Archives for : September2012

Cuenca y Blanco by Joya de Nicaragua

What can I say, when I kept hearing about this cigar I went on a hunt for it. Not like a typical “Meh, I’ll try it when I find it” hunt for a cigar. I went on a Lt. Colonel John H. Patterson style hunt for this thing at all the Nashville local shops. Finally this weekend I walked into the Cigar Station in Spring Hill and low and behold, it sat on the shelves of the shop just 2 minutes from my house. Delivered on Friday….it was stogie fate! My wife would say it’s obsessive.

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Shop reviews? Food ideas? Wha chew Talkin’ bout?

One of the main reasons this shop was launched was to cover some of the shops in the area, talk about the ones we visit while traveling and really hit some things we felt like others missed. In the next few weeks you will see information about some of the shops in the area that Frank and I visit. Already we’ve covered Uptown’s and talked about the Grand Opening of Big Star Cigar. In the coming weeks we’re going to get a few points from the Owners or Managers of these shops about personal taste and what they like as cigar lovers. We might even get them to talk about what they hate about the industry. Who knows.

It’s often said in the good shops “Tobacco is all about the experience.” Well, we feel that all   things should be like that, from cooking a steak, down to getting a hair cut. If you want to find some places to hit up when you’re in Nashville, or traveling around, check back often.

Maybe we can get some of these dead beat Brand Owners, Sales Reps and National Sale Managers we know to give us some interviews too. I’m speaking directly to the ones who read this site! If you’re in the industry and want to be highlighted, let us know. It’s free.

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Uptown’s Smoke Shop in Nashville

One thing Frank and I will do on here is give some attention to shops we visit or even the ones we call “Home”. When I moved to Nashville I knew a handful of people and had really just started getting into boutique cigars. I did a search for Cigar shops in the area and for the first  few weeks here stopped at a few of them to see which one “fit”. One shop I read about was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 12 Tobacconists in the World. If you are ever in Nashville and don’t believe me, stop by and see for yourself. Uptown’s long history in the cigar industry is almost second to none. If you’re a fan of briar, their wide selection can be found at www.uptowns.com.

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CLE Cuarenta by Christian Eiroa

When you think of the name Christian Eiroa many people automatically think about Camacho Brands, which was owned by the family until Davidoff purchased the brand in 2008. Some will remember that even after the purchase, Christian stayed as the President over the brand. But to me, CLE cigars represents a fresh start for an old favorite of mine. When I think about cigars that really got me over from the “usual” suspects, I instantly think of the Camacho Connecticut and the Camacho Triple Maduro. I also think of the box of Camacho 10th Anniversary that was given to me on my wedding day.

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Scotch and Cigars on the Tennessee River

Scotch and Cigars on the Tennessee River

When: Wednesday October 10th 2012

Where: The Southern Belle Pier 2 Chattanooga, TN

Time: 7pm

Glenlivet Scotch

Avo and Davidoff Cigars

Heavy Hors d’ oeuvres

Cigars for Warriors Donation Table and Raffle

Like scotch? Like cigars?  Plans on October 10th?  You do now!  Join the crew of The Southern Belle for “Scotch and Cigars on the Tennessee River”

Glenlivet scotch, and featured Avo and Davidoff cigars will be provided by rep Garrett Calhoun of Davidoff Cigars.  Wes Thornton C.M.T. and Manager of Burns Tobacconist, will be the guest speaker of the evening, and will be talking about the featured cigars.

This event is brought to you by executive director Cindy Fain.

Call: (800) 766-2784 to purchase tickets, or online at: http://www.chattanoogariverboat.com

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Big Star Cigar Lounge Opens in Mt. Juliet

Big Star Cigar Lounge Opens in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet, TN – Wilson County’s first full-service cigar and pipe store has opened in Mt. Juliet. Big Star Cigar Lounge is an upscale establishment that specializes in premium hand-rolled cigars, with an emphasis on boutique and hard-to-find cigars. Big Star’s walk-in humidor is the envy of many and features a selection of over 30 brands of high-end hand-rolled cigars. The store also offers a wide selection of premium briar pipes as well as cigar and pipe accessories including humidors, cutters, lighters and more. With flat-screen TV’s in two lounge areas, comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, and exceptional service, Big Star provides an unparalleled experience for every visitor.

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Tarazona Cigars XTC Robusto

At the recent Chattanooga Tweet up hosted by Dave Jones from http://www.tikibaronline.com/ and the boys at Burns Tobacconist Chattanooga I walked away with two Tarazona Cigars. At first I simply thought it was a lighter body cigar and thought nothing of it. But one night while I was grilling I grabbed the robusto out of my humidor and wanted to try something I had never heard of before. I made the choice that I was not going to read about the cigars in any way until after I smoked it.

The first thing you will notice about the cigar is the great construction. When I was just getting started on the cigar I kept trying to figure out what the make up of it was. Obviously it was a Sungrown wrapper. “There is spice to it, but I can’t tell if it’s a Nica Puro” and then it dawned on me. I was  reviewing a cigar I had no intention of reviewing, so I stopped. I sat back and really began to enjoy one of the most well balanced, perfectly constructed and relatively unknown cigars I have had in a very long time. I instantly put this in the same area as  the EP Carrillo Short Run 2012 and Four Kicks. In fact, I would bet money that if you smoke these on a regular basis, you will love the Tarazona.

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