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“Where is your favorite place to smoke a cigar?” by David Baldwin

“Where is your favorite place to smoke a cigar?”

I have heard the similar question, “Where do you usually smoke?”, asked a number of times in casual conversations between cigar enthusiasts making small talk while enjoying a cigar and I have even asked it a few times myself.  I would guess that your answers are probably very similar to mine.  I often smoke in the man cave in my basement, on my front porch, or on my back deck with a fire in the fire-pit.  I smoke at my brother’s houses either on their deck or in their garage.  I smoke at the ballpark while watching my daughters play softball.  And, of course, I smoke at my favorite cigar shops.  These are the places that I smoke most often, but did I have a “preferred above all others”, place to smoke?

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Cult Classic

Cult Classic

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Jalapa, Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5×50

Price: $7.50

For starters I had seen some marketing for these cigars a couple months ago when Brian, the owner of The Smokey Cigar asked me if I knew anything about them.  I told him I did not.  Then today, here they are in stock at The Smokey Cigar.  Brian said he would give them a shot and hopefully they would taste as good as they look.

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Torano Master Habano Maduro

Torano Master Habano Maduro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro

Binder: Habano Ecuador

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Size: Robusto 5×50

Apparently I decided to visit Uptowns on the right day, I think it was rep day.  I got to spend some time with Andrea, our local Torano rep, who gave me one of the new Torano Master Habano Maduros to try.  I smoked it while at Uptowns in the company of many of our local cigar reps.

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Revere by 262 Cigars

What can be said about Clint Aaron that you wouldn’t read in most blogs. First off, Clint might be one of the most down to earth individuals I have met inside or outside of the cigar industry. First time I met him was at the Cigar Station in Spring Hill with Nate McIntrye a little over a year ago. Since then, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to chat with him and regretted the several times he has been in the Nashville area that I had to miss out on his company. Clint is an interesting guy. Some would say that what drives him is his desire to create something totally unique in the cigar industry.Cigar Genius, Rover lover and a man that  has a sexual appetite that would make Michael Douglas seem gay. Now, on to the cigar.

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Trademark Bully Strikes Cigar Industry

The Article attached pretty much speaks for itself. A 501c3 spends large amounts of money stealing from people that use a word that has been in existence long before the company even existed. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012310250041

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Guayacan Cigars

Guayacan Cigars

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 98’

Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 98’

Size: Robusto 5×50

Price: $5.80

Guayacan is one of the newer cigars to come to the market this year.  Guayacan premiered at this years IPCPR show in Orlando.  The company is owned by Noel Rojas, originally from Cuba, who fled to the United States after being imprisoned in Cuba for making cigars.  Most recently, they have released that they have signed a distribution agreement with Emilio Cigars.

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A Year of Age-Crowned Heads Four Kicks

The Crowned Heads Four Kicks-Original Release

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5×50

Price: $6.95

I decided that tonight I wanted to smoke something different, I was not sure what, but I didn’t want something that was easy to find.  This led me to do a little exploring in my cabinet humidor.  About a minute into my quest, I realized what I would be smoking this evening.  I found one of my original boxes from the original release of the original shipment of Four Kicks.  Yes, this box was purchased the first day they  were delivered to Uptowns in Nashville by Jon Huber himself.  Now it probably is all Pats fault since he called me about 20 minutes prior to this, and we talked about how we haven’t reviewed any Crowned Heads stuff yet.  They are good people, so I will.

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Tarazona Classic

Tarazona Classic

Wrapper: Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Torpedo 6.5×52

Price: $5.90

Tarazona is back on the review site!  After weeks of trying to track these cigars down locally, I made a trip to Smokey’s in Knoxville to score some of Eddies additional lines.  For this review we sampled the Tarazona Classic, and much like our previous review of the Tarazona XTC, the Classic did not disappoint.

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The Price of Your Cigars and the Taxes You Pay By Scott “Poppa P” Partridge

The Price of Your Cigars and the Taxes You Pay

By Scott “Poppa P” Partridge

What goes into the price of the cigars that you smoke?  First there is the simple commerce; a retailer buys the product from a manufacturer or wholesaler, marks them up and sells to the consumer. Most cigars manufacturers have a suggested retail price (SRP), and that price is commonly known in the retail world as “keystone” pricing.  Keystone pricing is a 100% markup from the wholesale price. If a retailer pays $5.00 for a cigar, they sell it for $10.00. Before you jump out of your seat and cry foul, remember that out of that $5.00 markup, the retailer needs to pay their rent, insurance, payroll, business taxes, utilities, etc. Trust me when I tell you that few retailers in the cigar business are getting rich! Most of us do it for the passion.

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Laphroaig 10 Year Single Malt

Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch

Distillery: Laphroaig

Type: Single Malt

Age: 10 Year

Price: $50 per 750ml

What do you turn for when you need some peat in your life?  Laphroaig 10 year old single malt scotch.

This single malt is a beautiful golden color, and has a very unique smoky/peaty aroma.

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