After having a fairly big year in terms of new cigars at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show—that was the year the company released a collaboration with Bryan Glynn of as well as a bundle cigar available in three different wrappers—this year was fairly low-key for Blanco Cigar Co. David Blanco told me that the cigar company was hoping to show off a new blend, but it was not ready in time for the show.

Interestingly, while there was nothing new to show off, Blanco had a booth that had been rearranged a bit compared to past years, including fewer couches and more chairs. It also seemed significantly more open when I was walking through it, a very good thing for any company with a booth on the floor.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Brooks Whittington

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.