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Cigar News: Casa Cuevas Announces Clásico Prensado

This new release stays true to our original Habano & Maduro blends. The new vitola brings a much requested box pressed format to our line-up. The 6 X 48 Box-Pressed Cigars will be available by end of August in boxes of 20.

News: Scandinavian Tobacco Group Acquires Peterson Pipe Tobacco

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S has today closed a deal to acquire the entire premium pipe tobacco brand portfolio of Peterson Pipe Tobacco from Kapp & Peterson Limited, an Irish pipe and pipe tobacco manufacturer. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

IPCPR Media Recap Show

IPCPR 2018 Media Recap Show

As part of our coverage of the IPCPR 2018 trade show, we wanted to bring in some other cigar media members, along with our expanded team here at Developing Palates, to have a discussion about the event and surrounding topics.

Personal Cigar Review: Sacra Folium Golden Ratio Robusto

Personal Cigar Review: Sacra Folium Golden Ratio Robusto

The Sacra Folium Golden Ratio Robusto is the fifth and final cigar in the series that I've reviewed. I feel like this cigar was at about the same quality level of all of the others which is right around average. It's worth a shot to try one if you're a Connecticut fan, but for me, it's probably not something I'm going to revisit.

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Brewing Lunch Money

Personal Beer Review: Collective Arts Brewing Lunch Money

The body on the Collective Arts Brewing Lunch Money is just too thin. There's no sweetness or ale-like quality carrying the beer. The hops provide some nice body and serve as the only notable standout from an otherwise lackluster experience. This is the first beer from Collective Arts that has been a disappointment.

Personal Cigar Review: Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II

Personal Cigar Review: Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II

For me, the Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II is enjoyable and I would smoke more, but the price point is a bit of a deterrent. This is another nice cigar in the Montecristo portfolio which seems to be building a nice offering.

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente

Team Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente

The Presidente format of the Antaño Gran Reserva, like the Belicoso, is a tasty cigar. For such a big cigar, I would have appreciated more transitions. The good part is, the Presidente from start to finish was a good and consistent profile that will make the 2.5 hours of smoking time go by before you know it.

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro

Moving to a new factory doesn't seem to have had any negative impact on the flavor or performance of this line. It is still a well balanced blend of flavor and strength. The Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro smokes as well as the other sizes in the line and I would have no problem going back to this cigar on a semi regular basis.

Cigar News: Drew Estate Releases Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

Cigar News: Drew Estate Releases Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

Drew Estate announces today Liga Privada 10 - Year Aniversario, a cigar that we spared no expense in creating to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Liga Privada. The 10 Year Aniversario will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held, July 14-17, 2018 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Team Cigar Review: Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

The flavor profile of the Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto is very much in line with the profile that would compliment pairing with a whiskey or bourbon. The strength level isn't much more than medium, so someone wouldn't be overpowered by it and it wouldn't overpower the spirit. I could see this cigar doing well with the casual smoker/spirit enthusiast.

Cigar News: Rocky Patel Announces Liberation by Hamlet

Cigar News: Rocky Patel Announces Liberation by Hamlet

At this summer’s IPCPR trade show, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars (RPPC) will be unveiling the third brand developed by renowned Cuban cigar blender and master roller, Hamlet Paredes. It will be called Liberation by Hamlet.

Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo

Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo

Drew Estate announces today that Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo will join the Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 brand family. Liga Privada H99 Connecticut Corojo will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held, July 14-17, 2018 in Las Vegas Nevada.

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