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Edgar Cullman

August 31, 2011

Cigar Weekly member Zman, brings a short reminder of the life of cigar industrly legend Edgar Cullman. This remembrance was taken from Zman's posts in the Smokin Post, Cigar Weekly Community Forums and Discussion Groups. Read more...

Jose Blanco now Senior VP at Joya de Nicaragua

August 31, 2011

The esteemed José Blanco, the former director of sales for La Aurora has moved from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua. Blanco, 61, retired from the oldest cigar company in the Dominican in June after 29 years with company. At the time, it was believed Blanco would not stay idle long and today, Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca announced that Blanco was joining Nicaragua’s oldest cigar company as Senior Vice President. Read more...

CW Member Review Gurkha Cellar Reserve XO

August 16, 2011

CW Member Jacob Krell (jsnake) submits this Member Review of the 6x60 XO model of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Line. Orignally posted on jsnake's blog and the Reviews Forum of Cigar Weekly, this review was chosen by the editor for publication. Read more...

Cigar Paradise in Nicaragua!

March 21, 2011

Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) for his description of a memorable four-day cigar lover’s tour of Esteli, Nicaragua - one of the great tobacco growing regions. Read more...

Ybor City Cigar Festival 2010

February 14, 2011

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) traveled again to Tampa to attend the Ybor City Cigar Festival. He writes to update us on this year's festivities. Read more...

The Perfect Review?

November 10, 2010

CW Contributing Editor Jason Bolt (jb) outlines for us a recipe for constructing the perfect review of a cigar. As it turns out, the environment you smoke the cigar in may have more impact on your enjoyment of it (or lack thereof) than you might think. Read more...

IPCPR - Bayou Style!

August 16, 2010

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Frank Seltzer (Mowee) brings his impressions, high points and low points of this year's International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show from New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more...

Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

August 16, 2010

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mike’s Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...

Steven John Faccenda-Toje 1957 to 2010

June 25, 2010

Cigar Weekly has recently felt the keen sting of loss. One of our giants has been called home, at 53 years old, altogether too early of an age, as we count years. His family, still young, and growing; he and his wife were looking forward to many more years together. We have lost a friend, a brother, a fellow lover of the leaf. We have lost a man who did more to build the community of Cigar Weekly than almost anyone else, with the exception of founder Daniel Bienkowski (DanB) and current ownership. May Toje, rest in God's Peace. Read more...

Review: Adorini Sorrente Deluxe Humidor, Part One

June 15, 2010

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Tim Hartmann (xrundog) is intimately familiar with the construction and repair of humidors. Tim was recently asked to receive and review one of Adorini's new humidors. This article comprises Part One of a two part series. (Tim will be sending the humidor on to another CW member for a further review to be published here later.) Read more...

Interviews

Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

August 16, 2010

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mike’s Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...

Local Flavor #3: Elite Cigars

October 15, 2009

Those of you who spend a lot of time on the road, either as professional drivers, business travelers or vacationers may have noticed the "Elite Cigars" signs outside of various SunMart Travel Centers throughout Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. If you have wondered whether or not you can really purchase quality cigars, or if this is just a marketing gimmick, you will find this article interesting. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Jim Kaden, Director of Operations for Petroleum Wholesale, to share a smoke and find out about the unique positioning and business strategy employed by Elite Cigars. Read more...

An Interview With Jonathan Drew

August 03, 2009

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Richard McRae (mealstrom) chats with Jonathan Drew, founder of the Drew Estate Cigar Company. Mr. Drew shares the history behind his many lines of premium cigars as well as his thoughts on trends in the cigar business. Read more...

Local Flavor #2: Serious Cigars Houston, Texas

May 11, 2009

Cigar Weekly Contributng Editor Neil Noffsinger sits down with Ron Lesseraux, owner of Serious Cigars and the Cellar 17 wine shop in Houston, Texas, for a discussion about trends in the cigar business. Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carillo

January 30, 2009

It was recently announced that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana and others, is leaving General Cigars on March 15th. In departing, Perez-Carrillo will be going out on his own to start a new venture with his children. The famed cigar maker talked with Frank Seltzer (Mowee) about his departure from Swedish Match "General's parent company" and his plans for the future. Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Murray SawChuck

August 06, 2008

Cue Heart."He's a magic maaaaaaaaaaaaaan... he's a magic man, Mama." When I used to watch cable network VH1, I'd just as likely come across the video of "Magic Man" from Ann and Nancy Wilson's Heart as I would any slightly more sophisticated or eclectic offerings ranging from Pat Metheney, Chris Isaak, Al Argenti's favorite Indigo Girls or Edie Brickell and New Bohmeians to Fine Young Cannibals, 1970s left over Poco (trying to make a new start), .38 Special, Don Henley... well you get the idea. Eclectic mix about sums it up. Meet Celebra Cadabra, VH1's show where various personalities shadow accomplished magicians to try and learn the art and craft of magic in order to be able to put on at least one act of their own. Say hello to Murray SawChuck. One of Murray's many quality traits is that he's one of us - that's right, a 'Brother of the Leaf' (BOTL). I mentioned I was skeptical, right? Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Don Benigno

July 29, 2005

Don Benigno learned the art of hand rolling cigars as a child with his father and uncles. His grandfather, who was born in 1871, opened a small tobacco shop at the age of 29 and produced a cigar caled CENIZA. Living in a time of world crisis, all of his children, including 14 sons, spent their days going to school then working at the shop. By the age of ten they were all proficient in the art of hand rolling cigars. Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Luis Sanchez, craftsman

May 01, 2005

Luis Sanchez began selling La Tradicion Cubana cigars in 1995. Sanchez' family has been involved in the cigar business since 1928 in the Pinar del Rio province in Cuba. Sanchez adheres to the tradional Cuban cigar making techniques and is committed to producing quality cigars at an affordable price. Made in the heart of Little Havana, the cigars are made with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Honduran binder and an Ecuadorian wrapper.The maduro version features a Mexican wrapper. Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Charlie Torano

September 02, 2003

Charlie Toraño is the President of Toraño Cigars. CigarWeekly.Com sat down with him for a few minutes of candor about his family business and the industry in general Read more...

Cigar Weekly Interview with Tony Borhani of Bahia Cigars

July 01, 2003

Tony Borhani began making cigars in 1994 because he had a passion for the art and the product. He has made an impact on the industry and speaks his mind. CigarWeekly.com caught up with him for an interview just before he left for the Retail Tobacco Dealers Association (RTDA) Annual Trade Show in Nashville, TN. Read more...

Lifestyles

The Virtual Gourmand 14: Makin' Bacon!

April 25, 2011

Cigar Weekly Editor-At-Large and Executive Chef Jason Clabaugh (BigO) has been making bacon... And he wants you to do so too! Read more...

A Rich Pour - Column No. 22: Golden Oldies

April 11, 2011

Why is it that many aficionados of Scotch whisky seem so drawn to older spirits? Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) as he looks behind the sometimes deceptive veil of aged spirits. Read more...

Cigar Paradise in Nicaragua!

March 21, 2011

Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) for his description of a memorable four-day cigar lover’s tour of Esteli, Nicaragua - one of the great tobacco growing regions. Read more...

Ybor City Cigar Festival 2010

February 14, 2011

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) traveled again to Tampa to attend the Ybor City Cigar Festival. He writes to update us on this year's festivities. Read more...

Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

August 16, 2010

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mike’s Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...

A tour of Ybor City's Cigar Heritage

February 10, 2010

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) recently made a trip to Ybor City, the historic cigar-making district of Tampa. He was treated to an inside tour of the industry, both from a historical and a current perspective. Tom now shares the details of that tour with us. Read more...

A Rich Pour - Column No. 21: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey, Part 3

January 04, 2010

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the third (and final) in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...

A 'Taste' of Ybor City

December 18, 2009

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) recently sampled the sights, sounds, smokes and culinary offerings of Ybor City, Florida at the 11th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival. Come along with him as he describes the weekend events and activities in historic Ybor City. Read more...

A Rich Pour - Column No. 20: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey (Part 2)

November 28, 2009

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the second in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...

A Rich Pour - Column No. 19: Scotland - A One Week Odyssey (Part 1)

November 02, 2009

Scotland. Land of lochs, mountains, castles and, yes, Scotch. Join Cigar Weekly Managing Editor Doug Kuebler (jazznut) for the first in a special A Rich Pour travel mini-series. Read more...