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Prime Time Episode 254 Audio: Juan Lopez, Gurkha Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 113:32


On Episode 254, we kick off the 2023 season of Prime Time and welcome the one and only Juan Lopez of Gurkha Cigars. Juan is always an entertaining and informative guest. We will catch up with Juan and all things Gurkha. Plus, we will also have our Alec Bradley Live True, Cattle Baron, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Deliberation Segments, and our new Tabacalera USA “The Ties That Band Segment!

Prime Time Episode 254: Juan Lopez, Gurkha Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 113:32


On Episode 254, we kick off the 2023 season of Prime Time and welcome the one and only Juan Lopez of Gurkha Cigars. Juan is always an entertaining and informative guest. We will catch up with Juan and all things Gurkha. Plus, we will also have our Alec Bradley Live True, Cattle Baron, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Deliberation Segments, and our new Tabacalera USA “The Ties That Band Segment!

Prime Time Special Edition 134 Audio: Aging Experiment #5, Part 1: Padrón Family Reserve No. 46 Maduro

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 219:46


Tonight we begin Aging Experiment #5 as we discuss and smoke the Padrón Family Reserve No 46 Maduro. With the "Aging Experiment" Series, Bear and Coop smoke a cigar, smoke another cigar six months later, and a third cigar one year later. The idea is to see how the cigar responds to aging over a period of time. While we are smoking we recap each other's top ten lists.  Plus we have our United Cigars Presidents segment and Tabacalera USA Great Things are Happening Here segments. Plus our Tabacalera USA giveaway! References 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown #ELOSOFUMARTAKES - 236th Take - 2022 Top Ten Cigars with George Brightman Singing Bus Driver Becomes a Star After Making Music Video to Show Family in India What He Did for Work Singing Bus Driver Makes Inspiring Music Video to Show Family in India his Job (Video)

Prime Time Special Edition 134: Aging Experiment #5, Part 1: Padrón Family Reserve No. 46 Maduro

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 219:46


Tonight we begin Aging Experiment #5 as we discuss and smoke the Padrón Family Reserve No 46 Maduro. With the "Aging Experiment" Series, Bear and Coop smoke a cigar, smoke another cigar six months later, and a third cigar one year later. The idea is to see how the cigar responds to aging over a period of time. While we are smoking we recap each other's top ten lists.  Plus we have our United Cigars Presidents segment and Tabacalera USA Great Things are Happening Here segments. Plus our Tabacalera USA giveaway! References 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown #ELOSOFUMARTAKES - 236th Take - 2022 Top Ten Cigars with George Brightman Singing Bus Driver Becomes a Star After Making Music Video to Show Family in India What He Did for Work Singing Bus Driver Makes Inspiring Music Video to Show Family in India his Job (Video)

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 87 Audio: 2022 Grammy Awards Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 126:20


The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday February 5, 2022 and the nominations are out. On Episode 87, we take a look at the key categories and who the nominees are, then decide who we want to win and who we thin think the Grammys will pick. We also pay homage to Jeff Beck, Lisa Marie Presley, and Robbie Bachman. On this show, Dave smokes an Tatuaje El Triunifador Robusto and Will smokes the Blackbird Raven. We will also recap the Coop and Dojo end of year lists, plus we look at the Developing Palates Cigar Review of the week. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Full Episode 87 Playlist Dave's Top 50 References OOPS! 50 of 2022: #30 – 26 / A Thief, A Boy and a British Pop Folk Icon OOPS! 50 of 2002: #35 – 31 / Hyper-Pop, An Indie Super Duo and Nashville OOPS! 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Irish Guitar Rock, Hip Hop Turned up to 11 and A Gift from Australia OOPS! 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / Reinventing 60s Pop, Sonic Embers and Sexy R&B OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Legendary Guitarist Jeff Beck Dead at 78 Lisa Marie Presley, Daughter of Elvis Dead at 54 Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive dies at 69 Steve Perry Withdraws Lawsuit Against Journey Over Band's Trademarks In The Ghetto Elvis Presley With Lisa Marie Presley Cigar Coop Cigar of the Year Cigar Dojo Cigar of the Year Developing Palates: My Father LeBijou 1922 100 Años Corona Especial Kyabra Pyramid - The Kalling

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 87: 2022 Grammy Awards Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 126:20


The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Sunday February 5, 2022 and the nominations are out. On Episode 87, we take a look at the key categories and who the nominees are, then decide who we want to win and who we thin think the Grammys will pick. We also pay homage to Jeff Beck, Lisa Marie Presley, and Robbie Bachman. On this show, Dave smokes an Tatuaje El Triunifador Robusto and Will smokes the Blackbird Raven. We will also recap the Coop and Dojo end of year lists, plus we look at the Developing Palates Cigar Review of the week. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Full Episode 87 Playlist Dave's Top 50 References OOPS! 50 of 2022: #30 – 26 / A Thief, A Boy and a British Pop Folk Icon OOPS! 50 of 2002: #35 – 31 / Hyper-Pop, An Indie Super Duo and Nashville OOPS! 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Irish Guitar Rock, Hip Hop Turned up to 11 and A Gift from Australia OOPS! 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / Reinventing 60s Pop, Sonic Embers and Sexy R&B OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Legendary Guitarist Jeff Beck Dead at 78 Lisa Marie Presley, Daughter of Elvis Dead at 54 Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive dies at 69 Steve Perry Withdraws Lawsuit Against Journey Over Band's Trademarks In The Ghetto Elvis Presley With Lisa Marie Presley Cigar Coop Cigar of the Year Cigar Dojo Cigar of the Year Developing Palates: My Father LeBijou 1922 100 Años Corona Especial Kyabra Pyramid - The Kalling

The Smoking Syndicate: Quesada Corner: Manolo Quesada 75th Anniversary (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 38:56


We are back with another edition of Quesada Corner. On this installment, we smoke the Manolo Quesada 75th Anniversary. The 75th Anniversary is actually commemorating company patriarch Manuel “Manolo” Quesada's 75th birthday. It's a 6 3/4 x 48 vitola that was blended by Manolo himself.

The Smoking Syndicate: Quesada Corner: Manolo Quesada 75th Anniversary

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 38:56


We are back with another edition of Quesada Corner. On this installment, we smoke the Manolo Quesada 75th Anniversary. The 75th Anniversary is actually commemorating company patriarch Manuel “Manolo” Quesada's 75th birthday. It's a 6 3/4 x 48 vitola that was blended by Manolo himself.

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 86 Audio: In Memoriam – 2022

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 125:37


On Episode 86. we look back and reflect on the careers and contributions of many artists who passed away in 2022. We will also touch base on New Year's Eve celebrations and Dave's Top 50 and OOPS list. On this show, Dave smokes the Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco and Will smokes the Tatuaje Escasos Regios. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Full Episode 86 Playlist Dave's Top 50 References Prime Time Jukebox Episode 85: 2022 – The Year in Music (for more information on Dave's Top 50) OOPS! 50 of 2002: #35 – 31 / Hyper-Pop, An Indie Super Duo and Nashville OOPS! 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Irish Guitar Rock, Hip Hop Turned up to 11 and A Gift from Australia OOPS! 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / Reinventing 60s Pop, Sonic Embers and Sexy R&B OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton Sing "Wrecking Ball" & "I Will Always Love You" | Miley's New Year's Eve Duran Duran - Medley * Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (Dec 31, 2022) Developing Palates:  Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Maria Lucia  SPINGangsta Boo, Three 6 Mafia Rapper, Dies at 43 Fred White, Earth, Wind & Fire Drummer, Dies At 67 Anita Pointer, The Pointer Sisters Singer, Dies At 74 Philip Glass: Glassworks

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 86: In Memoriam – 2022

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 125:37


On Episode 86. we look back and reflect on the careers and contributions of many artists who passed away in 2022. We will also touch base on New Year's Eve celebrations and Dave's Top 50 and OOPS list. On this show, Dave smokes the Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco and Will smokes the Tatuaje Escasos Regios. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Full Episode 86 Playlist Dave's Top 50 References Prime Time Jukebox Episode 85: 2022 – The Year in Music (for more information on Dave's Top 50) OOPS! 50 of 2002: #35 – 31 / Hyper-Pop, An Indie Super Duo and Nashville OOPS! 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Irish Guitar Rock, Hip Hop Turned up to 11 and A Gift from Australia OOPS! 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / Reinventing 60s Pop, Sonic Embers and Sexy R&B OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Miley Cyrus & Dolly Parton Sing "Wrecking Ball" & "I Will Always Love You" | Miley's New Year's Eve Duran Duran - Medley * Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (Dec 31, 2022) Developing Palates:  Team Cigar Review: ACE Prime Maria Lucia  SPINGangsta Boo, Three 6 Mafia Rapper, Dies at 43 Fred White, Earth, Wind & Fire Drummer, Dies At 67 Anita Pointer, The Pointer Sisters Singer, Dies At 74 Philip Glass: Glassworks

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #1: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 8:47


The Number One Cigar of the Year for 2022 is the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV! The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare is an annual limited-edition ultra-premium line that made its debut in 2011. Over the years, the Fine & Rare has been released in different sizes and different blends, but the one common denominator is that each release incorporates ten different tobaccos into the blend.  The BC-(13)4EV was planned to be the 2021 release, but its ship date was delayed until early 2022. They say good things are worth the wait, and that's certainly the case with the Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV as it was the best-performing cigar of the year, and secures Alec Bradley its first Number One Cigar of the Year on Cigar Coop. BC-(13)4EV refers to the name of the blend. While the specific varietals of the leaves of the Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV are not disclosed, we do know that all of the tobaccos come from Honduras and Nicaragua. The wrapper comes from the Trojes region of Honduras. There is a double binder on the cigar - one leaf from Honduras and one from Nicaragua. The filler also utilizes a combination of tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The BC-(13)4EV is a 7 x 50 Churchill. As always, production for the Fine & Rare comes from the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. The Fine & Rare is Alec Bradley's most premium offering with the BC-(13)4EV priced at $23.65. The packaging for the Fine & Rare is always exceptional and the BC-(13)4EV is no exception. There are ten BC-(13)4EV cigars that come packaged in a wooden chest. Included in the chest is an 11th bonus cigar featuring a different blend and size. The Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV is a complex cigar delivering a combination of natural tobacco, bread, fruitcake, earth, tea, cedar, and pepper. The flavors start off medium-bodied before going from medium to full in the latter stages. This is countered by medium strength. There are plenty of flavor nuances and flavor transitions. While this cigar certainly delivers the total package of flavor, construction, and complexity, it's the flavor that totally puts this cigar over the top. This is the second cigar from Alec Bradley to land on the 2022 Countdown and the sixth year that Alec Bradley has landed on the Countdown. Coming from Honduras, it's the second Honduran blend to land on the Countdown (both came from Alec Bradley). Finally, the BC-(13)4EV gives the country of Honduras its fourth Number One cigar in the history of the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ost

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #1: Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 8:47


The Number One Cigar of the Year for 2022 is the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV! The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare is an annual limited-edition ultra-premium line that made its debut in 2011. Over the years, the Fine & Rare has been released in different sizes and different blends, but the one common denominator is that each release incorporates ten different tobaccos into the blend.  The BC-(13)4EV was planned to be the 2021 release, but its ship date was delayed until early 2022. They say good things are worth the wait, and that's certainly the case with the Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV as it was the best-performing cigar of the year, and secures Alec Bradley its first Number One Cigar of the Year on Cigar Coop. BC-(13)4EV refers to the name of the blend. While the specific varietals of the leaves of the Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV are not disclosed, we do know that all of the tobaccos come from Honduras and Nicaragua. The wrapper comes from the Trojes region of Honduras. There is a double binder on the cigar - one leaf from Honduras and one from Nicaragua. The filler also utilizes a combination of tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. The BC-(13)4EV is a 7 x 50 Churchill. As always, production for the Fine & Rare comes from the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. The Fine & Rare is Alec Bradley's most premium offering with the BC-(13)4EV priced at $23.65. The packaging for the Fine & Rare is always exceptional and the BC-(13)4EV is no exception. There are ten BC-(13)4EV cigars that come packaged in a wooden chest. Included in the chest is an 11th bonus cigar featuring a different blend and size. The Fine & Rare BC-(13)4EV is a complex cigar delivering a combination of natural tobacco, bread, fruitcake, earth, tea, cedar, and pepper. The flavors start off medium-bodied before going from medium to full in the latter stages. This is countered by medium strength. There are plenty of flavor nuances and flavor transitions. While this cigar certainly delivers the total package of flavor, construction, and complexity, it's the flavor that totally puts this cigar over the top. This is the second cigar from Alec Bradley to land on the 2022 Countdown and the sixth year that Alec Bradley has landed on the Countdown. Coming from Honduras, it's the second Honduran blend to land on the Countdown (both came from Alec Bradley). Finally, the BC-(13)4EV gives the country of Honduras its fourth Number One cigar in the history of the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ost  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #2: Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 5:54


Coming in at #2 is the Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. If you have followed Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and the career of its owner/blender Steve Saka, you know that doing offshoot blends based on existing lines is nothing new. In the case of the Paladin de Saka, it is an extension of the Sin Compromiso line. With this blend, Saka's goal was to give Sin Compromiso a little more robustness and be smooth at the same time. In terms of what the name means, Sin Compromiso means “Without Compromise”, and it has served as a slogan for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. A “paladin” refers to a champion. It was a name traced back to the days of Charlemagne and refers to the members of his court. Paladin de Saka is one of the most premium offerings in the Dunbarton portfolio as it's priced at $28.75 per cigar. Production for Paladin de Saka comes from the Joya de Nicaragua factory.  Paladin de Saka is highlighted by its Mexican San Andres “Cultivo Tonto” wrapper over Hybridized Ecuadorian Habano “thin ligero” binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Seedleaf for the filler. The Paladin de Saka uses analogous tobaccos found in the core Sin Compromiso line with the one addition being the Pennsylvania Seedleaf. The Paladin de Saka comes in a 7 x 52 box-pressed format. It features a firmer box press than the core Sin Compromiso line. According to Saka, the firmer box press was created as a result of the incorporation of the Pennsylvania Seedleaf into the Paladin de Saka blend. Saka stated the Pennsylvania Seedleaf can be on the bitter side, so the firmer box press was a way to offset the bitterness. The Paladin de Saka delivered a combination of coffee, natural tobacco, cedar, earth, dark chocolate, and pepper. The cigar delivered a medium-strength, medium-bodied smoking experience.  The tweaks and adjustments that Saka made to the original Sin Compromiso really paid off. This took the Paladin de Saka to the next level.  While this cigar carries a hefty price tag, this cigar certainly lives up to the ultra-premium experience. This is the second cigar from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust to land on the 2022 Countdown, and the second Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigar to land in the top ten. Dunbarton has landed at least one cigar on the Countdown for eight consecutive years. The Paladin de Saka is the highest-placed cigar on the Countdown for the company to date. Meanwhile, Nicaragua keeps a hold on its dominance on the 2022 Countdown. Of the 29 cigars that have been unveiled, 20 have come from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-osm  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #2: Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 5:54


Coming in at #2 is the Sin Compromiso Paladin de Saka by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. If you have followed Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and the career of its owner/blender Steve Saka, you know that doing offshoot blends based on existing lines is nothing new. In the case of the Paladin de Saka, it is an extension of the Sin Compromiso line. With this blend, Saka's goal was to give Sin Compromiso a little more robustness and be smooth at the same time. In terms of what the name means, Sin Compromiso means “Without Compromise”, and it has served as a slogan for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. A “paladin” refers to a champion. It was a name traced back to the days of Charlemagne and refers to the members of his court. Paladin de Saka is one of the most premium offerings in the Dunbarton portfolio as it's priced at $28.75 per cigar. Production for Paladin de Saka comes from the Joya de Nicaragua factory.  Paladin de Saka is highlighted by its Mexican San Andres “Cultivo Tonto” wrapper over Hybridized Ecuadorian Habano “thin ligero” binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Seedleaf for the filler. The Paladin de Saka uses analogous tobaccos found in the core Sin Compromiso line with the one addition being the Pennsylvania Seedleaf. The Paladin de Saka comes in a 7 x 52 box-pressed format. It features a firmer box press than the core Sin Compromiso line. According to Saka, the firmer box press was created as a result of the incorporation of the Pennsylvania Seedleaf into the Paladin de Saka blend. Saka stated the Pennsylvania Seedleaf can be on the bitter side, so the firmer box press was a way to offset the bitterness. The Paladin de Saka delivered a combination of coffee, natural tobacco, cedar, earth, dark chocolate, and pepper. The cigar delivered a medium-strength, medium-bodied smoking experience.  The tweaks and adjustments that Saka made to the original Sin Compromiso really paid off. This took the Paladin de Saka to the next level.  While this cigar carries a hefty price tag, this cigar certainly lives up to the ultra-premium experience. This is the second cigar from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust to land on the 2022 Countdown, and the second Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigar to land in the top ten. Dunbarton has landed at least one cigar on the Countdown for eight consecutive years. The Paladin de Saka is the highest-placed cigar on the Countdown for the company to date. Meanwhile, Nicaragua keeps a hold on its dominance on the 2022 Countdown. Of the 29 cigars that have been unveiled, 20 have come from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-osm  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #3: Tatuaje T110 Reserva (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 6:07


Coming in at #3 is the Tatuaje T110 Reserva. Back in 2009, Tatuaje Cigars released a powerhouse of a Petit Robusto cigar known as the Tatuaje T110 (which is believed to mean Thermonuclear 110 with 110 being the approximate length of the cigar in mm). It was a shop exclusive to a retailer in Hawaii.  Known for its high priming blend, the cigar achieved incredible cult status. Eventually, in 2011, Tatuaje Cigars' owner Pete Johnson would create a regular production blend based on it known as Fausto. The Tatuaje Fausto has certainly had its share of success, but the T110 blend still maintained a legendary status despite not having been released in many years. All of that would change in 2021 when Pete Johnson not only would bring back the original Tatuaje T110, but introduced several offshoot blends (all on a national basis) – the Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial and the Tatuaje T110 Reserva in 2021 and the T110 Tuxla in 2022. Today we take a look at the Tatuaje T110 Reserva. While the original Tatuaje T110 blend consisted of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the T110 Reserva uses Connecticut Broadleaf. The remainder of the blend features all Nicaraguan tobaccos. As mentioned the T110 is a Petit Robusto and it measures 4 3/8 x 52. Production comes from the My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. This recent wave of T110 releases was a limited production and it's unclear when we will see these again. The Tatuaje T110 Reserva delivered notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, wood, citrus, herb, and mixed pepper. While flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and pepper are known to Broadleaf, there were some intangibles that gave this cigar a unique flavor profile. In terms of the boldness level, the T110 Reserva is not overwhelming. It starts out medium strength before progressing to medium to full strength. At the same time, the flavors were on the upper end of medium to full-bodied. Some aging seemed to dial the boldness back on this cigar, but not at the expense of the flavors delivered. This is the second cigar from Tatuaje to land on the 2022 Countdown.  Tatuaje has had a very successful run over the years on the Countdown. This is not only the seventh year a Tatuaje has placed on the Countdown, but this is the fifth top ten, and fourth podium (aka Top 3) spot. Finally, this is the third cigar on the 2022 Countdown to come from the My Father factory. Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 28 cigars that have been unveiled, 19 have come from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ord

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #3: Tatuaje T110 Reserva

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 6:07


Coming in at #3 is the Tatuaje T110 Reserva. Back in 2009, Tatuaje Cigars released a powerhouse of a Petit Robusto cigar known as the Tatuaje T110 (which is believed to mean Thermonuclear 110 with 110 being the approximate length of the cigar in mm). It was a shop exclusive to a retailer in Hawaii.  Known for its high priming blend, the cigar achieved incredible cult status. Eventually, in 2011, Tatuaje Cigars' owner Pete Johnson would create a regular production blend based on it known as Fausto. The Tatuaje Fausto has certainly had its share of success, but the T110 blend still maintained a legendary status despite not having been released in many years. All of that would change in 2021 when Pete Johnson not only would bring back the original Tatuaje T110, but introduced several offshoot blends (all on a national basis) – the Tatuaje T110 Capa Especial and the Tatuaje T110 Reserva in 2021 and the T110 Tuxla in 2022. Today we take a look at the Tatuaje T110 Reserva. While the original Tatuaje T110 blend consisted of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, the T110 Reserva uses Connecticut Broadleaf. The remainder of the blend features all Nicaraguan tobaccos. As mentioned the T110 is a Petit Robusto and it measures 4 3/8 x 52. Production comes from the My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. This recent wave of T110 releases was a limited production and it's unclear when we will see these again. The Tatuaje T110 Reserva delivered notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, wood, citrus, herb, and mixed pepper. While flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and pepper are known to Broadleaf, there were some intangibles that gave this cigar a unique flavor profile. In terms of the boldness level, the T110 Reserva is not overwhelming. It starts out medium strength before progressing to medium to full strength. At the same time, the flavors were on the upper end of medium to full-bodied. Some aging seemed to dial the boldness back on this cigar, but not at the expense of the flavors delivered. This is the second cigar from Tatuaje to land on the 2022 Countdown.  Tatuaje has had a very successful run over the years on the Countdown. This is not only the seventh year a Tatuaje has placed on the Countdown, but this is the fifth top ten, and fourth podium (aka Top 3) spot. Finally, this is the third cigar on the 2022 Countdown to come from the My Father factory. Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 28 cigars that have been unveiled, 19 have come from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ord  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #4: Powstanie Wojtek Toro (2020) (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 4:40


Coming in at #4 is the Powstanie Wojtek (Voy-tech) Toro 2020 edition.  The Wojtek is a limited edition line offered by Powstanie Cigars. Powstanie is a brand owned by Mike and Greg Szczepankiewicz, the owners of Cigar Hustler. Powstanie pays homage to the Polish roots of the Szczepankiewicz brothers. The name Powstanie refers to the resistance movement in World War II Poland against German occupation of the country. As for the name Wojtek, it means “war bear” and refers to a Syrian Brown bear that was actually enlisted as an honorary member of the Polish army during World War II. In 2020, the second installment of the Wojtek was released in a form of a rounded Toro – which is the cigar that lands on this year's Countdown. The Powstanie Wojtek is highlighted by a barber pole wrapper consisting of an Ecuadorian Habano and San Andres Maduro leaf. The remainder of the blend consists of an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The Toro size measures 6 x 52. Production comes out of Fabricas de Nica Sueño in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Powstanie Wojtek Toro produced a flavor profile consisting of coffee, cocoa, cedar, red pepper, and citrus. Along the way, the Wojtek 2020 delivered a medium to full strength, medium to full-bodied cigar experience. This cigar had a nice amount of boldness, yet it wasn't overpowering. The other two sizes of Powstanie Wojtek were the perfecto in 2019 and the box-pressed Toro in 2021, but the rounded Toro from 2020 was the belle of the ball. The Powstanie Wojtek is the highest placed barber-pole in the history of the Cigar Coop Countdown. It also marks the second year that Powstanie has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown. In addition, this cigar gives the Nica Sueno factory its highest placing ever on a Cigar Coop Countdown. Meanwhile, if you are keeping score at home Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown (note: the video inadvertently referred to this as the 2020 Countdown). 27 cigars have been unveiled thus far with 18 coming from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-or9

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #4: Powstanie Wojtek Toro (2020)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 4:40


Coming in at #4 is the Powstanie Wojtek (Voy-tech) Toro 2020 edition.  The Wojtek is a limited edition line offered by Powstanie Cigars. Powstanie is a brand owned by Mike and Greg Szczepankiewicz, the owners of Cigar Hustler. Powstanie pays homage to the Polish roots of the Szczepankiewicz brothers. The name Powstanie refers to the resistance movement in World War II Poland against German occupation of the country. As for the name Wojtek, it means “war bear” and refers to a Syrian Brown bear that was actually enlisted as an honorary member of the Polish army during World War II. In 2020, the second installment of the Wojtek was released in a form of a rounded Toro – which is the cigar that lands on this year's Countdown. The Powstanie Wojtek is highlighted by a barber pole wrapper consisting of an Ecuadorian Habano and San Andres Maduro leaf. The remainder of the blend consists of an Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The Toro size measures 6 x 52. Production comes out of Fabricas de Nica Sueño in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Powstanie Wojtek Toro produced a flavor profile consisting of coffee, cocoa, cedar, red pepper, and citrus. Along the way, the Wojtek 2020 delivered a medium to full strength, medium to full-bodied cigar experience. This cigar had a nice amount of boldness, yet it wasn't overpowering. The other two sizes of Powstanie Wojtek were the perfecto in 2019 and the box-pressed Toro in 2021, but the rounded Toro from 2020 was the belle of the ball. The Powstanie Wojtek is the highest placed barber-pole in the history of the Cigar Coop Countdown. It also marks the second year that Powstanie has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown. In addition, this cigar gives the Nica Sueno factory its highest placing ever on a Cigar Coop Countdown. Meanwhile, if you are keeping score at home Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown (note: the video inadvertently referred to this as the 2020 Countdown). 27 cigars have been unveiled thus far with 18 coming from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-or9  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #5: Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 6:03


Coming in at #5 is the Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo. The Azulejo is the third installment of Espinosa's Laranja line. This is a line that focuses on Brazilian tobacco. The original Laranja made its debut in 2014. It featured the famed Laranja wrapper, which comes from a Habano seed and has a distinct orange tint. This was followed in 2019 with the Laranja Escuro which featured a dark (aka Escuro) Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. This time the Brazilian tobacco used is Arapirca, a tobacco the company has not used often. In this case, this tobacco is used as the binder. Azulejo is named for the color of a blue-glazed tile that was used on Spanish and Portuguese edifices. Blue is also one of the colors featured on the Brazilian flag. In addition to the Brazilian Arapiraca binder, the blend uses all-Nicaraguan tobaccos and is finished with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper - another leaf Espinosa has been making more use of these days. It's the 6 x 60 box-pressed Gordo size that lands on the 2022 Countdown. Production comes from AJ Fernandez's San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua and the cigar was blended by Hector Alfonso. The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo delivered a fantastic combination of coffee, leather, citrus, cedar, and pepper. This cigar delivered on the upper end of medium strength and medium body. It's not only something very different from Espinosa, but it really is an innovative flavor profile when it comes to the Sumatra wrapper. The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo is the third cigar from Espinosa Cigars to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown joining the Las 6 Provinces LV and Warhead VII. It's also the third cigar to come out of AJ Fernandez's San Lotano Factory.  The year 2022 has been a big one for Espinosa Cigars when it comes to the Countdown. Not only is this the third cigar to place on the Countdown from the Company, but this year has marked ten consecutive years at least one Espinosa Cigar has placed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. If you are keeping score at home Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 26 cigars we have unveiled, 17 of them have come from Nicaragua, and three have placed in the top ten - including two top tens from Espinosa. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-oqu

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #5: Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 6:03


Coming in at #5 is the Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo. The Azulejo is the third installment of Espinosa's Laranja line. This is a line that focuses on Brazilian tobacco. The original Laranja made its debut in 2014. It featured the famed Laranja wrapper, which comes from a Habano seed and has a distinct orange tint. This was followed in 2019 with the Laranja Escuro which featured a dark (aka Escuro) Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. This time the Brazilian tobacco used is Arapirca, a tobacco the company has not used often. In this case, this tobacco is used as the binder. Azulejo is named for the color of a blue-glazed tile that was used on Spanish and Portuguese edifices. Blue is also one of the colors featured on the Brazilian flag. In addition to the Brazilian Arapiraca binder, the blend uses all-Nicaraguan tobaccos and is finished with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper - another leaf Espinosa has been making more use of these days. It's the 6 x 60 box-pressed Gordo size that lands on the 2022 Countdown. Production comes from AJ Fernandez's San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua and the cigar was blended by Hector Alfonso. The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo delivered a fantastic combination of coffee, leather, citrus, cedar, and pepper. This cigar delivered on the upper end of medium strength and medium body. It's not only something very different from Espinosa, but it really is an innovative flavor profile when it comes to the Sumatra wrapper. The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Azulejo Gordo is the third cigar from Espinosa Cigars to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown joining the Las 6 Provinces LV and Warhead VII. It's also the third cigar to come out of AJ Fernandez's San Lotano Factory.  The year 2022 has been a big one for Espinosa Cigars when it comes to the Countdown. Not only is this the third cigar to place on the Countdown from the Company, but this year has marked ten consecutive years at least one Espinosa Cigar has placed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. If you are keeping score at home Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 26 cigars we have unveiled, 17 of them have come from Nicaragua, and three have placed in the top ten - including two top tens from Espinosa. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-oqu  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #6: Quesada 1974 Toro (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 4:27


Coming in at #6 is the Quesada 1974 Toro. The Quesada 1974 is a cigar line that pays homage to the year Quesada Cigars opened its own factory. It's a cigar line that made its debut in 2019, which incidentally coincided with the 45th anniversary of the factory opening. In 2021, Quesada Cigars did a line extension in the form of a classic 6 x 52 Toro. But it was the Robusto that would land on the 2021 Countdown. This year the Toro lands a top ten slot at #6. The blend to the Quesada 1974 features a Cameroon seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. There are Dominican tobaccos on the binder and filler, along with some additional Nicaraguan tobacco used in the filler. The Dominican tobaccos were grown directly by the Quesada family. Production comes from TABADEX, the Quesada factory. This is a regular production line for the Quesada's and the Toro size was the fifth one introduced into the 1974 line. The Quesada 1974 Toro delivered a medium strength, medium-bodied smoke from start to finish - making this a very approachable cigar. The Quesada 1974 line has a very unique flavor profile, and the Toro size is no exception. Along the way, this cigar delivered notes of bread, apricot, orange rind, wood, baker's spice, and black pepper. The Toro is the belle of the ball of the Quesada 1974 line. While the Toro size might be one for the contemporary smoker, this cigar smokes every bit like a connoisseur size. The Quesada Toro 1974 is the third cigar from Quesada to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown joining the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian and the Casa Magna Liga F Churchill. It's also the fourth cigar from the Quesada factory to land on the 2022 Countdown. As we have mentioned this is the eighth year a Quesada Cigar places on the Countdown and with three cigars this year, it's one of Quesada's strongest years. It gives the Dominican Republic a sixth cigar on the Countdown with three of them landing in the top ten thus far. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-oqs

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #6: Quesada 1974 Toro

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 4:27


Coming in at #6 is the Quesada 1974 Toro. The Quesada 1974 is a cigar line that pays homage to the year Quesada Cigars opened its own factory. It's a cigar line that made its debut in 2019, which incidentally coincided with the 45th anniversary of the factory opening. In 2021, Quesada Cigars did a line extension in the form of a classic 6 x 52 Toro. But it was the Robusto that would land on the 2021 Countdown. This year the Toro lands a top ten slot at #6. The blend to the Quesada 1974 features a Cameroon seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. There are Dominican tobaccos on the binder and filler, along with some additional Nicaraguan tobacco used in the filler. The Dominican tobaccos were grown directly by the Quesada family. Production comes from TABADEX, the Quesada factory. This is a regular production line for the Quesada's and the Toro size was the fifth one introduced into the 1974 line. The Quesada 1974 Toro delivered a medium strength, medium-bodied smoke from start to finish - making this a very approachable cigar. The Quesada 1974 line has a very unique flavor profile, and the Toro size is no exception. Along the way, this cigar delivered notes of bread, apricot, orange rind, wood, baker's spice, and black pepper. The Toro is the belle of the ball of the Quesada 1974 line. While the Toro size might be one for the contemporary smoker, this cigar smokes every bit like a connoisseur size. The Quesada Toro 1974 is the third cigar from Quesada to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown joining the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian and the Casa Magna Liga F Churchill. It's also the fourth cigar from the Quesada factory to land on the 2022 Countdown. As we have mentioned this is the eighth year a Quesada Cigar places on the Countdown and with three cigars this year, it's one of Quesada's strongest years. It gives the Dominican Republic a sixth cigar on the Countdown with three of them landing in the top ten thus far. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-oqs

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #7: 601 La Bomba Warhead VII by Espinosa Cigars (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 5:12


Coming in at #7 is the 601 La Bomba Warhead VII by Espinosa Cigars. Over the years, Espinosa Cigars has built plenty of regular production and limited edition cigars. By far one of the company's most popular limited editions is the annual Warhead release. Warhead is an extension of the original 601 La Bomba line, but it replaces the Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with a Broadleaf wrapper. As the name Warhead indicates, this is intended to be a stronger and bolder cigar. Each installment of the Warhead has featured a different size with a tweaked blend adjusted to that size as well as a different set of artwork. Warhead made its debut in 2013, and with a couple of exceptions has maintained an annual release schedule. 2021 saw the 7th installment – appropriately titled Warhead VII. It's the sixth different Warhead to land on the Countdown. The Warhead features 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos highlighted by a Nicaraguan Broadleaf wrapper. Warhead VII marked a return to the box-pressed format after Warhead VI was released as a figurado. In this case, Warhead VII is a 7 x 50 box-pressed Churchill. Production is handled by AJ Fernandez's San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua. The Warhead VII delivers notes of earth, mocha (coffee/cocoa), dried fruit, and red pepper. The Warhead VII started out with medium strength and medium to full-bodied notes. The strength did progress to medium to full later in the first third. By the second half, both the strength and body crept into full territory. At the same time, while the second half was full-strength and full-bodied, this seemed much more dialed back than the Warhead VI. The Warhead VII is the second cigar from Espinosa Cigars to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown, joining the Las 6 Provinces LV. As we have mentioned Espinosa Cigars has been quite successful on the Cigar Coop Countdown as it has placed a cigar on the Countdown for ten consecutive years.  Meanwhile, Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 24 cigars we have unveiled, 16 of them have come from Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-opG

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #7: 601 La Bomba Warhead VII by Espinosa Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 5:12


Coming in at #7 is the 601 La Bomba Warhead VII by Espinosa Cigars. Over the years, Espinosa Cigars has built plenty of regular production and limited edition cigars. By far one of the company's most popular limited editions is the annual Warhead release. Warhead is an extension of the original 601 La Bomba line, but it replaces the Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with a Broadleaf wrapper. As the name Warhead indicates, this is intended to be a stronger and bolder cigar. Each installment of the Warhead has featured a different size with a tweaked blend adjusted to that size as well as a different set of artwork. Warhead made its debut in 2013, and with a couple of exceptions has maintained an annual release schedule. 2021 saw the 7th installment – appropriately titled Warhead VII. It's the sixth different Warhead to land on the Countdown. The Warhead features 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos highlighted by a Nicaraguan Broadleaf wrapper. Warhead VII marked a return to the box-pressed format after Warhead VI was released as a figurado. In this case, Warhead VII is a 7 x 50 box-pressed Churchill. Production is handled by AJ Fernandez's San Lotano factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua. The Warhead VII delivers notes of earth, mocha (coffee/cocoa), dried fruit, and red pepper. The Warhead VII started out with medium strength and medium to full-bodied notes. The strength did progress to medium to full later in the first third. By the second half, both the strength and body crept into full territory. At the same time, while the second half was full-strength and full-bodied, this seemed much more dialed back than the Warhead VI. The Warhead VII is the second cigar from Espinosa Cigars to land on the 2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown, joining the Las 6 Provinces LV. As we have mentioned Espinosa Cigars has been quite successful on the Cigar Coop Countdown as it has placed a cigar on the Countdown for ten consecutive years.  Meanwhile, Nicaragua continues to dominate the Countdown. Of the 24 cigars we have unveiled, 16 of them have come from Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-opG

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 85 Audio: 2022 – The Year in Music

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 139:51


It's the first Jukebox show of 2023 and Dave and Coop kick it off with a recap in the world of music. The guys will go review some of the trends of the 2022 music scene and 8 of their favorite shows. In addition, they will give the infamous “Now or Never” picks for both music and cigars.  Plus the guys recap their Minneapolis trip and go through some big music stories from December. For this show, Dave smokes the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 and Coop smokes the Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Episode 85 Playlist Dave's Top 50  Top 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / Ozzy, a 2000s Rebirth and Death Metal Top 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / A Clipse Reunion, An Icon and A Lost Track Top 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Some Aussie Music, An Artist Double and The Dark Knight Top 50 of 2022: #35 – 31 / Some Hot Stones, A Hip Hop Storm and Neon Top 50 of 2022: #30 – 26 / What do you Get When you Cross a Chair, a Firecracker and a Satanic Storm? Top 50 of 2022: #25 – 21 / A Hip Hop Sweatshirt, A Shotgun and an Alt – Country Icon Top 50 of 2022: #20 – 16 / A Metal Collab, K-Pop Cocaine and Hip Hop Superheroes Top 50 of 2022: #15 – 11 / Two Women in Hip Hop, More Aussie Punk and an Indie Pairing Brought to You by Taylor Swift Top 50 of 2022: #10 – 6 / A Great, A Boyfriend and A Sign Top 50 of 2022: #5 – 1 / Feeling Blessed, A Renaissance and Midnight Thoughts References OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie Dead at 79 45th Kennedy Center Honors  Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed' Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher Journey's Neal Schon Files Cease-and-Desist Against Bandmate Jonathan Cain

Prime Time Jukebox Episode 85: 2022 – The Year in Music

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 139:52


It's the first Jukebox show of 2023 and Dave and Coop kick it off with a recap in the world of music. The guys will go review some of the trends of the 2022 music scene and 8 of their favorite shows. In addition, they will give the infamous “Now or Never” picks for both music and cigars.  Plus the guys recap their Minneapolis trip and go through some big music stories from December. For this show, Dave smokes the Davidoff Art Edition 2017 and Coop smokes the Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th. As always you can follow along with our Spotify Playlists: Episode 85 Playlist Dave's Top 50  Top 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / Ozzy, a 2000s Rebirth and Death Metal Top 50 of 2022: #45 – 41 / A Clipse Reunion, An Icon and A Lost Track Top 50 of 2022: #40 – 36 / Some Aussie Music, An Artist Double and The Dark Knight Top 50 of 2022: #35 – 31 / Some Hot Stones, A Hip Hop Storm and Neon Top 50 of 2022: #30 – 26 / What do you Get When you Cross a Chair, a Firecracker and a Satanic Storm? Top 50 of 2022: #25 – 21 / A Hip Hop Sweatshirt, A Shotgun and an Alt – Country Icon Top 50 of 2022: #20 – 16 / A Metal Collab, K-Pop Cocaine and Hip Hop Superheroes Top 50 of 2022: #15 – 11 / Two Women in Hip Hop, More Aussie Punk and an Indie Pairing Brought to You by Taylor Swift Top 50 of 2022: #10 – 6 / A Great, A Boyfriend and A Sign Top 50 of 2022: #5 – 1 / Feeling Blessed, A Renaissance and Midnight Thoughts References OOPS! 50 of 2022: #50 – 46 / New South Music, A Broken Heart and a Gorilla Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie Dead at 79 45th Kennedy Center Honors  Bob Dylan Fans Who Bought $600 ‘Hand-Signed' Books With Replica Autographs Will Receive Refunds From Publisher Journey's Neal Schon Files Cease-and-Desist Against Bandmate Jonathan Cain    

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #8: Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 4:36


Coming in at #8 is the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian. Back in 2011, Quesada Cigars introduced its Oktoberfest line. The intent of this line was for Quesada to deliver a cigar blend that could be paired with your favorite malt beverage. This is a near-annual limited-edition line that has been released in an assortment of different sizes, an assortment of different blends, and even made in different countries (Dominican Republic and Nicaragua). With the exception of two years (2018 and 2020), Quesada Cigars has done an annual release each year since 2011. With 2021 being the 10th anniversary, Quesada Cigars would introduce an all-new blend in three sizes – appropriately called the Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary. It's the Bavarian size that lands on the 2022 Countdown. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary is highlighted by a Mexican San Andres wrapper – a new feature for the Oktoberfest release. In addition to the Mexican San Andres wrapper, the remainder of the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary contains all-Dominican tobaccos. Production is handled at the Quesada factory located in the Dominican Republic. The Bavarian is a Robusto Extra size that measures 5 1/2 x 52. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian delivers a combination of baker's cocoa, coffee, cedar, and pepper. In terms of strength and body, this cigar came in at a solid medium. This might not have been the most complex cigar, but the flavors that were delivered were simply fantastic. For a decade, the Quesada Oktoberfest has delivered some incredible cigars. This 10th Anniversary Bavarian might be the best release of the series to date. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian gives Quesada Cigars a second cigar on this year's countdown. It's also the third cigar from the Quesada factory to land on the Countdown. As we mentioned, 2022 is the eighth year a Quesada Cigar has placed on the Countdown. It also is the fifth cigar from the Dominican Republic to land on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-opD

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #8: Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 4:36


Coming in at #8 is the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian. Back in 2011, Quesada Cigars introduced its Oktoberfest line. The intent of this line was for Quesada to deliver a cigar blend that could be paired with your favorite malt beverage. This is a near-annual limited-edition line that has been released in an assortment of different sizes, an assortment of different blends, and even made in different countries (Dominican Republic and Nicaragua). With the exception of two years (2018 and 2020), Quesada Cigars has done an annual release each year since 2011. With 2021 being the 10th anniversary, Quesada Cigars would introduce an all-new blend in three sizes – appropriately called the Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary. It's the Bavarian size that lands on the 2022 Countdown. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary is highlighted by a Mexican San Andres wrapper – a new feature for the Oktoberfest release. In addition to the Mexican San Andres wrapper, the remainder of the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary contains all-Dominican tobaccos. Production is handled at the Quesada factory located in the Dominican Republic. The Bavarian is a Robusto Extra size that measures 5 1/2 x 52. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian delivers a combination of baker's cocoa, coffee, cedar, and pepper. In terms of strength and body, this cigar came in at a solid medium. This might not have been the most complex cigar, but the flavors that were delivered were simply fantastic. For a decade, the Quesada Oktoberfest has delivered some incredible cigars. This 10th Anniversary Bavarian might be the best release of the series to date. The Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary Bavarian gives Quesada Cigars a second cigar on this year's countdown. It's also the third cigar from the Quesada factory to land on the Countdown. As we mentioned, 2022 is the eighth year a Quesada Cigar has placed on the Countdown. It also is the fifth cigar from the Dominican Republic to land on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-opD

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #9: Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro by Altadis U.S.A. (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 5:07


Coming in at #9 is the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro by Altadis U.S.A.. In 2021, Altadis U.S.A. introduced a new installment to its Montecristo brand under its Epic line – the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12. The Epic series focuses on using vintage tobaccos. In the case of the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12, the blend incorporates vintage tobacco from 2012 into the filler. This is a crop that Altadis U.S.A. has deemed exceptional. As for the blue name, it is the color that adorns the packaging and band of this cigar - and it's the first time this color has been used on the Montecristo brand. The Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Dominican component of the filler contains tobacco from 2012. The Toro size is a classic 6 x 52 offering. As for production, it originates from the famed Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic. It's a project that was developed by Rafael Nodal and Altadis' famed Grupo de Maestros team. As the name indicates, this cigar produced an epic experience - especially when it came to flavor. Notes delivered include coffee bean, natural tobacco, chocolate, earth, hay, and black pepper. It's a medium-strength and medium-bodied smoking experience. You can't underscore enough the job that Nodal has done as Altadis' Director of Product Capability. Whether its working with his own factories or outside ones, he is delivering some amazing cigars - and the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro is no exception. The Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro joins the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro as cigars by Altadis U.S.A. that have placed on the 2022 Countdown. This is the seventh year Altadis has landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It also gives the Dominican Republic a fourth cigar on this year's Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ooV

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #9: Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro by Altadis U.S.A.

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 5:07


Coming in at #9 is the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro by Altadis U.S.A.. In 2021, Altadis U.S.A. introduced a new installment to its Montecristo brand under its Epic line – the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12. The Epic series focuses on using vintage tobaccos. In the case of the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12, the blend incorporates vintage tobacco from 2012 into the filler. This is a crop that Altadis U.S.A. has deemed exceptional. As for the blue name, it is the color that adorns the packaging and band of this cigar - and it's the first time this color has been used on the Montecristo brand. The Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Dominican component of the filler contains tobacco from 2012. The Toro size is a classic 6 x 52 offering. As for production, it originates from the famed Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic. It's a project that was developed by Rafael Nodal and Altadis' famed Grupo de Maestros team. As the name indicates, this cigar produced an epic experience - especially when it came to flavor. Notes delivered include coffee bean, natural tobacco, chocolate, earth, hay, and black pepper. It's a medium-strength and medium-bodied smoking experience. You can't underscore enough the job that Nodal has done as Altadis' Director of Product Capability. Whether its working with his own factories or outside ones, he is delivering some amazing cigars - and the Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro is no exception. The Montecristo Epic Vintage 12 Blue Toro joins the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro as cigars by Altadis U.S.A. that have placed on the 2022 Countdown. This is the seventh year Altadis has landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It also gives the Dominican Republic a fourth cigar on this year's Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ooV  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #10: Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 6:44


Coming in at #10 is the Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. The story of the Mi Querida Triqui Traca can be traced back to a cigar known as the Mi Querida Firecracker. This is a project that Steve Sakadid for New Hampshire-based retailer Two Guys Smoke Shop in 2018. The Mi Querida Firecracker was a 3 1/2 x 50 size featuring a long fuse much like a Firecracker. For that project, Saka released the Mi Querida Firecracker using an alternative blend that was stronger than the Mi Querida that was out at the time, the Mi Querida Blue. With Mi Querida Trique Traca (which is a name that refers to a large firecracker almost resembling a stick of dynamite), Saka worked with that alternate blend and tweaked it to be released in other sizes (minus the long fuse). One of those sizes that were added was a 4 x 48 vitola that was released in 2021. Like the original Mi Querida Blue, the Triqui Traca makes use of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The remainder of the blend consists Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. There are two notable differentiators with the Triqui Tracker when compared to the  Blue. First, the wrapper of Triqui Traca was switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves. Second, the filler incorporates what is described as a “high octane ligero” from the Dominican Republic. Production comes from the NACSA factory. The 4 x 48 size is one that has brought Saka success on the Cigar Coop Countdown in the past. In 2018, the Mi Querida Gordita in the Blue Blend finished as #7 Cigar of the Year. Incidentally, this isn't the first time Triqui Traca has landed on the Countdown. In 2020, the 552 size finished at #16. The Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 delivered a mix of mixed pepper, cocoa, blackberry, and earth. The cigar came in at medium to full strength and medium to full body. As I stated when I assessed this cigar, this small little size was loaded with flavor and it delivers plenty of boldness. The Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 lands Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust on a Cigar Coop Countdown for an eighth consecutive year. If you have been keeping score at home Nicaragua has been dominating the 2022 Countdown. Of the 21 cigars unveiled thus far, the Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 is the 15th to come out of Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ooR  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #10: Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 6:44


Coming in at #10 is the Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. The story of the Mi Querida Triqui Traca can be traced back to a cigar known as the Mi Querida Firecracker. This is a project that Steve Sakadid for New Hampshire-based retailer Two Guys Smoke Shop in 2018. The Mi Querida Firecracker was a 3 1/2 x 50 size featuring a long fuse much like a Firecracker. For that project, Saka released the Mi Querida Firecracker using an alternative blend that was stronger than the Mi Querida that was out at the time, the Mi Querida Blue. With Mi Querida Trique Traca (which is a name that refers to a large firecracker almost resembling a stick of dynamite), Saka worked with that alternate blend and tweaked it to be released in other sizes (minus the long fuse). One of those sizes that were added was a 4 x 48 vitola that was released in 2021. Like the original Mi Querida Blue, the Triqui Traca makes use of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The remainder of the blend consists Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. There are two notable differentiators with the Triqui Tracker when compared to the  Blue. First, the wrapper of Triqui Traca was switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves. Second, the filler incorporates what is described as a “high octane ligero” from the Dominican Republic. Production comes from the NACSA factory. The 4 x 48 size is one that has brought Saka success on the Cigar Coop Countdown in the past. In 2018, the Mi Querida Gordita in the Blue Blend finished as #7 Cigar of the Year. Incidentally, this isn't the first time Triqui Traca has landed on the Countdown. In 2020, the 552 size finished at #16. The Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 delivered a mix of mixed pepper, cocoa, blackberry, and earth. The cigar came in at medium to full strength and medium to full body. As I stated when I assessed this cigar, this small little size was loaded with flavor and it delivers plenty of boldness. The Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 lands Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust on a Cigar Coop Countdown for an eighth consecutive year. If you have been keeping score at home Nicaragua has been dominating the 2022 Countdown. Of the 21 cigars unveiled thus far, the Mi Querida Triqui Traca 448 is the 15th to come out of Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ooR  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #11: Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 5:20


Coming in at #11 is the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank. Many are familiar with Tatuaje's Monster Series - it's a annual limited release around Halloween that pays homage to horror film characters. In 2021, Tatuaje Cigars released a sampler of all of the blends in the Monster Series known as the Monster Mash. The Monster Mash would differ from the original Monster Series in that each of the cigars would be 1 1/2 inches shorter than the original Monster Series. One of the cigars is the Frank, a cigar that pays homage to the character of Frankenstein. It also was the first Monsters cigar ever released. It's the Monster Mash expression of the Tatuaje Frank that lands on the 2022 Countdown. The Monster Mash Frank uses the same tobacco components as the original Tatuaje The Frank blend. This consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over all Nicaraguan fillers. Like the original Frank, the Monster Mash Frank is a box-pressed vitola, but it is shorter at 6 1/8 x 49. The Monster Mash Frank delivered notes of espresso, earth, cocoa powder, cedar, wood, and pepper. Throughout the smoking experience of the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank, the flavors were medium to full-bodied countered by medium to full strength. One cigar wrapper that Tatuaje Cigars' owner Pete Johnson is known for is Connecticut Broadleaf and the Monster Mash Frank is a wonderful expression of a blend using that wrapper. The Monster Mash Frank marks the seventh year Tatuaje has landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It's also the fifth time a Monsters Series release has landed on the Countdown (Joining 2011's The Wolfman, 2012's The Mummy, 2014's The Jekyll, and 2019's The Bride). It's also the second cigar produced out of the My Father Cigars factory to land on the 2022 Countdown. Meanwhile, Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown. Of the 20 cigars unveiled thus far, the Monster Mash Frank is the 14th to come out of Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-onL

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #11: Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 5:20


Coming in at #11 is the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank. Many are familiar with Tatuaje's Monster Series - it's a annual limited release around Halloween that pays homage to horror film characters. In 2021, Tatuaje Cigars released a sampler of all of the blends in the Monster Series known as the Monster Mash. The Monster Mash would differ from the original Monster Series in that each of the cigars would be 1 1/2 inches shorter than the original Monster Series. One of the cigars is the Frank, a cigar that pays homage to the character of Frankenstein. It also was the first Monsters cigar ever released. It's the Monster Mash expression of the Tatuaje Frank that lands on the 2022 Countdown. The Monster Mash Frank uses the same tobacco components as the original Tatuaje The Frank blend. This consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over all Nicaraguan fillers. Like the original Frank, the Monster Mash Frank is a box-pressed vitola, but it is shorter at 6 1/8 x 49. The Monster Mash Frank delivered notes of espresso, earth, cocoa powder, cedar, wood, and pepper. Throughout the smoking experience of the Tatuaje Monster Mash Frank, the flavors were medium to full-bodied countered by medium to full strength. One cigar wrapper that Tatuaje Cigars' owner Pete Johnson is known for is Connecticut Broadleaf and the Monster Mash Frank is a wonderful expression of a blend using that wrapper. The Monster Mash Frank marks the seventh year Tatuaje has landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It's also the fifth time a Monsters Series release has landed on the Countdown (Joining 2011's The Wolfman, 2012's The Mummy, 2014's The Jekyll, and 2019's The Bride). It's also the second cigar produced out of the My Father Cigars factory to land on the 2022 Countdown. Meanwhile, Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown. Of the 20 cigars unveiled thus far, the Monster Mash Frank is the 14th to come out of Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-onL  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #12: Casa Magna Liga F Churchill by Quesada Cigars (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 3:38


Coming in at #12 is the Casa Magna Liga F Churchill by Quesada Cigars. Back in 2008, Manuel Quesada teamed up with Nestor Plasencia to release a cigar to be sold under the Quesada Cigars portfolio known as the Casa Magna Colorado. The cigar was met with critical acclaim and commercial success and is widely considered to be one of the most successful collaborations in history. Over the years, Quesada Cigars has grown Casa Magna into a full-fledged brand. Most recently Quesada has been taking over production of the offerings under the brand. One of the more recent offerings that was added to Casa Magna brand was the Liga F in 2021. Liga F stands for Liga Fuerte and fuerte is Spanish for “strong.” The Casa Magna Liga F is meant to be a stronger and bolder expression for the brand. The blend for the Casa Magna Liga F features a sun-grown Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper. There are Dominican tobaccos used for binder and filler. In addition, some Nicaraguan tobaccos are incorporated into the filler. The Churchill size that lands on the countdown is a thicker expression of a Churchill measuring 7 x 50. The Casa Magna Liga F does its job in terms of being bolder. While the cigar started out with medium strength and medium to full body, by the time the smoking experience reaches the final third, it's delivering full strength and full body. This is a complex cigar with plenty of flavor nuances and flavor transitions. Notes include: sweet bread, natural tobacco, creamy almond, earth, cedar, baker's spice, classic wood, and pepper. The cigar totally fires on all cylinders – flavor, construction, and complexity. For Quesada Cigars, this is the eighth year the company has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown, including three years in a row. This is the third Dominican-made cigar to land on this year's Countdown and it gives the TABADEX factory a second cigar on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-onL

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #12: Casa Magna Liga F Churchill by Quesada Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 3:38


Coming in at #12 is the Casa Magna Liga F Churchill by Quesada Cigars. Back in 2008, Manuel Quesada teamed up with Nestor Plasencia to release a cigar to be sold under the Quesada Cigars portfolio known as the Casa Magna Colorado. The cigar was met with critical acclaim and commercial success and is widely considered to be one of the most successful collaborations in history. Over the years, Quesada Cigars has grown Casa Magna into a full-fledged brand. Most recently Quesada has been taking over production of the offerings under the brand. One of the more recent offerings that was added to Casa Magna brand was the Liga F in 2021. Liga F stands for Liga Fuerte and fuerte is Spanish for “strong.” The Casa Magna Liga F is meant to be a stronger and bolder expression for the brand. The blend for the Casa Magna Liga F features a sun-grown Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper. There are Dominican tobaccos used for binder and filler. In addition, some Nicaraguan tobaccos are incorporated into the filler. The Churchill size that lands on the countdown is a thicker expression of a Churchill measuring 7 x 50. The Casa Magna Liga F does its job in terms of being bolder. While the cigar started out with medium strength and medium to full body, by the time the smoking experience reaches the final third, it's delivering full strength and full body. This is a complex cigar with plenty of flavor nuances and flavor transitions. Notes include: sweet bread, natural tobacco, creamy almond, earth, cedar, baker's spice, classic wood, and pepper. The cigar totally fires on all cylinders – flavor, construction, and complexity. For Quesada Cigars, this is the eighth year the company has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown, including three years in a row. This is the third Dominican-made cigar to land on this year's Countdown and it gives the TABADEX factory a second cigar on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-onL  

Prime Time Special Edition 133 Audio: Tom Lazuka, Asylum Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 185:40


As we wrap up 2022, we welcome the one and only Tom Lazuka back to Prime Time. We will catch up with Tom on all things Asylum and CLE. We will also talk some industry topics with Tom, and of course we will see how Tom is holding up during a tough year for professional sports in Detroit, while seeing if Michigan can bring home the national title. Plus we will have our United Cigars Presidents Segment as well as Tabacalera USA's Great Things are Happening Here and preview the new Ties That Bind segment.

Prime Time Special Edition 133: Tom Lazuka, Asylum Cigars

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 185:40


As we wrap up 2022, we welcome the one and only Tom Lazuka back to Prime Time. We will catch up with Tom on all things Asylum and CLE. We will also talk some industry topics with Tom, and of course we will see how Tom is holding up during a tough year for professional sports in Detroit, while seeing if Michigan can bring home the national title. Plus we will have our United Cigars Presidents Segment as well as Tabacalera USA's Great Things are Happening Here and preview the new Ties That Bind segment.

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #13: H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro by Altadis USA (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 4:07


Coming in at #13 is the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro by Altadis USA. When it comes to the H. Upmann brand, there is quite a strong track record both from a commercial and critical standpoint when Altadis' Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez join forces. This includes the H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez and the limited edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary. Toward the end of 2021, came the word of another H. Upmann project with Nodal and Fernandez known as the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage. The blend for the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage is a combination of extra-aged tobaccos from Brazil and Nicaragua. This is highlighted by a Brazilian Mata Fina triple fermented wrapper over a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil. The Toro measures 54 x 6. The result is a cigar that is medium in strength and medium to full in body. The flavors shine in this blend as it delivers notes of coffee beans, stone fruit, cocoa, spicy cinnamon, and pepper. These flavors complement each other quite well. We all know Rafael Nodal's love of music, and the way these flavors play well together is reminiscent of how a symphony orchestra performs. For Altadis USA, this is the seventh year the company has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown, including three years in a row. This is the latest cigar from Nicaragua to land on the Countdown. If you are following our reveal at home Nicaragua has been the dominant country thus far. With 18 cigars unveiled, this is the 13th cigar to land on the Countdown from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-on7

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #13: H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro by Altadis USA

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 4:07


Coming in at #13 is the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro by Altadis USA. When it comes to the H. Upmann brand, there is quite a strong track record both from a commercial and critical standpoint when Altadis' Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez join forces. This includes the H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez and the limited edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary. Toward the end of 2021, came the word of another H. Upmann project with Nodal and Fernandez known as the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage. The blend for the H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage is a combination of extra-aged tobaccos from Brazil and Nicaragua. This is highlighted by a Brazilian Mata Fina triple fermented wrapper over a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil. The Toro measures 54 x 6. The result is a cigar that is medium in strength and medium to full in body. The flavors shine in this blend as it delivers notes of coffee beans, stone fruit, cocoa, spicy cinnamon, and pepper. These flavors complement each other quite well. We all know Rafael Nodal's love of music, and the way these flavors play well together is reminiscent of how a symphony orchestra performs. For Altadis USA, this is the seventh year the company has placed a cigar on a Cigar Coop Countdown, including three years in a row. This is the latest cigar from Nicaragua to land on the Countdown. If you are following our reveal at home Nicaragua has been the dominant country thus far. With 18 cigars unveiled, this is the 13th cigar to land on the Countdown from that Central American country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-on7  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #14 - Undercrown 10 Robusto by Drew Estate (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 4:54


Coming in at #14 is the Undercrown 10 Robusto by Drew Estate. The Undercrown 10 line made its debut back in 2021. As the name indicates, it was meant to commemorate ten years of the Undercrown brand. This is actually the second year in a row Undercrown 10 has landed on Countdown. Last year the Toro size of Undercrown 10 landed at #15. Back in 2008, Drew Estate made a significant move into the traditional premium cigar-making space with Liga Privada, but the brand was always intended to be somewhat of a limited production offering. This is where the need for Undercrown came in. Drew Estate needed an offering that was not as constrained as Liga Privada. In any factory, it is common for rollers to smoke the cigar they are making. With Drew Estate's popular Liga Privada, because there was high demand with limited tobacco, it was not possible for the rollers to smoke that cigar. Therefore, the rollers came up with a variation of the Liga Privada blend which would be dubbed Undercrown (now Undercrown Maduro). This basically involved using alternate primings from the same tobaccos that were acquired and used in the Liga Privada blend. In 2011, the Undercrown Maduro was released to the market. Eventually, other Undercrown blends were added, one of which is the all-new Undercrown 10. Like the original the Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown 10 also uses a San Andres wrapper. The difference is the San Andres wrapper for the Undercrown 10 is a higher grade and priming. The remainder of the blend incorporates “the very finest Broadleaf binder from the Connecticut River Valley, and a tripa blend of select and rare Nicaraguan tobaccos.” Production is handled at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Robusto measures 5 x 50. Flavor-wise, the Undercrown 10 Robusto delivered notes of coffee, cocoa, baker's spice, red licorice, pepper, and cream. For the most part, this delivered a cigar with medium strength and medium body, but it does kick up to medium to full in the final third. The Robusto is going to be very close to the Toro in terms of a flavor profile, but the flavors seemed to be on the richer side. Drew Estate has been one of the most successful companies in the history of the Countdown. This is the ninth year the company has landed on the Countdown, including five years in a row. Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown as this is the 12th cigar to land on the Countdown from that country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-on5

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #14 – Undercrown 10 Robusto by Drew Estate

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 4:54


Coming in at #14 is the Undercrown 10 Robusto by Drew Estate. The Undercrown 10 line made its debut back in 2021. As the name indicates, it was meant to commemorate ten years of the Undercrown brand. This is actually the second year in a row Undercrown 10 has landed on Countdown. Last year the Toro size of Undercrown 10 landed at #15. Back in 2008, Drew Estate made a significant move into the traditional premium cigar-making space with Liga Privada, but the brand was always intended to be somewhat of a limited production offering. This is where the need for Undercrown came in. Drew Estate needed an offering that was not as constrained as Liga Privada. In any factory, it is common for rollers to smoke the cigar they are making. With Drew Estate's popular Liga Privada, because there was high demand with limited tobacco, it was not possible for the rollers to smoke that cigar. Therefore, the rollers came up with a variation of the Liga Privada blend which would be dubbed Undercrown (now Undercrown Maduro). This basically involved using alternate primings from the same tobaccos that were acquired and used in the Liga Privada blend. In 2011, the Undercrown Maduro was released to the market. Eventually, other Undercrown blends were added, one of which is the all-new Undercrown 10. Like the original the Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown 10 also uses a San Andres wrapper. The difference is the San Andres wrapper for the Undercrown 10 is a higher grade and priming. The remainder of the blend incorporates “the very finest Broadleaf binder from the Connecticut River Valley, and a tripa blend of select and rare Nicaraguan tobaccos.” Production is handled at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Robusto measures 5 x 50. Flavor-wise, the Undercrown 10 Robusto delivered notes of coffee, cocoa, baker's spice, red licorice, pepper, and cream. For the most part, this delivered a cigar with medium strength and medium body, but it does kick up to medium to full in the final third. The Robusto is going to be very close to the Toro in terms of a flavor profile, but the flavors seemed to be on the richer side. Drew Estate has been one of the most successful companies in the history of the Countdown. This is the ninth year the company has landed on the Countdown, including five years in a row. Nicaragua continues to dominate the 2022 Countdown as this is the 12th cigar to land on the Countdown from that country. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-on5  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #15: Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 4:33


Coming in at #15 is the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto. The Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario series has its roots back in 2013. At the time, the company was known as Casa Fernandez, and it released a limited edition Corojo wrapped cigar to celebrate its 35th anniversary known as the Casa Fernandez Aniversario Series Boheme No. 35. Some follow-up vitolas were released, as well as a Maduro counterpart. Along the way, three Casa Fernandez Aniversario offerings have landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. Late in 2021, the line was rebranded to the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario. At the same time, a 5 x 54 Box Pressed Robusto offering was added with the Corojo Robusto becoming the fourth of the Aniversario series to place on the Countdown. The blend of the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo remains the same as when this was first released under the Casa Fernandez name. It's not only a 100% Nicaraguan puro, but it features all tobaccos that are grown on the Aganorsa farms. Flavor-wise, the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto delivered notes of natural tobacco, citrus, earth, cedar, graham cracker, and black pepper. It's a cigar that started out medium in strength and body, but does kick up to medium to full for both attributes in the second half. It's a cigar that has enough complexity to hold one's interest from start to finish. Aganorsa Leaf has been one of the most successful companies in the history of the Countdown. This is the ninth year Aganorsa Leaf has placed on the Countdown - and the company has done this over a ten-year span. Once again, Nicaragua scores another spot on the 2022 Countdown, and of the five countries to land on this year's Countdown, 11 have come from Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-omi  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #15: Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022 4:33


Coming in at #15 is the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto. The Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario series has its roots back in 2013. At the time, the company was known as Casa Fernandez, and it released a limited edition Corojo wrapped cigar to celebrate its 35th anniversary known as the Casa Fernandez Aniversario Series Boheme No. 35. Some follow-up vitolas were released, as well as a Maduro counterpart. Along the way, three Casa Fernandez Aniversario offerings have landed on a Cigar Coop Countdown. Late in 2021, the line was rebranded to the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario. At the same time, a 5 x 54 Box Pressed Robusto offering was added with the Corojo Robusto becoming the fourth of the Aniversario series to place on the Countdown. The blend of the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo remains the same as when this was first released under the Casa Fernandez name. It's not only a 100% Nicaraguan puro, but it features all tobaccos that are grown on the Aganorsa farms. Flavor-wise, the Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Robusto delivered notes of natural tobacco, citrus, earth, cedar, graham cracker, and black pepper. It's a cigar that started out medium in strength and body, but does kick up to medium to full for both attributes in the second half. It's a cigar that has enough complexity to hold one's interest from start to finish. Aganorsa Leaf has been one of the most successful companies in the history of the Countdown. This is the ninth year Aganorsa Leaf has placed on the Countdown - and the company has done this over a ten-year span. Once again, Nicaragua scores another spot on the 2022 Countdown, and of the five countries to land on this year's Countdown, 11 have come from Nicaragua. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-omi  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #16: Bandolero Firecracker by Selected Tobacco (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 4:39


Coming in at #16 is the Bandolero Firecracker by Selected Tobacco. The Firecracker Series started out in 2007 as the brainchild of Two Guys Smoke Shop owner Dave Garofalo. It's a series where he would work with leading manufacturers to produce a small 3 1/2 inch cigar with a long-fuse resembling a Firecracker. In recent years, the Firecracker Series has moved over to United Cigars and now is available for a national limited release to authorized retailers. In 2022, the Bandolero Firecracker was introduced. Bandolero is a brand under Nelson Alfonso's Selected Tobacco. While United Cigars has been distributed Selected Tobacco for almost a decade, this still marks the first Firecracker installment done with Selected Tobacco. The blend for the Bandolero Firecracker is derived from the Clandestino line (Serie C) that uses filler leaves from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and undisclosed tobaccos. The Bandolero Firecracker features an Ecuadorian binder and a dark Ecuadorian wrapper that is typically used on the Aventureros line (Serie A). The Firecracker itself measures 3 1/2 x 50. Production comes from Tabacos de Costa Rica located in Costa Rica. The Bandolero Firecracker delivers notes of natural tobacco, earth, cedar, hay, and black pepper. This will be a cigar that delivers a medium-strength, medium-bodied smoking experience. The flavors aren't necessarily the most flashy or exotic flavors, but they complement each other extremely well. One important note, if sometimes a Firecracker is too short in terms of smoking duration, the Bandolero Firecracker is a slow burn that can provide about an hour for the smoking experience. For Selected Tobacco, this marks the first year and first time the company has secured a spot on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It's also the first time on the 2022 Countdown that Costa Rica has placed a cigar. This is the fifth country overall to land on the Countdown. if you are keeping score at home, we've reached the halfway point and have unveiled 15 cigars thus far from 14 different companies and 14 different factories. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-omg

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #16: Bandolero Firecracker by Selected Tobacco

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 4:39


Coming in at #16 is the Bandolero Firecracker by Selected Tobacco. The Firecracker Series started out in 2007 as the brainchild of Two Guys Smoke Shop owner Dave Garofalo. It's a series where he would work with leading manufacturers to produce a small 3 1/2 inch cigar with a long-fuse resembling a Firecracker. In recent years, the Firecracker Series has moved over to United Cigars and now is available for a national limited release to authorized retailers. In 2022, the Bandolero Firecracker was introduced. Bandolero is a brand under Nelson Alfonso's Selected Tobacco. While United Cigars has been distributed Selected Tobacco for almost a decade, this still marks the first Firecracker installment done with Selected Tobacco. The blend for the Bandolero Firecracker is derived from the Clandestino line (Serie C) that uses filler leaves from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and undisclosed tobaccos. The Bandolero Firecracker features an Ecuadorian binder and a dark Ecuadorian wrapper that is typically used on the Aventureros line (Serie A). The Firecracker itself measures 3 1/2 x 50. Production comes from Tabacos de Costa Rica located in Costa Rica. The Bandolero Firecracker delivers notes of natural tobacco, earth, cedar, hay, and black pepper. This will be a cigar that delivers a medium-strength, medium-bodied smoking experience. The flavors aren't necessarily the most flashy or exotic flavors, but they complement each other extremely well. One important note, if sometimes a Firecracker is too short in terms of smoking duration, the Bandolero Firecracker is a slow burn that can provide about an hour for the smoking experience. For Selected Tobacco, this marks the first year and first time the company has secured a spot on a Cigar Coop Countdown. It's also the first time on the 2022 Countdown that Costa Rica has placed a cigar. This is the fifth country overall to land on the Countdown. if you are keeping score at home, we've reached the halfway point and have unveiled 15 cigars thus far from 14 different companies and 14 different factories. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-omg  

Prime Time Episode 253 Audio: Tim Wong

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 145:15


On Episode 253, we bring back a Christmas tradition and welcome back Tim Wong. Whether its his own brand or brokering some of the industry's hottest brands, Tim is a wealth of knowledge and tonight we catch up with him. We will also have our Alec Bradley Live True, Cattle Baron, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Deliberation Segments, and bring out our Presidents Segment to the Thursday Show.

Prime Time Episode 253: Tim Wong

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 145:16


On Episode 253, we bring back a Christmas tradition and welcome back Tim Wong. Whether its his own brand or brokering some of the industry's hottest brands, Tim is a wealth of knowledge and tonight we catch up with him. We will also have our Alec Bradley Live True, Cattle Baron, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Deliberation Segments, and bring out our Presidents Segment to the Thursday Show.

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #17: Ferio Tego Generoso (2021) (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 4:48


Coming in at #17 is the Ferio Tego Generoso. Ferio Tego is the company launched by Nat Sherman International alumni Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott. When Ferio Tego began, it acquired and relaunched many of the brands from Nat Sherman International. The company also launched two annual limited-edition cigars under its own name. One cigar was the Ferio Tego Elegancia, which placed at number 25 on this year's countdown. The other was the Ferio Tego Generoso, which we unveil today at number 17. The Generoso is produced at the Plasencia Factory in Nicaragua, a long-time manufacturing partner of the brands from Nat Sherman. The blend consists of a shade-grown wrapper from Honduras over a blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Generoso comes in one size – a 6 x 50 Toro. The Generoso is a completely different cigar than its sibling, the Elegancia. It's got some boldness to it as it delivered a medium to full cigar in terms of strength and body. It delivers a mix of earth, bing cherry, cedar, mineral, and pepper. While the notes themselves might seem unique, the way they complement each other is quite unique and results in an enjoyable series. As we mentioned with the Elegancia, 2022 is the first year Ferio Tego has landed on the Countdown. We have unveiled 14 cigars thus far, and Ferio Tego is also the first company to land two cigars on the 2022 Countdown. For those keeping score, we have unveiled 14 cigars thus far, and ten of them have come from Nicaragua. In addition, we have had 13 different companies and 13 different factories place cigars on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ol7

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #17: Ferio Tego Generoso (2021)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 4:48


Coming in at #17 is the Ferio Tego Generoso. Ferio Tego is the company launched by Nat Sherman International alumni Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott. When Ferio Tego began, it acquired and relaunched many of the brands from Nat Sherman International. The company also launched two annual limited-edition cigars under its own name. One cigar was the Ferio Tego Elegancia, which placed at number 25 on this year's countdown. The other was the Ferio Tego Generoso, which we unveil today at number 17. The Generoso is produced at the Plasencia Factory in Nicaragua, a long-time manufacturing partner of the brands from Nat Sherman. The blend consists of a shade-grown wrapper from Honduras over a blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Generoso comes in one size – a 6 x 50 Toro. The Generoso is a completely different cigar than its sibling, the Elegancia. It's got some boldness to it as it delivered a medium to full cigar in terms of strength and body. It delivers a mix of earth, bing cherry, cedar, mineral, and pepper. While the notes themselves might seem unique, the way they complement each other is quite unique and results in an enjoyable series. As we mentioned with the Elegancia, 2022 is the first year Ferio Tego has landed on the Countdown. We have unveiled 14 cigars thus far, and Ferio Tego is also the first company to land two cigars on the 2022 Countdown. For those keeping score, we have unveiled 14 cigars thus far, and ten of them have come from Nicaragua. In addition, we have had 13 different companies and 13 different factories place cigars on the Countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ol7  

2022 Cigar of the Year Countdown (Coop's List): #18: Fonseca by My Father Robusto (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 4:08


Coming in at #18 is Fonseca by My Father Cigars Robusto. At the end of 2019, one of the more surprising stories that hit the news was the acquisition of the Fonseca brand by My Father Cigars from the Quesada family. The Fonseca brand was established in Cuba by Don Francisco Fonseca in 1892. The Dominican version of the Fonseca brand has been made by the Quesada family since 1974. While under the Quesada stewardship, the brand maintained an important part of the Quesada portfolio. In 2020, the Garcia family would release its own interpretation of the Fonseca Brand with the Fonseca by My Father - which would become a regular production offering in the My Father portfolio. The Fonseca by My Father is produced at the My Father Cigars factory located in Estelí, Nicaragua. The blend features 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos grown by the Garcia family. The blend is highlighted by a shade-grown Nicaraguan Corojo '99 wrapper. The Robusto size measures 5 1/4 x 52. The Fonseca by My Father Cigars delivered a mix of natural tobacco, earth, hay, pepper, and baker's spice. This cigar was medium for both strength and body. It's a cigar that I found a little less aggressive than many My Father offerings and a little more aggressive than most of the Quesada-made Fonseca offerings. For My Father Cigars, this marks the sixth year it has landed a cigar on the Cigar Coop Countdown. If you are keeping score at home, Nicaragua has now landed nine of the 13 cigars unveiled thus far on the 2022 Countdown. It's also the 12th different company and 11th different factory to land on this year's countdown. Full Report: https://wp.me/p6h1n1-ol3  

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