BACKGROUND: After being introduced to a Pennsylvania Double Ligero known as Green River Valley Sucker One (GR-S1), RoMa Craft co-founder Skip Martin decided to use this tobacco as a catalyst for a full-bodied blend. This broadleaf from Pennsylvania possesses naturally high levels of nicotine and, in fact, two to three times the nicotine of any other leaf used by Martin in his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The end result was called: Neanderthal.
Neanderthal is constructed using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Connecticut broadleaf binder and filler tobaccos from Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Pueblo Nuevo in Nicaragua and with ligero provided from the Dominican Republic and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvanian leaf contributes greatly toward making this blend the strongest that RoMa Craft Tobac has offered to date.
This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 58 ring gauge HN Figurado.
FEATURED LIBATION: Laphroaig 10-Year Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The original Laphroaig, distilled the same way today as when Ian Hunter invented it over 75 years ago. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried or smoked over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich and distinct flavor.
Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength, which in this case is 56.3%ABV.
SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Humidifiers– Active or Passive?
SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”
Doc and Christina answer questions from Stogie Fresh 5 listeners