In the front half of the hall and along one of the main aisle ways sat the Garo Cigars booth, which has steadily grown over the past few years and now feels and looks like it’s about three spaces wide by a single space deep, essentially about 30 feet by 10 feet.

I can’t remember a year when Dr. Garo Bouldoukian didn’t come to the trade show without at least one new line, and this year was no exception. In addition, there seemed to be a fairly steady stream of retailer talking with him and his son, Harout, who helps run the company in addition to being a practicing lawyer.

Garo 1887

Honoring significant years in a family’s or company’s history is a time-honored tradition in the cigar industry, and the latest release from Garo does just that. The year references a migration of the family from Armenia to Argentina and the beginnings of tobacco involvement that has led to the current company. The packaging is clean and simple, notably coming in a natural wood cigar box, while each of the three sizes get a box-press as well. The company calls it a blend that sits in the middle of the flavor and strength spectrum.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Corojo)
  • Garo 1887 Robusto (5 x 54) — $7.92 (Box of 24, $190)
  • Garo 1887 Toro (6 1/2 x 54) — $8.75 (Box of 24, $210)
  • Garo 1887 Torpedo (6 1/2 x 54) — $9.58 (Box of 24, $230)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 2019

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Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 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.