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September 17, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

Interview with Glen Case - Kristoff Cigars, Brian Berman - Cigar Rights Of America at 2012 Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, Boulder, Colorado on August 25, 2012.

New special cigar for CRA launched and introduced by Glen Case, Owner of Kristoff Cigars.

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7 and CX580V and Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens.

More 2012 Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival' video are coming!!

URL: 
rmcigarfestival.com
kristoff.com
cigarrights.org

 

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September 7, 2012 | By Dan Reeve

Reinado is a brand which seems to be popping up in quite a few conversations I've had recently. I would guess this has a lot to do with the strong social media presence owner Antonio Lam has taken. Follow him on twitter @ReinadoCigars. Today's review is for Reinado's new release, the Grand Empire Reserve.

Some quotes from the official Press Release: The Grand Empire Reserve is a box pressed Robusto that incorporates a select habano maduro wrapper and an additional aged Nicaraguan filler which leverages REINADO's signature fermentation process to provide even greater depth, richer undertones, and enhanced overall complexity for both the casual and the distinguished cigar smoker.


I was lucky enough to get a sample of this stick at the IPCPR trade show, so let's see how it turned out.

Specifics
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5
Ring Gauge: 55
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: $?
Smoking Location: My back deck
Beverage: water

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September 6, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

La Palina had a space tucked away in the back of the trade show floor this year but that didn't take away from the amount of business that seemed to be coming in and out of the booth. In this video we sat down with Bill Paley and got the scoop on what is hot, and what is coming from team La Palina. Thank you Bill for taking the time to talk with us. 

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7, Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens, Sony E 50mm F1.8 Lens.  

Cigar lines we talk about: La Palina Maduro, Classic, El Diario, Kill Bill, and Kill Bill 2

URL: www.lapalinacigars.com

 

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September 5, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

The Quesada booth was packed from open to close almost everyday at this past IPCPR. That is not a surprise us because of how big a last year they had as a company. In these videos you get a complete rundown of new (and some repeat) products from family member Terence Reilly, as well as an exclusive introduction from the "Tres Reynas" about their new and exciting project. 

Interview with Terence Reilly, SAG/Quesada Cigars at IPCPR 2012 in Orlando, FL.

Terence Reilly is  nephew of Manolo Quesada, owner of MATASA factory, Quesada cigars in Dominican Republic. He is new breed of cigar industry. this video covers the unveil of new products at IPCPR 2012.

Cigar lines we talk about: Quesada Espana, Oktoberfest, Q D'etat, Tres Reynas

Cigar Review: 

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-quesada-oktoberfest

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-quesada-q-d-etat-molotov

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-nat-sherman-timeless

Interview with Patricia & Raquel Quesada, Janny Garcia, Tres Reynas Cigars at IPCPR 2012 in Orlando, FL.

Tres Reynas cigars is joint project of Quesada & Garcia Family. this video covers the unveil of product at IPCPR 2012.

Cigar lines we talk about: Tres Reynas
Cigar Review:    Coming soon!

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7, Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens, Sony E 50mm F1.8 Lens.  

URL:

www.sagimports.com
www.myfathercigars.com

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August 31, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

Interview with Dion Giolito, Illusione Cigars at IPCPR 2012 in Orlando, FL.

Fortunately we are the few people had chance to interview with Dion at show this year.
Thank you Dion! In this video you will get the insight from Giolito on what is coming in the future.

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7, Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens, Sony E 50mm F1.8 Lens.

Cigar lines we talk about: Singulare 2011/2012, MK Ultra, Epernay

 

Cigar Review: 

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-illusione-singulare-2012-maduro

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-pre-release-illusione-ultra-robusto

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-illusione-mk-ultra

http://www.cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-illusione-epernay-le-taureau


URL:

www.illusionecigars.com

 

 

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August 29, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

 

Interview with Jon Huber, Crowned Head Cigars at IPCPR 2012 in Orlando, FL.
This is our first time sit down with Jon and talk about his cigar and company.

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7, Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens, Sony E 50mm F1.8 Lens.  

Cigar lines we talk about: Four Kicks, Headly Grange
Cigar Review:    Coming soon!

URL:  www.crownedheads.com

 

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August 27, 2012 | By Dan Reeve

Today's review is for one of the new offerings from Torano Family Cigars, which was recently launched at IPCPR 2012. From what I've been told by a dear friend who works for the company, Salutem has been in the works for a long time.

Some quotes from the official Press Release: Salutem is packaged in a unique 12 count box. The cigar is dressed in a beautiful Habano Ecuador wrapper, complemented by a binder from Jalapa, Nicaragua and completed with filler tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Cameroon. While Toraño blends have featured tobacco from Cameroon in the past, this is the first time Cameroon has been a component of the filler, giving Salutem a distinctive, rich cocoa flavor.

Salutem is inspired by the character and strong will of those who overcome great challenges and adversity. Salutem represents a celebration of life and raises a toast to all those who live life to the fullest.


Specifics
Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Cameroon
Price: $?
Smoking Location: My back deck
Beverage: water

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August 21, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

At the recently past IPCPR Pete Johnson (of Tatuaje fame) unveiled a new company he has created with three partners Dan Welsh, Casper Johnson, K.C. Johnson. L'Atelier Imports will initially launch with three new lines as well as two extensions to the Surrogates lines that is now under the L'Atelier umbrella. In this video you will get the run down from Dan Welsh on what is coming in the immediate future. 

We consider all of these guys great friends and we wish them the best of luck on this adventure.

Company name L'Atelier Imports

Cigar lines: L'Atelier, Surrogates, El Suelo, Trocadero

Cigar Review: cigarexplorer.com/post.cfm/cigar-review-l-atelier-surrogates-tramp-stamp-pre-release

URL:
Latelierimports.com
tatuajecigars.com

 

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August 17, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

 

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 300 guests assembled at the Water’s Edge Restaurant in Long Island City to help support the New York Tobacconists Association. This sold out event — dubbed The Stogathon — was the first time the NYTA put on such a show.

 

The night was nothing short of spectacular. For the first time since April 2003 smoking was legally allowed in the restaurant and guests enjoyed an incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. Those in attendance enjoyed plenty of cigars, drink, food and great conversation all in the name of raising money for the NYTA’s legislative efforts thoughout the State. 

The event also attracted New York State and New York City elected officials. On hand that night were:

 

New York State Senator Martin J. Golden

New York State Senator Lee M. Zeldin

New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel

New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis

New York City Councilman Dan Halloran

 

All this would not have been possible without the contributions and support of the NYTA Board, the NYTA Advisory Committee, Gotham Government Relations and an army of volunteers.

 

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7 & HDR-CX580V, Sony E 18-55mm Zoom Lens.

 

URL:

newyorktobacconist.org

cigarrights.org

 

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August 1, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama

BOTL Cigar Event at Casa De Montecristo, Cigar Shop/Lounge at Chicago (Countryside), IL. UF4 & Radzilla launched and introduced by Jonathan Drew, Owner of Drew Estate Cigars.

This video was shot by Sony NEX-7 and CX580V and 18-55mm Zoom Lens.

<Bonus Clip> This is interview video of Drew Estate Ambassadors!

URL:
casademontecristo-chicago.com
topqualitycigars.com
drewestate.com
cigarsafari.com
botl.org
cigarpress.com