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Blowin' Smoke 219 : Alec Bradley 2016 Filthy Hooligan

We are not sure if that rodent was right about an early spring, but we were herfin in 60+ degrees in February. No complaints from the Cretins for Blowin Smoke 219!  IF spring is right around the corner, so is St. Patricks Day and that means the annual release of the Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan. We grabbed a fistful for the Cigar of the Day along with our local Alec Bradley rep Ryan to join us in the Havana Room for some herfications and conversation.  We also talked to Tom of Commonwealth Cedar Spills about some new stuff he has for you, including many that benefit Cigars for Warriors. Plus, we got the ball rolling on a contest that you could win. Listen to find out how.  Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars joined us as well to talk about a promotion he has happening where you could be part of a 2017 release blending process. Cool!  Plus, a new Smoke Buss with Chris Kelly, some weird news, what the chicks are reading, and more.  It is all here! So, grab a stogie, light up, and join the herf. It is Blowin Smoke 219! 

2hr 41mins

21 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Blowin' Smoke #184 : CAO Hurricane

It's a tobacco trade show weekend in Las Vegas, and the Cretins are herfin' in the Havana Room a couple thousand miles away for Blowin' Smoke 184!  With a brand new Cigar of the Day and cold Yuengling, who needs that drunken mega-herf in Vegas? Well, we do, quite frankly...but since we don't have the right creds or deep enough pockets, we'll tough it out and rely on our friends on the ground for some insider access by proxy. Our friends Chris Kelly of Leaf Lovers and Crossfire Cigars, AND Fred Rewey of Nomad Cigar Company check in from the show in Vegas with two difference perspectives on the event...a retailer and a brand owner / exhibitor. Plus, breaking news from the show prompts another live report from the scene. Who's on first?  Even with all that top notch trade show info, we still managed to deliver the rest of the goods with listener email, a funny major media fail in the face of a tragedy, equine lovin' again, a porto-potty-peeper, and more...including a new report on what the chicks are reading, and a new 5 Things.  So, start puffin' your favorite new limited availability special reserve select pre-release cigar and sippin' your favorite beverage for Blowin' Smoke #184! 

2hr 55mins

15 Jul 2013

Rank #2

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Blowin' Smoke #181 : Leccia Tobacco White Toro

Fresh from Cigar Crawl recovery and rehab, the Cretins gathered for Blowin' Smoke #181.  With a clear cut winner in the last Cigar Match three-way, a new Cigar of the Day challenger was sparked up...the new Leccia Tobacco White Toro. How did it perform for the Cretins?  There was talk of the Cigar Crawl, the great sponsors that supported it, and even joined in the fun. Plus, two contests...one to win a box of Slobberknockers compliments of Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac...and the other to win a whole bunch of cigars and stuff from the Cigar Crawl. Listen to find out how you could win the Cigar Crawl prize pack!  We also shared the usual latest round of weird stories including a list of religious cities that are doing some naughty clicking, where not to shoot yourself with a Saturday night special, love bites that prompt a call to the police, and more.  Plus, a female perspective on our investigative series "what the chicks are reading," a new 5 Things and more.  So, grab a favorite cigar and a refreshing beverage, and join the herf...it's Blowin' Smoke #181.

2hr 37mins

27 May 2013

Rank #3

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Blowin' Smoke #182 : Leccia Tobacco Black Toro

Keepin' it in the family, it's Blowin' Smoke #182.  As luck would have it, the new Cigar of the Day is the brother from another mother of the last Cigar of the Day...or something like that. The Leccia Black has been hitting store humidors and we were lucky enough to get our hands on some for a back to back family competition. Be sure to vote in the Cigar Match!  It was also time to find a winner in our post Cigar Crawl goodies contest. Will the contestants have all the right answers this time??  Plus, new stuff from our friends at Commonwealth Cedar Spills, be careful with that pitchfork, free those puppies, lab rat stimulation, and more. There's a new investigative report on what the chicks are reading ripped from the headlines of the checkout magazines, and a last minute substitution with a new 5 Things.  It's all right here. So, join the herf with your friends. Crack a cold one and spark a favorite cigar for Blowin' Smoke #182! 

2hr 36mins

9 Jun 2013

Rank #4

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Blowin' Smoke #180 : Alec Bradley Nica Puro Toro

More fun than a weekend corn dog binge, it's Blowin' Smoke #180!  With a beautiful day in the neighborhood, the Cretins assembled to offer thoughtful insight on a new Cigar of the Day from Alec Bradley, cigar gizmos they wish somebody would invent, and the value of giant bananas with dreadlocks. Plus, we talked about the recent CigarFest in the Poconos, the upcoming W. PA Cigar Crawl...including how you could win a Cigar Crawl prize pack.  We talked to Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars, and Chris from Alec Bradley Cigars. Plus, we found more weird news items from around the world like the guy in Vegas who lost 132 pounds in one day, some special celebrations during the month of May, the potential dangers of cheap shower gel, and more.  So, put your hoodie on like a pair of pants, light up a favorite cigar, and join the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #180! 

2hr 18mins

5 May 2013

Rank #5

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Blowin' Smoke #132 : Gurkha Assassin Dagger

Like a shot to the eyeball, it's Blowin' Smoke #132!  We finally had OUR chance to celebrate the assassination of bin Laden by our US Navy SEALs with a full house herf and a symbolic pairing of a Gurkha Assassin cigar and a Skull Splitter Orkney Ale. Find out how they did.  We also talked about El Freako's recent trek to CigarFest and the upcoming W. PA Cigar Crawl. Plus, we got our hands on a high tech toy and tried it out on Kyle. Of course, we also had listener emails, weird stories and help from our friends on Twitter...not to mention another report in our investigative series about what the chicks are reading, and a new 5 Things.  So, send your courier out for pizza, grab a big stick and join the herf right here on Blowin' Smoke #132! 

2hr 28mins

15 May 2011

Rank #6

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Blowin' Smoke #133 : San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol Toro

Feeling a little sun grown ourselves, it's Blowin' Smoke #133!  What a great day for a herf! No rain...actual sunshine along with cold beer, tasty rum and brand new Cigar of the Day...the San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol Toro. That means "sun grown" for you Pabst drinkers. (Wait! We're Pabst drinkers.) Anyway, the Cretins were fired up for nice herf and thrilled to welcome Sam Leccia to the show to talk about his newly formed Sam Leccia Cigar Co. and what he has planned for his first and future offerings to the cigar faithful.  Plus, we checked out listener emails & phone calls, found some weird stories like we always do, and educated ourselves with another peek inside the world of what the chicks are reading. We also offered up a new, but old, 5 Things.  So, slather on some sunscreen, don those cool shades, and fire up a nice stick for Blowin' Smoke #133! 

2hr 43mins

30 May 2011

Rank #7

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Blowin' Smoke #134 : La Sirena Trident

Grab your flipper, it's Blowin' Smoke #134!  A near perfect afternoon for a herf in the famed Havana Room and an even better day to baptize a new Cretin as Dustin traveled three hours one way to join us. He did a fine job and we handed him 5 Things duties to boot. Welcome Dustin!  We herfed a new Cigar of the Day, announced the winner in our StogieHaven.com contest where a bunch of Cigar Crawl loot was up for grabs, and continued our investigative series into what the chicks are reading with a new Cosmo.  Of course, we also checked out listener emails, took some live phone calls and brought the best weird stuff in the news to you...before taking it straight to the dumpster.  So, grab a stick...preferably your own, and herf with us here on Blowin' Smoke #134! 

2hr 39mins

13 Jun 2011

Rank #8

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Blowin' Smoke #135 : Mystery Cigar

The second meeting of Herf-aholics Anonymous in less than a week gave birth to Blowin' Smoke #135!  Like any good multi-step program, we first had to admit we had a herf. Easy enough. Next, we needed a diversion. So, the first ever "Whose Boobs?" Call-In Edition was born. If you are not following Blowin' Smoke and the Cretins on Twitter, shame on your for six weeks. Speaking of phones, our new Butt Bucket Questions got a nice inaugural work out and there was plenty of El Freako ball-bustin' going on...as usual.  With such a short span between shows, we kept the current Cigar Match going and made this a Multi-Mystery Cigar of the Day, plus we had a new 5 Things, more insight into what the chicks are reading, and, or course, the usual weird stories found online.  All that and more are waiting for you right now. C'mon...you know you want it. Just click play. We won't tell anybody. It's Blowin' Smoke #135! 

2hr 16mins

20 Jun 2011

Rank #9

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Blowin' Smoke #136 : Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo

Fresh off a one week fireworks bender, it's Blowin' Smoke #136!  Joining the Cretin ranks this time are Paula & Doug, big Steelers fans and loyal listeners, from Indianapolis! We were thrilled to have them join us and be a part of the show. In fact, Paula claims she has a score to settle with me over our "What The Chicks Are Reading" investigative series. So, we gave her the job this time. Plus, her husband, Doug, shared a great story from his personal police blotter.  Along with Paula & Doug joining us, we also herfed a new Cigar of the Day, talked about an on-call breastfeeding truck, an update to a previous "related" story, craft beer banter, and more including another LIVE call-in edition of "Whose Boobs?"  So, grab your Roman candle, spark a fine cigar and join the herf! It's Blowin' Smoke #136! 

2hr 39mins

11 Jul 2011

Rank #10

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Blowin' Smoke #169 : Xikar HC Series Habano2 Toro

Post-turkey day herfing in the Havana Room means a cigar break from leftovers and Blowin' Smoke #169!  As snowflakes covered the well-fertilized lawn outside herf central, the Cretins sparked up a new Cigar of the Day, and welcomed @DoctorVoiceover - Warren back to spotlight our 7 lucky contest winners and their Blowin' Smoke bumper entries from the birthday show. We also talked to some listeners about their post-turkey cigars and even gave away a couple more prizes.  Along with a new 5 Things and a new installment of what the chicks are reading, we also talked about a new "theme park" in the UK, the annual Turkey Testicle Festival, and a handful of stories with a common element. Hey, we don't make the news, we just scour it for filth and present it to you with commentary.  So, prepare a dipping sauce...ranch or maybe a sweet and sour...light up a fine cigar, and join the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #169! 

2hr 17mins

25 Nov 2012

Rank #11

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Blowin' Smoke #168 : 7th Birthday Show : Mystery Cigar

Did somebody say "cake?"  You bet your robusto, and that could mean only one thing...The Blowin' Smoke Podcast Big Ass 7th Birthday Show live from Slippery Rock Cigars!  Armed with multiple mystery Cigars of the Day, home brew, pulled pork sammiches, and a great crowd, we celebrated another fun-filled year of good friends and great herfin'.  We also talked to Chris Kelly of Crossfire Cigars and Lou Rodriguez Cigars about these new and very enjoyable boutique brands. Plus, even a birthday party wouldn't be complete without a new report on what the chicks are reading, a new 5 Things, and lots more to satisfy your herf cravings.  Special thanks to 262 Cigars and Commonwealth Cedar Spills! So, light a candle and a fine cigar this time, and celebrate seven big years of the Blowin' Smoke Podcast! 

2hr 13mins

11 Nov 2012

Rank #12

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Blowin' Smoke #167 : La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Romantico

When a Frankenstorm approaches, we herf! It's Blowin' Smoke #167.  What a great day for a herf. Cold, wind, rain, and dreary outside, and a whole bunch of great people with fine cigars inside. The Havana Room snack table was overflowing and the big coffee urn was brought out of hibernation as we lit up a new Cigar of the Day. We drug our friend Cirillo (@HumidorMuse) kicking and screaming into full-blown Cretin ranks by giving him a microphone, and we welcomed a visit from our good friends, Doug & Paula, from Indianapolis.  We spent some time talking to Enrique Sanchez Icaza of 1502 Cigars about this new line of "proudly Nicaraguan" cigars that will be arriving at cigars stores near you soon. Follow Enrique on Twitter @1502cigars.  The show wouldn't be complete without a new installment of "What The Chicks Are Reading," and the lovely Paula delivered a very useful 5 Things. Plus, we talked about a fart that lead to murder, a wish that lead to an unusual tombstone, an eating contest that lead to a sudden death, and a little detail that lead to a divorce, and more.  So, check your storm path, fire up a big old stogie, and join the herf at Blowin' Smoke #167! 

3hr 7mins

28 Oct 2012

Rank #13

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Blowin' Smoke #166 : Montecristo Epic Robusto

Everyone needs a hobby, and nobody knows that more than the Cretins, as evidenced by Blowin' Smoke #166!  With a new Cigar of the Day smoldering, and penalty flags flying, the Cretins took on the important issues of the day once again including cigar brands and names versus expectations, black market procreation, workplace uniforms, yo-yo balls, guys faking it, and more. Plus, a new installment of What the Chicks Are Reading from old sources, and a Pirates fan's 5 Things.  So, fire up a fine cigar of your own, ask your significant other about yo-yo balls, and join us for the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #166! 

2hr 47mins

14 Oct 2012

Rank #14

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Blowin' Smoke #165 : Cuenca y Blanco Lonsdale Club

With fall in the air, and pumpkin beer in the fridge, it's the perfect time for Blowin' Smoke #165!  The Cretins gathered in the famed Havana Room to take on a new Cigar of the Day and tackle the big issues of the day like the coming "aporkalypse" ...worldwide bacon crisis, how to deal with idiot boys who are messing with your daughter, nuclear beer, paying for college through sperm/egg donation and sugar daddies, the "science" of male attraction to breasts, and housework vs divorce rates.  @HumidorMuse turned us on to a drink called "Dark & Stormy" and made us happy happy. Plus, another round of what the chicks are reading, a new 5 Things and much more.  So, get your own damn Dark & Stormy, spark up a nice handmade, and join the herf right here on Blowin' Smoke #165! 

2hr 31mins

30 Sep 2012

Rank #15

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Blowin' Smoke #164 : Oliva Serie V Melanio

Call the neighbors, and hide yo wives...it's Blowin' Smoke #164!  Armed with a brand new Cigar of the Day, El Freako snuck in a sample before the show and was anxious for the Council of Cretins to spark one up too. Joining them in the Havana Room was @HumidorMuse and he was happy to handle 5 Things duties for the day.  We also talked to Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars about the recent trade show and what's happening in 262 land these days. Ripped from the headlines of the latest Cosmo, Cretin Kevin schooled us further on what the chicks are reading. Plus, listener emails, Octomom meets iTunes, branding ice cream and adult films, when being a nudist isn't, a big happy birthday wish for The GirlWonder, and lots more.  So, have some cake and herf it too...with Blowin' Smoke #164! 

2hr 20mins

10 Sep 2012

Rank #16

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Blowin' Smoke #163 : Rocky Patel Burn Toro

And somebody said thou shalt herf on the Sabbath. And so it was...Blowin' Smoke #163!  A beautiful day for a herf, and the Cretins were ready for some low impact thinking with fine cigars and good friends. We say 'goodbye,' sort of, to one of our own, talk about trying some of the new cigars post trade show, and talk with some listeners as they head home from the second annual Chattanooga Tweet-Up.  Plus, some opinion on the Lance Armstrong doping thing, and Twitter feedback on vanity license plates, Snooki spawn, new anti-depressants for women, and landscaping the nether regions. Also, a new 5 Things and what the chicks are reading.  So, do some touching up down there, grab a fine cigar, and join the herf. It's Blowin' Smoke #163! 

2hr 37mins

27 Aug 2012

Rank #17

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Blowin' Smoke #162 : Alec Bradley American Blend Sungrown Toro

Bringing a little class to the Havana Room...we hope, it's Blowin' Smoke #162!  Joining the Council of Cretins, and fresh back from IPCPR, the industry trade show, was the lovely and classy Mame Kendall, proprietor of Smoke Cigar Shop & Lounge in suburban Pittsburgh. She shared her story of becoming a cigar shop owner, her thoughts on the trade show, and chimed right in on the usual diversions of the Havana Room herfs.  We also talked to Tom Person of Commonwealth Cedar Spills about his first time at the trade show as a vendor. Plus, we herfed a new Cigar of the Day, checked out listener email, delivered a new report on what the chicks are reading, and coaxed Mame into authoring a new 5 Things. Great stuff!  So, fire up a favorite cigar, pour a tall one and click play for Blowin' Smoke #162! 

2hr 45mins

12 Aug 2012

Rank #18

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Blowin' Smoke #161 : Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro

Just lettin' it all hang out in the Havana Room, it's Blowin' Smoke #161!  Pre-gaming and pontificating the 2012 IPCPR trade show, the Cretins were excited to get a jump on a brand new cigar set to debut there...the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro from J.C. Newman Cigars. Will it outshine its older brother, or be the redheaded stepchild? You be the judge.  The Cretins also welcomed calls from Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars and Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars to talk about the trade show, the games in London, and what they have in the pipeline for us cigar consumers. Plus, along with What The Chicks Are Reading, and a new 5 Things, we talked about marrying livestock, "man aisles" at the supermarket, and the sex lives of the big fat fatties. Hold on to your yab-yums.  So, grab your javelin, a big cigar and go for the aluminum with Blowin' Smoke #161 

2hr 57mins

29 Jul 2012

Rank #19

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Blowin' Smoke #160 : C&C Corojo Toro

What do you get when you combine the Cretins with a prominent boutique cigar brand owner, a peer lesson in human anatomy, the promise of grilled meat, alcohol, and a supply of cigars? Why, you get Blowin' Smoke #160, of course!  George Rodriguez of Rodrigo Cigars joined the Cretins for a new Cigar of the Day review, and filled us in on what's happening with Rodrigo Cigars. George also took on 5 Things duties for us too. Plus, our veteran intrepid reporter, Kevin, returned after a brief sabbatical with another installment of "What the Chicks Are Reading." We also welcomed back one of the original Cretins for a rare appearance, and talked about deep fried fair food, a study of European gentleman sausages, doing it without really doing it, and much more. (Geez. We wonder if George will be back?)  So, grab a Rodrigo, or any fine handmade cigar, and join the herf right here on Blowin' Smoke #160! 

2hr 45mins

15 Jul 2012

Rank #20