Well hello there, and welcome to Episode 054 of Half Ashed. Thanks for joining us. This week, we’re smoking the Emilio AF2. Our buddy Gary Griffith (owner, Emilio Cigars) tried to join us on a spur of the moment – which would have been awesome; Gary’s a cool guy – but we had some issues getting him connected to the Hangout. Next time, we’ll plan ahead and get him on. The AF2 was one of my submissions as a CoTW when we first started Half Ashed, because I’m a huge fan of this particular stick. I think it’s a benchmark for how great a blend Gary & AJ Fernandez can create – as well as AJF’s ability to produce a consistent product.
We had several news items this week, including a couple legislative updates, some hints at what’s coming at Crowned Heads and General Cigar, a contest from Drew Estate, and new cigars from Asylum and Cigar Federation (via Ezra Zion). To wrap things up we also covered what we’ve been smoking this week and a few emails from listeners. So, light up, kick up your feet, and hang out with us for an hour or two.
Next week, one a housekeeping note – we WILL NOT BE RECORDING AT REGULAR TIME. We will be streaming the show SATURDAY, March 1st rather than Friday night. You should be able to catch us live about 9:30pm EST Saturday night. Our Cigar of The Week has yet to be determined, but I’m sure we’ll get something good lined up. As always, we’re constantly looking for suggestions about potential Cigars of the Week, and Unbanded cigars. So if you have one drop us a line at one of the email addresses below. Be sure to check back in next Friday night at 9:30pm EST at Cigar Federation (details on locating the show will be on the front page that evening an hour before showtime), where you can catch us recording and participate in the chatroom. If you would like to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us through the contact page or at the following email addresses: [email protected] or [email protected]. Please feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions you’d like answered, comments to make…or even compliments and complaints. We love to get your emails! Also, remember you can always go back and listen to previous episodes, which can be found in the Half Ashed Archive. You can download this week’s audio directly below (right-click “Download” and save), or find us on iTunes to subscribe. Video, as always, will be available at the CigFed Half Ashed Video Archive.
P.S. – If you have unbanded suggestions or contributions, you can get those to us by sending an email to [email protected]. This email address goes directly to my wife, so you can simply suggest an unbanded cigar for her to source, or send me an email to [email protected] if you have something you’d like to send in. I will provide an address to send them. Thanks!