La Sonrisa was back this year, with a couple of new things and a surprise award.

While I was covering the booth, the IPCPR team dropped by and awarded La Sonrisa with Best in Show for the Small Exhibitor 1 Booth category. It certainly took co-owner Tom Hocking by surprise, and one that he said made his day.

La Sonrisa Cigar Box Art

The first thing that was new for them at the show wasn’t a cigar, but an addition of option artwork to their boxes. Teaming up with artist Jacob Heinkel, the two pieces currently being offered are of the Guadalupe Church in Granada, Nicaragua and the other depicting one of their cigars, The Charlotte, against three tobacco leaves. The artwork adds an additional $15 to any box prices.

La Sonrisa El Profesor

A tribute to the late co-founder of La Sonrisa, Wally Stealey, it is named after the fact that Stealey used to be a professor at Southern Colorado State University.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesian
  • Filler: Nicaragua


  • La Sonrisa El Profesor (6 x 52) — $12.95 (Boxes of 9, $115 and Boxes of 18, $225)

Production: 1,000 Total Cigars

Launch Date: July 2018

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 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.