For General Cigar Co., IPCPR 2012 was about FOUNDRY and FOUNDRY. Or so was the case outside of the large booth of the company that parents CAO, Cohiba, Hoyo de Monterrcey, La Gloria Cubana, Macanudo, Partagas, Punch and others where all anyone wanted to talk about was the center of the General booth. Inside there were a lot of new products across a few brands, a lot of limited editions.

General Cigar Booth

The Booth
FOUNDRY was what was everyone was talking about. But within the complex that was General Cigar Co., CAO, below, put up a pretty good fight.

CAO Booth

CAO Concert

CAO Concert Humidor

CAO Concert
Details are here. The notable trait here is that all four sizes are 5 1/2 inches long. The humidor will be used at events—and its built-in speaker goes to 11.


CAO OSA Lot 46 & Lot T
Previously offered as part of samplers, Lot 46 and Lot T are now offered for sale.

Cohiba Edición Diamante Capa Reserva 2012 Toro

Cohiba Edición Diamente Capa Reserva 2012 Robusto

Cohiba Edición Diamente 2012
Introduced at last year’s IPCPR 2011the Diamente is back, this time in two different sizes. Cameroon from 1980 adorns both a 5 x 50 Robusto, sold in glass tubes, and a 6 x 54 Toro, offered in a coffin. The Robusto retails for $22.00, while the Toro is priced at $25.00 per piece. Both are offered in 10-count boxes. Only 2,012 boxes of each size will be offered for sale.

Don Sixto Plasencia

Don Sixto by Plasencia
Details here.


Foundry Booth

The star of the show. Described as the brainchild of Michael Giannini, FOUNDRY was noted for its gear bands and the above pictured booth. Word is the gears will be used for something bigger, so hold onto them.

La Gloria Cubana Booth

La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show

La Gloria Cubana Trunk Show
The newest of the growing number of limited edition La Gloria Cubanas. Details are here.

Macanudo Vintage 2006

Macanudo Vintage 2006
Detailed here. Back again is the metal bands of Vintage 1997.

Partagas 160th

Partagas 160th
Another release for the holiday season.

Punch Tailgate

Punch Tailgate
The new Punch Tailgate packs were one of the first things you noticed when walking into the booth. $24.99 gets you six cigars, a bottle opener and cutter.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.