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Plasencia – Nestico

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Plasencia - Nestico
Plasencia - Nestico, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Size: 4 1/2 x 36
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The Plasencia Operation is one of the best in the world. The family has been known for their consistent production and their ability to sell amazing tobacco to different brands/companies. From a brand point of view they’ve created a solid production for themselves which cant be said for most Tobacco Whole sale operations who make the leap into having their own brand.

Nestor Sr. Is one of the smartest and quiet master blender in the industry. I’m fortunate enough to say that I was able to spend time with Nestor Plasencia Sr, Jr and Gustavo. One of the coolest moments for me was when Javier who’s their National sales Manager introduced me to Nestor Senior. He was sitting down and I had noticed that who ever went over to him, he’d shake the person’s hand and the person would sit next to him. When Javier introduced me to him, he stood up and shook my hand and then proceeded to show off the Plasencia catalog with serious details. I was floored. After I spent some time with Senior I sat with Javier and Nestor Jr.

The first thing they both said was “So far you’re the only person the old man has stood up for All day. That meant the world to me. Fast forward a few months later The Plasencia Solomon was the #9 cigar in the world according to Cigar Aficionado. The Nestico we smoked is one of the most full flavored cigars in the market for that size.

In this episode we talk about the Plasencia Family, cap line , Nestor Senior , the luxury of time, combustion, size of a cigar and affects of burn ingredients and factors in a cigar, challenging the palette and pairing a cigar.

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

Oliva Series V Melanio

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Oliva Serie V Melanio
Oliva Series V Melanio, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The only way to understand the reason why I love this cigar and have been smoking it has to do with someone who is not in the cigar industry. My great friends Joe and Ruth Bollo who are cigar smokers and some of the kindest people I know introduced me to Dom “The Mayor”. Dominick owns Cuban Pete’s in Monclair NJ and is fan of smoking a nice cigar or a tobacco pipe after a long shift at his restaurant. The Bollos and I would have dinner there on the weekends and essentially smoke with him after he was done closing the place down. We would hold court in the outdoor seating area for hours.

Once Dom likes a cigar, it’s difficult to pull him away, he’s a creature of habit. One night as Joe and I puffed on some Fuentes, Dom said “Juan what, you don’t like the Series V?” I replied with “Yea its pretty good”. Dom took my cigar, tossed it and handed me a Melanio. I looked at him with a calm look and said “Man I was enjoying that Fuente”, to which he replied “And now you’ll enjoy this”. I can’t lie I wanted to not like it. I don’t know if it was the pressure of the moment but I fell in love with the profile. After that Dom would have a box ready for us to smoke whenever we go to visit and at Cuban Pete’s is the only place outside of recording the Podcast that I have enjoyed the Melanio or even smoked it.

In this episode we talk about cigars for special occasions, vacation cigars, choosing a cigar, thinking about environment, rye, time and place.

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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Sunday Cigar

A Quick Flight of Non-Premium Cigars

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Non-Premium Cigars
A Royal Flush of Non-Premium Cigars, Photography by Amon Focus

A non-premium cigar is made of short filler tobaccos. Most of the time these are machine made. Some have homogenized wrappers. Some are flavored. None have a lot of time invested in them.

A premium cigar on the hand has long filler tobacco. Wrapper, Binder and filler. A Non-Premium cigar is wrapper and short filler. There is a lot of care that goes into creating a cigar whether premium or not. At the end of it all we cover the aspect of smoking a cigar and enjoying it. For a minute or 3 hours, its buyers choice.

In this episode we talk about homogenized tobacco, machine made cigars, short filler vs long filler, taste and body.

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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Sunday Cigar

Boutique Blends La Bohème

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Boutique Blends La Bohème
Boutique Blends La Boheme

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

Rafael Nodal is a classically trained musician and has created a few cigars to reflect his love for music. He brought his energy to the forefront in the La Boheme a cigar named after the famous opera. The Number 12 cigar of the year in 2015 is a great partnership with Blender Jochi Blanco out of the Dominican Republic.

Rafa was in New York without telling anyone in the industry and happened to drop in on the Town house. When he did I happened to be smoking his cigar. A genuine coincidence that lead into a friendship. He was so taken back by the fact that I was smoking his cigar in a place that barely carried anything close. We stayed close and years later he gifted me the small format in the La Boheme. I aged the cigars and brought them along on a trip to Reggae fest in Austin Texas. By day two of the festival all the cigar smokers back stage were smoking the La Boheme and raving about it. It was small enough to not be overly committing and good enough to want to start.

I saw Rafaa couple months ago and we were able to catch up. Nothing like a small cigar with a Giant Flavor profile.

In this episode I say Room 101 instead of Aging Room, my bad. Aside from that, we talk about a crowd pleaser cigar, combustion, taste, small formats and time with a cigar.

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