Episode 336 Lou Rodriguez Edición Reserva Bom Bom


DESCRIPTION: On his last visit to my home, Lou Rodriguez told me that he decided on the blend for the Edición Reserva over the phone with Gregorio Vasquez. While at home in the states and with Vasquez in Nicaragua, Lou told Vasquez he would like to have the same great blend found in the Edición Premier, but with more horsepower. So, they decided to bump up the filler blend with more ligero to see what that produced and they were delighted with the results.

Lou Rodriguez Edicion Reserva Bom Bom

The blend consists of Nicaraguan filler and binder and a sweet Mexican Maduro from the San Andres Valley as the wrapper. Besides the tweaking of the blend, the cigar is distinguished from its Edición Premier brother by a green foot band, which says Edición Reserva.

This week’s featured Reserva is the 4.75-inch by 42 ring gauge Bom Bom.

FEATURED LIBATION: Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Brewed in the authentic historical style of an Imperial Russian Stout, which means a rich, deep, complex beer with full-bodied flavor. This high, malty alcohol content and high hop rate were intended to preserve the beer and also prevent it from freezing during its shipboard trip across the Baltic Sea.

Lou Rodriguez Edicion Reserva Bom Bom

According to the Stone website, they have brewed their version of this beer to “pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!” Stone first released the Imperial Russian Stout in July of 2000. 2012 makes the 12th release of this special beer, which was released on April 16th, of this year.

A couple more facts about this beer: First, it uses a HOP VARIETY known as Warrior. It weighs in at 10.5% ABV and tips the IBU scale at 65. It is available in 22oz Bottles & on Draft.

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Winston Churchill Lancaster

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Winston Churchill Lancaster
I first featured the Winston Churchill Lancaster in Episode 274 back on Sunday, June 5, 2011. These cigars have been resting in their original tin inside by Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor for 1 year, 6 months and 17 days, and I pulled out my last two samples for this postscript review.

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Episode 335 La Palina Classic


DESCRIPTION: The La Palina Classic was one of two new blends launched in the summer of 2012 by Bill Paley, the owner of La Palina Cigars. The Classic is La Palina’s first cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic and it is also the first value-priced La Palina offering. With this new blend, La Palina hopes to entice a new generation of cigar smokers who are looking for high quality at a lower price than most boutique offerings.

La Palina Classic

To make the La Palina Classic, Paley turned to Abe Flores of PDR Cigars in the Dominican Republic. Flores opened a new expanded factory operation in the Dominican Republic and besides making his own brand of cigars, he has been producing blends for the likes of Gurkha and Primer Mundo cigars.

To create the Classic, Paley and Flores started with a Dominican and Nicaraguan filler blend. This is encased in an Ecuadorian binder and then topped off with a light and silky Brazilian-grown Habano seed wrapper.

This week’s featured La Palina Classic is the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

La Palina Classic

In 1920, Georges HINE created Antique, a complex and stunning cognac. 90 years later, the House of HINE reinterprets this timeless classic, now an XO Premier Cru.

Hine Antique is a blend of over 40 cognacs all aged for a minimum of 10 years, exclusively from grapes grown in Grande Champagne, the finest cru of the Cognac region.

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Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary torpedo

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo
This postscript review is on the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo. This cigar was first featured on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 272 on Sunday, May 22, 2011. These cigar have had a nice long rest prior to this review: 1 year and 11 months precisely. This past week, I sat down with a couple of samples and over the course of a couple days I proceeded to revisit this cigar.

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Episode 334 Avo 25th Anniversary Edition


DESCRIPTION: The year 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Avo cigar brand created by cigar icon Avo Uvezian, who began composing cigars in 1987. To celebrate the 25 years in the business, Avo has decided to share with the consumer public his two greatest passions, the piano and the cigar. It is this passion for music and cigars that has presented Avo with such happiness throughout the last quarter century.

Avo 25th Anniversary Edition

The cigars come packed in a stunning black lacquered, wooden ‘piano’ box, containing a short-term humidification system and a small compartment for accessory storage.

Avo 25th Anniversary Edition

The cigar starts with a beefy filler blend that includes, Piloto Cubano and San Vicente Ligero, and Piloto Cubano and Olor Viso, all grown in the Dominican Republic. This mix is wrapped in a Piloto Cubano binder and the cigar is crowned with a silky Criollo, Sun-Grown (D.R.) wrapper. Consisting entirely of Dominican tobaccos, this cigar is a true Dominican “Puro.”

The Avo 25th Anniversary Edition is produced in extremely limited quantities, only 2,000 individually numbered boxes containing 25 cigars are available in the United States. The suggested retail price is set at $16.00 per cigar or $400.00 per box. This week’s featured cigar is the 6” x 52 ring gauge Avo 25th Anniversary Toro.

Avo 25th Anniversary Edition

FEATURED LIBATION: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
This beer was first brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale. Subsequently, it was released for regular production in January 2009. This ale weighs in at 8.7% ABV and tips the bitterness scale at 90 IBUs.

To make the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, three different hops are used and include, Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo.

The ale is available in 22oz Bottles & Draft.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Urbano Corojo Torpedo
BACKGROUND: I first featured the Urbano Corojo Torpedo in Episode 271 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, May 15, 2011. These cigars have now been aging in my Aristocrat Mini Cabinet humidor for 1 year, 7.9 months and I pulled out my last two samples for this review.

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Episode 333: AKA Cigars, Respect, Hooah Robusto


DESCRIPTION: Today’s featured AKA cigar comes from the RESPECT line and is a tribute to all branches of the United States Military. According to the AKA company, all members of the military are true American heroes and they are all American Kick Ass.

AKA Respect Hooah box

They go on to say, “We understand that while each branch has their own unique individual identity, they all serve our country and defend our freedom with honor, courage and integrity. AKA salutes all the men and women of the past, present and future of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.”

The AKA Respect consists of a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has been aged 4 years. The binder is also aged 4-years and is a Honduran Corojo Ligero from the Eiroa Family. The filler blend consists of 4- and 5-year Aged Dominican Corojo ligero and Honduran Corojo ligero from the Kelner and Eiroa families, respectively. This week’s featured Respect cigar is the 5.5 inch by 50 ring gauge Army “Hooah” Robusto.

AKA Respect, Hooah Robusto

FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone Double Double Barrel ale
Today’s Double Double Barrel ale is only the third single component release to come from the brewery’s barrel aging program. The Double Double is a barrel-aged Imperial Special Bitter that pays special tribute to the flagship beer from the company, the Double Barrel Ale.

The Double Double consists of the concentrated first runnings of the DBA recipe that is re-hopped and actively fermented in oak. This particular lot was aged in a blend of new American Oak and Bourbon barrels for 10 months. DDBA is basically the DBA flagship beer brewed at double strength. This beer weighs in at 12%ABV.

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Para Japon Robusto

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Para Japon by La Aurora
This postscript review is on the Para Japon, which is made at the La Aurora cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. I first featured this cigar on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 269 back on Sunday, May 1, 2011. These cigars were aged in the La Aurora factory aging room for 3 years prior to distribution and they have now been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 6 months prior to this review. So, all in all, these cigars have more than 4.5 years of age on them.

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