While the Total Flame booth was tucked away in the back row, I didn’t have trouble finding it as they still had a sizable display with their logo at the top of their booth.

Total Cigars booth IPCPR 2016

Total Flame was one of the few companies this year that seemed to just continue with business as usual. They didn’t go with the “nothing new” approach or the “everything new” approach—they just had two new releases to show off.

Total Cigars M-72 IPCPR 2016

Total Flame M-72

Not something you see everyday, but the M-72 is a cigar that has Russian tobacco used in the filler. The Russian tobacco is sourced from the Pogarskaya Cigarette and Cigar Factory, which is then sent to Plasencia Cigars S.A., where it is combined with Nicaraguan tobacco to create the M-72.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua & Russia
  • Total Flame M-72 (6 x 57) – $19.80 (Boxes of 5, $99)

Launch Date: Aug. 2, 2016

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 5 (5,000 Total Cigars)

Total Cigars OTR IPCPR 2016

Total Flame OTR

The OTR—short for “Off The Rails”—is something that Total Flame showed off a couple of years ago, but didn’t finalize up until this year. With some slight packaging changes, the cigar still has the same blend and size as we reported back in 2014. It is produced at the Plasencia Cigars S.A. as well.

  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Total Flame OTR (5 1/2 x 52) – $7 (Boxes of 14, $98)

Launch Date: Aug. 2, 2016

Production: Regular

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

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.