Episode 409 Punch Rare Corojo 2014 Limited Salomones

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BACKGROUND: Only released once a year, the Punch Rare Corojo is always at the top of the ratings, as well as people’s buying list, and the blend seems to get better year after year. In 2014, a new limited size was released and it is this week’s featured cigar. Unlike its predecessors that have the familiar double bands of bright red and gold, the new limited size has a cream-colored band that appears more exclusive and yet is subtle and understated.

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The new size sells for an SRP of $7.99 per cigar and will only be available in 2014, until the limited quantity is depleted.

This week I’m featuring the 7.25-inch by 57 ring gauge Rare Salomones.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Stranahan Colorado Whiskey
Stranahan Colorado Whiskey got its start when volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a neighbor’s barn fire down the road. The barn he made the effort to save belonged to George Stranahan, a long-time liquor connoisseur. When the fire settled, the two discovered they had a shared passion for the Colorado outdoors and a fine whiskey.

Stranahan’s is a small batch whiskey. Typically when a distiller bottles his whiskey, several hundred or even several thousand barrels are combined to create a whiskey with a uniform taste. At Stranahan’s, they select ten to twenty of their choicest barrels, and combine them for a small batch. And that is how they make Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Davidoff Puro d’Oro Gorditos
This review features the Davidoff Puro d’Oro Gorditos. I first featured them in Episode 353 of the SF5 podcast back on Sunday, March 10, 2013. These sticks now have been aging for 1 year, 4 months and 9 days. This is the second and final review of these cigars.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Punch Rare Corojo
Stranahan Colorado Whiskey

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Episode 408 Doc’s Central Coast Herf 8

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BACKGROUND: It all started in 2007 with just 6 friends, some cigars, libations and food. From there is has become the most successful herf of its size anywhere. Doc’s Central Coast Herf is an annual affair that brings in consumers, retailers, reps, and brand owners from around the country. It’s an invitation-only event, not for exclusivity, but for practical reasons. There are only so many people we can host at my home.

Doc’s Central Coast Herf is now in its 8th year. This year’s herf set a record for the generosity of our sponsors. A total of 27 sponsors supplied 100+ raffle gifts and every attendee walked away with at least two of the great raffle prizes supplied by our generous sponsors.

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The food theme for this year’s herf was, Mexico. Herf attendees were treated to fine Mexican cuisine including home made tamales, beans, rice, two kinds of ceviche and flap steak burritos. During the herf, we consumed a total of 4 meals provided between Friday evening and Sunday at noon.

Attendees had the opportunity to swill some great libations provided by local wineries and breweries and there was even a tequila bar for Margaritas that cooled the 90+ degree summer temperatures.

But the big story for my cigar-loving friends was that 17 cigar providers contributed nearly 1,000 cigars to this year’s event. Every person was provided a goodie bag with 17-20 choice sticks. Today’s special podcast will take you for a ride with me as I reflect on Doc’s Central Coast Herf 8.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

 
2014 SPONSORS
CIGAR PRODUCERS
AJ Fernandez Cigars
BLTC
Caldwell Cigar Co.
CAO Cigars
Dignity Cigars
Drew Estate
Knockout cigar La Gloria Cubana
Nat Sherman Nomad Cigar Company
PDR Cigars
Sindicato Cigars
Sindicato Hex
WINERIES/BREWERIES
Michael Rose Cellars
Barrelhouse Brewing
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Roxo Port Cellars
CIGAR RETAILERS – DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL/ OTHER
Atlantic Cigar Co Boyd's Tobacco Cigars of Habanos The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop
Media Fiasco Podcat
Smokers Castle
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Episode 407 San Lotano The Bull Robusto

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BACKGROUND: San Lotano “The Bull,” is being positioned as a fuller version of the company’s San Lotano line. The cigar uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, which are both grown on the company’s farms in Nicaragua.

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The Bull is a box-pressed cigar and AJ Fernandez had this to say about it: “We don’t make many box-pressed cigars since San Lotano has become fairly synonymous for our trademark Oval shape. [But] that’s the secret to San Lotano The Bull. Half the influence of the smoke comes from the shape, the other half from the blend.”

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The cigar is offered in three sizes: a 6 x 54 Toro ($9.85), a 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo ($9.95) and the cigar I’m featuring today the 5 x 54 Robusto ($9.60).

FEATURED LIBATION: Booker’s 25th anniversary edition Bourbon
To make the 25th anniversary edition Booker’s, 6th Generation Master Distiller, Booker Noe has taken from the center-cut of his favorite rack house. This limited edition release ranges between 9-11 years old with an unfiltered proof strength ranging between 121-130, depending on the bottle you wind up with. In other words, each bottle will be somewhere between 60%–65%ABV.

 

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue
This review features the Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue from RoMa Craft Tobac. I first featured the Virtue in Episode 351 of the SF5 podcast back on Sunday, February 24, 2013. These cigars have been waiting in my humidor for this second and final review for 2 years, 3 months and 3 days. I pulled out my last two samples for this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
San Lotano (AJ Fernandez Cigars)
Booker’s 25th Anniversary Bourbon (video)

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