June 15, 2019
I sit down with Global Ambassador for Casdagli Cigars, Vlada Stojanov. I join Vlad at The Clayton in downtown Chicago, where we discuss the name change from Bespoke to Casdagli, the Casdagli lines of cigars, what the future holds for Casdagli, and I pick the brain of a sommelier on how to develop your palate. It's a fantastic conversation with a genuine BOTL who has a ton of knowledge. I hope you enjoy the interview.
Link to Vlad's Flavor Wheel: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0H8PlYeLC2-V2dRbVp4dWRYTDA
I also congratulate CigarandThings from Instagram for winning the one-of-a-kind Simply Stogies ashtray.
I thank my first Patreon supporters Stephanie Hattan and Chris Jones! Thank you!!! To support Simply Stogies podcast, please follow this link:
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June 1, 2019
I interview a moderator for SimplyStogies.club and a cigar reviewer at Burn1.net, Mike. Mike walks us through his process of reviewing a cigar: from the pre-cut ritual, to the cut and light, to writing his review. Thank you to Mike for taking the time, on his birthday, to sit down and give us some insight on what goes in to reviewing a cigar.
You can find more of Mike's reviews at https://burn1.net/
May 19, 2019
For this episode, James goes on location to the Walker Homestead in Iowa City, Iowa to interview a couple of the founding members of the Eastern Iowa Cigar Appreciation Society. Keith Chiavetta and Doug Wagner sit down with James to discuss what it means to be a local cigar club, what it means to interact with the community, and how to give back.
To join or follow the EICAS:
Or you can contact Keith Chiavetta on Linkedin directly: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithchiavetta/
April 1, 2019
James welcomes the executive director of the Cigar Rights of America, Glynn Loope, and one of the CRA Ambassadors for the state of Iowa, Timothy Allen, to Simply Stogies. They discuss what the Cigar Rights of America does, how the FDA is trying to regulate the premium cigar industry, how the CRA is pushing back against that, how cigar enthusiasts and aficionados can get involved, and how the current political climate plays a role.
To become a member of the Cigar Rights of America and help them in their fight to protect our cigar rights please go to https://www.cigarrights.org/
To see a list of current state and federal cigar issues please visit http://www.cigarrights.org/news-info.php and choose your state
If you have questions concerning the Cigar Rights of America, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow the Cigar Rights of America on Twitter @CigarRights and on instagram https://www.instagram.com/cigarrightsofamerica/
You can follow Glynn Loope on Twitter @GlynnLoope
You can follow Timothy Allen on Twitter @MidwestAshes
March 1, 2019
For Episode 2, James discusses the proper storage and humidification of cigar, and also reviews the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. James tells you about his journey through cigar storage and humidification, while also giving you the very basics of what you need to know. James briefly touches on the "mold v plume" debate and emphasizes the importance proper humidification and storage. James then gives his review of the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. He regails you with his first encounter with this gem of a stogie, before reviewing it. Enjoy the stories and stay smokey.
January 30, 2019
For the inaugural episode of Simply Stogies, James takes you along on how his journey through the world of cigar smoking. He recalls his decision to begin cigar smoking, the first few cigars he tried, and how his collection has grown. James has something for both new cigar smokers and veteran aficionados for his very first episode!