Posted on July 17, 2013 · Posted in Blog

Cigar nirvana. For a cigar aficionado, like myself, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers 82nd Annual Convention & International Trade Show was the place to be.

The IPCPR Annual Convention & Trade Show is the most important event of the year for tobacconists! This is the big show and anything that has anything to do with cigars happens here. This year’s show was at the Sands Expo Center, July 13-17th. This is an industry-only for professional retail tobacconists, exhibitors, and their employees only. I was there as an industry guest. In my short visit I snapped off a few pics to share with you here. Enjoy.

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The Fuente Opus X – a fantastic cigar.

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Ahhh… I can almost smell them just looking at this pic. Delicious.

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These Bugatti cigars are fantastic. I enjoyed a couple of these recently and immediately fell in love with them.

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Talk about great cigars, I really enjoy RoMa Craft Tobacos cigars. I discovered them a while back at En Fuego Cigars in Las Vegas. Michael pulled this one out and everybody stepped back about a foot – lol. Seriously, that’s one huge cigar buddy (sir). If you get a chance, check out their “Intemperance” and “Cromagnon” cigars.

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While this cigar guy’s days are over, the display is a winner! This is just a small part of the Foundry tobacco display.

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Speaking of wins, Robb Report recently named Foundry Tobacco to its prestigious “Best of the Best” list, ranking the innovative line among other world-class luxury brands like Cartier, Patek Philippe and Aston Martin. The Robb Report coverage was a fitting  lead-in to the excitement that Foundry Tobacco Company would create at IPCPR.

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Total bonus. I was given a beautiful selection of great cigars. My humidor is full.

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Detail section of “Gillette Company” painting on metal by A.D. Cook 2007.

As an artist, I enjoy creating cigar related paintings, so going to these events is a form of staying inspired. I find the cigars bands to often be beautiful works of art in and of themselves. A long-time cigar aficionado, I often enjoy a great smoke while working in the studio.

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IPCPR

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association is the oldest, largest and most active trade association representing and assisting retail tobacconists. IPCPR members include retail stores throughout the world selling tobacco products and accessories (premium cigars, tobacco pipes, loose tobacco, cigar and pipe accessories and gift items) as well as manufacturers, distributors and service providers of high quality merchandise. Learn more about IPCPR at IPCPR.org

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