OFFSTAGE: What Is Brad Paisley Smoking?

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True story? I remember hearing Brad Paisley’s “The Cigar Song” in 2003 and wondered if the story was for real. (He buys a box of cigars, insures them, smokes them all, makes a claim, buys more, then ultimately gets thrown in jail on 24 separate counts of arson.) But now we know Paisley loves cigars, especially Cubans and Dominicans. He talks about it in the cover story of the April issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine. And in a behind-the-scenes video , he shares his specific tastes in cigars. “My favorite Cubans are Montecristo No. 2 or Partagas Series B. And then, as far as Dominican goes, I’ve always liked Diamond Crown cigars. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad one of those,” he says. He says he has smoked cigars with Bill Shatner, but he wishes he could’ve smoked one with George Burns.

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