IPCPR 2018: White Hat Distribution

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Launched in 2016 by Spence Drake, White Hat Distribution is perhaps best known for distributing Hirochi Robaina’s H.R. cigars, a brand that just saw a fairly significant price reduction. However, while Robaina’s line might be the most famous cigars the company deals with, White Hat had a couple of other brands at this year’s IPCPR that it was highlighting.

Unlike a number of other companies at the show, White Hat Distribution seems to have fun with its booth, as its social media campaign making fun of its location on the floor last year proves. This year, the company had not only tables and chairs but also a large ping pong—err table tennis—table for customers to play on, something I sadly did not have enough time to test out.

Soneros Habano Claro & Soneros Habano Maduro

The big news from White Hat Distribution at the show this year was that all of the company’s sizes in both blends of its Soneros line will finally be shipping to retailers this month.

While both the Habano Claro and Habano Maduro lines were supposed to ship at the same time back in April, it turns out that only the 6 x 60 gordo in both wrappers and the 6 x 52  toro vitola in the Habano Maduro blend actually shipped to retailers. That leaves the 5 x 50 robusto and 5 1/2 x 46 corona gorda vitolas in both blends and the 6 x 52 toro size in the Habano Claro blend, all of which will be on shelves by the end of the month according to Drake.

Vegas de Santiago D8

There are not many Costa Rican cigars on the market, but Vegas de Santiago might be one of the better-known brands. White Hat Distribution has picked up four of the vitolas, all of which are scheduled to begin shipping to retailers next month.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: n/a
  • Vegas de Santiago D8 Robusto (5 x 50) — $7.95 (Boxes of 20, $159)
  • Vegas de Santiago D8 Toro (6 x 52) — $8.95 (Boxes of 20, $179)
  • Vegas de Santiago D8 Emperador (6 x 60) — $9.95 (Boxes of 20, $199)
  • Vegas de Santiago D8 Petit Robusto (4 x 50) — $7.80 (Boxes of 20, $156)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

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Brooks Whittington
About the author

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

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