Episode 398 Liga Privada L40 Lancero by Drew Estate

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BACKGROUND: The L40 is part of the Liga Privada Unico line of cigars. These are cigar blends that are produced in only one size and represent a blend that is optimized for that particular size. Jonathan Drew and his team of blenders had been working on a blend for a Lancero for about a year. They had narrowed down the blends to just two, which were representative of the type of blends that you typically see with Lanceros. But they didn’t pull the trigger.

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Jonathan noted that Lanceros are one of the formats that he doesn’t typically smoke. His reasoning is that Lanceros tend to be either mild or strong and they tend to be one-dimensional. Even though the Lancero blends they were working on were equivalent to others found in the marketplace, he didn’t produce either of them because they weren’t a blend that he felt he would smoke everyday.

So they went back to the drawing board and ended up making a Lancero with a lot more complexity and a lot more nuance. It wasn’t mild by any stretch of the imagination, but it had a tremendous amount of complexity and nuance that Jonathan felt was seldom seen in a Lancero blend.

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The Centenario 25-Year bottle is quite regal in appearance. It’s got a small but attractive label placed high on the clear bottle, and a golden crest sitting in a recessed portion just above.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Update on Crush & Roll West 2014
  • Drew Estate to Release Undercrown “Dogma”
  • Davidoff Opens new Walk-in Humidor in JFK Airport, NY Terminal 4
  • Kurt A. Kendall Abandons Copyright Court Battle and Closes Out Remaining Spider Inventory
  • Miami Cigar to Serve as Exclusive US Distributor of Viva República Cigars
  • Fratello Cigars Announces a New Box-Pressed Vitola

SPECIAL SEGMENT: TALKING WITH THE BOSS LADY
Christina interviews Brook.

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Episode 397 The Herf

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BACKGROUND: What is a Herf? Well, you’ve probably heard me mention it enough times, but do you really know what it is and what is done at typical herfs?

Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf. Book by Terry Simpson

Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf. Book by Terry Simpson

Is a herf big or small? Does everybody smoke the same cigars or do you smoke different ones? What do you talk about at a herf? What do you eat? What do you drink?

A friend of mine, Dr. Terry Simpson, wrote a book about what goes on at a herf. In his book: Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf, he takes the reader inside the mystical, magical and congenial world of the “Herf.”

Doc Simpson defines a “herf” as simply, “…a gathering of cigar smokers to smoke cigars.” By extension, “herfing” describes the camaraderie and good cheer that accompanies a gathering of like-minded men and/or women who enjoy smoking premium hand made cigars.

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In today’s cigarcast, you will listen in as Christina leads the conversations that we had with a few friends at a recent impromptu herf. During our recordings, we shared our thoughts about the cigars and libations that we had and we will talk about the different aspects of a typical, and non-typical, herf.

SPECIAL SEGMENTS: Interviews with Steve, Christina, Bil, Angel and Doc at a recent impromptu herf.

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Episode 396 Avo The Dominant 13th 2013 Limited Edition

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BACKGROUND: Passionate jazz musician and cigar connoisseur, Avo Uvezian, created the 2013 Limited Edition. Like it’s namesake, the Dominant 13th is unique among its peers and is second to none.

Like many of Avo’s offerings, the Dominant 13th pays homage to jazz music. On the inside of the box lid, the musical score of Avo Uvezian’s song, “Delightful Days” is shown along with a personal dedication from Avo.
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Avo shares the experience with you by providing, inside the cigar box, a USB stick containing a brief movie clip, the AVO cigar catalog and screen saver and an audio recording of Delightful Days.

The cigar itself is an innovative tobacco creation. It comes in the popular Toro format and gleams in its deep brown Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper. The Domincan Yamasá binder holds in place an interesting mix of Dominican and Peruvian filler blend.
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Of course, the Dominant 13th comes packaged in boxes of 13 cigars and production was limited to just 9000 boxes worldwide. This week’s featured cigar, the Dominant 13th is the 6-inch by 52 ring Toro.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

CIGAR NEWS: March 2014

  • Drew Estate Partners with Royal Gold Cigars to Produce Nirvana Cameroon Selection
  • Drew Estate to Distribute Royal Agio Cigars in U.S.
  • Two New Lines Added to Partagas 1845 Line: Extra Oscuro and Extra Fuerte
  • AJ Fernandez Factory Robbed
  • StogieRate.com Gets Major Feature Enhancements
    • Dramatically improved site performance.
    • Better cross-device and mobile support
    • Refocus the site as a cigar inventory tool
    • Provide a clean and accurate set of cigar database records
  • Black Patch Promoting March Madness with Deep Discounts
  • Sam Leccia Introduces the Luchador
  • Nomad Cigars Releases their version of a Full-Bodies Connecticut: Nomad Connecticut Fuerte
  • Avo 88 is the new Limited Edition Cigars for 2014
  • Asylum Offers New Sizes of the Ogre

NEW WEEKLY SEGMENT: Talk with the BOSS LADY
Christina Fontecchio, owner of The Boss Cigars, will present a weekly segment called “Talk with the Boss Lady.” The premise of her segments will be to talk with everyday cigar smokers about a variety of topics. They will talk about their history with premium cigars and what their go-to sticks are and any other topics or questions that come to mind.

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Episode 395 2014 Pro Cigar Festival Part 2

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BACKGROUND: Last week, I walked you through a pre-festival tour at Tabacalera Palma and our first festival tour at Tabacalera La Alianza. This week I continue the adventure with descriptions of my tours to Davidoff and La Flor Dominicana. Of course, I’ll also be recapping our Dominican nightlife with descriptions of dinners with our favorite cigar makers, “White Night” and the final festival party.

On hand once again to help me provide all the details of the event are Stogie Fresh team members John and Christina who shared in all the fun and lived to tell the story.

WHITE NIGHT: Everyone wore white as we celebrated at the Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauración (Monument to heroes of the Restoration War). The monument is located on a hill in the middle of Santiago, with spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. It also has a surrounding park and it is an attractive place at night where people go to relax.

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

TOUR OF DAVIDOFF FARMS: We spent the day with Davidoff at their farms. We saw the development of tobacco starting from seeds and ending with harvesting.

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

TOUR OF LA FLOR DOMINICANA: Litto Gomez led the tour of his farms and factory.

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

FINAL DINNER PARTY AT CENTRO ESPAÑOL: The final evening was formal attire and had gourmet food, a charity auction, entertainment, dancing and plenty of cigars.

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Time to party!

Time to party!

Cigars that were brought home

Cigars that were brought home

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Episode 394 Pro Cigar Festival 2014 – Part 1

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DESCRIPTION: After attending the first three Pro Cigar Festivals, I took a hiatus in years 4–6 and then returned to the scene of the sublime in year 7. This year I was joined by team Stogie Fresh members John and Christina and together we braved the tropical environs in search of the best cigar smoking experiences that money can buy. Today’s special episode will bring you the sights and sounds of the 7th annual Pro Cigar Festival on location in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

PRE-FESTIVAL TOUR: TABACALERA PALMA

Jochi Blanco poses with Team Stogie Fresh

Jochi Blanco poses with Team Stogie Fresh

After the tour, lunch and libations...

After the tour, lunch and libations…

FIRST FESTIVAL TOUR: TABACALERA LA ALIANZA

Ernesto takes time to take a picture with Doc

Ernesto takes time to take a picture with Doc

The aging room stores thousands of cigars

The aging room stores thousands of cigars

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