Tabacalera Falto was one of the companies that didn’t bring any new product to this year’s trade show, choosing instead to focus on existing products, many of which were released prior to the grandfathered date established by the FDA.“The FDA is making it very difficult to introduce new products that are not ‘substantial equivalents,'” Falto said, noting that he does have a new cigar in the works, but doesn’t have immediate plans to introduce it into the market.Instead, Falto had three of his grandfathered cigars front and center, the Falto Prominente Gran Reserva Especial, Falto Vejigante and Falto Los Procesos Eminente.The Prominente uses a Cameroon wrapper over Dominican binder and filler, and comes in a 4 1/2 x 42/47 perfecto priced at $10.26.

The Vejigante gets its name from a Puerto Rican cultural festival and uses an Ecuadorian Habano Vuelta Arriba wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Cameroon. The 6 x 58 grand corona is priced at $12.70.

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.