The 87th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show was held in Las Vegas from June 28 to July 2. Here are some of the highlights.
The 87th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show was held in Las Vegas from June 28 to July 2. I attended the show held at the Sands Expo Convention Center. Manufacturers set up booths promoting new products to tobacco retailers. The usual suspects attended such as Ashton, AJ Fernandez, Esteban Carreras, JC Newman, and Padrón.
Here are some of the highlights:
Nick Perdomo’s booth is one of the most elaborate at IPCPR. The huge rectangular area has four retail displays in the middle of the booth that provide an example of how to merchandise and showcase Perdomo cigars in a retail humidor. There’s also Nick Perdomo’s massive extravagant drum set which gets fired up every so often. The drum set would appeal to the likes of Neil Peart of Rush.
New releases from Perdomo include the Estate Seleccion Vintage; available in Connecticut, Maduro and Sungrown wrapper. ESV is a regular production line but limited to a number of retailers. ESV is offered in boxes of 20.
Perdomo is rebranding Lot 23. The updated look is more modern and stylish. Lot 23 Natural is changing its name to Lot 23 Sungrown and the blend and price point remains the same.
Drew Estate is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ACID brand, and as such, there is a new cigar; ACID 20. The 5 x 52 box-pressed Robusto incorporates an infusion with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Indonesian binder, and Nicaraguan filler.
The center of attention at their booth was the display of large, graffiti-tagged water towers. Music blasts in the background. Drew Estate is commemorating their milestone of ACID by collaborating with five different graffiti artists from Brooklyn to produce seven limited edition water tower boxes.
Their Kuba Arte cigars are packaged inside a water tower, and each water tower design is limited to just 1,750 units.
Drew Estate also distributes Deadwood Cigars. Their Sweet Jane Fat Bottom Betty Toro is a larger version of the Sweet Jane Fat Bottom Betty line. This cigar clocks in at 6 x 50 and the release date is August 2019. Currently, El Cigar carries the Sweet Jane and Crazy Alice from Deadwood Cigars.
CLE Cigar Co.
Asylum was part of Christian Eiroas’s CLE Cigar Co. booth this year. New this year is the regular production of the Wynwood Hills series, available in some new sizes; a toro and a gordo. El Cigar Shop carries the original Robusto size which comes in your choice of 3 wrappers, all with a blend of Honduran filler and binder. The Deranged is encased in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The Mayhem sports Honduran Corojo, and Unhinged carries a U.S Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro.
Caldwell Cigar Company
In my opinion, one of the most exciting displays was by Caldwell Cigar Company. The rustic booth design was a revisit of last year, though missing was the Porsche Design display, but extremely cool and inviting.
They were touting an updated package design for their Eastern Standard, Eastern Standard Sungrown, Long Live the King and The King is Dead lines.
Caldwell has collaborated with A.J. Fernández on two of the Long Live the King blends. AJ has blended these Nicaraguan puros in a very limited release of each. Try the original Caldwell Eastern Standard, Eastern Standard Sungrown, Long Live the King and The King is Dead cigars at El Cigar Shop.
Although some of the premium cigars on this list may not be available to all retailers, the tobacconist at El Cigar Shop will help you to find the cigar of your choice, or a similar offering. As always, the shop has the best prices to buy cigars online. Cheers!