Episode 490: Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Double Bock

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BACKGROUND: Since 2011, Quesada Cigars has released its own Oktoberfest line of cigars, which are blended to be paired with beer. The line was introduced in two sizes initially, but since then the Oktoberfest line has become an annual release and has expanded its offerings each year. From 2011 to 2014, the Oktoberfest was a Dominican puro, but in 2015 two limited edition Nicaraguan puros joined the Dominican stable of Oktoberfest offerings.

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The Double Bock comes in a plain, hinged wooden box with the Oktoberfest logo on the lid. This week’s featured stogie is the 7-inch x 47 ring gauge Double Bock (Churchill).

FEATURED LIBATION: Founder’s Breakfast Stout
This is the coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates and two types of coffee. Weighs in at 8.3% ABV and 60 IBUs.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc talks about hobbies, gun shows and pipes
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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”
Doc and Christina welcome a special guest. Topics include using models on the covers of cigar magazines, who don’t smoke cigars… And, women’s underwear cost more than cigars!?

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Quesada Cigars
Founder’s Brewing

Episode 489: La Nox by La Flor Dominicana

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BACKGROUND: The 2015 project cigar for Tony Gomez of La Flor Dominicana is, “La Nox,” which is Latin for “The Night.” This night theme is evident in the dark-as-night wrapper leaf. La Nox features a coal black Brazilian Cubra Maduro wrapper, which covers a Mexican San Andrés binder and concludes with a filler blend consisting of Dominican Pelo de Oro and Dominican Piloto Cubano.

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The packaging features a moon-shaped circular box with a crescent moon partially covered by dark blue clouds. The La Flor logo rides inside the crescent and the La Nox designation is prominently displayed. The bands reflect the same thematic artwork and the lid of the box is made secure with two strategically-placed magnets.

Pricing for these cigars set at $11 per stick and they ship in 10-count boxes.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6 ½” x 50 ring gauge La Nox Toro Extra.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Clown Shoes “Blaecorn Unidragon”
The Blaecorn Unidragon is an ABV 12.5% Russian Imperial Stout brewed with a monstrous amount of malt and combined with aggressive American hops. This beer is powerful and complex and designed to age.

Available Size: 22 Oz Bombers

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc answers a question on how changes in temperature and humidity affect the smoking experience

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Purging and Relighting Your Cigar

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Flor Dominicana
Clown Shoes

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Episode 488: Rocky Patel Twentieth Toro

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BACKGROUND: The 20th Anniversary cigar was released just prior to the 2015 Trade Show and is purported to be a medium to full-bodied offering. The blend includes a Honduran wrapper covering a Honduran binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

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The Twentieth is made in Honduras and comes in 5 sizes, with prices ranging between $170-$230 per box.

This week’s featured 20th anniversary cigar is the 6-inch by 52 ring gauge box-pressed Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Alexander Murray & Company ‘Polly’s Casks’ Single Malt Scotch
This whiskey is a collaboration between Alexander Murray & Co and Firestone Brewing Company. Alexander Murray & Co has produced a lot of scotches, but Polly’s Casks is very different. The scotch was made at the Tullibardine distillery in the Scottish Highlands. After maturing in oak casks, the scotch was double-oaked in casks supplied by Firstone-Walker that were used to age some of their California barley wines, stouts and special Imperial bitters.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Cutting/Trimming Your Cigar

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Rocky Patel
Alexander Murray & Company

BUY STOGIE FRESH:
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Episode 487: Kenbano Oro by Black Patch Cigars

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BACKGROUND: Eric McAnallen, owner of Black Patch Cigar Company, recently announced the unveiling of two new cigars, which are produced in the Dominican Republic at the farms and factories of Jorge F. Carbonell. By blending his proprietary Kentucky-grown tobacco, Kenbano, with choice Dominican tobaccos, McAnallen has created two exciting new cigar blends: the Kenbano Oro (Gold) and Kenbano Platino (Platinum).

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The cigars were blended in 2012 by a panel of testers who, after numerous blind tasting sessions, were delighted with the results. Production began in the summer of 2014 and the completed cigars have been aging for just over a year prior to shipment.

Kenbano Oro and Kenbano Platino come packed in boxes (or bundles) of 20 cigars.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge Kenbano Oro Gran Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon
The Woodford Reserve Distillery is located in Versailles, Kentucky, a site that also happens to be a National Historic Landmark. Though all the stone buildings are over 100 years old, the distillery building is the oldest and dates back to 1838.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select is a small-batch bourbon that is 90.4 proof or 45.2% alcohol by volume. It’s moderately priced at between $30-$40 per bottle, depending on where you buy it and it comes in a cool square-ish bottle that looks like an oversized hip flask.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Finding the Right Cigar

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
Black Patch Cigars
Woodford Reserve Distillery

Episode 486: Surrogates Tramp Stamp

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BACKGROUND: The Surrogates Tramp Stamp is one of four cigars making up the Surrogates line for L’Atelier Imports. L’Atelier Imports is a spinoff company to Tatuaje Cigars that made its debut in the summer of 2012.

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Surrogates Tramp Stamp is an all-Nicaraguan binder and filler blend covered by an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5 ¼-inch by 48 ring gauge covered-foot Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Tablas Creek 2014 Côtes de Tablas
The Tablas Creek Vineyard Côtes de Tablas is a blend of four estate-grown Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvedre. Like most wines of the Southern Rhône, it showcases Grenache, featuring that grape’s characteristic generous fruit and refreshing acidity, balanced by the spice and minerality of Syrah, not to mention the wildness of Counoise and the structure of Mourvèdre.

The grapes for the Côtes de Tablas were grown on the Tablas Creek 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard on the Paso Robles West Side.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Collecting cigar boxes and humidors

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
L’Atelier Imports
Tablas Creek Wines