Ashes with Ash
Welcome to Ashes with Ash; a storytelling podcast from your tobacconist community bringing you stories of life behind the cigar. Join me on this adventure to find the coolest cigar lounges, smoke some lovely cigars and seek out the most incredible stories from our cigar lounge friends, owners and customers. Let’s tap into these untold stories with a little smoke & ash.
Welcome back everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve put out a new episode! I have been so busy with work and life and celebrating my 30th birthday in Barcelona, but the Ashes with Ash Podcast is back in full swing and I have the perfect episode for you guys to hear that will surly make you laugh, make you cry, scootch you to the edge of your seat and inspire the absolute shit out of you. Grab any cigar - any! Because after this you are going to remember the cigar you smoked when you first heard this story and I promise you, this will not be the last time you hear it, and grab yourself a cozy fall cocktail, unless your driving of course and if you are driving, please be sure to pull over if tears start to fill your eyes, ok? Safety first here with Ash! Alright, thats enough intro, lets welcome Detra - a new-ish sister of the leaf thats joined our community within the past couple of years thanks ton the incredible humans at the Harlem Cigar Room in east Harlem New York city. You all may have read her story on Humans Of New York, which those of you who don’t know what Humans of NY is, its a photoblog and book created by Brandon Stanton in 2010 where he interviews strangers in NYC to share their stories. He is an incredible writer and photographer and has written some of the most powerful, heartbreaking, inspiring, loving, courageous stories the world has ever heard including the one that you’ll hear today. So after listening here, be sure to look her up on Humans of NY too to read the full story in such great detail from Detra written by Brandon. I hope you all enjoy! Humans of NY Facebook post: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=7978840122190018&id=102099916530784 One Womans Journey To Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWqFT-vksh8 News Articles: https://kindnesstreemovement.com/shop/ols/categories/detras-designs?yoReviewsPage=2 https://kitchentablecult.com/2022/08/26/s4e19-detra-denise-hny/ https://arktimes.com/rock-candy/2022/06/10/meet-detra-the-former-arkansas-pastors-wife-charming-the-hardened-hearts-of-new-york-city https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10916751/Mother-seven-shares-incredible-story-left-Baptist-pastor-husband.html Detra's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onewomannyc1/?hl=en Detra's Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lets-help-detra-retire
November 14, 2022
Jeremy from Casdagli Cigars
Welcome to another episode of Ashes with me, Ash! Today Jeremy is here from Estonia to tell us the stories and rich history of beautiful Casdagli cigars. I hope you all enjoy! Instagram: @casdaglicigars https://casdaglicigars.com/
October 04, 2022
Ali from Rail City Cigars
Veteran, Mother and new cigar aficionado is here to tell us her and her husbands story of how Rail City Cigars in Sparks, Nevada - how it started, how its going and the future it holds! I hope you all enjoy!
September 02, 2022
Farm to Fire - Cigar Growing Regions
Cigar Growing Regions Welcome back to another episode of Farm To Fire! This episode will offer a glimpse into the amazing variety of specialized cigar tobaccos being grown around the globe. The most exciting aspect of contemporary cigar growing regions os that many places are just beginning to realize their potential. In the last half century, and more so in the last decade, there have been extraordinary developments and improvements in the premium cigar cultivation. Each region we will go over today has specific advantages, potential and challenges associated with it. A deeper analysis will reveal the uniqueness of each cigar growing region. The precious tobacco plant depends on select regions of the world where the soil, climate, topography, people, skill and tradition converge. The best cigar tobacco is grown between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, along the equator. Of course cigars are grown from Canada to New Zealand, but the best are grown in these tropics. Great cigars are grown in valleys where they benefit from nutrient erosion, condensation irrigation and sunlight manipulation.
August 20, 2022
Ash Red - The Leaf N Grain Society
Its time for a new episode! This one is with Ash Red, she is here to tell us her incredible story full of surprises; She is a trained opera singer, a cancer survivor, cigar aficionado and the co founder of the Leaf n Grain Society and the Twisted Pair Podcast! You guys have to check out this website full of so many different articles for everyone from Cigar pairings and reviews, to new cocktail creations and so much more. @fine_ash_red77 @leafngrainsociety + leafngrainsociety.com
August 16, 2022
Farm to Fire: Nicotiana Tabacum
Welcome to the farm to fire podcast. I’m Ash, a certified tobacconist and cigar connoisseur; and I’m here to share knowledge on The Art Of Tobacco from the planting of the seed all the way to the experience of smoking. Join me for a smoke while learning the full cigar sommelier teachings and tips. Today we are talking about Nicotiana Tabacum (nuh-kow-shee-ann-uh taba-come) Nicotiana tabacum, or cultivated tobacco, is an annually grown plant of the Nicotiana genus..
July 27, 2022
Patricia Queen SOTL
Welcome back and thanks for listening to another episode of Ashes with me, Ash! Today Patricia is here to tell us of her journey through her cigar world from owning her own online business to where she is now, in her very own lounge, Casa Aficionado in Delaware Ohio I hope you all enjoy! Thank you Patricia for sharing your inspirational story of making your dreams a reality. Congradulations again on your success and I can’t wait to come smoke with you in the Casa Aficionado lounge hopefully SOON! Everyone, go check out the Queen of Ash Online Store and the Casa Aficionado lounge online or if you’re in Delaware, Ohio, you’ve gotta stop by Casa and have a smoke with Patricia.
July 17, 2022
Ms Toya Goody
Welcome back and thanks for listening to another episode of ashes with ash! Today, Ms Toya Goody is here to chat with me about our shared passoions for traveling, her story and love of cigars, and her and her daughters educational cigar podcast coming to you soon!
July 06, 2022
Claiming Space with Eliza Vancort
Welcome back everyone! I am so geeking out about my guest today; Best selling author Eliza Vancort is here to talk about her book The Women Guide to Claiming Space. As you’ll hear, this book and this episode is for women and men, on how to gain confidence and claim your space and how men can support women in the workplace and in life in general. I could have talked to Eliza for hours, she’s such an incredible speaker,, she’s gone through so much trauma and has come out with resilience and intelligence, she’s truly an inspiration. I hope you all enjoy!
June 28, 2022
Chronicles of Cigarnia
Maygen is here to totally nerd out with me, talking all things cigars and BOOKS! Go follow Chronicles of Cigarnia on instagram, youtube and tiktok! Thanks again everyone, I’ll talk to you soon!
June 19, 2022
Nicole - Smokin Tabacco
Thanks for joining me for another episode, guys! Today you aren’t only joining me, but also Nicole is here to tell us her story of how she got into cigars during COVID times, and how different her life has turned out than she expected; from managing a high end gym to smoking cigars and being the VP of a cigar media platform with her fiancé! You guys are going to enjoy this one. Happy listening! https://www.smokintabacco.com/ https://www.instagram.com/smokintabacco/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/smokin.nicole/?hl=en
June 12, 2022
Tanya Graham Gurkha
Welcome back and thanks for listening! Today Tanya joins us to share her story of how she got into smoking cigars, how she got into being a rep for Gurkha and gives some great advice for anyone getting started in the industry. I hope you all enjoy!
June 05, 2022
Bourbon & BS
The Bourbon and BS Podcast joins me today to talk all things Bourbon, Cigars, Pairings, Life, Career shifts, Business successes and more! I hope you all enjoy
May 31, 2022
Welcome back and thanks for listening to another awesome episode of Ashes with Ash. Today Shirtless Mike is joining us to talk all things cigars, podcasts, success, failures, business, rapping, gehtto Ubers.. you name it! We cover almost all of it. I hope you all enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUeBf9NbieaQ0Qbza_J4Cag https://www.facebook.com/shirtlessmike2020/ https://teamshirtlessmike.com/ @shirtlessmike2020
May 24, 2022
The History of Cigars
Welcome back to another episode of Ashes with Ash; and welcome to the very first solo episode! Today we are talking about the history timeline of cigars Starting from 100 AD all the way to 2020
May 17, 2022
Happy Mothers Day!
Happy belated mothers day everyone! To all the moms, aunts, cousins, grandmothers, dads who’ve had to be moms and of course,, all the dog moms out there, you’re all super heroes and I adore you to no end. Truly, I think motherhood is on another level of human being. I don’t have kids so I still don’t understand the miracle of destroying your body quite yet, it all sounds horrifying to me still, so I really do see all mothers as majestic creatures giving and raising life - it’s an unbelievable experience to witness, let alone experience! Cheers to all of you, I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend and that your mothers day is truly year round. Thank you all for listening to this episode; today we have my mom, Terri, and my cousin Krystle on! No, they don’t smoke cigars, but they’re badass moms with awesome stories so, deal with it. No really! They answer all of your questions you asked on instagram and more. Stay tuned for some weird and hilarious stories about me as a kid and some great advice from two of the best mothers I know. I hope you all enjoy!
May 12, 2022
Anya - Don Fausto Cigars
Anya is in town from the Dominican Republic, and she graciously sits down with me here at Barclay Rex to tell us her story of how she got into cigars, her love for cigars, starting her own cigar company, and tells us her awesome experience working with one of the biggest cigar queens we all know and love, Here she is, I hope you all enjoy!
May 03, 2022
Penelope and Luis!
Joining is today from the Dominican Republic is cigar aficianado and marketing strategist, Penelope! Along with a special guest star co host, Luis! Enjoy :)
April 22, 2022
Thanks for joining me for another episode with yet another incredible sister of the leaf! Kat jumped on zoom with me today from Reno, Nevada for a chat and a smoke, to share her story and her journey with cigars! Here she is, I hope you all enjoy!
April 17, 2022
THANK YOU Princess and Luis! This was such a fun time, and I can't wait to do more episodes in person to have awesome conversations like this with all of you! And Princess, we definitely have to do this again. Thanks for listening everyone! I'll talk to you soon
April 10, 2022
Princess, Part 2!
April 10, 2022
Welcome my dear friend Princess! In these next few episodes, we talk about EVERYTHING life, love, cigars, friends... all the things! We ended up chatting, smoking and recording for 5 HOURS - So, that is why this is split up into 3 parts, I simply could not edit out a word of advice or stories Princess had to tell. I hope you all enjoy & follow Princess on Instagram @cigars_life
April 10, 2022
Nati aka: The Cigar Goddess!
Welcome to another episode of Ashes, with me, Ash! Today joining us is Nati aka: the cigar goddess! To talk to us about transitioning into the cigar industry, along with tips and advice on being an entrepreneur. We are both in cigar lounges during this episode so there is quite a bit of background noise, but I hope you all are able to hear what she has to say because it is just too perfect, especially for women entrepreneurs or women getting into the cigar industry. I hope you all enjoy! Find Nati --->> @cigargoddessnati linktr.ee/Goddessnati @TheSpotCigarandBourbonLounge www.lipstickandsmoke.com
April 06, 2022
Jessica from Cigar Prop and Trash Panda Cigars
Today we have Jessica, producer of the Cigar Prop youtube channel, entrepreneur, mother and cigar enthusiast. I hope you all enjoy
March 22, 2022
The History of Women with Cigars
Mini Episode! :) https://www.cigarjournal.com/leading-women-cigar-world/ https://www.elcigarshop.com/blogs/cigars-for-beginners/women-and-cigars/
March 09, 2022
Ferio Tego - Michael Herklots
Michael Herklots is here today telling his story from starting off being a drummer, to working his way to the top with Davidoff, then Nat Sherman, and finally his own company Ferro Tego. I hope you all enjoy! Follow on instagram and facebook @feriotego and @michaelherklots And all of my listeners, thank you for tuning in! I will talk to you soon.
March 05, 2022
1 Year Anniversary with Dimitri, Richard and Friends!
Happy 1 Year Anniversary to the Ashes with Ash Podcast! So, I watched the movie Big Fish recently, or should I say, re-watched, because it’s such a beautiful movie, but it had been a long time since I watched it and I swear I get a new lesson out of it every single time I experience this movie. This glorious movie is about storytelling, he explains that stories live on forever, passed down from generation to generation, and with this, sometimes the story changes or it’s not interesting enough to ever be passed on, memories being lost forever. The thought of this broke my heart. But then I thought of this podcast, and all of you, and I realized that I have this platform to not only share these stories with our community, but I have a place for these stories to live on forever. I know we talked about this in one of my episodes but so many people dis on people that make podcasts because “everyone does it” Well, it makes sense why everyone does it! Its such a great way to tell your story and store it somewhere safe to live on and be passed down for generations. I highly recommend you watch Big Fish, then come share your story with me, change your story with me to express how it made you feel, not just the facts and details, embellish with me and lets live on forever through our stories. Thank you all so much for listening and all of my new friends that have joined me on this incredibly rewarding journey - I love you all! And I had the perfect opportunity to start season 2 of Ashes with Ash at my favorite spot - Barclay Rex. The New York Pipe Club all gathered in the private lounge to have a smoke with friends, and luckily, I brought my podcast gear just in case someone wanted to interview! It turned out that I was sitting with a few great people, having awesome conversation, then paused to ask if we could record this conversation! Just chatting about smoking and pipes and fine liquor, I was thinking, I love this! The perfect lounge experience ambiance and conversation at in the Rex Club was the perfect anniversary gift I could possible have gotten! Today we have my friend Dimitri, the pipe expert, and his two lovely friends that wish to remain anonymous, and my instagram friend (now real human friend) Richard who just happened to be in town, he came to meet me at Barclay Rex and I immediately just handed him the microphone and thats how we had our first in person conversation hahaha Thanks again, everyone - I hope you all enjoy
February 23, 2022
Liam's Love Story
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Lee is here to tell us his story about he and his high school sweethearts love story and their relationship with cigars!
February 14, 2022
Scott from South Africa
The Jack of ALL trades! The current owner of Smiley Scotty (Pty) Ltd, a multilateral business collective with its main focus on brand awareness and marketing. I currently own the condom & novelty brand "The Bad Badger SA", Cigar Shop Owner - Jaspers' Tobacconist - In South Africa Private consulting services to set up brands, stores, and more. Prior to this "Smileyscotty.co.za" was an online lifestyle magazine that featured events, live gigs, and opinion pieces. I am the former co-founder of The Independent Investigation agency (The I.I.A), an investigative division set up within an international private security company. While establishing Smiley Scotty & The I.I.A, I managed one of South Africa's oldest alternative clubs - The Red Door in Pietermaritzburg. With a brief venture into the funeral industry. In 2019 I became an accredited producer with IMBD credits for the BluRay release of the film "The Lost Skeleton Returns Again" - https://imdb.to/35teCiP Captain of Team Cryptic, the only South African team to compete at the 2009 Paintball World Cup in Malaysia. I have had several articles and letters published in various newspapers and magazines. Diplomas in in Workplace Health & Safety (UK Level 3) and have successfully completed certified courses in the following: Introduction to Contract Law. Offender Profiling: Psychological contributions to Crime Scene Analysis. The Art of Negotiation. Principals And Thought Process Of Crime Scene Investigation. Introduction to Employee Investigation. Forensic Finger Print Analysis basics. Forensic Photography – Basic concepts and applications. Missing and Unidentified Persons. A lover of fine food, wine, and of course whiskey & cigars. ALSO an avid sports shooter and enjoy the outdoors.
February 09, 2022
Toasty Purp n' Ash
Welcome back! This is part 2 of the purp and I, where after changing locations from the lounge to home, we are quite toasty from our wine and bourbon. Take small sips of yours so you don’t spill while you laugh with us.. or at us.. whatever. Enjoy! @thepurplelady8
February 08, 2022
Purp n' Ash
Ladies and Gentlemen, today we have The myth. The legend. My soul sister, The Purple Lady. Follow her instagram here!: @thepurplelady8
February 08, 2022
The Bold, Beautiful, Boss; Blanca
Blanca is here to tell us her story of how she ended up on the cover of Women’s Cigar Social magazine, and explains her journey on how she became a Bikini Competitor in the body building world! So if your New Years resolution is is to work out - this girl KNOWS the mind set and determination you need to meet your goals & truly be proud of yourself in your results. I hope you all enjoy! Blanca's IG: b_cze_007
January 05, 2022
Leigh & Me!
This is a long episode but it’s worth every minute! So I’ll keep this intro short - let’s jump right into it! Lee is here to tell us her story, along with many other stories of her travels, her time in the Air Force, her beautiful giant dogs and eating strange foods all over the world. I hope you all enjoy! Leigh's instagram handle: @4wtvlolawants
November 09, 2021
Halloween History and the Lizard King
Ghost stories and the very strange history of halloween!
November 01, 2021
My Family History
My dad and grandfather on my moms side of the family are here to tell the story of my family history with cigars and the tobacco industry! With special guest appearance from Krystle and Fancy Nancy :) www.papscigarco.com @papscigarco 817 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA
October 13, 2021
Anastasia; SOTL Greece
Thank you for tuning into episode 13! Did you know, Rumor has it that most podcasts don’t make it past episode 13? So this episode could not have worked out more beautifully, because my guest today helps me explain exactly why this will not be my last episode; this is just the beginning! Anastasia is joining us today all the way from Greece to share her incredible story and to tell us the beautiful ways she is empowering Sisters and Brothers of the Leaf to express ourselves through the art of tobacco and smoking, together. I hope this episode does for you as it did for me; making you feel powerful and to remember how cigars truly make you feel, then bring those feelings to the tobacconist community, leaving behind any hate and stereotypes. So grab a smoke and prepare to fall in love again! www.sotlgreece.com
September 12, 2021
Tell The Bartender & Tobacconist
Thank you for tuning in to episode number 12! Today we have actor, writer, voiceover artist and fellow podcaster, Katherine Heller here to share some hilarious, delightful and crazy stories! Full disclosure; we don’t talk a lot about cigars in this one, just a million other topics.. I hope you all enjoy! Her podcast: Tell The Bartender - Find it anywhere you get your podcasts!
September 11, 2021
Jameson + Cigar Fest
Thank you for listening to episode # 11! -Sorry, in my intro I say its episode #10! Time is flying, guys.. haha! Today we have Jameson, one of the founders of Cigar Fest, here to tell his interesting and eventful story and how Cigar Fest came about, and what the future holds. I hope you all enjoy. Support my podcast: www.anchor.fm/asheswithash/support Barclay Rex Cigar Lounge; 126 Pearl Street, Downtown NYC Pap's Cigar Company; 817 Main Street, Downtown Lynchburg, VA
August 28, 2021
Jacob Walker & Big News!
Welcome to episode #10 Today, Jacob Walker is here to make a beginner smoker a master in just two hours! Just like that, magic! Alright, maybe not a master, so soon, but this guy has all of the tips and tricks not only for beginners, but for long time smokers too! This episode is packed full of advice, recommendations and true passion for cigars. Listeners, if you’re like me and want to follow Jacob’s journey reviewing incredible cigars and learning more from his experiences, follow him on instagram! @cigarreviewsbyjacob - I will also put his handle in the show notes. And you can also check him out on the Cigar Talk podcast, Episode 29! BIG NEWS! I am too excited to share the news with you that I have my first sponsor from my favorite lounge in NYC; Barclay Rex has welcomed the Ashes with Ash Podcast into their lounge. So, from now on, all of the episodes you hear, will be recorded in the gorgeous Rex Club lounge; 126 Pearl St, Downtown New York City. I can not wait to have you all (my future guests) come have a smoke with me in this beautiful lounge and share your story with our community. To learn more about the rich history and exciting future that is the Barclay Rex Cigar Lounge, go listen to episode number 1 of this podcast to hear Vanessa tell her and her family's story of this shop’s life in New York City for the past 106 years! Thank you to Vanessa and the rest of the Barclay Rex family; and to you, my tobacconists and aficionado’s, I will be seeing you at the Rex Club.
August 05, 2021
Aaron from The Straight Cut podcast
Today, joining you for a smoke, is Aaron from the StraightCut podcast! He’s here to talk about how he got into cigars, his support of the sisters of the leaf community and how his podcast came about along with heartfelt story about his most memorable cigar. I hope yo all enjoy Go check out the StraightCut podcast, listening to them really is like lounging in your favorite shop, listening to your friends. Instagram: @thestraightcut https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-straight-cut/id1462222908
July 17, 2021
Today Jennifer is here to tell us her story of how she got into smoking cigars, her awesome outdoor work life as a utility forester and she talks a bit about her passion for weight lifting! Follow her on Instagram @plumesofmt.hood
July 03, 2021
@jessicaleslie13 jumped on a call with me from British Columbia to talk about her experience getting into cigar and a little bit about her life as an caregiver for autistic children. Stay tuned as we dig into our saved cigar bands to talk about our favorites and least favorites, and for my Canadian listeners - Jessica has some great tips and tricks on getting the best deals on cigars in Canada!
June 07, 2021
Once Upon a Dram
Bec (aka: @the_onceuponadram) is here to tell us her story about how she started and where she is growing with her passion and knowledge of cigars, whiskey and other spirits. Join us as we talk cigars, distilleries, horses and an unexpected cigar + drink pairing!
May 15, 2021
Cynn Coburn is a motivational speaker, mentor, entrepreneur, counselor, educator, a mom and all around bad ass! Is here to tell us her story, talk about cigars and tell us about the incredible experience she is currently undergoing having just moved to Nicaragua. Cynn has this gift to have amazing conversation with that leaves you feeling inspired and humble. I hope this episode brings you as much joy as having this conversation brought me. You can find her on instagram @cynncoburn and her husband too @joshuacoburn.
May 08, 2021
Mrs Hard Ash
Mrs Hard Ash is here to tell us her story of how she go into smoking cigars and her intriguing and ambitious future with them. Follow Justina on instagram @mrs_hard_ash then follow @ashholecigarclub_al and her husband @Hard_Ash_Cigar_Society and check out his cigar podcast; SuperStogieBros!
April 24, 2021
Octavia from HERficianado talks tips on joining the cigar aficionado community as a woman, celebrities we would smoke with, pairing cigars with chocolate, crazy lounge experiences, rolling cigars, glass cigar lounges in Dubai and so much more!!
April 07, 2021
Anthony from WCP
Listen in to hear from @weirdanomaly from @weirdcrewpodcast talk about his experience with cigars, Las Vegas, advice on how to get an Opus X and how to avoid buying fake Cuban cigars! For the cigar discount deal, go to https://www.papscigarco.com/ and use promo code ASHES25 for 25% off! Or go into the shop and show Rick & the guys that you liked and subscribed to my podcast and get that 25% off in person and check out the shop! 817 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA
March 28, 2021
Barclay Rex Cigar Club
HI everyone! Thank you for listening to the very first episode! I am so excited to introduce my first guest who just recently inherited a beautiful cigar shop with a rich family history. Vanessa is here to tell us the story of Barclay Rex Cigar Club in downtown New York city; 106 years of service and excellence in fine tobacco. She is here to to tell us the story behind the name of the club, the family history and the future! You will definitely want to stick around after the story to hear this unbelievable discount offer from Rex Club!
February 19, 2021