Episode 420: A. Flores Serie Privada Natural Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The A. Flores Serie Privada was released in 2012 in two wrapper types: the red label sports an Ecuadorian Habano and the blue label an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro. Both cigars are comprised of Nicaraguan Habano binders as well as Nicaraguan Habano and Dominican Corojo filler.

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The cigar band has the year 1975 stamped in the center, which signifies the year that brand owner and master blender Abe Flores was born.

Said Flores, “[The Serie Privada] offers the consumer a great smoking experience in terms of blend, packaging, and pricing.”

The Serie Privada cigars are all boxed-pressed and are available in 24 count boxes featuring three vitolas. The line carries an MSRP range from $9.75 to $12.75 per stick.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Red Label Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey
Rogue Dead Guy whiskey is distilled from the sweet wort of the Dead Guy Ale. The sweet wort has distiller’s yeast added to it then is fermented for 7 days and then distilled in a 500 gallon copper whiskey still. The resulting whiskey is placed into barrels and then ocean-aged by both the Pacific Ocean and nearby Yaquina Bay.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc answers a question about cigar ash that is flat instead of cone-shaped.

REGULAR SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio

FEATURED WEB SITES:
PDR Cigars
Dead Guy Whiskey

OUR SPONSORS:
Macanudo Cigars
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Episode 419 The King is Dead, Broken Sword

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BACKGROUND: Caldwell Cigars are being made in the Dominican Republic. According to Robert Caldwell, “The Dominican Republic is one of those treasures that hides in plain sight. There is so much fantastic tobacco, so unique and with such distinct flavors.” The plan is for the brands to utilize premium tobaccos that are rare and unique.

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The King is Dead uses a Dominican “Negrito” wrapper. The company described this offering as a “truly interesting cigar.” According to Caldwell, “Negrito is one of those wrappers that just doesn’t play well with others, but after a couple of months, the right matches were made.”

The King is Dead is offered in four sizes and the price point ranges from $7.00 to $12.00 per stick

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 40 ring gauge The King is Dead, Corona.

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FEATURED LIBATION: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig debuted in the summer of 2010 to critical acclaim, earning accolades from numerous wine and spirits journals. WhistlePig produces 3 different rye whiskies current.

This week’s featured libation is called the WhistlePig 100/100. It’s a 100% rye and 100-proof, straight rye whiskey that is aged for at least ten years.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• General Cigar acquires Leccia cigar brand

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Doc interviews Christina Fontecchio about her becoming the first female Certified Master Tobacconist in the nation.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Caldwell Cigar Company
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
Interview with Doc on CigarJukebox

OUR SPONSORS:
Macanudo Cigars
Cohiba
BuyDiscountCigars.com
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Stogie Rate 4.3 Cigar Inventory Software for PC/Mac

Episode 418 Crush & Roll West 2014: Recap

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BACKGROUND: Crush & Roll West, the Central Coast’s premiere cigar, wine and beer festival was in top form this past September 5th and 6th. The 6th annual event broke all attendance records as 780 attendees walked through the gates over the event weekend, representing a 23% growth over 2013 and an average of over 20% growth each and every year!

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Crush & Roll 2014 drew a total of 60 cigar, wine, beer, spirits and lifestyle vendors and 23 other local sponsors that contributed in various ways. Along with the burgeoning number of vendors, the layout of the event expanded as well. The majority of vendors were placed under an enormous 80 by 100-foot tent and the rest of the venue expanded in all directions of the compass.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Doc Interviews Christina Fontecchio, one of the organizers of Crush & Roll West

THANKS TO OUR MANY GENEROUS SPONSORS

OUR PREMIERE PARTNERS
Davidoff XHA-smbanner Roxo-Cellars
CIGAR PROVIDERS
Asylum Cigars Dignity Oliva Cigar Co.
Alec Bradley Cigars Don Vicente Cigars Intl. Partagás
Boutique Blends/Aging Rm Drew Estate Tabacalera Falto
Boyd’s Tobacco/Knockout La Palina Tarazona Cigars
Cesar Cigars La Sirena Ventura Cigar/Project 805
Chinnock Cellars Cigars Moscato Cigars
Davidoff Cigars My Father Cigars
WINE, BEER & SPIRITS PROVIDERS
August Ridge Vineyards Kaleidos Sharp’s Hill Vineyards
Barrelhouse Brewing Kelsey See Canyon Stone Brewing
Bowen’s Whiskey Libertine Pub Summerwood Winery
Bianchi Vineyards Michael Gill Cellars The Bruery
Broken Earth Winery Nuvino Tolo Winery
Cass Vineyard & Winery Paso Port Wine Company Wente Family Estates
Changala Winery Powell Mountain Cellars Zaca Mesa Winery
Dubost Roxo Port Cellars
Figueroa Mtn Brewery Sculpterra Winery
LIFESTYLE VENDORS
A-9 Designs Jewelry Plexus Slim Sunrun Solar
Chop Top Bottle Co. Purgatory Humidors The Boss Cigars
Cigar Box Purses Robert Michelson Inc. The Shirt Peddler
Eclipse Musical Instruments Sculpterra Artist
Love Crystal Succulents Sealoha Designs
MB Trading Sterling Silver SLO Co. Brand
Miner’s Mix Stogies & Stemware Art
OTHER SPONSORS
Ameripride J. Baker Photo San Miguel Lion’s Club
Best Western La Bellasera Smoke Magazine
Boveda Humidity Control Marathon Trading Co. Stogie Fresh Cigar Pub.
Burn 808 Michael Barry Band Tabacalera Falto
EOS Estate Winery Paso Robles Inn The Oaks Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Ice Company Ventura Cigar Company
Holiday Inn Express Pozo River Bottom Band