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

Cigar Review - Southern Draw Rose of Sharon

July 25, 2017

Surgeon sits down to review the 2017 release from Southern Draw Cigars. The Rose of Sharon is a Connecticut Shade and sure to please a lot of cigar smokers.

CigarChat Episode 253 - IPCPR Recap

July 21, 2017

Surgeon, Logan, and Tripp sit down to recap their IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas experience. They talk booths, cigars, media events, and weird goings on in Sin City.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Dominion Cigars with Steve Ricker

July 20, 2017

Tripp talks with Steve Ricker about their originas as a Canadian cigar company. Steve talks about their journey from the first cigar release, and coming into the US market and being based in Las Vegas. Steve talks about the Dominion Classic which will be launching first in the US. The Dominion Confederation will be launching in Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 113 - El Gueguense Maduro

July 20, 2017

Surgeon and Tripp do a short update on what it's like being back from the IPCPR. They sit down with one of the hot cigars from the show, the El Gueguense Maduro from Foundation Cigar Company.

Surgeon is pairing a El Güegüense Maduro Corona Gorda with:
Nicaraguan Eagle bourbon barrel aged coffee - Layne Coffee
Black Butte XXVII 27th Birthday Reserve, Imperial Porter - Deschutes Brewery
18 Year Old Limited Edition Scotch Whisky, Cask 2003 for Kensington Wine Market - The Arran

Tripp is pairing a El Güegüense Maduro Corona Gorda with:
The Glenlivet 12 Years
Havana Club 7
Frootwood - Founders Brewing

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Selected Tobacco with Nelson Alfonso

July 19, 2017

Tripp interviews Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco. Nelson talks about the history of Selected Tobacco, and the Atabey, Byron, and Bandolero brands. Nelson also talks about their patented Humitube system, and what makes it unique. They also discuss the gorgeous jars in Atabey, Byron, and Bandolero brands. This year Selected Tobacco had exclusive vitolas available for retailers at the IPCPR in Las Vegas.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Quesada Cigars with Terence Reilly

July 19, 2017

Tripp interviews Terence Reilly of Quesada Cigars. Terence talks about the core lines, the Casa Magna, the Fonseca and the Quesada cigars. Terence also talks about the latest incarnation of the Quesada Oktoberfest. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Caldwell Cigar Company with Robert Caldwell

July 19, 2017

Tripp interviews Robert Caldwell about the new shit, The Hit and Run, a joint effort with Matt Booth. Robert also talks about the tri-llaboration between Robert, Matt and AJ Fernandez available for distribution in September, which should be menagical. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - My Father with Jose Ortega

July 19, 2017

Tripp interviews Jose Ortega, VP of sales for My Father Cigars. Jose talks about the Connecticut Shade offering of The Judge, the Flor de Las Antillas, Le Bijou 1922, and the predicate blend Vegas Cubanas. The La Opulencia brand gets national distribution and Jose talks about what makes the blend so special. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Villiger Cigars with Rene Castaneda

July 19, 2017

Tripp talks to Rene Castaneda. Rene talks about the La Libertad, the oldest brand in the Villiger portfolio. The Sandoro Connecticut, Claro, and Maduro. Rene also talks about the latest Villiger offering, the La Flor De YnClan, which has been brought back in a Robusto, Torpedo, and Churchill vitola. It incorporates tobacco that is at least 5 years of age. The Villiger 1888 was on display, released at the IPCPR 2016. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - D’Crossier with Santana Diaz

July 19, 2017

Tripp talks with Santana in the D'Crossier booth about some new packaging launched at the IPCPR and the move to the Dominican Republic for production. The Selection 512 available in sealed cans has been revamped with an updated color scheme and printing. The binder tobacco also gets updated from Costa Rican Sumatra to Piloto Cubano from the DR, available for wide distribution in September. Santana also announces the Selection 512 Maduro available in a brown tin with an updated band, and a new blend featuring a San Andres Negro wrapper. The Golden Blend from 2009 is back with 3 new vitolas.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Fratello with Omar de Frias

July 19, 2017

Tripp sits down with a very busy Omar de Frias talks about the new celebratory cigar, the Fratello Navetta. Omar also talks about the surprise front page article in the Washington Post.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - EP Carrillo with Jose Blanco

July 19, 2017

Trip interviews Jose Blanco of EP Carrillo. Jose talks about the 2016 packaging redesign across the brand. Jose talks about the return of the Elencos Don Rubino line. The Encore release should be widely available in early 2018. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Illusione with Dion Giolito

July 18, 2017

Tripp talks to Dion of Illusione to catch up and see how the IPCPR show is going. Dion talks about his annual Singulare release. He also talks about the packaging redesign on Cruzado and Garagiste. Dion talks about his philosophy of focusing and maintaining the core line of cigars. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Epic Cigars with Dean Parsons

July 18, 2017

Tripp sits down with Dean Parsons of Epic Cigars. Dean introduces the Smoking Shields a special blended cigar for the Smoking Shields non-profit organization. Dean talks about the Project E, the San Andres Maduro wrapper with a smokeable band. The Maduro Fuerte which is an extension to the existing Maduro line. The La Rubia had widespread distribution at the end of 2016, introducing a Connecticut Shade wrapped cigar. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Gurkha Cigars with Eddy Guerra

July 18, 2017

Tripp sits down with Eddy Guerra of Gurkha Cigars. Many of the products showcased at the IPCPR were vintage products being brought back into the market. The Cellar Reserve 12 and 15 available now in tubos, and 3 count boxes. The Royal Challenge is now available in tubos as well.

The 10th Anniversary available as a 1,000 numbered humidor release, each containing 50 cigars, with production out of the new factory in Nicaragua. It will be available as a 6x52 parajeo shape.

The Havana Legenda also returns, available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

The Masters Select OVB (Original Vintage Blend) gets a re-release as well, with the original blend, and original box design. Inventory was located of the Aged Cabinet Selection, which originally was limited, and will released in 3,000 boxes as a robusto vitola only. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Blanco Cigar Company with David Blanco

July 18, 2017

Tripp talks to David Blanco of Blanco Cigar Company. David talks about the Blanco Nine, now with a lancero vitola. The Primos Estates Selection which was voted best value cigar of the year. Liga Exclusiva de Familia Connecticut Shade, and the follow up Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro version. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Southern Draw Cigars with Robert Holt

July 18, 2017

Tripp sits down to talk with Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. Robert has updated all the packaging for the core line, with changes to the colors on the bands and boxes. The Rose of Sharon sold through with the original Easter release, the 2nd release made it's debut at the IPCPR with the updated bands, with a lancero vitola to follow in late fall, early spring. Robert also talks about the Jacobs Ladder, a double ligero and double maduro with Pennsylvania Broadleaf. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Warped Cigars with Kyle Gellis

July 18, 2017

Tripp talks to Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars. Kyle walks us through the Black Honey cigar, and the current lineup. Kyle talks about their new cigar the Serie Grande Reserva 1988 coming in December or January. Tripp and Kyle talk about the Delirio Coffee project and espresso sets.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - La Barba with Tony Bellato

July 18, 2017

Tripp talks to Tony Bellato about his new packaging and band redesign for the La Barba. Tony also talks about his Viva La Vida wine. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Moya Ruiz Il Ridotto with Nelson and Danny

July 18, 2017

Moya Ruiz introduces Il Ridotto the "Private Room", which was the first casino in Venice in 1638. Danny talks about the history behind the name, and Nelson talks about the blend including the use of a Brazilian Habano wrapper.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - CAO Amazon Basin with Rick Rodriguez

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks to CAO's Rick Rodriguez about some of the new Amazon Basin offerings. There's the new Fuma Em Corda and Anaconda. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Hoyo de Monterrey La Amistad with Ed Lahmann

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks with Ed Lahmann about the Hoyo de Monterrey La Amistad Silver. It's a collaboration between General Cigar Company and AJ Fernandez, first started with the La Amistad Gold in 2016. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Mike Szczepankewicz of Powstanie Cigars

July 17, 2017

Mike explains how and why the two core Powstanie blends, Habano, and Broadleaf came to fruition. Powstanie is also introducing an Imperial Stout beer that was designed to pair with the Powstanie Habano.

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IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Torano Cigars with Jack Torano

July 17, 2017

Tripp speaks with Jack Torano about the Yellow and Blue Vault series extensions which round out the Vault portfolio. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Partagas with Andres Maturen Maal

July 17, 2017

Andres Maturen Maal talks about the relaunch of the Partagas 1845, with new blends, packaging, and design. The three lines consist of the Clasico, Extra Fuerte, and Extra Oscuro. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Diesel with Justin Andrews

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks to Justin Andrews about the Diesel Grind, the most full bodied and full flavoured cigar in the General Cigar Company portfolio specifically for Brick & Mortar stores. It features a Habano wrapper and a three region blend for the fillers. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Macanudo with Steve Abbott

July 17, 2017

Tripp interviews Steve Abbott, brand manager of Macanudo for General Cigar Company. Steve talks about the Macanudo Orange, White, and Black lines.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Fred Rewey with Nomad Cigar Company

July 17, 2017

Tripp interviews Fred Rewey who talks about the Five Year Aged Collection celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Nomad Cigar Company. The Classic Line, a Dominican cigar, which was the companies initial release. The Navigator, and Vagabond in round torpedo and short perfecto vitolas for a roughly 200 box run. The Martial Law is now available for wide distribution. The Fin de los Mundos, translated to End of the Worlds, is also now available for additional distribution. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars with Francisco Almonte

July 17, 2017

Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) introduces their new Amarelo Connecticut Shade line. They also introduced their 42 count humidor with the DBL Maduro cigar for $370 MSRP. The Cigar Baseball Bat is now branded for all MLB teams for $20 MSRP. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Cigar In The Bottle

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks to Johnny Soyak of Cigar In The Bottle. Johnny has combined an award winning Grand Pommier XS VSOP Cognac with a Vartan cigar custom blended by Hendrik Kelner of Davidoff. The Cigar In A Bottle has a humidification system that will keep the cigar humidified for up to 10 years!

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Enrique Sanchez with 1502 Cigars

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks with Enrique Sanchez of 1502 Cigars about the new 1502 XO Churchill. 

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Ventura Cigars

July 17, 2017

Tripp talks to Ben of Ventura Cigars about their new case study series, featuring overrun and overstock blends from Plasencia, Rocky Patel, Drew Estate, Davidoff, and La Aurora.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas Davidoff Golden Band Awards

July 16, 2017

Davidoff presents the coveted 2017 Golden Band Awards in the categories of Merchandising, Best Davidoff Growth, Single Location, Multiple Locations, Best Davidoff Performance Single Location, Multiple Locations, Canadian Depositaire Award, and the 2017 Appointed Merchant of the Year.  

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas Dirty Fabien with non-traditional Drew Estate Cigars

July 16, 2017

Dirty Fabien from the Drew Estate non-traditional line of cigars. Two new ACiD cigars shipping in August; the Kuba Kuba candela , using the blue infusion from the Kuba Kuba and the Blondie and adding a candela wrapper. The Blondie candela, for a short cigar experience.

Drew Estate introduces their new retail water tower display for the tins, with a 36 tin capacity. The 4x32 tins will now include Undercrown, Undercrown Shade, Undercrown Sun Grown, Liga Privada T52, Liga Privada No. 9, Norteno, Herrera Esteli, Kentucky Fire Cured, and LarutaN.

IPCPR 2017 Cigars For Warriors with Storm Boen and special guest Shorty Rossi

July 16, 2017

Tripp talks with Storm Boen from Cigars For Warriors. Storm talks about some of the challenges they've faced getting cigars to troops with the new FDA legislation. Special guest Shorty Rossi talks about his November road trip in a 1937 Chevy. He'll be at Stetson Cigars in Harker Heights doing an event for CFW. He'll also be visiting Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood to pass out cigars to troops.

IPCPR 2017 Las Vegas - Juan Martinez of Joya de Nicaragua

July 16, 2017

Juan talks to us about the Joya and the Legacy brands. They go over some rebranding and how Joya is clarifying there message as they turn 50 years old. Juan describes the reintroduction of the Antano family.

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IPCPR 2017 Phil Zanghi with Debonaire and Indian Motorcycle Cigars

July 16, 2017

Phil talks to us about the new Connecticut Shade Daybreak from Debonaire, rounding out the Debonaire portfolio. Phil also talks about their packaging redesign and introduces their new Brand Manager Jared Ingrisano.

IPCPR 2017 Willy Herrera on Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve with Drew Estate

July 16, 2017

Tripp talks to Willy Herrera about the history behind the new Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. A non-infused traditional cigar that Willy blended with Drew Estate before officially joining Drew Estate.