Direct from a hot tub at the Holiday Inn in Jacksonville, FL, it’s Nurse Rick on the remote. He gives us a view into the Florida cigar scene while traveling around the state on college tours. This week we hear about his visit to Cigar Life in Lakeland. We answer a question e-mailed in by … Continue reading "Episode 171: In Hot Water
– Local Spotlight: Cigar Life; Lakeland, FL"
It’s been a couple months since we’ve done an in-lounge episode and years since we’ve recorded in a cigar and hookah lounge. Jocelyn gives us a refresher course on hookahs. Nurse Rick brings in a Hidden Herf that, after a few hints, we get close to guessing the brand. Elie and Jocelyn tell us their story … Continue reading "Episode 170: The Hookah Queen
– Local Spotlight: Elie’s Smoking lounge; Nashua, NH"
Hackapalooza weekend is now just a memory, we recap all the activities since the last episode. The Hidden Herf turns out to be a mixed bag because it’s a bit strong for most of the panel. Of course, no one comes close to guessing what it is. We “swear” in the newest member of the … Continue reading "Episode 169: Hackapalooza 3.0 Part 2
– Local Spotlight: Cloud Lounge; Salem, NH"
It’s night one of The Third Annual Hackapalooza (A.K.A. The RetroHack Spectacular), we’ve taken the out-of-town visitors to their first stop of the weekend. There are four additional lounges on the schedule over the next two days. We cover the day’s events and preview what’s planned. The Hidden Herf is an aged gem that garners … Continue reading "Episode 168: Hackapalooza 3.0 Part 1
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA"
Getting spun up for Hackapalooza we smoke a great Hidden Herf that moves right to the top of the ratings list. We have a mystery guest in the audience who comes bearing gifts for the upcoming festivities. Local Spotlight – Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH Controversy Corner – Planet X Hidden Herf 167 / Smoke … Continue reading "Episode 167: Riff-Raff and Ballers
– Local Spotlight: Smoke & Flame; Pelham, NH"
Hop Tarts in Scranton! Lots of news and items from the mail bag. The Reverend Harvey and Nurse Rick try out the double recliner. The Caballero is on a roll and goes for two in a row out of the gate with the Hidden Herf, this time the shape and appearance of the cigar was … Continue reading "Episode 166: Two in a Row
– Local Spotlight: Cuban Crafters; Miami, FL"
We have the Kracken Spiced Podcast Juice this week. Voice mail etiquette. The Caballero pegs the Hidden Herf after just a couple clues. We interview Gil and he tells us about his travels to some cigar related video shoots. See FB and GilVideosVisual.com for samples of Gil’s work. We go into more detail on the … Continue reading "Episode 165: Hey Ernie, Welcome to Venezuela
– Local Spotlight: Eli’s Smoking Lounge; Nashua, NH"
It’s the 2020 Hackie Awards direct from Can’t Connect Conneticut. The Hidden Herf is picked off early by The reverend Harvey and Nurse Rick with a couple of lucky guesses. We learn about six new or restarting cigar lounges in the area and cover the NH regulations related to Cigar Bars. Local Spotlight – Utopia … Continue reading "Episode 164: The Hackie Awards Special 2020
– Local Spotlight: Utopia Lounge; Plaistow NH"
It’s the Christmas episode so we do something different with the Hidden Herf and have a head-to-head blind cigar review with holiday gifts from a couple of our fans. There’s a mailbag segment with messages from some of the listeners. Local Spotlight – A Shack Christmas; Rowley MA Controversy Corner – The original Ponzi Scheme … Continue reading "Episode 163: Christmas Eve Eve
– Local Spotlight: A Shack Christmas; Rowley MA"
The Hacks take the Oscuro III out for it’s maiden podcast voyage to the Christmas Party at Two Guys in Seabrook, NH. We run into Jim “The Price is Right” from CLE Cigars and Santa himself! We pull in Mr. Bojimbles and few folks from the lounge throughout the show. Local Spotlight – Two Guys … Continue reading "Episode 162: A Visit with Santa
– Local Spotlight: Two Guys Smoke Shop; Seabrook, NH"
Due to a screw-up on behalf of the production staff we have a Hidden Herf Pot Luck where each panelist smokes a different blind cigar. Comedy Chris calls in on the remote from Jake’s Place. It’s someone’s birthday on Hanukkah, guess who. We talk a little history of gas prices. The Reverend Harvey coins a … Continue reading "Episode 161: Pasto Resisto w/Hidden Herf Pot-Luck
– Local Spotlight: Football at the Tobacco Shack; Rowley MA"
Gringo Stah is on the remote direct from The Don Kiki Cigar Lounge in Daytona, FL. The Hidden Herf is a bit of a dud, but we have a good time chatting with The Gringo while Harvey butchers a few words during Current Events. Local Spotlight – Don Kiki Cigar Superstore; Daytona Beach, FL Conspiracy … Continue reading "Episode 160: The Yule Log, Maybe
– Local Spotlight: Don Kiki; Daytona Beach, FL"
We meet a couple of unexpected guests in the lounge and they join us for a surprise episode, sometimes these surprises make for the best episodes. JoJo Mo drops in from afar. The Hidden Herf is a recent release and it gets high marks from the panel. We learn a lot about Etiquette Cigars in … Continue reading "Episode 159: Mike T. is Bringing the Heat
– Local Spotlight: Castro’s Back Room; Bedford, NH"
It’s back to The Shack for the postponed Rocky Patel event w/Mike the Cop. We are just about at “Shack Capacity” with a the group spread out across the lounge this week. Nurse Rick is in quarantine because of a “close contact” and calls in on the remote. We smoke a special Rocky Patel cigar … Continue reading "Episode 158: Tasers with Mike the Cop
– Local Spotlight: Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA"
It’s our 3rd anniversary and we are at the Masters Event in Plaistow with Erik Wentworth of Hammer & Sickle Cigars. Back at home-base and recording on a Saturday afternoon, we had quite a turn out. I don’t know how we manage to have a dozen people on, but somehow it works. We do our … Continue reading "Episode 157: 3rd Anniversary – Hammer & Sickle and the Masters
– Local Spotlight: Plaistow Cigar Co.; Plaistow, NH"
We have a group of Shack regulars join us for a fun episode. The Hidden Herf receives mixed reviews but is picked out after a couple clues by the crack panel. Local Spotlight – The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA Conspiracy Corner – The Sting Hidden Herf 156 / The Tobacco Shack
The Gringo is heading south to Florida so we have a ton of laughs on his last in-person show for a while. Why Baby Shark and who is Ludwig? We received an Instagram tag from enjoying_a_cigar in the Netherlands and the discussion around it turns to mayhem. The Hidden Herf stumps the panel and receives … Continue reading "Episode 155: Goodbye Gringo Stah
– Local Spotlight: Crawford’s Cigar Shoppe; Vernon, CT"
Hacks from all over meet in the Poconos for the fall classic – Pocono Palooza. We visit three lounges and smoke up a storm over the weekend. This episode is carried by a couple of the ladies who jump right in and dominate their segment. Olivia from the Big House does the Local spotlight and … Continue reading "Episode 154: Pocono Palooza 2.0
– Local Spotlight: Big House Tobacco Outlet; Scranton, PA"
It’s a nice evening for a fire pit, but a random rain cloud drops by for a couple minutes just as we get started. A cool evening and a crackling fire are the back drop for the episode. The Hidden Herf is deja vu, but still stumps the panel. Local Spotlight – Toscano at Two … Continue reading "Episode 153: Raindrops at the Fire Pit
– Local Spotlight: Toscano at Two Guys; Salem, NH"
Nick from Rhode Island (that’s where Mary was from) writes in to clear up a few points related to our salvo of The Cigar Authority mail bag entries. Nurse Rick is uncharacteristically quiet during the opening. The Hidden Herf is a bit off the beaten path and gets marks in the same vein. Comedy Chris … Continue reading "Episode 152: There’s Something About Nick
– Local Spotlight: The Oscuro III Limousine Search"