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What books have you enjoyed while smoking a cigar?

What books have you enjoyed while smoking a cigar?

I like to credit myself with having an excellent long-term memory. It isn’t uncommon for my wife to give me the look of shock and amazement when I mention something obscure we did together years ago. Despite my good memory, I can’t think back to a space in my childhood and see the point where I began reading for absolute pleasure.

I suppose if I cobble together all of my early memories of books I could piece it together but, …

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Supporting your local cigar shop with non-conventional events

Supporting your local cigar shop with non-conventional events

A few years ago, I was sitting down at a friend’s house. He had a beautiful addition put in with an impressive ventilation system for cigars. At the time, Kensington Tobacconist (our old home away from home) was struggling and we were kicking around ideas to help ease the strain.

A few interesting ideas came to light but the one that stood out the most came from my friend. When he lived in Connecticut he frequented a cigar shop that …

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Blind Tasting the Punch Signature Gigante

Blind Tasting the Punch Signature Gigante

Several years ago I was making the rounds at cigar shops in my area and I had an idea. Our video reviews were doing very well and perhaps we could generate some additional interest if I were to record local lounge patrons and gather their opinion on cigars. The catch was that I wanted to do it blind and see what they really thought of a cigar without brand bias.

The first couple that I recorded were a real …

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Sometimes you just can’t beat a dark and smokey cigar lounge

Sometimes you just can’t beat a dark and smokey cigar lounge

Things around the White household have been fairly hectic lately. Besides the busyness of everyday life, over the past week and a half, my wife and I have been watching a deck being built in our back yard. The construction hasn’t bothered us too much, not directly anyway, but it has thrown our dog out of whack – which indirectly impacts us.

Progress on the deck was slowed due to weather but as the weekend approached I could see the …

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Ask The Readers: What does it take to put on a good cigar event?

Ask The Readers: What does it take to put on a good cigar event?

At this very moment it is 61 degrees and sunny in my little piece of Pennsylvania. It is a beautiful day (for a change) and I find myself holed up in Sir Stogies with a little glass of Zaya and a Drew Estate Undercrown.

So, why am I wasting such a beautiful day inside? Well, it is 5:16pm on a Thursday and I just realized that I have absolutely nothing scheduled to post here on Stogie Review tomorrow. What better …

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Punch Signature

Punch Signature

As much as I like to think I am young and hip, when it comes to the marketing of cigars, I am a traditionalist at heart. I don’t like flashy packaging (does anyone remember the lighted CAO Vision boxes?) and detest a cigar which comes with its own gimmicky back-story (ORTSAC 1962 and the Cuban Missile Crisis).

Last week, when a five-pack of Punch Signature Cigars arrived in the mail, I was torn. The new Punch Signature had a …

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Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight

Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur 1066 Dark Knight

Years ago, back when I first started smoking cigars, I had this crazy idea that cataloging my cigar purchases would be fun and informative. I went out, purchased labels, and adhered them to the cellophane of any cigar I purchased.

The cataloging was tedious work but in my mind it would be well worth the effort to monitor how my cigars aged. After about a year I realized that it was far more fun to smoke cigars that to …

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Colibri Astoria Triple Jet Lighter

Colibri Astoria Triple Jet Lighter

When it comes to cigar accessories there is one that you simply can not do without. If you’re in a bind and find yourself without a cutter, a pocket knife, fingernails, or even teeth can open up the cigar. They may not do the prettiest job but the job gets done.

You really can’t say the same when it comes to lighting your cigar. Unless of course you’re Les Stroud or Cody Lundin and can whip up a fire with …

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I want a cigar that will knock me over!

I want a cigar that will knock me over!

Yesterday afternoon I was feeling bored. With plenty to do around the house and no desire to do any of it, I made the decision to get out for a little while. I hopped in my car and made the grueling 0.8 Mile ride to Sir Stogies to watch football with the guys.

As I kicked my feet up in the recliner, toasting my AJ Fernandez New World, one of the guys called out across the lounge. ‘Hey, have you

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Tortuga Reserva (Box Pressed)

Tortuga Reserva (Box Pressed)

Over the past few weeks I’ve developed an addiction. My drug of choice has been the Tortuga Reserva Alma. It seems like every time I purchase them, with the intention of reviewing one, I smoke every single one of them before I manage to fire up the camera and record my thoughts.

On one shoulder an angel sat, whispering in my ear ‘Don’t burn them too fast, you won’t have any left to review. Get out the camera before its

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