Laissez les bons temps rouler! The good times were definitely rolling at The IPCPR 83rd Annual Convention & International Trade Show in New Orleans. New cigar releases, new boutique companies, great cigars, and hospitality graced the Ernest N Morial Convention Center, and Thick Ash was there to cover the party.
There is a lot to look forward to this year in the cigar world. With careful consideration and an unbiased opinion, we at Thick Ash have complied a summary of what we think are the best new releases of the show.
Drew Estate releases a Connecticut version of the Undercrown. The Undercrown Shade features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, was blended under Willy Herrera’s management, and was made with the same rollers that brought the Undercrown Maduro to life. The Undercrown Shade is advertised as medium-bodied, lush, and ultra-smooth.
A.J. Fernandez unveils the Enclave. The Enclave came to life after A.J. and his father Ismael Fernandez teamed up to blend “the perfect cigar”. The Enclave features an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, a Cameroon binder, and Nicaraguan and Piloto Cubano filler. Following in the footsteps of the New World, the Enclave promises to bring perfection.
Gurkha debuts the ‘Maharaja’. The Maharaja is hailed as world’s most expensive cigar at $2000 MSRP per cigar or $20,000 MSRP per box. The cigars are packaged in individual piano-finished mahogany coffins which are housed in a 10 count mahogany wood humidor. According to Kaizad Hansotia, founder of Gurkha Cigars, the Maharaja “sets a new precedent in premium tobacco”.
Rocky Patel unveils the Tabaquero Hamlet. For the first time, Rocky Patel has teamed up with acclaimed Cuban Cigar roller Hamlet Paredes to create, described in Patel’s words, “cigar perfection.” Tabaquero features a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, filler from Nicaragua, and Brazilian Mata Fina and San Andrés binders. Tabaquero will come in five different sizes and MSRP is expected to be between $8.00 and $10.00.
Black Label Trading Company
Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) debuts the Deliverance Nocturne. The company stated the Nocturne will be an addition to the Deliverance line, which are made throughout the year in small batches. The Deliverance Nocturne will feature a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper with Pennsylvania Ligero and Nicaraguan filler and binder. “Nocturne is a very special cigar. Everything about this line is different for us. The vitolas, the blend style and the wrapper are things we have never done before. I have been working with Pennsylvania tobacco for a while and love its strength and richness. The Pennsylvania tobacco really elevates this cigar to the next level. I wanted something totally different for the vitolas, so we created our own, a slender Salomon with a blunt foot, or what we call a “Snub Nose”. This makes Nocturne a very time consuming cigar to make but these vitolas work perfectly with the blend,” James Brown, creator of BLTC, said in a press release. The cigars are expected to have a ship date of September 19, 2015.
The 83rd IPCPR Annual Convention & International Trade show promised to excite the cigar community, and it did just that. We hope you have enjoyed, and Thick Ash will continue to roll-out the new content, interviews from around the industry, and new cigar reviews.
Justin Horst | Editor-In-Chief
Jeremy Horst | Managing Editor & Publisher
Michael Green | Associate Editor