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Discussion Contest: PCA 2021

Discussion Contest: PCA 2021

Happy Monday, amigos! 

This year, I’m excited to say that the stars have aligned, and I’ll finally be attending my first PCA tradeshow! After being a member for several years and never being able to personally attend, it’s really exciting to see a badge with my name on it. 

What would you like to know from PCA 2021? 

Now that I’ll finally be in town, I hope to do more than just party from sunup to sunup. Nope, that’s not a typo. Lol. 

Personally, I’m excited to see some of the personalities that I’ve only ever interacted with virtually. There’s a lot of cool folks from consumers to brand/shop owners to reps that I’m going to get to hug for the first time. 

If you comment on this post, I’ll do my very best to answer any general or specific questions this time next month. 


One of the comments below will win a $25 gift card.  The gift card will automatically be sent to the email address that you login to comment with, so please use your regular sign-in.   

I’ll be randomly selecting a comment below this Sunday after sending out the Weekly Newsletter. The winner can expect a comment with his or her name in it, a congratulations email, and an email with the $25 gift card information.  The actual gift card email takes some time to generate from the system and may lag behind by up to 48 hours. 

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6/14/2021 4:03 PM
Dave, I would like to know what happened to Nicaraguan Habano, in particular, and perhaps Nicaraguan wrapper leaf more generally? It seems like the industry has shifted to Ecuador (and San Andreas maduro) for the bulk of wrapper production and while many blends have been very good, there have been some notable duds.

Also, I would be curious to know if we’re going to see more blends put in the regular production queue moving forward? Not trying to speak for everyone else, but having bought a fair amount of limited editions over the past year that were mediocre at best I think does a disservice to everyone (consumer, retailer and manufacturer).
6/14/2021 5:33 PM
Congrats Dave! I would like to know which cigar/brand you are most excited to smoke at the show.
6/14/2021 6:34 PM
Congrats Dave! I would be curious to know what new steps are being taken to combat the fight against anti tobacco efforts or if most of the big players you talk to think that we are in a good spot at the moment. Thanks!
6/14/2021 6:34 PM
Congrats Dave! I would be curious to know what new steps are being taken to combat the fight against anti tobacco efforts or if most of the big players you talk to think that we are in a good spot at the moment. Thanks!
6/14/2021 6:35 PM
Alright Dave - if you were forced to spend the night in a haunted house, but could pick 3 of the people you met at PCA to join you…who would you pick and why?
6/14/2021 6:48 PM
I wanna know which vendor gives the best swag :)
6/14/2021 7:05 PM
Why are you excited to see Tyler and why is that excitement more than for Dom?
6/14/2021 7:46 PM
Enjoy. I went in 2019 and just finished up at TPE. It really is nice to put names with faces. I am probably not going to PCA, but maybe.
6/15/2021 4:25 AM
Congrats Dave! The big questions for me all revolve around what’s next for Dunbarton. Steve announced a few days ago a few new blends that I’d like to hear more about. A new vitola for Sin Compromiso “Paladin de Saka”, a new Muestra called Krakatoa, and the biggest mystery, Stillwell  Star. He has divulged the least about that one, but said he would at PCA, so I’m hoping you’ll do a blog post or something about your experience. Enjoy!
6/15/2021 12:08 PM
How is the subscription model affecting the cigar industry? Is it an attractive business model for brands or is it viewed as a short term trend?
6/15/2021 4:12 PM
Is the average age of cigar lovers trending up or down?
6/15/2021 4:58 PM
Hey Dave, I would like to know which new cigar, in your opinion, has to the most hype amongst media and retailers.
6/16/2021 7:52 AM
Hey, Dave - I’d be interested to know if the box shortage will lead to more bundles or paper wraps long term, or if boxes are expected to remain standard.
6/16/2021 9:19 AM
What was your favorite booth experience from the PCA?

Are there any new SKUs you're adding that you're looking forward to the most?
6/17/2021 7:38 PM
I'd appreciate knowing if Cameroon wrapped sticks are continuing to be more numerous.
6/18/2021 5:34 AM
Congrats Dave! After a rough last year with some companies shutting down and many big names not attending this year, how was the overall atmosphere? Also, what brands/people are you looking forward to smoking and talking to? Enjoy!
6/19/2021 8:05 PM
What cigar would each vendor recommend for someone who has lost their sense of taste and smell.
6/20/2021 7:06 PM
I didnt join the discussion.
I just want to say
Happy Fathers Day to all.