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Episode 31: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 31: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 31: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show. Counterfeit cigars are rampant. But it’s mainly a problem for the Cuban brands, with Cohiba as the brand with most counterfeit cigars. Although there are cases of some high-end new world cigars that are counterfeited as...

Industry legends Henke Kelner

Industry legends Henke Kelner

Industry legends Henke Kelner. Nowadays when you say Henke Kelner you say Davidoff. But that wasn’t always the case. Before the 1990s, Kelner was his own man with his own factory, own brands, and he created private labels for others. But his life changed when he met...

Counterfeits aren’t just Cohiba’s problem

Counterfeits aren’t just Cohiba’s problem

Counterfeits aren’t just Cohiba's problem. No doubt that Cohiba is the most common counterfeit Cuban cigar, but it’s not limited to Cohiba only. Ministry of Cigars has seen other Cuban marcas as counterfeit cigars as well. Last week we told you how to recognize...

Episode 31: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 30: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show

Episode 30: The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show. And this time, the guys met up with Lord GK from whiskyhaven.com at the whiskyhaven office. The cigar of choice is the Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice, a Connecticut Shade cigar hailing from Nicaragua....

Counterfeits aren’t just Cohiba’s problem

How to spot a fake Cohiba?

How to spot a fake Cohiba? Last week, Ministry of Cigars published an article on how to spot Counterfeit Cuban cigars. That article focused on the major flaws that are easily detectable. Missing stickers, glass top boxes, or things like Edicion Limitadas from a year...

Counterfeits aren’t just Cohiba’s problem

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 31: 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 31: 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 31: 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 31: 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 31: 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 31: 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...

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