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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Esteban Carreras 211 (first impressions)

Esteban Carreras 211 (first impressions)

You call that a storm? No, actually, they called that a “derecho.” Despite hurricane-force winds that arrived without warning on Friday night, I’m still here and kickin’. We lost power for about 16 hours, but actually suffered more damage the previous Friday caused by a lightning-induced surge. The heat wave continues, however (about “three degrees cooler than Hell,” as Walt would say), so I headed out early in the morning to get a smoke in before it …

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 7

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 7

Busy, busy, busy… but what else is new? People keep asking me what it’s like to be the first-time father of a newborn. I generally respond that it’s a lot like being back in military basic training: you hardly sleep, you’re constantly getting screamed at, and you have basically no idea what you’re doing half the time. Between all the baby-related tasks and tying up a few last loose-ends following our recent move, things started to settle down into a …

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My Father No. 1 (plus giveaway)

My Father No. 1 (plus giveaway)

Yesterday, Jerry posted a review for a cigar that he was surprised to discover we had not yet reviewed before: the Liga Privada No. 9. Following his lead, today I’m doing something similar with the My Father No. 1. It should come as no surprise that this is a cigar I enjoy immensely — so much, in fact, that I bought an entire box to commemorate the birth of my first child. I’ve been smoking quite a …

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La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial (first impressions)

La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial (first impressions)

Things are starting to settle down a little bit with the newborn, but I still haven’t had time to finish my next full review. Other than the CAO Last Stick Standing clips, it’s been a while since my last video, so I decided to pull something out of my desktop humidor for a quick first impressions. I wound up selecting the La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial, from a sample pack that I won as a raffle prize …

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It’s a Boy!

It’s a Boy!

My wife Kate and I are proud to share the joyous news that our son, Charles Francis Greenbacker IV, was born at 10:17pm last night. Everyone is doing quite well: mother and child are resting peacefully, and dad is over the moon.

Birth stats: 8 lbs 6 oz, 20.75 inches

Since there are already several “Charlies” in our family, we’ve chosen the nickname “Chase” for our little guy.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve selected the My Father No. 1

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 6

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 6

No baby yet, though his arrival is expected any day now. Fortunately, I’ve got a coolidor full of cigars to help me anxiously pass the time. It hasn’t quite been a month since my last entry in this series, but I figure no one’s keeping score exactly, so it should be ok.

Here’s a recap of some of the cigars I’ve smoked since my last Month in Smoke, in addition to any I evaluated for a full review or …

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Win a RoMa Craft Tobac Logo T-Shirt

Win a RoMa Craft Tobac Logo T-Shirt

Listen up! I just added a pretty cool giveaway to my review of the Intemperance BA XXI:

The good folks over at RoMa Craft Tobac contacted me via Twitter to set up another awesome giveaway for our loyal Stogie Review readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, May 30th, 2012. One lucky winner will receive a RoMa Craft Tobac Logo T-Shirt, pictured below. Good luck to everyone,

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Intemperance BA XXI (plus giveaway)

Intemperance BA XXI (plus giveaway)

First, an apology: I’m sorry for being such a deadbeat last week. Between a huge proposal at work and a very demanding 9-months-pregnant wife, I’ve had my hands full recently and wasn’t able to get this review finished in time for my weekly slot last Tuesday. Once I make the long-awaited transition from expectant father to up-to-my-eyeballs-in-dirty-diapers father, I suspect that my already limited bandwidth will be reduced even further. Alas, I will drink water and drive on, as they …

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 5

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 5

Lucky me: that’s all I can say. Having recently discovered that my company’s wifi reaches all the way out to the picnic tables just beyond the parking lot, I’ve fallen into a nice rhythm of taking my work outside the smoke a cigar and enjoy the nice weather. That, plus attending a couple of cigar launch events, have made for a nice month overall.

Here’s a recap of some of the cigars I’ve smoked since my last Month in Smoke

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Intemperance EC XVIII

Intemperance EC XVIII

Welcome to May, loyal Stogie Review fans. A new month brings us a new cigar line: Intemperance by RoMa Craft Tobac. You’ll recall back in November I reviewed the CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger, the brainchild of Skip Martin (aka @ChiefHava), which I liked so much that it wound up in my list of the Top 5 Cigars of 2011. Well, Skip is back with his latest creation, the new Intemperance line, again in collaboration with Michael Rosales