Author: Brian Hewitt

enjoying cigars since 1997
Week in Smoke

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 119

It’s time once again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), […]

Events IPCPR 2019

IPCPR 2019: Complete Digest

And now, our coverage of IPCPR 2019 is complete. We hope you have enjoyed the videos. As is tradition, here is our complete list of interviews for your convenience. Enjoy! Now it’s time to get back to our regular cigar review programming. Have a fine weekend and a fine cigar!

Events IPCPR 2019

IPCPR 2019: 19 Minutes with Pete Johnson

And of course, it wouldn’t be a trade show without the next installment of the Minutes With Pete Johnson. That’s right, it’s time to talk Tatuaje. We get started talking about the stealth release of the full-sized Chuck and Tiff, now with the proper Monster Series treatment. Then there’s Mexican Eperiment, with a limited runs […]

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate: ACID 20

So you probably guessed it after seeing all the ACID intros to our trade show videos, Drew Estate pulled out the stops to honor the 20th Anniversary of ACID. Josh Roque takes us on a tour of a booth within a booth, the not-so-secret flavor playground of Fabien Ziegler, the ACID 20 booth. Once we […]

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 3

In this third part of our Drew Estate booth tour, we get the master blender’s perspective from the always dapper Willy Herrera. (How he hasn’t been cast as the next James Bond, we’ll never know.) We get started talking about the new BOTL, Willy gives us a break down of what you can expect from […]

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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate Part 2

In the second part of our Drew Estate booth tour, we talk to Josh Roque, Drew Estate’s Non-Traditional Brand Manager about new releases for Deadwood and Tabak Especial. Deadwood has expanded to include the new Fat Bottom Betty Toro vitola. And for Tabak Especial we check out the new Gorditos. They’re bigger than the name […]

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IPCPR 2019: Foundation

It’s time for us to talk to Foundation’s Tobacco Güegüense, Nick Melillo in the shadow of the booth’s 13 foot tall pyramids. We start off talking about the new Highclere Castle Victorian, then we look at the lancero line extension for The Tabernacle Havana Seed #142 and then there’s the son of the wise man, […]

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IPCPR 2019: Fratello

In our travels around the trade show floor on the third day we dropped by the Fratello booth to get the latest from our friend Omar de Frias. There’s a lot going on with Fratello this year, Omar is three new products, the diminutive Fratello Piccolo, the Navetta Inverso Boxer, and the Space Pack. There’s […]

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