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2022 May / June

Farm to Feast

Drew Estate’s Barn Smokers drop tons of knowledge, cigars, food, and booze on their legions of fans in the company’s unique, inimitable style.  Jonathan Drew …

Reading the Tobacco Leaves
2022 January / February

Reading The Tobacco Leaves

Smoking sages weigh in on what’s in store for the new year. The coming year looks like this: a leveling off of demand, a tobacco …

Seeing the light
FDA

Seeing the Light

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine gives reason for optimism. It took 12 months, over a dozen meetings and …

Esteli
A Connecticut Yankee in Estelí

A Connecticut Yankee in Estelí

This story originally appeared in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Cigar Snob Magazine. A lot has changed since then, namely Nicholas Melillo ventured out on his …

Infiniti
2021 September/October

Infiniti Q50

The luxe brands of the Asian automakers suffer from an inferiority complex. Clearly, the Europeans rule the luxury segment, with BMW, Audi, Volvo and Mercedes …

2021 September/October

The Back Story: Tombstone

We travel a lot in this business of making magazines but I don’t think we’ve ever been anywhere like Tombstone Arizona. This historic city a …

FDA
2021 July / August

Waiting To Exhale

Premiums on Trial as Feds Weigh Fate Pedro Gomez returned to his native Nicaragua in 2006 from the U.S. armed with a pedigree in international …

Southern Hospitality
2021 May / June

Southern Hospitality Charleston, SC.

If Charleston, South Carolina had a politically incorrect office in its chamber of commerce, Jon Whitley would be its leader. “I’m into alcohol, firearms and …

Drew Estate

Undercrown Turns 10

HOW A CIGAR BORN ON THE FACTORY FLOOR ASCENDED TO STARDOM In March 2009, an all hands on deck meeting was called at La Gran …

The Back Story
2021 May / June

The Back Story: Big Sur

The Back Story Mark Twain once said the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Although I’m not sure he ever …

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