80 episodes

A podcast for new cigar enthusiasts and cigar aficionados.

Simply Stogies James Giehm

    • Leisure
    • 4.4 • 21 Ratings

A podcast for new cigar enthusiasts and cigar aficionados.

    Episode 80: Patina Cigars’ Mo Maali

    Episode 80: Patina Cigars’ Mo Maali

    I sit down with Mo Maali, the man behind Patina Cigars. We talk about the behind-the-scenes of running a cigar company. Mo opens up about lanceros, limited edition, and tobacco availability. We discuss how he gets into new shops and how he knows if a shop is the right fit. We talk about the economy, his podcast (Sultans of Smoke), and of course Patina Cigars!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 79: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuban Cigars

    Episode 79: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuban Cigars

    Nick Syris, owner of LH Cigars, joins me for the next installment of the sub-series this year, while we look at the history of Cuban cigars. We start from when they believe the tobacco plant arrived on the island and go all the way to present day Cuba. Of course, we stop a little along the way to discuss modern issues: the FDA, marketing, censorship, and why cigar reviewers breakdown their reviews by thirds. As always, Nick is a wealth of information. Do not miss this look at the history of Cuban Cigars.

     

    You can follow Nick on Instagram, and Twitter.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 78: The Cuban Sub-Series: Cuba Now

    Episode 78: The Cuban Sub-Series: Cuba Now

    James welcomes back co-host Nick Syris, a Master Blender and Cuban expert, to discuss his latest trip to Cuba. Is Cuba ready for tourism as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down? Nick talks about what he saw as he visited the island nation in April of 2022. From the changes in currency to the amount of inflation Cuba is now seeing, it does not bode well for those looking to travel to Cuba anytime soon. Nick discusses the ongoing exodus from Cuba and where they are all going, as well as how that won't affect Cuban cigar production. It's a very fresh look at a nation in the middle of a perfect storm of crippling inflation and effects of a 2yrs pandemic. 

     

    You can contact Nick Syris on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 77: The Cuban Sub-Series: The Cuban People

    Episode 77: The Cuban Sub-Series: The Cuban People

    I welcome back to the show Nick Syris of LH Cigars. We return to our sub-series on Cuba and discuss the Cuban people. Nick explains their daily lives, what they go through, how they live, and how they work to steal. We talk about their views and general attitudes towards Americans, racism, and the impact of a Communist run economy that sees 77% inflation. It's an eye-opening look at a proud people.

     

    You can contact Nick Syris on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 76: Nick Hammond: A Chat with an Epicure

    Episode 76: Nick Hammond: A Chat with an Epicure

    I am joined via Zoom by journalist, author, podcaster, and cigar aficionado Nick Hammond. Nick is the author of Around the World in 80 Cigars: The Travels of an Epicure. Nick and I discuss how the book came about before diving into some of the great stories found in the book. From his travels to Tunisia, Bosnia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and a safari in Africa Nick seamlessly weaves tales of his travels while bringing it all back to his love of cigars. Nick tells of his love affair with different countries around the world and how cigars have played into those experiences. I even put Nick on the spot to find out if he's a Star Wars fan. This was one of the most fun and informative interviews that I've done, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. Go and buy his book; I promise you won't be disappointed.


     


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 75: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuba Pt. 2

    Episode 75: The Cuban Sub-Series: The History of Cuba Pt. 2

    This episode is a continuation of Episode 73, where Nick Syris (owner of LH Cigars and Cuban cigar expert) continue our discussion of the history of Cuba. We begin with the infamous Fidel Castro coming to power and how that changed things for the Cuban people and the geopolitical landscape. We discuss how the Russians helped prop up Cuba and talk about China now propping up the Communist regime in Cuba.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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.

n0tja_iPhone ,

Fantastic Listen

Big fan of the show! A show that keeps things simple and all about cigars and the cigar life. You won’t be disappointed.

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