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Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured

Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured

DE-KFC

Wrapper: Kentucky Fire Cured

Binder: Not Yet Released

Filler: Not Yet Released

Sizes: “Chunky” 4×46, “Fat Molly” 5×56, “Just a Friend” 6×52

Price: TBD

Drew Estate has once again brought a product to the market unlike the rest.  The new DE MUWAT Kentucky Dark Fired is a cigar that features a tobacco called, dark fire.  This two year project that Drew Estate has been working on is something I was highly interested in trying at this years IPCPR.  Our local area rep, Jeff “The Animal” Tinnell, a good friend of mine, and the shops, bestowed upon us this highly coveted sample.

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Portland General Store-Shaving Products

Portland General Store

PGS Logo

Every once in awhile we like to do reviews on places, store, etc.  Today I’d like to take a moment to talk about a company called Portland General Store.  Portland General Store focuses on skin care and high end shaving products for men.

I discovered Portland General Store on Twitter of all places, I guess that goes to show you that social media is the way of the future.  I found their Twitter account which was followed by a trip to their website to check out all of the neat “old school” shaving products they have.  I shave daily with either a straight razor or a safety razor, so this stuff was right up my alley.  I was amazed by all of the products they had to offer; from shave soaps, to bar soap, to aftershave, to cologne, to beard oil.  Yes, that is right, beard oil!

I sent them a message via Twitter later that day letting them know that I thought they had a very cool thing going and I would like to get some more information.  I received a message back that said, “why don’t we send you some products to review.”  Awesome!

The day the package of goodies arrived happened to be a day where I was working on some old cars.  Needless to say when I arrived home I was dirty and covered in grease from head to toe.  First product to bust out, Face Bomb!

Now Face Bomb, is essentially mud, but mud that cleans.  It works great and leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed.

PGS Face Bomb

-Here is the official description courtesy of Portland General Store:  “FACE BOMB is an all-time PGS favorite. The all-natural, deep cleansing mud is simply the most amazing facial scrub that we’ve ever used. Great for all skin types, FACE BOMB includes rhassoul mud, a natural clay that’s mineral-rich and anti-bacterial. Hand-blended into the mud is sandalwood essential oil, hydrosol of wild geranium and Damascus rose (floral waters), and finely ground walnut shells for gentle exfoliation. The fragrant clay concoction is nourishing to the face and provides a rustic and natural cleansing experience.”

Another product they sent for us to review was, Alpine Shave Jelly with White Pine.  First of all, this just smells manly when you crack open the jar.  Menthol and pine smells fill the air and open up your face when you apply this product.  This product is excellent for those that use straight razors or safety razors and want a slick shaving surface.  I will also mention that after a week of using Alpine Shave Jelly with White Pine, my face is incredibly softer, which scores me extra points with the ladies.

PGS Alpine

-Check out Portland General Stores description of this product: “Inspired by the Maine woods and summer dips into cool lakes, our all-natural jelly formula is ultra-luxurious and refreshing. ALPINE is a best-in-class glide for men looking for the closest and most comfortable shave. Enriched with aloe vera, fruit extracts, and oils to soothe and calm the skin, the PGS favorite is a non-foaming jelly that’s generously scented with white pine, wild mint and citrus.”

The next product they sent us to try is a shave cream called, Racer.  This product is more of a traditional non-foaming shave cream that comes in a jar.  It is, creamy…  Now I have to say the best thing I can tell you about this product is that the ladies love it.  A lady that works with me happened to touch my face the morning after I shaved with this product and stated that my face felt “softer than a baby’s bottom.”  Chick points scored!

PGS Racer

-Check out Portland General Stores description of Racer: For a fast, super-quality shave on days when you need to shave and go. Our luxurious and non- foaming organic shaving cream is made with aloe vera, shea butter, cocoa butter, and fruit extracts. Applied with hands or a brush in a rich layer of white cream, RACER allows for an incredibly close shave. The natural ingredients leave your skin feeling refreshed and moisturized, with a light-spiced, oriental scent. The only way to beat RACER is to slow down for an old- fashioned wet shave ritual.

Finally, we come to what has to be one of the coolest products anyone has ever sent to us, Whiskey After-Shave Splash.  Yes, I said it, Whiskey after-shave.  Does it get any manlier than this?  I think not.  Packaged in an amber glass bottle, this product looks and smells cool.

PGS WHiskey

-Check out Portland General Stores description of their Whiskey After-Shave Splash: WHISKEY After-Shave Splash with sea minerals bathes the skin with the amazing and nourishing properties of the sea. Made without drying alcohol, our splash is a natural alternative for the post-shave routine, full of enriching and refreshing ingredients—sea kelp extract, blue-green algae, organic aloe vera juice, and tea tree essential oil. Infused with our popular WHISKEY scent, and reminiscent of an ol’ yachtsman relaxing below deck at the end of a long day on the wild ocean, a favorite Scotch in hand. The splash is particularly quenching after a wet shave with WHISKEY Old-Fashioned Wet Soap.

Be sure to check out all of their great products: http://portlandgeneralstore.com/  Also check them out on twitter at: https://twitter.com/PortlandGS

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Emilio Draig Cayuquero Pre-Release

Emilio Draig Cayuquero

Draig Cayuquero

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Sizes: Corona, Robusto (Smoked), and Toro

Price: TBD

Release Date: Fall 2013

The mad scientist of tobacco blending is back again with an all new limited edition for 2013.  Gary Griffith the owner of Emilio Cigars greeted me this past weekend at the IPCPR trade show saying, “I’ve got something for you.”  Now, whenever Gary says this to me, I always know something good is about to come my way!

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Leccia Tobacco Black

Leccia Tobacco Black

Leccia Black

Wrapper: Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan Rosado

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero, Brazilian Viso, Dark Fire

Size: 6×50

Price: $8.50

Welcome back Sam Leccia to the cigar business.  Sam is the original creator of Nub and Cain cigar lines.  After a few years break, he is back with an all-new company, Leccia Tobacco.

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5 Tips on Pipe Smoking for Beginners

5 Tips on Pipe Smoking for Beginners

Peder Jeppesen 2

So, you want to smoke a pipe, but you don’t know how?  Here are just a few quick tips to get you started.

How to get started:

1. Learn a little bit about it.  Google pipe smoking, watch some Youtube videos, familiarize yourself with the terminology.

2. Find a good qualified tobacconist that can set you up with good product and some beginners tips.  Don’t go to the convenience store on the corner and get poor quality tobacco that will leave your tongue on fire after smoking it.

3. Watch other pipe smokers, and ask questions.  For the most part, most pipe smokers are friendly people who would love to talk about the hobby, and can certainly tell you stories of how difficult it was their first time.

4. Don’t get discouraged.  It is going to take some time before you learn the “art” of pipe smoking.  It will be frustrating.

5. It is okay to relight.  Tobacco goes out, it happens.

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Duck Dynasty-Duck Commander by Ted’s Cigars

Ted’s Cigars: Duck Dynasty-Duck Commander

Duck Commander cigar

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano

Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano

Size: Toro 6×50

Price: $11.30

I stopped by one of my local B&M’s today to pick up some sticks for the weekend and came across the Duck Commander cigar from Ted’s Cigars.  I’m a big fan of the show and figured why not try the cigar.  Ted’s Cigars are also the makers of the Maker’s Mark cigar, Hopz cigar, Grand Marnier cigars, Rhum cigars, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cigars, and their original line Ted’s Made by Hand.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10

Origin: Belgium

ABV: 11.2%

STYLE:  Belgium Quad

Belgium beers have been my favorite ever since I tried my first one about 3 years ago. Since then, I have tried multiple ones, picking up something new every time I see one. While I see the Trappistes Rochefort series every time I walk in to my local store, for whatever reason I generally tend to pass over it.

While in Asheville, NC with my wife last weekend, we walked in to “Brusin’ Ales, a beer store that sells over 1,000 different Craft Brews, including this particular one. I decided to pick one up at the recommendation of the gentleman running the place. He was spot on with this brew- it is excellent. Enough of this… let’s get to the good stuff.

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Rodrigo La Fortaleza

Rodrigo La Fortaleza

Rodrigo bundle

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: Forte 5 1/2×50

Price: $6.50

So I wanted to talk a little bit about a cigar that has been out for a couple of years that I think is one of the greatest cigars on the market today, the Rodrigo La Fortaleza.  Rodrigo cigars were introduced to me at the Chattanooga Tweet Up by Nate McIntyre, regional sales manager for Emilio. Emilio is the distributor for Rodrigo Cigars.  Nate is a long time friend of mine, and knows what I like when it comes to cigars.  He had been telling me about how good this cigar was for some time.  As luck would have it, the owner, George Rodriguez was present at the Tweet Up, and Nate introduced us.  Now George is a great guy with a true passion for cigars.  I have had the pleasure of hanging out with him at a number of cigar related functions, and always enjoy my time talking with him.

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Carmelo Primeros

Carmelo Primeros

Carmelo Primeros

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Size: Robusto 5×52

Price: $9.30

The other day I discovered a “new to me” cigar courtesy of my friends over at Big Star Cigar, the Carmelo Primeros.  From what I can tell from my online research, this cigar was released at last years IPCPR trade show.

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Press Release: Nomad Cigar Company to Release Nomad S-307

Nomad Cigar Company to Release Nomad S-307

Esteli, Nicaragua (July 1, 2013) – Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce a new fall Nicaraguan blend called the Nomad S-307.

The cigar scheduled to be released in September/October (2013) and will be made available to Nomad authorized retailers.

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