Cigar Smoker

Cigar Aficionado Misses the Mark With Its Top 25 By Leaving Out Boutique Brands

Every year the cigar industry waits with bated breath to find out which cigars will make Cigar Aficionado’s annual Top 25 list. And every year I become a little bit more disappointed — and a lot more jaded. For years the Top 25 was the “it” list that could make or break a cigar producer;…

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Top 10 Short Cigars to Smoke During the Winter

Winter comes every year, and every year cigar aficionados and enthusiasts take shelter in their local lounges. This year, that plan is proving more difficult with the global pandemic still raging throughout the world. While escaping the cold or downright freezing temperatures, in some areas of the Northern Hemisphere via the warmth and shelter of…

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Episode 46: Cigar Aficionado and Short Cigars

I give you my shortened opinion on the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 of 2020 list, why I think it is not a true list of the top cigars of 2020, and why we do not have advertisers or sponsors for the show and website. I then give you my list of Top 10 short cigars…

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Review: Select Draw Cigar Cutter Uses 3 Prongs for a Totally Custom Smoke

There is nothing worse than sitting down to smoke a cigar, cutting it, taking a cold draw, and finding the draw to be too tight. Sure you could try to stab your cigar into submission, but if that does not work you are left with tar build-up and low smoke production. You could cut the…

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Cigar Review: Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Espressivo Is Definitely Not Its Award-Winning Sibling

If the band looks familiar, it’s because the bright orange label has now garnered international attention from its older brother the Aging Room Quattro Maestro receiving the #1 Cigar of the Year from Cigar Aficionado with a score of 96 points. When the Maestro’s award came out, I quickly purchased a box of it with…

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Episode 45: Cigar Community Round 1 with Simply Stogies Club

I sit down with the new Administrator of SimplyStogies.club, Ryan Janus. Ryan and I discuss his cigar journey and how he started smoking, to working in a cigar lounge, to running simplystogies.club. We talk about the cigar community, the impact that COVID-19 has had on the online cigar community, some of the fun things they…

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Lounge Review: Capital Cigar Is the Premier Place to Smoke in Lincoln, Nebraska

I once again find myself in a strip mall in the Midwest. However, this is another case of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Opened in 2018 by Anthony Goins and Austin Hillis, Capital Cigar Lounge is located on the south side of Lincoln, Nebraska. The building still looks new and is surrounded by…

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Cigar Review: The Promising My Father Fonseca Cosacos Is a Disappointment

I was excited when I learned that My Father Cigars had purchased the Fonseca brand from the Quesada family. I love My Father Cigars. In my opinion, they are some of the most solid and dependable cigars in the industry. It is always interesting to see what others’ takes on existing brands are. Palates and…

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Episode 44: 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021

I invite everyone to go to The Blend News and sign up for their newsletter and for their holiday giveaway! I then take a look back at the trials, tribulations, and victories of 2020. Yes, 2020 was a tough year on everyone and Simply Stogies Podcast and simplystogies.com were not immune from the 2020 curse….

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Review: Partagas Serie E No.2 Is a First Class Cuban Cigar

The Partagas Serie E No.2 is part of the Partagas regular production line produced by Habanos S.A. It is the largest gauge cigar produced for the Partagas family. Though this is a younger cigar in the Partagas portfolio, it has become one of the most sought-after cigars in the lettered series. The boxes that were…

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