Not Just Talking Tobacco Today

When Scott Bendett opened the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in the Colonie Center mall in Albany, NY, he could have scarcely imagined where things would go from there. After a few years of selling cigars and pipes to the locals, Scott felt that it was time to reach out to a larger audience, by going […]

Some Cold Weather Smoking Tips

Pipe smoking snowman

For those of you who live in Florida, the deep Southwest, southern California and Hawaii, ignore this information. For those of you who live elsewhere in the United States, these tips are for you, after you get done mumbling curses under your breath directed toward the people who live in those warmer regions. Obviously, if […]

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2012 Torpedo

Alec Bradley Fine & Rare cigar

Last year’s Alec Bradley Fine & Rare release was a serious highlight smoking experience for me, and I was thrilled when I heard there was going to be another version this year. I think Alec Bradley first announced it sometime in the spring, so it’s been a long wait but they are finally here. Our […]

Pint Friday – HOPZ & Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA

Hoppy IPA with the HOPZ - We're smart enough to figure this one out.

Howdy everyone, and welcome to another round of Pint Friday! We got the whole crew back together this week, which was very nice, and we’ve been getting so many requests from people who want to join us that I think we’re going to have some guest appearances soon. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but […]

Pint Friday with Guillermo Leon & Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA

Maybe We Should Have A Caption Contest For This One, I Can't Decide!

Hi everyone! I’m sure you’ve all missed our Pint Friday blog posts, we’ve had some scheduling issues that have kept us from our more structured moment of Zen the last couple weeks. Don’t worry too much, I’ve found plenty of time to drink beer and smoke cigars, we just didn’t get together to do any […]

Pint Friday with Hammer & Sickle: Moscow City and Joe Mama’s Milk

Mmmmmm, cigars & beer

Hi everyone, and welcome to another round of Pint Friday! Hope you all are off work, kicked back, and just cracked a beer and fired up a stogie. I was out of the office this week, but that sure wasn’t going to stop any of us from enjoying our weekly pairing and moment of Zen. […]

Cigar Academy: Cigar Terminology


Wrapper – The leaf that is spiral wrapped around the outside of a cigar. Binder – The leaf underneath the wrapper which holds the filler together while in the mold. Filler – The tobacco in the center of the cigar which makes up the bulk of its mass. Bunch – The filler and binder when […]

Cigar Review [Video] CAO OSA SOL (5X50)

Cigar Review CAO OSA Sol

Today’s cigar review video features the CAO OSA Sol. This is the second review we’ve published, if you remember Jason’s video review a couple of weeks ago. It’s good to get different perspectives, but then again, you should always try the cigar for yourself since everyone’s tastes are so different.

Cigar Review : Avo Limited Edition 2012 La Trompeta

Cigar Review : Avo Limited Edition 2012 La Trompeta

For as long as I have been working here, Avo cigars have put out a limited edition cigar in celebration for Avo’s birthday.  This year is no different.  Welcome the Avo La Tompeta.  This 6 ½ x 54 torpedo has 3 dots added to the wrapper to represent the valve buttons on a trumpet.  Each year […]

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Monarca Maduro Cigar Review


I feel like I have just done a disservice to all cigars I may smoke in the future.  For review today I smoked the Padron 1964 Anniversary Monarca Maduro, and it blew me away.  Now before I begin, let me tell you that (for me) smoking a cigar is not just smoking a single cigar, […]