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Cigar News: IPCPR Trade Show Preview (cont’d)

1 Aug 2012

Tomorrow is the official opening of the 80th annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association Trade Show—the convention where cigar makers from around the world come to debut new creations. This year’s event is being hosted in Orlando and StogieGuys.com will be on site to bring you the latest news as it develops.

Leading up to the big show, we’ve been relaying new cigar announcements to you for weeks. And yesterday my colleague gave summaries and his first impressions of new cigars he has already smoked. Today I disclose a few of the notable 2012 cigar releases that we haven’t already written about. We expect these cigars to be formally introduced in Orlando.

Arturo Fuente

In honor of 100 years of business, the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company is producing limited boxes of Destino al Siglo (pictured), a four-cigar sampler that includes an Opus X BBMF, two Opus X Tauros the Bull, and a Don Carlos Anniversary Edition Double Robusto. Each box comes with a travel humidor, a documentary DVD about the Fuente family, and a photo book. The retail price will be $165. Only 2,012 boxes will be made.

CAO

In the brand’s second year under the General Cigar umbrella at the Trade Show, CAO is set to debut Concert, “a new collection that celebrates CAO’s ties to music and harnesses the legendary energy of Music City.” The line will be sold in four sizes that will retail for $5.75-7.50. It will include an Ecuadorian Habano rosado wrapper with a Connecticut broadleaf binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Paul Garmirian

One of our favorite boutique cigar makers, PG, is launching two new sizes of the Symphony 20th blend: Belicoso (6.25 x 52) and Bombones Extra (3.5 x 46). Suggested retail on these sizes will be $450 and $220, respectively, for boxes of 25. Of particular note is the Bombones Extra, an “old Cuban size from the turn of the century that Paul Garmirian came across in his research,” according to PG.

Montecristo

Altadis is expanding the Montecristo portfolio with a new line called Epic. Dubbed “Vintage 2007” and available in three sizes, Epic will feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republuic. The Churchill, Toro, and Robusto will sell for $13-15.

Primer Mundo

Sean Williams of the Primer Mundo Cigar Company will be in Orlando to introduce La Hermandad, a Brazilian arapiraca-wrapped blend made by Abe Flores at Abe’s factory in the Dominican Republic. “The cigar delivers a rich full-body smoke with accents of roasted coffee beans and cocoa,” reads a Primer Mundo press release. “La Hermandad is packaged in a wheel of 24 cigars per box and …will be in the $8-$9 range.”

This brief list is by no means exhaustive. Check back at StogieGuys.com during the IPCPR Trade Show, which begins tomorrow, for much more information about the new cigars that will soon be hitting tobacconist shelves near you.

Patrick A

photo credit: Arturo Fuente

4 Responses to “Cigar News: IPCPR Trade Show Preview (cont’d)”

  1. Blank Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Looking forward to your coverage of the show starting tomorrow. I always enjoy seeing the live updates, especially since I can't go myself, as a lowly cigar smoker.

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