June 5, 2014


  • It’s June, and that means it is getting close to Father’s Day. This month, Mike Holmes tells his heart warming story of smoking a cigar with his dad. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash Since Father’s day is later this month I thought it would be appropriate to share a memorable experience of mine, the

  • If you are a cigar enthusiast, then May was your month as all roads led to the Drew Estate Florida Barn Smoker in Clermont, Florida and the Florida Sun Grown farm. The 2019 Florida Barn Smoker, the 4th annual, is officially in the books and what a day it was. Sunshine, Cigars, Food, Drink, and

  • Black Smoke Miami 2018 Day 1

    re·sur·gence/rəˈsərjəns/nounan increase or revival after a period of little activity, popularity, or occurrence. Within the past few years I’ve noticed that there has been a massive resurgence of black cigar smokers in the United States. Traditionally the cigar community has always been diverse, but through the lens of social media and annual events like Black

  • Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

    I recently received cool gift box from a company called GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com. This company offers some very cool gift ideas for men and it targets the Groomsmen market. On their website, there is a Cigars and Lighters menu pick that has a collection of gifts for your favorite cigar enthusiast. Although they are marketing to men,

  • Crux Cigars Smoklahoma Corona Gorda Collection

    It is that time of the year, and if you live in or near Oklahoma City, you may want to check the 2019 Smoklahoma Cigar Event this weekend. Crux Cigars is returning to the event this weekend with a re-release of their exclusive Smoklahoma Corona Gorda Collection. The event begins at 6:30 PM tonight, April

  • Jessi Flores

    Jessi “VICTMS” Flores Fresh off his 20 tenure at Drew Estate Cigars – Subculture Studios, Jessi “VICTMS” Flores has hit the ground running in his new venture of creating specialized, one of a kind, hand made cigar accessories. In fact it has been just two months since he departed Drew Estate. In a press release

  • Many of us cigar enthusiasts are familiar with Shorty Rossi and his mission to save abused dogs. Shorty has a storied life but there are two things I know he loves – cigars and dogs. I have known Shorty for a number of years now and even recall going to a Detroit Tigers game one

  • No Joke Smoke 2019 Dinner – Kraji Tiki Party

    The 12th Annual No Joke Smoke Dinner was held on 3/30/19 and hosted by Kalani Matsuura from Mokuleia Cigar Company. I was not able to attend but Kalani was kind enough to provide a recap of the event and photos. The No Joke Smoke Dinner is one of the few cigar events in Honolulu that

  • Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

    Many of us get together regularly with friends to smoke cigars and to enjoy the brother and sister comradery that comes with the cigar lifestyle. Maybe you have been smoking for years, or maybe you haven’t. Either way we have all faced the dilemma of picking out cigars to share with a friend. Will they

  • By Mike Holmes Photo by Zachary Nelson on Unsplash Many Cigar smokers enjoy listening to music while we puff on our stogies, which is a universal trait. However I am apart of a smaller demographic of cigar connoisseurs heavily influenced by Hip hop culture and find that listening to my favorite emcee brings me into

  • By: Mike Holmes Here we go again with another discussion on Cigar Etiquette. My first article for Stogie Press was very popular and  has received lots of great feedback. Thank you for the support and for reading what I write! As a continuation from my first article, I will be addressing Cigar Shop Etiquette. We

  • The Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge

    Ahhh Yes!! The Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge NFG19 – a joining of brothers and sisters of the leaf nationwide that love boutique cigars. I have been hearing and reading about the NFG events for a few years, not to mention the host shop, the world famous Underground Cigar Shop. So this year, I took

  • By now you have read and seen the fun we all all had during the first two days of Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars tour earlier this month. As promised, I am now going to take you through the last 2 days of this spectacular event hosted by Francisco Almonte, owner of DBL Cigars in

  • Michael Noelle Leatherworx

    Last month while I attended the Smoke Inn Great Smoke 2019, I had the pleasure of speaking to Bryon C. James, who had a vendor booth showcasing his leather works creations for the cigar enthusiast. The name of the company is Michael Noelle Leatherworx and from what I saw, his products were well crafted, functional,

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