AshStay News, a La Gloria Cubana Cigar and a Contest!

I was catching up on some podcast listening yesterday and happened across an episode of Stogie Geeks Podcast with Chaim Kohn of Cigar Oasis. I’ve known Chaim a long time, and he’s been a great supporter of my site, and I’m a fan of Cigar Oasis products. I use a Magna in my cabinet and an Excel in the little New Air, as well as Western Humidor hygrometers here and there.  I heard on the show where Cigar Oasis is distributing the AshStay cigar ashtray now. I’ve been using an AshStay for three years practically every day, and it works as advertised. I still won’t put it in the dishwasher or make my wife clean up after me (as portrayed in the company’s promotional video, which auto plays on their website, beware), but it manages the odor well, and has been a welcome addition to my smoking porch. Hopefully Cigar Oasis does well spreading the AshStay love.


Thursday I had a bad cigar day. I’m only going to speak in general terms about the cigars, but I get really annoyed when I draw through a cigar and get no smoke.  If I blow through it looks like I’m electing a Pope, but drawing gives nothing!  I have yet to figure out how this occurs, unless there’s a fold in the bunch that acts as a valve of sorts. The worst part off the evening was when I returned from my walk and put the poorly working cigar down and found a back up, it was plugged. I didn’t get any flavor from either (which could have been a result of drinking a blood orange ginger ale with dinner, but I can’t say for sure), and was left unfulfilled. It was a major bummer. So LaGloriaCubana_Colección Reserva_PresidenteFriday I cracked open the box of La Gloria Cubana Collecion Reserva Presidente that I bought at the event with Ernesto Carillo a month or so ago. I’ve smoked the robusto and belicoso in this line and love them, but this Presidente, a formidable 7½” x 54, was next level stuff. I had some buyers remorse, buying a box of such large cigars, but after smoking one, I am no longer regretting the purchase. While it started a little slow, it moved into the flavors I am familiar with from the smaller sizes, then, BANG, a sweet cinnamon candy flavor that made my day. It was short of Atomic Fireball cinnamon, more like the hard candies. I can’t say how much I enjoyed that cigar, especially after the previous evenings disappointments. It’s a good thing these are such large cigars, or I’d smoke through them quick. I’ve been high on the La Gloria Cubana Collecion Reserva since smoking the IPCPR show samples, and I’m a fan of the brand in general. It’s important to remember that this line is actually made at Ernesto’s factory and not General Cigars, La Gloria Cubana was his baby, after all. This cigar would receive a 99 on my rating scale if I used my rating scale.




I had a couple other cigars I was going to talk about, the Emilio LJZ, and the Jas Sum Kral Red Knight, which were both very good, but I figured I’d get right to a giveaway instead. I had another giveaway lined up, but then as Caliber 4RI was typing this post, it occurred to me that it wasn’t a good fit, and will make more sense in a couple of weeks when I have my annual, scaled back, Christmas giveaways. What does make sense is to give away a great item from Cigar Oasis, a Calibur 4R Digital Hygrometer with a silver bezel. I have one of these, and would happily have deployed this one in one of my humidors, but I’ll be happier seeing someone else enjoy using it. This is a great looking unit as well as being very accurate and functional. It wouldn’t surprise me if a couple of cigars fell into the box when I ship it out, it’s been known to happen.  Usual rule apply, leave a comment on this post to enter and I’ll select the winner next Sunday, December 10, 2017.  Thanks to Chaim for providing this super-cool item! Stay tuned for more great giveaways coming soon, and I’ll be working on sending Secret Santa assignments out this week!  God Luck!


That’s all for today, I have to get a ceiling painted and maybe clean out the gutters now that the leaves have fallen.  I can’t believe it’s so close to the end of the year already…anyway, until the next time,






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32 Responses to AshStay News, a La Gloria Cubana Cigar and a Contest!

  1. John Budka

    Thanks Craig. I love all the variations of the Serie R, so I must give this a go as well.

  2. Duane Holmes

    Any LGC is always a solid choice. I could really use a new hygrometer so good luck to me.
    Thanks for the chance Craig.

  3. mike mccain

    Thanks for all your contests, I am looking forward to the 12 ( or however many you do ) days of Craigsmas

  4. Brian Impson

    A blood orange ginger ale? I’ve never heard of it, but it’s sounds delish. Tell me more. What’s the brand name and where do you get it?

  5. Adrian Quick

    Thanks for the opportunity

  6. Steven Thain

    Great article and cool hygrometer. Would look good in my humidor.

  7. Jeff K

    Good luck with the gutters, hate that job. Thanks for the contest.

  8. Dan Colley

    Cinnamon candy indeed. I smoked one of the Pudgy Monsters and was taken aback when the flavor of peppermint literally slapped me in the face. Amazing what can come from a blend of tobacco leaves.

  9. I definitely enjoy me quite a few LGC! That does look like a pretty sweet hygro!

  10. I’m a big fan of the Collecion Reserva Robusto and the Presidente sounds amazing. Ernesto is a wizard with the big cigars. Thanks for the contest.

  11. Sorry to hear you had a bad cigar day… glad the LGC came through for you!!

  12. Kevin D. Shahan

    I have a Magna as well that I will be using in my new cabinet humidor!

  13. Chase Abernathy

    Funny that a new hydrometer is on my Christmas list! I’ll def be on the lookout for that LGC.

  14. Those new LGC are pretty good. I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them. Thanks for the contest Craig and good luck everyone.

  15. Freakboy791

    Oh yeah! The gutters. I knew I forgot something!

  16. Frank Germaine

    I could use a Digital Hygrometer! I have analog hygrometer’s in all my humidors. Thanks for the contest!

  17. Karl

    Can never have too many hygrometers.

  18. Donald Santos

    I really need one of those for my coolador

  19. Matt

    Bad cigar days suck! but tomorrow’s a new day😁

  20. Well Craig its that time of year again. Where the cold comes out, and the Flyers get colder!!! ugh… We got to hang in there. Happy Days buddy

  21. I’ll have to give that La Gloria a try. I like just about everything Carrillo blends, so I’m sure it’ll be in my wheelhouse.

  22. John Hateley

    Could always use a new hygro!


    I smoke only one cigar a day and by all that’s holy, it better be at least a half a foot long. Many thanks for the review. Big fan of The Gloria Cubana.

  24. paul1954

    Very Christmas spirited of you, Craig.

  25. Kyle Brewer

    I just added the La Gloria Presidente to my list to try!

  26. Swede Lindstrom

    As always, thank you Craig. Merry Christmas

  27. The LGC is added to the list of cigars to try!

  28. Jack winslow

    Love the blog. Keep up the “nonsense”!

  29. Tim Vale

    Going to have to try that LGC!

  30. atllogix

    Glad the LGC reedemed for other lackluster performing sticks! Thanks for the chance!

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