mr stogys

Cigar Lounge: Mr Stogy’s – Morrisville, PA

As I noted in a previous post, I trekked up to the NY, NJ, and PA tri-state area over the the July 4th weekend to tour and review a number of cigar lounges. The trip actually started with me flying from Orlando to Newark, where I was picked up by my host Daniel Nina, owner Read more about Cigar Lounge: Mr Stogy’s – Morrisville, PA[…]

Oscar Valladares Super Fly

IPCPR/PCA NEWS: Oscar Valladares Cigars

During this years IPCPR/PCA Trade Show, I got the chance to chat a little with Oscar Valladares about how his company is growing and what new products he has for the market. For a small company that started just a few short years ago with the famed Leaf by Oscar, a collaboration between Island Jim Read more about IPCPR/PCA NEWS: Oscar Valladares Cigars[…]

Cigar Lounge: Stogie Press Independence Day Weekend Cigar Lounge Tour

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 Read more about Cigar Lounge: Stogie Press Independence Day Weekend Cigar Lounge Tour[…]

Cigar Lifestyle: Cigars Unite People From All Walks Of Life – By Mike Holmes

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 Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Cigars Unite People From All Walks Of Life – By Mike Holmes[…]

lars tetens

IPCPR/PCA News: A Cigar Chat with Lars Tetens – A Renaissance Man

It was the first night of the 2019 IPCPR/PCA Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV and my Stogie Press associates Steve and Gary joined me at the Alec Bradely/Lars Tetens media party. Of course we just came from the opening party at the Sands Convention Center and I was dressed in black tie and a white Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: A Cigar Chat with Lars Tetens – A Renaissance Man[…]

Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Broadleaf Dobles – Rated 93

Back in February, Riste (Buc) Riatevski provided a glimpse into his latest creation; the Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc cigar. The cigar was initially being released in a broadleaf blend but he noted there would be a Connecticut version, possibly available at the PCA Trade Show in July. Riste was kind enough to send me some samples Read more about Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Broadleaf Dobles – Rated 93[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year

IPCPR/PCA News: Stogie Press Presents Mike Bellody the 2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Award

As announced on January 1st of this year, Stogie Press selected the MLB Cigar Ventures – David P. Ehrlich PLM Series as the #1 Boutique Cigar for 2018. As we do each each year, we presented the award at the following year’s IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV and Mike’s smile tells it all! Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Stogie Press Presents Mike Bellody the 2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Award[…]

IPCPR/PCA News – Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Every year at the annual Premium Cigar Association trade show, there is plenty to see and talk about. As in previous years, it was my pleasure to sit with Steve Saka, owner of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (DTT), as we caught up on the past year and looked to the future. This year, DTT had Read more about IPCPR/PCA News – Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust[…]

MBombay Cigars

IPCPR/PCA News: MBombay Cigars

At this years Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, formerly known as the IPCPR, Mel Shah of MBombay showcased two new introductions: M.Esteli MQBA MAYURA The M.Esteli The M.Esteli features a a bold and flavorful blend of aged tobaccos including a Habano 2000 leaf grown on the company’s farm in Ventana, Ecuador. This is the Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: MBombay Cigars[…]

Cigar 101: How to Properly Set-up and Maintain Your Humidor – By Mike Holmes

So you have just purchased your first humidor to protect your investment of cigars. Congratulations on entering the world of cigars! Now you might be wondering to yourself, “How do I set up my humidor?” I am glad that you asked that question because I am now going to answer it for you.  The Initial Read more about Cigar 101: How to Properly Set-up and Maintain Your Humidor – By Mike Holmes[…]

Bugatti Vulcan and MIrage

IPCPR News: Bugatti Group Cigars and Innovative Lighters

Every year when I return from the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR), now known as the Premium Cigar Association (PCA), Trade Show, fellow cigar enthusiasts ask me what’s new? Today I am here to report on something unique and innovative from this high end cigar and accessory company. While most of the show Read more about IPCPR News: Bugatti Group Cigars and Innovative Lighters[…]

Flor de Gonzalez 90 Millas Unidos

Cigar News:FDG Cigars Explains Reasons for Opting out 2019 IPCPR

In a heartfelt yet business minded letter to the premium cigar industry, Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas, President of Flor de González Cigars, explained her company’s reasons for opting out of this years IPCPR Association Trade Show, a show the 24 year old company had attended since 2003. Below is the full text of her letter: IPCPR 2019June Read more about Cigar News:FDG Cigars Explains Reasons for Opting out 2019 IPCPR[…]

Cigar News: Ventura Cigar Co. Collaborates with Benji” Menendez and Manuel “Manolo” Quesada to Launch New Cuba Cigar Factory Blends

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” (Benjamin Franklin) Benjamin “Benji” Menendez and Manuel “Manolo” Quesada: two of the greatest of all time. These men are cigar industry pioneers, builders, blenders, visionaries, creators, and friends. Now these true legends of the business, Menendez and Quesada are teaming Read more about Cigar News: Ventura Cigar Co. Collaborates with Benji” Menendez and Manuel “Manolo” Quesada to Launch New Cuba Cigar Factory Blends[…]

Editorial: These Young Cigar Brands Have Perseverance

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 Read more about Editorial: These Young Cigar Brands Have Perseverance[…]