Episode 497: La Gran Llave and Pin Stripe Red Ale

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BACKGROUND: After a two-year hiatus from the industry, Michael Argenti announced the collaboration between himself and master blender and premium cigar manufacturer, AJ Fernandez of AJ Fernandez Cigars. Their first collaborative effort yielded the creation of a new cigar line called LA GRAN LLAVE.

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La Gran Llave is offered in five sizes, ranging from the diminutive Corona Extra to the elegant Double Corona.

This week’s featured stogie is the 4 ¾” x 48 ring gauge, La Gran Llave, Corona Extra.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Pin Stripe Red Ale
Ska Brewing is located in Durango, Colorado. Dave Thibodeau and Bill Graham who loved brewing beer, even before they were old enough to drink it, formed the company in 1995.

Factoid: Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about his week
  • How the sounds you hear affect the taste of your beer. Or cigars…

SPECIAL EDITORIAL: How I Describe Cigar Flavors

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Gran Llave
Pin Stripe Red Ale
Article: How the sounds you hear affect the taste of your beer.
Listen to flavor-influencing sounds

BUY STOGIE FRESH:
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Stogie Rate 4.3 Cigar Inventory Software for PC/Mac

Episode 496: El Güegüense Corona Gorda by Foundation Cigar Company

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BACKGROUND: “El Güegüense,” or “The Wise Man,” is a Nicaraguan puro using a Corojo 99 wrapper from Jalapa and a Corojo 99 binder from a different farm also in Jalapa. In the filler, there’s a mixture of Corojo and Criollo fillers from Estelí and Jalapa. Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) is producing El Güegüense for Melillo in Nicaragua.

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The El Güegüense was released in 2015 with five vitolas. This week’s featured stogie is, the 5 5/8” x 46 ring gauge Corona Gorda.

FEATURED LIBATION: E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Bourbon
Our featured libation is distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc recounts a one-day cigar road trip

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Foundation Cigar Company
E.H. Taylor Jr. Collection
The Cigar Factory Lounge in Simi Valley
ShamLux Cigars
Cigar Warehouse
Old Oaks Cigar & Wine Company (Facebook)

Episode 495: Doc’s 10th Annual Central Coast Herf

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BACKGROUND: It started 10 years ago and now it is a part of history. Last week, on a hot Central Coast weekend, the Doc’s 10th annual Central Coast Herf launched its final hurrah. The 10th annual and final bash drew the most people ever for the Friday night pre-event party. The greatest number of people also turned out for the Saturday main event and even the Sunday morning traditional breakfast was the best attended ever.

The theme for this year’s event was chosen to honor the Military.

Click here to see all photos at the 2016 Herf Photo Slideshow

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
2016 Herf Sponsors
(Have donated cigars, accessories and/or libations for this year’s herf)
1. Drew Estate (Platinum Sponsor)
2. AJ Fernandez Cigars (Platinum Sponsor)
3. Atlantic Cigar Co (Platinum Sponsor)
4. Cigars of Habanos (Platinum Sponsor)
5. The Boss Cigars (Platinum Sponsor)
6. Dignity Cigars (DonJuan Gross – Platinum Sponsor)
7. Roxo Port Cellars (Jeff Steele – Platinum Sponsor)
8. Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards (Platinum Sponsor)
9. Michael Rose Cellars (Platinum Sponsor)
10. Barrelhouse Brewing (Mathew Jacobs – Platinum Sponsor)
11. Caldwell Cigar Co. (Gold Sponsor)
12. Media Fiasco podcast (Bill Berris – Gold Sponsor)
13. Daou Vineyards (Brandon Shepard – Bronze Sponsor)
14. RoMa Craft Tobac (Skip Martin – Bronze Sponsor)
15. Bily Montoya (Python Armor)
16. Hogue Inc.
17. Precision Tactical
18. Inca Cigars
19. Stogie Fresh (Hosts)

Sponsor levels: Platinum (5 years or more), Gold (4 yrs), Silver (3 yrs), Bronze (2 yrs)