Inside the Boutiques Unified booth, the Ezra Zion crew were greeting a steady stream of retailers despite the fact they didn’t have anything new to show off.

Ezra Zion booth IPCPR 2016

Chris Kelly and Kyle Hoover did manage to break away for a few minutes to chat with me, give me a hard time for moving away from their DFW home base of operations and say they did have some new stuff in the works, though no details are forthcoming quite yet.

Ezra Zion IPCPR display case 2016

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brian Burt

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.