Episode 422: R&D Lab and Cigar by Tobacconist University


BACKGROUND: The Tobacconist University recently created what they call their Research & Development program, which seeks to create educational content and cutting edge products to teach and enlighten consumers and tobacconists. Their first product is the R&D Cigar, which is a Brazilian Corojo blended that was produced by Jesus Fuego of J. Fuego Cigars.


The Tobacconist University certifies the information about these cigars by declaring the date of creation, the production quantity and the ingredients or components found in the cigars. They also provide information regarding processing and manufacturing techniques and the agricultural environments in which the cigars are produced.


Besides the finished cigars, the Tobacconist University has created the R&D Lab experiment to go along with the R&D cigars. The Lab protocol allows the smoker to taste the cigar’s puro components. They have developed individual small premium cigars that are made from just one of the 5 different ingredients or components of the cigar. Since there are five tobacco types in the cigar, there are also five 3.5-inch cigarillos made from each of the different tobaccos used in the cigar.

This week I will be joined by Christina Fontecchio and together we will assess both the R&D Lab and the R&D cigar. We’ll let you know our process in smoking all the puro components and well as the finished cigar and we will provide you with our tasting notes and evaluation of the process.


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Episode 402 The Judge by J Fuego Cigars


BACKGROUND: The Judge cigars are made in Honduras using a Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro wrapper and a 4-country filler blend. This blend was crafted buy Jesus Fuego and was designed to be a full-bodied blend appealing to smokers who enjoy the current trend of strong, rich cigars with a complex flavor profile.


The Judge by J. Fuego cigars comes in boxes of 20, and is available in 5 different sizes. MSRPs range from $4.75 to $7.00 per stick, and with Famous Smoke Shop’s box-discount pricing, the per-cigar price can be as low as $3.35. This week’s featured cigar is the 5-inch by 50 ring gauge, Blind Justice, Robusto.


The Judge by J Fuego Cigars is a brand of cigars made in collaboration with Famous Smoke Shop. The Judge cigars are an exclusive offering of Famous Smoke and can be purchased online at Famous-Smoke.com.

FEATURED LIBATION: Full Blown Stout by Tap It Brewing Company
Tap It Brewing’s Full Blown Stout is an Oatmeal style stout. I paired it up with The Judge by J. Fuego because it is a medium stout and yet has what I believe will be a complimentary flavor profile with the cigar. Some of my very favorite craft beers tend to be a bit too overwhelming for many cigars and that’s why I gravitate to medium-bodied beers with hops that are not over the top.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady
Christina Fontecchio of the Boss Cigars talks with Steve, owner of Purgatory Humidors. They talk about Steve’s custom humidors and Steve asks a few questions of Christina.

DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon box-pressed Robusto

RP-Vintage-2003-RobustoThis review is on the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003. I first featured this cigar in Episode 346 back on Sunday, January 20, 2013. These cigars have been aging in my humidor for a total of 1 year, 4 months and 10 days and I pulled out two more samples for this review.

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