Binny's cigar guys George Eshou and Mike Trella recently spent a week in New Orleans at this year's IPCPR (International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers) Trade Show. You can read Part I of George's notes from the event here. Here he continues his notes from the event, featuring new cigars presented by General Cigar Company. From George:


    As impressed as we were with all the cigars we picked up this year, General Cigar had to be the one company that impressed us the most with their new product lines.


Macanudo Cru Royale

    When is the last time you smoked a Macanudo? It's literally been years for me but the new Macanudo Cru Royale could definitely be one of those 'go to' smokes on a more regular basis. This entirely new blend consist of exotic tobaccos exclusive to General Cigar Co. and they are truly something to talk about. Cru Royale is made up of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican filler tobaccos that are held together with a secret binder from "La Vega Especial" or "The Special Field." The inner components are wrapped with a beautiful, dark brown, Ecuadorian Habano leaf that screams flavor. This new Cru Royale is upper medium in body but full flavored and oh so delicious.


Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997

    For more than 25 years, General Cigar has cultivated a library consisting of 50 bales of each proprietary crop. Carefully monitored and aged according to exacting standards, these tobaccos are cloistered until General Cigar's team of cigar masters deems them extraordinary. Enter Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997. As the first-ever Maduro worthy of the Macanudo Vintage designation, this truly limited collection features the best of the exceptional 1997 Connecticut Broadleaf crop, a gift from Mother Nature herself. The 13 year old wrapper covers tobaccos from four other major growing regions from around the world: Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Dominican.


La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco

    Handcrafted from a blend of Dominican and a unique double Nicaraguan ligero, this ground-breaking figurado is a feat of cigar- making artistry, for it replicates the shape the of the monument that inspired its creation. This unique shape is covered with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and the combination of all these tobaccos gives you a La Gloria Cubana unlike any other. I think his full-bodied blend is outstanding and I'm sure you will agree once you've smoked one.


La Gloria Cubana Serie N

    This new, four-cigar collection delivers the goods by marrying proprietary Nicaraguan tobacco with a dark Capa Oscuro wrapper. Through artisanal blending and by employing specific frontmarks to maximize the unique flavor, Team La Gloria Cubana proudly unveils this stimulating, medium-bodied offering punctuated by spicy notes and balanced to reveal a refined smoke.


Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros

    This new installment from Hoyo comes in three sizes and is packaged in a rustic-style looking box. Made up of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican filler tobaccos, held together with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and finished with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, each Reposado en Cedros is wrapped and aged with a thin sheet of cedar to enhance the flavor profile during the aging process.


    - George Eshou


    We have yet more news and reviews from the trade show coming your way, including more cigars plus some cool new accessories. Check the Binny's Cigar Blog again soon.