Episode 455: H. Upmann – The Banker Annuity

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BACKGROUND: The Banker is the newest line under Altadis USA’s H. Upmann brand. The Banker pays homage to the original brand founders, August and Herman Upmann. As bankers, the brothers saw financial opportunity in creating a unique cigar blend that could be securely locked away in their vaults only to be gifted to their most special clients, friends and family. After nearly 170 years, Altadis USA has recreated a blend in the same style as the original. The Banker by H. Upmann is crafted in the Dominican Republic using an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

This week I will feature the 6-inch by 52 ring, Annuity, Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Alexander Murray & Co, 15-year Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Auchentoshan makes whisky for Alexander Murray & Co, which is an import/export company. Alexander Murray & Co also brokers exclusive whiskies for Costco, for Trader Joe’s, Sam’s Club, ABC Stores in Florida, Bottle King, Bevmo, and Super Value.

This week’s featured libation is the Alexander Murray & Co 15 Year Old Single Malt scotch that has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and was distilled in 1997. 40%ABV.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about Independence Day
  • Question: What is the best course of action when purchasing cigars in tubes?

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Beef

FEATURED WEB SITES:
H. Upmann The Banker cigars
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Cigar Jukebox Episode with Doc Interview

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