Episode 457: Punch Signature Torpedo

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BACKGROUND: One of the most recent cigar projects from General Cigar Company is named: Punch Signature. Master Blender Agustin Garcia and his team kept true to the original Punch blend by using tobaccos from the same countries of origin.

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They started working with a grower to cultivate a special Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper exclusively for this cigar. The wrapper is related to the original Cuban Corojo seed. The wrapper has a lot of natural oil, which makes the leaf silky and gives it elasticity. The binder is made from a proprietary Connecticut Habano leaf.

The filler leaves are from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and they are of the same variety as in the original Punch blend. Some of the filler leaves are very aged and others are less so. The aged leaves bring flavor and balance, and the newer leaves deliver more strength. It’s all about balanced flavor. Think of Punch Signature as a mix of tradition and modern taste.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye
In 2012, Jack Daniel’s created quite a stir when they released their Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye. The release created a spirited debate about what exactly to call the Jack Daniel’s special release. Do you call it an unaged hiskey or do you call it a neutral spirit. They went with Unaged Rye and the rest is history, but now, a bit over two years later, Jack Daniel’s added to the dialogue with an updated special release called Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

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FEATURED WEB SITES:
Punch Signature: https://www.cigarworld.com/products/punch/punch-signature/
Jack Daniel Distillery: http://www.jackdaniels.com/

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