June 5, 2014


  • The 15th annual No Joke Smoke 2024 dinner was held on 4/6/24 and hosted by Kalani Matsuura from Mokuleia Cigar Company. The theme this year was All in da Ohana, a throw back to a movie in the 1980’s regarding family life in Hawaii. Helping us celebrate the dinner was Ryan and Holly Rodriguez, the

  • Once again, Espinosa Premium cigars took a long weekend out their busy schedule and gave it to their most influential and loyal customers. This year’s “Invitation Only” festival of family and cigars took place November 2 – 4 at the Espinosa Premium Cigars warehouse and offices in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. It, like past festivals was

  • Earlier in October, I had the pleasure of being invited to this year’s Cigar Bash, hosted by Casa de Montecristo, at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, Florida. The event took place on Saturday October 7. 2023 and I will say it was well attended. Tickets for the event came in two forms: VIP set

  • The last weekend in September, I had the pleasure of attending a locally organized cigar event hosted by event coordinator Elle Jones and Ana Darby with The Dekorum Experience and Jamal Burkes owner of The Hair Biz in Cocoa Fl. Even though Elle is not a huge cigar enthusiast, she is learning, and understands how

  • This past week, I had the honor of being invited to the private roll out of Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” Cigar, held at La Casa Grande Cigars in Little Italy in the Bronx, NY. This was a special moment for Chazz, who noted that this project is dedicated to his grandfather and all those

  • The 14th annual No Joke Smoke (NJS) 2023 dinner was held on 4/1/23 and hosted by Kalani Matsuura from Mokuleia Cigar Company. The theme this year was Validated?, a term used by the Aganorsa Leaf Cigars to showcase its amazing tobacco. Helping us celebrate the dinner was Eduardo Fernandez, the owner of Aganorsa Leaf Cigars.

  • Well, we can officially put this one in the books. After a 2 year wait due to the pesky pandemic, Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars finally got to host their best retailers and friends in the Dominican Republic for the grand opening of the company’s new Tamboril cigar and box factory. To say it was

  • Well it is that time again, the start of the new year and the beginning of a years worth of exciting cigar events, festivals and trade shows. The 2023 cigar calendar kicked off with the 2nd Annual Destination Herf – Miami cigar event. As in the past, the event was primarily sponsored by Caldwell Cigars

  • Every year in December cigar enthusiasts from all over the United States land in Ybor City, Florida otherwise known as Cigar City USA – the historical cigar capital of the United States, to celebrate the cigar lifestyle and culture. I’ve been to the festival several times and this year the festival rights were acquired by

  • In case you don’t want to labor through this article, and you want to cut right to the chase, here is a little video collage I put together that captures the spirit and comradery at Drew Estate’s 2022 Barn Smoker Capstone event – THE SAVAGE FEAST that took place at the South Fork Ranch in

  • The weekend of August 12 – 14 was quite the epic adventure for my Taking It To The Nub co-host Quinton Brown, my wonderful BOTL Andy Tosetti and myself as we started gathered with 100’s of fellow Drew Estate fans for the Annual Connecticut Barn Smoker. This is one that I personally have been wanted

  • The 13th annual No Joke Smoke 2022 dinner was held on 4/2/22 and hosted by Kalani Matsuura from Mokuleia Cigar Company. The theme this year was What If..?. After waiting for 2 years due to the pandemic, the Hawaii cigar community got to experience smoking with their fellow brothers and sisters of the leaf. Every

  • Last weekend was all about Drew Estate and their 25+ years of re-birthing cigars. This was supposed to happen last year but was postponed due to the pandemic but the company did not disappoint their fans at this first of 5 major events celebrating DE25. This was the Florida Barn Smoker and DE25 pre-party. If

  • Drew Estate Barn Smoker 2018

    I recently put out a press release about Cigar International and the elimination of their annual CigarFest mega herf. The annual CigarFest was an event that sold out almost immediately and brought brothers and sisters of the leaf together from around the country to celebrate the cigar culture. This year, the company decided they would

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