Episode 465: VegaFina Nicaragua

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BACKGROUND: VegaFina Nicaragua is a Nicaraguan “puro” that uses a Habana 2000 wrapper from Jalapa, a seco leaf from Jalapa for the binder and a filler blend of ligero and seco from Jalapa with viso from Estelí. It is hand crafted at the famous Tabacalera de Garcia factory in the Dominican Republic.

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The VegaFina Nicaragua comes in three sizes and each size comes in 25-count boxes. The sizes include a 5.75 x 42 Corona, 5 x 50 Robusto and, the cigar I’m featuring today, the 6-inch x 52 ring gauge Gran Toro.

FEATURED LIBATION: Evan Williams Black Label
Evan Williams is the second largest selling Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in the US and the world, distilled just a few blocks from the site where Evan himself built his distillery.

The featured whiskey comes in “handle” size (1.75 liter) or, as in the case of the bottle I purchased, in a smaller 750ml bottle for a price of $10.99.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK. Doc talks about Front Sight Self-Defense handgun training workshop
  • NO PODCAST ON WEEKEND OF Oct. 23-24: Foxtoberfest in Arizona

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks – Choosing your first humidor

FEATURED WEB SITES:
VegaFina Cigars
Evan Williams Whiskey
Article: Build Your Own Humidor

Episode 464: PSyKo SEVEN MADuRo Toro

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BACKGROUND: After gaining moderate success with its PSyKo Seven cigars, Ventura Cigar Co released PSyKo SEVEN MADuRo in 2014. As with the original, PSyKo SEVEN MADuRo is an exclusive blend of seven tobaccos expertly handcrafted in the Dominican Republic at the world famous Davidoff Tabadom Factory under the supervision of Henke Kelner.

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The cigar sports a dark San Andres maduro wrapper that covers the original PSyKo Seven filler blend and the 151 Hybrid Ecuadorian binder.

In my book, this is the best cigar Ventura Cigar has come out with to date and on today’s show I’ll be featuring the 6.25-inch by 48 ring gauge, Toro.

FEATURED LIBATION: Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Larceny was made in the same style as Pappy Van Winkle as it uses wheat as the secondary grain, instead of the traditional rye. As such, Larceny, like Pappy’s, is a smoother tasting Bourbon.

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Larceny is made at Heaven Hill Distillery, the only distillery that is currently producing and aging all styles of American whiskey including, Bourbon, rye, corn and wheat whiskeys. They are responsible for many award-winning brands including Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Parker’s Heritage Collection. And now, Larceny.

Larceny is bottled at 92-proof and yet, it’s smooth flavor profile allows it to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Crush & Roll West Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Photo Galleries from 2015 Crush & Roll West
  • Doc talks about recent visit to indoor shooting range

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks

This series of segments will feature early (not entirely lost) episodes of Stogie Fresh 5

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Ventura Cigar Company
Larceny Bourbon
Honor Flight promotional video
Crush & Roll West Galleries

Episode 463: Alec Bradley Sanctum

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BACKGROUND: Introduced in 2014, Alec Bradley Sanctum finally hit the shelves in the middle of June 2015. Sanctum continues Alec Bradley’s commitment and tradition of producing fine premium cigars at an affordable price point.

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Available in in boxes of 20 and in four sizes including, a 6 x 52 Toro, a 6 x 60 Gordo, an 8.5 x 60 Double Gordo, and the size I’m featuring today, the 5-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

FEATURED LIBATION: The name Old Grand-Dad is reference to a real person. In fact, it refers to a distiller by the name of Basil Hayden who began distilling whiskey in the late 1700’s in Nelson County, KY. Old Grand-Dad series of bourbons were first bottled in 1882. It comes in two versions, an 80-proof and a 114-proof. The 114 is 57% ABV and is a straight bourbon with no age statement, so at least 4 years old.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about his new custom made knife (See photo below)
  • Labor Day

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Alec Bradley Cigars
Old Grand Dad bourbon
Curtis-Albert Poppenberg: capoprn@gmail.com
Albert-Curtis Knife Art: Facebook
ArtShop Central Coast

Episode 462: Crush & Roll West 2015

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BACKGROUND: Last weekend, the 7th annual Crush & Roll West took place under bright, sunny skies and under the veil of warm summer nights. For two days, attendees were treated not only to the great Central Coast weather, but also to the best cigars and libations the world has to offer. This week’s podcast is a summary of the 7th Annual Crush & Roll West cigar, wine, beer and spirits festival.

See all photos of Saturday event

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2015 Cigar Providers

Tatuaje

Davidoff

Punch Signature
Edgar Hoill Cigars
Drew Estate
Dignity
Leccia Tobacco

Alec Bradley

Gurkha

Cubanacan Cigars

My Father Cigars

Oliva Cigars

Villiger

2015 Wine Vendors

Roxo Port Cellars

Sculptera vineyards

Sharp's Hill Vineyards

Tolo Cellars

Wente Vineyards

Powell Mtn. Cellars

Changala Winery

Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards
Zaca Mesa
Broken Earth Winery
Dubost Winery
Graveyard Vineyards

Field Recordings Wine

Diablo Paso Wines
Mondo Cellars
Tooth & Nail Winery

2015 Beer/Spirits Vendors

Barrelhouse Brewing
Stone Brewing
Ballast Point

Bowen's Whiskey


Tent City Beer Co

2015 Lifestyle Vendors

Monkey Spit
Steve Kaufman Pop Art
National Rifle Association
Tastefully Simple
Chop Top Bottle Co
GrammWorks
Avila Valley Barn
Cigar Rights of America
Qualatees
SLO Co. Brand
Miner's Mix

2015 Lifestyle Sponsors

Hampton Inn
Adelaide Inn
Marathon Trading Company
Michael Barry Band
Boveda
AmeriPride
J Baker Photo

Best Western Black Oak Paso Robles

La Bellasera
The Boss Cigars
AJM Band
Honor Flight of SLO County
Stogie Fresh Online Publications
Brian's Bread