Today President Trump announced Dr. Scott Gottlieb as his pick to lead the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Gottlieb has an impressive and extensive resume, with a wide-ranging background in both the private and public sectors and a M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. IPCPR welcomes the pick of Dr. Gottlieb and, If confirmed, we look forward to working with him as we continue to advocate for common-sense reforms to the recent FDA regulation needlessly harming the family owned small businesses retailers that make up IPCPR.
Yesterday Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture about the need for appropriations language exempting premium cigars from the FDA’s deeming rule. This testimony came during the Appropriations Committee’s annual members’ day. IPCPR applauds Congressman Posey and extends our thanks on behalf of premium cigar retailers and tobacconists across the country for his continued fight for premium cigars and individual liberty.
“Overall, this was a great cigar. The transitions were interesting, I loved the move from pepper and spice to rich and creamy. It’s not one that stands out as mind-blowing, but it was enjoyable throughout, and I would very much enjoy smoking more.” -Derek (StogieNinja)
“The final third was the star for me with perfectly balanced flavors of sweet and savory. The initial third had me wondering if this was a spice bomb but the heat backed off just before the halfway mark. I appreciated the nice transition offered during the smoke. While not flavorful enough for a special occasion perhaps, I would definitely keep some on hand.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)
“I loved it. I should probably say more I guess. I didn’t have to fight with this cigar, and it gave me some flavors that were pleasant, unique, and very compatible. It also kept me interested when the profile would transition and show me something new. Combine that with a smooth retrohale and a great burn and I am happy.” -Matthew T. (A Huge Nerd)
“Perfectly balanced and medium bodied is the best way to sum up this cigar. I had the opportunity to smoke two of these premium cigar offerings… that is like 16″ of cigar.. never once did a harsh flavor cross my palate. On the exhale we had cedar, white pepper, herbs, antique tobacco, malts, and a little bit of sweetness. Retro had a delicious creamy airy lemon cake and cedar. Multi-country blend for sure. Perfect construction and burn. This cigar had flavors that reminded me of a old Cuban cigar from the 1980’s with double the damn body. Aroma had an ancient library smell. This cigar would do very well in the European market. I’m done. Bravo.” -Matt C. (Big Matt)