Episode 397 The Herf

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BACKGROUND: What is a Herf? Well, you’ve probably heard me mention it enough times, but do you really know what it is and what is done at typical herfs?

Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf. Book by Terry Simpson

Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf. Book by Terry Simpson

Is a herf big or small? Does everybody smoke the same cigars or do you smoke different ones? What do you talk about at a herf? What do you eat? What do you drink?

A friend of mine, Dr. Terry Simpson, wrote a book about what goes on at a herf. In his book: Cigar Talk: Conversations of the Herf, he takes the reader inside the mystical, magical and congenial world of the “Herf.”

Doc Simpson defines a “herf” as simply, “…a gathering of cigar smokers to smoke cigars.” By extension, “herfing” describes the camaraderie and good cheer that accompanies a gathering of like-minded men and/or women who enjoy smoking premium hand made cigars.

Herf

In today’s cigarcast, you will listen in as Christina leads the conversations that we had with a few friends at a recent impromptu herf. During our recordings, we shared our thoughts about the cigars and libations that we had and we will talk about the different aspects of a typical, and non-typical, herf.

SPECIAL SEGMENTS: Interviews with Steve, Christina, Bil, Angel and Doc at a recent impromptu herf.

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Episode 395 2014 Pro Cigar Festival Part 2

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BACKGROUND: Last week, I walked you through a pre-festival tour at Tabacalera Palma and our first festival tour at Tabacalera La Alianza. This week I continue the adventure with descriptions of my tours to Davidoff and La Flor Dominicana. Of course, I’ll also be recapping our Dominican nightlife with descriptions of dinners with our favorite cigar makers, “White Night” and the final festival party.

On hand once again to help me provide all the details of the event are Stogie Fresh team members John and Christina who shared in all the fun and lived to tell the story.

WHITE NIGHT: Everyone wore white as we celebrated at the Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauración (Monument to heroes of the Restoration War). The monument is located on a hill in the middle of Santiago, with spectacular views of the city and surrounding mountains. It also has a surrounding park and it is an attractive place at night where people go to relax.

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

White Night: The Monumento venue overlooked the city of Santiago

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Josie shows off her box of cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

Doc with Hendrik Kelner Jr. of Kelner Boutique Factory and Smoking Jacket cigars

TOUR OF DAVIDOFF FARMS: We spent the day with Davidoff at their farms. We saw the development of tobacco starting from seeds and ending with harvesting.

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

Davidoff Farms: Tobacco growing and curing barns in the background

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

John tries his hand at priming (picking) tobacco leaves

TOUR OF LA FLOR DOMINICANA: Litto Gomez led the tour of his farms and factory.

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Litto Gomez explains how shade tops preserve the pristine look of the finished leaf

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

Tony Gomez and Litto with Christina

FINAL DINNER PARTY AT CENTRO ESPAÑOL: The final evening was formal attire and had gourmet food, a charity auction, entertainment, dancing and plenty of cigars.

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Final Celebration: Place settings were eye-catching

Time to party!

Time to party!

Cigars that were brought home

Cigars that were brought home

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Episode 389 Fuente Añejo Shark

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BACKGROUND: Añejo, which means, “aged,” or “refined” in Spanish, was originally released in June 2000 (in a very small batch), and then again in December 2000.

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Añejos have a blend of Opus X, Don Carlos, and Hemingway filler tobaccos, with a US/Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper that is cured in cognac barrels for 6-8 months after it’s been aged.

eagle_rare_sbThe names of the various Añejo vitolas, like the “No.46,” “No.48,” and “No.49,” etc., are derived from the ring gauge of the cigar in question, With one exception: the “No. 77 Shark”.

The “No.77” designation for the Shark comes not from the ring gauge of this cigar, as it does for the other cigars, but rather from a more amusing reason altogether. Carlito Fuente took his kids to Sea World in Orlando, FL, and while there noticed that some of the sharks in the tank had two pectoral fins, which looked sort of like two 7’s. Hence the name, 77 Shark.

Our featured cigar of this week, the 5 7/8-inch by 64 ring gauge No. 77 Shark.

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  • Doc answers questions about plugged cigar and tar buildup.
  • How and why tobacco fermentation continues inside your humidor
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DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Padrón Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro
This review features the Padron Family Reserve No. 85. I first visited this cigar in Episode 342 back on Sunday, December 17, 2012. These cigars have been resting a total of 1 year, 2 months and 3 days and I pulled out my last samples for this review.

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