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Thursday
Apr252013

Stogie Geeks Episode 52 - "Broadleaf Baby!"

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Stogie of the Week

Tatuaje Noella Reserva

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Corona
Size: 5 1/8 x 42
MSRP: $8 a cigar

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 52 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.

Segment: Around The Blogs

Contest: Tatuaje Prize Pack

Question: What was Pete Johnson's dogs name and how is it relavent to the smokes we are smoking tonight?

Congratulations to Jesus C. who correctly answered;

Hey guys love the podcast, well Pete Johnson dogs name is hunter and its an acronym for each size of the original brown label; Havana Cazadores, Unicos, Noellas, Tainos, Especiales, and Regios. And it's related to what your smoking because the Reservas come from the Noellas and Regios blend using the same filler but a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.

Thursday
Apr182013

Stogie Geeks Episode 51 - "You Dirty Rat"

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Stogie of the Week

Liga Privada Dirty Rat by Drew Estate

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Stalk Cut USA Connecticut Sungrown Habana
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaraguan, Hondurus
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Corona
Size: 5 x 44
Age: Varies
MSRP: About $13.00 a single

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 51 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: Around The Humidor

- Of all the new brands that we talk about on the show, what are some that are worth seeking out?

- We all appreciate good construction on a cigar, but how much smoke is too much? sometimes not enough, and some times way too much! Does too much detract from the experience?

- What are your thoughts on Internet sales? Some believe that Internet sales ruin the industry, making it hard for local shops to compete, do you think that's true?

- Summer is coming, which means high humidity, what should we be doing with our humidors now to prepare for the summer months?

- We don't talk much about ashtrays, what are your favorite types and what should you consider when purchasing an ashtray?

Contest: Liga Privada Prize Pack

Thanks to the Stogie Geeks for this week's prize package, you will receive a Stogie Geeks Golf Towel, A Stogie Geeks Sticker, One Dirty Rat cigar and one Liga Privada #9 from 2009.

Question: Both the Liga Privada Dirty Rat and T52 use Stalk Cut Wrappers, explain what the process of stalk cut entails.

Congratulations to Carl L. who correctly answered;

Stalk cut involves chopping down the entire plant by making one diagonal cut at the bottom of the stalk. The leaves are removed. The plant is flipped upside and the leaves cure while still attached the plant. The stalk continues to feed the leaves nutrients though out the entire curing process until the stalk is completely stripped of it's minerals and flavor characteristics

Sunday
Apr072013

Stogie Geeks Episode 50 - "A Heavy Show"

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Stogies of the Week

From all of us at Stogie Geeks we would like to thank listener "gravity". He provided the 3 unabanded cigars for this show and sent us each a special cigar to smoke. The unbounded cigars were, well, you will just have to listen and watch the show to find out!

For our contest we are putting a prize package together for "gravity" as a thanks for sending us all those awesome, er crappy, er you will just have to watch the show to find out cigars!

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 50 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul'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.

Stogie News of the Week

Segment: Around The Humidor With The Stogie Geeks Crew

We discuss four (maybe five) different topics about cigars, including whether or not to leave the cellphone on your cigars and what some of our "white whale" cigars may be!

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.