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Apr 17

CO Live Tonight 9pm EST With Felix Assouline Cigars

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in World of CO

co_shirtDon’t forget, tonight is the next CO Live featuring Felix, of Felix Assouline Cigars! Have your questions ready and prepare for another fun show where we play with drink pairings, talk about a special new release and have giveaways. This time I’m trying a new system rather than the guessing or number systems. Tonight I’m trying a Secret Word. When you hear either of us say “octopus”, the first person to comment with it wins! Entrants must have a US mailing address and be of legal smoking age. You can watch the show from anywhere but to use the live chat you must be on a desktop or laptop, mobile devices are not yet supported. (more…)

Apr 17

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 8

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 8! The afternoon was spent at the Joya de Nicaragua factory where we heard a very long presentation on the history of the company, history of the country, political scenes, etc. Joya is VERY proud of their heritage. Comment below if you ever thought they were just a line of Drew Estate, I’m curious… (more…)

Apr 16

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 7

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 7! Green acres is the place to be…farm living is the life for…not me! Of course we hit the record week for heat in Esteli. It’s bad when you go out in to the blazing sun to cool off. Some of these buildings and rooms are just plain brutal for fat gringos like me. The things I do for you guys… (more…)

Apr 15

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 6

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 6 – my favorite one! More touring of the DE facilities and our blending session! This was really cool and I didn’t realize how cool until 1/2 way through it. Basically we had a big spec sheet and also lots of sample leaf on hand to smell, feel and smoke, to create our best shot. I think everyone came away hopeful, and the end result would be presented to us later on to take home. (more…)

Apr 14

CO Milestone Contest For Custom Sampler and Drew Estate Stickers

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 in World of CO

20140408untitled0005-EditWe just hit a couple new milestones and that makes me happy, so I’m sharing my excitement with you guys!

CO is now over 5.5 Million video views and averaging over 1,000 new subscribers per month!

So what can you win? a full compliment of Drew Estate stickers plus a custom 5 pack sampler from me! Use the app below to enter. Open to US mailing addresses and those of legal smoking age in their state.

Comment below with how and when you first found CO to qualify.

Good luck! (more…)

Apr 14

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 5

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 5! This time we go more in depth to the heart of the Drew Estate facilities. Some things are still secret, but I snuck in anyway…just kidding JD ;) or am I… (more…)

Apr 13

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 4

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 4! One thing you’ll notice in a lot of the clips is a hum, hiss or just lots of noise – this isn’t the mic or camera. Many of the spots are simply noisy with machinery, fans, humidifiers, etc. (more…)

Apr 12

Joya de Nicaragua Contest

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in World of CO

20140408untitled0021-EditI want to throw JdN a bone and get them some good real-world feedback. This contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address and of legal age in their state. It’s for a custom sampler from me and open for just a few days, until the video featuring the JdN factory airs. All that’s required is your honest first reaction feedback. There are no right or wrong answers.

I want you to comment below with answers to these simple questions:

1. What first comes to mind when you think of JdN as far as who they are?
2. What do you think is the brand relation to Drew Estate?
3. If you are aware of any, what brands come to mind that they most are competing with?
4. How would you briefly characterize the JdN brand image right now?
5. Do you have any thoughts on how they can better market themselves to you?

That’s it! Use the app below to enter and score extra entries if you wish. Good luck! (more…)

Apr 12

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 3

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 3 starts the 2nd day there from breakfast to the first tour…enjoy! (more…)

Apr 11

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 2

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 in World of CO

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I won’t be writing much of anything about the trip past the wrap-up post. Other sites that were there will be doing a FAR better job at that! So without further blah blah blah here’s part 2! (more…)

Apr 10

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 1

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4548OK I decided to stay up a bit while I unpack, unwind, take a needed shower…drink good water…and edit a little bit, get you guys something to chew on right away! Looks like even Day videos would be WAY too long so I’m just going to chop it up in manageable chunks and it’ll be 1 through….I don’t know, a lot. So here’s Part one – and I meant I’m taking you guys along lol (more…)

Apr 4

CO Fans Group Contest – WON!

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 in World of CO

I have an impromptu contest going in the Fan Forum…for Padrons…just sayin…

The contest was to figure out how I shot this pic:
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Apr 3

Taxes – UG!

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4506Well it’s that time of year we all hate! I’m finally getting through my mountains of paperwork. Between mine, the wife’s, the photography biz and CO I’m inching closer to hiring an accountant each year. But luckily I’m good at it and keep a crap load of records all year so it works ok so far with the help of Quickbooks. But what’s interesting, in a WHOA kinda way is setting a new shipping expense record of $946 last year for CO. That’s 35% above 2012 which I already thought was a lot! The wife doesn’t grasp the concept of taxes at all and just says ‘but it’s a write-off so it’s free!’ I hope everyone else is having a fun season lol :)

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