Episode 362 Zulu Zulu Habano by George Rico

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DESCRIPTION: The Zulu Zulu is handcrafted in Honduras and is part of the Gran Habano STK line. The Zulu Zulu is available in two formats. The first choice is the Zulu Zulu Connecticut that comes dressed in a silky Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The next iteration, and the one I’ll be reviewing today, is the Habano, which comes draped in a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. This leaf covers a Nicaraguan binder and a rich long-filler core of Nicaraguan tobaccos.

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Each box features a unique image commissioned by George Rico from Miami artist, and friend, known simply as, “kid”. This week’s featured Zulu Zulu is the 7.5-inch by 40 ring gauge Habano Lancero.

FEATURED LIBATION: Old Fashioned Rye Manhattan
One of the finest and oldest cocktails; it is a true classic cocktail. The Manhattan was the first cocktail that used vermouth as a modifier. As with a Martini, there are slight variations of the drink that are a matter of preference.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Doc’s annual Herf will mean that there will be no podcast on the weekend of June 8-9.
• Doc’s vacation in mid-June will mean at least 1 more podcast will be missed.
• Doc’s answers a question about tobacco pests and weighs in on the processes used by tobacco growers to prevent infestations of various pests.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Wicked Indie by East India Trading Company
I first reviewed the Quesada Selección España in Episode 306 of my Stogie Fresh 5 podcast on Saturday, February 18, 2012. These stogies have been resting in one of my cabinet humidors for 1 year, 4 months and 9 days and I pulled out a couple of samples last week for this postscript review.

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Episode 361 La Palina Maduro 50

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BACKGROUND: The La Palina Maduro is the second cigar to come out of Honduras for La Palina. It is also the second cigar to come out of the Raices Cubanas factory in that country. (The La Palina El Diario is the other cigar from Raices Cubanas.)

La Palina Maduro 50 and Knob Creek Rye

La Palina Maduro 50 and Knob Creek Rye

The Honduran made La Palina Maduro has a naturally processed Mexican maduro wrapper that is grown in the famed San Andrés Valley and is hand-selected for its distinctive color and texture.

Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

Complementing the wrapper is a double binder from Honduras and a filler blend of Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo tobaccos.

La Palina introduced the Maduro during the summer of 2012 and it became widely available to customers in November 2012. The cigar retails for $9.25 and comes in boxes of 20.

FEATURED LIBATION: Knob Creek Small Batch Rye whiskey
Knob Creek, the world’s #1 selling Super-Premium bourbon and last year they expanded their portfolio by introducing a Knob Creek Rye.This Rye is bottled at 100-proof (50% alcohol by volume) and it is made with a blend of high quality rye grains. The Knob Creek Company says that this rye is spicy, yet exceptionally smooth, it can be enjoyed neat or used as a base for mixing distinctive cocktails.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Update on Crush & Roll West 2013
• Updated Stogie Fresh website home page.
• New video: 2013 Cigar Safari at Drew Estate in Nicaragua.
• Nat Sherman Night at Boyd’s cigars.
• La Palina is releasing a second iteration of the Goldie line of cigars.
• La Gloria Cubana is going to launch its first Nicaraguan cigars

Quesada Selección España Petit Robusto

Quesada Selección España Petit Robusto

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Quesada Selección España Petit Robusto
I first reviewed the Quesada Selección España in Episode 306 of my Stogie Fresh 5 podcast on Saturday, February 18, 2012. These stogies have been resting in one of my cabinet humidors for 1 year, 4 months and 9 days and I pulled out a couple of samples last week for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Palina
Knob Creek Bourbon
Visit the new home page at Stogie Fresh
See our latest sponsors at Crush & Roll West
Buy tickets for CRUSH & ROLL WEST 2013
Photos from Boyd’s Nat Sherman Night
Doc’s latest video on Cigar Safari at Drew Estate Nicaragua

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Episode 360 Cigar Safari 2013 in Nicaragua with Drew Estate

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BACKGROUND: This week’s special episode will be devoted to my 2013 Cigar Safari excursion to Estelí, Nicaragua and the home of Drew Estate. For all intents and purposes, tours of tobacco farms and cigar factories are not available to the average cigar smoker. Not so with Cigar Safari. For a price, you can sign on to visit Nicaragua and Drew Estate, a one-of-a-kind cigar trip and, for most, a once in a lifetime experience.

Drew Estate new graffiti mural

Drew Estate new graffiti mural

Outside of Drew Estate factory

Outside of Drew Estate factory

FEATURED CIGAR: Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie “Velvet Rat”

Unico Serie Velvet Rat

Unico Serie Velvet Rat

FEATURED LIBATION: Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon
Each barrel of Single Barrel Reserve is bottled individually to become a one-of-a-kind batch. Each barrel is handpicked and will have slight variations in taste, color and aroma based on its final age, rack placement and other proprietary methods that are used by the company to decide on worthy single barrels.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Cigar Safari, Nicaragua
Drew Estate
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Robby Rasmussen: RobbyRasReviews
Bill Soled: Toasted Foot
David Jones: Tiki Bar Online
Patrick Semmens: The Stogie Guys
Patrick Lagreid: Halfwheel
Teresa Merchant: Smoking Hot Cigar Chick
Timothy Black: Smoking Hot Cigar Chick
Latest article: Drew Estate Cigar Safari 2013
Photos of Cigar Safari 2013

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