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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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Apr 3

Crux Cigars Launches New Blends

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Informational

Crux Logo Panel_72 RGBTWO VIXENS AND A LITTLE PRICK WANT TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE.
April 4, 2014 (Maple Grove, MN) — More than two decades of successfully selling cigars at retail teaches a person a few things. Hype doesn’t sell. A bad smoke fails immediately (as it should). Excellent quality wins friends who tell more friends. A community grows. Life is good.

Meet Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of Crux Cigar Company, who have expanded beyond retail to production. In April 2014, Crux Cigar Company is releasing three different blends in two different vitolas after more than three years in development. Three more blends follow in May.

Get friendly with Ninfamaniac, Ninfamaniac Dark and the Skeeterz. Say good-bye to boring. The new best friends are hand-crafted at the Plasencia S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. (more…)

Apr 3

CO Live With Iconic Leaf Tonight at 9pm EST

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

20130815icrdr0002Don’t forget to mark your calendars for another huge CO live show! Tonight features the crew from Iconic Leaf! Have your questions ready, this should be a really fun show, they said they specifically want to play with some pairings, so I have a great selection on deck :) Of course some awesome giveaway prizes are going to go out too…but you have to tune in to win! To make the process easier and more fair I’ll be running it with a slight change. This time I’m trying a different number guessing game…

Click the link below when it’s time and get in on chat with your questions! You must be on a desktop or laptop to use chat, Google doesn’t have it working with mobile yet. All contestants must be of legal smoking age and have a US mailing address.

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Apr 3

CigarsForWarriors CO Troops Donation Drive Handoff

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

Untitled-1Thank you once again to everyone that participated – viewers and companies! We doubled the stash for CfW lol! They now have a lot of work ahead of them, since everything needs to be detailed, photographed and inventoried before it can be used (damn government paperwork!). For some reason I thought they were about 30 min up the road – nope, more like 1:30. But it was still worth the drive :) The CfW guys can be reached here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cigarsforwarriors/ (more…)

Apr 2

Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

Saint Luis Rey Gen2 Toro Cigar Review

This 6×54 stick features a dark brown oily satin finished wrapper with a paper bag texture, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, large double cap, slightly spongy even pack and very pungent barnyard aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Apr 1

Cigar Oasis Goodies

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4497Cool news! I will be reviewing and testing the entire Cigar Oasis line of products over the next couple months, in addition to producing some product promo videos for the company. That’s cool for me, but cool for YOU is I’ll be giving a bunch of it away to you as prizes for contests! :)

Apr 1

CigarObsession Cigar Lottery 20 Update 1

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4487Once again, Cigars Direct is generously sponsoring this round! Please show them some love in welcoming them to the contest! In addition to the 150 cigars the winner this time shall receive a gorgeous 100+ count unit from them – help me support them, they support you!

If you are new, watch the video to see what you could win, and keep reading to see the rules and tips! (more…)

Apr 1

CO Troops Donation Drive Final Tally

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4489BOOM! That’s the sound of 2,454 cigars going out to our troops! Here’s the final update and rundown – I’ll film the handoff when I coordinate with the CigarsForWarriors.org guys ASAP! Thanks again everyone, you blew the original 500 goal OFF THE PLANET! (more…)

Mar 31

Congratulations Contest Winners!

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 in World of CO

ipw0021With the close of the Ashtray contest we have two winners! First congrats to Kevin H. winner of the 2nd prize, a sampler from me! And congrats to Roland for his mad Ukulele skillz (shown below), taking home the 1st place prize, the Ashton ashtray! (more…)

Mar 31

Another Blatant Thief

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 in World of CO

A viewer (THANK YOU to all that look out for me and the site by sending in these @$%$!@!) just alerted me to yet another #$@!$ ripping off the CigarObsession name! This is now the 2nd that I’m aware of trying to do so. Joke’s going to be on him soon as my US Trademark is just about done. I’m done playing nice, I’m going after these guys hard from now on, legally.

This one thinks stealing my name but adding ‘not affiliated’ in the text makes him safe. NOPE. To all the manufacturers that have been scammed by him and have sent in cigars – I APOLOGIZE!

I am NOT working with ANYONE else with regards to the site and NEVER will. NO ONE but me personally using the CigarObsesion name or likeness will EVER be legit! So cigarobsession@hotmail.com / http://statigr.am/cigarobsession good luck in the future, you’re in for a bumpy ride, buddy!

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EDIT: LOL Thieves are SO predictable! Matt Meldrum (the guy) just emailed me back with: “I switched the name before you sent this”. #1, no he didn’t (see the above screenshot), and #2 it gets even better, now he’s ripping off StogieReview.com LOL!! http://statigr.am/stogiereviews (see below screenshot). Your turn Jerry ;) And of course he’s still using the cigarobsession email address (which will be turned over soon). I also love how they try and play the good guy. The uninformed may buy the lines of BS but when you know the WHOLE story to these kinds of things, it’s plain as day what really happens.

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Mar 31

1502 Black Gold Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

1502 Black Gold Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 box pressed stick features a very dark brown almost black wrapper with a firm even pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap, an oily very toothy feel and faint tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Mar 29

Punch 2014 Rare Corojo Salomones Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

Punch 2014 Rare Corojo Salomones Cigar Review

This 7.25×57 stick features a unique shape, firm even pack, dark brown mottled wrapper with an oily butter soft feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams and faint sweet earthy aroma. First light reveals (more…)