Episode 500: Señorial Maduro and a host of interviews on the final SF5 podcast

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BACKGROUND: It started 10 years, 2 months and a day ago as I wanted to add a different feature set to my already popular Stogie Fresh website. I was already reviewing cigars, publishing feature-length article on a variety of cigar topics and reporting on my trips to Central America and the Caribbean. Podcasting was unheard of to me before that time and yet, I didn’t hesitate to jump into the podsphere because I believed I could add something of value using that medium. Nevertheless, I’ll let others be the final arbiters of the ultimate value of Stogie Fresh 5.

Señorial Maduro by José Blanco

Señorial Maduro by José Blanco

On this the final podcast I will be featuring the Señorial Maduro by José Blanco (who will also provide an audio segment for the show) and I will be interviewing a number of my local cigar friends who came over to my home to help me celebrate my final podcast.

Team Stogie Fresh wearing their colors!

Team Stogie Fresh wearing their colors!

Steve and Michelle enjoying the awesome Central Coast Day

Steve and Michelle enjoying the awesome Central Coast Day

Also included in this show, will be several brief recordings made by a number of my friends, some of whom are part of the cigar industry and some of whom are not. These recordings will feature the following people (listed in alphabetical order): Jose Blanco (Señorial Cigars), Dave Burck (Cigar Jukebox), William Cooper (Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks), Eddie DeJong (Vanderburgh Humidors), Christina Fontecchio (The Boss Cigars), Ian Goebel (Scorpion Cigar Reviews), Aaron Loomis (Developing Palates), Jorge Mendizabal, John “The Iron Chef” Merzon, and Charlie Minato (Halfwheel).

Doc and Christina being goofy

Doc and Christina being goofy

Kilt Bill and Bily Mon

Kilt Bill and Bily Mon

Friends who participated in my final podcast herf include: Bily, Angel, Kilt Bill, Steve, Tim, Gina, John, Mark, Benjamin, Christina, Michelle, Ricky and Sal.

Tim slinging beef

Tim slinging beef

Of course, all guests who attended the 500th podcast herf shared their cigar and libation pairings.

FEATURED WEBSITES:
Señorial Cigars (Las Cumbres Tabaco)
Developing Palates
Halfwheel
Cigar Coop
Stogie Geeks
Cigar Jukebox
Vanderburgh Humidors
Purgatory Humidors
The Boss Cigars
Scorpion Cigar Reviews

Episode 436: Señorial by José Blanco

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BACKGROUND: The inaugural cigar from Las Cumbres Tabaco and José Blanco is called, Señorial, which is made at Tabacalera Palma, a Dominican cigar factory owned by José’s cousin Jochy Blanco.
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The blend for the Señorial starts with Dominican Corojo and Dominican Piloto Cubano filler tobaccos, wrapped in a binder leaf from Estelí, Nicaragua and then crowned with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
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Señorial comes in 5 sizes and the cigar I’m featuring today is the 5.5-inch by 46 ring gauge, #5 Corona Gorda.

FEATURED LIBATION: Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges Cognac
Pierre Ferrand Cognac is made with only Grande Champagne grapes, and the unfiltered wine is distilled over lees in small 25 hectoliter copper pot stills. Finally, the spirit is carefully aged in small Limousin oak casks and blended into its final expression. Though the oak lends structure and interest to their spirits, the high-quality fruit remains at the forefront. Pierre Ferrand Selection des Anges is an average of 30 years old.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about converting wine coolers into cigar humidors

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Doc talks about, Movies NOT to Watch.

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Señorial by José Blanco
Pierre Ferrand
Article: Wineadors: Convert a Wine Cooler into a Humidor
Introducing the NewAir CC-280E 400 Count Cigar Cooler
Article: Build Your Own Humidor