Half Ashed Episode 082: Guest Barry Stein

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Welcome to Episode 082 of Half Ashed, featuring special guest Barry Stein of Two Guys Smoke Shop and The Cigar Authority.  Craig was traveling this week, Barry graciously agreed to sit in and host with me.  So, a huge thanks to Barry.  I chose the Insidious by Asylum for the show, and unfortunately Barry was unable to join me due to his lease agreement restrictions. In addition to an excellent update Barry about his personal recent history, we covered stories from EP Carrillo, Crowned Heads, La Aurora, and My Father.  In other topics, we discussed lots of legislative goings-on, and the validity of a couple new packaging concepts.  So tune in and enjoy! Next week, we will be featuring an Unbanded (#018, from Zedman) as our … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 081: Joya de Nicaragua Dark Corojo

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Welcome to Episode 081 of Half Ashed when we’r featuring the Joya de Nicaragua Dark Corojo – specifically, the “El Martillo” vitola.  This week we review this cigar during the show, as well as cover several news items from Willy Herrera/Drew Estate, the Guayabera Lady, some legislative news, Cigar Federation’s Project Mañana raffle, and Ezra Zion.  We also discuss what we’ve been smoking, and a couple of other interesting diversions…. Next week, we will be featuring a wildcard Cigar of the Week, as Craig will be out of town.  I will be joined by special guest host Barry Stein of Cigar Authority, so be sure to check back in Friday night at 9:30pm EST on halfashed.com where you can catch us recording and participate in the chatroom.  If you … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 080: Bolivar Belicoso Fino

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Good evening and welcome to Episode 080 of Half Ashed, featuring the Bolivar Belicoso Fino as our Cigar of the Week.  Through a shipping mishap, I (Kip) was without the featured cigar so I partook of a different bunch….and a pipe.  We covered industry news from Crowned Heads, L’Atelier, La Sirena, the Rocky Mtn. Cigar Festival and some legislative news from Chicagoland. We also had quite a bit to discuss in our “What Have We Been Smoking” segment, what else we’ve been pondering this week, and a viewer email from Officer Paul.  Next week, we will be featuring the Joya de Nicaragua Dark Corojo “El Martillo” as our Cigar of the Week, so be sure to check back in Friday night at 9:30pm EST on halfashed.com where you can … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 079: Kip & Dale

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Good day folks, and welcome to Episode 079 of Half Ashed! Craig was unavailable to host this week, so I had former Dogwatch Cigar Radio host Dale Roush sitting in with me.  We covered news items from AJ Fernandez, the Rocky Mtn. Cigar Festival, (more!) personnel changes within the cigar industry, a Gran Habano story you need to know about, Tatuaje, and EP Carrillo.   Of course, we also talked a bit about our chosen cigars for the night and what we’ve been smoking lately…and closed out with a viewer email. Next week, we will be featuring the Bolivar Belicoso Fino as our Cigar of the Week, so be sure to check back in next Friday night at 9:30pm EST on halfashed.com where you can catch us recording and … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 078: Special Dogwatch Guests 1 of 2

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Good afternoon, folks.  Welcome back to another episode of Half Ashed.  This week, Kip was in Tennessee to attend a family funeral – so our buddy Bob McDuffee (of Dogwatch Cigar Radio fame) sat in with Craig.  The two of them covered a few news items, including stories from La Flor Dominicana, Cohiba, JC Newman and the FDA. They also covered a full run-down of Bob’s opinion of the state of the industry with regard to IPCPR as an organization.  You’ll definitely want to check in for that.  Of course, they talked a bit about what they’ve been smoking as well. **It should be noted that they had a bit of a technical difficulty mid-show.  Only a couple of minutes of Bob’s fine pontification was lost, … Continue reading