Paul Garmirian and his son Kevork have been busy with two things since last year’s show, inspecting the cigars they have been aging since 1996, and FDA. Because of that, the company decided not to release any new products at this year’s show, instead laying the groundwork to release another small batch of aged cigars.

Paul Garmirian and his son Kevork manned the booth during IPCPR, with the latter around when I stopped by.

One thing that I like about the Paul Garmirian Cigars booth is the layout of cigars on the back table. Seemingly every cigar in the company’s portfolio is laid out side by side, grouped into lines and blends. I can’t say I see that in any other booth, and it is certainly an interesting way to walk a customer through your offerings.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.