Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

posted on May 17th, 2019

Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

posted on May 13th, 2019

Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

posted on May 8th, 2019

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Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.

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CAO Concert pre-release (plus giveaway)

CAO Concert pre-release (plus giveaway)

First of all, a disclaimer: this review is based on samples received at the IPCPR trade show earlier this month. We typically don’t like to use show samples for cigar reviews, since they often see a lot of unusual travel to & from the show floor and aren’t always a perfect reflection of what eventually winds up on retailer shelves. However, as these cigars were provided to us as review samples and since every indication suggests that these samples are …

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Charlie Greenbacker on Kiss My Ash Radio

Charlie Greenbacker on Kiss My Ash Radio

Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen. This Saturday, August 25th, I’ll be appearing live on Kiss My Ash Radio during their weekly Blogger’s Corner segment. In a sneak peak of my in-depth review coming next week on StogieReview.com, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the new CAO Concert with Abe & the rest of the KMA crew.

Kiss My Ash Radio is broadcast live on Saturday mornings from 10AM-12PM EST. For those of you in South Florida, tune-in to …

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Interview with Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars

Interview with Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars

This past weekend, I headed back up to my old stomping grounds to visit Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars at Cigar-ette City in Newark, Delaware. I bumped into Gary at the recent IPCPR trade show in Orlando, but he didn’t have a booth set up for Emilio this year and was busy running around placing orders for the chain of cigar shops he manages. I really wanted to catch up with him and hear about all of the new …

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IPCPR 2012: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2012: Complete Digest

2012 was another banner year for the Stogie Review crew at the IPCPR annual convention. We brought a team of four to Orlando and smashed all our own records in terms of in-depth coverage of the show and interviews with the most interesting people in the cigar industry today. As Jerry mentioned earlier, we recorded 62 high-definition videos with just under 7 hours of footage. To put that in perspective, in 2011 we shot 44 videos with 3.5 hours …

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Women of IPCPR (2012)

Women of IPCPR (2012)

I know you’ll all be surprised to learn this, but among the most popular posts in our annual IPCPR coverage is the Women of IPCPR series (previous editions: 2011 & 2010). Who would have guessed that cigar smokers also enjoyed looking at beautiful women?

While in previous years these posts have taken the form of photo slideshows, I thought it might be a good idea to mix things up a bit by adding in some video and setting the …

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IPCPR 2012 After Parties

IPCPR 2012 After Parties

At the end of each long day spent hustling all over the IPCPR show floor, while Jerry and Walt (aka “the Golden Girls”) retired to their hotel room to edit video, put their hair up in curlers, and search for the bottom of a handle of Maker’s Mark, your humble correspondent and the incomparable Mr. Brian Hewitt took it upon ourselves to cover the many after parties hosted by various cigar industry players. This arduous task involved countless VIP badges …

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Around the Show Floor at IPCPR 2012

Around the Show Floor at IPCPR 2012

As the newest member of the Stogie Review crew, and a first-time attendee of IPCPR, my job at the show was to support the rest of the guys in putting together our unrivaled, in-depth coverage. Part of this consisted of shooting video and still photos to complement the primary content which focused on interviews with cigar manufacturers. Since I figured our readers and viewers might find it interesting to get a “virtual tour” of the trade show floor, I …

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La Aurora 100 Años W. Curtis Draper 125th Anniversary (plus giveaway)

La Aurora 100 Años W. Curtis Draper 125th Anniversary (plus giveaway)

First of all, allow me to apologize for dropping the ball last week and not having any content to post. I was up in Maine with very spotty Internet access and didn’t plan ahead. A big “thank you” goes to Jerry who covered for me, and also to Walt who didn’t fire me. I also fudged-up this week when I didn’t have this post ready in time for my normal Tuesday slot, due to back-to-back brutal days at work …

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 8

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 8

Let’s see… what have I been up to lately? I’m loving my new role as a father, am busy with interesting work at my job, and still dealing with contractors & my homeowner’s insurance claim following the lightning-induced power surge several weeks ago. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad, right? And I’ve got plenty to look forward to, including taking some time off of work for my first IPCPR. So I suppose it’s hard to complain. Oh yeah, I’ve …

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Tatuaje Proto 2 – Saints & Sinners 2011 (first impressions)

Tatuaje Proto 2 – Saints & Sinners 2011 (first impressions)

Deciding to change things up a little bit this week, I reached into my 2011 Saints & Sinners smoker’s kit and pulled out the Tatuaje Proto 2. According to the exclusive overview published by our friend Jay over at CigarPhoto.net, the Proto 2 is the original unreleased blend of La Casita Criolla. Unlike the final version which sports 100% broadleaf inside & out, the prototype featured the same wrapper but included Nicaraguan tobacco in the binder and …