Episode 372 Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro

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BACKGROUND: The new Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is a one-size release and is box-pressed in shape. Made from a blend of Nicaraguan Habano grown in the Jalapa region of the country and wrapped in a Mexican maduro grown in the San Andrés Valley, the cigar comes packaged in boxes of 10.

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro

According to Director of Operations, Dave Wagner, the 2013 release will be confined to 10,000 boxes for a total run of 100,000 cigars. Wagner said he expects Oliva to make it an annual release. Like all of Oliva Cigar Co.’s cigars, these are being produced in Nicaragua.

With a suggested retail price around $13 this week’s featured cigar is the 6 1/2 inch by 52 ring gauge torpedo.

FEATURED LIBATION: Aperol on the rocks
Aperol is an Italian aperitif whose ingredients include, bitter orange, gentian root, rhubarb, and cinchona. It is the lighter cousin of Campari except that, with low alcohol content, it is perfect for all-day sipping and it is the perfect summer refresher. The alcohol content is just 11% ABV, and because of this and it’s flavor profile, I think Aperol will be the perfect accompaniment to a cigar on a nice summer day.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Update on Crush & Roll West
• Update on Stogie Rate for iPhone app
• QUESTION: How do you travel with boxes of cigars?

LGC-Rabito-de-Cochino

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino
This review is on the Avo 2012 Limited Edition La Trompeta. I first featured this cigar in Episode 322 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, June 30, 2012. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 4 months and 22 days and I pulled out a couple more samples this past week for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Oliva Cigar Company
Aperol cocktail recipes
And more recipes
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Episode 371 CyB by Joya de Nicaragua

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BACKGROUND: The relatively new CyB by Joya de Nicaragua represents a change in the basic flavor philosophy for Joya cigars, which have always favored big, bold, full-bodied flavor profiles. The CyB is a smoke that emphasizes complexity and nuance while still delivering rich flavor. The cigar also departs from Joya’s tradition of crafting mainly Nicaraguan leaf “puros” as it uses tobaccos from four separate countries of origin.

CyB by Joya de Nicaragua

CyB by Joya de Nicaragua

CyB is the first joint cigar creation of Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca–owner and CEO of Joya Cigars–who worked together with well-known cigar expert José Blanco to produce this blend.

This podcast features the 5.5-inch by 46 ring gauge Corona Real.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Hardy XO Cognac
In 1863, Anthony Hardy, a London gent, settled in Cognac and established himself in the business of high-quality wines and spirits. Hardy XO cognac, which is a blend of Grande & Petite Champagne Cognacs. It has been aged a minimum of 20-25 years in Limousin oak.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Doc recounts the highlights of last week’s wedding
• Update on Crush & Roll West
• CONTEST UPDATE: Doc announces the winner of a box of Camacho Diploma

Avo-86th-Trompeta

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Avo 2012 Limited Edition “Trompeta”
This review is on the Avo 2012 Limited Edition La Trompeta. I first featured this cigar in Episode 322 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, June 30, 2012. These cigars have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 4 months and 22 days and I pulled out a couple more samples this past week for this postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Joya de Nicaragua
Hardy Cognac
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OUR SPONSORS:
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Episode 370 Asylum Premium Toro

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BACKGROUND: Asylum Cigars is one of four companies that are under the umbrella of Christian Eiroa’s Fabricas Unidas, a company that seeks out and supports people with a special talent and ambition to create great products.

Asylum Premium 2012 Toro

Asylum Premium 2012 Toro

The Asylum Premium was the inaugural cigar for Asylum Cigars. It is a Nicaraguan puro that was first released in mid-2012 and, according to company co-founder Tom Lazuka, is the product of the very finest available Nicaraguan tobacco reserves.

Today’s featured stogie is the Asylum Premium, 6-inch by 50 ring gauge Toro.

Asylum Premium Toro and Courvoisier XO Imperial Cognac

Asylum Premium Toro and Courvoisier XO Imperial Cognac

FEATURED LIBATION: Courvoisier XO Imperial Cognac
Courvoisier was launched in 1809: the same year that France’s first Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, took the Imperial throne. It was at that time that Emmanuel Courvoisier, the founder, along with Louis Gallois, the mayor of Bercy, decided to open a wine and spirit company on the outskirts of Paris, just north of the river Seine.

All Courvoisier cognacs are made exclusively with Ugni Blanc grapes from the Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois regions. Ugni Blanc is the most prized grape due to its high acidity and low alcoholic strength – perfect for creating the rich but delicate flavors of the cognac.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK
• CONTEST UPDATE: Winning a box of Camacho Diploma’s just got a WHOLE LOT EASIER
• Stogie Rate for iPhone and StogieRate.com will BOTH be getting a HUGE UPGRADE SOON.

Bellaterra-Black-Tan-D-Robusto

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Bellaterra Black & Tan Double Robusto
This review is on the Bellaterra Black and Tan Double Robusto. I first featured this cigar in Episode 321 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, June 23, 2012. This is the second and final postcript review of these cigars, which have been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 2 months and 7 days prior to this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Asylum Cigars
Courvoisier XO Imperial Cognac
Buy tickets for CRUSH & ROLL WEST 2013

OUR SPONSORS:
Lou Rodriguez Cigars
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Cigar Advisor
Davidoff
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