Cuban Cigars

Episode 79: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuban Cigars

Nick Syris, owner of LH Cigars, joins me for the next installment of the sub-series this year, while we look at the history of Cuban cigars. We start from when they believe the tobacco plant arrived on the island and go all the way to present day Cuba. Of course, we stop a little along…

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Episode 78: The Cuban Sub-Series: Cuba Now

James welcomes back co-host Nick Syris, a Master Blender and Cuban expert, to discuss his latest trip to Cuba. Is Cuba ready for tourism as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down? Nick talks about what he saw as he visited the island nation in April of 2022. From the changes in currency to the amount of…

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Episode 77: The Cuban Sub-Series: The Cuban People

I welcome back to the show Nick Syris of LH Cigars. We return to our sub-series on Cuba and discuss the Cuban people. Nick explains their daily lives, what they go through, how they live, and how they work to steal. We talk about their views and general attitudes towards Americans, racism, and the impact…

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Episode 75: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuba Pt. 2

This episode is a continuation of Episode 73, where Nick Syris (owner of LH Cigars and Cuban cigar expert) continue our discussion of the history of Cuba. We begin with the infamous Fidel Castro coming to power and how that changed things for the Cuban people and the geopolitical landscape. We discuss how the Russians…

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Cuban Cigar Review: Punch Short de Punch

Punch is one of the most iconic, oldest, and recognized brands of cigars from Cuba. They are most notably known for the Punch Punch and the Double Corona, both of which have become increasingly hard to find. Punch has also been one of the most prolific Cuban brands throughout my journey into the world of…

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Episode 73: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuba Part 1

This is the first of a new sub series of podcasts where myself and Nick Syris of LH Cigars will discuss all things Cuba. For Part 1, Nick and I discuss the beginnings of the island of Cuba, its Spanish colonization, and how the island of Cuba has been a political pawn for centuries. We…

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Cuban Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo VI

Cohiba is a premium cigar dual-brand – one is produce in Cuba by the Cuban state-owned tobacco company, Habanos S.A., and the other is produced in the Dominican Republic for United States-based General Cigar Company.  The Cuban-produced brand is filled with tobacco that comes from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba and as undergone an…

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Hoyo de Monterrey, Escogidos La Casa del Habano Exclusivo: A special cigar for any occasion.

“Chosen” is the adjective Habanos S.A. decided to christen their newest Hoyo de Monterrey LCDH release. The name, Escogido, was picked to correlate with the location and the circumstances surrounding the debut of its release and also to emphasize the amount of quality control that goes into the wrapper selection. Habanos S. A. presented the Escogido…

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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: 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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