Episode 351 RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII

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BACKGROUND: This week’s featured stick is called the Intemperance, which comes in two varieties, a Brazilian Arapiraca-wrapped BA XXI and the Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped EC XVIII. Today’s featured cigar, the EC XVIII, alludes to a totally different time in the history of the temperance movement. In 1919, the movement finally achieved its goal when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States established a national prohibition on the consumption of ‘intoxicating liquors’.

This week’s featured stick is the 4.5-inch by 52 ring gauge Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue.

Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue

Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue

FEATURED LIBATION: Doc’s Select Blend coffee
Today’s libation is a coffee blend that is a result of my taking leftover green beans from several batches of single-origin coffees and blending them together and roasting them.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• La Flor Dominicana recently unveiled its new event program for 2013. Known unofficially as the “Mystery Event.”
• Toraño Family Cigar Company recently announced that they have been officially appointed by Brother of the Leaf, LLC as their sole distributor in the USA as of February 15th, 2013.
• Gurkha announced this past week that they just started shipping a new East India Cargo Chest.
• AVO Uvezian will celebrate his 87th birthday this March. at The Grand Havana Room in NYC.

J. Grotto Reserve Gran Corona

J. Grotto Reserve Gran Corona

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: J. Grotto Series Reserve Gran Corona
This postscript review is on the J Grotto Series Reserve Gran Corona. I first reviewed this cigar in Episode 291 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, October 16, 2011. These sticks have been resting in my Stogie Fresh humidor for 1 year, 5.5 months and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week to see how they are faring with another year and a half of age.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
RoMa Craft Tobac Cigars
Doc’s Special Blend coffee: No web site.
Cigar Rights of America (CRA)
Tobacconist University

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Episode 350 Montecristo Petit Edmundo

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BACKGROUND: This week’s featured cigar, the Petit Edmundo, is one of the 17 current production cigars under the Cuban Montecristo brand.

Montecristo Petit Edmundo and Laphroaig 18-Year Scotch

Montecristo Petit Edmundo and Laphroaig 18-Year Scotch

The Petit Edmundo is essentially a shortened version of its big brother, the Edmundo, which is 5.3 inches and 52 ring gauge. At exactly 1-inch shorter the Petit Edmundo was initially released in 2006 to rave reviews and has been a huge success ever since. The cigar was created in the then-new H. Upmann factory in Nuevo Vedado following the success of the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto.

This week’s featured stogie is the 4.3-inch by 52 ring gauge Petit Edmundo.

Montecristo Petit Edmundo and Laphroaig 18-year scotch

Montecristo Petit Edmundo and Laphroaig 18-year scotch

FEATURED LIBATION: Laphroaig 18-year Single Malt Scotch
This 18-year-old Laphroaig is made in limited quantities each year and because it’s so old, a fortunate few will be able to partake. And that’s only IF they can afford it.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH
• General Cigar’s newly redesigned website
• Laphroaig’s website
• Latest happenings with Davidoff
• Price reductions at La Palina

Monte Pascoal Minutos

Monte Pascoal Minutos

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Monte Pascoal Minutos
This week’s review is on the Monte Pascoal Minutos. I first featured these cigars in Episode 294 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, November 13, 2011. These cigars have been resting for 1 year, 5.8 months in the Stogie Fresh humidors and I pulled out my last sample for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Montecristo Cigars
Laphroaig Distillery
General Cigar’s newly redesigned web site
Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard is on twitter! You can follow him on @DavidoffCEO
Monte Pascoal Cigars
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Episode 349 Smoke of Art Las Vacaciones

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BACKGROUND: Smoke of Art, which was released last summer, is another in a strong lineup of Costa Rican puros from Dignity Cigars, makers of the Black Gold, White Gold, Gold Elite Reserve and the Rose Gold Elite Dynasty.

Smoke of Art: Las Vacaciones

Smoke of Art: Las Vacaciones

All Dignity Premium Cigars have used tobacco grown from pure ancestral, pre-embargo Cuban seeds, traced by genetic fingerprints to Cuban regions of the 1940’s and 1950’s, such as Pinar del Rio, Vuelta Abajo, Remedios, Artemisa, and San Juan y Martinez.

This week’s featured cigar is the massive 9-inch by 55 ring gauge Smoke of Art Las Vacaciones.

Smoke of Art: Las Vacaciones

Smoke of Art: Las Vacaciones

FEATURED LIBATION: The Balvenie 15-Year Single Barrel Scotch
The Balvenie Single Barrel is a 15-year old single malt that is drawn from a single traditional oak whisky cask of a single distillation. For The Balvenie 15-year single barrel, the Malt Master selects only those casks that are distinguished and have the essential characteristics of what they are trying to provide with their Single Barrel offering. Each cask forms a limited edition of no more than 350 hand-numbered bottles – so each bottle is unique and unrepeatable.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH
• New video: Stages of Aging Cigar Tobacco
• Tobacconist University Certification
• New review: Screwpop Cigar Punch

Room 101 Namakubi

Room 101 Namakubi

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Room 101 Namakubi Limited Edition Tiburon
This week’s postscript review is on the Room 101 Namakubi Edition, which I first featured in Episode 295 on Sunday, November 20, 2011. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for a total of 1 year and 5 months and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Smoke of Art Cigars
The Balvenie
New video: Stages of Aging Cigar Tobacco
Tobacconist University Certification
Review: Screwpop Cigar Punch
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Episode 348 Gurkha (East India Trading Company) Red Witch Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The Red Witch is an attractive, box-pressed cigar housed in rustic 50-count boxes. Red Witch will come with an attractive price point with an MSRP between $4.99 and $6.39 per stick. The Red Witch will be available in three vitola’s: a 6 x 54 Rothchild, a 6 x 60 XO and the cigar I’m featuring today the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

Gurkha Red Witch

Gurkha Red Witch

Gurkha Red Witch

Gurkha Red Witch

FEATURED LIBATION: Ethiopian Harar Queen City coffee
Ethiopia is the fabled birthplace of coffee cultivation as we know it today, and Harar is the wild rustic cousin of other, typically thinner-bodied Ethiopian varieties. In fact, its regarded by many as one of the greatest and most highly distinctive experiences the coffee world has to offer.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH
• Doc discusses, in-depth, a question sent in by Stogie Fresh 5 listener George Edmonson who asked about aging of cigar tobacco.

C&C Corojo Robusto

C&C Corojo Robusto

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: C&C Corojo Robusto
This week, I am reviewing the C&C Corojo, which I first featured in Episode 296 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast, back on Sunday, December 4, 2011. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 4 months and 5 days and I pulled out my last two samples for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Gurkha Cigars
Ethiopian Harar Queens City coffee: No website
Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster
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