For the sixth consecutive year, the Cigar Coop brand will be providing coverage of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association Trade Show and Convention. For the past three years we have brought to you our multi-part preview series on what to expect from the show. This year we made some changes. We have opted to start the series later in June, and streamline it to five parts from seven. Streamlined does not mean less coverage. We are still committed to delivering more coverage than ever – and this will be done through our on-going product reports. Earlier this month, we announced that we would be eliminating the Five Boutiques to Watch segment. This was not an easy decision as this was one of the most popular posts of the year. Basically this feature had run its course and it was time to change things up.
Today we do our first pass around the Trade Show floor and tell you what to expect from brand owners and manufacturers. This will be done in two passes as some companies have yet to announce, or wrap up their announcements. We will have a second installment on Friday with more companies.
Boutique Blends Cigars: A very busy show for Rafael Nodal and his team. His new products include Aging Room F59, Aging Room Bin No. 1 D Major and D Minor, Aging Room ffortissimo M19, La Bohème Encantador, and Swag Connecticut. The collaborative effort with Atladis, the recently released Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 is expected to be showcased. Finally, the new exclusive Aging Room F55 Quattro DeSocio done for Alliance Cigar will also be showcased at the booth.
D’Crossier Cigars: Now under the Espinosa distribution arm, the company will showcase the recently released Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512 by D’Crossier Cigars and launch the new D’Crossier Lancero Selection 512
Debonaire: Phil Zanghi’s company will launch an all new brand called Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigars – consisting of a Habano and Maduro offering. The company will also launch the limited edition Debonaire 33rd Degree Maduro.
Duran Cigars: The company will showcase the limited edition Cigar News: Roberto P. Duran Signature Santo Cardenas Edition. The Neya F8 line will see the 7 x 70 Big Jack and three additional new sizes. There will also be line extensions added to the cigars in the Azan line. The company will also focus on its new branding.
MBombay: The company heads into IPCPR with lots of new products including the MBombay Habano, line extensions to MBombay Kesara and Mora which include the company’s new can packaging.
ACME Cigar Company: This is a new company launched by Jay Lundy and Tom Poehler, the men behind AKA Cigars. The new company will launch three new lines: Acme Premier Ecuador, Acme Premier San Andres, and Route 66.
Casa Fernandez: The company will unveil two new cigars as a part of the Aniversario 2015 line – the Voleur and the L.F. Celines. The new JFR Lunatic line, a line focused on larger cigars will also be showcased – including the recently announced JFR Lunatic Jackhammer.
Chinnock Cellars Cigars: The company will launch the limited edition XOXO, a special cigar that involved hand-infusing some of the most expensive cognac in the world into the blend.
Commonwealth Cedar Spills: Tom Person’s company will showcase the new Spills by the Bunch cedar spill.
Cornelius and Anthony: The company will launch a new line called Meridian.
El Cedro Cigars: The company will launch its revamped and expanded portfolio.
Espinosa Cigars: This will be a big show for Erik Espinosa and company. The company will showcase the Espinosa Especial, the re-launch of Murcielago, and the box-pressed line extension to Laranja, the Caixa.
Esteban Carreras: The big focus will be on the recently soft-launched Esteban Carreras Black Cross.
Fratello Cigars: The company will showcase its new maduro, the Fratello Bianco.
Gran Habano: The company has made several announcements that are expected at the trade show. This includes: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2011 , Gran Habano Corojo #5 Grandioso, changes to the G.A.R. Red line, and the George Rico Private Humidor Selection.
La Barba Cigars: Tony Bellatto told Stogie Geeks that the company will not have a booth at the trade show.
La Palina Cigars: The big releases will the La Palina Red Label and the revamped La Palina Family Series Miami The company has also said 1,000 boxes of the recently released La Palina Goldie Laguito Robusto Extra will be available on Day 1 of the show. Perhaps the biggest story will be the appearance of Hirochi Robaina at the La Palina booth who has now joined the company’s team.
Las Cumbres Tabaco: José Blanco’s company will unveil the Señorial Maduro Natural, a lancero line extension to the core Señorial Lancero, and the new Freyja, a cigar blended by Blanco’s wife Emma Vitkorsson.
Legacy Brands: Victor Vitale says the new Toxic line will be at the show. Vitale will also showcase the Tortuga 215 Reserva Connecticut. Vitale told Cigar Coop that Armand Assante will not at be this year’s trade show due to a scheduling conflict.
Maya Selva Cigars: The company will launch its Flor de Selva Toro extensions to its Connecticut and Maduro lines. The company will also announce its Flor de Selva 20 Años limited edition lancero. Also on display will be the new countertop packaging for Flor de Selva Petit-Cigar.
MLB Cigar Ventures: Mike Bellody’s company will be there showcasing its firest release -the Imperia line.
Nat Sherman: The company will unveil line extensions to the Nat Sherman Sterling as well as new humidor and ashtray offerings in its accessories line. The recently released Nat Sherman 85th Anniversary will be showcased.
Ortega Premium Cigars: As per a discussion Cigar Coop had with Eddie Ortega, the company will not be at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show.
Padrón Cigars: All eyes will be on the new Connecticut Shade cigar, the Padrón Dámaso.
Recluse Cigar Company: The company will officially launch its Recluse Amadeus Habano Reserva.
Rocky Patel Premium Cigars: A quieter year by Rocky Patel standards. The company will launch Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary (for the company’s 20 year annivesary), Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro, and Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes.
RoMa Craft Tobac: The company unveil a limited petite corona sampler called RoMa Craft Tobac El Catador de las Petite Coronas. This sampler includes new sizes of CroMagon, Aquitaine, and Neanderthal. One can expect the recently released Neanderthal will be showcased.
Royal Agio Cigars: The company distributed in the U.S. by Drew Estate has announced its new Balmoral Añejo XO
Tierra Volcan Cigars: The company will introduce a new line extension, the Tierra Volcan Fino.
United Cigar Group: The company will unveil the KILO, a cigar being made at Noel Rojas’ Aromas de Jalapa factory. United distributes Selected Tobacco which has line extensions with the Byron Serie XIX Grand Poemas and Byron Serie XX Habaneros that will be showcased.
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