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Host Your Own Whiskey Tasting by Whiskey Disks

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How To Taste Whiskey

Level of Difficulty: very low
Level of Fun: very high
Time Required: 5 -10 minutes per sample
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Should there be a Consumer Day at IPCPR

If you keep up with Kiss My Ash Radio or frequent a few of the Cigar forums, blogs etc, you know that there is currently a push among some people to allow a Consumer Day at the annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer show, better known as IPCPR. For those that read this and wonder “WTF is that?” Picture Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for people who love this industry. Actually, don’t do that. Because from everything I’ve heard it’s nothing like that at all. I heard it’s like doing an indoor marathon where you have to shake everyone’s hands on the sidelines. I’ve never been, even when it was in New Orleans and I was invited. Why? Simple.

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Wynwood Connecticut

Wynwood Connecticut

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Honduran

Size: Corona 5 ½ x 46

Price: $7.50

The new Wynwood Connecticut is a cigar mad by Christian Eiroa of CLE Cigars.  The Wynwood smoke gets its name from the Wynwood district of Miami.  As the story goes, Christian brought over 25 of the top rollers and gave them a new home in Miami, and these are the rollers that make the Wynwood Connecticut. (At least that is what Marcus the general manager at Uptowns told me.  Hey, he got me to buy it!)

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Island Cigar Factory Connecticut

Island Cigar Factory Connecticut Al Capone

I was pleasantly surprised when I returned to my office after the holidays to find a package in my mailbox that sported a return address from Island Cigar Factory in Key West.  Now I do have to state that I had no idea this box was coming, it just showed up.  I do have to say that I love surprise cigar gifts.

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Press Release: Emilio Cigars Enters Into Agreement With Nomad Cigar Company For Distribution Rights

Emilio Cigars Enters Into Agreement With Nomad Cigar Company For Distribution Rights

January 4, 2012 – Fred Rewey, owner of Nomad Cigar Company, makers of Nomad cigars manufactured in Dominican Republic, and Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, announced today that they have entered into a distribution agreement.
Under this arrangement, Emilio Cigars sales staff will bring the Nomad Cigar line to market while Fred Rewey will continue to focus on product development, brand expansion, and manufacturing.
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Ezra Zion Reagan

The funny thing about all cigar smokers is that tastes will often change. For me, it switches between “pepper bombs” and really mild smokes (think Fuente Hemmingway or 858 Sungrowns). For whatever reason lately I’ve been really going for a more classic profile in my cigars, so when I tried the Inception in the smaller ring gauge, it just didn’t do anything for me personally. Was it a good smoke? Yes. Was it packed with flavors? Yes. But I did not feel like writing a review on the cigar would do it any justice. Enter in the Reagan.
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What to Expect from Crowned Heads in 2013

What to expect in 2013 from Crowned Heads

I had the pleasure to speak with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads today.  What you see below is a brief look into what Crowned Heads will be doing in 2013.  Hope you enjoy!

-Frank: How did 2012 turn out for Crowned Heads?

Jon: 2012 turned out well, thanks for asking.  From a PR standpoint, we wound up making 22 “Top Cigars of 2012” lists, including garnering six #1 (“Cigar of the Year”) mentions.  From a production and sales standpoint,  we were pretty close to being on target with all of our pre-2012 projections; the only thing that hampered us was a few product outages during the year.  We were hamstrung in the first quarter of 2012 due to a lack of product–we couldn’t sell any cigars nor could we open any new accounts.  That said, in retrospect we just chalked it up to a learning curve in working with EPC and La Alianza.  Suffice it to say, we are much better prepared for 2013.

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Poppa P’s Top 10 List

Poppa P’s Picks

 Well it is that time of the year again when the cigar industry publications and bloggers alike publish their “best of the year” cigar charts. As a retailer, I try to follow as many reviews and year-end charts as I can. I spent many years in the music industry where charts and reviews were also an important part of my work. With that said, I also know that a review is simply a personal opinion. So I’d like to share my personal “best of the best” picks. Before someone calls me out, my top picks for 2012 are not exclusively cigars that were new releases in 2012. These are the cigars I have smoked the most and typically always keep in my personal humidors. In no particular order, here are my top ten picks for 2012!

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