Does True Love Exist?

Does true love exist? That is the age-old question that has fostered debates, arguments and all out brawls among lovers and friends for centuries. So what is the answer? Was 19th century British poet, Lord Alfred Tennyson correct in saying, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”? Or, is that just a faint attempt to console a tender heart after a tumultuous break-up? Good news for romantics: scientists claim that true love does, in fact, exist. A study of brain scans showed that…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Hayley and friends smoking cigars

Like looking at  gorgeous and seductive babes with their lips locked around a thick cylindrical stick? Check out Hayley and her sexy friends smoking cigars while looking sexier than ever. Check out Hayley’s Sexy open shirt look.                             Look at that face, can you say “Seductive”?                     Rebecca’s lips are calling you…                     Girls know how to have fun…especially…

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Casino Gold H.R.S. – King (7 x 54)

“Casino Gold HRS cigars are the ultimate compliment to a high-risk, high-reward, always-on-the-go lifestyle.” – Royal Gold Cigars sales brochure  Thanks to Alex Goldman, president of Royal Gold Cigars, I have been on a bit of a Royal Gold kick as of late. I can’t get enough of these high-quality sticks. Today’s choice is the Casino Gold H.R.S. (High Roller Selection) – the inaugural cigar that set the company in motion during the summer of 2013 and my third review of the company’s four offerings.  The Casino Gold H.R.S. is…

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Cigar Wrappers and How They Affect Taste & Flavor

Cigar smokers tend to choose their cigars like they choose their women – appearance. It is probably not shocking to hear that most men are attracted to beautiful women. We love how they look, smell, taste, etc.  And, no matter how many times we have been told, ‘not to judge a book by its cover’, we continue to melt when in the presence of a striking woman with succulent coronas and a plump robusto. Her impeccable sense of style, alluring scent, and seductive curves draw us in like a magnetic…

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Royal Gold Cigars – Nirvana – Toro

Royal Gold Cigars, the premium cigar division of Swisher, was borne in early 2013 and collaborated with Drew Estate on its latest blend, Nirvana, released in January, 2014. From Royal Gold Cigars Website: “The story of NIRVANA by Drew Estate begins with rich plantation tobaccos from the most precious and fertile growing regions in the North of Nicaragua and Cameroon, Africa. The dark, rich and heavy soil of the renowned Esteli district makes the filler leaves come to life in this distinct blend. A silky and voluptuous Cameroon wrapper completes…

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Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

This is a very solid milk stout that is best reserved for dessert but the lack of complex flavors may turn beer connoisseurs away. So I had a few of my buddies over last night to join me in my cigar cave, what else in new right? – my wife’s favorite lecture every time I sneak outside with the boys –  and we fired up some premium stogies and put back a few tasty brews as we watched a couple NCAA tournament games. While checking our brackets and bullshitting about…

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Guayacan – Robusto

A very pleasantly tasting smoke that remained consistent and flavorful. Like most of you, I had never heard of this cigar until Gary Griffith of House of Emilio introduced me to this gem. Guayacan is made by Noel Rojas who hails from Pinar Del Rio, Cuba where he worked on tobacco farms since his early teen years. Then this young man dabbled in cigar blending himself until the Cuban government shut him down. He then turned to wood working before that, too, was shuttered by the oppressive government. He named…

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What is so special about boutique brands? – Everything!

Like a micro-brew or single malt scotch, a boutique cigar is like the jewel in an Ethiop’s ear- The gem of the cigar industry. Many people often define ‘boutique cigars’ with a definitive production number. That is not accurate. What labels a cigar ‘boutique’ is the craftsmanship and passion behind the process. While it is true that boutique cigars are produced in far fewer quantities than the ‘main stream’, mass produced companies like Atlantis and General Cigar it is not the absolute definition of a boutique cigar. Tobaccos utilized in…

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Ezra Zion Jamais Vu – Exquisito Box Press (6.25 x 52)

Like most of you, Ezra Zion was a company I did not know much about, and in turn, never tried one of their cigars until now.  This Jamais Vu was a gift from House of Emilio founder Gary Griffith and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Nicaraguan Puro that deserves every one of the awards that has been bestowed upon it. The story behind the name, ‘Ezra Zion’ is one for the ages. The company has three founders of which two lost children at a…

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Lagunitas Pils – Czech style Pilsener

This is a very good, tasty beer, but there are better pilseners available on today’s market After I popped the cap I took a deep breath to inhale the aromatic flavors. It had a pleasant biscuit malt background that was clearly overshadowed by a spicy, floral hop profile. It was a satisfying balance of sweetness and spice. The pour was quite stunning and apropos to the style – a pale golden color with a thick and lasting white foamy head with nice lacing, really good head retention. I placed my…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Cigar Babe of the Week – Caroline the ‘Cigar Muse’

Caroline Vitale, nicknamed the “Cigar Muse”, has taken the cigar world by storm with her bedroom eyes, succulent curves and love affair with cigars. This 25-year-old lady of the leaf is not just a pretty face pinned to the wall of some testosterone-filled cigar shop.  But, she is the devilish dame nestled in the corner of the lounge, sunken in an over-sized chair with her lips locked around a Padron 1964 Anniversary, smoking with the boys. By day, Caroline works for a brick and mortar tobacco shop called Cigar Cigars…

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Duclaw – Sweet Baby Jesus

A Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter that is a perfect dessert beer. First brewed in 2011, Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is a complex, robust porter. It is jet black in color with a tan head, full-bodied and creamy with a satiny smooth mouth-feel. It pours like a typical porter – smooth, dark and decadent with a gorgeous head. The smell of chocolate and peanut butter with hints of cream and oats is absolutely intoxicating. It smells incredibly delicious. It tastes just as good as it smells. It enters…

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Emilio Cigars AF2 – Toro (6 x 50)

Very impressive cigar. The AF2, sequel to Emilio Cigars AF1, is produced and blended by AJ Fernandez. One look at this daring dame and I immediately noticed how well-rolled she was. Within seconds of our initial meeting I already had my hands all over her firm body – felt well packed with very little give when performing the old squeeze test. The AF2 is of solid construction – a trademark of all Emilio Cigars. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper had a nice rich oily presence of dark chocolate bejeweled by…

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‘Cigar Muse’ Brings Sex Appeal to the Cigar World

Caroline Vitale, nicknamed the “Cigar Muse”, has taken the cigar world by storm with her bedroom eyes, succulent curves and love affair with cigars. This 25-year-old lady of the leaf is not just a pretty face pinned to the wall of some testosterone-filled cigar shop.  But, she is the devilish dame nestled in the corner of the lounge, sunken in an over-sized chair with her lips locked around a Padron 1964 Anniversary, smoking with the boys. By day, Caroline works for a brick-and-mortar tobacco shop called Cigar Cigars outside of…

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Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak

The Macallan is a single-malt scotch first produced in Moray in 1824. Since then they have gone on to produce nothing but the best of the Scotch whiskies The Fine Oak Series, produced by The Macallan Distillery at Craigellachie in the Speyside region of Scotland is aged in American oak sherry and bourbon casks, as well as sherry casks from Spain. This is a bit different from the traditional Macallan bottling, which is exclusively aged in sherry casks from Spain so you are getting some different notes here. I personally…

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Top Secret Tobaccos Re-emerge in Drew Estate Cigars

Drew Estate may be on to something with their latest release – Kentucky Fire Cured, an extension of the popular MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs a Ton). This line features ‘fire cured’ tobacco – a very difficult tobacco to blend – that has been around for over 200 years but is not often used in cigar blending. It is the cigar industry’s Top Secret tobacco. Today, it is typically found in pipe and chewing tobacco. The MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured uses these fire-cured leaves in the wrapper as well as limited…

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Troegs Nugget Nectar

Tröegs Brewing in Hershey, PA is known for awesome brewskies, including Hopback, Perpetual IPA, The Scratch Series, and of course Mad Elf. The new champion among these great beers is this imperial red/amber ale that packs a solid hop punch – Nugget Nectar Imperial Red Ale – a real hopfest for those hopheads out there. It starts with the same base ingredients of their flagship HopBack Amber Ale, but Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience. As soon as I popped the cap…

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Oliva V Melanio – Robusto (5 x 52)

The Melanio was created to pay tribute to the company’s patriarch, Melanio Oliva, who has been growing tobacco for Oliva since 1886. Here is a bit of background on Melanio taken from the Oliva site:  “  Melanio Oliva first grew tobacco in Pinar  Del Rio, Cuba in 1886. His growing operations were suspended while he fought in Cuba’s War of Independence. After returning from war Melanio resumed his operations. In the early 1920’s Melanio’s son Hipolito Oliva took over the growing operations. Hipolito cultivated the Oliva family fields for several…

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Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper is #1 Used Wrapper of Today

Today’s latest trend is the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, which has become the most widely used wrapper in the world of cigars, by far. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is a mouthwatering Cuban-seed wrapper grown primarily by the Oliva Tobacco Co. who is considered ‘master growers’ of tobacco. They began growing the once popular Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper leaf in Ecuador, but about 6-7 years ago the Oliva family decided to start growing the Habano wrapper after getting their hands on some Habano seeds from Cuba. Now, 70% of their lands in Ecuador…

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Inside the Life of Gary Griffith – Founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio

            Gary Griffith, founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio, is a long-time cigar smoker who has spent a lifetime submerged in all things cigars – smoking, studying and admiring. But, it wasn’t until twelve years ago when Griffith retired from the construction industry and took a part-time job at a local brick-and-mortar cigar shop that roused his desire to start blending his own brand. “After thousands of hours spent in cigar factories just absorbing all the wonderful knowledge I could gain, I decided…

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Emilio Cigars AF1 – Toro

Emilio Cigars is a boutique brand that has been around for a few years now but has been making a huge splash in the market as of late. The brand is really being talked up on web and social media because they are that good. For a little history on Gary Griffith and his cigar empire, read my interview with him. You will be excited to learn how a passionate cigar smoker turned a hobby into an empire. The AF1 is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua and named in honor of…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Delicia the Cigar Vixen

“I think there is a certain sex appeal that attracts men to women who smoke,” she said. “For me I feel like the cigars are a way to ‘break the ice’ so to speak, but I find that once men get to know me, it’s my sarcasm and wit that attracts them.” “I think the sex appeal is always there in any industry,” said Delicia. “If you pick up any cigar, car, sports, or alcohol publication, there is always attractive people enjoying the product and modeling, I don’t see how…

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Up Close and Personal with Delicia the Cigar Vixen

Meet Delicia the Cigar Vixen, a dazzling dame with a gorgeous smile, succulent curves, and an unyielding love affair with cigars.  This lady of the leaf may very well be the perfect woman in all facets of the imagination. Delicia loves her cigars and enjoys everything about them – the taste, the aroma, the smoke and the culture that surrounds them. “Cigars represent culture, confidence and relaxation,” said Delicia. “The best part about smoking cigars is the people that it brings together.” It is no secret that the Cigar Vixen…

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