IPCPR Day 3
In my mind day three seemed to be the most important day of the IPCPR show. The glitz and glamour of the big manufacturers was fantastic, yet in terms of the cigars, well most of them have been announced for a few weeks now at least. With all that hype behind them today was a big day for our buyers. After sitting with Padron, Tatuaje, and Perdomo, let’s see what they came up with!!
Padron Damaso- Last year, Padron spun heads at the trade show with the introduction of the 50th Anniversary and its corresponding humidor. This year, in order to top that, they are thinking outside the box. More specifically they are thinking outside the box press. The Damaso is one of Padron’s only rounded parejo shaped cigar. What’s more unusual is it is the first Padron that comes in cellophane. Yet the most surprising aspect of this cigar is it is the first Padron offered in a Connecticut seed wrapper. It is a mild cigar with a light wrapper over vintage Nicaraguan filler. It is offered in 4 sizes: No. 8 (5 1/2 x 46), No. 12 (5 x 50), No. 15 (6 x 52) and No. 17 (7 x 54).
Tatuaje Verocu– For those of you who are Tatuaje fans, you know the Verocu has been around for a few years. Well this year not only did we acquire the original line, we also now have the new size, which launched this year. This line was originally a limited extension of the Havana VI, but now is a stand-alone blend. It uses a Nicaraguan Café Rosado Oscuro wrapper and a great blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. The new size is known as the No.3 and is a 6 x 46 corona gorda. The MSRP is going to be around $8.50
Perdomo Special Craft Series- Finally a company has made the perfect cigar for beer pairings. Perdomo’s much anticipated Special Craft series has been the talk of the town for a long time, and now they are finally here. There are 3 different wrappers that are made to pair with 3 different beers. The first is known as the Pilsner and it uses a creamy Connecticut wrapper. Its made to pair with lighter beers such as pilsners or light lagers. The Amber uses a Sun Grown wrapper from Condega and is best with pale ales, lagers, or ambers. The last is known as the Stout. It uses a dark maduro wrapper is paired best with stouts, porters, or brown ales. The filler and binder on all three vary slightly but it is the wrappers that make these parings perfect. All 3 will also be available in 4 sizes: a Robusto, an Epicure, a Churchill, and a Gordo. The MSRP is $6.99, $7.50, $7.99, and $8.50 respectively. Cheers!!