Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

posted on May 26th, 2016

Even Wild Animals Like a Good Cigar

Even Wild Animals Like a Good Cigar

posted on May 23rd, 2016

Out for a Walk with an Oliva Serie G Maduro

Out for a Walk with an Oliva Serie G Maduro

posted on May 18th, 2016

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

It’s once time again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), along with a couple of quick thoughts that came to me at the time. These are not full cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 100

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 100

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about what I should smoke for the hundredth edition of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. The problem is the more you think about it, the harder it gets. It’s like that with anything though, you overthink it, and a simple task becomes an ominous burden. Knowing the task was heading that direction, I decided to stop thinking and start winging. I winged it and hoped that divine inspiration would shine up …

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Cigar Boxes and Identity Crises

Cigar Boxes and Identity Crises

An occasional cigar smoking friend recently asked me how many cigars come in a standard cigar box. My answer was there isn’t a standard. 20-count boxes are common, but I’ve seen enough boxes between holding between 21 to 25 sticks to make me wonder if 20-counts are really the most common. And then there’s been the growth in 10-count boxes in recent years. We really should call those “half boxes”, but the increased accuracy probably doesn’t help sell “boxes”. (I …

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Stogie Review on Beer Guys Radio

Stogie Review on Beer Guys Radio

Brian and Sean at the mic. It was a long week, so I did some napping between segments.

This week I did something new, I went on a local radio show to talk about cigar and craft beer pairings. That’s right, traditional over-the-air waves radio. I was a guest on an hour long show called Beer Guys Radio which broadcasts every Saturday on AM 920 in Atlanta (and everywhere else via iHeartRADIO).

The hosts of the show, Aaron Williams

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Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I bring you a review of the new Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey. General Cigar wants to be clear here, this is not your father’s Hoyo de Monterrey. The cigar has a bold new look that follows the example of last year’s Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150. And to emphasize that this is a new direction for the brand, you won’t find a mention of it on hoyodemonterreycigar.com. It has its own …

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AVO 90th Classic Covers

AVO 90th Classic Covers

I’m a couple weeks late, but I’d like to start off this review by saying Happy Birthday, Avo! 90 is an incredible accomplishment- someone needs to ask Avo what the secret is to immortality, because I think he has it, both literally and figuratively.

This week I take a look at volume three in the Classic Covers line, the AVO 90th Classic Covers, a blend that is a “cover” of the AVO XO core line. We all know what a …

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Henry Clay Tattoo

Henry Clay Tattoo

This week I have selection for you that’s probably a little surprising: the Henry Clay Tattoo. Surprising in that it’s a limited edition that hit the markets last year, around six months ago at this point. I have a couple of reasons for reviewing it now. The first and foremost is convenience. I was working on a viewer review request that just wasn’t going to come together in time, and I knew it. But there was this Henry Clay Tattoo …

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The Griffin’s Nicaragua Robusto

The Griffin’s Nicaragua Robusto


My local shop introduced me to The Griffin’s Nicaragua a while back. The didn’t bring a lot of them in, at least as far as I can tell, but they told me it was good and I should try it. I bought one and my initial experience was positive. As I smoked it, I thought it’d be a fun cigar to review. When was the last time you smoked a The Griffin’s cigar? I know it’s been years for me. …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 99

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 99

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last Friday I was looking at the calendar thinking “how is it Friday already, and didn’t I just ask myself that same question yesterday?” So I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet for a while, but I haven’t been so busy I didn’t have time to enjoy some fine cigars. And as they burned, I thought about what to review next. I have a few ideas, but I don’t yet have one that’s ready to go …

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La Flor Dominicana La Nox

La Flor Dominicana La Nox

One of the cigars I’ve been smoking a little more of lately is the La Flor Dominicana La Nox. It was featured in a lot of 2015 top ten lists, so I thought I’d get to know it better. For one reason or another, it was a cigar that really wasn’t on my radar in 2015. There are a lot of great sticks out there, sometimes a good one will fall through the cracks.

Even before lighting it up, I …

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