Reports from the Floor: IPCPR Recap So Far

Guest post by Tom Johansmeyer of Cigar Reader.

This week, I’m helping Barry with news from the floor of IPCPR. He’s been kind enough to send me notes, tweets and e-mails with the latest that’s happening in New Orleans, and I’ve been publishing over on Cigar Reader. Every day, I’ll come over here and put together a recap for you.

See the news that’s been coming out of New Orleans below.

A Who’s Who: According to Barry, his first day on the ground was a “who’s who” of the cigar industry, with Pete Johnson, Michael Herklots and Janny Garcia among the people he smoked with.

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CRA Panel Discussion: The CRA panel discussed a wide range of cigar industry issues, including how New York, which Barry and I call home, is the current battleground state.

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Davidoff Cigar Tasting: Henke Kelner wowed Barry and the rest of the room with a tour of the tongue and a walk through the tastes associated with some fantastic Davidoff creations.

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Building the La Aurora Booth: Barry was able to give the folks at La Aurora and Miami Cigar a hand in setting up their IPCPR booth. Read this story, also, to learn about a new pre-release cigar on the market.

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New from Ashton: Here’s what we published from Barry:

Ashton is releasing a brand made by Don Pepin Garcia. The new La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amore has a Cuban seed Mexican wrapper with a Nicaraguan filler and binder. Barry got to smoke the 7 x 50 box pressed Churchill: “The profile is completely different then the previous La Aroma de Cuba lines.”