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IPCPR 2019: Nova Cigars

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One of the handful of new companies at the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Nova Cigars seemed to make a fairly sizable splash with some sponsorships of the show as well as a booth that seemed to be drawing people from every angle as it was located at a fairly busy intersection of aisles. The booth was headed by Leonor “Leo” Abzaradel, the company’s ceo, and Aurelio “Ari” Riego, the brand’s president. Abzaradel joined the company in February after working with Casa de Montecristo and Nat Sherman, and has been in the cigar industry for close to 10 years across several aspects of the business. Riego was most recently an inventory and purchasing manager for the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City prior to joining the company last year.

The company is based out of Palm Beach, Fla., while its cigars are made at the company’s factory, Nova Cigars S.A., in the Dominican Republic. Its first cigar shipments began in February, when the company began shipping its first limited edition lines, a total of six cigars with each size getting a unique blend and flavor profile.

The company limited production of each of the six cigars to just 3,000 cigars, which are offered in 12-count boxes and were also on display in the above sampler, which retails for $169. Nova’s regular production line made its debut at the show and will be available on an ongoing basis, with shipping scheduled to begin during the first week of August.

Nova Club Edition Toro

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000 Oscuro)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Nova Club Edition Toro (6 x 50) — $18 (Box of 20, $360; Pack of 3, $54)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Platinum Nova Classic

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Olor)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Nova Classic (5 1/2 x 50) — $13.75 (Box of 20, $275)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Platinum Nova Congress

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Nova Congress (7 x 43) — $18 (Box of 10, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Platinum Nova Mirage

  • Wrapper: Sumatra
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Piloto)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Nova Mirage (6 x 60) — $18 (Box of 12, $216)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Platinum Nova Sultan

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Nova Sultan (6 1/4 x 55) — $16.95 (Box of 12, $203.40)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Not pictured.

Personal Reserve Leo X

  • Wrapper: Undisclosed (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (HVA)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Personal Reserve Leo X (5 3/4 x 50) — $21.70 (Box of 10, $217)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Not pictured.

Platinum Batch Robusto

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Batch Robusto (5 x 54) — $11.99 (Box of 20, $239.80)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Not pictured.

Platinum Batch Toro

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (HVA)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Batch Toro (6 x 54) — $12.99 (Bundle of 20, $259.80)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Not pictured.

Platinum Batch Torpedo

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Platinum Batch Torpedo (6 x 54) — $13.99 (Bundle of 20, $279.80)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

Champion Series Football

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000 CT)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Champion Series Football (5 x 70) — $20.45 (Box of 11, $224.95)

Production: 250 Boxes of 11 Cigars (2,750 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 2019

88 Series Year of the Rat

Nova Cigars is getting in on the trend of releasing cigars to go along with the Lunar New Year, and this is a truly limited edition with just 100 boxes produced. While the blend is not being disclosed, the company says that the cigars are made with ultra-premium vintage, full filler tobaccos.

  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • 88 Series Year of the Rat (6 x 50) — $25 (Box of 8, $200)

Production: 100 Boxes of 8 Cigars (800 Total Cigars)

Release Date: November 2019

Nova Grid Cabinet Ashtray

An interesting spin on a familiar ashtray design, this unit features two drawers for storage of accessories or whatever you desire, although it is not designed to be used as a humidor. But for a place to store lighters, cutters, cigar wrapper glue, remote controls or whatever have you, it is a more than decent option.

MSRP: $125

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2019

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NullDavidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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