IPCPR 2011 – Why Didn’t You Interview…?

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IPCPR 2011 – Why Didn’t You Interview…?

This year’s coverage of IPCPR was by far our best and most in depth work. We set all kinds of records here at Stogie Review in unique visitors, page views, time on site and all those other analytic measures, some of those values actually doubling and tripling. Thats nice and all but its never been about the stats for us. What motivates us is the feedback we get from you, our friends. Combined, we don’t have enough fingers and toes to keep track of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from you. We are overjoyed that you enjoyed this year’s coverage. We often say here at Stogie Review that we don’t follow trends, we set them. We don’t follow the pack, we lead it. I hope you watched our coverage and felt like you were there with us.

Setting trends and leading the pack isn’t something we could do alone. There were so many people that were instrumental in our success at IPCPR. Manufacturers, retailers and even fellow cigar bloggers had a helping hand in getting us access and time to people we’d never interviewed previously or didn’t know anyone at a manufacturer. I would try and name all those who helped but I fear I’d forget to mention some of you and feel like an asshole afterwards. You know who you are, and we thank you.

Many of you asked us when a particular manufacturer was going to be published. While it was a banner year for us with so many videos and so many first time interviews, we sadly didn’t get them all. Even some of the usuals like Oliva, CAO, Alec Bradley or Jesus Fuego we just didn’t get face time with. Sometimes it was as simple as their booths were too busy and the stars never aligned for us. Sometimes we just got ignored. Sometimes we set up appointments only to get stood up. So if we missed your favorite manufacturer it wasn’t done on purpose and as I say every year about my beloved Baltimore Orioles…there is always next year.


17 thoughts on “IPCPR 2011 – Why Didn’t You Interview…?

  1. “Cruz”:

    Hell of a job this year!

    I met Gary (Emillio Cigars) for the first time yesterday; class act. Said I watched your review of the “G” – his response: “I am going to kick him in the balls.” Keep up the good work, all of you, and thanks!


  2. Jerry and Brian,

    A big “thank you” for a job well and thoroughly done! If you guys had gone any more in depth, we’d be watching videos until next year’s IPCPR.

  3. Fantastic interviews and detailed coverage gentleman. You guys were dead on with your interviews. By any chance did you try to get an interview with Padron cigars? It would not surprise me if they were some one of the ones that simply ignored you. Been there if that’s the case. Would love to get a reply when possible.
    Keep up the great work guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Joan – No luck with Padron. I’ve only had the pleasure of Jorge Padron once at W.Curtis Draper after I reviewed the 45th. But getting a hold of him for an interview at the show every year is hard thing to do. Maybe next year.

  4. You guys did an awesome job! Thanks for the big league effort so the rest of us could pretend like we were there!


  5. Why didn’t you make sure to get some quality face-time with Kaizad Hansotia? 🙂

    Just kidding, of course, you guys worked harder than anyone else I’ve seen, recording, editing and posting dozens of videos (hundreds?)…many of them while the show was still going on! Amazing work, gentlemen.

  6. Just wondering if you interviewed Padilla and i just missed it. I figured I’d be seeing something with him with all the new stuff he has coming out and he new rebrand. Other than that LOVED the coverage and thanks for going out there!

    1. Dave – No Padilla this year. His new releases was probably one of the reasons why his booth was always busy when we strolled by. Hopefully we can catchup within at Cigar Expo or someplace.

  7. Thanks for all the great videos and interviews. I would have liked to have seen some interviews with some of
    the on line retailers like Abe Dababneh from smoke inn or the owners of cigarplace.biz. maybe next year.

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