Episode 417 BG Meyer Standard Issue Robusto

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BACKGROUND: It was back in June of 2013 that Camacho announced their major rebranding effort, which they dubbed: the “Bold Standard.” Basically this effort involved a rework of the entire core Camacho lineup from its packaging down to tweaking the blends. It was at this time, too, that Camacho introduced the “Board of the Bold,” which included the big three brand ambassadors, Matt Booth, Mike Ditka, and now, Rob Weiss.

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Rob Weiss is a producer, best known for his work on HBO’s hit show Entourage, which may be soon released as a major motion picture. “The journey to find success in the entertainment industry is marked by many failures and fewer successes,” said Weiss. He goes on to say, “It’s important to find happiness in the process. The same can be said for the cigar business. I have enjoyed the process of making these [cigars], almost as much as I have enjoyed smoking them. In the creation of cigars and stories there are similarities. You want your audience to feel fulfilled and fall in love. Whether it’s with a character who will influence their life, or a cigar that will accompany it.”

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FEATURED LIBATION: Michter’s Straight Rye
Originally known as Shenk’s and later as Bomberger’s, the whiskey company that ultimately became known as Michter’s was founded by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer, in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania in 1753. In its earliest days, Shenk’s produced whiskey from rye grain, a favorite local crop in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley where the distillery was located.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: Crush & Roll West 2014 is next weekend.

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio

  • This week, Christina talks with Brad from Ridgecrest, CA.

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Episode 416 Alec Bradley Black Market Torpedo

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BACKGROUND: Handmade in Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente factory in Danli, Honduras, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars are dark and sultry and are a popular pick from Alec Bradley.

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The Black Market comes in 6 sizes and pricing for the torpedos clocks in at a box price of around $7.08/stick and at $7.50/cigar for a 5-pack.

This week’s featured stogie is, the 6.1 inch by 54 ring gauge Black Market Torpedo.

FEATURED LIBATION: 2011 Roxo Red
Jeff Steele, owner of Roxo Port Cellars, called this wine a Super Tuscan. It is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Jeff uses grapes that are grown in the Paso Robles appellation in California.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Roxo bottling day
  • Roxo Red Wines
  • Tasting the Crush & Roll Magnus Port
  • Crush & Roll West quick announcement: We lost one cigar brand and gained another. Veritas will not be at CRW, but Alec Bradley will.

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio
This week, Christina talks with Jayson about Crush & Roll West 2014

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Episode 415 Sindicato (2014) Toro

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BACKGROUND: Sindicato is a square-pressed Nicaraguan Puro crafted with a shade-grown Corojo wrapper grown by Eduardo Fernandez in Jalapa, Nicaragua. This wrapper is grown under shade to insure the leaf’s consistent appearance.

The tobacco is then given to master blender Arsenio Ramos, who has combined this wrapper with a double leaf binder from Estelí, which covers the blend of flavorful Jalapa and Estelí leaves.

Jim Colucci, President and CEO of Sindicato, says, “We’re extremely excited about this beautiful cigar. We’re using special tobaccos from Eduardo Fernandez’s farms and Arsenio Ramos has crafted a fantastic blend. We truly believe that we are bringing the best together to create something great.”

Sindicato Toro and Johnnie Walker Scotch

FEATURED LIBATION: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label
Johnnie Walker is a blended Scotch Whisky and, in fact, it is the best selling blended scotch whisky in the world. It’s most popular label is the Black Label, which at least is its best selling label.

Johnnie Walker Platinum Label is an 18-year-old Scotch whisky, created as a special occasion scotch.

The Platinum Label is drawn from a limited number of casks that are chosen because of their exceptional character. It is a blend of Single Malt and Grain Whiskies, each matured to perfection for a minimum of 18 years.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Update on Crush & Roll West vendors
  • Doc talks about new cigars he came across this past week

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio

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Sindicato
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Episode 414 Partagás 1845 Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo

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BACKGROUND: The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte was released in 2014 as an exclusive cigar to Brick and Mortar shops. It uses a unique barrel aging process in aging the Nicaraguan filler.

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The Extra Fuerte combines the spice of the Nicaraguan filler leaf with an Ecuadoran Habano ligero wrapper. The blend is rounded out with the sweetness and strength of a Habano binder leaf grown in Connecticut. All of the tobaccos used in Partagas 1845 undergo lengthy aging and fermentation. The cigar was blended to be in the medium range of strength and body while also being rich and complex in flavor.

Prices range between $7.49–$8.49, depending on the size of the cigar.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5.5-inch by 52 ring gauge Extra Fuerte Robusto Gordo.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive Single Malt Scotch
This scotch is a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, bottled at 43% ABV. It was Gold Medal Winner at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 International Wine & Spirit Competition and a GOLD OUTSTANDING MEDAL at the 2012 competition.

A sizable inventory of whisky of this age is extremely rare and only the best are selected for this expression. The complex combination of cask types imparts richness, intensity and a long finish to the whisky.

John Hansell, of Malt Advocate Magazine had this to say about the Glenlivet 21 year Archive: “The ‘Sean Connery’ of whiskies – mature, sexy, rich, and debonair. Savour it after a long and successful day. Just don’t rush the experience.”

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK
  • Update on Crush & Roll West 2014. Last week to take advantage of blocked rooms at participating hotels.
  • Doc discusses the Cigar Insider’s 19th retailer tobacconist poll

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Partagas 1845
The Glenlivet
Crush & Roll West General Info
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