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Cigars and Coffee Episode 3: Drive-Thru Coffee and Cuban CIgars

James and Tim discuss Cuban cigars while drinking drive-thru coffee. Tim bemoans ordering food through a drive-thru and James complains about the show’s budget before discussing if fast-food/drive-thru coffee is “premium.” The pair then discuss Cuban cigars, if they’re better or worse

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Epic Cigars Project E San Andres Gran Ola

OVERVIEW VITOLA:   Toro SIZE:   6-1/4″ x 54 ORIGIN:   Dominican Republic FACTORY:   Charles Fairmorn WRAPPER:   Mexican San Andres BINDER:   Indonesian Sumatra FILLER:   Dominican Republic and Nicuaraguan STRENGTH:   Medium – Full SOURCE:   Received Sample from Epic Cigars ENVIRONMENT WHERE: My deck WHEN: July 12, 2020 DRINKS: Iced Tea WEATHER: Perfect warm Summer night – low 80’s with 65%…

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Episode 35: Project E Gran Ola Review

I give you my review of the Epic Cigars limited edition Project E Gran Ola. You can follow along with my review here. I also go over our new Statement of Ethics and why it’s important to our staff and to our fans. You can get your own Simply Stogies Podcast SWAG here!

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Cigars and Coffee: Episode 2 – Reviewer Introducing David Howell

James and Tim welcome the brand new cigar reviewer for simplystogies.com, David Howell. They discuss David’s cigar journey, his approach to reviews, Cuban cigars, and of course, coffee.

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Cigars and Coffee: Episode 1

For the inaugural episode of Cigars and Coffee, James and Tim explain the premise of the show, share their cigar and coffee journeys, and talk about what they’re smoking and the coffee they’re drinking.

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Episode 34: Getting to Know Our New Content Director, Matthew Kang

James welcomes the new Content Director/Editor of simplystogies.com, Matthew Kang. Matthew discusses his cigar journey, and how his real job at Eater LA will help us give us some direction. We also talk a little COVID-19, and Matthew mistakes a travel humidor for a takeout box. James also announces a brand new Cuban Cigar review,…

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Illusione Cigars Taking over Cavalier Genève Cigars Distribution in the US

Illusione Cigars Taking over Cavalier Genève Cigars Distribution in the United States of July 1, 2020 Illusione Cigars, based out of Reno, Nevada, are as of today, July 1, 2020 the new importer and distribution partner of Cavalier Genève Cigars in the United States. Illusione Cigars has a fully functional FTZ on top of the…

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PCA Announces Furloughs in Response to COVID-19

PCA Announces Furloughs in Response to COVID-19 The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that there will be some temporary changes to its staffing and programs as a result of the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardships. As of July 15, the PCA staff will be furloughed, with benefits, as…

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Episode 33: Up and Down with Phil Ledbetter from Up Down Cigars

I had the opportunity to sit down with co-owner of Up Down Cigar (located at 1550 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL) and current PCA Board Member, Phil Ledbetter. Phil and I discussed his cigar journey, starting from pipe smoking and going all the way through his becoming co-owner of Up Down Cigar. We discussed the…

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Crowned Heads Cigars Announces Four Kicks-No. 7 Exclusively for Casa De Montecristo Retail Stores

Crowned heads Announces Casa De Montecristo Retail Exclusive Four Kicks-No.7 Today, Crowned Heads announces an exclusive release for 28 Casa de Montecristo retail locations around the country, the Four Kicks- No. 7. The Four Kicks- No. 7 uses the original Four Kicks blend which has earned 90+ ratings. The Four Kicks- no. 7 is crafted…

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