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I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.

PCA 2023: Brizard & Co.

Brizard & Co. is one of my favorite booths to visit each year as the accessories offered by the company are both visually impressive and of high quality.


The last booth I visited at PCA 2023, and perhaps one of the most impressive, offered some very expensive and luxurious ways to store your cigars.

PCA 2023: Sacrificio Cigars

One of the new companies this year at PCA 2023 is a cigar company started by the internationally renowned bartender Julio Cabrera.

PCA 2023: Lovely Cigars

This is Lovely Cigars’ first time exhibiting at PCA and the company and its owners were excited to share a little about themselves and the rich history of cigars in the Green Bay area.

PCA 2023: Serafin de Cuba Cigars

This is Serafin de Cuba Cigars’ first time exhibiting at PCA, and they brought with them some interesting cigars including two resurrected historic brands and two cigars honoring the patriarchs of the Serafin family.

PCA 2023: Zander-Greg

Zander-Greg collaborated with actor Chazz Palminteri for a new cigar.

PCA 2023: OM Cigar Co.

Osvaldo Morales had his OM Cigar Co. booth space setup in the BCA Pavilion along with the other boutique brands under the umbrella. I got a few minutes to chat with him and get some more info on the brand.

PCA 2023: Martinez Cigars

Martinez Cigars is a small factory and retail location in Manhattan. This is its second time at the show and this year debuting two new sizes in the Riki Taki series along with the national release of a shop exclusive.

PCA 2023: DBL Cigars

DBL Cigars had three new cigars on display at PCA 2023. Well, they were on display most of the day, but showing up near closing time meant the shelves were empty.

PCA 2023: Ciccar

Ciccar is an accessory that at first glance, might not catch your interest or perhaps you might think of as just a gimmick. However, if you give co-owner Mark Ciccarello just a few minutes for a sales pitch, there’s a good chance you’ll be sold.

PCA 2023: Global Premium Cigars

Global Premium Cigars embraced the spirit of Las Vegas with a craps table giving retailers the chance to win 1502 branded prizes. Besides that, GPC will be offering its 1502 lines in a new type of packaging.