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Quesada España

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Quesada España
Quesada España, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Ecuador Arapiraca
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican/ Nicaraguan

The Quesada Family treats every one with the utmost respect and it shows when you visit them in their factory. Interact with them at an event or even follow their social media platforms.

I was on one of these trips to their Factory in Licey which is a province in Santiago. The cigar that really opened up my eyes to the Brand was the Quesada España and it was only available in Spain when it first released. I had no idea when but I knew that I had to smoke it. It wasn’t until another year where the cigar hit the US market and I could purchase my own. Such a great smoke that I put in my rotation. Then I fell in love with how it aged.

One year after working the big smoke in New York, Manolo Quesada asked the crew if we could head to the Town House for a late night cigar; we of course said Heck yea. He got us a couple Pizza pies and we talked cigars. Manolo is an educator and has great stories. His perspective on creating a blend is very open minded. He explained to us the different variables of things that can go wrong during the growing process. The priming and fermenting process. All the adjustments that need to be made in order to produce a product from the soil.

What he taught us was that adjustments can be made no matter what if you plan well. Whats impressive about blending is that age is a variable that is mostly unforeseen. When a master blender is attempting to create a blend age changes for better or worse the initial tasting notes. This can happen with any or all of the 3 components (Wrapper Binder, Filler) in a premium cigar. A lot can be said about the predictability and better yet the unpredictability that is a Well aged cigar.

In this episode we talk about design of esthetics, buying a cigar and buying a fake Cuban.

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

L’atelier Maduro 54

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L'Atelier Maduro
L'Atelier Maduro 52, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Certain cigars are good at being perfectly unique. The flavor profiles that are one of ones. This is one of these cigars. KC Johnson whose Pete Johnson’s brother has rolled out some pretty intricate smokes under the L’atelier flag. The Maduro has a beautiful Cadence that works with its combustion. It reintroduces itself with each puff leaving a see-saw effect on your pallet. When we first talked about recording Sunday Cigar this was one of the cigars I knew would make the list.

Under estimated but a contender to those that have smoked it.

In this episode we talk about lighters, enjoying a Cigar, cutting a Cigar, toasting the foot, taking your time, Connecticut grown tobacco and palette awareness.

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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Eiroa First 20 Years

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Eiroa the First 20 Years
Eiroa First 20 Years, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Mexican Honduran
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran

Eiroa First 20 Years

Christian Eiroa and the Eiroa family created Camacho cigars to the forefront from Honduras. The unique flavor profiles that were perfected in the corojo and criollo seeds grown in Honduras changed the game. Davidoff came along years later and bought it from the Eiroa family. Christian stepped away from the game and reinvented himself with a self-named cigar that set an even higher standard of production. The details that Christian finalized in his new production set his new brand a part from anything he did previously.

I’ve known Christian since 2011 when I worked for Davidoff. Throughout the course of watching his growth in the industry, the product has elevated with him. During one meeting we had a few years ago he explained what he did when he took time away from the industry. He said “I planned and planned and planned about planning”. It worked.

Eiroa Cigars have set their individual mark in our industry and solidified Christian as an Intelligent Brand owner. The First 20 is one of those well aged cigars that gives the smoker a perspective of Honduran tobacco, no one else can mimic.

In this episode we talk about Christian Eiroa, blending seminars, blind tasting, taking your time with a Cigar, corojo and the cigar speaking.

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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The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigars

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The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle by Foundation, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Honduras and Nicaraguan

Nick melillo is one of the most creative people in the cigar industry. A man who has had his hand is some of the most booming cigars out of Nicaragua. In his twenties he helped create the Liga Privada Movement with Drew Estate. His new venture has been a breath of fresh air in an ever competing market. Foundation Cigars is kicking ass on the market from the El Gueguense, to The Wise Man Maduro, to The HighclereCastle, all highly rated and all limited production.

People talk about boutique cigars and lose focus of what that means. When I think of Boutique, I think of a curated experience that is limited. Nick understands this deeply. He has incorporated art in music, graffiti and music along with all his projects. I met Nick about 7 years ago and we’ve been cool ever since. On one occasion we had a lunch meeting and ended up chopping it up for 5 hours discussing his plans and roll outs. His knowledge is expansive when it comes to cigars so it’s always a great learning experience hanging with Nick.

Nick’s ability to create intricate blends has set him apart from his peers and predecessors in an important way. Every cigar I’ve smoked has been from their portfolio has been a Home Run. The Tabernacle has been one of my favorite cigars in the rotation of Foundation product.

In this episode we talk about nicotine & its affects on the body, humidors, Foundation Cigars and Nick, Boveda Packs, some Shade at the boring podcasts that exist on cigars, construction, master blending and fermentation.

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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