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Counterfeit Cuban cigars

Counterfeit Cuban cigars

Counterfeit Cuban cigars. There are many stories out there about counterfeit or fake Cuban cigars. There are articles in magazines and blogs on how to recognize them. Two years ago, Ministry of Cigars wrote an article to beware of counterfeit Cubans. There’s also an...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show. Philip & Ferdy sit down with agricultural engineer, author, and cigar manufacturer Didier V Houvenagel from DH Cigars. The lads chat about cigars, aging of tobacco leaves, and rolled cigars. All the while smoking an...

Phuck cancer charity

Phuck cancer charity

Phuck cancer charity. Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising...

Industry legend Alejandro Robaina

Industry legend Alejandro Robaina

Industry legend Alejandro Robaina. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 28: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 28: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show. Philip & Ferdy met up with their friend Joseph. Joseph is an alcohol distributor and brought a bottle of Bumbu rum. Bumbu is a rum from Barbados. Joseph brought the Bumbu XO in the black bottle. The Bumbu XO is aged...

The big lighter debate

The big lighter debate

The big lighter debate. When you are active on social media, and specifically in cigar Facebook groups you will see a discussion on lighters sooner or later. There will be snobs talking bad about simple soft-flame lighters such as Djeep and Bic. Snobs saying that true...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 27: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 27: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show. Wine and cigars, it is sort of a controversial subject. There isn’t much discussion on cigars and champagne or sparkling wines. Most people admit that this is a pairing that works very well. The same goes for white wines...

Cigars for Warriors Charity

Cigars for Warriors Charity

Operation: Cigars for Warriors charity. Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about...

Industry legend Benji Menendez

Industry legend Benji Menendez

Industry legend Benji Menendez. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 26: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show

Episode 26: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show. An episode with all things Cuban. A Cuban cigar, and three Cuban rums. All in the week that American President Donald Trump outlawed the import of Cuban cigars and rum again. After 6 years, these products are off-limits...

Covid-19 disrupts the cigar supply chain

Covid-19 disrupts the cigar supply chain

Covid-19 disrupts the cigar supply chain. Several international distributors, retailers, and consumers in the international markets reached out to Ministry of Cigars. With questions about supply and shipping. Consumers are complaining about their favorite cigars not...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 25 The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 25: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show. This time from the Ministry of Cigars office and without a guest. But with some Flor de Cana 18 and the VegaFina 1998 VF52 from the Dominican Republic. VegaFina 1998 VegaFina is a brand created by the former Spanish...

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it,...

Industry legend: Richard Meerapfel

Industry legend Richard Meerapfel. Every industry has legends. Some unsung heroes, some famous names. A few names that will remain in everybody’s memories forever, most will fade away over time. Some that have left us, some still alive. These legends all played their...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 24: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 24: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show. With a returning guest, Lord GK from whiskyhaven.com. Our friend Gautam aka Lord GK from whiskyhaven joined us for the previous episode as well. And this time he brought another great whisky. When the video shoot was...

Car rental stories from the industry

Car rental stories from the industry

Car rental stories from the industry. Cigar manufacturers travel a lot. Doing events, going to factories in Latin America. Trade shows, more events. So it is inevitable to rent cars. Nowadays it’s prohibited to smoke in rental cars, yet most of them still do. And that...

Interview with Jose Blanco

Interview with Jose Blanco

Interview with Jose Blanco. Last month, Ministry of Cigars had the pleasure to interview Jose Blanco. The former director of sales for Grupo Leon Jimenes, former blender and director of sales for La Aurora. Former vice-president of sales for Joya de Nicaragua. The...

Episode 29: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 23: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show

Episode 23: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show. With a whisky expert as the special guest. Our friend Gautam aka Lord GK from the specialized online whisky shop www.whiskyhaven.com joined us. Not only did he bring a fantastic whisky for us to try. He also...

Printwork to fight counterfeits

Printwork to fight counterfeits

Printwork to fight counterfeits. There is a huge problem with counterfeit cigars. Mostly it’s a problem for certain Cuban brands, Cohiba in particular. But there are also cases of high-end New World cigars being faked. Think Padron, think Opus X. The exclusive,...

Oliva Cigars charity

Oliva Cigars charity

Oliva Cigars charity. Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising...

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