Not Just Blowing Smoke

Oct 26 2020 88 mins 5

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.







Super Size Me! XL Cigars and Pipes with Special Guest Tom Lazuka from Asylum Cigars
Oct 19 2020 106 mins  
For a long time, the most popular cigar vitola was the Robusto. But as the years have gone on, the desire for larger and thicker cigars have been gaining popularity in the marketplace. One of the proofs of this growing trend is that now the Toro is the most popular size. In this episode, we delve into the world of extra large cigars with Asylum Cigar's founder, Tom Lazuka, and Regional Sales Manager Jimmy Price, as we smoke the Pandemonium 70 x 8.5 by Asylum.In the second half of the show we look at how pipes with XL bowls impact the smoking experience, while we enjoy some Carolina Red Flake (2019) from Cornell & Diehl, one their most popular annual Small Batch blends.What is it about big ring gauge cigars that makes them so popular? Is it just a fad, or is there something else behind it? Do they have something to offer that "normal" sizes don't? Do large pipe bowls enhance the smoking experience, or are they just larger tobacco delivery systems designed to get you to go through your tin of tobacco faster? We let you know what we think. And that is Not Just Blowing Smoke! Not Just Blowing Smoke is the cigar and pipe podcast that brings the knowledge, expertise, and fun of Twins Smoke Shop right to you. Wherever you are, and whenever you want it. New episodes every Monday. Subscribe to us on Podbean, iHeart Radio, Spotify, iTunes, Google, or YouTube, and to our website, notjustblowingsmoke.com, to make sure you don't miss a thing!


































The Aladino Cameroon and Plum Pudding Special Reserve
Jun 29 2020 103 mins  
Cameroon is one of those tobaccos that seems to be appearing in more and more new cigars. Today we light up one of the most anticipated Cameroon releases, the Aladino Cameroon Super Toro, which features a Cameroon wrapper grown by Julio Eiroa on his own farm in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras. We paired it with Down East Aloha Friday, an apple and pineapple hard cider. Was this a complimentary or contrasting pairing or a "comp-trasting" pairing? While we smoke the Aladino, we also talk about the differences between this Honduran grown tobacco and the African variety, and share what our favorite Cameroon cigars are.For our pipe tobacco we light up what some say is the "Nirvana" of Balkan blends, Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding Special Reserve. Does this coveted crumble cake deserve such praise? We give our take on this popular tobacco. We brought pack a favorite cocktail that Pastor Padron believed would be a perfect pairing with the Plum Pudding Special Reserve-the Penicillin, a cocktail made with Johnnie Walker Black, lemon juice, honey ginger simple syrup, over ice with a float of Laphroaig 10 Year.We also talk about our favorite summer drinks, Paul brings us up to date on the latest news, talk about the difference between English and Balkan blends, answer viewer questions, and ask an other would you rather question. 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. Each week we review a cigar and a pipe tobacco and have each expertly paired with a spirit or cocktail from the bar at our own 7-20-4 Lounge. And that is…Not Just Blowing Smoke! New episodes every Monday. Follow us on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Google.

















Lighting Up with Lauren
May 04 2020 79 mins  
It’s always a great time when we are able to get together with Ashton’s Lauren Ferraro…even if it’s virtually! We light up the Ashton Cabinet No. 7 and pair it with Glenmorangie 14 Year Quinta Ruban while we catch up with Ashton’s New England rep.Then we try out Peter Stokkebye’s Luxury Navy Flake, a bulk blend manufactured by STG. Kendra suggested pairing it with a white wine called Three Sheets to the Wind by Zorvino Vineyards, a local winery in Sandown, NH.We talk about Ashton, how they are adapting in the current circumstances of COVID-19 restrictions, specials that Twins is offering ON Ashton brand cigars May 1-8, how the PCA is still attempting to go ahead even with having to comply with a myriad of social distancing restrictions, how each of us has been passing the extra time at home, and all the shenanigans you have come to expect from the crew of Not Just Blowing Smoke.We encourage you to join us each Friday from 7:00-8:30pm EST on our Facebook Page (facebook.com/NJBSpodcast) to be part of the show. The Monday podcast will be an edited version of that live event.This episode is an edited audio recording of our third Facebook Live event which aired on May 1, 2020.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. Each week we review a cigar and a pipe tobacco and have each expertly paired with a spirit or cocktail from the bar at our own 7-20-4 Lounge. And that is…Not Just Blowing Smoke! New episodes every Monday. Follow us on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Google.



A Light Night Out
Apr 27 2020 84 mins  
This episode begins with an interview with Joe DesMarais, the New England rep for Southern Draw Cigars as we smoke the Rose of Sharon Lancero, aka “The Thorn.” You may not picture us being willing to smoke any cigar with a pink band, let alone a Lancero, but we will smoke anything once, and that is not just blowing smoke! Does this Southern Draw cigar come out smelling like a rose or leave you thinking you pricked your finger on a thorn smoking it in this vitola?Kendra and Bree wanted to pair it with Chardonay, but Paul wanted to use an IPA. We solved that problem by doing both. Paul and Pastor Padron paired it with a Fiddlehead IPA, Nick paired his with Boom Sauce, and David decided to stick with his first love, Samuel Adams Summer Ale.In the second half of our show we packed our pipes with a straight Virginia blend from Cornell & Diehl called Opening Night. We paired this with an Empress 1908 Gin cocktail. We were mesmerized by the beautiful deep colors of the gin and the bright late springtime flavors or the cocktail, but was Opening Night going to be just as impressive a performance?Pastor Padron shares another Cigar Confession, Paul introduces a new segment talking about what is happening in the industry, and much more!We encourage you to join us each Friday from 7:00-8:30pm EST on our Facebook Page (facebook.com/NJBSpodcast) to be part of the show. The Monday podcast will be an edited version of that live event.This episode is an edited audio recording of our third Facebook Live event which aired on April 24, 2020.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. Each week we review a cigar and a pipe tobacco and have each expertly paired with a spirit or cocktail from the bar at our own 7-20-4 Lounge. And that is…Not Just Blowing Smoke! New episodes every Monday. Follow us on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Google.


Torpedoes and Planes
Apr 20 2020 70 mins  
With many of us having to stay at home, we thought it was time for us to step up and step out and make some changes to how we do things so that our show would be more interactive with you and the awesome guys and gals that make up the Twins Smoke Shop community. What we wanted to do was to host a virtual herf (that is a term for people getting together to enjoy a cigar or pipe) where we were all smoking the same thing in a format that allowed you to interact with the tobacconists and bartenders of Twins Smoke Shop and the 7-20-4 Lounge.This episode is an edited audio recording of our second Facebook Live event which aired on April 17, 2020.In this our second live episode, the regular crew was joined by the Lovely Lisa, and for the first time, Bree from the 7-20-4 Lounge. In the first half we lit up the freakishly popular Le Bijou Box Pressed Torpedo by My Father Cigars and paired it with a rum based Old Fashioned. In the second half we reviewed the much sought out Squadron Leader pipe tobacco by Samuel Gawith, we tried pairing this with several different Founders Beers.Not going to lie, we had some issues with the audio in this episode. We are in a whole new world as we work to change with the times.We encourage you to join us each Friday from 7:00-8:30pm EST on our Facebook Page (facebook.com/NJBSpodcast) to be part of the show. The Monday podcast will be an edited version of the live event.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. Each week we review a cigar and a pipe tobacco and have each expertly paired with a spirit or cocktail from the bar at our own 7-20-4 Lounge. And that is…Not Just Blowing Smoke! New episodes every Monday. Follow us on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Google.


Social Distance aRoMa-Red Flake-Therapy
Apr 13 2020 89 mins  
With many of us having to stay at home, we thought it was time for us to step up and step out and make some changes to how we do things so that our show would be more interactive with you and the awesome guys and gals that make up the Twins Smoke Shop community. What we wanted to do was to host a virtual herf (that is a term for people getting together to enjoy a cigar or pipe) where we were all smoking the same thing in a format that allowed you to interact with the tobacconists and bartenders of Twins Smoke Shop and the 7-20-4 Lounge.This episode is an edited audio recording of that premiere event.In the first half of the show we smoke the CroMagnon EMH by RoMa Craft. In the second half of the show for our pipe tobacco review, we lit up the just released Carolina Red Flake with Perique from Cornell & Diehl. Since Kendra was not able to make cocktails for all of us since we were all in different locations, we decided to pair each of these with a bourbon of our choice. This episode had a lot of firsts:It was our first recording with a live audience. And we had a lot of great comments from people who were watching and smoking with us including Skip Martin and Kurt Kendall, and a surprise video call from the Lovely Lisa one of the bar tenders from the 7-20-4 Lounge. It was our first video recording of the show. Many of you have asked for that... ask, and you shall receive! It was our first time recording from 5 different locations at once. Pastor Padron, Paul, Nick, Dave, and Kendra used Skype to video call into the podcast using OBS editing suite.It was our first time streaming on Facebook Live. And we found that we were not alone! We had a good number of people online with us and even more have watched it after it was over!We encourage you to join us each Friday from 7:00-8:30pm EST on our Facebook Page (facebook.com/NJBSpodcast) to be part of the show. The Monday podcast will be an edited version of the live event.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. Each week we review a cigar and a pipe tobacco and have each expertly paired with a spirit or cocktail from the bar at our own 7-20-4 Lounge. And that is…Not Just Blowing Smoke! New episodes every Monday. Follow us on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and Google.














































































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