Episode 461: Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured

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BACKGROUND: Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars, an extension to the MUWAT brand, were in development for over 2.5 years.

Kentucky Fire Cured tobacco is not something new to the world of tobacco, it’s been grown for over 200 years. And it is easily comparable to the smokey taste attributed to a peaty scotch.

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MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured was initially available in three sizes, but some new sizes have appeared along the way including, Flying Pig, Kyotos, Hamhock and the cigar I’m featuring today, the 6-inch by 26 ring gauge Delfinas.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Campfire by High West Whiskey
High West Campfire is a unique blend of sweet bourbon, spicy rye whiskey, and smoky peated scotch. The Sweet part of the blend is a straight bourbon whiskey made from 75 percent corn, 21 percent rye, 4 percent barley malt
The Spicy and floral is provided by straight rye whiskey made from 95 percent rye and 5 percent barley malt. Finally, the Smoky component comes from blended malt Scotch whiskey: made of 100-percent barley malt that has been peated. The Age of all the whiskies is 5 years or older. Campfire is definitely a unique whiskey that you should give a try. I paid $64 for a 750ml bottle.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: CRUSH & ROLL WEST 2015 WEEKEND!
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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

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Episode 460: Caldwell Eastern Standard Euro Express

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BACKGROUND: In 2014, after a nearly seven month hiatus from the industry, Robert Caldwell announced that he would be making cigars under a new company name: the Caldwell Cigar Company. The company launched three inaugural lines, collectively called: The Caldwell Collection.

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The Eastern Standard is one of the three lines made under the Caldwell Collection brand. Eastern Standard sports an Ecuadorian hybrid Connecticut shade wrapper that Caldwell refers to as, Dark Connecticut. The rest of the blend is made up of Dominican Habano, Dominican Criollo 98 and Dominican Corojo, with a sprig of Nicaraguan tobacco.

The Eastern Standard comes in three sizes and the one I’m featuring today is the 5.5-inch by 44 ring gauge Euro Express Corona.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is what’s called a ‘barrel-proof bourbon’, meaning it’s bottled straight out of the barrel at the proof it has reached. There is no water added to lower the proof, which means its full flavor is maintained.

This bourbon is a blend of Wild Turkey 6-, 8- and 12 year old stocks.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about the YETI Rambler Tumbler cup
  • Update on Crush & Roll West 2015

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Beef

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Episode 459: Joya Red

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BACKGROUND: Joya de Nicaragua, largely known in the U.S. for producing stronger cigars, introduced the medium-bodied Joya Red during the summer of 2014. Joya Red is a Nicaraguan puro that comes in four sizes, with prices ranging from $5.75-$8 per stick.

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The project for developing this cigar was led by longtime factory manager Leonel Raudez and by Juan Ignacio Martínez who, besides being company president, is also son of owner Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca.

Joya Red is entirely handcrafted with tobaccos from Estelí, Condega and Jalapa and is rolled in a Nicaraguan Habana wrapper leaf.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 52 ring gauge Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig rye whiskey is made from 100% rye grain and has been aged a minimum of 10 years. The rye is bottled at 100-proof or 50%ABV. WhistlePig uses a double-barrel aging process. Which means the rye is aged in either new American Oak barrels, or in early use bourbon barrels.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc gives an update on Crush & Roll West 2015

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

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Episode 458: Davidoff LE 2015 Year of the Sheep

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BACKGROUND: The inspiration for the Davidoff 2015 Limited edition was the Chinese zodiac sign of the Sheep. This limited edition cigar is typical of Davidoff limited editions and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the finest of cigars.

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The Year of the Sheep features an Ecuadorian wrapper and consists of a complex blend of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.

Only 7,000 of the Davidoff Year of the Sheep 2015 Limited Edition boxes are available to cigar aficionados at Appointed Merchants in the US.

This week’s featured cigar is the 6.5-inch by 54 ring gauge Year of the Sheep Piramide.

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Jameson-Gold-ReserveFEATURED LIBATION: Jameson Gold Reserve
Jameson Gold Reserve, is a triple distilled blend of pot still and grain whiskeys. Gold Reserve is matured in a combination of Grade A casks that have been hand picked by Master Blender, Billy Leighton.

The Gold Reserve, besides using oak casks that have previously held sherry, also uses new oak barrels to age portions of the blend. The new oak, mixed with the sherry oak creates a synthesis of spicy new wood with complex sweetness. The rest of the Jameson range of whiskies, use primarily sherry-aged oak barrels and no new oak.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc discusses a recent article: “10 Great Underrated Whiskeys

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Article: Doc’s Sweet Spot Bourbons