Archive for July, 2013

“Smoked Up” No.30

The last week has had its ups and downs. Ups and downs in weather, life etc… The heat is here to stay, the rain is not sure, but will be glad when it lets up for more than a few days. I got a three day weekend, but it was followed by working 12hour days […]

Moscato Cigars Sponsors Its First Independent Artist/Writer/Producer

July 24, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) – Moscato Cigars, the maker of premium handmade cigars infused with the Moscato aromatic Blend that gives a sweet, smooth and well rounded experience, is very pleased to announce its first sponsored artist – Kaze (pronounced “kah-zee”) an independent artist/writer/producer.   “Moscato Cigars is committed to developing long term relationships […]

Perfecto Cigar Holder

Every now and then, I come across an idea or product and said to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “I thought of that, and didn’t pursue the idea and should have.” That is the case with the Perfecto Cigar Holder. The Perfecto Cigar Holder is a 100% American made product that is steered […]

“Smoked Up” No.29

The “Dog Days of Summer” are just about here, if not already. If it wasn’t the high temperatures, it was the rain showers and humidity. That has been the story for the past two weeks or so in my neck of the woods. I mainly smoke outside under my carport and with the weather not […]

“Smoked Up” No.28

If you haven’t noticed, the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show was going on the first part of this week. What does that mean for us fellow cigar smokers you say? Well, all of the news and press releases from numerous companies has came to light and many people got first hand looks and tastes of the […]

House of Emilio adds Bodega Premium Blends

  IPCPR – July 16, 2013 – Gino Domanico (aka @Cigar_G), Co-Founder and CEO of Bodega Premium Blends (BPB), and Gary Griffith, owner of House of Emilio, announced today they have entered into a distribution agreement.   House of Emilio has a long and successful history in promoting the “Best of the boutiques”. Through this […]

Steve Saka Retires From Drew Estate

Steve Saka Retiring  from Drew Estate Miami, FL – On July 10th, 2013 Drew Estate announced that Steve Saka will be retiring as the CEO of Drew Estate, its family of companies and its subsidiaries. Saka joined the company as President in July 2005 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in July 2012. “The […]

La Palina debuts an addition to its La Palina Collection: Mr. Sam

La Palina debuts an addition to its La Palina Collection: Mr. Sam Samuel Paley founded La Palina cigars in 1896, and Mr. Sam was the moniker bestowed upon him by the workers in his factory. As a Tribute to Samuel Paley, the La Palina Collection will unveil the Mr. Sam at the 2013 IPCPR Show in […]

“Smoked Up” No.27

A week has passed since my vacation and I am already planning one for next summer. We really had a good time! When I got back, I started fighting off a head cold and it almost got the best of me. With a healthy (or unhealthy) dosing of a few medications, I was able to […]


NICARAGUAN STRONG GETS BIGGER WITH ANTAÑO BIG BULL 760 We dare you to take the bull by the horns and try our newest addition to the Antaño powerhouse! Estelí – Joya de Nicaragua, maker of the authentic Nicaraguan puro, is introducing a new vitola for its popular brand Antaño 1970 at this year’s IPCPR tradeshow […]