Cigar Lifestyle: Shirtless Mike’s Day trip to Black Smoke Miami 2019 – By Mike Holmes

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 Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Shirtless Mike’s Day trip to Black Smoke Miami 2019 – By Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar Lifestyle: Black Smoke Miami 2019

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 Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Black Smoke Miami 2019[…]

Cigar 101: Picking Cigars for the Best Smoking Experience – Mike Holmes

Boston Jimmie forwarded a message to me about a cigar smoker who was smoking a lancero and started to feel sick while smoking the cigar. It was suggested that one of us write about how to pick cigars to smoke, that are within someone’s league, to help them have the best smoking experience. Once again Read more about Cigar 101: Picking Cigars for the Best Smoking Experience – Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar 101: How to Smoke in your vehicle without it smelling like an Ashtray – By Mike Holmes

This is a topic that I see discussed quite often on social media. Since I base my Cigar 101 articles on what the cigar community actually talks about, I decided to tackle this topic because I smoke in the car on an almost daily basis. Hopefully this will help many of you, who want to Read more about Cigar 101: How to Smoke in your vehicle without it smelling like an Ashtray – By Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar 101 – Should I Order Cigars Online or Buy From my Local B&M? – By Mike Holmes

Ahhhh one of the most debated topics in the online cigar community, Should I order cigars online from big name websites or should I shop local and support my local Brick and Mortar shop? To answer this question we need to look at the benefits of both so that we can compare the reasons many Read more about Cigar 101 – Should I Order Cigars Online or Buy From my Local B&M? – By Mike Holmes[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Cigar lifestyle: A Cigar with My Dad – By Mike Holmes

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. Since Father’s day is later this month I thought it would be appropriate to share a memorable experience of mine, the time when I had a cigar Read more about Cigar lifestyle: A Cigar with My Dad – By Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar Review: Cordoba y Morales Celestina Corona Gorda – Rated 93

It has been some time since I spoke about Cordoba y Morales Cigars. They are a local Florida cigar company and have just released their latest creation, the Celestina. This is a cigar that Azarias “Z” Mustafa, co-founder of the company, named after his grandmother, something he has been wanting to do for some time. Read more about Cigar Review: Cordoba y Morales Celestina Corona Gorda – Rated 93[…]

Cigar 101: Spit or Swallow? We don’t judge! – By Mike Holmes

Have you ever smoked a cigar and while smoking the cigar you felt the sudden urge to Spit? The cigar tasted bitter and the saliva in your mouth built up, and when you swallowed, you started to feel queasy? If you have ever felt like this you are not alone! People are affected differently when Read more about Cigar 101: Spit or Swallow? We don’t judge! – By Mike Holmes[…]

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Cigar Lifestyle: A Celebration of Black Cigar Smokers – By Mike Holmes

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 Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: A Celebration of Black Cigar Smokers – By Mike Holmes[…]

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Cigar Lifestyle: Tips on Picking out Cigars to Share -By Mike Holmes

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 Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Tips on Picking out Cigars to Share -By Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar Lifestyle: Hip Hop and Cigars – A perfect pairing

By Mike Holmes 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 a deeper euphoria and level of Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Hip Hop and Cigars – A perfect pairing[…]

Cigar 101: What’s the deal with cigar shop etiquette?

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 Read more about Cigar 101: What’s the deal with cigar shop etiquette?[…]