough new releases to keep most of us satisfied for the coming year, but now we’re over the halfway point and the announcements just keep coming. Dive on into this selection of new upcoming cigars at the IPCPR.

Coming to the U.S.: Casa Turrent

Back in 2013 A. Turrent released this line into Canada and Europe, however after leaving their previous distributors Atladis USA, they did not have the production capabilities for a domestic release in the U.S.

Casa Turrent

Earlier this year there were reports that the Casa Turrent was slated for a June release here, but at IPCPR that date has been amended to within the coming month. A bit of a rocky start to the first of their in house distribution, but if the quality is up to par with their illustrious family name then maybe we here in the states could find it in our hearts to forgive and forget. This will be the only current brand carrying the Turrent name. A. Turrent Puro Corojo and Triple Play were discontinued last year.

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IPCPR 2015: Day Two Recap

Day two of IPCPR is over and we have been treated with a flood of information on new releases. Let’s get straight to the meat of this and have a look at what cigars to expect down the line for 2015.

Alec Bradley: Nica Puro Rosado and Tempus Nicaragua

Though relatively quiet at the trade show, Alec Bradley has unveiled a completely redesigned website that is highlighting their newest line of cigars the “Nica Puro Rosado” and “Tempus Nicaragua”.

Alec Bradley Nica Puro Rosado

“Nica Puro Rosado” is the next in line for Alec Bradley’s “Nica Puro” series. It diversifies itself from the predecessors with a golden Rosado Colorado wrapping, a blend of double binders and tobaccos from three different regions of Nicaragua; Jalapa, Estil, and Condego. The cigars will be offered in the same sizes as the previous line of “Nica Puros” and come in boxes of 20:

  • Bajito: 4 1/4 x 50
  • Churchill: 7 x 50
  • Gordo: 6 1/4 x 60
  • Robusto: 5 x 50
  • Toro: 6 x 52
  • Torpedo: 6 1/4 x 54

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The Cigar Industry’s Trade Show: The IPCPR 2015

The cigar industry is a hectic place right now. With a near endless stream of quality products exploding into shops near you and the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show going into full swing down in New Orleans; it can be a bit much to keep up. Luckily, Cigar Inspector has you covered. Stay tuned here for announcements and updates concerning the goings on within the IPCPR.

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Cigar Release: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011

Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011

Gran Habano announces its newest release from their Gran Reserva line, the Gran Reserva #5 2011.

The Gran Habano Gran Reserva line offers a bold new experience in full-bodied premium cigars made with vintage tobaccos. Expect a remarkably smooth, earthy and spicy smoke accompanied by notes of sweet wood and espresso of this aged smoke. The Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011 comes in boxes of 10 cigars with a brand new look to its packaging. It is the fourth installment to follow the #3 2008, #3 2009 and #5 2010 vintage blends.

Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011 : Cigar Stats

Country of Origin: Honduras
Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A.
Distributor: Gran Habano
Body: Full-bodied
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Size: Corona Gorda 75 5/8 x 46, Gran Robusto 6 x 54, Imperial 6 x 60, CZAR 6 x 66, Grandioso 7 x 70
Box Count: 10
MSRP: $7.50 - $10.00
Release Date: Available Now

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