A Couple Cigars, Cigar Podcasts and the Contest Winner!

Gurkha125I’ve been feeling a little in a rut lately, so I decided to smoke some cigars I hadn’t smoked in a long time, so I started with a Gurkha 125th Anniversary XO,  I thought I liked this cigar more, it wasn’t bad, it was just a little more leathery than I remembered. So the next night I went with a sure thing, A Tatuaje TAA 2015. This box pressed, 5 5/8″ x 54 cigar with a covered foot hit the spot. Sadly, this was the last one in my humidor, but boy was it tasty. Not exactly breaking out of my rut, as I’ve been craving broadleaf and this one hit the spot just right. Smooth, rich and delicious. I think I bought a couple of these a little over two Tatuaje TAA 15years ago, great cigar.  Tonight grabbed a CAO Amazon Anaconda, a cigar I developed a deep appreciation for after bringing some home from the IPCPR show. A couple of weeks ago when I saw Jack Toraño he stuck this cigar in my pocket, so it was conveniently located on top of the humidor. This is the third in the Amazon series, following the Amazon Basin and Fuma em Corda. I wasn’t wow’d by the Amazon Basin like most people seemed to CAO Anacondahave been, but I only tried the second release. I really like the Fuma em Corda, and I really really like the Anaconda (except for the name, I’m not a snake fan), This cigar is made in Honduras with a Brazilian Bahiano Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Colombian, Dominican, Brazilian Braganca, and Fume em Corda fillers. The only thing I really don’t care for was the piece of tobacco that serves as the band terminates under the cap and feels funny in the mouth. Otherwise it’s a great cigar! Burns a long time and tastes great!  Seems I’m still in that rut.


I’m a bit of a podcast junkie, and just want to list several shows I listen to regularly and enjoy. I’ll be honest, this is driven by just listening to Cigar Coop‘s Prime Time show with co-host Aaron Loomis from Developing palates, where they said some nice things about me. I also listen to the Developing Palates recaps  via podcast, KMA Talk Radio, The Cigar Authority, The Ashholes, DE4Live, Cigar Jukebox, Cigar Chat and Sharing Your Pairings, Smooth Draws Radio, Stogie Geeks, as well as Half Ashed and The Cold Draw Podcasts when they show up.  It all started with Blowin’ Smoke, which was one of the first, and was hosted by an old friend Rob Heming. There are a few others that only show up every now and then. Sometimes it’s a challenge staying up to date.



prizeLast week we had a contest sponsored by Cigar Prop and the Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar featuring four great cigars and a pair of Cigar Prop XCs.  It’s time to pick a winner, and I was hoping to have Kevin of Cigar Prop pick one, but he deferred. My reasoning was that myself and Kevin interjected some comments and that makes it harder to count the comments…and I would have liked to see more “likes” on the sponsor’s Facebook pages.  So I worked it out, and the winner is mike mccainSend your address so we can get your prize to you, and I’m going to send a few cigars from my humidor too, just because I feel like it.  Thanks to Kevin for putting this together and Tobacco Locker for participating. 

That’s all for today, until the next time,





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9 Responses to A Couple Cigars, Cigar Podcasts and the Contest Winner!

  1. Kevin Shahan

    Thanks for putting the contest on Craig!

  2. Patrick

    Always fun to play along.
    Life is good

  3. Kyle Brewer

    Of those podcasts, which would you recommend for a newer cigar fan trying to learn more about cigars as well as cigars to develope my pallat? Thanks for the posts, i enjoy reading them !

    • Believe it or not, Developing Palates is probably a good place to start. The episodes are short and discuss specific tasting notes for each cigar, from two perspectives. They are all a little different in information and entertainment value. Cigar-Coop, Cigar Chat and KMA usually have industriy guests that provide a great deal of information about their brands and cigars in general.

  4. Mike McCain

    Thanks Craig, Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar, and Cigar Props, for the chance to win a contest. I will now be able to use a Cigar Prop in lieu of balancing it on a step, when my wife has stolen my ashtray for some odd crafting bit that she is doing at the time. Those cigars look tasty, 2 new sticks, I am familiar with Acid, but never had a Kuba. I have never heard of Jose Carlos, but Habano is right in my flavor profile. The Pappy will be for a special occasion, like a day ending in y, and I like the Bettys.

  5. John Budka

    Congrats Mike, enjoy. Thanks again Craig.

  6. Dan Colley

    I split a box of the TAA 2015s last year and thankfully, I still have a few of them left. Outstanding smokes, in my opinion.