The Spare Notes Series

The Spare Notes Series is a Bi-Weekly podcast hosted by Matt Tabacco, Kevin Acuff and William Cooper of Cigar-Coop. Started in 2021, the show is based on extra topics and material that didn’t make it into the hosts regular shows. This is a more industry focused show with some very unrelated topics sprinkled in as well. There are no guests, just good company.

The show can be found on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter LIVE every other Saturday night, as well as after the show everywhere you download your Podcasts under the Smokin Tabacco channel.

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Spare Notes Series #51: Cigar of the Year Discussion

January 15, 2024 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Kevin and Mitchell talk more in-depth about the 2023 Smokin Tabacco Cigar of the Year list as well as some predictions about what is to come in 2024. Read more
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Spare Notes Series #50: Trademark, Trademark, Trademark

December 26, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On the last episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt and Kevin talk a lot about trade mark issues and specifically about two separate issues that came up in the industry this past week. Read more
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Spare Notes Series #49: Rough Start…Strong Finish

November 30, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, the show kicks off to a rough start with a handful of technical difficulties that gets Matt in a mood to be a little more...nitpicky. Read more
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Spare Notes Series #48: Unprofessional Responses From Brands

November 16, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Kevin and Coop talk about unprofessional comments made by brands in response to some criticism. Read more

Spare Notes Series #47: The PCA Changes the Game for Media

October 22, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode, Matt and Coop talk about the news that the Premium Cigar Association has announced it will be dropping membership fees to all media members and will be starting a new and deeper vetting process. Read more

Spare Notes Series #46: Should the Price Effect the Score?

October 8, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Kevin and Coop talk about how cigar reviews differ and debate over whether the price of the cigar should be a major contributing factor of the score. Read more

Spare Notes Series #45: Coop Finds a Good Lancero

September 23, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Kevin and Coop talk a little bit of baseball, football and what's going on in the industry this week. Read more

Spare Notes Series #44: Feedback From the Audience

September 18, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Kevin and Coop respond to some comments that were made following the previous episode from the audience which seemed to be directed at Coop but applied to any media person. Read more

Spare Notes Series #43: Celebrating A New Baby!

August 27, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt and Coop celebrate the birth of Matt and Nicole’s new baby and smoke some celebratory... Read more

Spare Notes Series #42: Cigar Industry Wins – FDA Shot Down

August 17, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Matt, Coop and Kevin talk about the FDA ruling handed down by Judge Mehta this week... Read more

Spare Notes Series #41: What Happened at PCA?

August 4, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: On this episode of the Spare Notes Series, Coop is back and we talk about the PCA show from Coop’s perspective as well as... Read more

Spare Notes Series #40: What Happened at PCA?

July 19, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: Last weekend Matt, Kevin and Mitchell talk about the 2023 PCA Trade Show that they all attended last week. They talk the good, the... Read more

Spare Notes Series #39: Kevin Acuff Fills in for Coop

July 1, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: Last week, Coop was in Miami (again) so we decided to bring Kevin Acuff, the newest member of Smokin Tabacco, on the show to... Read more

Spare Notes Series #38: Matt’s Disappointment in the Smokin Tabacco Airport Selfie Contest

June 17, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: Last week, we talk about a wide rang of topics including cigars we have recently enjoyed, some PCA pre-game talk and Matt discusses his... Read more

Spare Notes Series 36: Should You Be Brand Loyal?

May 15, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: This week, we talk about smokers who are brand loyal and try to encourage them to expand their horizons and explore more brands and... Read more

Spare Notes Series #35: How Much Does It Cost to Make a Cigar?

April 24, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: This week, we talk about how frustrating it is that some companies fail to live up to expectations when it comes to communications and... Read more

Spare Notes Series #34: Should the PCA Charge Media More Money?

April 15, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: This week, the entire gang is together to talk about the PCA once again. First, we talk about the announcement that was made since... Read more

Spare Notes Series #33: Alec Bradley Sale & PCA Moving Dates

April 3, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate: This week we dive into the Alec Bradley sale that was announced during TPE. Coop fills us in on the Great Smoke and we... Read more

Spare Notes Series #32: End of the Year (Finally), ProCigar and TPE

March 4, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate – This week, Matt and Coop get together to recap the TPE 2023 trade show that Matt and Nicole attended and the 2023 ProCigar... Read more

Spare Notes Series #31: Do Most Americans Want to Ban Tobacco Products?

February 27, 2023 By Matthew Tabacco
Brought to you by Drew Estate – This week, Matt, Mitchell and Coop get together to talk about the BCA, CRA and a recent survey that suggests most Americans want... Read more