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Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: George Herman Ruth, Jr.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:59:00 AM America/New_York

“You just can't beat the person who never gives up.”

The Sultan of Swat, The Great Bambino or simply Babe, Baseball’s favorite son is the stuff of legends.  He was one of the biggest stars of his time, on and off the field.  He was known for his mind-blowing home runs, fabled parting and a massive appetite for life...including cigars.  From lowly beginnings, Pigtown Maryland, just south of downtown Baltimore Baseballs most celebrated hero was born February sixth 1895. 

Growing up, young Ruth was always in trouble and had a knack for mischief.  He began drinking at a young age and is said to have learned to roll cigars before he was ten...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

Fifty States of Freedom: Ohio - A Safe Bet on a Lost Cause

Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:21:08 AM America/New_York

When it comes to the Buckeye State, it’s generally a political battlefield that comes to mind.  Every four years the state is home to some of the fiercest and decisive campaigning when it comes time for Americans to vote on a new commander in chief.  Unless you are a cigar smoking resident you might not realize that over the past several years the seventeenth state was and remains a battle ground for cigar enthusiast’s rights. 

In 2006 the state legislation titled simply ‘smoking ban’ was ratified, banning smoking from all enclosed public spaces except for tobacco retail shops and designated outdoor areas with a $100 dollar fine for individuals and a hefty $2000 dollar fine for businesses for not enforcing...

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Posted in General Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

Rocky Patel R4

Thursday, July 16, 2015 3:00:05 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Rocky Patel R4
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Corojo
Origin:  Honduras/Nicaragua
Shape:  Double Corona
Filler:  Nicaraguan/Honduran
Length:  7.5
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $3.85

Rocky Patel is known for his quality and innovative blends.  Some of the best cigars on the market today come straight from Rocky Patel.  Anytime I get a chance to smoke one of his fine cigars I consider it a pleasure. 

The Rocky Patel R4 is a nice rich brown color with some nice long veins and a nice oily sheen to it and no visible seam.  It’s a pretty solid cigar, packed with plenty of Honduran...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Don Aurelio Torpedo

Monday, July 13, 2015 2:31:29 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Don Aurelio
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Torpedo
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6.5
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $1.50

Cigar smokers are always looking for an everyday cigar.  The everyday cigar should not only be affordable but it also needs to be enjoyable to smoke.  Everyone has their own opinions on what constitutes affordable, but in my opinion anything more than two dollars does not fit into the everyday smoke range.  The problem is, it’s nearly impossible to find a decent cigar in that price range, that is until the Don Aurelio.

The Don Aurelio has a nice pale brown Connecticut wrapper with some nice veins and a visible seam.  There’s no give when you squeeze the cigar, it’s packed with...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Cigars: A Traveler’s Guide

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:41:53 AM America/New_York

American Author Hal Borland once said “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." and now spring has taken its turn and with the changing of the seasons comes the tradition of grilling, vacationing and camping. The warm weather means getting outside and enjoying the sunshine before the fall comes and we are driven back into our homes. And while you’re out enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the fair weather seasons, you’ll be wanting to take or cigars with you. While stuffing your gear into your suite case and tossing it in your trunk might be good enough for your flip-flops, your cigars are going to need a little more effort if they are going to survive long enough for you to smoke them or bring them home with you. Taking a little time...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Info Guides General By The Broadleaf Blogger

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

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