Episode 302: Iron Horse

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DESCRIPTION: This week’s featured cigar is from the Dominican Republic and its name is Iron Horse. Starting at under $48 a box for the Robusto, Iron Horse promises superb quality with low financial risk. But what’s it got under the hood?

A duo of Iron Horse Churchills

The cigar starts with a mix of Dominican Cuban-seed Criollo ’98 long-fillers that are then bound in a Dominican Olor binder. That bunch is then dressed in a dark Maduro wrapper from the Dominican Republic, which is intended to add some sweetness to the blend. Together you’ve got a Dominican puro that won’t shag your pocketbook.

The cigars are manufactured in a small Dominican factory and the Iron Horse is billed as, “An honest smoke at an honest price.”

Iron Horse in action

FEATURED LIBATION: Pere Jacques 2010 Belgian Style Ale
Today’s featured brew is the Pere Jacques Belgian style ale. It is one of the several vintage beers made at Goose Island Brew Pub. It is brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast and is purportedly a fruity, malty ale. According to the company, Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. While, at the dining table, it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port. It weighs in at 8% ABV.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• The new StogieFresh.info site is now 99% complete
• The new look at StogieRate.com is also complete with a much tighter integration between Stogie Rate and Stogie Fresh.
• On a sad note: A Good Friend Passes Away.

SPECIAL SF5 SEGMENT: Glynn Loope, Executive Director Cigar Rights of America

Guillermo Leon Corona Gorda

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Guillermo León Corona Gorda
This week’s postscript cigar is the Guillermo León, Corona Gorda, which is made at the La Aurora Factory in the Dominican Republic. I first featured this cigar in Episode 240 on Sunday, September 26, 2010. These cigars have been resting in my Aristocrat Mini cabinet humidor for 1 year, 4 months and I pulled out my last sample for this, the second and final, postscript review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Iron Horse at Famous Smoke
Goose Island Beer
The new Stogie Fresh 5 podcast web page
Stogie Rate Online
Cigar Rights of America
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