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.

PCA 2021: Emilio

Emilio Cigars has its corner in the Oveja Nega Brands booth, which makes sense if you are familiar with the brand since they are produced…

PCA 2021: La Barba

Tony Bellatto is hanging out in the Caldwell booth, or maybe you could say “Caldwell space.” He noted that there wasn’t anything new for La…

PCA 2021: Battleground Cigar Co.

Battleground Cigar Co. has a very recognizable booth, but one I’ve interestingly never been inside before. The way that we cover the trade show, generally…

PCA 2021: Falto

With our PCA 2021 Convention & Trade Show coverage shuffled around slightly this year, I am covering the Falto Cigars for the first time. I…

PCA 2021: Black Label Trading Co.

For all the booth changes I’m seeing at the show this year, Black Label Trading Co. is one of the few that’s stayed the same….

PCA 2021: Caldwell Cigar Co.

I’ve talked a lot about minimalistic approaches to booth setups this year, but in that regard, Caldwell Cigar Co. takes the cake. Its entire booth…

PCA 2021: 7-20-4

I stopped by 7-20-4’s booth early on the first day and Kurt Kendall was quite happy about how the show was going so far for…

PCA 2021: Dapper Cigar Co.

When we’re talking open concept booths, the design Dapper Cigar Co. uses is one of the easiest to navigate. Made up of a central display…

PCA 2021: CLE

I wrote about Asylum on Sunday, but as it is housed in the same booth with CLE, I’m going to try to reiterate my thoughts…

PCA 2021: Dissident

Dissident is once again in the Oveja Negra Brands booth. While there is nothing officially new at the show, owner Benjamin Holt took a moment…

PCA 2021: Arango Cigar Co.

There are a handful of the larger booths that didn’t change their layout at all, and Arango Cigar Co. is one of them. Not that…