Villiger’s booth was just as big this year as in the past, however there was one very key difference: they had nothing new to show off.

Villiger booth IPCPR 2016

Rene Castaneda, president of Villiger Cigars North America, had let us know prior to the show that they weren’t going to be releasing anything new. While there wasn’t anything new, Castaneda did take the time to sit down with us and talk about their strategy for not releasing anything at the show as well as for the company’s future plans.

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.