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Kip & Craig

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A cuban classic. Thought of to be a “beginner” Cuban cigar by some, I always smoked them and wondered how amazing the other cigars were if this was for a beginner. The post Episode 199: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure 2 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Dec 2019

45 min

After no shortage of technological fiascos and forays into new territory, we’re about to get all caught up. The next few episodes to publish are very late, but finally are arriving… The post Episode 198: El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme appeared first on Half Ashed.

Nov 2019

75 min

After no shortage of technological fiascos and forays into new territory, we're about to get all caught up.  The next few episodes to publish are very late, but finally are arriving.. The post Episode 197: Pipe Night 4 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Nov 2019

88 min

Tonight is a night of dueling Hirochi's. We're each smoking a different expression from the HR folks....let's see how they compare. The post Episode 196: Hirochi Robaina appeared first on Half Ashed.

Aug 2019

96 min

Roughly a 5”x44rg heavily box pressed cigar with a beautiful even colorado wrapper. Smooth veins and an even overall texture make this an absolutely gorgeous cigar with near perfect appearing construction. The post Episode 195: Unbanded 039 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Aug 2019

90 min

Tonight, we'd planned something different but for reasons outside our control we opted to go with a Host's Choice night, wherein we select something to share and chat about.... The post Episode 194: Host’s Choice appeared first on Half Ashed.

May 2019

90 min

This smoke is a legendary offering from Pete Johnson. Initially released in 2008 to commemorate a peso cigar smoked on a trip to cuba, they are said to be rustic, bold and a fashioned after a cuban cigar that is completely opposite that available for retail sale on the island. The post Episode 193: Tatuaje Black Petit Lancero appeared first on Half Ashed.

May 2019

71 min

Unbanded - 4-⅜”x50 by direct measurement. “Washed out”, matte brown wrapper. Very little cap. A completely different “tobacco” aroma; I can tell it’s tobacco but it doesn’t smell like cigar. Almost aromatic or cured despite being faint. A very cool definition of wrapper, binder and filler leaf from the foot. The post Episode 192: Unbanded from Dan C appeared first on Half Ashed.

May 2019

61 min

Forum member AKPreacher supplied this episode's featured cigar, the Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage The post Episode 191: Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2019

77 min

Precious little detail as always on our Unbandeds. This one is roughly 4-¾”x(34/47; somewhat pressed ) and has a true to life pig tail The post Episode 190: Unbanded MF 2 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2019

102 min

Tonight we’re smoking the Sungrown version of the Redemption line out of El Titan de Bronze in Miami. Let’s see how it goes…. The post Episode 189: El Titan de Bronze appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2019

86 min

Tonight we're smoking the incredibly well constructed, beautifully presented My Father LE 2010. Tune in to see how it goes... The post Episode 188: My Father LE 2010 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2019

126 min

The Asylum Ogre 7” x 70, a behemoth of a cigar featuring a Habano/Candela (Nicaragua) barber pole wrap over Nicaraguan components. The post Episode 187: Asylum Ogre 7×70 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2019

110 min

This week we're smoking Unbanded 036 submitted by zedman.  I have to apologize for the fact that my audio was atrocious due to some unforeseen technical troubles.  Hopefully that will not persist, nor be too annoying for you.  The post Half Ashed 186: Unbanded 036 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Nov 2018

92 min

Mi Querida literally translates as “my dearest”, however it is a rather provocative word within Nicaragua used to expressly describe your secret mistress. While this may sound like an oxymoron, it is not. It is not uncommon The post Half Ashed 185: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2018

78 min

The Tatuaje Brown label as a cornerstone of the industry post 2003. These cigars are one of the best examples of “New School” Nicaraguan blending style. The post Half Ashed 184: Tatuaje Brown Label appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2018

118 min

We revisit the pipe again, in Part 3 of our Pipe Night Series. Join us to talk pipes, tobacco, and useful tips for getting full enjoyment from your pipe.  The post Half Ashed 183: Pipe Night Part Tres appeared first on Half Ashed.

Sep 2018

113 min

The LFD Air Bender Maduro is a 6-½”x54 is behemoth with Dominican internals and a Brazilian Habano wrapper. Its aroma is unique in a spicy sort of... The post Half Ashed 182: LFD Air Bender Maduro appeared first on Half Ashed.

Sep 2018

89 min

Unbanded 036 is 5" x 50 with moderate, even brown coloring. The cold draw is dusty, and there is very little aroma on wrapper or foot. Thanks to Michael F.! The post Half Ashed 181: Unbanded 035 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Aug 2018

111 min

Tonight's cigar, the Caminos TMM comes out of the same small, publicly unnamed “Top Secret Nest” factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic as we've discussed before. The post Half Ashed 180: Caminos TMM Robusto appeared first on Half Ashed.

Aug 2018

95 min

Tonight is the long overdue 2nd installment of Pipe Night here on Half Ashed.  We ended up doing a pretty free-form, rambling, 2-hour show as we're prone to do.  We covered a number of basic topics related to pipe smoking, some of which are listed in the description. Join us! The post Half Ashed 179: Pipe Night part dos appeared first on Half Ashed.

May 2018

121 min

Unbanded 034 (J2) from JLedou. Tonight's Unbanded is a robusto, coming in at 5”x50 with an evenly colored, dark brown wrapper. The wrapper is actually very oily, although this is disguised by the tooth. The cold draw is sweet, with an aroma much like seasoned hay. All seems delightful pre-light for me (Kip)….let’s see how it fires up. The post Half Ashed 178: Unbanded 034 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Apr 2018

119 min

The Southern Draw Quickdraw PA with a Pennsylvania wrapper (also available with EC Dark Habano or EC CT). The binder is Nicaraguan, and filler composed of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. We are smoking the Short Panatela, coming in at 5.5” x 40 - but the blend is also available as a 4.5” x 44 petit corona. The post Half Ashed 177: Southern Draw Quickdraw PA appeared first on Half Ashed.

Apr 2018

76 min

El Rey del Mundo Grandes de España Craig – El Rey del Mundo Grandes de Espana. The cigar that is a Lancero’s more suave brother. 38 x 7-⅝” naturally box pressed. This cigar is 21 […] The post Half Ashed 176: El Rey del Mundo Grandes de España appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2018

90 min

Tonight’s cigar, Unbanded 033, is draped in a dark”ish” wrapper (mid-tone brown with some much darker mottling) and a sweet but cedary aroma from the foot.  It is 5” x 50 by my measure, with moderate veining and a wrapper that looks dry but *feels* oily and supple.  Let's see how badly we can be fooled, shall we? The post Half Ashed 175: Unbanded 033 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2018

113 min

Ezra Zion All My Ex’s Maduro Kip – The All My Ex’s maduro made its appearance in April 2016 as a followup to the original released blend. The Ezra Zion guys generously gave us these […] The post Episode 174: Ezra Zion All My Ex’s Maduro appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2018

104 min

The EP Carrillo 2011 Dark Rituals Edicion Limitada is a cigar with a special place in my heart. It’s not the best cigar in the world, it’s not my favorite size but it is the only cigar I’ve ever received for building someone a house The post Episode 173: EP Carrillo 2011 Dark Rituals appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2018

124 min

Tonight, we're smoking the La Tradicion Cubana Reserva Familiar, from our old friend Luis Sanchez down in Little Havana. We haven't had any of Luis' cigars on the show in a very long time. Let's see how they're smoking these days... The post Half Ashed 172: La Tradicion Cubana Reserva Familiar appeared first on Half Ashed.

Jan 2018

76 min

Join us in smoking an old favorite of ours - the EP Carrillo Edicion Inaugural from 2009. Tune in to see if this flavorful but gentle cigar has remained so in the days since our last sampling... The post Half Ashed 171: EP Carrillo Edicion Inaugural appeared first on Half Ashed.

Jan 2018

113 min

Crowned Heads Mason Dixon Project - North. Join us as we revisit a favored cigar from the past. How are they holding up? The post Episode 170: Crowned Heads Mason Dixon appeared first on Half Ashed.

Dec 2017

118 min

Unbanded cigars. This week, we're smoking another - Number 032, to be exact. Tune in to see if we can yet again humiliate ourselves in various and sundry ways. The post Episode 169: Unbanded 032 from J. Ledou appeared first on Half Ashed.

Dec 2017

106 min

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor “Magnifico” - 6”X52; A cigar we've talked about at various times over the years, these run about $7.50 for singles in Tampa, and $6.75/ea by the box.  San Andres Mexican wrapper grown from Cuban seed with Nicaraguan fillers & binder. The post Episode 168: La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor appeared first on Half Ashed.

Dec 2017

104 min

Tonight, we're revisiting a line of cigars we've both enjoyed for several years now...the RoMaCraft Aquitaine. We're smoking the Aquitaine in the Anthropology (corona gorda) vitola. Join us to see how it goes! The post Episodes 167: RoMaCraft Aquitaine Anthropology appeared first on Half Ashed.

Dec 2017

125 min

Not much to go on preliminarily for tonight's Unbanded cigar.  It’s a darkly complected robusto with dry-ish wrapper and little aroma...lightweight in the hand, but seemingly well constructed before clipping. The post Episode 166: Unbanded 031 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2017

100 min

Anejados! The proverbial “Found in a warehouse” aging story come to life! The post Episode 165: Hoyo de Monterrey Añejado appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2017

99 min

I received these Psyko 7 Maduro samples from Ventura around the time I moved to the Dominican Republic. How are they smoking these days? Let's find out... The post Episode 164: Psyko 7 Maduro appeared first on Half Ashed.

Jul 2017

118 min

Join us for Half Ashed Episode 163, featuring the Cohiba Magico Maduro. I'm a bit late posting this episode, but we're timeless :) The post Episode 163: Cohiba Magico Maduro appeared first on Half Ashed.

Jul 2017

119 min

Willy Herrera’s first blend for the Drew Estate lineup outside his Herrera Estelí marca, the Drew Estate Undercrown Shade features an Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper over Sumatran binder and Dominican/Nicaraguan filler mix. Tonight, we’re smoking the 6” x 52 toro, which retails somewhere around the $8.50 mark...let’s see how it goes! The post Episode 162: Drew Estate Undercrown Shade appeared first on Half Ashed.

May 2017

87 min

Tonight's Unbanded is a corona gorda with a lovely dark wrapper. There’s not a great deal of relief to wrapper, which is almost oil-free to the touch. Provided by Kevin H. The post Episode 161: Unbanded 030 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Apr 2017

120 min

The 7"x38 Jas Sum Kral Red Knight makes a perfect addition to your art gallery or humidor. A lovely pigtail cap atop a flawless Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and The post Episode 160: Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero appeared first on Half Ashed.

Mar 2017

106 min

Tonight, we’re smoking the 5” x 50 Asylum Nyctophilia, one of the 2015 TAA exclusives. They were marketed in limited supply at around the $8 mark, and featured a dark San Andres wrapper over Nicaraguan internal components The post Episode 159: Asylum Nyctophilia appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2017

119 min

The Georgetown Tobacco Caucus is only available at Georgetown Tobacco, and was blended in 2009 when David Berkebile visited Rocky Patel's factory in Danli, Honduras. The post Episode 158: Georgetown Tobacco Caucus appeared first on Half Ashed.

Feb 2017

126 min

The La Flor Dominicana TAA 47th is our Cigar of the Week for Episode 157. Tune in for our regular silliness and cigar talk. The post Episode 157: La Flor Dominicana TAA 47 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Jan 2017

123 min

Tonight, we have an Unbanded from Dan C. and special guest Zedman, who is here to talk about his recent Cuban travel. Join us for interesting conversation & a chance to humiliate ourselves... The post Episode 156: Cuban Travel with Zedman and Unbanded appeared first on Half Ashed.

Nov 2016

134 min

The Tatuaje Face, 6-½”x56 by direct measurement, was the 2010 Monster release, #3 in the series. One of Pete’s first uses of the San Andres wrapper, this cigar takes a left turn from the then typical tobaccos being used in the Esteli MF factory The post Episode 155: Tatuaje Face – Original appeared first on Half Ashed.

Nov 2016

95 min

Tonight we’re smoking the 2015 Angel’s Anvil from Crowned Heads - the 2nd in the TAA-limited series. The 2015 edition came in the form of a 6” x 52 toro The post Half Ashed Episode 154: 2015 Angel’s Anvil appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2016

96 min

With the Cohiba Behike, Cuba did something the industry had never seen: It figured out how to utilize a segment of the tobacco plant never used in a cigar The post Half Ashed Episode 153: Cohiba Behike 56 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2016

104 min

2014 Angel's Anvil by Crowned Heads One of the limited TAA releases for 2014, the Angel’s Anvil from Crowned Heads is a 7-⅛” x 49 churchill that features an The post Half Ashed Episode 152: 2014 Angel’s Anvil appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2016

114 min

Tonight, we're smoking another Unbanded from the generous Kevin H. ....thanks, Kevin! Stop by for our normal chatter.... The post Half Ashed Episode 151: Unbanded 028 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Oct 2016

113 min

Montecristo cigars little known claim to fame is that they were the first cigar ever blended to focus on a core of flavors besides the typical tobacco & spice flavors The post Half Ashed Episode 150: Montecristo No 2 appeared first on Half Ashed.

Sep 2016

104 min

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