Episode 434: Estella by Espinosa

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BACKGROUND: This week’s featured cigar, Estella by Espinosa, is the result of the collaboration between Erik Espinosa and Atlantic Cigar Company of Pennsylvania. Estella cigars are made at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and are produced just twice a year.

Estella by Espinosa

The cigar is a small batch, all Nicaraguan blend using Aganorsa tobacco and it is made exclusively for Atlantic Cigar.

The Estella comes in 4 sizes and the cigar I’m featuring today is the 5.5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto Extra.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Papua New Guinea–Uyla coffee from CQ Coffee Roasters
Claudia Barrett owns CQ Coffee Roasters, which is a company based in Bedford, NH. All orders are roasted at the plant and shipped within 24 hours.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc talks about cleaning up after a herf

EDITORIAL: On firearms and other controversial issues

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Espinosa Cigars
Buy Estella by Espinosa (Atlantic Cigars)
CQ Coffee Roasters

Episode 433: Camacho Ecuador Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The Camacho Ecuador blend features an Ecuadorian Habano leaf that is unique unto itself in color, texture and aroma. The binder is a Brazilian Mata Fina, and the filler consists of a pair of high-priming Honduran tobaccos, along with Dominican Pelo de Oro ligero.

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The Camacho Ecuador is purported to be a medium-to-full intensity smoke and is available in 5 formats and the suggested retail for the cigar starts at $6.80 per stick.

The cigar I’m featuring today is the 5-inch by 50 ring Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Willett 2-year aged Straight Rye Whiskey
The two-year-old Willett Family Estate Bottle Rye is a Small Batch Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey distilled, aged and bottled at Willett Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky.

The rye is bottled at a cask strength 110-proof or 55% ABV.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about hat shops he visited in Seattle
  • Doc talks about his experience in ordering a new custom-made tobacco pipe
  • Room 101 to Release Final Version of Master Collection in February
  • Hamlet Espinal to replace Kelner as General Manager of Tabadom Holdings in the Dominican Republic
  • Altadis announces release of Romeo Añejo
  • New Blend Release: Jordan Alexander III Corojo
  • A New Look, a New Era for Avo Cigars

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: La Palina Maduro 50
I first featured the La Palina Maduro 50 in Episode 361 of the SF5 podcast back on Sunday, May 19, 2013. I’ve had these sticks in my humidor for almost a year and 11 months and I pulled out my last two sticks for this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Camacho Cigars
Willett
Goorin Bros. Hat Shop: 1610 1st Ave., Seattle WA 9810
Byrnie Utz Hats: 310 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 623-0233
Chris Morgan: Morgan Pipes

Episode 432: Seattle New Year Tour

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BACKGROUND: Recently, I spent some time in Seattle, Washington from just after Christmas and through the first few days of the New Year. I was looking for cigars, libations and other necessities of the ‘good life” and I wasn’t disappointed.

Downtown Seattle as seen from West Seattle

Downtown Seattle as seen from West Seattle

Seattle is home to the Space Needle, the Seattle Waterfront ferris wheel, the Original Starbucks and the home of Bill Gates, to mention just a few. During my brief sojourn, I visited several of the districts including West Seattle, Magnolia, Queen Anne Hill, Ballard, Fremont, and the University District. But, my focus was in the Downtown and Waterfront sections.

Having a cigar and bourbon at the Lit Cigar Lounge at Snoqualmie Casino

Having a cigar and bourbon at the Lit Cigar Lounge at Snoqualmie Casino

I stayed at the Waterfront Marriott, which is a quick walking distance to famous Pike’s Public Market and the Downtown area of Seattle. I was looking for the types of things that many guys look for: food, libations, gadgets and technology, coffee and of course, cigars. This week I will relate the high points of my grand tour of Seattle and will not hold back any of the gory details.

Pens purchased from Seattle Cutlery

Pens purchased from Seattle Cutlery

FEATURED WEB SITES:
List of United States cities by population

Seattle Waterfront Marriott

Elliott Bay Brewery Pub 4720 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 206.932.8695

Pegasus Pizza & Pasta

COFFEE
Article: Seattle’s Coffee Culture

Article: Does Seattle Really have more Coffee Shops than other Cities

Seattle Coffee Works, 107 Pike Street Seattle, WA 98101

Storyville Coffee 94 Pike Street #34 Seattle, WA 98101(206) 780-5777

Monorail Espresso 520 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Caffe Ladro 108 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 267-0600

Lost River Winery Pike Place Tasting Room: 2003 Western Avenue
Suite 101 Seattle, WA 98121

The Pike Brewing Company: 1415 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 Telephone (206) 622-6044

Georgetown Brewing Company: 5200 Denver Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98108

Radiator Whiskey: 94 Pike Street Suite 30 Seattle, WA 98101 206.467.4268

KNIVES
Seattle Cutlery: 1920 Pike Place World Market Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 441-8988

CIGARS
Tobacco Patch (Cigars & Pipes) 1906 Pike Place Seattle, WA, Phone: (206) 728-7291

F.K. Kirsten: 910 Lenora Street, Suite 156, Seattle, WA 98121 phone 206.264.2966

Snoqualmie Casino: 37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Lit Cigar Lounge