Episode 438: Liga Privada No. 9 Parejo Toro

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BACKGROUND: One of the most popular of the non-infused blends from Drew Estate has been the personal cigar of former company president Steve Saka. It is called, Liga Privada, or “Private Blend.” The Liga Privada No. 9 was two years in the making and featured a complex blend of seven tobaccos from four countries. This blend has been one of the most successful from Drew Estate and has spawned a plethora of fantastic follow-ups for the company.

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The wrapper is a traditionally fermented high priming Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro. And, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder holds together a filler of two Nicaraguan Secos, a Honduran Viso from the Jamastrán Valley, and a ligero from Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Liga Privada No. 9 comes in 5 sizes, but this week’s featured stick is the inaugural size; the 6-inch by 52 ring gauge Parejo Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Beaver’s Milk, Milk Stout from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beavers Milk is called a Milk Stout. Beaver’s Milk is one of the core beers for Belching Beaver, which means that you can find it year round. Belching Beaver also has another milk stout and that is their Peanut Butter Milk Stout, which has the same ABV: 5.3%, and same IBU: 30 as the Beaver’s Milk.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Update: Crush & Roll West 2015
  • Doc talks about recent visit to Daou Winery

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Valentine’s Day event at Boyd’s Tobacco

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate Cigars:
Belching Beaver Brewery

Episode 437: La Flor Dominicana 1994

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BACKGROUND: In early 2014, La Flor Dominicana announced the release of a cigar commemorating Litto and Ines Gomez’s 20 years in the cigar business. It would be called the La Flor Dominicana 1994.

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For many years, Litto set aside tobacco in anticipation of this very special blend to commemorate their 20th anniversary. The fillers and binder are grown on the La Flor Dominicana farm in the Dominican Republic and are complemented with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. This blend is as special as the occasion it serves to commemorate and is symbolic of the quality and pride with which La Flor Dominicana has built its name.

MSRP prices run from $7.50 to $8.30 per stick, depending on the size. The cigars come in 5 sizes and the cigar I’m featuring today is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge 20th Anniversary Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Heidbanger Red Rye Scotch Ale from Barrelhouse Brewing Company
Heidbanger is our featured brew and it is a very special one, indeed: A fitting accompaniment to our special 20th anniversary cigar. And, along the way, I was able to get a few comments about the beer and about Barrelhouse Brewing from Lead Brewer Mathew Jacobs.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc presents a special question/answer segment. Topics:

  • Dry-cured cigars
  • Contribution of wrapper to overall flavor in small vs. large ring gauge cigars
  • Aging peaks and decline
  • Aging of Cuban vs. Non-Cuban cigars

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Barrelhouse Brewing
Articles:
A Wrapper’s Contribution to Cigar Flavor Part 1: Cigar Geometry
A Wrapper’s Contribution to Cigar Flavor Part 2: Tobacco Varietals, Leaf Placement and the Art of Blending
A Wrapper’s Contribution to Cigar Flavor Part 3: A Wrapper Experiment

Episode 436: Señorial by José Blanco

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BACKGROUND: The inaugural cigar from Las Cumbres Tabaco and José Blanco is called, Señorial, which is made at Tabacalera Palma, a Dominican cigar factory owned by José’s cousin Jochy Blanco.
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The blend for the Señorial starts with Dominican Corojo and Dominican Piloto Cubano filler tobaccos, wrapped in a binder leaf from Estelí, Nicaragua and then crowned with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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Señorial comes in 5 sizes and the cigar I’m featuring today is the 5.5-inch by 46 ring gauge, #5 Corona Gorda.

FEATURED LIBATION: Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges Cognac
Pierre Ferrand Cognac is made with only Grande Champagne grapes, and the unfiltered wine is distilled over lees in small 25 hectoliter copper pot stills. Finally, the spirit is carefully aged in small Limousin oak casks and blended into its final expression. Though the oak lends structure and interest to their spirits, the high-quality fruit remains at the forefront. Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges is an average of 30 years old.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about converting wine coolers into cigar humidors

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc talks about, Movies NOT to Watch.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Señorial by José Blanco
Pierre Ferrand
Article: Wineadors: Convert a Wine Cooler into a Humidor
Introducing the NewAir CC-280E 400 Count Cigar Cooler
Article: Build Your Own Humidor

Episode 435: Room 101 Daruma Mutante

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BACKGROUND: Matt Booth had both the historical figure and the doll in mind when he added a pictograph of Daruma (Buddhist Monk, Bodhidharma) to the cigar box of his cigar line of the same name. He had this to say about the Daruma: “We have named this series after the Daruma as he symbolizes resilience – a key ingredient to our success.

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The Room 101 Daruma was released in the summer of 2012 and became the seventh blend produced under the Room 101 cigar brand. The name Daruma continues the theme of Japanese culture that was started with the Room 101 Namakubi. Matt Booth’s stylish, unique, artistic designs are influenced by traditional Japanese culture and American tattoo design.

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Made in Honduras, Daruma contains Dominican and Honduran long-fillers that are encased beneath a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and then finished with a smooth Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

The Daruma comes in 5 sizes and the cigar I’m featuring today is the 7-inch by 38 ring gauge Mutante.

FEATURED LIBATION: The Glenlivet 12-year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenlivet is the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, Scotland. It is located in the beautiful region of Scottish countryside known as Speyside, which is surrounded by the River Spey.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Doc talks about the relative importance of extended warranties for technology purchases
• Doc describes the process for Cigar blending

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT REVIEW: Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu Habano
I first featured the Zulu Zulu Habano by George Rico in Episode 362 back on Sunday, May 26, 2013. These cigars have been resting in my humidor in their original box for 1 year, 10 months and 14 days and I pulled out a couple more samples for this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Room 101 Brand
The Glenlivet