Forgot to mention, we'll be sending out a few emails that are a little more in-depth than the Tweets... If anyone's interested, you can sign up for the mailing list on our the left side column of our homepage www.cigarsatyourprice.com
The owner (and also an IPCPR board member) Rob, David and our "new media" guy Greg are in attendance. Of course, we're having technical issues with getting the photos uploaded to our server, so right now we're dealing with wall-of-text only. Sorry!
Here's our Day 1 & 2 recap for those interested. It was what went out in the email this morning, so it's catered more towards our customers (ie, not just a general "blog" style update):
Morning, everyone, and welcome to our first IPCPR recap from here in Orlando! We'd like to apologize for the lack of photos - we're having some technical difficulties that we hope to have worked out before our update tomorrow.
Day one was Thursday, which was filled with seminars and local parties before the show officially opened. IPCPR hosted some incredibly interesting seminars on Cigar Politics and Tobacco Taxes - again, we can't stress enough how important it is that you join CRA if you're interested in preserving your right to enjoy fine, quality tobaccos - as well as a slightly less serious scotch & cigar pairing later in the evening! The festivities were capped off with a grand Gala Opening at 6:30PM, but without a doubt all eyes were towards Friday when all of the manufacturers would be on display.
8:00AM on Friday brought us to the Annual IPCPR meeting & breakfast, and by 10AM everyone was ready to hit the trade show floor. It wasn't long before the convention center was filled with the sweet smell of burning tobacco, the air became hazy, and the buzz of all of the people filled the room. To fit in meetings with so many cigar manufacturers is quite difficult, so we had to run run run to get as much in as possible. We saw quite a few interesting things - Avo Uvezian of Avo Cigars playing a grand piano at their booth, the Drew Estate booth pumping out loud music (as always) with all of their people dancing and having a good time (as always) - but obviously the draw was all of the brand spanking new cigars!
First on our list is SAG/Matasa, and we walked away with an incredible score of cigars for you guys! We're going to be carrying the Quesada Jalapa, an update for the US-market of the incredibly popular (and incredibly hard-to-find) Quesada Espana which was pretty much only available for sale in Spain. The cigar is wrapped in an experimental hybrid leaf from the Jalapa valley in Nicaragua, and the result is a medium-bodied smoke with lots of smooth, full flavors. We're also bringing in Tres Reynas, a collaboration between Patricia and Raquel Quesada and Janny Garcia of My Father Cigars. It's going to be extremely limited, and it features a blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos with an absolutely gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada II will be arriving shortly, and the Oktoberfest is back this year with a few new sizes, and we're also happy to announce that we'll be carrying a limited run of the Quesada Q d'etat, another small-batch cigar that's a Dominican Puro but with loads of strength.
The next stop was Miami Cigar & Co. where we were able to secure a bevy of new releases for you. The Nestor Miranda Danno is being re-released this year with a tweaked blend featuring a touch more ligero and a San Andreas Maduro wrapper, as well as the 2012 version of the Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve which is by far the strongest Miranda cigar to date with a dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wraper over a Nicaraguan blend of binder and fillers. For you La Aurora fans we'll be carrying 1903 gift sets as well as the new Preferidos, a Connecticut Broadleaf-wrapped cigar called the "Diamond" that's in a really sleek looking black tubo. There's a new La Sirena coming to us shortly - the Merlion (the name is a mashup of the mermaid theme of La Sirena and the lion from La Aurora's family name, Leon) - which features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper over a blend of Brazilian, Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos with a Brazilian Sumatra binder. We're also really excited to bring in the Fernando Leon from La Aurora, a Dominican-grown Corojo wrapped cigar that was the personal blend of Guillermo Leon's father, Don Fernando. Last but not least is a brand new cigar called the Anoranza, a box-pressed cigar with a really nice Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper.
We previously mentioned the music at the Drew Estate booth; they were in a partying mood (lots of hip hop was blasting from their speakers) for good reason - they had a bunch of new cigars on display! We'll be carrying two new My Uzi Weighs a Ton vitolas, the tweaked blend in the 4x44 Bait Fish (it's a POWERHOUSE of a little cigar!) and the MUWaT +11, a 5 1/2 x 52 Parejo. For fans of flavored smokes, the Natural line is finally seeing a national release of the NDB - the 7x44 lonsdale that was personally made for regional sales directors Dave Lafferty and Fabien Ziegler. These cigars were only given away at Drew Estate events over the past two years, and we know you guys are going to love them! Last but definitely not least is the Liga Privada Papas Fritas... Liga fans, go ahead and wipe the drool off your keyboard now! Available in four-count tins, the Papas Fritas is a blend of clippings from the No. 9 and T52 cigars, and it's going to change your opinions on "short filler" cigars. They draw, burn and taste like any long-filler cigar - obviously they're made with the same attention to detail as all of the high quality Liga Privada offerings - and the Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Dark wrapper, the same that's used on the No. 9, makes these have a very spicy, rich, thick and delicious flavor.
We're also really pleased to announce that we'll be carrying CLE cigars. While you might not have heard the name before, you'll surely recognize the name of the man who's in charge of CLE: Christian Eiroa, the longtime president of Camacho Cigars. Small-production with a focus on detail and quality, and limited to only select retailers, CLE cigars will be rolled at the Tabacos Ranchos Jamastran factory in Honduras. The CLE Cuarenta (celebrating Christian's 40th birthday) is medium in body, full of fine nuanced flavors, and it sports a beautiful Habano-seed wrapper. The CLE Corojo is decked out in its namesake, a spicy Corojo wrapper, and it's medium-to-full in body and will really appeal to fans of sweet & creamy flavors and cinnamon (there is LOADS of cinammon flavor in this cigar!). Rolled in Florida, the Wynwood is the third addition to Christian's new lineup, and unfortunately he isn't giving out too much informaiton on it right now - so stay tuned! Finally, Christian is also debuting the Asylum and Asylum 13 brands, Nicaraguan-rolled cigars made with Nicaraguan tobaccos, and the Schizo, a milder cigar that features a lot of great clean, smooth tobacco flavors.
Here's our update that went out this morning. Again, sorry that it sounds like an advertisement (because it sort of is!).
I uploaded a bunch of pics to our storefront's website, see them here.
Quick updates from today: met with the Garcias about bringing in La Duena and the new Jaime Garcia cigars, and Emilio Cigars (which means we should be striking a deal to bring in Rodrigo and El Tiante also).
We were incredibly busy on Saturday hitting more booths and scoring more new cigars. We visited the renovated Ernesto Perez Carrillo booth and man, that thing looked great! Very classy, very striking, it really stood out as being well-designed. But what about the cigars? Well, we jumped all over the chance to carrying EPC's newest, the INCH. Available in three vitolas - 60 RG, 62 RG and 64 RG (yes, an INCH-wide cigar) - and in both natural and maduro wrapper, this cigar is going to appeal to you large cigar smokers. Just don't drop the ash in your lap... There's sure to be a lot of it! Production on this is incredibly limited, we were hearing that only six rollers were working on this project and they're limited in how many cigars they can finish per day.
We next stopped by the Ashton booth and we were immediately drawn to the La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva. This version of the Mi Amor features a dark, Mexican Oscuro wrapper as opposed to the San Andres wrapper on the core line. The Reserve is a complex, full blend that is very good and should hopefully be hitting our store in just a few short weeks. We're sure you guys are going to be excited about this because the core Mi Amor cigars have been flying off of our shelves recently... It doesn't seem like you guys can get enough of them!
Tatuaje fans, get ready. We've got all of the new L'Atelier Import, a new company headed by Pete Johnson, lines incoming. Needless to say, they're going to be a huge hit! The flagship cigar is L'Atelier, resembling the Cuban Cohiba Behike in it's design down to the pigtail. It's made in Nicaragua using Nicaraguan filler and an Ecuadorian wrapper. The second line from LA is Surrogates, a play on the Tatuaje Black cigars released last year. The El Suelo and Trocadero lines are going to be "premium bundle" cigars in big ring gauges using blends of American, Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan tobaccos and rolled under the supervision of the Garcias of My Father Cigars. These are going to be incredibly flavorful, made with high quality tobaccos by skilled rollers, and they're going to be priced well enough that any of you who are wondering about Tatuaje - and why smokers are going so crazy over the cigars - will be able to pick up a few to try without breaking your piggy bank.
The final two new releases we're talking about (for now) are the Ortega Serie D and the Oliva Serie V Melanio. The Ortega Serie D is a limited-production cigar from Eddie Ortega himself. They're going to be available from select retailers only, and we'll have both the natural and maduro versions available for you. The Serie V Melanio, named after the first Oliva to grow tobacco (Melanio Oliva), features Oliva-grown Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos and Oliva-grown Sumatra wrappers from Ecuador. These cigars are different from the Oliva V but, according to Jose Oliva, they're reminiscent enough that they felt comfortable keeping it in the Serie V family.
OK, that's all for now. We have to prepare ourselves for today, the last day of the show. We're going to be hurrying to hit the remaining booths to score you guys the best deals and the latest & greatest cigars! Have a wonderful day, and we'll talk to you guys tomorrow!
Wow, quite the haul today: we'll finally carry GL Pease pipe tobacco for our pipe smoking customers, we're bringing back Viaje, we've got Emilio on board (if you guys haven't tried these cigars yet, you're missing out!), lots of new stuff from Gurkha, some new My Father cigars... We're excited!
Bigger update tomorrow! And we hope at least some of this stuff is interesting for you folks!
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