June 5, 2014


  • This was my first year being able to attend Black Smoke Miami. The first two years I was out of town at other cigar events so schedule-wise it just didn’t work out. This year finally came and I really wanted to make it down to Miami and experience Black Smoke Miami for myself. Due to

  • In it’s third year running, Black Smoke Miami kicked off the Labor Day weekend on Wednesday night, August 28. Though I did not attend the opening event, which was held at Smoke on the Water Cigar Bar in Weston, FL, I heard it was spectacular with cigar enthusiasts from all over the country partying the

  • This past week I was visiting my son Dominic, in Nashville, TN and took some time to visit with Jon Huber at the Crowned Heads headquarters. The headquarters is a simple building, located in a small industrial complex off the Cumberland River. There is no big sign or pizzazz, just a door with the name

  • Black smoke Miami 2018 Night 3

    It’s that time again, when Brothers and Sisters of the leaf converge on Miami, Florida to celebrate the cigar lifestyle and friendship. This is the third year for the event and if it is anything like the previous years, it will only be bigger and better. Event organizer, Kennedy Achille, AKA Tobacco Kennedy has planned

  • Last week I accepted an offer to travel up to the tri-state are of NY, NJ, and PA to visit a number of cigar shops over the long Independence Day weekend. I started the trek at 7 AM July 4th and got back home at 9 PM Sunday, July 9th. In all I traveled over

  • Everyone is different. We all have different skin tones, come from different backgrounds, have different political views etc… Yes at times we tend to disagree, but disagreement does not equal hate. Sure there are people who are very extreme and might take it there, but I personally advocate for listening to differing opinions and letting

  • The other night, I posted a short text on my social media channels noting that there were quite a few, young cigar brands, that have shown they have the perseverance to stay the course. They have navigated the murky waters of this business we all love so much, even with bigger brands and the FDA

  • If you are attending the 87th annual IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV this month, you may want to reserve a percentage of your purchasing budget for some small, yet growing, boutique cigar brands that offer quality and flavor that rivals the biggest brands in the industry. As the one cigar media website that

  • 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

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