Friday, August 13, 2010

News & Views...& IPCPR Wish List

News & Views is an occasional feature of the Tiki Bar, highlighting interesting stories on a variety of subject around the net along with some color commentary...

America has a new folk hero this week in JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater. Which one of you does not wish he or she could make an exit like that from their job? We will be talking about this for years...cusses out everyone, deploys the emergency exit chute, slides down and runs away...but not before grabbing a couple beers. Can't forget the important things.

T.V. doc, Hugh Laurie, is following up his guest starring role on Meatloaf's latest album by recording an entire album of blues music. "House of Blues" apparently...and it's also very apparent that when House is playing piano on the show, Hugh is performing his own stunts. Very cool.

Two days before his death in 1988, Roy Orbison performed a concert in Akron, Ohio. It is now widely available as The Last Concert. The man had one of the most beautiful voices in music; you should add this to your collection.

Now, down to this thing called the IPCPR...the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association had their annual retail convention in New Orleans this past week and nearly every cigar blogger descended on NOLA to cover it. So much coverage, but you have little time to sort it all out, you say? I would direct the interested to two sites: First, because words-well-put-together are my passion, check out the Stogie Guys. They had continuing coverage all week long as well as a two-part "preview" at the beginning of the week (Part 1, Part 2) that was pretty much comprehensive about what new cigars you will be seeing in the coming couple of months. As I guessed, the list of cigars that were not already announced was not as long as previous years, but there are some standouts in there. The second site, for those who prefer video is Stogie Review. Apparently Jerry Cruz has had a video camera permanently mounted to some point of his body, because he uploaded at least a couple dozen videos in the last week...and I think there are more to come. 

Of the 30 or more new cigars slated to hit the market in the coming weeks, I already have my favorites...well, since I have not tried these, they can't be favorites yet, but...let's just say these are the ones I am anticipating the most. Avo Heritage--variously described in different places to be inspired by either the LE09 (Companero) or LE10. Drew Estate Dirty Rat--new blend of Liga Privada that is not exactly a version of either No. 9 or T-52. Room 101 LTD Conjura--after being pleasantly surprised by the original Room 101, I now am very curious about this one. A.J. Fernandez's San Lotano--after making his name with online-only sticks (like Man o War and Diesel), this is A.J.'s first major B&M-only cigar. La Flor Dominicana--Salomon Maduro (loved the original Salomon, not sure this can top it at all, but I'm willing to try) and Chisel Sampler. But you know what I'm probably looking forward to the most? It's sort of silly and I have to say I'm not just saying this because they are a sponsor of this site...CAO's La Traviata minis...I don't know what the official name is, but I'm talking about the little tin of 5 mini LTs. Why is this my standout? Because the LT is simply the best cigar for the price on the market...for that matter, it's the best cigar on the market at twice the price. I am hoping these little sticks capture the essence of the La Traviata experience in a 15 to 20 minute smoke...and I hear the retail on these is less than $15 per tin, so about $3 per stick (maybe less, we'll see).

One last thing...I don't talk much here about the amount of traffic we get here at the Tiki Bar Online, but I do want to thank all our readers for making this past week the busiest yet for this blog. Readership has increased steadily and even with no presence at IPCPR this year, this week was no exception. So, again...Thank You.

That's all for now...keep your cigars--and your Tiki torches--lit!

1 comment:

  1. I've noticed a few open spots in the humidor at my regular cigar shop. Can't wait to see what they bring back from the show.