If there’s one thing I love seeing at the show, it’s the return of a small company exhibiting for the second time. Over the years, plenty of small companies have exhibited and then either decided that it wasn’t fiscally beneficial to attend the next show or worse, the company had ceased to exist. Luckily for owner Jonathan Almánzar, Linga Cigars was back for PCA 2023.

Sharing a booth space this year, all the lines that I covered last year were on display, though Almánzar noted there was nothing new at the show.

Towards the very back of the show and somewhat behind a larger exhibitor’s booth structure, it wasn’t the easiest to find without specifically seeking it out on my show floor map. However, the larger space was definitely noticeable once you were back there.

Almánzar did say that while there was nothing at the show, good things were happening for the company. This included having been contracted to produce a private label line and also just finalizing a deal to expand into the Asian market.

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.