Episode 500: Señorial Maduro and a host of interviews on the final SF5 podcast

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BACKGROUND: It started 10 years, 2 months and a day ago as I wanted to add a different feature set to my already popular Stogie Fresh website. I was already reviewing cigars, publishing feature-length article on a variety of cigar topics and reporting on my trips to Central America and the Caribbean. Podcasting was unheard of to me before that time and yet, I didn’t hesitate to jump into the podsphere because I believed I could add something of value using that medium. Nevertheless, I’ll let others be the final arbiters of the ultimate value of Stogie Fresh 5.

Señorial Maduro by José Blanco

Señorial Maduro by José Blanco

On this the final podcast I will be featuring the Señorial Maduro by José Blanco (who will also provide an audio segment for the show) and I will be interviewing a number of my local cigar friends who came over to my home to help me celebrate my final podcast.

Team Stogie Fresh wearing their colors!

Team Stogie Fresh wearing their colors!

Steve and Michelle enjoying the awesome Central Coast Day

Steve and Michelle enjoying the awesome Central Coast Day

Also included in this show, will be several brief recordings made by a number of my friends, some of whom are part of the cigar industry and some of whom are not. These recordings will feature the following people (listed in alphabetical order): Jose Blanco (Señorial Cigars), Dave Burck (Cigar Jukebox), William Cooper (Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks), Eddie DeJong (Vanderburgh Humidors), Christina Fontecchio (The Boss Cigars), Ian Goebel (Scorpion Cigar Reviews), Aaron Loomis (Developing Palates), Jorge Mendizabal, John “The Iron Chef” Merzon, and Charlie Minato (Halfwheel).

Doc and Christina being goofy

Doc and Christina being goofy

Kilt Bill and Bily Mon

Kilt Bill and Bily Mon

Friends who participated in my final podcast herf include: Bily, Angel, Kilt Bill, Steve, Tim, Gina, John, Mark, Benjamin, Christina, Michelle, Ricky and Sal.

Tim slinging beef

Tim slinging beef

Of course, all guests who attended the 500th podcast herf shared their cigar and libation pairings.

FEATURED WEBSITES:
Señorial Cigars (Las Cumbres Tabaco)
Developing Palates
Halfwheel
Cigar Coop
Stogie Geeks
Cigar Jukebox
Vanderburgh Humidors
Purgatory Humidors
The Boss Cigars
Scorpion Cigar Reviews

Episode 499: CroMagnon Cranium and Booker’s Bourbon

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BACKGROUND: The RoMa Craft lineup consists of three core lines: The CroMagnon, the CroMagnon Aquitaine and the Intemperance. The CroMagnon possesses a dark and oily USA/Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and sports a Cameroon binder with three Nicaraguan varietals in the filler.

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The CroMagnon comes in 6 cores sizes and the cigar I’m reviewing today, is the 6-inch by 54 ring gauge, Cranium.

FEATURED LIBATION: Booker’s Bourbon
The featured bourbon of this week, is batch 2016-01, also called “Booker’s Bluegrass.” It is named in honor of two of founding distiller Booker Noe’s favorite things: whiskey and bluegrass music. This batch features a custom label depicting a banjo, one of the distinctive instruments in bluegrass music.

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: Interview with Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac

FEATURED WEB SITES:
RoMa Craft Tobac
Booker’s Bourbon

Episode 498: La Flor Dominicana Chapter One and Barrelhouse Curly Wolf

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BACKGROUND: Tony Gomez, son of owner Litto Gomez, led this project for the company as part of his expanding role in the family business. For the limited edition Chapter One, Tony opted to use his the company’s trademark chisel shape, but in a box-pressed format.

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The Chapter One project began with an experiment of creating a box-pressed Double Ligero Maduro Chisel, simply out of curiosity. That cigar became the prototype for the Chapter One. Doc explains the rest of the story.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Curly Wolf by BarrelHouse Brewing
BarrelHouse Reservado de Robles (Reserve of the Oak) is a quarterly release series of barrel aged products such as our featured libation this week, the Curly Wolf, which is a Maple, Vanilla, Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. ABV: 10.4%; IBUs: 58. Brewmaster Mathew Jacobs said he didn’t think there was a cigar that could match up well against the big, burly flavors of Curly Wolf… Doc puts up the Chapter One as the contender.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about the next two Stogie Fresh 5 episodes

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Flor Dominicana Cigars
BarrelHouse Brewing Company