BACKGROUND: The 2014 Avo 88 blend has quite a mix of tobaccos, all from the Dominican Republic. In the filler, they have blended Dominican Criollo, Olor, Piloto and San Vicente tobaccos. The binder is also Dominican Olor and the wrapper is a Dominican Yamasá. As some of you might remember, the Yamasá wrapper leaf is grown by Davidoff in an area of the DR not heretofore known for cigar tobacco.
Each of the boxes comes in a glossy piano- lacquered finish. The Avo 88 comes in just one size, which is this week’s featured cigar. It is the 6-inch by 52 ring gauge Belicoso.
FEATURED LIBATION: Aberlour A’Bunadh Single Malt Scotch
Aberlour single malt whisky is named after where it’s made. It means ‘the mouth of the chattering burn’ in Gaelic, and this wild mountain stream is part of the Aberlour story. A’bunadh means “original” or, “of the origin” in Gaelic, which is a reference to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming.
This Scotch whisky is produced in the tradition of 19th century single malts. That is, it is matured in sherry casks and bottle at cask strength or 60.4%ABV and without the use of modern chill-filtering methods ensuring a dark and rich whisky color.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Last week, the FDA provided a couple of scenarios in their very lengthy document on their proposed rule for new tobacco products (including cigars) that they intend to regulate. Doc summarizes the latest documentation.
SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady
- Christina Fontecchio of the Boss Cigars talks with Darrin, from Fresno. They cover various topics including how to describe cigar flavors.