June 5, 2014


  • 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

  • A new year and a new round of cigar events have begun to fill the calendars of enthusiasts all around the country and world. My first event for 2022 was Destination Herf held in wonderful Miami, Florida. The event was organized by BSMia LLC headed up by the iconic Jason Ferguson who not only has

  • Why has is it been a number of years since I ventured over to Ybor City, Florida? I know it is just a 2 hour jaunt from the Stogie Press office, but I just have been so busy that when I want to go, something seems to pop in my life and put the visit

  • Back in November, for my 62nd birthday, I decided I needed a laid back, unwinding, relaxing vacation after a long year that had some seriously stressing moments. When this happens, my favorite go to spot is the Florida Keys, especially the city of Key West. I have been there well over 25 times and I

  • It has been over a year since Las Vegas has hosted a trade show, and what better way to re-open the city than with two adult industries – Premium Cigars and Hemp derived products. That is what the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) is all about. Under the banner of Tobacco Media Group (TMG) owned by

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