Episode 332: On the Road: Carmel by the Sea, CA 2012

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DESCRIPTION: The coastline of California, all the way from San Luis Obispo to Carmel, is dotted with stretches of beach and landscape that would take your breath away. Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Lucia and Big Sur, all stand out like glittering supernovas on the way up the California Coast.

Downtown Carmel, CA

Big Sur, CA

My journey will take me up historic Highway 1 on a trip to release my inner wanderlust and recharge my internal battery.

You will be taking the journey with me and we will top, torch and toss back together as we take in the sights and sounds of this rolling herf. Our stops will include the quaint city of Carmel as I first stay at the Pine Inn Hotel, and then on to Carmel Valley Ranch.

Elephant Seal at Piedras Blancas

Carmel Valley Ranch

Of course, we will have our share of cigars as I load up the Stogie Fresh travel humidors and visit the local shops. All this and more as you board the Stogie Fresh luxury train and head north up the California Coast.

Wine and cigars in Carmel, CA

See all the photos:
Carmel Day One
Carmel Day Two
Carmel Day Three

FEATURED WEBSITES:
Pine Inn, Carmel by the Sea
Carmel Valley Ranch
Dametra Café (Lunch)
Da Giovani (Dinner)
Constance: The Wine Room
Bittner (Pen shop)
Carmel Cutlery
The Cheese Shop: Wine & Gormet
The Hat Shop: San Carlos & 6th (Carmel)
Carmel Pipe Shop

Episode 331 Crush & Roll West 2012

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DESCRIPTION: This past weekend, over 750 people walked through the gates at the fourth annual Crush & Roll West. This 2-day event saw 18 cigar brands represented, over 20 wine and beer booths and three spirits vendors, led by one of our major sponsors Manguin No. 1 Absinthe.

Crush & Roll West 2012Crush & Roll West 2012

Besides cigars and libations, there were a host of lifestyle vendors exhibiting everything from t-shirts and hats to spices, tattoos, cigar art and wine barrel furniture.

Cigar Rights of America was on hand to speak to everyone about preserving our freedom to smoke, while our friends at The Cigar Station were streaming the tunes and playing interviews throughout Saturday.

As always, the educational seminars rocked the scene with Cigar Man Andy doing his classic Cigar 101 and with myself and Dr. Bill Sysak teaming up for talks on a variety of subjects ranging from cigar wine pairing, cigar beer pairing and advanced topics in cigar smoking.

Crush & Roll West 2012

Crush & Roll West 2012

Our second annual poker tournament had all the drama of a big time sporting event as a newcomer to the tourney, sneaked the big win from last year’s champion setting up what I predict will become one of the great rivalries at future events.

Also this year, in what became one of the classic moments of the Crush & Roll, Jeff from Roxo Port Cellars and Rustle from Arroyo Robles Winery demonstrated a wine crush and actually crushed enough grapes to produce what will become in 2 years our next Crush & Roll West vintage port.

In short, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever and this week’s show will be a recap of the events.

Crush & Roll West 2012

Crush & Roll West 2012

Episode 330 San Lotano Oval Maduro

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DESCRIPTION: Handmade at A.J. Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the San Lotano Oval Maduro is a uniquely shaped stogie, which is a cross between a box-pressed and rounded or oval-shaped cigar. Marketing Director, Clay Roberts has indicated that the company used specially made cigar molds to construct the Oval cigars.

San Lotano Oval Maduro

The blend in the Oval Maduro is somewhat different than the original Oval. The Oval Maduro includes Dominican tobacco in the filler and in place of the Nicaraguan Habano 2000 wrapper, AJ Fernandez used an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro that has been aged for 4 years.

The San Lotano Oval Maduro comes in boxes of 20 and is priced between $9 and $12 per stick with six vitolas currently shipping.

This week’s featured San Lotano Oval Maduro is the 6 inch by 54 ring gauge Toro.

San Lotano Oval Maduro

FEATURED LIBATION: The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Dalmore’s Master Blender, the legendary Richard Paterson, first created a ‘Cigar Malt’ from a unique selection of old casks in 2001. The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of aged stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks and premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Crush & Roll West 2012 update.
• Doc talks about his latest DSLR camera and lens (Nikon D800).
• Doc talks about smoking one of the cigars he blended in Nicaragua 4 months ago. This one was blended at the Joya de Nicaragua factory.

Casa Torano Maduro Churchill

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Toraño Casa Toraño Maduro
This week’s postscript review is on the Casa Torano Maduro Churchill. I first featured this stick in Episode 270 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, May 8, 2011. These cigars have now been resting in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor for 1 year, 5 months and 14 days and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEBSITES:
San Lotano
The Dalmore
Buy tickets for CRUSH & ROLL WEST 2012
Toraño Family Cigars
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Buy Stogie Fresh Accessories

Episode 329 Foundry by General Cigar

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DESCRIPTION: Foundry is the brainchild of Michael Giannini who led the team that created the breakthrough brand. According to Giannini, “Foundry entices the premium cigar connoisseur to take a bold step back in time and a quantum leap into the future to envision the artistry of handmade cigars through the lens of unbridled innovation.”

Foundry, Wells

Featuring a collection of five proprietary tobaccos from four different countries, each aged between three and six years, Foundry’s foundation is amplified through an eight-year old wrapper developed by General Cigar. Called H-47 Pleno Sol.

The four-cigar collection is accessibly priced, and will make its mark on tobacco retail starting in late-October. The names of the cigars are taken from representatives of the movement including H. G. Wells, Ada Lovelace, Bryan Talbot and Sir George Cayle.

This week’s featured Foundry is the Wells, a 6” x 50 ring gauge Toro.

Foundry, Wells

FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone-Walker Wookey Jack
Wookey Jack is the first foray into the dark outer world of black IPAs for the Firestone-Walker brewery. Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. At 60 IBUs, Wookey Jack is gnarly on the outside yet complex and refined on the inside.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Crush & Roll West 2012 update.
• Doc talks about the custom pipe he is having made.
• Feedback on the Sip, Smoke & Savor Night at Roxo Port Cellars.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Matt & Annie Brown of “Hoot n Annie Blog.”

Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT:  Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary
The Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary was first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 268 on Sunday, April 24, 2011. These sticks have now been resting in my desktop humidor for 1 years, 6 months and 4 days and I pulled out a couple of samples for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEBSITES:
Foundry by General Cigar Co.
Firestone Walker Brewery
Buy tickets for CRUSH & ROLL WEST 2012
Hoot n Annie Blog
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Buy Stogie Fresh Accessories