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I’ll Be Damned – That Cigar Actually Looks Like a Little Fish

I’ll Be Damned – That Cigar Actually Looks Like a Little Fish

The room was dark and I found myself staring blankly at the ceiling. I had been awake for a few minutes and resisted the urge to roll over and look at the clock. It had to be close to 4:00am. Waking up like this, shortly before my alarm sounded, was becoming an all too common occurrence.

I don’t know how long I laid there but the alarm sounded soon enough. I pulled myself out of bed, headed to the bathroom …

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Island Jim by Oscar Valladares

Island Jim by Oscar Valladares

In the Cigar Community, the name Island Jim is one that seems to be gathering a lot of attention. Between Leaf and Bean in Pittsburg (which I hear is a great shop) and the Island Jim Cigar from Eddie Ortega’s Wild Bunch release, the man and face are becoming commonplace.

I was recently gifted an Island Jim cigar that I had never seen before. The person that gave it to me was in Pittsburg with his wife while she attended …

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Do you shy away from a big fat stick?

Do you shy away from a big fat stick?

Every single cigar shop across the country has that one guy. You know the one. “An 80 ring gauge! For Christ’s sake, smoking that must be like putting your mouth around a big ol’…” You get the idea.

Regardless of the phobias some people have about big ring cigars, they seem to be all the rage. I can remember a time six or seven years ago when I didn’t like smoking anything larger than a 50. Now I’ll have the …

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Cigars and Talk

Cigars and Talk

Sunday was a beautiful day here in Pennsylvania. It was so nice, in fact, that I couldn’t resist the urge to fire up the lawn tractor and and tame my wildly growing lawn. With my wife and daughter out visiting my mother in-law, it was a perfect opportunity for me to light up a cigar and putz around the lawn.

Having planned for this very situation, I picked up a couple of Ashton Cigars. These aren’t your usual Ashton, these …

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Cigars and Light Beer

Cigars and Light Beer

Have you ever made the mistake of posting a photo of a cigar and light beer pairing on social media? Your friends probably read you the riot act for drinking anything other than a high octane, micro-brew, or pinky-finger-up boutique. I’m here to tell you it is alright. I feel your pain and have been there myself (I’m looking at you Jerry Cruz).

I don’t drink a whole lot of beer these days (In fact, I still have a …

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

Satisfaction Guaranteed

About fifteen years ago I graduated high school with no interest in going to college. Instead, I learned the trade of cabinetmaking and set myself up with a job right away. The position wasn’t exactly what I wanted. You see, I spent the vast majority of my time working with plastic laminate and flakeboard. We did some pretty interesting stuff but my passion was with hardwoods and furniture.

Anyway, while I was doing all of this work with plastic laminate …

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A Discussion of Private Lounge Membership

A Discussion of Private Lounge Membership

Earlier this week I put together a quick blog post talking about a deal I got at my local cigar shop. We received a handful of comments on the subject with each person sharing stories of their own local deals.

One comment, made by George, sparked a side discussion about Memberships. I was curious of the benefits he received as a member of his club and what his annual cost was.

I won’t pretend to know what the average …

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I want to let you in on a little secret…

I want to let you in on a little secret…

Last night my daughter and I were relaxing in the living room, watching Phineas and Ferb, when I turned to her and asked what she wanted for dinner. After some back and forth we settled on grilled hot dogs and mixed vegetables. We made a quick run to the grocery store then I began the process of getting the grill ready.

With the charcoal chimney smoking away, I sat down on the deck with a cigar, a beer, and my …

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Stumbling on to a Deal at Your Local Cigar Shop

Stumbling on to a Deal at Your Local Cigar Shop

Imagine walking through the door at your local cigar shop and being greeted like Norm Peterson. After some light chit-chat, you make your way across the store and enter the walk-in humidor. You’ve walked through this space hundreds, if not thousands of times since your first visit.

You’ve been through this particular humidor so many times you could probably recite the names and locations of every brand carried. Despite this, you’ve grown comfortable. You have a rotation of go-to cigars …

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Yard Gar Season Is Upon Us

Yard Gar Season Is Upon Us

I was beginning to think that it would never happen but, Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania. Our trees are forming leaves, bushes are bursting with color, and the grass is growing like crazy.

Aside from cigars and drinks outside, Spring is also the time of year when yardwork begins. Anytime this topic comes up in the cigar shop, patrons seem to get this far off look in their eyes as they make recommendations for various Yard Gars. If you …

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