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Thursday
Oct042012

Stogie Geeks Episode 30 - Smokin' in Your Birthday Suit

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Stogie of the Week

Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Espressivo

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Sumatra (2003)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Robusto (Boxed Pressed)
Size: 5 x 50
Age: N/A
MSRP: $8.38

According the internet, the nine year old wrapper for the Quattro was obtained from a German machine-made cigar company that was going out of business.

This week we are drinking

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 30 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

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

Tim's List

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Segment: Understanding The Different Parts Of A Tobacco Plant

Criollo Leaf Classfications

  1. Ligero: Very top of the plant
  2. Viso: Just under Ligero
  3. Seco: Typically used as filler
  4. Capote: Typically used for binder
  5. Volado: Filler

Varieties of Plants

Criollo:

http://www.tobacconistuniversity.org/tobacco-college/apm-seeds2.asp

Corojo:

http://www.tobacconistuniversity.org/tobacco-college/apm-seeds3.asp

Olor (Dominican): A variety of Dominican cigar tobacco which has large leaves and is commonly used for filler and binder. Olor tobacco can have a distinctly dry flavor, or drying effect on the mouth. Olor is also the Spanish term for "Smell".

Piloto (Dominican): A varietal family of filler tobacco which originated in Cuba but is now commonly cultivated in the Dominican Republic and Central America.

Jalapa Valley (Nicaraguan): A famous cigar tobacco growing region in the North Eastern part of Nicaragua, near the Southern border of Honduras.

Reference: http://www.tobacconistuniversity.org/glossary.asp

Sunday
Sep162012

Stogie Geeks Episode 29 - "I Left My Express Card At Home"

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Stogie of the Week

Quesada Jalapa Belicoso

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Broadleaf Conn, Dominican & Nicaraguan
Strength: Mild
Vitola: Belicoso
Size: 6 1/8 x 52
Age: N/A
MSRP: $8.50

Based on the Quesada’s Selección España which was released in Spain last year, the Quesada Jalapa contains the same fillers but the España’s Ecuadorian wrapper has been replaced with a Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper. There will be 1,000 boxes of ten cigars released in three vitola's. These vitolas's are; a Robusto (4 7/8 x 50), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52), and Prominente (7 5/8 x 49).
Reference: SAG Imports, Inc.

What We Are Drinking

Pumpking Beer

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 29 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

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

Tim's List

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Stogie Tech: Choosing & Maintaining Large Humidors

See here for pics: http://www.stogiegeeks.com/stogies/2012/9/16/large-humdor-cabinets.html

Sunday
Sep092012

Stogie Geeks Episode 28 - Stogie Santa Takes a Nap

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Ramon y Ramon Familia

Origin: Dominican
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Broadleaf
Filler: Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan
Strength: Unknown
Vitola: Grand Corona
Size: 6.25 x 47
Age: 12+ Years
MSRP: I paid $11.50 each.

Long time Stogie Geeks listener, Rex Mercher, recently posted some pictures on the BOTL forum of a cigar he had smoked. He was unsure what it was and some brothers responded that it was a Ramon y Ramon from a limited edition humidor that Partagas released in 2000. Needless to say I volunteered up the SG crew to smoke these twelve year old sticks on ths show and Rex was kind enough to send me a handfull. After much Googling, I was able to obtain the following information about the blend on Cigarpass forum;

As a tribute to Ramon Cifuentes, the creator of the Partagas cigars, Edgar Cullman, CEO of General Cigar commissioned the Ramon y Ramon cigar to honor General’s long relationship with Ramon Cifuentes. Cifuentes died at the age of 91 in January 2000. The special cigar was announced at the 2000 RTDA show and shipped to the fortunate customers in November. The filler tobacco is Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan. The binder leaves are Connecticut broadleaf and the attractive and spicy wrapper leaves are African Cameroon. General Cigar manufactured the Ramon y Ramon cigars at the Cifuentes factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 28 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: Smoke Cuban Cigars

As I listen and read about cigars on several different places on the Internet, I notice a trend. There are some people that do not review or discuss Cuban cigars (even though they used to). I think some, and I won't name names, are too heavily influenced by their sponsors. I also see many media outlets reviewing or dealing with only boutique cigars. Then there are places like the 50% flat tire who deal mostly in hard to find or limited release cigars. I've even seen some who like to focus on machine made cigars you buy in the drug store (okay, well, I've seen some funny YouTube reviews). Another thing I seem to see a lot is people say stuff or publish stuff, and no one calls bullshit. Sometimes it feels like cigar media falls over like dominos. If one person sings a cigar some praise, everyone falls in and won't challenge it. I rarely see what people say in the blogs challenged, except to sometimes get a label and a bad reputation by the cigar industry.

Lets get one thing straight, we here on the Stogie Geeks show deal with one kind of cigar and one kind of cigar ONLY: The kind that you smoke. It does not matter the make, origin, size, country, wrapper, price, who rolled it, who sold it, who smoked it, who is going to smoke it, where its sold, how its sold or the phase of the moon. If its a cigar, we will smoke it and tell you all about it, without any pre-conceived notions. Without prejudice and without judgment, other than to tell you if we thought it was a good cigar or not.

Having said that, here are 5 Cuban cigars you need to have a box of in your humidor:

  1. Partagas Serie D #4
  2. Ramon Allones Specially Selected
  3. Montecristo #2
  4. Bolivar Belicoso Finos
  5. Hoyo De Montery De Diux

Oh, and btw, Frank Herrara should have the debate about Cuban cigars with someone who has the exact opposite opinion, instead of with a bunch of folks that did nothing but shake their heads and say yes.

Sunday
Sep092012

Breast Cancer Research Silent Auction: Padron Family Reserve

During the recording of Episode 27: Benefit for Breast Cancer, Mark (aka Stogie Santa) donated some cigars that we will be holding a silent auction for. The money from this auction will be donated to Breast Cancer Research (either by us or directly by the winner, if he/she choses to do so). The following fiver of rare is up for grabs; Padron Family Reserve No. 40, No. 44, No. 45, No. 46, and No. 80.

The Padron Family Reserve are a very limited and sought-after series of cigars. Each release is comprised of ten year old Nicaraguan tobacco and each cigar retails between $25.00-$30.00 or more. It is very unusual to have the opportunity to purchase all five. So let the bidding begin! Just send us an email at stogiegeeks@gmail.com with the amount you are willing to donate. Bidding will end promptly on September 22th at Midnight. The winning bidder will be notified via email. Thank you - The SG Crew

 

Friday
Sep072012

Review: Tatuaje The Old Man and The C – Black Label Culebra

Background

In 2011, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje released a limited edition series called “The Old Man and the C”. The release came packaged in coffin boxes consisting of a single Tatuaje Black Lancero and three El Triunfador’s rolled in the Culebra vitola. “Culebra” is Spanish for “snake” and Tobacconist University has the following excerpt on the history of the vitola:

The practice of braiding cigars together came out of Cuba when factory owners needed a way to control the rollers’ cigar smoking. Culebras were distributed as the day’s ration of cigars. As the rollers smoked the Culebras, the squirmy look of the cigar signaled the factory managers that the rollers were not smoking the premium inventory.

During IPCPR 2012, Pete Johnson re-released this series but with all four cigars being from his private and much sought-after Black label blend. Being a fan of the Black blend, I immediately snatched up a coffin when they became available. After a couple of weeks of rest, I decided that Labor Day Weekend was the perfect time to crack these open with my morning coffee. Time to burn these!

Stogie Stats

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium
Vitola: Culebra
Size: 7.5 x 38
Age: N/A
MSRP: $30.00 per Coffin of four cigars
Number Smoked: 3

Review

The first impression that came to me while removing the Culebra from the packaging was the quality of the workmanship involved in rolling such a vitola. The three Lancero’s were perfectly intertwined with each other. The wrapper was a beautiful Colorado brown and felt dry to the touch. The pre-light aroma consisted of tobacco and some mild spice. I used a straight cut on all three and the pre-light draw seemed perfect on each one. I chose to pair all three cigars with my morning coffee. This decision was solely based on my previous experiences with the blend.

Once lit, the initial draw was perfect and I was welcomed with an ample amount of smoke. All three cigars opened with that familiar toasty cedar and cinnamon spice I have come to love from the Tatuaje Black Label blend. The cinnamon is especially noticeable on the retro-hale and I always find it very enjoyable. The finish was medium in length and coated the top of my palate with spice. It paired perfectly with my morning dark roast. The burn line was decent and the draw remained perfect throughout the first third. Amazingly, the light gray striated ash held for well over an inch before falling.

The spice kicked up a bit on second third and the finish became creamier. The burn and draw remained perfect and by this time, I was really digging this smoke. The blend is very comforting and I found myself completely relaxed.

The last third brought more of the same in terms of flavor and performance. I nubbed each one of the three sticks to less than one inch, and the nub was firm and cool each time. Smoking time was about an hour and fifteen minutes for each cigar.

Conclusion

I absolutely loved all three of these cigars. While I haven't tried all the vitola’s in the Black blend, I have tried quite a few, and I can honestly say this was the most enjoyable of all the vitola’s I have smoked. On a side note, I did also smoke the Lancero which I found the flavors to be very muted and flat. This was surprising after the enjoying the Culebra so much, nonetheless I am looking forward to purchasing more coffin’s. In conclusion, I am giving the Tatuaje The Old Man and The C Black Label Culebra a Stogie Geeks Rating of “Box Worthy”.