CigarChat - News Of The Week Edition - March 2018

March 29, 2018

Tripp and Jason talk about some of the recent news in the world of cigars, and spend some time answering some viewer questions!


Sharing Our Pairings 142 - AVO Ritmo With Gin

March 26, 2018

Tripp and Denis finally found a cigar that pairs well with gin, the AVO Ritmo South America. Tripp goes with a trio of West-Coast American gins, 2 of which spent a little time in a barrel, while Denis brings a couple European bottles to the table.


If you haven't already, there are still a couple days left to enter our AVO giveaway:


CigarChat - AVO Cigars, plus a contest!

March 21, 2018

This week, Scott Kolesaire joins us to talk about the 30th anniversary of AVO Cigars, and the year-long celebration they've got planned for 2018.

In addition to the show, we're giving away(For $.99 each) some awesome prizes from AVO, you can learn more here:


Sharing Our Pairings 141 - Partagas Secret Upcoming Blend!

March 20, 2018

While at ProCigar, Tripp and Denis were given a new Partagas from General Cigar Company, but they don't have any of the blend details, even the name of the cigar.

Grab a cigar and a drink, have a seat, and find out what Tripp and Denis think of the upcoming mystery Partagas!


Sharing Our Pairings 140 - La Barba Purple with Tony Bellatto

March 14, 2018

This week on Sharing Our Pairings, Denis and Tripp are joined by Tony Bellatto, Owner of La Barba Cigars to pair the La Barba Purple with wine. Tony is a BIT of a wine expert, and teaches the Wine Dummies a thing or two about what they're drinking.



Sharing Our Pairings 139 - La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

March 14, 2018

La Volcada is the latest release from La Flor Dominicana, with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Ecuadorian Corojo binder, and filler tobaccos from the LFD farm in the Dominican Republic. Find out what Tripp and Denis thought!


CigarChat - Tony Bellatto, Owner of La Barba Cigars

March 6, 2018

This week, we talk to Tony Bellatto about what's going on over at La Barba Cigars.


Sharing Our Pairings 138 - Debonaire Maduro and ProCigar Recap

March 5, 2018

Fresh off their trip to the Debonaire House in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Tripp and Denis recap their experience at ProCigar while pairing the Debonaire Maduro with Debonaire Rum and a couple of beers.

As promised during the episode, here are some of Tripp's pictures from the week:

Day 1:

Day 2 - Reyes Farm:

Day 2 - Reyes Factory:

Day 2 - Dinner Party:

Day 3 - Private Reyes Farm Tour:

Day 3 - Machine Mades at Reyes Factory:

Day 3 - White Party:

Day 4 - Reyes Factory Private Tour:

Day 4 - Gala Dinner:

Blending at the Factory:

The Debonaire House:


CigarChat - Providencia Cigars

February 19, 2018

Tripp and Jason are joined by Jim and Raymond to talk about the incredible story that brought Providencia Cigars into existence.  We're also giving away a couple of Providencia 3-packs, so listen to the podcast for instructions!


Sharing Our Pairings 137 - Crux Guild

February 19, 2018

Tripp and Denis check out the Crux Guild!


Sharing Our Pairings 135 - La Aurora ADN Dominicano

February 14, 2018

Denis and Tripp deal with technical difficulties, and smoke the La Aurora ADN Dominicano!


Sharing Our Pairings 136 - La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva

February 14, 2018

Join Tripp and Denis to smoke the Colección Reserva from La Gloria Cubana. Learn the story behind the cigar, and find out how it pairs!


CigarChat - David Blanco from Blanco Cigars

February 2, 2018

David Blanco joins us to talk about the relatively short(For a cigar company) but storied history of Blanco cigars, and how they got to be where they are.


Sharing Our Pairings 134 - Espinosa Murciélago with Hector Alfonso and Cigar Surgeon

January 30, 2018

The bat is back! Hector Alfonso from Espinosa Cigars, and John The "Cigar Surgeon" join us to pair the new Murciélago made by A.J. Fernandez for Espinosa Cigars with several beers, and shenanigans ensue!


CigarChat - Hector Alfonso from Espinosa Cigars

January 29, 2018

This week, we're talking to Hector Alfonso, Master Blender for Espinosa Cigars and the La Zona factory.  We talk about the spectacular run that La Zona had at this year's "Award Season", and get a couple hints about what to expect from Espinosa in 2018.


Sharing Our Pairings 133 - My Father The Judge

January 18, 2018

Tripp paired The Judge Toro Fino with:
Nectar Creek - Waggle Wildflower Session Mead
Feckin Irish Brewing Co - Feckin De Los Muertos
Havana Club 7 Años

Denis decided to pair The Judge Toro Fini with a beers from Carton Brewing in New Jersey.


Sharing Our Pairings 132 - Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged

January 18, 2018

Tripp and Denis find out how the latest cigar in the Camacho Barrel Aged series pairs with different beers, scotches, and rums.


Cigar Chat - Cigar Federation Top 25 of 2017

January 10, 2018

We revealed our Top 25 a couple weeks ago, but wanted to give any podcast listeners who don't read a chance to find out what we thought.  In this episode, we go over our Top 25 cigars of 2017 and explain why each cigar made the cut.


Sharing Our Pairings 130 - Foundation Coffee with Nick Melillo and Logan

January 10, 2018

Tripp and Denis try to pair the Wiseman Maduro from Foundation with the Wiseman coffee from Layne Coffee(Logan's coffee company), while Logan teaches us about how to make our coffee better.

Tripp forgot to hit the record button, but luckily, you only missed about 3 minutes.  Enjoy!


Sharing Our Parings 131 - Tripp’s Cigar Safari Blend

January 10, 2018

Tripp and Denis smoke Tripp's Cigar Safari blend from the 2017 Cigar Federation Cigar Safari, to find out whether or not Tripp is a blending genius!


Cigar Chat - Terence Reilly from Casa Fernandez

January 10, 2018

Terence joins us to talk about his new position at Casa Fernandez, and explains the relationship between Casa Fernandez and Aganorsa tobacco.


Sharing Our Pairings 129 - Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder with Robert Holt

December 26, 2017

In this episode, Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars joins Tripp and Denis to pair his latest release, the Jacob's Ladder with some wintery beers.


Cigar Chat - Warfighter Tobacco Company

December 21, 2017

Bonus Episodes!  Because of the technical issues that persisted for a couple of weeks, We're wishing all you FedHeads a Merry Christmas with FOUR episodes in one weekend to catch up!


In this episode, Tripp and Jason talk to Scott and Jon, two of the six veterans behind Warfighter Tobacco Company.  


Sharing Our Pairings 128 - Tatuaje Michael

December 21, 2017

Hey FedHeads, sorry for the delay in getting the last few episodes up.  There was a bug in the latest version of our recording software that caused someproblems with the audio and video.  But now we're back!


This week, Denis and Tripp are smoking the latest Monster from Tatuaje, the Michael.


Cigar Chat - Eddy Guerra from Gurkha Cigars

November 18, 2017

Eddy joins us from Gurkha Cigars to talk about the new offerings from Gurkha this year, and suggests the best Gurkhas for every palate.


Sharing Our Pairings 127 - My Father Le BIjou and Stouts

November 18, 2017

Tripp and Jason find out how a few different stouts pair with the My Father Le Bijou 1922.   Apologies for the disconnection that cut the show a little shorter than usual.


Cigar Chat - Nicholas Melillo from Foundation Cigar Company

November 11, 2017

We talk to Nick Melillo about everything from his early days at Drew Estate to his latest release, the Highclere Castle.


Sharing Our Pairings 126 - RobbyRas from Mombacho

November 11, 2017

RobbyRas joins us to find out what beers pair best with the Mombacho Tierra Volcan.


Cigar Review - Probable Cause Lancero

November 6, 2017

Surgeon sits down to review the Probable Cause box pressed lancero from Cubariqueno Cigar Company.


Cigar Review - Davidoff Late Hour Robusto

November 1, 2017

Surgeon sits down with the Davidoff Late Hour Robusto. 


Cigar Chat - Brady Hayek from Jeremy Jack Cigars

October 28, 2017

Tripp and Jason talk to Brady Hayek from Jeremy Jack Cigars about how he got into the industry, and how he got involved with TABSA/Casa Fernandez


Sharing Our Pairings 125 - Jeremy Jack Libelula

October 26, 2017

Tripp and Denis find out how the Jeremy Jack Libelula pairs with a few craft beers, and a whiskey.


Cigar Chat Episode 260 - Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua Cigars

October 20, 2017

Tripp and Jason talk with Juan Martinez about what's new for Joya de Nicaragua, including the Joya Family, and the new Antaño Gran Reserva


Sharing Our Pairings 124 - Celebrating Oktoberfest with Terence Reilly from Quesada

October 19, 2017

Tripp and Denis welcome special guest Terence Reilly from Quesada Cigars for our annual Quesada Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest-style beer pairing.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 123 - Undercrown Sungrown and Craft Beer

October 12, 2017

Tripp sits down with guest host Denis to pair the new Undercrown Sungrown from Drew Estate with some craft beers.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 122 - Atabey and Farewell Surgeon

October 5, 2017

Tripp sits down with Surgeon as they bid Surgeon farewell from Cigar Federation duties. They pair the extremely limited Selected Tobacco Atabey Misticos.

Tripp is pairing with:

  • Ron Santiago de Cuba
  • Zafra Master Reserve
  • Fremont B-Bomb

Surgeon is pairing with:

  • Blonde Ale - Common Crown Brewing Co.
  • The Hakushu 12 Japanese Whisky - Suntory
  • Raftman Smoked Ale - Unibroue
  • Taketsuru 21 Pure Malt Japanese Whisky - Nikka Whisky



Cigar Chat Episode 259 - Fabien Zeigler with Drew Estate

October 4, 2017

Tripp and Jason sit down with Drew Estate's "Dirty" Fabien Zeigler to discuss all things non-traditional.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 121 - Joya de Nicaragua Gran Reserva

September 29, 2017

Tripp and special co-host Matt sit down to pair the new Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva from Joya de Nicaragua with beer.

Tripp is pairing a JdN Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva Belicoso with:

  • Blood Orange Gose - Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  • What Rough Beast - Breakside Brewery
  • Freakcake - Crux Fermentation Project

CigarChat Episode 258 - Jeff Borysiewicz Corona Cigar Company and Florida Sun Grown

September 22, 2017

Tripp and Surgeon sit down with Jeff Borysiewicz to talk about his Florida tobacco farm. Jeff anwers audience questions, talks about his history in retail and the Corona Cigar Co. stores.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 120 - Warfighter Tobacco

September 21, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the 5.56 Garrison from Warfighter Tobacco. Surgeon begins his farewall Cigar Federation tour.

Surgeon is pairing a 5.56 Garrison Toro from Warfighter Tobacco with:

  • Glenrothes 1975
  • Cadenhead Small Batch Tamdhu-Glenlivet 24
  • Aberfeldy 21

Tripp is pairing a Warfighter 5.56 Garrison Toro  with:

  • Glenrothes 1988
  • Glengoyne Cask Strength
  • Ron Cubay 10 Year

CigarChat Episode 257 - Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars

September 21, 2017

Tripp is joined by guest co-host Jason as they sit down with Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars. They talk cigars, tobacco, and of course boxing.


CigarChat Episode 256 - James Brown with Black Label Trading Company

September 8, 2017
Surgeon and Tripp sit down with James Brown from Black Label Trading Company and Black Works Studio.
We apologize to our listeners. Unfortunately we had some audio issues on this episode, which improve around the 8 minute mark.

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 119 - Bishops Blend

September 7, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the Bishops Blend from Black Works Studio, a division of Black Label Trading Company.

Surgeon is pairing a Bishops Blend Corona Larga with:

Tripp is pairing a Bishop's Blend from Black Label Trading Company  with:



CigarChat Episode 255 - Hand Rolled Movie

September 1, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down with the folks behind Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars to talk about their upcoming film.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 118 - Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel Aged

August 31, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel Aged from Cigar Dojo.

Surgeon is pairing an Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho with:

Tripp is pairing a Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho  with:


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 117 - Gurkha Heritage Maduro

August 24, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair the Gurkha Heritage Maduro.

Surgeon is pairing a Gurkha Heritage Maduro Robusto with:
Small Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Indian Single Malt Whisky - Amrut
Intermediate Sherry Single Malt Whisky - Amrut

Tripp is pairing a Gurkha Heritage Maduro Robusto with:
Master Reserve 21- Zafra
Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewing
Booker's Bourbon


CigarChat Episode 254 - General Cigar New York and Connecticut Trip

August 18, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp are back from their General Cigar Co. trip to New York and Connecticut. They'll be talking about the experience and what they learned.


Sharing Our Pairings Episode 116 Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepin Garcia

August 17, 2017

Some technical issues with this episode, the first part of the episode was lost and unrecoverable.

Tripp welcomes special guest co-host Jason as they sit down with Barry Stein and the recently re-launched Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepin Garcia.

Tripp is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Corona with:

  • Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon
  • Full Sail Hop Shooter IPA
  • Brugal 1888 14 Year Dominican Rum

Jason is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Toro with:

  • Crater Lake Spirits Rye Whiskey
  • Breakside Brewery Pilsner
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

Barry is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Corona with:

  • Kirk & Sweeney Rum
  • Glenfiddich Project XX

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 115 - Davidoff Late Hour

August 3, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down with the brand new Davidoff Late Hour.

Surgeon is pairing a Davidoff Late Hour Toro

  • Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
  • Glenfarclas 2002 The Family Cask
  • Yoichi 10 Japanese Whisky

Tripp is pairing a Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Toro with:

  • Inchgower 1982
  • Glenfarclas 2002
  • Glenrothes 1975

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 114 - Neon Tiger

July 27, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp sit down with this very exclusive cigar from Black Label Trading Company / Black Works Studio. Let's see how the Neon Tiger pairs!

Surgeon is pairing a BLK WKS Studio Neon Tiger with:
Lug-Tread Lagered Ale - Beau's Brewery
Original - Innis & Gunn
Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - Tree Brewing Co.

Tripp is pairing a BLK WKS Studio Neon Tiger with:
Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros
Ardbeg 10 Year
Dino S'mores - Off Color Brewing