166 episodes

A podcast for cigar enthusiasts and cigar aficionados. Interviews with blenders, principles, owners, and others in and around the cigar industry. From the PCA Trade Show to local B&Ms and regional events, we cover it all. Join James and Nick Syris (owner of LH Cigars) on the 1st and 15th of every month.

Simply Stogies James Giehm

    • Leisure
    • 4.3 • 27 Ratings

A podcast for cigar enthusiasts and cigar aficionados. Interviews with blenders, principles, owners, and others in and around the cigar industry. From the PCA Trade Show to local B&Ms and regional events, we cover it all. Join James and Nick Syris (owner of LH Cigars) on the 1st and 15th of every month.

    Episode 132: Al & Amanda Micallef of Micallef Cigars

    Episode 132: Al & Amanda Micallef of Micallef Cigars

    James and Nick sit down for an in-depth discussion about business and entrepreneurship with Al Micallef, founder of Micallef Cigars, and his daughter and head of marketing, Amanda Micallef. The conversation begins with Al discussing how he had an interest in business from a young age and how he parlayed that into where he is now. We find out that Amanda started as a producer in Hollywood, and has her own IMDB page. The four of also discuss working with family, how Dan Thompson (President of Micallef Cigars) joined the team and how he navigates differences of opinions between Al and Amanda, as well as women in the cigar industry and their importance of growing the consumer base and the industry. We talk cigar pricing and the "Micallef Affect." It was a great conversation. You can talk with Al, Amanda, and more of their team at their Micallef Socials later this year (you can find one nearest you on Eventbrite).

    • 1 hr 17 min
    34 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    34 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    Tim brings James and Nick back to the studio to talk about the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with Miguel Schodel with Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars. We notice there are no screaming children in the background while we  appreciate the hard work  and dedication that goes into leading a team to success. Nick tells us how boutique cigars are still a vital part of the industry and we discuss how information at our finger tips can hurt and help the industry.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 131: Miguel Schoedel of Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars

    Episode 131: Miguel Schoedel of Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars

    This episode we have a great conversation with Crowned Heads and OZ Family Cigars' National Sales Manager, Miguel Schoedel. Miguel walks us through his history in the cigar industry: from his early interest in tobacco and agriculture, to his time with CAO, and ultimately to where he is today. Miguel discusses informed cigar consumers and how they have made the industry better and more competitive. We also talk about how technology has impacted the business through consumers, as well as the pros and cons of boutique and mainstream cigar makers. Miguel talks in-house sales reps, being the leader you want to see, and he gives us his predictions for the cigar industry.
    This episode is brought to you by Valacari Cigars and Small Batch Cigar.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    33 Clear The Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    33 Clear The Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    How hard is it to run a good cigar of the month club? Tim brings James and Nick back to the microphones to discuss the this and much more about the latest episode of the Simply Stogies Podcast with guest Ben Rotem and Luxury Cigar Club. Enjoy this conversation while saving 15% at luxury cigar clubs website. Use coupon code "SIMPLE" at checkout for 15% off anything except subscriptions at luxurycigarclub.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 130: Ben Rotem of Luxury Cigar Club

    Episode 130: Ben Rotem of Luxury Cigar Club

    James and Nick sit down with Ben Rotem, one of the founders and owners of Luxury Cigar Club. If you're not familiar with luxurycigarclub.com now, you will be after this episode. Luxury Cigar Club is more than just a "cigar of the month" club. They have a large online inventory of cigars, accessories, and humidors for the discerning cigar enthusiast. They boast a discord server that connects their customers to both manufacturers and themselves. Ben talks how they started, their ideas, their focus on customers service, and their new B&M outside of Reno, NV that's a Room 101 branded cigar lounge. Ben then gives our audience a SIMPLE coupon code to save some dough on your next purchase.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    32 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    32 Clear the Air: A Simply Stogies After Show

    In this episode we dig behind the scenes of the latest episode of Simply Stogies Podcast with guest Lou Cross, brand owner of Lure Cigars. We have been hearing the hype behind this new brand, and we're on board for the ride as we talk personality and story behind a brand.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Bryan B77 ,

Love the show

Always informative as well as being funny. The recent episode with Dr. Oscar Rodriquez was great,

Jfiatoa ,

Never miss an episode!

James knows exactly what the everyday cigar smoker is looking for when it comes to a cigar podcast. Every show is a must listen to!

Lpgggr ,

Basically a 30 min advertisement

30 mins of advertisement, 5 mins of subpar content. Don’t waste your time.

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