Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

posted on October 8th, 2019

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

posted on September 26th, 2019

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

posted on September 11th, 2019

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Tour of the New and Improved Famous Smoke Shop

Tour of the New and Improved Famous Smoke Shop

Can you believe there is still video from the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo 2011 (Cigarnival)? For a small two day event with crowds of people, I’m very happy with what we walked away with, in terms of video. In earlier posts, and in replies to comments, I made mention of getting video footage of the new Famous Smoke Shop Store. This is the post where I feature that footage.

All I did was fire up the camera and walk …

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Brad Mayo of Jameson Cigar Co at Cigar Expo 2011

Brad Mayo of Jameson Cigar Co at Cigar Expo 2011

During the Famous Cigar Expo 2011 (Cigarnival), Mike and I caught up with Brad Mayo from Jameson Cigar Co. We had to twist Brad’s arm a bit to get him to do a video but we managed to get our way. In the short video below, Brad talks about the Santos de Miami and makes mention of a sub brand that may make its way to the market soon.


Cigar Expo 2011 Coverage Sponsored By Xikar


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Glynn Loope of CRA Speaks with Stogie Review at Cigar Expo 2011

Glynn Loope of CRA Speaks with Stogie Review at Cigar Expo 2011

During the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo 2011 (Cigarnival), Mike and I had the pleasure of talking with Glynn Loope, Executove Director of the Cigar Rights of America, for a few minutes. Glynn was kind enough to record a quick interview with us before we parted ways.

The video below is about three minutes long. Glynn gives us a quick overview of the current political situation with the FDA and talks a little about the CRA Organization.


Cigar Expo 2011

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Using a Xikar Xi Cutter to Clip Your Cigar

Using a Xikar Xi Cutter to Clip Your Cigar

Think back to the first time that you ever held a Xikar Xi Cutter. If you were like me, you probably picked it up and asked yourself “where are the fingers holes?” Before I could experiment and mangle my cigar, I was given a demonstration by a shop owner.

I would like to offer you that same courtesy but rather than me showing you how to operate the cutter, why don’t we bring in the man that is responsible for …

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The 2011 Xikar New Product Lineup

The 2011 Xikar New Product Lineup

While attending the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo 2011 (Cigarnival), Mike and I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with Kurt Van Keppel of Xikar (Sponsor of our Cigar Expo Coverage). We set out to record a handful of videos with Kurt. The first was The History of Xikar. The second video, which we have here, is the New Product Lineup for 2011. The third, which will come later, is a quick video on Properly …

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Video Diary: Cigar Expo 2011 – Day 2 (Walt)

Video Diary: Cigar Expo 2011 – Day 2 (Walt)

Earlier this week I posted a video diary that I put together for the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo 2011 (Cigarnival). I wasn’t expecting much out of the video but we recieved a lot of positive feedback on it.

The following video is what happened on Day 2 of the Expo. Unfortunately, with this video I lost some steam and didn’t record nearly as much (I’m blaming that on trying to get time with manufacturers for interviews). The video …

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Cigar Expo 2011: Day 1 Wrap-up

Cigar Expo 2011: Day 1 Wrap-up

Every time Mike and I go to an event, we make a point to record our thoughts at the end of the day. The Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo (Cigarnival) was no different and we fired up the camcorder when we got back to our hotel room.

In this video, which runs a little over ten minutes, we talk about the first day of the two day event. I must warn you, this video is very dry. I thought long …

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Video Diary: Cigar Expo 2011 – Day 1 (Walt)

Video Diary: Cigar Expo 2011 – Day 1 (Walt)

One day, a few days prior to leaving for the Famous Cigar Expo 2011, I was messing around with my Flip Camera when I had an idea. Wouldn’t it be cool if I used the camera to create a video diary of significant cigar events, like Cigar Expo?

I could carry the video camera around in my pocket, then whip it out and record some random video footage. Would I capture something remarkably interesting or would it be tremendously …

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Casa Fernandez Cuban Seed Corojo 2006

Casa Fernandez Cuban Seed Corojo 2006

In an effort to be more consistent, Ed and I barely made our August spot on The Stogie Review. But we made it damnit! A big challenge we’ve had lately is figuring out what to review. It is often over thought, and to be bluntly honest, Ed is a picky bastard who won’t just review any cigar.

So this month we went old school and just walked the shop. Within three minutes we randomly picked the Casa Fernandez Cuban Seed

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Rene Castenada from Miami Cigar Co

Rene Castenada from Miami Cigar Co

Early on during our first day at the Famous Cigar Expo, I got to talking to Rene Castenada of Miami Cigar Company. Rene was kind enough to record some video with us and highlights some of the current releases as well as some of the new products that will be hitting stores across the country.


Cigar Expo 2011 Coverage Sponsored By Xikar