Episode 93: Kelly from Ashton
– Local Spotlight: La Aroma De Cuba at Plaistow Cigar Co. in Plaistow, NH

Kelly from Ashton joins the Cigar Hacks for a special episode. Besides learning a lot about all the Ashton lines, including La Aroma De Cuba and San Cristobal, we record one fun show. We cover everything from birthing to fake Spanish and Italian. The Hidden Herf has a twist and there’s a segment on “your first cigar” that was completely impromptu. Nick and our good friend Pastor Padron (Dan) are part of the new Not Just Blowing Smoke podcast out of Twins Smoke Shop.

Local Spotlight – La Aroma De Cuba at Plaistow Cigar Co. in Plaistow, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Storm Area 51, Jeffrey Epstein

Hidden Herf 93 / 0.0K Road Race / The dog is 3


La Aroma De Cuba at Plaistow Cigar Co.


Episode 92: Two Thousand Guesses
– Local Spotlight: The Original Cigar & Bar; North Conway, NH

In the spirit of “2000 Flushes” we have this week’s Hidden Herf where about the same number of guesses are made before someone uses the internet to look up possible matches. We are all over the map with topics, even more than usual. We run into Kelly from Ashton at The Original and have some new ideas for Conspiracy Corner background music.

Local Spotlight – The Original Cigar & Bar; North Conway, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Storm Area 51, Social Media Bias, The Kennedy’s, A November Surprise?

Hidden Herf 92 / The Original Cigar & Bar


Episode 91: Cigar Hacks’ Family Vacation
– Local Spotlight: Cigar Shenanigans, Cigar & Cocktail Lounge; North Conway, NH

Cigar Hack Dave’s extended family heads up to the White Mountains and while in North Conway, NH we stop in and record with the Cigar Shenanigans family. It’s a different kind of a “family” show as the new Shenanigans Woodford Reserve House Blend arrives mid-show. Of course, we have to sample it. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome! We learn the history leading up to, and how Cigar Shenanigans came to be. This one has been on our radar for 18 months, the stars aligned, and our two families made it a good one.

Local Spotlight – Cigar Shenanigans, Cigar & Cocktail Lounge; North Conway, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Storm Area 51, James Comey leaks, Mueller Report

Hidden Herf 91 / Cigar Shenanigans, Cigar & Cocktail Lounge

Episode 90: The Ultimate Cigar Authority
– Local Spotlight: Studio 21 Podcast Cafe; Salem, NH

Richard Carleton Hacker, the author of “The Ultimate Cigar Book”, joins us on the remote while the in-studio guests are Mr. Johnathan and David Garofalo of “The Cigar Authority”. We talk about history, cigars, pipes, and spirits. With a couple of professional interviewers and a great subject to interview this quickly becomes the most informative episode we have done to date. The spirits we sample, while smoking the Hidden Herf, are the Four Roses Small Batch and Ardbeg 10 Year. Nurse Rick pegs the Hidden Herf again and asks the question that sends us in an odd direction. The spirits are detailed by Richard, but it’s Mr. Johnathan’s description that is spot-on. We talk about writing, editing, and publishing including Richard’s cigar, pipe and spirits books plus David Garofalo’s “David vs. Goliath”. Notables from the trade show: Lighters.

Local Spotlight – Studio 21 Podcast Cafe (Upstairs at Two Guys Smoke Shop); Salem, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Storm Area 51, Mueller Testimony, Facebook and the FTC, Digital assistants are spying on us.

Studio 21 Podcast Cafe / Richard’s Book / Hidden Herf 90


Episode 89: River Redux
– Local Spotlight: The Saco River; Fryeburg, ME

The Cigar Hacks again take the pedal-powered paddle-wheeler barge for a two night camping adventure. We are on the Saco River in Fryeburg Maine, this year it’s with a crew of 15. Using a new portable recording configuration we are able to do the episode around the campfire on a sandy beach with the entire crew. Just as last year we were at Fiddlehead Campground for one night and “in the wild” for the second night where we recorded this episode.

Local Spotlight – The Saco River; Fryeburg, ME

Conspiracy Corner – Storm Area 51

Hidden Herf 89 / The Saco

Episode 88: Return to Enema Lake
– Local Spotlight: Toscano at Two Guys; Seabrook, NH

The Engineering team solves the power problem on the S.S. Low Voltage which allows us to record out on Enema Lake. There’s a little competition from the campers on the island. The Saco River Trip is previewed, we are planning to record an episode on the river again this year. The Hidden Herf is a box press robusto that the panel should recognize but don’t. The Meat Raffle was a fun evening. Since when do parents have to go to Drivers-Ed? Ricky lands a pair of big fat catfish and we talk about a lot of cigars.

Local Spotlight – Toscano at Two Guys; Seabrook, NH

Conspiracy Corner – A build up in the Middle East.

Hidden Herf 88 / Toscano at Two Guys

Episode 87: Fourth of July Special
– Local Spotlight: Fireworks on the Fourth

Recorded on the Sixth of July we have a Fourth of July themed show. We tried to record out on Enema Lake but ran into technical issues with the S.S. Low Voltage, it was quick retreat to dry land for this one – thanks to the back-up battery! The Leprechaun King takes another try with the current events, we help him dig out of that hole. Reflections on both Pipe Club and Castaways to get some of the panel up to speed. The Hidden Herf  turns out to be another surprise. Harvey puts it out there for the veterans.

Local Spotlight – Fireworks on the Fourth – from Enema Lake and Castaways.

Conspiracy Corner – A NH Conspiracy – (That’s New Hampshire for the kids.)
Are you a Communist at home, a Socialist in the neighborhood, a Democrat at town hall, a Republican at the statehouse, and a Libertarian in Washington DC?

Hidden Herf 87

Episode 86: Pipe Club with Pastor Padron
– Local Spotlight: A Day at Fenway Park with Rocky Patel

It’s Pipe Club 101, the hacks learn how to smoke pipes. Pastor Padron (Dan)  has us over to the haunted mansion to learn the basics of pipe smoking. Nick sets us up with the essential hardware and the tobacco packing begins. Join us for a “never smoked a pipe before” lesson on how to get started.

Local Spotlight – A Day at Fenway Park with Rocky Patel

Conspiracy Corner – IPCPR changes to PCA

Pipe Club with Pastor Padron

Episode 85: Seafood, Cigars and Cars
– Local Spotlight: Castaways Seafood & Grille; Seabrook, NH

We sit down with Ted, one of the owners of Castaways Seafood & Grille, to talk about the Perdomo Cigar Dinner they are hosting with Two Guys Smoke Shop on Tuesday August 27th. We learn that you can smoke cigars anytime by the fire pits, beside the deck toward the beach. This qualifies Castaways as a “bring your own” cigar lounge, weather permitting of course. The panel has a seafood dinner and cocktails on the deck before recording and it’s unanimous, the food and drinks were great, we are coming back again! The Hidden Herf was well received and the “crack panel” of Hacks figured it out after only a few guesses. It seems that almost every topic circled back to not only cigars, but also cars; The “MAGA 45” Maserati, Trans Am, Hell Cat, Shelby, limos, Fiat, U haul, Bentley, Corvette, Mustang, and Lamborghini. The Encore Casino has opened this week in Everett, just outside of Boston, and cheaters are already getting bagged! The Kristoff Pistoff firecracker is almost sold out at Two Guys and ouzo is the happy drunk.

Local Spotlight – Castaways Seafood & Grille; Seabrook, NH

Conspiracy Corner – Big Papi and Robert Kraft updates

Castaways Seafood & Grille; Seabrook, NH

Hidden Herf 85 / Perdomo Cigar Dinner

Episode 84: Not as Easy as it Looks
– Local Spotlight: Two Guys Father’s Day Event; Salem, NH

The Current Events segment is a special treat this week – it’s not as easy as it looks. Things start off with ten minutes of Hidden Herf incorrect guessing and general cigar discussion. We go for ice cream in the Oscuro limo, it got washed, an oil change and then it talks back to us during the show. The tobacco purchase age is going up to 21 in more places. Twins Rocky Patel event report. Podcast Juice Lamp production, Brick & Mortar retail, motorcycles and Laconia Bike Week topics round it out.

Local Spotlight: Two Guys Father’s day at Tuscan Kitchen; Salem, NH

Conspiracy Corner: Sponge Bob Square Pants, DARPA, Big Papi update

Hidden Herf 84 / The Oscuro / Cigar Dinner Event Poster