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Episode 15: Be Bright Coffee Honduran Pacayal and a Rocky Patel Number 6

James and Tim return to David’s Fine Tobacco with the Honduran bean Pacayal Coffee from Be Bright Coffee (not a sponsor), and pair it with a Rocky Patel (not a sponsor) Number 6. We...

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Episode 52: Talking Shop with Evan from The Blend Newsletter

This episode I chat with Evan, the founder of The Blend Newsletter, via Zoom and we discuss his cigar journey, how he fell in love with cigars, how the global pandemic helped him find...

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Episode 51: Chatting at the Drawing Room QC

I visit the Drawing Room QC and chats with two of the owners, Eric Norton and Shale Sage. The trio discuss the cigar community and rich cigar history in Davenport, Iowa, the cigar industry,...

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Cigars and Coffee Episode 13: Celebrities, Cigars, and Coffee

James and Tim sit down at David’s Fine Tobaccos in Clive, Iowa and discuss what celebrities they’d like to have a cigar with. We find out who Tim’s hall pass, how disappointed she must...

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Episode 50: Sitting Down with Sean David of David’s Fine Tobaccos

I sit down with the third generation owner of David’s Fine Tobaccos in Clive, Iowa, Sean David. Sean and I discuss a wide range of topics that both his customers and cigar aficionados and...

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The Latest Reviews

The very latest reviews from the Simply Stogies staff.

Cigar Review: The Juan Lopez Selección No. 2 Underwhelms Without Age

In the world of Cuban robustos, there are plenty of names that stand out, but one that is often overlooked is the Juan Lopez Selección No. 2. The Juan Lopez brand as a whole...

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Pipe Tobacco Review: Five Brothers Is a Terrific Smoke With a Deep History

With a pedigree lasting 155 years, Five Brothers Pipe Tobacco is a living classic. It is a shag cut pure burley blend with a legendary strength. This high nicotine sets it quite apart from...

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Cigar Review: Casdagli’s Enigma Solves the Mystery of a Truly Special Experience

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Near the end of 2019, When I sat down with Jeremy Casdagli, founder of Casdagli Cigars, one of the last things he mentioned on the podcast was two...

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Cigar Review: Casdagli Cigars Mareva Spalato No. 2 Is Worth the Price of Admission

The Casdagli Cigars Mareva Spalato No. 2 is the regular production follow-up release to the original limited production Mareva Spalato. The Mareva Spalato No. 2 was blended by Master Blender Hendrik Kelner Jr. and...

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These Bulk Pipe Tobaccos Are Great for Aging in the Cellar

Introduction For the committed pipe smoker, one of the goals is a well-stocked tobacco cellar. Depending on the smoker’s means and rate of smoking this can be a handful of blends — or hundreds...

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The Calendar

Find out where we will be. Join us if you can.

Cigar Dinner, Embassy Club West

Date: April 29, 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 9759 University Ave., Clive, IA 50325


James and Tim will be attending a cigar dinner hosted by David’s Fine Tobaccos at the Embassy Club West in West Des Moines Iowa. Reservations are required. Call David’s Fine Tobaccos for details.

Queen City Cigar Fest

Start date: May 19, 2021

End date: May 23, 2021

Time: All Day

Location: Charlotte, NC


Look for James (and possibly Tim) all over during this huge event. Get yourself a VIP, Dinner, or Saturday event tickets before they are gone. Visit the Queen City Cigar Fest website for more details.