Simply Stogies

Episode 37: FDA News and Cuban Cigar Retailers

I am finally back in my studio with power and internet! Thank you for your patience during my forced hiatus!

I talk about the victory the cigar industry had over the FDA in court, what it means to small businesses and the industry at-large. I also gi…

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Episode 5: I’m So Tired

James and Tim visit David’s Fine Tobaccos (9759 University Ave, Clive IA 50325) for this episode of Cigars and Coffee. David’s is a great place, with friendly staff, and a great selection of cigars and pipe tobaccos. James smokes a My Father Connecticut, while Tim chooses a Sobremesa Brulee. Is the cap sweetened? Who cares?!…

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Episode 36: A Discussion About Cuban Cigars

First, allow me to apologize to my listeners who may not follow me on social media. Where I live was hit hard by a derecho on August 10. I lost power until August 20 and I lost internet until August 30. For more information, check out the latest episode …

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Cigars and Coffee Episode 4: It’s Just Been a Mess

James and Tim so some catching up after a derecho hit the state knocking out power and internet for thousands. James then explains that Simply Stogies Podcast is no longer affiliated with the club of the same name and wishes them all well, before giving a shoutout to the Keeper of the Flames Cigar Club….

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Episode 35: Project E Gran Ola Review

I give you my review of the Epic Cigars limited edition Project E Gran Ola. You can follow along with my review here. I also go over our new Statement of Ethics and why it’s important to our staff and to our fans.
 

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Cigars and Coffee Episode 3: Drive-Thru Coffee and Cuban CIgars

James and Tim discuss Cuban cigars while drinking drive-thru coffee. Tim bemoans ordering food through a drive-thru and James complains about the show’s budget before discussing if fast-food/drive-thru coffee is "premium." The pair then discuss Cuban cigars, if they’re better or worse than other cigars, how the cigar industry views Cubans, and their view of…

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Cigars and Coffee Episode 2: Introducing David Howell

James and Tim welcome the brand new cigar reviewer for simplystogies.com, David Howell. They discuss David’s cigar journey, his approach to reviews, Cuban cigars, and of course, coffee.

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Episode 34: Getting to Know Our New Content Director, Matthew Kang

James welcomes the new Content Director/Editor of simplystogies.com, Matthew Kang. Matthew discusses his cigar journey, and how his real job at Eater LA will help us give us some direction. We also talk a little COVID-19, and Matthew mistakes a travel h…

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Simply Stogies presents: Cigars and Coffee: Episode 1

For the inaugural episode of Cigars and Coffee, James and Tim explain the premise of the show, share their cigar and coffee journeys, and talk about what they’re smoking and the coffee they’re drinking. You can check out the Simply Stogies Podcast at: http://simplystogies.com/episodes/ You can pick up some sweet Simply Stogies Podcast swag at:…

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Episode 33: Up and Down with Phil Ledbetter from Up Down cigars

I had the opportunity to sit down with co-owner of Up Down Cigar (located at 1550 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL) and current PCA Board Member, Phil Ledbetter. Phil and I discussed his cigar journey, starting from pipe smoking and going all the way through…

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