IPCPR day 2
#10 True Fact.
Holland’s long cigar history began in the 1600’s. After 112 years in the Netherlands, Balmoral Cigars has expanded their new line and come to IPCPR to sell to American premium cigar lovers.
#9 Antique Lovers.
7-20-4 Cigars has brought back an antique brand (began in 1857) and expanded it to have a vintage look and feel. Their lines include Hustler with an exclusive Dog Walker size and one of the highest rated barber poles. The name comes from the orginal production facilities at 724 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.
#8 Cigar Chair.
From The Godmother of Cigars, My Cigar Chair was ergonomically designed and comes with a built in Ash Tray, 20 cigar humidor, magazine rack, foot rest and accessory compartment. These custom order chairs are for home or retail store lounges.
#7 Longest Mexican Cigar History.
After six generations (growers since 1880) in the same family, Casa Turrent is trying new blends with their Casa Torrent 1901, 1942 and 1973.
#6 Back the Blue
What happens when two police officers love cigars and create the Protocal brand to just sell locally? They sell out in two months and get a 95 rating on their lancero.
#5 Best Host
Ventura Cigar Co. From Phillips and King International hosted the press and retailers, providing information, samples, swag and Kentucky Burbon in increasing quality:Eagle Rare Burbon, Buffalo Trace Burbon and Pappy Van Winkle Burbon.
#4 Most new lines
Dion Gilolito’s Illusione Cigars packed in more new lines than anyone including an Anniversary line. They took the FDA deadline seriously.
#3 Most creative
Known as “Nick-R-Agua” Nicholas Melillo from Foundation Cigars presents four lines of cigars that look like they should be from four different blender. Melillo is most assuradely a master.
#2 Cigar Prices
Many brands are targeting the sweet spot price points by offering cigars in lower ranges they haven’t hit in years. Gurkha even brought out a new line in the $5 MSPR range with their Cellar Reserve 12.
#1 Best Cause
Sentinel Cigars is back and they’ve doubled down. They are known for selling their cigars for $1 over cost and contributing all the proceeds to wounded veterans but now they’ve coupled with African charities that are creating jobs in Rowanda (and clean water and more) by growning and selling African leaf.
EXTRA for Cigar Weeky
FOG’s Best Tojji Moments.
Barry from Ventura Cigars (formally with CAO) said, “That Bastard still talks to me” through the song Here Comes the Sun. He said it came on the raidio agin two weeks ago when he was smoking a Bucanero. Jon Huber from Crowned Heads couldn’t belive it when he was a photo of Toji’s daughter who is now 13. We miss you Bro.
- Best Prizes
JM’s Cigars BlackJack table with true prizes of Cigars, Shirts, Hats, coaster and stress balls.
- PDR (box)
#6 Quality Booth
Winning the best in show small booth award, Master Blends showed of their passion for cigars and commitment to the show. Perdomo won large booth