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 473: Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff

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BACKGROUND: Blind Man’s Bluff made its debut during the summer of 2015 and the cigars are manufactured at Agroindustrias Laepe, in Danli, Honduras.

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Blind Man’s Bluff features a Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, a Criollo binder from Honduras, and fillers composed of Dominican San Vicente viso from the Dominican Republic and Honduran Criollo ligero and what Caldwell calls Generoso ligero Sol also from Honduras.

Blind Man’s Bluff is available in three sizes with cigars priced between $7.50 and $9.50 per stick.

This week’s featured stogie is, the 6-inch by 52 ring Toro.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Stone and Sierra Nevada NXS IPA
This beer is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
Doc talks about the “Angel’s Share”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Purchasing Vintage Cigars

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Caldwell Cigars
Stone Brewing
Stone/Sierra Nevada Collaboration

Episode 468: Foxtoberfest 2015

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BACKGROUND: Foxtoberfest is a yearly event put on by Fox Cigar Bar and Lounge with locations in Scottsdale and Gilbert, Arizona. I was in a group of 11 Californians who set out from the California Central Coast to invade the unsuspecting clientele and staff of Fox Cigars. Our mission was to find the absolute best cigars and libations…and we were not disappointed.

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This week, I recount the highlights of our trip and, with the help of some of my cohorts, will give you a glimpse into the inner-sanctum of a Team Stogie Fresh road trip.

SEGMENT ONE: Interview with Christina Fontecchio

SEGMENT TWO: Interview with Angel and Bily, Part 1

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NFL FOOTBALL: Doc talks about attending the Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens game in Arizona.

SEGMENT THREE: Interview with Angel and Bily, Part 2

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Fox Cigar Bar
ShamLux Cigar Lounge
Cigar King
Ambassador Fine Cigars
Sportsman’s Warehouse
AZ Firearms

Episode 460: Caldwell Eastern Standard Euro Express

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BACKGROUND: In 2014, after a nearly seven month hiatus from the industry, Robert Caldwell announced that he would be making cigars under a new company name: the Caldwell Cigar Company. The company launched three inaugural lines, collectively called: The Caldwell Collection.

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The Eastern Standard is one of the three lines made under the Caldwell Collection brand. Eastern Standard sports an Ecuadorian hybrid Connecticut shade wrapper that Caldwell refers to as, Dark Connecticut. The rest of the blend is made up of Dominican Habano, Dominican Criollo 98 and Dominican Corojo, with a sprig of Nicaraguan tobacco.

The Eastern Standard comes in three sizes and the one I’m featuring today is the 5.5-inch by 44 ring gauge Euro Express Corona.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey Rare Breed is what’s called a ‘barrel-proof bourbon’, meaning it’s bottled straight out of the barrel at the proof it has reached. There is no water added to lower the proof, which means its full flavor is maintained.

This bourbon is a blend of Wild Turkey 6-, 8- and 12 year old stocks.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about the YETI Rambler Tumbler cup
  • Update on Crush & Roll West 2015

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SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Beef

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Caldwell Cigars
Wild Turkey Bourbon
Yeti Rambler Tumblers
Crush & Roll West 2015

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 419 The King is Dead, Broken Sword

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BACKGROUND: Caldwell Cigars are being made in the Dominican Republic. According to Robert Caldwell, “The Dominican Republic is one of those treasures that hides in plain sight. There is so much fantastic tobacco, so unique and with such distinct flavors.” The plan is for the brands to utilize premium tobaccos that are rare and unique.

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The King is Dead uses a Dominican “Negrito” wrapper. The company described this offering as a “truly interesting cigar.” According to Caldwell, “Negrito is one of those wrappers that just doesn’t play well with others, but after a couple of months, the right matches were made.”

The King is Dead is offered in four sizes and the price point ranges from $7.00 to $12.00 per stick

This week’s featured stogie is the 5-inch by 40 ring gauge The King is Dead, Corona.

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FEATURED LIBATION: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig debuted in the summer of 2010 to critical acclaim, earning accolades from numerous wine and spirits journals. WhistlePig produces 3 different rye whiskies current.

This week’s featured libation is called the WhistlePig 100/100. It’s a 100% rye and 100-proof, straight rye whiskey that is aged for at least ten years.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• General Cigar acquires Leccia cigar brand

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Doc interviews Christina Fontecchio about her becoming the first female Certified Master Tobacconist in the nation.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Caldwell Cigar Company
WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
Interview with Doc on CigarJukebox

OUR SPONSORS:
Macanudo Cigars
Cohiba
BuyDiscountCigars.com
Stogie Rate Online
Stogie Rate Cigar Inventory Software for iPhone
Stogie Rate 4.3 Cigar Inventory Software for PC/Mac