Episode 495: Doc’s 10th Annual Central Coast Herf

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BACKGROUND: It started 10 years ago and now it is a part of history. Last week, on a hot Central Coast weekend, the Doc’s 10th annual Central Coast Herf launched its final hurrah. The 10th annual and final bash drew the most people ever for the Friday night pre-event party. The greatest number of people also turned out for the Saturday main event and even the Sunday morning traditional breakfast was the best attended ever.

The theme for this year’s event was chosen to honor the Military.

Click here to see all photos at the 2016 Herf Photo Slideshow

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
2016 Herf Sponsors
(Have donated cigars, accessories and/or libations for this year’s herf)
1. Drew Estate (Platinum Sponsor)
2. AJ Fernandez Cigars (Platinum Sponsor)
3. Atlantic Cigar Co (Platinum Sponsor)
4. Cigars of Habanos (Platinum Sponsor)
5. The Boss Cigars (Platinum Sponsor)
6. Dignity Cigars (DonJuan Gross – Platinum Sponsor)
7. Roxo Port Cellars (Jeff Steele – Platinum Sponsor)
8. Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards (Platinum Sponsor)
9. Michael Rose Cellars (Platinum Sponsor)
10. Barrelhouse Brewing (Mathew Jacobs – Platinum Sponsor)
11. Caldwell Cigar Co. (Gold Sponsor)
12. Media Fiasco podcast (Bill Berris – Gold Sponsor)
13. Daou Vineyards (Brandon Shepard – Bronze Sponsor)
14. RoMa Craft Tobac (Skip Martin – Bronze Sponsor)
15. Bily Montoya (Python Armor)
16. Hogue Inc.
17. Precision Tactical
18. Inca Cigars
19. Stogie Fresh (Hosts)

Sponsor levels: Platinum (5 years or more), Gold (4 yrs), Silver (3 yrs), Bronze (2 yrs)

Episode 485: Enclave by A.J. Fernandez

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BACKGROUND: The Enclave by A.J. Fernandez made its debut in the summer of 2015 and is another in the continuing series of masterpieces from the famed Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

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Company founder, A.J. Fernandez, blended the Enclave along with his father Ismael. Enclave is a three-country blend of Cameroon binder, Nicaraguan filler (including the Piloto Cubano variety grown in Nicaragua) and an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Trader Joe’s 8 year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
This Whiskey is, as the name implies, a minimum of 8-year aged whiskey in the bottle, as opposed to a non-age-statement, which is likely to be 4-years and change, and is supposedly triple distilled (as opposed to double distilled) and matured “in single-use, bourbon oak casks.” It weighs in at 40% ABV.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Collecting Cigars

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
AJ Fernandez Cigars
Trader Joe’s Irish Whiskey: NA

Episode 452: Doc’s 9th Annual Central Coast Herf

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BACKGROUND: For the past 9 years I have hosted a party at my home during late May to early June. This informal gathering, which saw just 6 attendees during the first year, is now limited to 50 attendees and has a wait list for future events.

This event has evolved into what is now called: Doc’s Central Coast Herf. The Herf is invitation-only and has regulars from around the state and the nation. From morning to night, over the course of three days, guests are treated to great cigars, great food and great libations.

There were 25 sponsors this year, ranging from cigar companies and retail shops, to wineries, breweries, accessory makers and more. A total of 890 cigars were donated to the event, along with 318 raffle prizes.

This week’s show will take you vicariously back to Herf weekend to enjoy the sights and sounds that made this year’s event such a success. Over the course of the next hour, you will gain the general flavor of the herf by hearing a number of interviews and listening in on the fun.

Click here to see all photos at the 2015 Herf Photo Slideshow

SPONSORS: CIGAR PRODUCERS
AJ Fernandez
Alec Bradley Cigar Co
Punch Signature
Dignity Cigars
Drew Estate
Ventura Cigar Company
Nomad Cigar Company
Cubanacan Cigars
Altadis
Fox Cigar Bar: Gilbert, AZ Caldwell Cigar Co.
SPONSORS: WINERIES/BREWERIES
Michael Rose Cellars
Barrelhouse Brewing
Roxo Port Cellars
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards Daou Winery
SPONSORS: CIGAR RETAILERS – DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL/OTHER
Media Fiasco Podcat Kick Ass Cigar Tools Cigars of Habanos
The Boss Cigars
Stogie Fresh

Episode 407 San Lotano The Bull Robusto

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BACKGROUND: San Lotano “The Bull,” is being positioned as a fuller version of the company’s San Lotano line. The cigar uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, which are both grown on the company’s farms in Nicaragua.

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The Bull is a box-pressed cigar and AJ Fernandez had this to say about it: “We don’t make many box-pressed cigars since San Lotano has become fairly synonymous for our trademark Oval shape. [But] that’s the secret to San Lotano The Bull. Half the influence of the smoke comes from the shape, the other half from the blend.”

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The cigar is offered in three sizes: a 6 x 54 Toro ($9.85), a 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo ($9.95) and the cigar I’m featuring today the 5 x 54 Robusto ($9.60).

FEATURED LIBATION: Booker’s 25th anniversary edition Bourbon
To make the 25th anniversary edition Booker’s, 6th Generation Master Distiller, Booker Noe has taken from the center-cut of his favorite rack house. This limited edition release ranges between 9-11 years old with an unfiltered proof strength ranging between 121-130, depending on the bottle you wind up with. In other words, each bottle will be somewhere between 60%–65%ABV.

 

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady

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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue
This review features the Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue from RoMa Craft Tobac. I first featured the Virtue in Episode 351 of the SF5 podcast back on Sunday, February 24, 2013. These cigars have been waiting in my humidor for this second and final review for 2 years, 3 months and 3 days. I pulled out my last two samples for this review.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
San Lotano (AJ Fernandez Cigars)
Booker’s 25th Anniversary Bourbon (video)

OUR SPONSORS:
Davidoff
Bombay Tobak
Cigar Bandits
BuyDiscountCigars.com
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Stogie Rate 4.3 Cigar Inventory Software for PC/Mac
Buy Stogie Fresh Accessories