Cigar Boxes and Identity Crises

Cigar Boxes and Identity Crises

posted on April 26th, 2016

Stogie Review on Beer Guys Radio

Stogie Review on Beer Guys Radio

posted on April 22nd, 2016

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

posted on April 16th, 2016

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El Compartir Belicoso

El Compartir Belicoso

A couple of weeks ago one of the guys from Sir Stogies sent me a text message. He was letting me know that Edolara from Cigar Noise was in town and planned on stopping by the shop for an impromptu smoke, if I wanted to join them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get away and missed out on a very good time.

I stopped by the shop a couple of days later and got caught up on what I had …

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A Tale of Two Cigar Reps

A Tale of Two Cigar Reps

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to to tell you a little story about two cigar reps. Actually, it isn’t much in the way of a story – I just need a lead-in to a question and I’m very interested in your input on the matter. Anyway, back to the point…

I’d like you to take a moment and imagine yourself standing in your local cigar shop. Yourself and a couple of the shop regulars are standing around the cash register …

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A Question On BYOB Cigar Lounges

A Question On BYOB Cigar Lounges

Imagine yourself sitting around a table at your local cigar shop. There you are, puffing away on your favorite cigar, talking with the guys, when suddenly the door opens. In walks one of the regulars with a smile on his face. A cheerful greeting is exchanged and this individual places a bottle of liquor in the middle of the table and asks who would like some before grabbing a few glasses.

To go along with the story, lets go ahead …

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What are you drinking with a cigar these days?

What are you drinking with a cigar these days?

Last Friday I spent a few hours at my local archery club, doing prep-work for the upcoming 3D Season. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside and after about four hours working in the woods, I made my way home. I walked in the front door, grabbed an AJ Fernandez New World from my travel humidor, and picked up my bottle of Macallan 12 Year before heading out to the back porch to join my wife.

The Scotch …

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Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out at Sir Stogies when the topic of cigar reps came up. I had asked the owner, Tim, if anyone had been in recently and he mentioned that the rep for Espinosa Cigars was scheduled to be stopping by in a couple of days. I’ve always enjoyed meeting up with reps and thought it would be a good opportunity to get caught up on the brand.

A few days later, myself and …

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That Cigar Shop is Dead to Me

That Cigar Shop is Dead to Me

As a customer, I have a tendency to be rather picky. In today’s fast paced internet world, buying products online is fast, easy, and typically cheaper than a physical location. With that said, if you want to earn my business and keep me coming to your store you need to provide a service and atmosphere that makes the trip and inflated price worthwhile.

As far as cigar shops go, I rely heavily on the experience of others. The guys I …

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Fox News Ruined My Cigar Shop

Fox News Ruined My Cigar Shop

It seems like it was only yesterday that Kensington Tobacconist closed its doors for the last time. It has been a few years but I think fondly of the shop. I spent a great deal of time there over the years and die a little inside every time I see what it has become – A Subway Restaurant.

One of the unique aspects of Kensington was the layout of the shop itself. The retail space was on the main floor …

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Hit by a Wave of Uncertainty

Hit by a Wave of Uncertainty

Have you ever lit up a cigar then, half way through, regretted your decision? I’m not talking about a cigar that tastes bad. In this case we are talking about a tried and true stick that always seems to deliver what is expected of it.

This morning I woke up earlier than usual. After a few minutes of staring at the time on my alarm clock, I got out of bed and decided to get a jump on the day. …

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Shooting The Shit with Walt – Episode 2

Shooting The Shit with Walt – Episode 2

Welcome back, my lovelies, for another episode of Shooting The Shit with Walt. If you aren’t familiar with this format, you’ll probably either love it or hate it. It boils down to a guy smoking a cigar, driving along in his car, talking about whatever happens to cross his mind.

It seems a little weird for a cigar review website, I get that, but I’ve been doing this for nearly a decade. I’m allowed to be a little weird and …

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Shooting The Shit with Walt

Shooting The Shit with Walt

Once upon a time I was a pretty big deal on Stogie Review. I would routinely sit down in my office, fire up my camcorder, and record detailed cigar reviews that went on for upwards of 30 minutes. It wasn’t everyone’s thing but I had a following and they enjoyed the format.

As time went on, life got busy. Suddenly I was a busy father and squeezing in the sort of time it took to record and produce those videos …

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