Welcome to Episode 094 of Half Ashed! This week, the vacationing Craig has been secretly replaced by special guest Aaron Loomis of Blind Mans Puff. We had a few minutes to talk about the fantastic job those guys are doing over on their site, as well as some interesting recent collaborations with us and other cigar media members. Be sure you check out the Blind Mans Puff website to get the latest in their unique style of collaborative review.
Aaron was smoking a Nomad C-276 as his chosen CotW, and I selected a 2013 La Flor Dominicana Mysterio (now known as TCFKA M….check out the show to find out why). Both cigars performed admirably during the show, so tune in to get our notes throughout. After spending the first few minutes talking about BMP, we hit a few news items – including stories from Viaje, Casa Fernandez, Espinosa, and La Flor Dominicana. We also gave some indepth coverage to a legislative item that deserves more press than it has received this past week – the fact that some folks in our nation’s capital have sent a letter to FDA requesting a change to the proposed regulating date in their restrictions on the cigar/e-cigarette market. This sounds good on the surface, but has an aspect that concerns me greatly. I don’t think we can dismiss it as simple good news for our hobby.
Finally, we gave a bit more time that might be customary for what we’ve been smoking. This was due, in part, to an overlap in our recent cigar escapades – and that we had mixed feelings about a couple of them. Finally, I wrapped up with a reminder that we would likely be doing another Pipe Show some time in January. The first attempt at it was well received, and we have gotten a good deal of positive feedback…so we’re going to run with it as a quarterly (ish) feature.
In the next episode we will be featuring an Unbanded stick, 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 new and much improved chatroom. The Unbanded segments are always a good way to find us humbling ourselves. If you would like to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us through the contact page or at the following emails: [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), find us on iTunes, or subscribe with any podcast app at our RSS Feed. Video, as always, will be available at the Half Ashed YouTube Channel.
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!