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Brian Burt
Brian Burt
About the author
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. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

IPCPR 2019: Islamorada Cigar Co.

This is Islamorada Cigar Co.’s first trade show, but the only way you could really guess at that is by the single size booth space....
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IPCPR 2019: Room101

Room101 was situated off the first main aisle past the first row of big booths, though I have a feeling that no matter where the...
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IPCPR 2019: Top 3 Things — Brian Burt

This will be my fourth Top 3 Things post about the IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, and I guess it will be the last. Next year...
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IPCPR 2019: Emilio

Housed inside the Oveja Negra Brands booth, the Emilio corner was getting just as much traffic as the rest of the booth was. With two...
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IPCPR 2019: 7-20-4

Last year, 7-20-4 reintroduced the 1874 Series after a five-year hiatus, this year the company is switching up the sizes. Earlier in the show, there...
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IPCPR 2019: Micallef Cigars

Micallef Cigars might not have as prime a spot as last year, but it was still on the front row, even if the booth was...
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IPCPR 2019: Gran Habano

The final day of the trade show is traditionally a slow one, so I found Gran Habano president George Rico sitting with the gentlemen from...
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IPCPR 2019: Antigua Esteli

Owner of Antigua Esteli Art Garcia was excited to talk about his new products and was certainly pumped up that his booth had won the...
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IPCPR 2019: CLE Cigar Co.

The CLE booth is a bright white shining beacon on the show floor, and being hard to miss, that’s a good thing for attracting retailers....
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IPCPR 2019: Black Label Trading Co.

Black Label Trading Co. is back this year and with it many changes – an updated booth, new cigars and a new umbrella company enveloping...
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IPCPR 2019: Barrington House Cigars

Barrington House Cigars might not be a name you’re familiar with, but it’s a Jamaican brand that is steeped in cigar history with plenty of...
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