Sharing Our Pairings 185 - EP Carrillo Encore

February 27, 2019

Tripp and Denis are back from the DR and are smoking Cigar Aficionado's Number One Cigar of 2018, the EP Carrillo Encore!

CigarChat - Southern Draw IGNITE with Robert Holt

September 27, 2018

In this episode, we talk to Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars about their "Ignite Some Good" charitable project!

Sharing Our Pairings 150 - Davidoff Year of The Snake

September 27, 2018

We're BACK FedHeads!

Sorry for the long delay in getting new episodes uploaded, things have been crazy here, but we're working on getting it back on track now.

This is our 150th episode, so to celebrate, we'll be going high-falutin' with the Davidoff Year of the Snake, and a couple of special whiskeys!

And join the FedHeads Facebook group here for sweeeeet giveaways:

Sharing Our Pairings 149 - Saga Blend No. 7

July 24, 2018

This week, Tripp and Denis try out the Blend No. 7 from Saga Cigars and find out how it pairs!

Sharing Our Pairings 148 - Into The Eye of The SHARK

June 18, 2018

In this episode, Tripp and Denis smoke Cigar Aficionado's number one cigar of 2017, the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of The Shark, Pairing it with American Whiskey, Scotch, Rum, and a couple of beers!

Sharing Our Pairings 147 - Warfighter 7.62 Garrison

June 18, 2018

I this episode, John "Cigar Surgeon" McTavish returns to guest co-host! Tripp and John are each pairing a couple of Scotches and a rum with the Warfighter 7.62 Garrison Edition.

Cigar Chat Rountable - April 2018 Edition

June 18, 2018

Tripp and Jason sit down to talk about the news in the industry for April and the new cigar releases for the month

Sharing Our Pairings 146 - Atabey Lancero with Barry Stein and Cigar Surgeon

June 18, 2018

Guest hosts John "Cigar Surgeon" McTavish from Developing Palates a Barry Stein from The Cigar Authority join Tripp to pair the Atabay Spiritus Lancero with spirits from around the world including Wiggly Bridge Bourbon from Maine, Hudson Baby Bourbon from New York, a pair of Ardbeg's and more!

Sharing Our Pairings 145 - Ohana Pulse Maduro

May 27, 2018

Tripp and Denis try out the Ohana Pulse Maduro, and find out how it pairs with beers and bourbons!

Buy the Ohana Pulse Maduro from show sponsor Cigar Federation Store here:

CigarChat Roundtable - March Madness Edition

April 27, 2018

Tripp, Denis, and Jason recap March Madness and answer some viewer questions!

Sharing Our Pairings 144 - Black Works Serpents and Rainbows

April 27, 2018

In this episode, Tripp and Denis try a few pairings with the S&R from Black Works Studio.

Sharing Our Pairings 143 - Villiger La Vencedora

April 27, 2018

Tripp and Denis try pairing with the Villiger La Vencedora with Jack Daniels Gentleman Jack and a couple of other beverages.

CigarChat - News Of The Week Edition - March 2018

March 29, 2018

Tripp and Jason talk about some of the recent news in the world of cigars, and spend some time answering some viewer questions!

Sharing Our Pairings 142 - AVO Ritmo With Gin

March 26, 2018

Tripp and Denis finally found a cigar that pairs well with gin, the AVO Ritmo South America. Tripp goes with a trio of West-Coast American gins, 2 of which spent a little time in a barrel, while Denis brings a couple European bottles to the table.


If you haven't already, there are still a couple days left to enter our AVO giveaway:

CigarChat - AVO Cigars, plus a contest!

March 21, 2018

This week, Scott Kolesaire joins us to talk about the 30th anniversary of AVO Cigars, and the year-long celebration they've got planned for 2018.

In addition to the show, we're giving away(For $.99 each) some awesome prizes from AVO, you can learn more here:

Sharing Our Pairings 141 - Partagas Secret Upcoming Blend!

March 20, 2018

While at ProCigar, Tripp and Denis were given a new Partagas from General Cigar Company, but they don't have any of the blend details, even the name of the cigar.

Grab a cigar and a drink, have a seat, and find out what Tripp and Denis think of the upcoming mystery Partagas!

Sharing Our Pairings 140 - La Barba Purple with Tony Bellatto

March 14, 2018

This week on Sharing Our Pairings, Denis and Tripp are joined by Tony Bellatto, Owner of La Barba Cigars to pair the La Barba Purple with wine. Tony is a BIT of a wine expert, and teaches the Wine Dummies a thing or two about what they're drinking.


Sharing Our Pairings 139 - La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

March 14, 2018

La Volcada is the latest release from La Flor Dominicana, with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Ecuadorian Corojo binder, and filler tobaccos from the LFD farm in the Dominican Republic. Find out what Tripp and Denis thought!

CigarChat - Tony Bellatto, Owner of La Barba Cigars

March 6, 2018

This week, we talk to Tony Bellatto about what's going on over at La Barba Cigars.

Sharing Our Pairings 138 - Debonaire Maduro and ProCigar Recap

March 5, 2018

Fresh off their trip to the Debonaire House in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Tripp and Denis recap their experience at ProCigar while pairing the Debonaire Maduro with Debonaire Rum and a couple of beers.

As promised during the episode, here are some of Tripp's pictures from the week:

Day 1:

Day 2 - Reyes Farm:

Day 2 - Reyes Factory:

Day 2 - Dinner Party:

Day 3 - Private Reyes Farm Tour:

Day 3 - Machine Mades at Reyes Factory:

Day 3 - White Party:

Day 4 - Reyes Factory Private Tour:

Day 4 - Gala Dinner:

Blending at the Factory:

The Debonaire House:

CigarChat - Providencia Cigars

February 19, 2018

Tripp and Jason are joined by Jim and Raymond to talk about the incredible story that brought Providencia Cigars into existence.  We're also giving away a couple of Providencia 3-packs, so listen to the podcast for instructions!

Sharing Our Pairings 137 - Crux Guild

February 19, 2018

Tripp and Denis check out the Crux Guild!

Sharing Our Pairings 135 - La Aurora ADN Dominicano

February 14, 2018

Denis and Tripp deal with technical difficulties, and smoke the La Aurora ADN Dominicano!

Sharing Our Pairings 136 - La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva

February 14, 2018

Join Tripp and Denis to smoke the Colección Reserva from La Gloria Cubana. Learn the story behind the cigar, and find out how it pairs!

CigarChat - David Blanco from Blanco Cigars

February 2, 2018

David Blanco joins us to talk about the relatively short(For a cigar company) but storied history of Blanco cigars, and how they got to be where they are.

Sharing Our Pairings 134 - Espinosa Murciélago with Hector Alfonso and Cigar Surgeon

January 30, 2018

The bat is back! Hector Alfonso from Espinosa Cigars, and John The "Cigar Surgeon" join us to pair the new Murciélago made by A.J. Fernandez for Espinosa Cigars with several beers, and shenanigans ensue!

CigarChat - Hector Alfonso from Espinosa Cigars

January 29, 2018

This week, we're talking to Hector Alfonso, Master Blender for Espinosa Cigars and the La Zona factory.  We talk about the spectacular run that La Zona had at this year's "Award Season", and get a couple hints about what to expect from Espinosa in 2018.

Sharing Our Pairings 133 - My Father The Judge

January 18, 2018

Tripp paired The Judge Toro Fino with:
Nectar Creek - Waggle Wildflower Session Mead
Feckin Irish Brewing Co - Feckin De Los Muertos
Havana Club 7 Años

Denis decided to pair The Judge Toro Fini with a beers from Carton Brewing in New Jersey.

Sharing Our Pairings 132 - Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged

January 18, 2018

Tripp and Denis find out how the latest cigar in the Camacho Barrel Aged series pairs with different beers, scotches, and rums.

Cigar Chat - Cigar Federation Top 25 of 2017

January 10, 2018

We revealed our Top 25 a couple weeks ago, but wanted to give any podcast listeners who don't read a chance to find out what we thought.  In this episode, we go over our Top 25 cigars of 2017 and explain why each cigar made the cut.

Sharing Our Pairings 130 - Foundation Coffee with Nick Melillo and Logan

January 10, 2018

Tripp and Denis try to pair the Wiseman Maduro from Foundation with the Wiseman coffee from Layne Coffee(Logan's coffee company), while Logan teaches us about how to make our coffee better.

Tripp forgot to hit the record button, but luckily, you only missed about 3 minutes.  Enjoy!

Sharing Our Parings 131 - Tripp’s Cigar Safari Blend

January 10, 2018

Tripp and Denis smoke Tripp's Cigar Safari blend from the 2017 Cigar Federation Cigar Safari, to find out whether or not Tripp is a blending genius!

Cigar Chat - Terence Reilly from Casa Fernandez

January 10, 2018

Terence joins us to talk about his new position at Casa Fernandez, and explains the relationship between Casa Fernandez and Aganorsa tobacco.

Sharing Our Pairings 129 - Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder with Robert Holt

December 26, 2017

In this episode, Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars joins Tripp and Denis to pair his latest release, the Jacob's Ladder with some wintery beers.

Cigar Chat - Warfighter Tobacco Company

December 21, 2017

Bonus Episodes!  Because of the technical issues that persisted for a couple of weeks, We're wishing all you FedHeads a Merry Christmas with FOUR episodes in one weekend to catch up!


In this episode, Tripp and Jason talk to Scott and Jon, two of the six veterans behind Warfighter Tobacco Company.  

Sharing Our Pairings 128 - Tatuaje Michael

December 21, 2017

Hey FedHeads, sorry for the delay in getting the last few episodes up.  There was a bug in the latest version of our recording software that caused someproblems with the audio and video.  But now we're back!


This week, Denis and Tripp are smoking the latest Monster from Tatuaje, the Michael.

Cigar Chat - Eddy Guerra from Gurkha Cigars

November 18, 2017

Eddy joins us from Gurkha Cigars to talk about the new offerings from Gurkha this year, and suggests the best Gurkhas for every palate.

Sharing Our Pairings 127 - My Father Le BIjou and Stouts

November 18, 2017

Tripp and Jason find out how a few different stouts pair with the My Father Le Bijou 1922.   Apologies for the disconnection that cut the show a little shorter than usual.

Cigar Chat - Nicholas Melillo from Foundation Cigar Company

November 11, 2017

We talk to Nick Melillo about everything from his early days at Drew Estate to his latest release, the Highclere Castle.

Sharing Our Pairings 126 - RobbyRas from Mombacho

November 11, 2017

RobbyRas joins us to find out what beers pair best with the Mombacho Tierra Volcan.

Cigar Review - Probable Cause Lancero

November 6, 2017

Surgeon sits down to review the Probable Cause box pressed lancero from Cubariqueno Cigar Company.

Cigar Review - Davidoff Late Hour Robusto

November 1, 2017

Surgeon sits down with the Davidoff Late Hour Robusto. 

Cigar Chat - Brady Hayek from Jeremy Jack Cigars

October 28, 2017

Tripp and Jason talk to Brady Hayek from Jeremy Jack Cigars about how he got into the industry, and how he got involved with TABSA/Casa Fernandez

Sharing Our Pairings 125 - Jeremy Jack Libelula

October 26, 2017

Tripp and Denis find out how the Jeremy Jack Libelula pairs with a few craft beers, and a whiskey.

Cigar Chat Episode 260 - Juan Martinez from Joya de Nicaragua Cigars

October 20, 2017

Tripp and Jason talk with Juan Martinez about what's new for Joya de Nicaragua, including the Joya Family, and the new Antaño Gran Reserva

Sharing Our Pairings 124 - Celebrating Oktoberfest with Terence Reilly from Quesada

October 19, 2017

Tripp and Denis welcome special guest Terence Reilly from Quesada Cigars for our annual Quesada Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest-style beer pairing.

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 123 - Undercrown Sungrown and Craft Beer

October 12, 2017

Tripp sits down with guest host Denis to pair the new Undercrown Sungrown from Drew Estate with some craft beers.

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 122 - Atabey and Farewell Surgeon

October 5, 2017

Tripp sits down with Surgeon as they bid Surgeon farewell from Cigar Federation duties. They pair the extremely limited Selected Tobacco Atabey Misticos.

Tripp is pairing with:

  • Ron Santiago de Cuba
  • Zafra Master Reserve
  • Fremont B-Bomb

Surgeon is pairing with:

  • Blonde Ale - Common Crown Brewing Co.
  • The Hakushu 12 Japanese Whisky - Suntory
  • Raftman Smoked Ale - Unibroue
  • Taketsuru 21 Pure Malt Japanese Whisky - Nikka Whisky


Cigar Chat Episode 259 - Fabien Zeigler with Drew Estate

October 4, 2017

Tripp and Jason sit down with Drew Estate's "Dirty" Fabien Zeigler to discuss all things non-traditional.

Sharing Our Pairings Episode 121 - Joya de Nicaragua Gran Reserva

September 29, 2017

Tripp and special co-host Matt sit down to pair the new Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva from Joya de Nicaragua with beer.

Tripp is pairing a JdN Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva Belicoso with:

  • Blood Orange Gose - Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  • What Rough Beast - Breakside Brewery
  • Freakcake - Crux Fermentation Project