Episode 471: Tatuaje Monster Series Hyde

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BACKGROUND: The Hyde is the eighth installment in Tatuaje’s annual Monster Series. The series began in 2008 with The Frank, a 7.6-inch by 49 ring double corona.

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DRESS BOXES: 2014 Jekyll No. 7 (left) and 2015 Hyde No. 8 (right)

The 2015 Monster Series Hyde represents one of the two main characters in Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde.” Tatuaje Hyde uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and is rounded out with binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Pyrat XO Reserve Rum
Pyrat Rum is a Demerara rum, which refers to rum that is made from sugarcane grown along the river banks on the coast of the county of Demerara. The rum is distilled by Demerara Distillers Limited in the Diamond Bottling Plant. Pyrat XO Rum is primarily a blend of 2-year-old Demerara stocks and other stocks sourced from various Caribbean producers with the oldest rum in the blend being 15 years old. All of the XO rum is aged in a combination of American Oak and French Limousine oak casks.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • More Bad Movies

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”
Hiding cigars from girlfriend; Keeping the men away from cigars(!?)

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
How long should I age cigars?

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Tatuaje Cigars
Pyrat Rum

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Episode 470: Acme Premier Ecuador Robusto

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BACKGROUND: Acme cigars are made at Nicaragua’s second oldest factory and one of the nation’s largest operations, Nicaraguan American Cigars SA, or NACSA, founded by legendary cigar maker Frank Llaneza.

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This year, Acme Cigar Co. launched three lines of premium cigars: the Acme Premier Ecuador, Acme Premier San Andres and Acme Route 66.

The Acme Premier Ecuador, uses an Ecuadorian-grown Cuban seed Habano wrapper over a double binder of Mexican San Andres broadleaf and Nicaraguan Criollo from Esteli, with filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

This week’s featured stick is the 5-inch by 50 ring gauge Acme Premier Ecuador Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey
At its launch, Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey was the first truly new variety of American straight wheat whiskey introduced since Prohibition. Heaven Hill Master Distillers saw an opportunity to give today’s whiskey connoisseurs a unique taste experience. Bernheim was the only straight whiskey to use winter wheat as the primary grain in its mashbill.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
  • Announcement about a Tatuaje and L’Atelier event in Paso Robles, California

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks
This week, the discussion is about, “Cello: On or Off?

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Episode 469: Liga Privada UF-13 Dark

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BACKGROUND: The UF-13 was a three-year project for Drew Estate that underwent numerous iterations. According to Drew Estate, the UF-13 Dark is an amalgamation of the Liga No.9, T52 and Dirty Rat blends, but with it’s own unique balance.

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The wrapper on this stick is a Connecticut-sourced Broadleaf referred to as a “Dark Medium.” The binder is a Brazilian Mata Fina and the fillers are from Honduras and Nicaragua.

The availability of the UF-13 Dark is limited, similar to the Feral Flying Pig. Pricing is around $13.95 per cigar with boxes of 12 retailing for a suggested price of $167.40.

This week’s featured cigar is the 5.5-inch by 52 ring gauge UF-13 Dark, Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon
Garrison Brothers introduced its first Single Barrel Bourbon in Winter, 2015. The Single Barrel Bourbon from Garrison Brothers is a three-year-old, 94-proof big brother to its regular production Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and just like its predecessor, it is made from organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat and two-row malted barley.

To date, the Single Barrel has only been available from the distillery’s gift shop in Hye, Texas, but now liquor stores across the country will be offering it to their bourbon connoisseur customers.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about Veteran’s Day
  • Doc discusses assessment of cigars

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Is it mold or bloom?

FEATURED WEB SITES:
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Garrison Brothers Bourbon

Episode 468: Foxtoberfest 2015

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BACKGROUND: Foxtoberfest is a yearly event put on by Fox Cigar Bar and Lounge with locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert, Arizona. I was in a group of 11 Californians who set out from the California Central Coast to invade the unsuspecting clientele and staff of Fox Cigars. Our mission was to find the absolute best cigars and libations…and we were not disappointed.

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This week, I recount the highlights of our trip and, with the help of some of my cohorts, will give you a glimpse into the inner-sanctum of a Team Stogie Fresh road trip.

SEGMENT ONE: Interview with Christina Fontecchio

SEGMENT TWO: Interview with Angel and Bily, Part 1

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NFL FOOTBALL: Doc talks about attending the Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens game in Arizona.

SEGMENT THREE: Interview with Angel and Bily, Part 2

FEATURED WEB SITES:
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ShamLux Cigar Lounge
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Sportsman’s Warehouse
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