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Tuesday
Mar052013

Stogie Geeks Episode 49 - "I Need More Butane"

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Stogie of the Week

Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Poderoso

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Torpedo
Size: 6 x 54
Age: Unknown
MSRP: About $9.00

Source:A Cigar Smoker's Journal

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 49 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Top Ten Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Not Live Without

  1. Good Cigars - Okay, so first the obvious. You need cigars! And I'm not talking about machine made beauties from the gas station (I love the commercial on gas station sushi, its in the same class as cigars). I'm also not talking about your $30 per stick Davidoff or Padron. Some good cigars to smoke wherever you happen to be, in the car, in the yard, on the boat, on the porch, etc… Whether it be your favorite Montecristo, Tatjuaje, Ashton or even the forbidden cuban stogie, having a good mixture of cigars is key. Check out our Box Worthy smokes to fill up your humidor.
  2. Great Cigars - For the special occasion, have at least a few special cigars. Expensive or aged, keep a few really old Padron thousand series, Opus X, and any of those reserva edicione limitada especial anniversary series.
  3. A good lighter - Not a zippo, not a regular match, not a bic, not a cedar "spill". A freakin' butane, blue flame torch lighter. One flame, two flames, 15 flames, doesn't matter. Xicar makes great lighters, quality is not so great, but you can get a replacement for free. The Lotus flat flame I have is great, the flat flame allows you to easily light the cigar and use it for touch ups. You can get something like that for $100 or buy a pack of 3 triple flames online for like $15. Up to you, as long as you have a lighter.
  4. A good cutter - Here is where I don't recommend that you skimp. Get a Palio or a Xicar. The cheap cutters work once, then they are shredders, so buy a good one.
  5. A travel humidor (a nice one) - This is a great gift, I mean, something to ask for as a gift. I got a nice Tommy Bahama one for Christmas, and Andre Garcia makes awesome ones. You want to at least look classy when you go the lounge, sometimes anyhow.
  6. A travel humidor (a rugged one) - You know, the ones that looks like you could drop a nuclear bomb on them, and your cigars would come out unscathed. These are great for traveling, like on an airplane, or jumping out of an airplane (and you can throw the case first, then jump).
  7. A humidor at home - People are sometimes amazed when I tell them that I have a 10-year old cigar. they comment, "Cigars last that long?". If you take care of them of course. We've covered humidors A LOT in the past, but the point is to have one, give it the proper care and feeding, and enjoy.
  8. A place to smoke - The patio, the deck, wrapped in an electric blanket, the garage, the workshop, the basement, in your house, at the lounge.
  9. Real Coffee - Small batch roasted, dark, rich and black. YUM.
  10. Online Resources - Like the Stogie Geeks! Blogs, podcasts, videos are all good to get a feel how cigars are smoking and what people think of them. Buying cigars online is cool, especially the auctions. I mean, support your local shop, but don't pass up the deals online either!

The Stogie Geek News with Mark Jr.

Contest: Joya de Nicaragua Dark Corojo Fiver

Question: Joya de Nicaragua (Jewel of Nicaragua) was the first commercial brand manufactured in Nicaragua after Cuban immigrants fled Cuba and began growing tobacco there. Prior to Cuban's cultivating Habano seed in Nicaragua, what was the name of the native tobacco plant grown in Nicaragua and how was it traditionally cured/fermented?

Congratulations to Eddie O. who correctly answered;

Chilcagre is the native Nicaraguan tobacco. Chilcagre is a very tough, sweet tasting tobacco that is traditionally dried and put in holes in the earth where it ferments.

Wednesday
Feb272013

Stogie Geeks Episode 48 - "Amateur Hour"

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Stogie of the Week

Nestor Miranda 70th Limited Edition

My Father Cigars Blend
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
La Aurora Blend
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Brazilian Nicaraguan, Dominican
Vitola: Lancero
Size: 7.5 x 40
MSRP: $168.00 for box of Twelve

Released on Valentines day 2013 which is Nestor Miranda's 70th birthday, there were only 1,000 twelve count boxes released. Each box has six of the My Father Cigars blend and six of the La Aurora blend. The cigar box was made in the shape of a 1960's speedster.

Sources: Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Coop

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 48 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Top Ten Cigars and Pairings

In this week's segment we take a look at a top ten cigar and pairing list from the fine folks over at askmen.com. The Stogie Geeks crew offers their own opinions on the list and the pairings. Tim was spot on, and guessed a record 2 out of the 10 pairings, and we all have some great recommendations for spirits that pair well with cigars.

We won't reproduce the list here, but you can read the full article here. It will give you some great suggestions, though we don't particularly care to pair an Islay scotch with cigars.

Contest: Nestor Miranda 4 Pack from the Havana Cigar Club

Question: Nestor Miranda was formely in the liquor business. What was the first cigar he produced and what year was it released?

Congratulations to Jay S. who correctly answered;

He started making Don Lino in 1989, at the old UST factory in Honduras. He also established Miami Cigar & Co. in 1989.

Thursday
Feb212013

Stogie Geeks Episode 47 - "Oliva Bonanza"

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Sponsors: Havana Cigar Club & Oliva Cigar Company

Stogie of the Week

Oliva Serie V Melanio

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium/Full
MSRP: $80.00 - $140.00 for ten count box

Released in 2012, the Oliva Serie Melanio is available in ten count boxes. There are five sizes currently available; a Churchill (7 x 50), Torpedo (6.5 x 52), Figurado (6.5 x 52), Robusto (5 x 52), and Petit Corona (4.5 x 46). More information can be found on the Oliva Website.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 47 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Cigar Fact or Fiction

Contest: Oliva Eight Pack Sampler

Thanks to: Oliva Cigar Company

Question: Name the four great grand children of Melanio Oliva who actively involved with the family brand and which grand child is also a politician?

Congratulation to Mike G. who correctly answered;

Gilberto Junior, Carlos, Jeannie, and José. Gilberto Junior runs the Nicaraguan leaf growing operation and creates blends, Carlos oversees production, Jeannie runs the office in Miami Lakes, and José directs sales. Jose R. Oliva is a representative in the state of Florida.

Tuesday
Feb122013

Stogie Geeks Episode 46 - "Failed Cuban Experiment"

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Stogie of the Week

E.P. Carrillo Short Run Vintage Grande

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Grande
Size: 6.2 x 60
Age: 3 Years
MSRP: Box of 10 - $75.00
Link: Cigars International

To make a long story short, these handsome devils were slated to become the inital release by E.P. Carrillo 3 years ago. But at the time, it wasn’t quite what E.P. was looking for. (he’s a real stickler for perfection) Instead, they remained nestled in the aging rooms, marrying into delicious morsels.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 46 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Cigar Etiquette

  • Where to smoke?
  • When to ash? How often should you ash?
  • When to take off the band?
  • Buy from the shop where you're smoking?
  • What if the staff is cutting or lighting wrong or has wrong information?
  • If you use someone's lighter, and it runs out of gas or you make adjustments, do you tell them?
  • Do you put out your cigar by mashing it in the ashtray?
  • Do you bite the end off a cigar?
  • If you are smoking a Cuban do you announce it to the world?
  • Do you smoke a Double Corona in 30 minutes?
  • Would you tap someone's ash?
  • If someone gives you a cigar, do you give them one?

Some other articles on the subject;

Stogie Guys - Stogie Tip: Proper Cigar Etiquette
Luxist.Com - Ten Points of Cigar Etiquette Not To Be Ignored
Tobaco Barn - Cigar Etiquette Tips

Contest: E.P. Carillo Fiver

Question: What did E.P. Carillo aspire to be prior to entering the cigar business full time with his father?

Congratulations to Justin M. who correctly answered;

EP Carrillo wanted to be a Jazz Drummer. He was trying to be a part of legendary Jazz Musician Stan Getz's band, but when it didn't work out, he returned to Miami to pursue the cigar business with his father full time.

Thursday
Feb072013

Stogie Geeks Episode 45 - "The Blizzahd Edition"

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Stogie of the Week

CLE Cuarenta Robusto

Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Vitola: Robusto
Size: 5 x 50
Age: N/A
MSRP: About $5.95

CLE Cigars was started by Christian Eiora who was the former president of Camacho cigars. Three lines are cigars are currently available and manufactured in the Tabacos Ranchos factory in Honduras. More information can be found on their website.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 45 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Choosing The Right Cigar To Give

  • First Time Smoker - I tend to give the first time smoker something mild, but not completely flavorless. Sure, there are lots of mild cigars, but the problem is if their palette is not refined yet, they will miss all the subtle flavors. I like to give a medium body, smaller cigar. The last thing you want is someone puking in your smoke room. EP Carrillo, Arturo Fuente come to mind. Also, make sure its not expensive as I find first time smokers almost never finish a full cigar.
  • The "I only smoke Cuban's" Smoker - Here is where I like to mix it up with someone. Give them a nice Padron, it will be so different from what they normally smoke that they will often appreciate it. If you want something more like a Cuban, Tatuaje comes to mind.
  • Occasional Smoker - I still tend to stick with a smaller cigar, and here is where you can up your price tag a bit. Maybe the occasional smoker has only had some of the more popular and reasonably priced cigars on the market. Hit them with a Davidoff and see if they like it. Its also a change to turn them on to some of the boutique brands, such as Viaje, Four Kicks, etc..
  • Female Smoker - This is a tough one, not all women enjoy mild non-flavored cigars, you don't want to overpower them with something too strong, but they may also not like flavored cigars. Go with a small size is always best. If you go flavored, try a Java by Drew Estate. Non-flavored try a corona size cigar that doesn't pack too much punch, like an EPC New Wave Connecticut.
  • "I only smoke brand XYZ cigar in size ABC" Smoker - I keep hearing about the "guy" who will only smoke Ashton Aged Maduro's. You know what? You can't fault them, they know what they like and they stick to it. While you really want them to branch out, they just like one particular cigar. So give it to them unless they are in a mood to try something new (which is unlikely).
  • The Cigar Geek - This is one where you just have to ask. Get the stuff in your humidor that's aged, special, limited, not available in their region and try to stump them. Ask them what they like, what they want to try, and dig deep to find it.
  • "I Smoke Those Cigars From The Gas Station" Smoker - This person does not deserve a cigar from your humidor, so you can either tell them you are all out of smokes or give them something you are trying to get rid of.
  • The "Rocky Patel" Smoker - Many smokers will order from popular online shops, and smoke the everyday type cigars. 5 Vegas comes to mind, along with Rocky Patel. Here is a change to wow them with a boutique brand, or a Cuban perhaps.

Contest: Five pack of CLE Cuarenta Robusto's

Question: What does CLE stand for and why was the name Cuarenta chosen for this cigar?

Congratulations to Rudy R. who correcty answered;

CLE stands for Christian Luis Eiroa and Cuarenta means "40" in spanish. The cigar was called Cuarenta because it was launched in tribute of Eiroa's 40th birthday.