Friday, August 12, 2016

Smoking PUNCH pipe tobacco [video]

La Palina Illumination Cigar Review [video]

New McClelland Holiday Tobaccos Available

The latest holiday tobaccos from McClelland are out: Christmas Cheer 2016, Holiday Spirit 2016, and a very early Christmas Cheer 2017. They are available from the usual suspects.

Stealth Cigars: The New Cigars You Won’t Hear Much About

(Cigar Coop) This time of the year, plenty of new cigars post IPCPR are show up at local stores. However cigar consumers are noticing a flurry of new cigars that weren’t announced prior to, nor showcased at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. In fact, these are cigars that have had virtually no marketing and most have been sight unseen before arriving at the retail establishment. For lack of a better term, I am calling these “Stealth Cigars”. Continued

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What's a good tobacco to smoke while breaking in your pipe? [video]

Cigar Gear for the Great Outdoors

(Cigar Aficionado) It's summertime—that means barbecues, the beach and boating. You've got your sunglasses on and your favorite cigars in hand, but you're unsure which cigar accessories to take with you. Pocket space is limited, and some of your finer, more delicate tools are poorly suited for the outdoors. Others are just too heavy or cumbersome to carry around. Continued

The Changing Landscape for Filtered Cigars

(CSP) The popularity of cigars and other tobacco products (OTP) has been on an upward climb in recent years, bringing some relief to retailers struggling to replace cigarette volume losses in the past decade. But when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed new regulations in May to restrict the manufacture of all cigar products, including filtered or “little” cigars, the industry got another jolt of reality. Will costs go up for retailers? Will the regulation narrow the playing field of products? How much will FDA oversight affect future sales and profits? Continued

New Snus: Revel by Rocket

( My friend Andreas over at Stiff Upper Lip Snus Reviews sent me this photo today of a new product called Revel Xtra Strong White Peppermint.  What's interesting is that it says "By Rocket" on the can. Continued

Pipe Tobacco Review: Peterson "Sherlock Holmes" [video]

Cigar Review: Punch Double Corona

(Cigar Inspector) ... Punch gives you a huge cigar for your money with this selection, with the price equating to about $14US/cigar for a 194MM long Cuban stick. The taste profile is what makes this stick a winner in my book. Continued

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

60 SECOND CIGAR REVIEW - Gurkha Master Select Maduro - Should I Smoke This?

Review of McClelland's Old Dog Pipe Tobacco [video]

J.C. Newman Is Bringing Handmade Cigars Back to Ybor City

(Cigar Aficionado) ... The J.C. Newman Cigar Co.—known for such premium brands as Diamond Crown (including the new Black Diamond), Brick House and El Baton—announced the creation of the J.C. Newman Fourth Generation Cigar Co., a new boutique cigar division. Fourth Generation won't be producing cigars in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic where other Newman brands are made, but instead will roll cigars by hand in the company's facility located in Tampa, Florida's historic Ybor City neighborhood. In fact, Fourth Generation has already begun shipping its first three brands to retail cigar shops. Continued

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Preserving A Peterson Centenary Commemorative XL339

(Peterson Pipe Notes) On my first visit to the Peterson factory in 2009, I fell into a conversation about the stand-out pipes in Peterson’s long history with then-factory manager Tony Whelan, Sr. and silversmith David Blake, since retired. They began a back-and-forth litany of the pipes they felt were truly important in the time they’d been working there. Their list began with the 1975 Centenary pipes. Continued

IPCPR bag [video]

FDA Updates 8/8/16 and Some New Favorites [video]

Caldwell Cigar Co. All Out Kings Cigar Review

(Cigar Dojo) In February of 2016, it was announced by Cigar Federation that an unusual collaboration would be making its way to consumers this year. The cigar involves the likes of Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua, and Caldwell Cigar Co. and is dubbed All Out Kings. Continued

Tobacco Farmer Newsletter: August Edition

(TFN) The Carolinas had better luck with rainfall than much of the Tobacco Belt. In some places, there was too much. "We had 9 ½ inches of rain on July 16 and five inches on July 19," says Clyde Bogle, superintendent of the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount, N.C. Continued

Pairing Pipe Tobacco and Tea [video]

Weekly Cigar Tip: Different Sizes, Different Ratings?

(Cigar Aficionado) Why is it that one size of a particular cigar can get a 90+ rating but not another size of the same cigar. Aren’t the tobaccos and blend the same? Continued