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Prime Time Episode 234 Audio: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day Two

Prime Time Episode 234 Audio: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day Two

July 1, 2022

For the third year in a row, we are once again bringing the Virtual Trade Expo Concept back. The concept is very simple. We give a cigar company a 15-minute slot to come on and talk about their summer/upcoming releases.

We are scheduling this over two shows. This should eliminate backlog and provide a little more time for discussion:

  • Day 1 – June 23, 2021
  • Day 2 - June 30, 2021

Tonight its Day Two and we have the following lineup (which could be subject to change):

  • Terence Reilly, Aganorsa Leaf
  • Casey Haugen, Crux Cigars
  • Don Williams, AJF Cigars
  • Pete Johnson, Tatuaje Cigars
  • Luis & Alec Cuevas, Casa Cuevas
  • Joe Gro, Drew Estate Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan, Protocol Cigars
  • Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
  • Nelson Alfonso & Oliver Nivaud, United Cigars
Prime Time Episode 234: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day Two

Prime Time Episode 234: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day Two

July 1, 2022

For the third year in a row, we are once again bringing the Virtual Trade Expo Concept back. The concept is very simple. We give a cigar company a 15-minute slot to come on and talk about their summer/upcoming releases.

We are scheduling this over two shows. This should eliminate backlog and provide a little more time for discussion:

  • Day 1 – June 23, 2021
  • Day 2 - June 30, 2021

Tonight its Day Two and we have the following lineup (which could be subject to change):

  • Terence Reilly, Aganorsa Leaf
  • Casey Haugen, Crux Cigars
  • Don Williams, AJF Cigars
  • Pete Johnson, Tatuaje Cigars
  • Luis & Alec Cuevas, Casa Cuevas
  • Joe Gro, Drew Estate Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan, Protocol Cigars
  • Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
  • Nelson Alfonso & Oliver Nivaud, United Cigars

The Smoking Syndicate: Punch The People’s Champ (Audio)

The Smoking Syndicate: Punch The People’s Champ (Audio)

June 29, 2022

Punch unveiled a new cigar last month called The People’s Champ.  This cigar was a collaboration with the Punch Brotherhood, an online Punch enthusiast group, and the Punch team.  It took 3 years to get the cigar right after debating on the size, profile, and packaging.

Punch brand manager John Hakim said, “We asked. They told. We crafted. This is the best way to describe how The People’s Champ cigar was created. While some may say we spent a lot of time on such a limited run of cigars, we beg to differ. We learned so much from Punch’s most devoted fans, and those insights will be incredibly valuable in guiding us on future releases.”

  • Size:  5 x 50
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Wrapper: Honduran Habano
  • Binder: Mexican San Andres
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Brazilian
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: Honduran American Tobacco S.A.
  • MSRP:  $6.49

Final Score:  88

The Smoking Syndicate: Punch The People’s Champ

The Smoking Syndicate: Punch The People’s Champ

June 29, 2022

Punch unveiled a new cigar last month called The People’s Champ.  This cigar was a collaboration with the Punch Brotherhood, an online Punch enthusiast group, and the Punch team.  It took 3 years to get the cigar right after debating on the size, profile, and packaging.

Punch brand manager John Hakim said, “We asked. They told. We crafted. This is the best way to describe how The People’s Champ cigar was created. While some may say we spent a lot of time on such a limited run of cigars, we beg to differ. We learned so much from Punch’s most devoted fans, and those insights will be incredibly valuable in guiding us on future releases.”

  • Size:  5 x 50
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Wrapper: Honduran Habano
  • Binder: Mexican San Andres
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Brazilian
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: Honduran American Tobacco S.A.
  • MSRP:  $6.49

Final Score:  88


The Smoking Syndicate: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Cerberus Lonsdale (Audio)

The Smoking Syndicate: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Cerberus Lonsdale (Audio)

June 25, 2022

Aganorsa released their latest edition to the Guardian of the Farm series late last year named Cerberus.  Cerberus is the mythical Greek three-headed dog that guards the gates of hell or the underworld…unless you’re an IT person like me, then is something completely different.  The Cerberus is a lonsdale size coming in a 6 x 44, which is one of my favorite sizes. It uses a unique Corojo 2012 wrapper that hasn’t been used before.  Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, talked about it in the press release sent to us.

“Corojo 2012 is going to add another level of complexity to Aganorsa Leaf’s signature flavor and aroma,” stated Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales & Marketing in a press release. “We wanted to utilize it first on the Cerberus because Guardian of the Farm is most popular with cigar enthusiasts who appreciate the nuances and characteristics of new tobaccos. We think they will be very pleased with the Cerberus.”

Let’s look at the specs.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 2012 (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Binder: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Filler: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Vitola:  Lonsdale
  • Size: 6 x 44
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Final Score:  84

The Smoking Syndicate: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Cerberus Lonsdale

The Smoking Syndicate: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Cerberus Lonsdale

June 25, 2022

Aganorsa released their latest edition to the Guardian of the Farm series late last year named Cerberus.  Cerberus is the mythical Greek three-headed dog that guards the gates of hell or the underworld…unless you’re an IT person like me, then is something completely different.  The Cerberus is a lonsdale size coming in a 6 x 44, which is one of my favorite sizes. It uses a unique Corojo 2012 wrapper that hasn’t been used before.  Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, talked about it in the press release sent to us.

“Corojo 2012 is going to add another level of complexity to Aganorsa Leaf’s signature flavor and aroma,” stated Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales & Marketing in a press release. “We wanted to utilize it first on the Cerberus because Guardian of the Farm is most popular with cigar enthusiasts who appreciate the nuances and characteristics of new tobaccos. We think they will be very pleased with the Cerberus.”

Let’s look at the specs.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 2012 (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Binder: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Filler: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa-grown)
  • Vitola:  Lonsdale
  • Size: 6 x 44
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Final Score:  84


Prime Time Episode 233 Audio: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day One

Prime Time Episode 233 Audio: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day One

June 24, 2022

For the third year in a row, we are once again bringing the Virtual Trade Expo Concept back. The concept is very simple. We give a cigar company a 15-minute slot to come on and talk about their summer/upcoming releases.

We are scheduling this over two shows. This should eliminate backlog and provide a little more time for discussion:

  • Day 1 – June 23, 2021
  • Day 2 - June 30, 2021

Tonight we kick off Day One and we have the following lineup:

  • Alec Rubin, Alec Bradley Cigar Co.
  • Miguel Schoedel, Crowned Heads/ACE Prime
  • Hector Alfonso, Espinosa Cigars
  • Michael Cappellini, Toscano Cigars
  • Sebastien Decoppet & Brian Motola, Cavalier Geneve
  • Enrique Seijas, Matilde Cigars
  • Andy Yaffee, Micallef Cigars
Prime Time Episode 233: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day One

Prime Time Episode 233: 2022 Virtual Trade Expo Day One

June 24, 2022

For the third year in a row, we are once again bringing the Virtual Trade Expo Concept back. The concept is very simple. We give a cigar company a 15-minute slot to come on and talk about their summer/upcoming releases.

We are scheduling this over two shows. This should eliminate backlog and provide a little more time for discussion:

  • Day 1 – June 23, 2021
  • Day 2 - June 30, 2021

Tonight we kick off Day One and we have the following lineup:

  • Alec Rubin, Alec Bradley Cigar Co.
  • Miguel Schoedel, Crowned Heads/ACE Prime
  • Hector Alfonso, Espinosa Cigars
  • Michael Cappellini, Toscano Cigars
  • Sebastien Decoppet & Brian Motola, Cavalier Geneve
  • Enrique Seijas, Matilde Cigars
  • Andy Yaffee, Micallef Cigars

Prime Time Special Edition 123 Audio: Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura, Freud Cigar Company

Prime Time Special Edition 123 Audio: Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura, Freud Cigar Company

June 22, 2022

On Special Edition 123, Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura from Freud Cigar Company make their Prime Time debut!

Freud Cigar Company is one of many new companies that will be launching at the 2022 Premium Cigar Association (PCA), but they might be the most intriguing. We will look at this company and find out what is so unique.

In our second segment, Bear & Coop will recap the good and the bad of covering a PCA Trade Show.

Plus we have our Presidents and Great Things are Happening Here segment as well as another special Saint Luis Rey giveaway from Tabacalera USA.

References

Prime Time Special Edition 123: Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura, Freud Cigar Company

Prime Time Special Edition 123: Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura, Freud Cigar Company

June 22, 2022

On Special Edition 123, Luis Torres & Wiber Ventura from Freud Cigar Company make their Prime Time debut!

Freud Cigar Company is one of many new companies that will be launching at the 2022 Premium Cigar Association (PCA), but they might be the most intriguing. We will look at this company and find out what is so unique.

In our second segment, Bear & Coop will recap the good and the bad of covering a PCA Trade Show.

Plus we have our Presidents and Great Things are Happening Here segment as well as another special Saint Luis Rey giveaway from Tabacalera USA.

References


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