Simply Stogies

Simply Stogies

A podcast for both new cigar smokers and veteran cigar aficionados.

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April 15, 2024 77 mins

We end our PCA 2024 Convention & Trade Show coverage from the floor of the show with some great interviews with: Skip Martin of RoMa Craft, John Laurendi of Peter James, Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Smoking Jacket Cigars and KBF, Toscano Cigars, and what a first time retailer thought of the show with Brian and Seana Bolen of Smoldering Cigars.  You can find  all of our coverage of the PCA 2024 Trade Show on YouTube, Rumble, or simply...

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We have quite the lineup for part 2 of our coverage of the PCA 2024 Convention and Trade Show, sponsored by My Old Kentucky Herf. We begin with Nick at the General Cigars booth. He talks with Macanudo, CAO, Cohiba, Sancho Panza, and Matt Booth. Nick then heads over to Freud Cigar Co. and speaks with John Salley. James then talks to Ian Reith of Dapper Cigars, before heading over to the Foundation booth and speaking with Nick Melill...

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April 1, 2024 103 mins

James, Tim, and Nick bring you interviews from the 2024 PCA Convention and Trade Show from the Las Vegas Convention Center. All of our PCA 24 coverage is brought to you by My Old Kentucky Herf! This first episode has interviews with Sebastien Decoppet of Cavalier Cigars, Jonathon Drew of Drew Estate, Cigars for Warriors, Luciano Meirelles of Luciano Cigars, Jeremy Casdagli of Casdagli Cigars, Micky Pegg of All Saints Cigars, and ne...

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Tim brings James and Nick back to Clear the Air to talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with Brooks Whittington of halfwheel. The trio discuss Festival Del Habano and the associated cost, The Cuban people and economy, and lastly American tipping culture.

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James and Nick welcome co-founder, author, and editor of halfwheel.com, Brooks Whittington to the show. James asks Brooks and Nick about their time in Cuba for the 2024 Festival del Habano. The trio discuss the Festival, the humidors, and the events; they also talk about the general state of Cuba and Cuban cigars. Brooks explains how he first met Nick and just how difficult it can be to get around in Cuba. The three also discuss me...

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Join Tim (aka, the Secret Sauce) and James as they reflect on the most recent episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with William from Cigar Coop. The episode is hard to follow, because it is just that good. Tim gives Coop some grief (and props) and forces James to conduct some self reflection. Live Long, "The Cigar Media". Just say it in your inner James' voice.

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We are excited to welcome back our friend, William "Cigar Coop" Cooper to the podcast. Cigar Coop, Nick, and James discuss the upcoming PCA '24 Trade Show in Las Vegas. Coop lets us know what he's looking forward to the most this year, changes to the PCA over the years, and who will be there and who won't. We then discuss the TPE vs PCA shows and if TPE will continue to have premium hand-rolled cigars there, and what the future hol...

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Tim and Nick host this week's after show. They talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with Dr. Stefan Lampert of Lampert Cigars, cool tech, the upcoming PCA trade show and so much more.

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James and Nick welcome Dr. Stefan Lampert of Lampert Cigars. As Nick was traveling to Tabacos de Costa Rica, he ran into Dr. Lampert who visiting the factory, as well. We discuss Dr. Lampert's vision for the company, how he juggles travel between Europe, the US, and South America. We talk about how Dr. Lampert go into the industry, the importance of travel and how the love of the leaf brings people together.

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Tim brings James and Nick back to the After Show to talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Cigar Podcast with their guest Scott Pearce with the PCA. The three talk a little bit about burgers, smoking cigars with a steak, the PCA, and the trade show that they will attend in March.

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We welcome Scott Pearce, the Executive Director of the Premium Cigar Association, to the show. Scott tells us about how he got into cigars, his background before joining the PCA, and his love of cigars. Scott fills us in on some of what the upcoming annual PCA Trade Show has in store for us and how he's excited to have it at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We find out about the 2025 Trade Show location, how the PCA works to keep t...

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Tim is completley oblivious to who and what Friends of El Habano, Bond Roberts Auctions, and and Rob Ayala are due to his lack of experience with Cuban cigars. This leads to an interesting after show where Nick and James teach him a thing or two about Cuban Cigars.

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Rob from Friends of El Habano (FOH) and Bond Roberts tells us how and why he got into the cigar industry. Rob tells of how FOH and Bond Roberts were brought into existence. He discusses the importance of customer service and understanding your client. We talk about the Cuban price increases and how it has affected the market, and how it might continue to affect the market. Rob shares his feelings and experience dealing with the pri...

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Your favorite cigar podcast after show is back to dig a little deeper behind the scenes of Episode 118 of the Simply Stogies Podcast. Tim and James have questions for Nick as they try to dive into a little more about life on the farm. Are there still kids running around the factory? How exactly does the factory purchase its tobacco? These are only a few of the things this episode tries to uncover.

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January 1, 2024 78 mins

Do you have questions about how your cigars are rolled? We've all heard "200 hands" touch your cigar, but what does that look like? Nick Syris of LH Cigars and Filipe Leon of Tabacos de Costa Rica walk us through their factory and show us how the tobacco is sorted, what a pilón is, and much more.

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Tim brings James and Nick back to the microphone to talk about the latest episode of Simplystogies Podcast with Charlie Minato of Halfwheel. In this hour the tree try to cover as many talking points as possible as Tim gets made fun of, James rants, and Nick points out many great points. It's another hour of mayhem on Clear the Air.

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James and Nick welcome Charlie Minato, co-founder of Halfwheel.com. The trio discuss how Halfwheel came to be, when Charlie started smoking cigars, as well as find out how they review cigars. Charlie details their review process and if there is such a thing as a 100pt cigar. Charlie gives us his expert opinions on the FDA, PCA, cigar pricing, and the cigar industry at large. We also discuss cigar media's role and how social media h...

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Tim, James, and Nick are back again in another after show to talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with Nimmer Ahmed of Valacari Cigars. The trio talk about a new brand "Lure Cigars", a collaboration between a new brand owner, Lou Cross and Nimmer. Discussions pursue into the hardships of creating a brand and bringing it to market. Dealing with store owners and so much more.

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On this episode, James and Nick welcome Nimmer Ahmed of Valacari Cigars. The trio find out about Nimmer's background: how and where he started his cigar journey, how Valacari came to be, and how he chose the name "Valacari." Nimmer has great insights into the manufacturing side of the cigar industry, as well as on the retail side. He and Nick discuss finding the right cigar factory and finding the right B&M to carry their cigar...

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Tim brings James and Nick back to the mic to discuss the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with guests John Peter Laurendi and Adrian Maharaj of Peter James Co. The trio discuss the hustle and bustle of running a company, high end, but affordable products and how important it is to surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.

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