Episode 380 The Boss Cigar Marathon and Re-Grand Opening Party

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BACKGROUND: On Friday Oct. 25, The Boss cigars launched a very special re-Grand Opening event, just in time for the Halloween weekend. The celebration lasted for 24 hours until 3pm on October 26th.

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Friday night featured a Halloween party, with a costume contest and other goodies. As always there were cigars, food, beverages, raffles and prizes for best costumes. Saturday included more cigars, Mimosas, coffee and pastries and more raffles.

FEATURED CIGAR BRANDS: In all, the event promoted 12 different cigar manufacturers over the 24 hours with raffles every hour to promote the re-Grand opening. Cigar brands featured included: My Father Cigars, Aging Room by Oliva, Gran Habano, Asylum, Oliva Cigars, Drew Estate, Rocky Patel, Alec Bradley, CAO, Punch, Cohiba, and Arturo Fuente.

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INTERVIEWS: This podcast includes interviews with owner of The Boss Cigars, Christina Fontecchio, Frank Bellavia, Sales Manager for Marathon Trading Company, and wholesale and distribution company. There are also interviews with several attendees of the event and even an interview with Doc.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
The Boss Cigars
Marathon Trading Company
See the Photo Slideshow of the Party

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La Palina Cigars
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Episode 379 Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero

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BACKGROUND: With the release of the Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero, the Tat Black will now become a regular release cigar. According to brand owner Pete Johnson, this was the time to bring this cigar into regular production because he had the available tobacco to do it and the blend will remain the same (Tatuaje Black label has been released in several sizes, but always as a limited production cigar).

Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero & Don Valente Tequila

Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero & Don Valente Tequila

The Petite Lancero format is a welcome surprise in a market that has been favoring larger and larger ring gauges. The Petite Lancero is a Nicaraguan puro with a Nicaraguan (Esteli) Sun Grown Criollo 98 wrapper. The cigars are packaged in upright black boxes of 25 cigars, with a suggested retail price of around $212.00 for the box, or $8.50 a stick. This week’s featured stick is the 6-inch by 38 ring gauge Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero.

Tatuaje Black Label

Tatuaje Black Label

FEATURED LIBATION: Don Valente Añejo Tequila
The town of Tequila, with its population of about 60,000, is about 30 miles northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico and is the booze-producing mecca of western Mexico. Just off the town’s main square lies the Mundo Cuervo factory, the world’s largest tequila brand (Casa Sauza, is the world’s second-largest tequila producer). By law, true tequila can only be made in parts of five Mexican states; most of it is produced in or around Tequila in the state of Jalisco (our Don Valente is made in Jalisco). Tequila is most often made at a 38–40% alcohol content (76–80 proof), but can be produced between 31–55% alcohol content (62–110 proof). Tequila sold in Mexico most often has an alcohol content of 38%, although our Don Valente is 35% ABV. Most Tequila that will be shipped to the U.S. will be around 40% ABV or 80-proof.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Update on new cigars coming out this holiday season.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “What in particular can someone can expect from aging their cigars?”

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro
This review is on the San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro. I first featured this stick in Episode 330 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Saturday, September 08, 2012. These cigars have been resting in the Stogie Fresh humidors for 1 year, 5 months and 5 days prior to this review and I pulled out 2 samples for this final review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Tatuaje Cigars
Don Valente Tequila

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Lou Rodriguez Cigars
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Episode 378 Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The blend for the new ‘Davidoff Nicaragua combines a 10-year old, Havana-seed wrapper with a binder from Jalapa and a filler blend of tobaccos from Estelí, Condega and the volcanic region of Ometepe. The Nicaragua line comes in three sizes and this week’s featured cigar is the 5-inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto.

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto (box)

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto (box)

Davidiff Nicaragua lit with tube

Davidiff Nicaragua lit with tube

FEATURED LIBATION: Justin 2011 Reserve Tempranillo
The Tempranillo name is a derivative of the Spanish word, temprano, which means “early” and is a reference to the fact that Tempranillo ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The Justine Reserve Tempranillo spends 16 months in 40% New French Oak. The 60% of the barrels are a mixture of different fills. The Justin Reserve Tempranillo weighs in at 14% ABV and costs $45/750ml bottle.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Update on StogieRate.com

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc discusses the accuracy of digital hygrometers.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Foundry by General Cigar (Wells)”
This postscript review features the Foundry by General Cigar Company. I first featured the Foundry back in Episode 329 on Saturday, September 01, 2012. It’s been just over a year since my last review and I pulled out my last 2 samples for this review. The cigars have been aging for a total of 1 year, 2 months and 22 days.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Davidoff
Justin Wines
StogieRate.com: Online Cigar Inventory application

OUR SPONSORS:
Lou Rodriguez Cigars
Cigar Advisor
Davidoff
La Palina Cigars
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Episode 377 El Mayimbe by AJ Fernandez

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BACKGROUND: The wrapper leaf on the El Mayimbe is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro grown by the Amish community there. According to AJ Fernandez, this type of leaf takes a lot of work to bring it’s quality to wrapper grade, which is why many people haven’t used it much.

El Mayimbe by AJ Fernandez

El Mayimbe by AJ Fernandez

 

Says Fernandez, “People have overlooked Pennsylvania Broadleaf as wrapper because they simply lacked the patience to bring the tobacco to its full potential.” The rest of the cigar includes a Nicaraguan binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler. This week’s featured El Mayimbe is the 5-inch by 56 ring gauge Robusto.

El Mayimbe Robusto and Roxo Port 2009 Negrette

El Mayimbe Robusto and Roxo Port 2009 Negrette

FEATURED LIBATION: Roxo Port Cellars 2009 Negrette
The grapes for this Port wine are grown at the Calleri Vineyard, in Cienega Valley California. The port is sold in 375ml bottles for $35.00 and in a 750ml bottles for $65.00. It weighs in at 17%ABV and there were just 232 cases made.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc discusses a series of questions about how to define the different roles of people within the cigar industry.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: La Palina Family Series “Babe.”
This postscript review features the La Palina Family Series “Babe.” I first featured this stick in Episode 328 back on Saturday, August 26, 2012. These cigars have now been aging a total of 1 year, 3 months and 11 days and I pulled out 2 more samples this past week for this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
El Mayimbe
Roxo Port Cellars

OUR SPONSORS:
Lou Rodriguez Cigars
Cigar Advisor
Davidoff
La Palina Cigars
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