Episode 494: Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius Toro

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BACKGROUND: Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars is the new cigar division of the Bailey family’s 150-year-old tobacco company: S&M Brands Inc.

Under the Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars banner, the company enters fully into the premium cigar market with the highest level of quality in both tobacco and manufacturing.

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The premiere release is the Cornelius, which pays homage to Cornelius Bailey, the original owner of S&M brands and the great-great-grandfather of current owner, Steven Bailey. Cornelius was the first of 5 generations of Bailey’s to run the family tobacco company that was established in 1866.

Cornelius cigars are produced at the El Titan de Bronze factory in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, under the supervision of owner Sandra Cobas. The Cornelius blend is a straightforward 2-country blend, with the wrapper and binder coming from Ecuador and with a filler of Nicaraguan leaves.

Cornelius comes in 3 sizes and is presented in boxes of 20.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 50 ring gauge Cornelius Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Re:Find Rye Whiskey
For this blend, Re:Find worked with Central Coast brewers, BarrelHouse Brewery and SLO Brew, to create the custom recipe of rye, wheat, and barley. They then fermented, distilled, and aged the whiskey in 15 gallon whiskey barrels. This Rye weighs in at 93-proof (46.5%ABV).

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: Doc’s annual Central Coast Herf
  • Doc talks about taking his Ham Radio exam
  • Doc relates his camping experience of last week

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”
Christina and Doc answer questions from listeners

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Cornelius & Anthony
Re:Find Handcrafted Spirits

Episode 493: Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla

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BACKGROUND: The Ratzilla first made its debut at the 2011 annual Trade Show & Convention before being offered for sale in a soft launch during the summer of 2012. Ratzilla has been often referred to as a longer version of the Dirty Rat. Both cigars use a stalk cut habano wrapper grown in the Connecticut River Valley over a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.

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This week’s featured stogie is the 6 ¼-inch by 46 ring Liga Privada Ratzilla.

FEATURED LIBATION: Deschutes Brewery The Abyss 2015 Reserve

This beer is chock full of malt, including Pale, Black, Chocolate, Black Barley, Roasted Barley, and Wheat. As far as hops, The Abyss uses Millennium, Nugget, Styrian, German Northern Brewer. Besides the generous portions of malts and hops The Abyss also includes Blackstrap Molasses, Brewer’s Licorice, Vanilla Beans, Cherry Bark. Fifty percent of this beer has spent 12 Months in Bourbon, Oregon Oak, and Pinot Noir barrels. It weighs in at a healthy, or should I say wealthy,12.2% ABV and tips the IBU scale at 86. On paper this appears to be a monster of a beer.
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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about solid wood versus veneer wood humidors

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc and Christina Fontecchio introduce the Bespoke brand of cigars

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate Unico Series Cigars
Deschutes Brewery

Episode 492: Avo Improvisation Classic Covers Volume 2

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BACKGROUND: Late last year, Davidoff announced big plans for the Avo brand, which include rebranding and repackaging as well as slimming down of the overall portfolio. At the same time, there was a change in the focus of the brand from Avo Uvezian the person, to the legacy of what Uvezian represents: the synthesis of music and cigars. As part of that effort, it was revealed that there would be no Avo birthday release in 2015; instead, a new limited edition brand would be released and named: Avo Improvisation Series.

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The second release in the AVO Improv Series is the Classic Covers 2015 Limited Edition Volume 2 that combines Davidoff’s luscious Ecuadorian 702 wrapper with a Mexican San Andrés binder. Nicaragua lends ligero from the Ometepe region, while the Dominican Republic supplies Piloto Cubano, San Vicente, Criollo and a hybrid Corojo/olor ligero.

The MSRP for each cigar is $16, and it is sold in boxes of 16, with only 3,500 boxes produced.

This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge Avo 2015 Limited Edition Improvisation Classic Covers Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Nikka operates two Coffey stills (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey) within the Miyagikyo distillery for the elaboration of its grain whiskies. Imported from Scotland in 1963, these old stills yield a distillate with more flavour and depth than modern column stills, imparting a distinct character that defines the house blends. These two unique bottlings showcase the innovative spirit of Nikka.

An essential component of the house blends, the Nikka Coffey Grain is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still. Exotic, fruity and unique, it is meant for the connoisseur in search of an unconventional whisky.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc answers a question about whether one should consider trimming the foot of the cigar when one lacks time to smoke a whole stogie

SPECIAL MESSAGE: Doc makes an HISTORIC ANNOUNCEMENT!

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Avo Cigars
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Episode 491: Padilla Vintage Reserve

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BACKGROUND: Padilla Vintage Reserve begins with a natural reddish-brown Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, a leaf that imparts a unique flavor to the cigar. According to Padilla, this particular wrapper wasn’t heated to the same level as other maduros. “It’s not fully cooked,” he said. “This is a natural broadleaf. There’s not a lot of it, and working it takes more time.”

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The wrapper sits inside a Nicaraguan Habano binder, while the filler is a blend of 3-year-aged Cuban-seed Corojo leaves

The cigars retail for around $10 each and each cigar, as well as each box, is individually numbered. Production is limited to 500 boxes a month.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 54 ring gauge Vintage Reserve Double Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This bourbon is known as their Flagship Bourbon because it is their original product. I first tasted Garrison Brothers at Fox Cigar Bar in Scottsdale, AZ and was instantly hooked.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about Ham Radio and what he purchased at the Ventura Gun Show

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Padilla Cigars
Garrison Brothers Distillery
Famous Smoke Shop