The IPCPR Convention & Trade Show floor is probably not the best place to try a new cigar.
For starters, the desert air in Las Vegas wreaks havoc on cigars, the temperature isn’t much better and smoking inside a convention hall packed with a few thousand other smokers isn’t great. That being said, there will be hundreds of new cigars on display at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and here are five we at halfwheel think are worth checking out first.
In the interest of full disclosure: this post was written on July 6, based on what we knew then. Inevitably, additional products will come out at a later date. Also, none of us have smoked the cigars we nominated for this list.
Brooks Whittington: It has been six years since Crowned Heads launched its inaugural line named Four Kicks in 2011, and a large number of different releases from the brand have followed in the years since.
I have always been a fan of the original, but now there is a regular production maduro version being released, which replaces the Ecuadorian habano wrapper found on the first blend with a Connecticut habano leaf. While this is not the first time a maduro wrapper has been put on the Four Kicks blend, this is the first time that version will be readily available, and I am looking forward to see how it compares to the other releases in the line.
Patrick Lagreid: For as much as I love a good cigar, I really love a good cigar with a good story behind it, and the Henkie seems to fit the bill pretty well. This new cigar is—surprisingly—the first to bear the name of Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, who is as associated with the Davidoff and AVO brands as anyone. Yet the cigar isn’t coming from Davidoff, it’s coming from the Kelner Boutique Factory (KBF), which is owned by one of his sons, Hendrik Kelner Jr. Additionally, the wrapper comes from a farm in the Cotui region of the Dominican Republic that is grown by Monika Kelner, one of Henke’s daughters.
While there will undoubtedly be a lot of very good cigars released at the show, I’m intrigued to try this one that brings a tobacco family together to finally give a legend his own cigar.
Charlie Minato: It’s the first entirely new line from Oliva since at least 2012 and it’s one of the few cigars where prices aren’t $10. The cigar was originally announced last year as Facundo, but was delayed for nearly 365 days.
While the blend was likely done prior to J. Cortès’ purchases of Oliva, this also marks the first new line since the Belgian company purchased the company last year.
As someone that has smoked just about every Oliva, I’m curious to smoke both the Reserva and Reserva Blanc versions.
Charlie Minato: For the better part of the last five years, Ernesto Padilla has repeatedly told me what he thinks the world needs is a “good $5 cigar.”
At this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, he will be introducing a $47.50 cigar.
It’s called the Padilla 1932 Millesime and it’s being sold in giant 100-count crates. The world doesn’t need a $50 cigar, let alone another $50 cigar, but I’m genuinely curious to see what it tastes like. Padilla has made a variety of good cigars over the years at various factories and at various price points, but I’m intrigued to see if this actually delivers any different of an experience.
Brian Burt: As is the style of Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars, everything is done with a flourish. Gellis has teased new releases plenty of times on Twitter, so why would it be any different with the upcoming Serie Gran Reserva 1988? He’s not released any information and won’t until the start of the trade show. All we have is a name, a photo of the cigar without a band and Warped’s track record of cigars, which is enough for me to want to try it out.