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The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show is now underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the main event for new cigar releases, but it’s off-limits to cigar consumers.

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After resurrecting Azan, a pre-Castro Cuban brand that was once owned by a Chinese immigrant, Roberto Duran is expanding with two new cigar lines, one of which is his most expensive yet. The new premium line, called Roberto P. Duran, features a Cuban-seed criollo wrapper grown on Duran’s own farm in Ecuador that covers a Nicaraguan binder and filler. Duran says the blend is stronger than Azan, which debuted at last year’s International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show. The cigar will be sold in boxes of 20 and will be priced between $10 to $16.

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A.J. Fernandez, blender of the highly praised San Lotano Oval, is adding to his portfolio a value-priced Nicaraguan puro that his father helped create. Named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492, New World will debut at next week’s International Premium Cigars & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. Fernandez collaborated with his father, Ismael, on the cigar, which is comprised of a wrapper from Nicaragua that covers binder from the Jalapa Valley and a filler blend of Ometepe, Condega and Estelí tobaccos.

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At least two years have passed since the last shipment of La Flor Dominicana Salomones, grand, curvy cigars made by hand at Tabacalera La Flor S.A. in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. In a little more than one week, the cigars will return at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas. Litto Gomez, who co-owns the La Flor Dominicana brand with his wife, Ines Lorenzo-Gomez, said the cigars that will be sold at the show have been aging for several years. There are two versions, natural and maduro.

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