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During the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. introduced what the company is calling its strongest line to date. Named Super Fly, the 70’s themed release debuted in three different vitolas and was made up of a Mexican San Andrés wrapper covering a binder from Honduras and filler tobaccos sourced from the Dominican...
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Too much. In a year were many manufacturers made it very clear they were aware of the amount of new releases collectively, Miami Cigar & Co. and La Aurora seemed to have missed the meeting. Jason Wood explained that it was the first time where La Aurora had offered a plethora of new releases, but...
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I suspect there shall be a lot more grouping of these two companies together in the future, and as far as the trade show was concerned, they were in two separate booths. The obvious large topic of discussion was the gigantic distraction that is known as Sam Leccia and Sam Leccia Cigar Co., but he...
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No surprises, I mean… literally no surprises. All of LFD’s newest releases were known a few weeks before, which isn’t exactly the style that Litto is known for. The LFD booth was a bit more laid back than I would have thought, but it was a nice atmosphere. The star for La Flor? The humidor...
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Where was Casa Cuba? I apologize to all of the Fuente/Newman employees that had to answer that question. There was more in the Cigar Family booth than the notably absent Casa Cuba, but there was a large, and sometimes even public sense that next year, Fuente’s 100th anniversary, may have played into a calmer 2011....
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I saw Terence Reilly pretty early into my stay into Vegas. I had a good conversation with one of the key players at Quesada/MATASA/SAG Imports, about a variety of things, but particularly about the present and future of the company his uncle, Manuel “Manolo” Quesada, sits at the helm of. The IPCPR show was relatively...
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Publicly, the biggest news regarding Oliva and the 2011 IPCPR was the court order that prevented former employee Sam Leccia from attending the trade show. Despite a fairly one-sided discussion on various online format, numbers don’t lie and Oliva wasn’t really worrying about a Miami courtroom. An Oliva employee was trying to explain just how...
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Last year’s winner of the large booth award was back and the rumors before the show started was it was going to bigger than ever. In addition to heels, Drew Estate brought out molds redecorated by Subculture Studios as gifts to accounts. There was a lot more than the car at the Drew Estate booth,...
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