Episode 493: Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla

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BACKGROUND: The Ratzilla first made its debut at the 2011 annual Trade Show & Convention before being offered for sale in a soft launch during the summer of 2012. Ratzilla has been often referred to as a longer version of the Dirty Rat. Both cigars use a stalk cut habano wrapper grown in the Connecticut River Valley over a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.

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This week’s featured stogie is the 6 ¼-inch by 46 ring Liga Privada Ratzilla.

FEATURED LIBATION: Deschutes Brewery The Abyss 2015 Reserve

This beer is chock full of malt, including Pale, Black, Chocolate, Black Barley, Roasted Barley, and Wheat. As far as hops, The Abyss uses Millennium, Nugget, Styrian, German Northern Brewer. Besides the generous portions of malts and hops The Abyss also includes Blackstrap Molasses, Brewer’s Licorice, Vanilla Beans, Cherry Bark. Fifty percent of this beer has spent 12 Months in Bourbon, Oregon Oak, and Pinot Noir barrels. It weighs in at a healthy, or should I say wealthy,12.2% ABV and tips the IBU scale at 86. On paper this appears to be a monster of a beer.
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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about solid wood versus veneer wood humidors

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc and Christina Fontecchio introduce the Bespoke brand of cigars

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate Unico Series Cigars
Deschutes Brewery

Episode 469: Liga Privada UF-13 Dark

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BACKGROUND: The UF-13 was a three-year project for Drew Estate that underwent numerous iterations. According to Drew Estate, the UF-13 Dark is an amalgamation of the Liga No.9, T52 and Dirty Rat blends, but with it’s own unique balance.

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The wrapper on this stick is a Connecticut-sourced Broadleaf referred to as a “Dark Medium.” The binder is a Brazilian Mata Fina and the fillers are from Honduras and Nicaragua.

The availability of the UF-13 Dark is limited, similar to the Feral Flying Pig. Pricing is around $13.95 per cigar with boxes of 12 retailing for a suggested price of $167.40.

This week’s featured cigar is the 5.5-inch by 52 ring gauge UF-13 Dark, Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon
Garrison Brothers introduced its first Single Barrel Bourbon in Winter, 2015. The Single Barrel Bourbon from Garrison Brothers is a three-year-old, 94-proof big brother to its regular production Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey and just like its predecessor, it is made from organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat and two-row malted barley.

To date, the Single Barrel has only been available from the distillery’s gift shop in Hye, Texas, but now liquor stores across the country will be offering it to their bourbon connoisseur customers.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about Veteran’s Day
  • Doc discusses assessment of cigars

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Is it mold or bloom?

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate Cigars
Garrison Brothers Bourbon

Episode 467: Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig

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BACKGROUND: In 2009, Drew Estate introduced the Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig. Former CEO Steve Saka picked the shape from a photograph of an 1895 cigar salesman’s size-selection case. There have been 5 different iterations of the flying pig: Liga No 9 Flying Pig, Liga T52 Flying Pig, MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Flying Pig, Undercrown Flying Pig and Liga Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig.

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Unlike the No. 9 and T52 Flying Pigs, which were limited to 2,050 boxes of 12 and 3,000 boxes of 12, respectively, there were plenty of Feral Flying Pigs to go around. The initial launch saw 4,500 boxes of 10 of the Feral’s released.

This week’s featured stogie is the 5.4 inch by 60 ring gauge Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig Perfecto.

FEATURED LIBATION: Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
This whiskey was created by Master Distiller Chris Morris, who is just the seventh Master Distiller in Brown-Forman Corporation’s 140-year history. This Rye Mash bill contains 53 percent rye and the whiskey weighs in at 90.4 Proof (45.1%ABV).

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK. Honest!
  • Doc talks about the rash of flavored craft beers on the market

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Fresh 5 Flashbacks”
Topic: Large Volume Humidors

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate
Woodford Reserve Distillery
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Episode 443: Liga Privada Unico Serie Papas Fritas

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BACKGROUND: In 2012, Papas Fritas was added to the Unico Serie line, Drew Estate’s limited small batch portfolio that includes such legendary cigars as the Dirty Rat, Ratzilla, L40, and others.

The idea for Papas Fritas revolved around the leftover tobacco clippings from Drew Estate’s Liga Privada line. The company kept these cuttings and used them as short filler inside the petite Papas Fritas cigar.

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In Spanish, Papas Fritas means, “French Fries,” which is perhaps not only a reference to their size, but also to the fact that, like French fries, they can satisfy your need for something good in a small package.

Wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, the blend is bound in a Brazilian Mata Fina binder, which conceals Honduran and Nicaraguan short-fillers from the Liga Privada No. 9.

FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone 2015 Sucaba Barley Wine
Sucaba is a barrel aged English Barley wine. This is one of Firestone’s Proprietor’s Reserve Series. This ale weighs in at 13.5% ABV and registers 42 on the IBU scale. The Firestone website describes this as a sipping beer best served in a Brandy snifter.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc recounts his experience attending a gun show and tasting wines in Paso Robles.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady with Christina Fontecchio, CMT
Christina interviews Brandon Shepard of Daou Vineyard and Winery

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Drew Estate
Firestone Walker
Firestone 2015 Sucaba Barley Wine
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