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Cigar News: Gurkha 10 Year Anniversary Cellar Reserve Ships to Stores

Gurkha Cigars started shipping the special edition 15-year Cellar Reserve cigar to stores across the United States. This cigar was created to commemorate the Cellar Reserve’s 10-year anniversary. The Cellar Reserve is the company’s first brick and mortar cigar and its most successful brand and this anniversary edition was very well received during this year’s IPCPR.

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Accessory Review: Xikar | PUROFINE High Performance Butane

Just prior to the 2017 IPCPR trade show, Xikar announced a few new products they would be showing off, one of those being a new kind of butane for cigar lighters, called PUROFINE High Performance. This new mixture of butane was originally designed for use in high-altitude location over 6,000 ft where oxygen is less abundant, but as they were testing the product, they found that it could also be used to increase current flame height and performance of any lighter.

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Cigar News: IPCPR Announces Pursell Departure

September 19, 2017 — The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association announced today the departure of Its Chief Executive Officer, Mark Pursell, effective October 15 of this year. Ken P. Neumann, IPCPR’s President and a Retailer from Libertyville, IL thanks Mark for his service to the association over the last three years and added, “On behalf of the Board, we appreciate the opportunity to work with Mark over the next month to ensure a smooth transition.”

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Cigar News: House Bill Passes with Premium Cigar Exemption

Earlier today the US House of Representatives passed a 12 bill spending package that includes a provision prohibiting the FDA from enforcing regulations against premium cigars. The bill, known as an omnibus appropriations package, passed the House by 211-198 votes and will now move to the Senate for consideration. Congress has until December 8th to pass spending legislation and fund the federal government.

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Cigar News: FDA, IPCPR & CRA Announce New Plan for Premium Tobacco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, announced a new comprehensive plan for the approach the agency will take to the regulation of tobacco products, placing an emphasis on a science-based method, that notes a “continuum of risk” that recognizes the differences in tobacco products.

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Blind Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company | Bishop’s Blend Corona Larga Score 93%

Blind Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Company | Bishop’s Blend Corona Larga

“This cigar was, well, outstanding to me. This is something I could enjoy at any time and could even be something that I’d smoke very regularly. The flavors caught my attention at the beginning and the constant evolution kept me coming back for more. It was a surprisingly long smoking cigar with made it that much better.” -Isaac M. (The Nothing)

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IPCPR 2017 – HVC – Blind Man’s Puff

HVC’s only new line this year was the Cerro Maduro this is a followup to their original Cerro now featuring a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. It uses the same Nicaraguan filler and binder and comes in 4 sizes: 4 1/2 x 46 — $7.80 (Boxes of 20, $156), 5 x 50 — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170), 6 x 54 — $8.80 (Boxes of 20, $176), 5 1/2 x 58 — $9.60 (boxes of 20, $192), they launch July 2017.

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IPCPR 2017 – Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust – Blind Man’s Puff

This year the only *new* line Steve Saka was showing off was the Todos Las Dias.

“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning “All the Days.” The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. TLD embodies the classic bold flavors that represent the heart of their soil’s peppery tobaccos and the labor of their always working hands. For me, this spicy Nicaraguan puro reflects no pretentious airs or any of that “notes of pencil lead with a hint of fennel” nonsense. It is an honest, hardworking cigar intended to be smoked by men who know what it means to be a cigar smoker and never give a damn about what others think,” states the creator, Steve Saka.

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IPCPR 2017 – Curivari – Blind Man’s Puff

Our reviewer Mickey spoke to Andreas Throuvalas about Curivari, where he was taken on avtour of the booth. Curivari started in Europe in 1997, but didn’t start developing the brand until 2003. In 2010 they decided to go full Nicaraguan tobacco. Andres claims there are no Ecuadorian wrappers whatsoever.

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