4 Dec 2015
As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.
1) The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) has officially completed its move to a three-story commercial townhouse in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. Previously, the organization had employees in five different states with a headquarters in Columbus, Georgia. “This new location, steps from the U.S. Capitol, will enable IPCPR to continue increasing awareness of premium cigar issues through education and advocacy of federally elected officials in Washington,” Kevin “Kip” Talley, Senior Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, told StogieGuys.com yesterday. “The capability to host social and fundraising events is also an exciting opportunity. Uniting IPCPR staff in one location will further empower our team to develop solutions to the complex legislative and regulatory issues we face as an industry, both at the state and federal levels. We are thrilled to unveil the new location to our members and encourage anyone visiting Washington to contact us for a full tour of our new facilities.”
2) Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) has announced the 2015 release of its Catacomb brand, which is made in Estelí at Fabrica Oveja Negra exclusively for Underground Cigar Shop in Fort Worth, Texas. Available in a Robusto and a Toro, Catacomb sports an Ecuadorian maduro wrapper around Nicaraguan tobaccos. “I was very excited to work with Underground to bring back the Catacomb this year,” said BLTC creator James Brown. “It’s one of my favorite cigars from the BLTC lineup. There will be a lot of similarities to last year’s cigar, but we did tweak a few things to take it to the next level. Overall, I feel it’s a bigger, bolder version of the 2014. It’s an intensely rich cigar with dense, chewy smoke…”
3) Inside the Industry: Cigar Insider reports My Father Cigars is set to release its most expensive cigar yet: “Dubbed My Father Garcia & Garcia, the brand is positioned as the company’s most high-end cigar to date and was created to celebrate the craftsmanship of José ‘Pepin’ Garcia and his son, Jaime. The cigar will come in only one size, a… Toro Deluxe, and contains a type of rare tobacco in the filler known as Pelo de Oro.”
4) Deal of the Week: StogieGuys.com sponsor Smoke Inn has the highly anticipated Sobremesa in stock. Most sizes are already sold out but, at the time of this writing, the Gran Imperiales (7 x 54) size is still available for order in either a five-pack or a box of 25. Do yourself a favor and give this awesome blend a try.
photo credit: IPCPR