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Tatuaje Tattoo by Pete Johnson

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Tatuaje Tattoo by Pete Johnson
Tatuaje Tattoo by Pete Johnson, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Habano Seed Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

We used to play cash poker the day after Procigar ended in DR. They still play for cash but now its a whole production. When we played back in the day, it was a small group of guys a table. It was at Matasa (Which is the previous name of the Quesada Factory). We would play from 1pm till 2 AM as the staff would bring cocktails and food on a rtationary bases. The Food, Unbelievable!

Pete Johnson used to hang out at Procigar Festival before the Nicaraguan Puro Sabor Festival emerged. Pete has always kept to himself and can seem somewhat elusive. Pete Playing poker is a different eliment all together. He’s a live wire with out being loud and obnoxious. The first time I had this cigar was after taking a big Pot of cash from Augusto “Fufi” Reyes in a Hold’em hand that Pete had just folded in. He and Fufi were battling all afternoon and I snuck in and got into the action.

I remember the cigar surprising me not just with taste but with the body of the cigar. The cigar froze me in time. Pete just chuckled after seeing how stuck I became after smoking the cigar. “Man you were actually building a groove and now that you’re smoking my cigar, You suck. I guess my cigar is doing its job”. I just sat there with an idiotic smile and said “I fold”.

In this episode we talk about Tatuaje as a brand, Pete Johnson, cutting a cigar, Boutique Brands and Production, Valleys in Nicaragua, Long Filler vs Non Premium, and refilling a Butane lighter.

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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