Thanks to the generousity of Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate, Ben Lee and I had the opportunity to attend InterTabac 2015 last week. InterTabac posed an interesting challenge for us in terms of coverage for Stogie Review. It’s bigger than IPCPR spread out over five convention center halls. (Yes, five.) It has a greater presence of hookah, pipes, alcohol and cigarettes than the trade show to which we are accustomed. Then there is the matter of familiar faces- there weren’t many and it wasn’t very easy to find them. Many of the exhibitors here do not have a presence in the U.S. market, where the majority of our viewers are based. But at the same time, it’s the biggest tobacco trade show in the world, and there is something inherently interesting in that. And it’s an impressive production that just wants to be looked at.
With that in mind, instead of doing our usual set of interviews, I thought it’d be more interesting for us to give our viewers a chance to see what it’s like to walk the bright, noisy and colorful alleys of InterTabac and how it’s different from the domestic trade show.
The video runs nearly 17 minutes and is a collection of clips and still shots taken as we explored the InterTabac 2015. In addition to video of familiar booths, we also spend a little time looking at pipes, Royal Agio and the sizable Habanos S.A. booth. Enjoy!