James Giehm

Cigars & Coffee Episode 41: Alma del Campo and Dirty Dozen Coffee Company’s Engine 10 Blend

James smokes and reviews the Alma del Campo from Plasencia Cigars and the Engine 10 Blend from Dirty Dozen Coffee Company. James shares his thoughts, tasting notes, and rating while enjoying both of these at David’s Fine Tobaccos in Clive, Iowa. Try the Engine 10 Blend from Dirty Dozen Coffee Company here.      

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Cigar Review: The Jornal from Oxford Cigar Company is an Exceptional House Blend

House blends can be a weird area for cigar smokers. House blends are usually priced lower than “name brand” cigars, but are sold by B&Ms as “just as good as.” The problem that I have with most house blends is that they are rarely as good as advertised. There are a few exceptions to the…

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Episode 72: 3 Year Anniversary, Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Problem, and PCA News

Thank you all so much for your support these past three years!! This is now the longest running podcast and most successful podcast that I’ve ever done. None of this would be possible without you, the listener. THANK YOU!! I break down Cigar Aficionado’s 2021 Top 25 and why it’s still problematic. I also cover…

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Cigars and Coffee Episode 39: La Careme Cosacos and Disturbed’s Get Up Coffee

James returns to David’s Fine Tobaccos in Clive, Iowa to smoke and review the La Careme Cosacos from Crowned Heads and drinks Disturbed’s Get Up Coffee from Dead Sled Coffee.  

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Cigars & Coffee Episode 37: Caldwell Savages Super Roth and Three Rivers Coffee Co 3AM Lift Assist

James returns to David’s Fine Tobaccos and pairs a Caldwell Savages Super Roth with Three Rivers Coffee Co’s 3AM Lift Assist. Three Rivers Coffee Company is a service-disabled and veteran owned and operated coffee company that gives back to their community, gives employment to veterans, and gives back to the community. The 3AM Lift Assist…

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Product Review: Les Fines Lames Punch Bracelet® is a Hit and a Miss

The cigar industry sees little innovation when it comes to the actual cigar. It is, after all, nothing more than the rolling of dead leaves. Yes, that is a very simplistic way of looking at what cigars are, but it is essentially the truth. However, the accoutrement that cigar enthusiasts and aficionados use while enjoying…

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Cigar Review: Cigar Culture’s Hawk by Blackbird Cigar Co. Crash Lands

The Cigar Culture’s Hawk by Blackbird Cigar Co. is, I believe, the first collaborative cigar put out by Blackbird Cigar Co. Released in November of 2021, the Hawk is a box pressed toro that features a Brazilian cubra wrapper over a Mexican San Andrés binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It’s a very limited run…

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Cigars & Coffee Episode 35: Turkish Coffee and La Aroma de Cuba Pasión

James visits Habano Cigar Lounge in Davenport, Iowa and reviews their Turkish Coffee and the La Aroma de Cuba Pasión. The La Aroma de Cuba Pasión was released in September of 2021 and this was the first chance I had to try it. How does it do? And how well does it pair with Turkish…

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Cigar Review: Sweep the Leg from Nomad by Ezra Zion is a Solid Hit

If you’ve read my review of the Freakshow from Nomad by Ezra Zion, then you know that Nomad releases can sometimes speak to my inner geek. In this instance, Sweep the Leg scratches that nostalgia itch that Hollywood has figured out we all have. Beyond that, myself and our former content director (Mike Breig) have…

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Episode 69: The One and Only Tommy Zman

I chat, via Zoom, with the one and only Tommy Zman. Tommy “Zman” Zarzeki is a writer, producer, voice actor, humorist, and content creator. While he has worked on projects outside of the cigar industry, Tommy is well-known for his work in the cigar industry. Tommy talks about how he broke into the cigar industry…

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