DESCRIPTION: Today’s featured AKA cigar comes from the RESPECT line and is a tribute to all branches of the United States Military. According to the AKA company, all members of the military are true American heroes and they are all American Kick Ass.
They go on to say, “We understand that while each branch has their own unique individual identity, they all serve our country and defend our freedom with honor, courage and integrity. AKA salutes all the men and women of the past, present and future of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.”
The AKA Respect consists of a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper has been aged 4 years. The binder is also aged 4-years and is a Honduran Corojo Ligero from the Eiroa Family. The filler blend consists of 4- and 5-year Aged Dominican Corojo ligero and Honduran Corojo ligero from the Kelner and Eiroa families, respectively. This week’s featured Respect cigar is the 5.5 inch by 50 ring gauge Army “Hooah” Robusto.
FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone Double Double Barrel ale
Today’s Double Double Barrel ale is only the third single component release to come from the brewery’s barrel aging program. The Double Double is a barrel-aged Imperial Special Bitter that pays special tribute to the flagship beer from the company, the Double Barrel Ale.
The Double Double consists of the concentrated first runnings of the DBA recipe that is re-hopped and actively fermented in oak. This particular lot was aged in a blend of new American Oak and Bourbon barrels for 10 months. DDBA is basically the DBA flagship beer brewed at double strength. This beer weighs in at 12%ABV.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Doc talks about his recovery from Crush & Roll West 2012
• Doc talks about his travel plans for November
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Para Japon by La Aurora
This postscript review is on the Para Japon, which is made at the La Aurora cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. I first featured this cigar on the Stogie Fresh 5 podcast in Episode 269 back on Sunday, May 1, 2011. These cigars were aged in the La Aurora factory aging room for 3 years prior to distribution and they have now been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 6 months prior to this review. So, all in all, these cigars have more than 4.5 years of age on them.