June 5, 2014


  • Well this was my first Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) trade show and what a show it was. The team from Tobacco Media Group (TMG) and anchor sponsors Villiger Cigars, Drew Estate, and Philips and King put on a magnificent show. It all started on Wednesday morning, January 28th, with a Keynote speech by the calm,

  • Mike Holmes

    A note from Boston Jimmie Alright now – 2019 is over, cigar media have posted their top lists and the debates have begun. You may agree or disagree with the ratings, rankings, and selections on them, or then again you may not even care, but one thing every consumer should pay attention to is what

  • Mike Holmes

    Happy New Year to everyone reading my first article of the year and the new decade! This time of the year people tend to be hyped up about “What is to come” in the new year. Resolutions are made only to be broken a couple months later. The resolutions turn into lies and then you

  • Meet The Latest Vaporizer Alternative Much to the delight of smokers looking to quit, there is now an electronic, vaporizer-driven or “vape” alternative to everything notorious for having serious side effects on lung health. For nearly a decade now, hookah, shisha, cigarette and pipe smokers have all had an established array of brands to shop

  • My relationship with Paradise Cigarz in Rockledge, Fl began 9 years ago. I was pretty new to cigars and did not smoke as often as I do now. My mom sent me to spy on prices at a barbershop in the adjacent plaza and on my way I passed a sign that said “Cigars” and

  • A couple of months back, I received a pretty cool device in the mail from a company called Cigarmedics. They asked if I would be kind enough to review their product, known as the HumidiMeter, on Stogie Press. This is not the first I have heard of the device. My friend and BOTL, Kevin Shahan

  • Well, that was a fun contest, but all good things must come to an end. Votes were cut off at midnight on Friday, December 20th. The 2019 Stogie Press Readers Choice best cigar of 2019 is the: Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Tamo Lindo El Amarillo Fancy Belicoso Congratulations to Francisco Almonte and the whole team

  • The House of Representatives passed the year end funding bill today that includes funding to keep the government running through September of 2020. The bill was broken into two packages – one for national security which passed 280-138 and the other for domestic agencies which also passed 297-120. The domestic agencies part included a provision

  • Jimmie – you have a problem!! My wife recently looked at my Humidor and said “Jimmie, you need to be in the Christmas giving spirit” – so here it is, for the first time ever, we are running a Stogie Press “Readers Choice Cigar of the Year” contest. This is real simple, just comment on

  • This past Friday evening I was cordially invited to attend and cover a one night event in Wynwood, Florida called “X Art Basel’ that was put on by Drew Estate Cigars. If you are not familiar with Art Basel, one of the biggest events held in Miami, Florida, it is a gathering of artists, galleries,

  • This coming Friday, December 6, Drew Estate Cigars will be capping their 20th Anniversary of ACID Cigars by hosting a special 1 night only event in the heart of Art Basel, sponsored by Hausammann Gallery. The gallery was founded in 1961 by Renato Hausammann, originally in the Italian ski town of Cortina, and now moved

  • Life is meant to be lived and lived well. To reach the age of 60 is a privilege denied to many, so to be able to celebrate such a milestone with my great friend Boston Jimmie was a distinct honor. Photo Credit – William Cooper (Cigar-Coop) November 9th, 2019 was truly a night to remember.

  • I was recently introduced to retired NFL Champion Fred Robbins by one of my loyal Instagram followers – Steve Bingham @bigbluecigarguy. Steve is a huge NY Giants fan and suggested I connect with Fred, who was part of the Super Bowl XLII championship Giants team. Now of course, that game is cemented in my amygdala

  • A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview Documentary Film Producer, Kareem (Reem) Fort, to talk about his latest project “Smoke BIG”. The new documentary film, which is scheduled to be released in early 2020, focuses on the Los Angeles cigar culture. Kareem is best known for his Hip-Hop documentary “Demos” which

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