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: Warped

Kyle Gellis, owner of Warped, is as well-dressed as usual, and while the Warped booth is a little more subdued from years past, it’s still…

PCA 2021: JRE Tobacco Co.

Like many other manufacturers this year, JRE Tobacco Co. has gone with a slightly more subdued booth from their previous setup. JRE has much less…

PCA 2021: Asylum

With Asylum being part of the CLE family of brands, they’re located in the same booth as they have been in previous years. This year…

PCA 2021: Stick The Stick, LLC

It is Stick The Stick’s first trade show and it seemed like things were going quite well for the new company who seemingly didn’t want…

PCA 2021: Day 1 Recap

This year’s PCA Convention & Trade Show has been very different and very familiar for me all at the same time. It is different in…

PCA 2021: Room101

Room101 has it all this year — line extensions, the return of a classic and what Matt Booth describes as a “hypersexual” 12th anniversary cigar,…

PCA 2021: What’s In My Bag — Brian Burt

I’m a creature of habit, enjoying familiar things and proven plans that work. This year is my ninth trade show, and looking back over the…

IPCPR 2019: Zander-Greg

Zander-Greg was back this year with the same booth, and much like the last year were in a good spot on an aisle to get…

IPCPR 2019: Caoba

Caoba is a brand that has been in business in the Dominican Republic since 1992, but has previously not had a focus on sales within…

IPCPR 2019: La Sonrisa Cigars

In perhaps one of the worst booth placements I’ve ever seen, La Sonrisa was back at the show this year. And in the back. Placed…

IPCPR 2019: Cigar Companion Concepts

While the company name may be slightly vague on what they produce, once you see The Best Cigar Pal it’s apparent to those that are…