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Illusione 68

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Illusione 68
Illusione 68, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 98’
Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo 98’

A chubby Petite Corona Cigar thats a snapshot of a lot of the Cigars Dion makes. I first smoke this cigar 7 Years ago and it was a Home Run. It became the best Cigar to walk from 42nd to 66th during the summer Months. I remember having a cold during one of those summers and hadn’t smoked a cigar in over 2 weeks. Still stuffy I smoked it and it was one of the most memorable flavors I’ve ever encoded.

Dion is passionate about Numerology so a lot of his Cigars are associated with number. The 68 is nicknamed “El Bombone” or Bon Bon. This is due to the richness in its profile.

Acquired: 2013

In this episode we talk about Dion and Illusione Brand, removing a cap, toasting the foot (how long do you toast a foot for), butane/torch lighters, cedar spills/matches, draw of a cigar, combustion on Boxed Pressed vs Parejo Cigars, premium cigars, optimizing a good experience with planning, the reach of a cigar, relighting a cigar, purple smoke, seeds and classifications.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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Juan Sanchez loves cigars and has learned quite a bit on the subject. A consumer of Knowledge and a place holder for Random facts. How did Tom Hagen die in the Godfather? Yea, He knows how.

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Sunday Cigar

Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole

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Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut // Connecticut Maduro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican (1995)

The Quesada Family, I consider family. I’ve put in time working out of their Factory in Licey, Dominican Republic. This particular cigar has Filler tobacco from 1997. In this case it has whats’ referred to as a Doble Capa or Barber Pole. This means it has two leaves which are aged for different periods of time. I spent time with the sorters, the aging room and the bunchers station.

I remember opening bales of 98’ Criollo and seeing what cigars used them in their blend. DR Poker Stories with Manolo, Pete johnson, Bill Paley.

Acquired: 2016

In this episode we talk about the Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole, aged tobacco, double cap, retail Tobacconist, taste/aftertaste, pairing and sip to smoke, Combustion, air flow and ash.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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Padron 1926 No.35 Natural

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Padron 1926 No.35 Natural
Padron 1926 No.35 Natural, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

In the fall of 2011 I started working for Nat Sherman. Two months in and Cigar Aficionado had a festival called the Big Smoke. The festival had taken place for years in Big Hotels which at the time allowed smoking. This year it was out of Pier 92 and Padron needed some muscle to help distribute their cigars through out the fest. Rudy Padron “The Nephew of the family” ran the booth with Jorge Padron “The Face of the family”. While we worked for 4 hours I probably smoked 3 No.35 1926 Natural cigars. I kept thinking “man this is really good, I don’t want this taste to end”. Sure enough at the height of the process I’d finish the cigar. Chasing that same taste I’d light another and start the process all over. Small in stature its a slow smoking cigar with just enough ring gage to produce thick smoke and tight ash.

We had a blast man. I have some funny stories about a couple snatching cigars out of my hand and walking away.

After the Event Rudy gave us each a Black bag of Cigars and later sent me a signed Box of the 1926 No. 35 Natural. This cigar we’re smoking is one of them.

In this episode we talk about Brugal 1888, the Padron Family, small cigars, shorter formats, dog walker, anatomy of a cigar, aging a cigar, stories of Big Smoke, layers to the taste, palette, salivation, geography of growing tobacco, pairing a spirit with a cigar and ProCigar Festival.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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Guillermo Leon Signature

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Guillermo Leon Signature
Guillermo Leon Signature

Cigar Details

My parents always put me on to my family’s lineage in bits and pieces. As a preteen I spent time in Santiago every summer, which meant Sports, sports and more sports. Every-time we played baseball in the town, the Home Run Wall was literally Tobacco Flowers and plants that stretched for Miles uninterrupted. It was simple, if the ball went into the field, its a HR and we had to replace the ball. To destroy any of the crop would mean some serious repercussions. Shot gun wielding security guards don’t care you’re visiting from NY.

In Santiago my family is from “El Sanchez Bermudez” . The breakdown of it represents one; One of Three of Dominican Replubic’s founding fathers and liberator (Sanchez) . Bermudez refers to the Rum family which owned most of what was Santiago in the 50’s and 60’s. A lot of the houses built early on were more for workers of the Rum factory, workers who helped the family then they were for the Actual Bermudez family. La Aurora is the oldest factory in the Dominican republic (1903) and the Leon Jimenez (La Aurora) operations are part of the Bermudez operation through family ties. My family would point out who worked for different parts of both the Rum and Cigar companies. One thing was for sure, these operations were to be respected.

In this episode we talk about, cutting a cigar and how to cut a cigar, beginner cigars, toast the foot and why, composition of a cigar, combustion, flavor profiles, seeds, geography of tobacco flower, experience with Guillermo Leon, construction of a cigar, aging a cigar, uniformity and Boveda Packs.

If there are words or terms that you’re unfamiliar within this episode, we highly recommend you check out the Sunday Cigar Glossary.

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