Culture and History of Cuba’s Cigars : The Main Brands

Culture and History of Cuban Cigars

On July 1 2015, President Barack Obama stated:

"I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and reopen embassies in our respective countries. This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people, and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas."

Following this speech, news broke that Vice President Biden will be travelling to Havana to raise the American flag over the U.S. embassy for the first time in the half-century length of the embargo.

In Havana, the current Cuban President Raul Castro spoke on television with similarly positive news:

"We want to develop a friendship between our two nations that is based on the equality of rights and the people's free will."

His speech was followed by an announcement of the reopening of Cuban embassies in the U.S. by July 20th. Both leaders' speeches highlighted a willingness to work together but they did not hide the fact that there will be some issues with the reopening of relations between the two old enemies. However, it is clear that both are aware that isolationism simply does not work between two countries located so closely geographically to each other and that the past 54 years have been a failure on the part of both governments.

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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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La Flor de Cano Gran Cano (Regional Edition UK)

La Flor de Cano Gran Cano (Regional Edition UK)

La Flor de CanoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Gordito (Robusto Extra)
Size : 141 x 20 mm (5 1/2 x 50)
Box date : LAR – October’13
5000 boxes of 10 produced in 2013 exclusively for the Habanos distributor in the UK, Hunters & Frankau.
Hand-Made
Price : 200GBP/10 initial price suggested by distributor
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La Flor de Cano is a discreet Cuban brand with just a couple of regular production cigars and a minor market share. Since 2010, a few regional editions were released, including this La Flor de Cano Gran Cano for the United Kingdom.

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Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun Robusto

Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun

Origin : NicaraguaPaul Stulac
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Indonesia Sumatra
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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The Red Screaming Sun line from boutique manufacturer Paul Stulac debuted at the 2012 IPCPR, and includes three sizes: Robusto (5”x54), Toro (6”x56), and Torpedo (6”x54). The packaging and labeling includes the motto “Regalo De Dios,” which translates to “Gift of God,” and the brand has promoted itself with the words, “No tales of tobacco fields. No 100-year traditions. No pretenses.” It’s a bold line to take in an industry where roots run deep—and a smart move from a newcomer that wants to promote its cigars by demonstrating their quality, not leaning on a nonexistent history. Let’s see what they have to offer.

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Alec Bradley Texas Lancero

Alec Bradley Texas Lancero

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : "Texas" Lancero
Size : 7 x 70
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras
Binder : Indonesia
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Alec Bradley Texas cigars...

“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” So goes the saying, and it’s certainly what inspired Alec Bradley to name this massive 7 x 70 monster of a cigar the “Texas Lancero.” Why create such a huge cigar to begin with? According to sales representative Phil Kanaby, it’s what buyers were demanding. Let’s see what it’s like to smoke such a massive cigar.

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