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Fifty States of Freedom: Rhode Island - Small State, Big Changes

Monday, June 29, 2015 10:54:37 PM America/New_York

The smallest state in the country by land mass is Rhode Island, which isn’t an island at all. Little Rhode is one of the original thirteen colonies, the thirteenth to be exact. The state is home to many high accredited schools and is known for its beautiful Atlantic coastal shore which make up most of the state’s border. For two and a quarter centuries the great state of Rhode Island has been a freedom defending and liberty loving member of the group of sates known as New England A decade ago Rhode Island passed its smoking ban: Public Health and Workplace Safety Act which banned smoking everywhere public except for tobacco retailers, state...

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Posted in General Cigar News Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

Galaxy Triple Flame Torch Lighter

Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:59:39 PM America/New_York

Basic Info: 

Name:  Galaxy Triple Flame Torch Lighter
Price:  $9.95

A few years back, a good friend of mine related a sad story to me.  This fellow traveled all over the world for his job and he just happened to be an avid cigar smoker.  Along with a really nice cigar cutter he also had in his possession a really nice Colibri cigar lighter that cost him about $75.  Well, in the post 9/11 world he happened to be boarding a plane heading to someplace in Asia and just happened to forget that $75 lighter was in his pocket.  Well, of course the airport screeners confiscated his lighter and he never saw it again.  Ever since I heard this story so many years ago I’ve always made it a point to have a really nice lighter and another one that I wouldn’t mind losing that doesn’t cost all that much.  The problem is, I could never find an inexpensive lighter that was well built and holds up to abuse.  That is, until I found the Galaxy Triple Flame Torch Lighter.

The first plus for the Galaxy is the triple flame.  I’ve had some lighters that were only a single flame, and while they work fine, they can’t compare to a triple flame.  The lighter...

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Posted in Cigar Accessory Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Fifty States of Freedom: Indiana - Double or Nothing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:41:56 PM America/New_York

The Hoosier State’s Motto is “the crossroads of America” and it is this state that finds itself at a crossroads again over its smoking ban.  The ban was challenged and up held in 2013, just one year after it went into effect, but that wasn’t going to be the final word.  A coalitional of bar and restaurant owners are once again standing up for their rights as Americans.  The business owners assert that the ban has hurt their business and put them on an unfair playing ground with other establishments that allow smoking, and they want a change. 

The state law entitled “prohibition on smoking” band all smoking in all public places, but there are several exemptions, most of which have to do with gambling.  Cigar bars...

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Posted in General Cigar News Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

Tabak Especial Negra

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:58:46 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Tabak Especial Negra
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Maduro
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Corona
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Length:  4.2
Ring Gauge:  46
Price:  $6.50

Drew Estates is no stranger to the flavor infused cigar market.  They came up with the Acid line of cigars and that has proven popular and more than stood the test of time.  Of course, Drew Estates goes above and beyond in creating some of the finest blends.  Jonathan Drew spent over five years perfecting the Tabak Especial Cigar.  Offered in two different styles, the Dulce and the Negra, today we will take a look at the Negra.

The Negra cigar has a nice dark chocolate...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Dram Cask #3

Monday, June 8, 2015 9:49:49 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Dram Cask #3
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Habano
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  54

Cigars and alcohol have gone together, well, since the beginning it seems.  Just the thought of sitting in a room filled with leather chairs smoking a fine cigar in one hand and a stiff drink in the other.  So, it seems like a no brainer that someone would blend a cigar to be paired with a specific drink and that’s just what Joe Chiusano of C & C Cigars did.  Mr. Chiusano pared with the Orleans Group International to create the Dram line of cigars.  The Dram comes in four different blends each made to pair with a specific whiskey.  I had the rare opportunity to sample the Cask #3, designed to go with a nice spicy whiskey, the handy guide that comes...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Shuriken Cigar Cutter

Friday, June 5, 2015 9:45:34 PM America/New_York

Basic Info:

Name:  Shuriken Cigar Cutter
Price:  $19.95

I’ve tried just about every cigar cutter on the market.  From your run of the mill guillotine cutter to punch cutters, to v cutters, everyone has their favorite.  I prefer a punch cutter myself, but if you’ve smoked cigars for any time at all you know you need to keep several different cutters on hand to meet the needs of the cigar shape your smoking.  The Shuriken Cigar Cutter gives you the ease of one cigar cutter for any cigar shape or size.  It boasts the ability to control the amount of smoke you want, referred to as iDraw, and claims it doesn’t damage the cap.  (Although how putting six slits in the back of your cigar isn’t damaging the cap, I don’t know what is.) 

The first thing I’ll say is this thing is big.  It can...

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Posted in Cigar Accessory Reviews By Aaron Stine

Fifty States of Freedom: Minnesota - A Policy of Control

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 9:33:25 PM America/New_York

Fifty States of Freedom: Minnesota

A Policy of Control

The state they call ‘The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes’ is one that has always been unfriendly to tobacco.  Its anti-smoking legislation goes back to 1975 when the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act took in effect.  The law prohibited smoking in areas where there were children or the sick/injured as well as most indoor public places, a pretty ‘common sense’ kind of law.  For thirty-two years this was the law of the land.  Enter: the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, which banned smoking pretty much everywhere except for your home (unless used for business), Disabled veterans' rest camp or tobacconist’s shops for sampling only.  The law was praised by anti-tobacco advocates but lamented by small business owners such as tobacco retailers, restaurants and taverns (there is no such thing as a cigar bar in Minnesota). 

The tax on tobacco is one of the highest around: cigars are taxed at ninety-five percent!  Of taxes in the category it is the highest in the nation, thankfully it caps at $3.50 but that is going to add that extra $3.50 to any cigar four dollars or more.  ‘Ouch’ is putting it mildly.  This basically holds cigar retailers...

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Posted in Cigar Info Guides General Cigar News Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

C&C Corojo

Friday, May 29, 2015 9:23:59 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  C & C Corojo
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Corojo
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Cuban seed Dominican
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $4.75 @ Stogieboys

“We are the cigar for the majority cigar smoke, not the…corporate exec sitting in his big leather chair smoking a $20 cigar…” these are the words of Joe Chiusano of C & C Cigars when his new company launched.  That’s the main idea behind the C & C cigar brand, a good solid cigar made to be affordable and great.  So far they seem to have succeeded in their mission.  Their initial cigar offering included three cigar lines, Connecticut, Maduro and Corojo.  Today we look at the Corojo line.

The C & C Corojo has a nice brown colored wrapper with a barely visible seam and some nice veins.  It doesn’t look like a bargain cigar; it’s well built and is filled with plenty of nice long filler Cuban seed Dominican grown tobacco, with almost no give when you squeeze it.  The band...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: Winston Churchill

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:58:00 AM America/New_York

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

There is probably no one in the history of cigar smokers more renown than The Right Honorable Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.  Throughout his political career he was seldom seen without his cigar and was known to smoke eight to ten a day.  Churchill is also known for is razor sharp wit and his extensive catalog of quotes on everything from life to war to cigars.  He was the model leader in a world war which pushed his country to its limits and is regarded as one of the greatest political figures of all time. 

Sir Winston was born into the Dukes of Marlborough...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

Isla Del Sol

Monday, May 25, 2015 12:49:27 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info: 

Name:  Isla Del Sol
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Sumatran
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $4.25

When the Isla Del Sol arrived for me to review, I’m sad to say, it wasn’t on the top of my list.  Nothing about it looked inviting to me.  But after all this time reviewing cigars, I should know not to judge a cigar by its band.  The Isla Del Sol, which is Spanish for Sun Island, comes from the world famous Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua.  It’s hand crafted with a nice blend of Nicaraguan fillers and a Sumatran wrapper.  The wrapper...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

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