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    Women of the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show
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    Complete Coverage of the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show
  • IPCPR 2013 - Post Mortem
    IPCPR 2013 Post Mortem
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    Ashton VSG (23 Year) Cigar Review
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    An Afternoon with Cynthia Fuente
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Indian Tobac Super Fuerte Natural

Indian Tobac Super Fuerte Natural

posted on July 24th, 2014

Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini

Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini

posted on July 23rd, 2014

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

posted on July 22nd, 2014

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7th Annual Smoke a JJ for JJ

7th Annual Smoke a JJ for JJ

Seven years…has it really been that long? It feels just like yesterday when my wife was in the bathroom that Saturday morning as I laid in bed, asked “what did the doctor say it would feel like when my water broke?” In a sleepy voice I replied, “like you peed yourself” followed by a short pause and a hesitant reply from her of “oh”. After another short pause, I asked hesitantly “why?” and we were off to the races. We …

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Week In Smoke – The Art of Craft

Week In Smoke – The Art of Craft

Disclaimer: For full disclosure, the cigars and beer provided for this edition of Week in Smoke were samples provided by CAO Cigars and Flying Dog. Who doesn’t like free beer and cigars? CAO is also a paid advertiser with us.

A new format for the Week in Smoke series. Hopefully the video clips instead of images from my Instagram feed will be well received.

I’m not very knowledgable with beer, the brewing process, components, ingredients or even the lingo …

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Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

I think we need to start The Stogie Review Book Club or something…Ink & Ashes? Received some interesting e-mails and Facebook messages about other books I should checkout. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle got a lot of recommendations which was already on my list since it was mentioned in 10 Percent Happier. What am I reading now? I’m currently finishing up Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of A Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian by Bob Saget aka Danny Tanner …

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The Show

The Show

A disclaimer to begin with. When I refer to “we” I am referring to us here at Stogie Review. We are not trying to speak for all cigar media outlets. We are just speaking for ourselves. We believe each cigar media outlet should be judged on their own individual merit, street cred and not be judged as a group.

Two years ago I penned an article, If We Don’t Go, They Win. That same year at IPCPR, I asked …

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Sancho Panza Double Maduro

Sancho Panza Double Maduro

It is kind of funny that with IPCPR on the horizon and my last Week in Smoke mainly containing new releases that I turn to the Sancho Panza Double Maduro. With Walt recently reviewing the Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte I thought this would compliment his review. Plus, with us trying to get back to basics and focus on having fun than dealing with some of the bullshit that has come our way over the course of the last eight …

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Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

Welcome back! My self imposed hiatus is over. Where have I been? I needed a break. In recent episodes of Week in Smoke I talked about how I was worried about my job when my boss and my employer “parted ways” after a significant technology audit. It had me stressed out. A simple “good morning” from someone would set me off. My blood pressure was high, I wasn’t sleeping well, all the noise in my head was suffocating. I was …

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Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

The 2014 DC Cigar Tweetup (put on by the B&B Cigar Club) was a few weeks ago. My attendance was cut short since my wife’s grandmother passed away. Even my select few hours spent at Signature Cigars during the Meet and Greet portion of the kickoff event was fantastic. It is always nice to see old friends like Barry Stein of Miami Cigar & Company and meet so many new friends that connect with me on Instagram. People …

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Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

Week in Smoke – TGT Edition

I’m 36 years old these days. One of the hardest aspects I deal with is people passing. Whether it is The Little Robusto, my Uncle Charlie, my brother or even now, my Lola (Filipino grandmother). While technically not my Lola (she was actually my wife’s Lola) but she treated me as if I was. She passed away last weekend at 87 years old. While we knew it was coming, it still felt sudden.

I don’t have too many …

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Favorite Quick Smokes – TGT Edition (2014)

Favorite Quick Smokes – TGT Edition (2014)

It has been sometime since I published a list like this. Three years is a long time in the cigar world. New cigars enter the market, old cigars leave the market and of course, what you like changes. So I decided to update my list of favorite quick smokes that I published back in 2011.

Same rules apply. To qualify cigars cannot be more than 5 inches in length and around a 44-48 ring gauge (give or take a bit), …

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Week In Smoke – TGT Edition

Week In Smoke – TGT Edition

Who else is ready for winter to be over? I usually like the one or two snow storms we get a year that makes the ground all pretty to look at, little bit of shoveling, etc,. This winter…has been nuts. Another week in the books and I’m still uneasy about work. I was talking with Walt that with so much uncertainty, I doubt I will be making an appearance at IPCPR this year. I don’t want to be “that guy” …

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