Reinado Unveils the Grand Empire Reserve at the 80th Annual IPCPR Convention and International Trade Show

Industry participants eagerly await the Grand Empire Reserve from REINADO Oradell, NJ, July 03, 2012 – Following the success of the 92 rated Petite Corona known as the Habanito and the 91 rated Torpedo, REINADO will unveil the Grand Empire Reserve at the 80th Annual IPCPR Convention and International Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, in […]


Reinado Grand Empire Reserva Box Pressed robusto

As many of  you know, Reinado was one of my surprised of the year last year on my Top Cigars for 2011.  This cigar popped on the scene with very little fan fare but developed a passionate following.  Using a secret proprietary fermentation process on all the tobaccos in the cigar, the cigar has a unique, very […]


Miami Cigar & Company to Release Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Miami, Florida – May 16, 2012 – Following in the footsteps of the Cigar Aficionado 91-rated Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve, Miami Cigar & Company is set to release the 2012 edition at IPCPR in August. The 6 1/8 x 52 box-pressed maduro cigar will be limited to 1500 boxes of 10 cigars. Rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua, this year’s […]


Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

At last year’s IPCPR, Rocky Patel introduced his latest extension of the Vintage line.  The Vintage 2003 uses a select Cameroon wrapper over binder and filler that have been aged for over 8 years.  As a Cameroon fan, I was eager to try it.  The cigar had a great burn and was a very smooth […]


IPCPR 2010 – Show in review

This year makes it 3 RTDA/IPCPR shows I’ve been lucky enough to attend.  Every year I come back with way more knowledge about the industry and a reaffirmation that the cigar reps, owners and other attendees are mi familia.  There is a brotherhood and sisterhood that is bound together by cigars that is really special.  […]


Ben talks to Edward Simon of Davidoff about the new Avo Heritage


Ben talks to Sean Williams of Primer Mundo about his new Liga Miami


Dion Giolito talks about what is new at Illusione Cigars


My Father Cedros Deluxe Cervantes

This week I’m reviewing the My Father Cedros Deluxe Cervantes. These cigars were graciously given to me by @BigABoyd to review. Thanks Aaron! These cigars are a subset of the regular My Father line in two size that aren’t in the regular line: Eminentes – 5 5/8 x 46 (corona gorda) Cervantes – 6 1/2 […]


Perdomo Grand Cru Connecticut

While at IPCPR, I visited one of my favorite cigar companies, Tabacalera Perdomo. The they were not introducing any new lines, but they were presenting two additional cigars: Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut and the Perdomo Grand Cru Connecticut. Today, I’m sampling the Grand Cru cigar. Perdomo states that this cigar is a Nicaraguan puro using all […]