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IPCPR 2019 | MBombay

MBombay kept a simple booth yet again for IPCPR 2019. They had a new cigar to display as well as the release of a super-premium blend previously announced. We got an inside look with Mel Shah, owner of the company.

MBombay M.Esteli

MBombay M.Esteli

The newest cigar in the MBombay lineup is the M.Esteli which is oddly not made in Esteli and only contains some tobacco from Nicaragua. It’s sold in bundles of 30. The company is also releasing display boxes for these bundled cigars.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Ventanas
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Dominican HVA / Piloto Cubano & Nicaraguan Pelo de Oro
  • Sizes & MSRP:
  • Robusto (5 x 54) – $6.95 (Bundle of 30 – $208.50)
  • Toro (6 x 54) – $7.95 (Bundle of 30 – $238.50)
  • Torpedo (6 x 54) – $7.95 (Bundle of 30 – $238.50)
MBombay M.Esteli

MBombay MQBA Mayura

MBombay MQBA Mayura

The MQBA was released last year. The new Mayura is limited to 25,000 cigars and features a new blend.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian HVA
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan, Paraguayan, & Peruvian
  • Robusto (5 x 54) – $25.95 (Boxes of 24 – $624)
  • Toro (6 x 52) – $26.95 (Boxes of 24 – $648)

IPCPR 2019 | Jas Sum Kral

Jas Sum Kral had quite a lot of buzz at IPCPR 2019. They were barred from bringing any CBD-infused products into the convention center, but it looks like that simply helped get the word out about the popular Nuggs cigars.

The company had a few new non-CBD-infused cigars to show off, and they still advertised the Nuggs without product present. We got a first-hand look with Riste Ristevski, owner of the company.

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc

JSK Tyrannical Buc

Jas Sum Kral soft-released the Tyrannical Buc prior to the IPCPR trade show. It features both a Maduro and Connecticut-wrapped offering. Surprisingly, the Connecticut is a much stronger cigar.

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Maduro

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan & Pennsylvanian
  • Sizes & MSRP:
    Magrum 48 (4 x 48) – $9 (Boxes of 15 – $135)
    Generosos (5 1/2 x 40) – $8.20 (Boxes of 15 – $123)
    Dobles (6 1/2 x 50) – $10.25 (Boxes of 15 – $153.75)
    Golem Buc (5 1/2 x 60) – $11.25 (Boxes of 15 – $168.75)

Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan & Pennsylvanian
  • Sizes & MSRP:
    Magrum 48 (4 x 48) – $9 (Boxes of 15 – $135)
    Generosos (5 1/2 x 40) – $8.20 (Boxes of 15 – $123)
    Dobles (6 1/2 x 50) – $10.25 (Boxes of 15 – $153.75)
    Golem Buc (5 1/2 x 60) – $11.25 (Boxes of 15 – $168.75)

JSK Nuggs Maduro

The trade show facility, the Sands, did not allow this cigar to be on display as it contained CBD. Though this is legal nationwide, the convention could still restrict it.

The 20mg version of Nuggs featuring a Connecticut wrapper has already been on the market a while now, but this new Maduro ramps it up. I tried one while hanging with Riste after hours, and it’s a phenomenal cigar with very apparent CBD benefits. It literally took my neck pain away in the time I smoked it.

  • Wrapper: Maduro
  • Binder: Indonesian
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Size & MSRP:
  • 4 1/2 x 48 – $24 (Boxes of 25 – $600)

IPCPR 2019 | Camacho

Camacho Cigars was situated in the Davidoff USA booth as usual at IPCPR 2019. They had a number of new things on offer, we got a first hand look at the new blends.

Camacho Cigars

Camacho Distillery Edition

Camacho Distillery Edition presents three new cigars all featuring some bourbon barrel aged Honduran Corojo tobacco. All of the cigars are 6 x 50 Toros retailing for $9.25. The blends are as follows:

Camacho Connecticut Distillery Edition

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Dominican Aleman Ligero & Honduran Barrel-Aged Corojo

Camacho Corojo Distillery Edition

  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo Ligero
  • Binder: Honduran Barrel-Aged Corojo & Corojo Ligero
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo

Camacho Ecuador Distillery Edition 

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Filler: Honduran Barrel-Aged Corojo & Dominican Criollo Ligero / Pelo de Oro
Camacho Cigars

Camacho Diploma Black

The newest release in the Diploma series is all about black, and the wrapper sure looks it, too. The Honduran Corojo Puro comes in only one size and limited to 1,800 boxes of 18.

  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo
  • Size & MSRP: Special Selection Robusto (5 x 50) – $25 (Boxes of 20 – $450)
Camacho Cigars

Camacho BXP Tubos

Camacho is also introducing new Box-Pressed Tubos for their Connecticut, Corojo, and Ecuador blends. These cigars come in one 6 x 50 box-pressed size in squared off tubos. They all retail for $9.25.

IPCPR 2019 | JRE Tobacco Co.

JRE Tobacco Co. came to IPCPR 2019 with one new cigar as well as some size additions for previous lines. We got an inside look with JRE’s General Manager, Vivian Eiroa.

Aladino Connecticut

Aladino Connecticut

The newest line in the JRE Tobacco Co. portfolio is a Connecticut. We got to try the Robusto, and it’s deliciously nuanced.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduran
  • Filler: Honduran
  • Sizes & MSRP:
  • Queens (5 1/4 x 46 perfecto) – $6.80 (Boxes of 20 – $136)
  • Robusto (5 x 50) – $7.80 (Boxes of 20 – $156)
  • Toro (6 x 50) – $8.80 (Boxes of 20 – $176)
  • Churchill (7 x 52) – $9.80 (Boxes of 20 – $196)
Aladino Corojo Reserva Toro

Size Additions

JRE is adding a Toro to the Aladino Corojo Reserva line and also introducing a Corona for the Aladino Maduro.

Aladino Maduro Corona

IPCPR 2019 | AJ Fernandez

The AJ Fernandez booth was pretty busy throughout IPCPR 2019. They came to the show with one new cigar – Días de Gloria. Frankie Santos gave us the inside scoop.

AJ Fernandez Dias de Gloria

AJ Fernandez Días de Gloria

This cigar pays homage to the glory days of Cuba. It’s made of all Nicaraguan tobaccos from his own farms in Esteli. This cigar briefly made an appearance a couple years ago, but it was then pulled. Dias de Gloria is now regular production.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Sizes:
  • Robusto (5 1/2 x 52)
  • Short Churchill (6 1/2 x 48)
  • Toro (6 x 56)
  • Gordo (6 x 58)
  • MSRP: $9-12

Humidifier Review | Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

Cigar Oasis first showed off prototypes of the Cigar Oasis 3.0 line at the 2018 IPCPR trade show. At IPCPR 2019, they officially released the Cigar Oasis 3.0 line of electronic cigar humidifiers.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

The Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0 is an electronic cigar humidifier designed to maintain 100-300 cigars. It retails for $149. The device features a fully automated system and even has wifi capabilities. I feel obligated to note the upgrade in packaging as well. The 3.0 units comes in boxes similar to Apple products. It’s a nice touch, especially for the money.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

The unit comes with everything needed to get going. The top of the unit features the control panel and fan as well as the easy to read LCD screen displaying both relative humidity and temperature. The screen is bright and clear. There are soft touch buttons which make it easy to adjust settings.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

The top is attached to a base containing the humidity source. It holds quite a bit of distilled water and is designed to prevent any mold issues. I tested the device for about five weeks, and it hardly feels like any water has been used up. The device notifies you when it runs low, and you can refill it with distilled water.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

This new line of Cigar Oasis humidifiers features built-in WiFi capabilities. Previous models required an additional accessory which meant added cost. With the 3.0 models, they all feature built in WiFi which allows users to control and monitor the device via mobile phone with a monthly subscription.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

The Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0 must be plugged in to a standard wall outlet, but they include a ribbon power cable which allows a humidor lid or door can be closed around it. It’s an efficient system that worked well in my NewAir CC-100H. It’s easy to setup and functions within minutes.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

I tested the Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0 for close to a month and a half, and I’ve had nothing but good experiences. It provided reliable humidification without needing any attention and kept levels within a single point of where I set it. If you’re looking for a good humidifier for between 100 and 300 cigars, this is one of the best options available. I highly recommend it and will continue to use it in my own humidor.

Cigar Oasis Excel 3.0

Find all the Cigar Oasis products at www.cigaroasis.com

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

IPCPR 2019 | Foundation Cigar Co.

Foundation Cigar Company has consistently put out great cigars since the company’s inception. At IPCPR 2019, they had one new cigar as well as a Lancero addition to a highly-rated blend and the introduction of an event-only cigar to regular production. Nick Melillo, owner of the company, gave us a closer look.

Highclere Castle Victorian

Foundation Highclere Castle Victorian

One of our most anticipated cigars of IPCPR 2019 was the Highclere Castle Victorian. The original Highclere Castle was released in 2017 and was named CutLightSmoke’s #1 cigar of that year. It was blended to be a replication of cigars enjoyed at Highclere Castle 100 years ago. The Victorian is a new blend with all the same sizes as the original.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian
  • Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Sizes & MSRP:
  • Petit Corona (5 x 42) – $12 (Boxes of 20 – $240)
  • Corona (5 1/2 x 46) – $13 (Boxes of 20 – $260)
  • Robusto (5 x 50) – $14 (Boxes of 20 – $280)
  • Toro (6 x 52) – $15 (Boxes of 20 – $300)
  • Churchill (7 x 48) – $16 (Boxes of 20 – $320)
Foundation Menelik

Foundation Menelik

Menelik was previously used as an event-exclusive cigar. It is now going into regular production with 1,000 boxes being released each quarter.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Size: 4 1/2 x 52
  • Price: $13 (Boxes of 12 – $156)

Foundation The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 Lancero

The highly-rated Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is now going to be offered in a 7 x 40 Lancero size going for $12.75.

Foundation Cigar Co.

Foundation Artwork

Foundation Cigar Co. deserves a special shout-out for all the original artwork present in their booth each year at IPCPR. This year, they had a similar booth as last year with new paintings displaying different things and people involved in the process of making a cigar. They also added a giant pyramid symbolic to the company’s logo.

Foundation Cigar Co.