In this cigar conversation from the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, I catch up with one of the rising stars in the cigar industry – Antonio Lam of Reinado Cigars.  Antonio founded Reinado Cigars a couple of years ago and his cigars have gotten many accolades.   Reinado is a true boutique company that is focused on Nicaraguan puros.

First Antonio walks us through the vitolas that make up his Reinado core line.   He then discusses how the unique fermentation process he employs helps differentiate his cigars from others.   He then discusses his new blend that has been unveiled at the trade show, the Grand Empire Reserve.  Antonio takes us through the cigar architecture for the Grand Empire Reserve.   The Grand Empire Reserve is only available in one vitola, but Antonio discusses some possibilities for future line extensions.

Finally, in our discussion on industry trends, Antonio looks at the ring gauges – big and small.