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A year ago this month, the cigar industry was celebrating the 2016 IPCPR Trade and Convention show. But this time it is different. The FDA has since introduced tons of new regulations and deadlines that many of us find difficult to comprehend in terms of purpose and implementation (and the FDA itself has not been able to fully explain). At that time, no one knew how those questionable regulations would affect the industry we all love. The 2016 IPCPR was a bit crazy and everyone was preoccupied with the future.
Since everything would go into effect right after the 2016 show, many cigar manufacturers went all out and presented a lot of new cigars during the event. The assumption was that for every new cigar that was to be released after August 2016, the release process would be very difficult and expensive. Those were very uncertain times.
Now it is 2017, and even though nothing substantially has changed with the new rules since then, the industry is, somehow, more or less back to normal, with a surprising amount of new cigars being introduced despite the circumstances. I believe cigar manufactures are dreamers, and that is one thing the regulatory agencies can't stop. There have been deadline extensions and legal challenges, and even though we know the FDA is determined to have its way, we all have faith that, at worst, the new regulations somehow will be manageable, although expensive. We all hope that this will be the case, but we still need to continue to fight for our rights.
So, let me introduce you to some of those new releases that we already received and can be order NOW!
Robert Caldwell has always been drawn toward the unique, and in pursuit of that, he always looks to collaborations with other highly regarded cigar makers. In the past, he has worked with Drew Estate's Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera to release the successful brand All Out Kings. Now it's time for another fabulous blend - and here we are: "Hit and Run" [...]
Oliva Cigars has been manufacturing tobacco long enough to be the producer of many high quality smokes. We all remember the series. Oliva Serie G, Oliva Serie O, and Oliva Serie V are the traditional smokes we always go back to. The name Gilberto Oliva is probably not one that you might recognize right away, but you should. Gilberto Oliva is not [...]
The Carrillo's have ready for its debut as a new regular line: E.P. Carrillo Elencos. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the creator of La Gloria Cubana released in 2012 a limited edition cigar named The Elencos Series. These cigars received a great welcoming by the cigar experts as well as by the general public. On 2012 the cigar [...]
In 2016, Cornelius & Anthony released their first line of premium cigars, the Cornelius. Named after owner Steven Bailey’s great-great-grandfather, the Cornelius received high accolades from the cigar community. Shortly thereafter, another line, called Daddy Mac in tribute to Steven Bailey’s father Mac, was brought to market. While the Cornelius is produced by Miami factory El Titan de [...]
Music has always been a Cuban thing, so I completely get why Erik Espinosa got his inspiration from the Jamaican Reggae. Two new lines are about to be released at 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show: Espinosa Reggae Dread and Espinosa Reggae. They both use a Jamaican Tobacco named by the indigenous as "Lengua de [...]
Alec Bradley Cigar Company has announced two global releases at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, this year. These are Black Market Esteli and Prensado Lost Art. Both lines have been on the market previously with limited quantities, but now they are ready for a worldwide release.These two lines have always been the favorites among [...]
2017 Edicion Limitada of Las Calaveras is here. These cigars are the ones every year Crowned Heads fans impatiently wait for its yearly release. The fourth edition is a blend inspired in La Calavera Catrina and uses an Habano Maduro from Ecuador wrapping Nicaraguan binder and fillers.The project named Las Calaveras by Jon Huber has [...]
We have heard the name of cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez a lot lately. A.J Fernandez is nowadays one familiar figure in the cigar industry. His later alliances with some of the biggest cigar manufacturers and distributors have resonated our ears like modern music in its trending moments. To name a few: Monte by Montecristo Crafted AJ [...]
Next week Las Vegas will be once again holding the biggest event for the Cigar Manufactures and Retailers, the 2017 IPCPR trade show and Convection. Every year, every cigar Manufactures uses this time to present to the ever growing community of Retailers all the new products they are putting out to the market. La Flor [...]