Episode 431: La Palina Black Label Robusto

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BACKGROUND: La Palina recently added the Black Label to its portfolio, a cigar purported to be the strongest La Palina blend to date. The line, which is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, sports a very dark and rustic Brazilian-grown Bahiano wrapper that covers a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Said brand owner Paley, “The Black Label was another labor of love for La Palina, I am proud to be able to offer this exceptional blend.”

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The La Palina Black Label is presented in boxes of 20 and each stick will run you between $9 and $11.50 apiece. The Black Label was released in 4 sizes: the Petite Lancero (6 x 40), the Toro (6 x 50) the Gordo (6 x 60) and the cigar I’m featuring today, the 5 x 52 ring gauge Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin
Our libation of the week is Firestone 2014 Velvet Merkin. This is a very popular, yet hard to find, Oatmeal Stout from our friends at the local Firestone brewing company.

A total of 3,500 cases of 22-oz bottles were produced, with availability in select markets across the United States.

The Velvet Merkin weighs in at 8.5% ABV and at 33 on the IBU scale. It comes in 22-ounce bottles at a suggested retail price of $16.99 and there is some limited availability of the beer on tap.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST FOR NEXT 2 WEEKS. Stogie Fresh 5 will return again on January 11, 2015. We wish you all a great holiday season.
  • Doc talks about the recent craft beer and cigar tasting at The Boss Cigar shop in Arroyo Grande, California.
  • Doc discusses a new cigar brand: Sinistro Cigars.
  • News: U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it was expanding business, economic and political relations with Cuba.

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Black Patch Kenbano
I first featured the Black Patch Kenbano Gran Toro in Episode 359 of the SF5 podcast, back on Sunday, April 28, 2013. These cigars have been aging a total of 1 year, 8 months and 29 days in my humidor.

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Episode 430: Northern California Cigar Tour

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BACKGROUND: This tour of cigar shops took us to Morgan Hill Wine Shop & Cigar Company, West Coast Cigars in San Jose, Ohlone Cigar Lounge in Fremont, Casa Belicoso in Walnut Creek, Danville Cigar, Broadway Tobacco in Redwood City, Mission Pipe Shop in San Jose and Los Gatos Cigar Club.

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Frank Bellavia of Marathon Trading Company was our tour guide

Today I’m going to give you the lowdown on these shops, as well as give you my advice on what to look for in a fine cigar establishment. I will also bring you a day in the life of California cigar distributor, Frank Bellavia, and much more as we tour the very best examples of what Northern California has to offer the cigar enthusiast.

Mission Pipe Shop in San Jose, CA

Mission Pipe Shop in San Jose, CA

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Marathon Trading Company
Cigar Shops in order of our visitation
Morgan Hill Wine Shop and Cigar Co.
West Coast Cigars
Danville Cigar
Ohlone Cigar Lounge
Casa Belicoso Cigar Lounge
Mission Pipe Shop
Los Gatos Cigar Club

Episode 429: Camacho Double Shock Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 is one of the most unique cigars ever created under the Camacho brand name. Like the Scorpion that graces the outside of the box that sports two tails, the Double Shock cigars have dual wrappers, which provide a barber-pole effect. Also like the two-tailed scorpion, the cigars come bound in matched pairs with red and black bands.

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Double Shock is manufactured in Honduras with a limited production of just 5,000 boxes of 20 and in 5 vitolas. The cigar I’m featuring today is the 5-inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: The Glenlivet Archive 21
The 21 Year Old is produced in small, custom, made to order batches.
Every batch is unique because each batch is created from casks that are specially selected by the master distiller from the casks available in the distillery archives. This complex combination of cask types imparts richness, intensity and a long finish to the whisky.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc briefly recounts his birthday and Thanksgiving celebrations
  • Special Segment: Talk with the Boss Lady segment on Pipe Smoking

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