The History of Punch Cigars

If you are a cigar smoker in the United States, it is only plausible that you have not only heard of Punch cigars, but that you thoroughly enjoyed them.  From the rich maduro version of the Punch Elite, to … Read More

The History of Montecristo

Montecristo, also known as “Mountain of Christ”, is a small mountainous island off the coast of Italy.  The name gained worldwide recognition following the publication of Alexandre Dumas classic novel The Count of Montecristo.  However, in today’s world, it … Read More

Top 10 Countries That Grow Cigar Tobacco

Cuba– Cuba is probably the most famous cigar producing country in the world. Its tobacco is renowned for its flavor and high quality.  Although it has been banned in the United States for more than half a century, it still … Read More

Drew Estate Connecticut Valley Barn Smoker

This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of attending another great cigar event hosted by Drew Estate.  The Drew Estate Connecticut Valley Barn Smoker is the second such event organized by the company, the first being last … Read More

Top 10 Cigar Factories

Chateau A. Fuente (Santiago, Dominican Republic)- Not only is the Fuente factory one of the most famous cigar production facilities, it is also one of the most beautiful.  A beautiful floral bed with the Opus X logo adorn the main … Read More

Padron Cigars – The Whole Story

The legendary José Orlando Padrón founded the now famous Padron Cigars in 1964.  Jose is a Cuban born refugee that comes from a family of tobacco workers. José Padrón was forced to move from his homeland in 1961 at age 35 after the … Read More

The 10 Coolest Cigar Celebrities

Carlos & Carlito Fuente– This father and son team has been dominating the Dominican cigar world for almost half a century. Their cigar lineage dates back to the early 20th century in Tampa florida, where their headquarters are still located.  … Read More

Robert Caldwell

Robert Caldwell may not seem like your typical old-school cigar manufacturer. He is over six feet tall with blond hair and what is, may I say, a unique and awesome fashion sense. Seeing him on the street, you … Read More


It is sadly the last day here at the 2015 IPCPR.  We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we did a lot of different bodily functions.  The buyers have done a great job picking up the best products for our customers and ensuring … Read More


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 … Read More


Another fantastic day here at the IPCPR trade show.  Some of these booths are absolutely phenomenal and the cigars I’ve tried have been great!  Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Booth of Room 101 for … Read More

Happy retirement (sort of) Gordon

If you subscribe to Cigar Aficionado, you may have noticed a change in the current issue. Tucked in the editor’s note is a Bon Voyage to Gordon Mott.  Gordon had been talking about cutting back for a while and he … Read More

RIP Kiki

Enrique Kiki Berger passed away last week at the age of 56.  A heart attack was the cause.  Don Kiki, as he was called, got into the cigar business during the boom.  But unlike many others, he stayed … Read More

The Other Shoe

Last week, we told you about General Cigar buying Toraño Family Cigars.  It was announced on September 11th and took effect immediately that day.  At the time, we wondered about Sam Leccia, whose blends have caught more attention of late … Read More

General Grows Again

Last Thursday, General Cigars announced its latest acquisition —Toraño Family Cigars.  In a way this is a logical extension for the company.  Scandinavian Tobacco Group in 2007 first bought CAO from the Ozgener family.  The cigars were made in … Read More

Bye Gene

Gene Tipton has been a fixture at the trade shows.  As VP of Premium Cigars for Altadis USA, Gene is one of those great guys who everybody likes.  This year will be his last trade show.  He is retiring … Read More

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