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An Interview With Dr. Jon Kowalski

Doctor Jon is a good friend of ours, and a guest on several upcoming episodes, so I sat down with him for an interview to get his perspective on a number of cigar and bourbon related topics. We’ll begin to have more of these upcoming interviews in the future, especially with people like you who...

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Cigars of the Year, a Photo Essay

As May approaches the horizon, I wanted to take a look at the more memorable smokes of this year. It’s been an exciting 2019, and we’ve found some excellent new sticks at Stogies and Mash. Getting out to events, tasting and lighting up new cigars, it’s part of our passion for the gentleman’s vice. 2019...

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World of Whiskies at Binny’s

Stogies and Mash had an opportunity to attend the World of Whiskies at Binny’s in March. A premier event for lovers of all things whiskey, whisky, and bourbon, World of Whiskies is hosted every year the night before WhiskyFest in Chicago. With all of those liquor companies in town for WhiskyFest, the community gathers each...

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The Big Smoke 2019

A few months back Tianhuai Dai, a frequent guest of the show, and I made our way to Las Vegas. There, we attended the annual Big Smoke put on by Cigar Aficionado every November. It was a blast; three days jam-packed with excitement and fun at the nation’s largest retail cigar show. It was two...

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Mash Bill Breakdown – Lifeblood of Bourbon

Let’s clear the air: the difference between bourbon, scotch, and rye isn’t just about where they’re made. Though Kentucky is famous for bourbon and Scotland is king of scotch, the biggest difference lies in the mash bill and what the distiller does once it's out of the vat.

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The Yogi Berra Rule: How To Hold Your Cigar

In the world of cigar enthusiasts, the "Yogi Berra rule" teaches us all how to hold a cigar, and provides the best reason to remove the cigar band.

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