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  • Hurricane Season August 31, 2017
    The news from Texas has left me stunned and shocked. The damage to the coast from the winds of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding from the relentless rains in Houston and beyond are unimaginable. If you or your loved ones are affected, my thoughts are with you. Be safe.
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  • Seven Curious Smokes From The IPCPR July 18, 2017
    I'm back from the IPCPR trade show with enough cigar samples to last me the rest of the summer. I'm acquainted with most of them in some way or another, but there are a few that I am most curious about and really don't know what to expect. The list is below.
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  • IPCPR 2017: Where Are The New Cigars? July 18, 2017
    Last week, the bulk of the premium cigar industry gathered in Las Vegas for the 85th annual International Premium Cigars and Pipe Retailers trade show. Normally, the show provides a venue for premium cigar manufacturers to show off their newest smokes so that retailers can get a chance to sample and purchase what will be […]
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  • The Fourth of July July 5, 2017
    Last night I sat on the beach, the last streaks of sunshine slipping away. I was sitting on a blanket, my family and good friends around me. We were waiting, chatting, joking. I held half a Casa Cuba cigar in my hand. Then it came—the sound of repeated thumps out from the water. We cheered, […]
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  • Last Drop Distillers Uncork Old Spirits At A Castle By The Sea June 28, 2017
    "I should have taken the helicopter," I thought to myself while sitting in traffic on the Long Island Expressway with New York City not too far behind me. Last Drop Distillers held a magnificent Scotch-and-cigar dinner at the old Guggenheim Estate on Long Island's Gold Coast. The company was willing to fly me from Manhattan […]
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  • An Open Letter to Newly Named FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb June 20, 2017
    Dear Dr. Gottlieb, Congratulations on your May 9, 2017 appointment as FDA commissioner. You step into this role at a crucial time.
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  • Quai d’Orsay And A Weird Warning May 5, 2017
    You can now add impotence to the list of ailments some alarmists associate with tobacco and cigar smoking. But not just any kind of impotence. Look closely at this box of Quai d'Orsay Secreto Cubano cigars and you'll see it's the kind of shameful impotence that will have you weeping, curled up in the fetal […]
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  • 16 Thoughts: Nicaragua's Puro Sabor Cigar Festival April 27, 2017
    It's been nearly three months since I returned from Nicaragua's sixth Puro Sabor cigar festival, but I just can't seem to get the Central American country off my mind. Maybe it's because the weather in New York City is finally starting to turn a bit warmer. Or perhaps it's nice to daydream about lush, flora-covered […]
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  • The Cigar Industry Comes To NYC April 21, 2017
    Much of the premium cigar industry was in New York City the week before last. They came in for our annual Night to Remember charity cigar dinner, a black-tie event where we raise money for prostate cancer research. I will say that, in my experience, a more urbane cigar party does not exist.
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  • The Buzz in Cuba March 15, 2017
    Every year at Cuba's Festival del Habanos, we hear rumors and news about what's happening in the cigar business. And, there's nothing like hands-on inspection of cigar shop inventories to get a sense of the real situation with Cuban cigars.
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