Cohiba Names New Brand Ambassador

You know when you see or hear something that resonates in your spirit but you don’t know why? Just one of those little tingles letting ya know something is coming… On April 25, 2017, I saw (and double-tapped) a post on Instagram from Sean Williams, Founder of El Primer Mundo Cigar Company (EPM), smoking a non-EPM…

The 10 Commandments of the Cigar Event

When Cigar Moses came down from the mountaintop, he had with him these 10 simple guidelines regarding cigar events in which brick and mortar shops host with brand owners and ambassadors. And while our actions won’t cause the seas to part or fire and brimstone to fall, they will impact whether event goers and their hosts have options…

3 Essentials for the Highway Herf

Winter’s drab weather is finally behind us and the time has come to catch some rays and feel the breeze. Months of being confined to the indoors have ended and the entire out-of-doors (and our vehicles) can once again become our lounges. And nothing makes a Spring drive more enjoyable than a cigar. The question…

Welcome, Smoke, Enjoy & Learn

I’ve been doing more visiting and less writing over the last few months as I’ve frequented cigar shops. I like to say that I’ve been conducting research. One thing I’ve learned is that people, both new and experienced, still want education and knowledge about premium cigars almost as much or more than they want the cigar itself.…

3 Ways Online Groups Help the Cigar Culture

My phone is inundated with notifications from social media groups. I would venture to say that I belong to roughly 100 such groups through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and they are mostly dedicated to cigars in one way or another. While some could argue that being affiliated of so many of the groups is overkill, there is a lot…

Nonpartisan Cigars

“Your political opinions are not important to me right now, I’m enjoying my cigar” is what most patrons are thinking when “political experts” get warmed up at shops…or at least it’s what I’m thinking. Between social media, news, the internet, the only thing people seem to care or talk about these days is who’s right, who’s wrong, who’s…

The Gold Standard: Fratello Oro

Earlier this year I wrote about how for months I searched high and low for a Brick and Mortar that sold Fratello cigars (Fratello Smoke Break With Omar de Frias). After turning over every stone I could, I ended up in W.C. Draper Tobacconist in Washington, DC during the summer of 2015 and I found what…