DESCRIPTION: Handmade at A.J. Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the San Lotano Oval Maduro is a uniquely shaped stogie, which is a cross between a box-pressed and rounded or oval-shaped cigar. Marketing Director, Clay Roberts has indicated that the company used specially made cigar molds to construct the Oval cigars.
The blend in the Oval Maduro is somewhat different than the original Oval. The Oval Maduro includes Dominican tobacco in the filler and in place of the Nicaraguan Habano 2000 wrapper, AJ Fernandez used an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro that has been aged for 4 years.
The San Lotano Oval Maduro comes in boxes of 20 and is priced between $9 and $12 per stick with six vitolas currently shipping.
This week’s featured San Lotano Oval Maduro is the 6 inch by 54 ring gauge Toro.
FEATURED LIBATION: The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Dalmore’s Master Blender, the legendary Richard Paterson, first created a ‘Cigar Malt’ from a unique selection of old casks in 2001. The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve benefits from a judicious selection of aged stocks drawn from casks of three types: American white oak ex-bourbon casks, 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry casks and premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Crush & Roll West 2012 update.
• Doc talks about his latest DSLR camera and lens (Nikon D800).
• Doc talks about smoking one of the cigars he blended in Nicaragua 4 months ago. This one was blended at the Joya de Nicaragua factory.
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Toraño Casa Toraño Maduro
This week’s postscript review is on the Casa Torano Maduro Churchill. I first featured this stick in Episode 270 of the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast back on Sunday, May 8, 2011. These cigars have now been resting in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor for 1 year, 5 months and 14 days and I pulled out a couple of samples this past week for this postscript review.