Not Just Blowing Smoke
By Pastor Padron
This is the only podcast that brings the wealth of knowledge, expertise, and fun of Twins Smoke Shop, New England's premiere smoke shop, right to you, wherever you are, whenever you want it. And that is...
Not Just Blowing Smoke.
Not Just Blowing Smoke.
Aging Tobacco Part 2
Tomorrow on the next episode of Not Just Blowing Smoke, we continue our look at how aging effects tobacco, this time we light up C&Ds Joie De Vivre from 2014 and 2019. Aging made a huge difference in the LFD Chisel Maduro we smoked last week. But how about pipe tobacco? Cellaring (ie aging) pipe tobacco has been a growing trend over the last few decades. Is it worth it? How do you do it? Steve Poirier from LFD joins us again for this talk on aging tobacco, and Kendra "The Potion Master" from the 7-20-4 Lounge provides us with truly epic pairings for each of these tobaccos. Don't miss it!
January 13, 2020
Aging Tobacco Part 1
On this episode, we begin a 2 part series on aging tobacco. We are joined by Steve Poirier, the North East rep for LFD. Steve provides us with DL Maduro Chisels from 2007 and 2019, and we smoke them together (along with some great bourbon). If you have ever wondered about aging cigars this is one episode you don't want to miss...and that is Not Just Blowing Smoke!
January 6, 2020
The Top Five Episode
In this episode, we end the year with each of us sharing our top 5 favorite cigars and pipe tobaccos. Sam the Bar Man shares 5 of his favorite spirits (that you've never heard of). We talk about the federal government raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21. And we share some of our favorite memories of our first 20 episodes and think about what we want to do in 2020. Don't miss out on this one!
December 30, 2019
Jamastran on the Mississippi River
This week we have a little High School reunion as Jim Price, New England rep for Eiroa Cigars and past member of the Twins team joins us on the show. We atart of reviewing one of the latest offerings from Christian Eiroa and Eiroa Cigars, the Jamastran Robusto. On the second half of the show Jim picks up the pipe for the first time in a few years and joins in on our review of Seattle Pipe Club's Mississippi River.
December 23, 2019
The Smowman is in Room 101
Mark Mormar from Cornell & Diehl joins us as we light up the Room 101 Farce and C&D's own Christmas blend, Corn Cob Pipe and a Button Nose. Don't miss this epic discussion. You won't be disappointed, and that is Not Just Blowing Smoke!
December 16, 2019
One of the unfortunate realities of having a world class selection of cigars and pipe tobacco like we do at Twins Smoke Shop is that really great things can get overlooked. This week we review two of things that are hidden gems in our selection: the Antaño Dark Corojo Poderoso, and Three Nuns pipe tobacco. We are joined by Nick Laramie from Drew Estate who distributes Antaño. Nick is also a pipe guy and joins us in our review of Three Nuns. Kendra gets back with us as well and has some excellent pairings from the 7-20-4 Lounge for each review.
December 9, 2019
I'll Have a #Muestra and an SPC with Everything Please
This week we begin by lighting up the Muestra De Saka #NLMTHA Lancero, a cigar that Steve Saka created just to quell the calls from his fans who continually pecked at him to make a lancero. Steve's answer to this continual call is the #NLMTHA, which stands for "Now Leave Me The Hell Alone." Does this traditional size lancero merit such a hash tag? For the pipe tobacco, we look at Potlatch from Seattle Pipe Club, a tobacco that has more kinds of tobacco in it than anything we have reviewed so far--seven to be exact. Potlatch is named after a Northwest American Indian celebration of plenty. Is this Joe Lankford blend a blend to celebrate?
December 2, 2019
Plasencia and Pease: Reserva Original & Haddo's Delight
In this week's episode we light up the Plasencia Reserva Original Robusto, a Nicaraguan puro that claims the distinction of being the world's first certified organic cigar. For the first time, Lisa from the 7-20-4 Lounge jumps in to do the pairings with us. The Reserva Original is Lisa's favorite cigar, and she knew just what to pair it with, Michter's Toasted Barrel Bourbon. For the pipe tobacco, we light up on of Pastor Padron's longtime favorites, G.L. Pease Haddo's Delight. But Lisa was trapped upstairs and unable to come back down with a pipe pairing. Would the Michter's do just as well with Haddo's? Of course, just because something is "organic" doesn't mean it is good. Is the Plasencia Reserva Original good? Is it worthy of being a Thanksgiving smoke? Is Haddo's really a delight? Or is Pastor Padron caught up in his love for all things G.L. Pease? Tune in and find out on this Thanksgiving episode of Not Just Blowing Smoke.
November 25, 2019
4 Short Cigars and Brown No. 4
Here in New England, the days are getting colder and people are beginning that seasonal trek searching for good short cigars they can enjoy outside. In this episode we review 4 short cigars that make excellent 20-30 minute smokes: the Hustler Dogwalker by 7-20-4 Cigars, the Mi Querida Pequeno Pequeno by Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust, the Intemperance BA XXI Intrigue by RoMa Craft, and the Escurio Short Robusto by Davidoff. Now with pipe smoking, you can control how long of a smoke you want, but what might be a good tobacco for a cold November night? We light up Samuel Gawith's Brown No. 4 with that question in mind. Sam the Barman, one of our experienced mixologists behind the bar of the 7-20-4 Lounge brings pairings for both cigar and pipe. We also discuss the difference between being proud of what you are smoking and bragging about it, how to keep your humidor working great in the winter months, and what we use in our own personal humidors for humidification.
November 18, 2019
The Happy Dance Episode
This could also have been called "The Whiskey Episode" as this time Kendra-the Potion Master and manager of the 7-20-4 Lounge-brought wine and whiskey rep Colin onto the show. We reviewed the Cigares Prive Pactum Toro Maduro by Illusione, which happen's to be one of Paul's favorite cigars. After listening to the tasting notes of the cigar, Colin decided to pull out all the stops and pair it with Glenfiddich 21. We were completely blown away by this amazing single malt. But could the Pactum hold its own with the scotch? For the pipe tobacco review we lit up Erik Stokkebye's 4th Generation 1957 blend. Kendra lit some up herself pre-show and decided to pair it with Peated Westland American Single malt Whiskey. Kendra felt it was such a great pairing that that she broke into her happy dance! Did the rest of the guys feel the same? Listen here and find out or click on the link below.
November 18, 2019
Digits and Dreams: Getting Down with the New 7-20-4 1874 Series Toro and Dreams of Kadath
In this episode we are joined by Bo Zaryckyj from 7-20-4 Cigars and light up the new 1874 Series Toro that literally just arrived from Nicaragua. We then light up Dreams of Kadath by Cornell & Diehl. Both Kendra and Sam from the 7-20-4 Lounge bring their choices for pairings with each of these, Kendra a Japanese whiskey for the cigar and Sam a Malbec from Argentina. We talk the history of 7-20-4, what makes a good lighter, and debate who made the best pairing. Is the new size and blend of the 1874 Series worth looking for? Is Dreams of Kadath a Dream worth remembering? Who made the best pairing? Tune in and find out!
November 2, 2019
Oliva V and Quiet Nights
This week Twins celebrated the arrival of the latest 7-20-4 Lounge Single Barrel Jack Daniels, so we decided to reverse our normal routine and picked the cigar and pipe tobacco to pair with it. That led us to review the Oliva Serie V Double Robusto and Quiet Nights by GL Pease. How did we do? How is the new Single Barrel Jack? Is it worth the trip to Twins Smoke Shop Londonderry? Listen and find out!
October 29, 2019
Cubico & Escudo
This week we are joined by special guest Max Stokkebye, the pipe tobacco Brand Ambassador for Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG). Max joins us as we light up the newest release from Sindicato Cigars, the Cubico, which Kendra from the 7-20-4 Lounge paired with an Ultima Palabra. Then Max leads us in the review of one of STG's classic pipe tobacco blends, Escudo Navy De Luxe which Kendra paired with a porter called Death by Coconut. In addition, we answer the question "Should I leave the cellophane on my cigars when I take them home?" And David plays with his new soundboard. Does the Cubico make the cut? Does Escudo deserve the reputation it has? Tune in and find out!
October 21, 2019
Tats, Hacks, and Red Small Batch
We have a very different episode for you this week. Episode 9 is a crossover collaboration with another cigar podcast, The Cigar Hacks. Pastor Padron, Nick, and Dave of Not Just Blowing Smoke are joined by "Cigar God Dave," "Nurse Rick," "Dom the Dominator," and "Reverend Harvey" of The Cigar Hacks. Why? Why not! Our crossover was the Hacks' 100th episode too! Both Pastor Padron and Nick have been on their podcast a number of times and are glad to support and celebrate our fellow podcasting BOTL! Along with these guests, we are joined in the first half by KC Johnson of Tatuaje cigars and we light up and review the newly released ME II Toro. We talk Tatuaje's history, how KC got involved, and his thoughts on working for his little brother. For the second half of the show we get the Hacks to pull out their pipes and join us in giving our thoughts on the new Small Batch release from Cornell & Diehl, Carolina Red Flake, an all red Virginia, all North Carolina leaf flake. This is a fun show that was recorded right in the middle of the 7-20-4 Lounge.
October 15, 2019
Golden Sliced Lancero-The Director's Cut
Golden Sliced Lancero-The Director's Cut, includes almost 7 minutes of new audio not in the original episode. In this week's episode we are joined by special guest Nick Laramie from Drew Estate. Conversation went all over the place in this one. We talk Drew Estate (of course), The Dark Crystal, the trend of raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21, and follow up on Paul's pooch adventures. For the cigar we lit up the BOTL Lancero, which Kendra paired with a new cocktail she brewed up for us that she called a Kentucky Russian. For the pipe tobacco, we reviewed an old favorite, Orlik Golden Sliced from STG. Kendra decided to pair with Nikka from the Barrel Whiskey. The BOTL is hard to find and very limited, is it worth tracking down? Is Golden Slice a slice of heaven? Does Kendra continue her triumphant run of pairing cordial to smoke? Listen and find out!
October 7, 2019
An Aladino Autumn Evening
The bartenders of the 7-20-4 Lounge take advantage of Paul's absence this week and joinnus for full segments on the show. Sam the Bar Man joins us for thee first half of the show as we review the Aladino Corojo Reserva Robusto by JRE cigars. Sam brought a Vieux Carré to pair with this 100% Honduran Corojo cigar. For the second half of the show Kendra the Potion Master joined us for our pipe tobbaco review. The tobacco which we picked for this week was Cornell and Diehl's Autumn Evening, a very popular aromatic Virginia cavendish with a maple casing. Kendra paired this with another 7-20-4 Lounge orginal cocktail, the Jack Apple Crisp, a fall drink featruing Jack Daniels Apple. And to top it all off David brought in his famous Apple Pie... This is not an episode that you will want to miss, so sit back with a cigar or pipe and listen in!
October 7, 2019
Golden Sliced Lancero
In this week's episode we are joined by special guest Nick Laramie from Drew Estate. Conversation went all over the place in this one. We talk Drew Estate (of course), The Dark Crystal, the trend of raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21, and follow up on Paul's pooch adventures. For the cigar we lit up the BOTL Lancero, which Kendra paired with a new cocktail she brewed up for us that she called a Kentucky Russian. For the pipe tobacco, we reviewed an old favorite, Orlik Golden Sliced from STG. Kendra decided to pair with Nikka from the Barrel Whiskey. The BOTL is hard to find and very limited, is it worth tracking down? Is Golden Slice a slice of heaven? Does Kendra continue her triumphant run of pairing cordial to smoke? Listen and find out!
September 30, 2019
Triqui Speak Easy (aka Ground Hog Day)
Technology. When it works, it's awesome and makes your life easier. And when it doesn't? Well, you have to rise to the challenge. This episode came with a lot of challenges... and we mean A LOT! But in the end, we overcame and have a great show with special guest Mark Mormar the Eastern US Sales Manager for Laudisi Distribution Group (aka LDG), the parent company of Cornell and Diehl who makes the pipe tobacco we reviewed. In this episode we review the MI Querida Triqui Traca from Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust and Speak Easy from Cornell and Diehl. Kendra and Sam face off for the title of the 7-20-4 Potion Master. Is the Triqui Traca the big bang the Firecracker was? Is Speak Easy a blend worth mentioning or just another navy blend? Does Kendra continue to hold on to the title of Potion Master or does Sam Van Winkle wrest it from her pretty little hands? Listen and find out!
September 23, 2019
Episode 5: Hammer Mule Bird
In this episode the boys are joined by Erik Wentworth of Hammer + Sickle cigars. Through September 30, 2019, Twins Smoke Shop is offering a 10 count grab bag of Hammer + Sickle cigars for $79.99. The grab bag contains selections from every line of Hammer + Sickle: Tradicion, Trademark, Hermitage, Berlin Wall Box Pressed, and The Caleanoch, and we smoke 'em all on the show! We talk about the history of the company, why German tobacco (one of the components in the Heritage) is so hard to blend with, and how to properly extinguish a cigar.
September 16, 2019
Episode 4: Fly Farthing
Pastor Padron, Paul, and Dave head up episode four this week as Nick was in-flight to Florida. We covered everything from the difference bewteen graciously accepting a cigar from a friend and being a mooch, to how you can tell from your dog's business that he has been feasting on your cat's business. We also answered a listener's question: what is your favorite cigar and why? Needless to say, we covered a wide range of topics in this one. We get down with Oscar Valladares' new Super Fly cigar, and open up Penny Farthing, the first new pipe tobacco from G.L. Pease in 2 years. Is the Super Fly worthy of such an epic name? Is Penny Farthing worth the ride, or is it just another shag? Listen and find out what we think!
September 9, 2019
Episode 3: PB Jefferson and Hanky Panky Sun Bear
This week we light up one of the latest newcomers to Twins Smoke Shop, the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Jefferson by RoMa Craft. While the Whiskey Rebellion line has been out for several years it has only just become available for national distribution. Should you look for it? In the first half of this episode we give you our take. In the second half we review Cornell & Diehl's latest Small Batch release, Sun Bear. C&D has sold out of the 4500 tins they made, and while Twins has a good supply, it will be harder and harder to find. Is it worth the effort or a blend you don't need to feel bad about missing? Listen and find out!
September 2, 2019
Episode 2: Perdomo, Background Music, and Wild Man
The boys are back and start the Pre-Perdomo-Pomp in preparation for Nick Perdomo's visit to Twins Smoke Shop on August 29th by reviewing the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Epicure Maduro. We meet Kendra from the 7-20-4 Lounge for the Mid-Show Pallet Cleansing, and light up the new blend from Seattle Pipe Club Wild Man. We also debate the pros and cons of background music, talk about PCA's postponing Cigar Con, and lots more... Listen and believe!
August 26, 2019
Episode 1! Don't worry, this episode 1 has no Jar Jar Binks.
In our inaugural episode Pastor Padrón, Pablo Maduro, Nasty Nick, and The Nube tell you what you can expect from their podcast, review the Eiroa First 20 Years TAA Diadema, enjoy a mid show pallet cleansing cocktail from the 7-20-4 Lounge, and pull out their pipes to review Cabbie's Mixture by Samuel Gawith.
August 19, 2019
It's the next big thing, and that is Not Just Blowing Smoke
Curious about what our podcast is about? Give us just 59 seconds. And that is Not Just Blowing Smoke (see what we did there?)
August 18, 2019