Simply Stogies

Cigar Review: Sobremesa Brûlée Wagashi from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

The Sobremesa Brûlée Wagashi is a collaboration between DT&T and Cigar Dojo. It was first a Smoke Inn exclusive that built on the Sobremesa Brûlée Blue and is a modified blend of the Blue. The Blue is one of my favorite cigars from Steve Saka; so I was looking forward to this release to see…

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34 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies Podcast After Show

Tim brings James and Nick back to the studio to talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with Miguel Schodel with Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars. We notice there are no screaming children in the background while we  appreciate the hard work  and dedication that goes into leading a team to success….

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Episode 131: Miguel Schoedel of Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars

This episode we have a great conversation with Crowned Heads and Oz Family Cigars National Sales Manager, Miguel Schoedel. Miguel walks us through his history in the cigar industry: from his early interest in tobacco and agriculture, to his time with CAO, and ultimately to where he is today. Miguel discusses informed cigar consumers and…

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Cigar Review: S84 Shade to Black Corona Doble by Drew Estate

In March of this year, Drew Estate released the another cigar in the Blackened line: the S84 Shade to Black. This is the sophomore release for the line that is a collaboration between Metallica’s frontman, James Hetfield, Master Distiller of BLACKENED Whiskey, Rob Dietrich, and Drew Estate. Their first release, M81, was named after the…

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33 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies Podcast After Show

How hard is it to run a good cigar of the month club? Tim brings James and Nick back to the microphones to discuss the this and much more about the latest episode of the Simply Stogies Podcast with guest Ben Rotem and Luxury Cigar Club. Enjoy this conversation while saving 15% at luxury cigar…

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Cigar Review: Smoking Jacket’s Mini Henkie

During the PCA 2024 Trade Show earlier this year, I was able to stop by the Smoking Jacket booth and spend some time talking with the those behind the Mini Henkie: Hendrik Kelner Jr. (blender and owner of Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic), Henrik Kelner (son of Hendrik Kelner Jr.), and Hendrik Alexander…

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Episode 130: Ben Rotem of Luxury Cigar Club

James and Nick sit down with Ben Rotem, one of the founders and owners of Luxury Cigar Club. If you’re not familiar with luxurycigarclub.com now, you will be after this episode. Luxury Cigar Club is more than just a “cigar of the month” club. They have a large online inventory of cigars, accessories, and humidors…

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32 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies Podcast After Show

In this episode we dig behind the scenes of the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with guest Lou Cross, brand owner of Lure Cigars. We have been hearing the hype behind this new brand, and we’re on board for the ride as we talk the personality and story behind a brand. Watch on Youtube:…

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Cigar Review: Cosecha 151Robusto by Plasencia

I previously reviewed the Cosecha 149 and the Cosecha 151 is continuing the same theme of naming the cigar after the crop harvest number. The 151 is a Honduran puro as well. I enjoyed the 149 but felt it was lacking in flavor in the first half of the cigar. I like the idea of…

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Episode 129: Lou Cross III of Lure Cigars

James and Nick welcome Lou Cross III, founder of Lure Cigars, to the show. Lou talks about honoring his late father, Lou Cross Jr., to naming his cigars after his family, he walks us through his journey. We discuss the “grind” that boutique cigar manufacturers go through to promote their brands and connecting directly with…

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