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.
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.
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