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The Nat Sherman Panamericana Epicure

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The Nat Sherman Panamericana Epicure
The Nat Sherman Panamericana Epicure

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Ecuador Summatra
Binder: Costa Rican
Filler: Costa Rican/Nicaraguan

I spent a lot of time smoking unbanned cigars, honing in on understanding flavor without knowing where the tobacco was from who made it or how much it costs. There were times that the name of the cigar didn’t matter for better or for worse. Every so often I was given a prototype to smoke for something that wouldn’t hit the market till much later. The Panamericana was love at first smoke. A cigar so good that it made me drool. I couldn’t believe how good it was and even thought it was a fluke. I only understood how good it was after the second time I smoked it and of course drooled. I could not believe it. It was supposed to be a limited edition for a one time release.

I believe the consensus of everyone who smoked it was that this needed to be part of the core production. Thank goodness for a communal opinion. This became my all-time favorite Nat Sherman Cigar and I would smoke this on every vacation I went on since its release.

Sumatra tobacco originated in Indonesia and has a natural sweetness that is unmatched in any wrapper in the world. This seed varietal grows very well in Ecuador and has become a successful substitute. Oily and a great start to a blend. Costa Rican tobacco tends to be expensive and usually only used for a component or two in a cigar. Costa Rican tobacco has a sweet and salty flavor profile during combustion and it plays really well with Summatra.

The Epicure size is a tall robusto that burns so evenly that the ash sticks even through the half way mark.

In this episode we talk about the Nat Sherman Panamericana, salivary affects, prototypes becoming an on the market cigar, creating a blend, time playing a role in a cigar, choosing a blend, bleeding a your lighter, Pre-Embargo Cigars, inexpensive good cigars, aromatics in a cigar, putting down a cigar, putting out a cigar and combustion.

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

Rocky Patel Grand Reserve

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Rocky Patel Grand Reserve
Rocky Patel Grand Reserve

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed

In this recap of the season we talk about Amon’s Cigaragua experience, lighting a cigar, helping combustion, passion, customer service, cigar ettiequte when entering a humidor, duty free, Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars, Lost City (film), Grand Closing as well as Cigars and Therapy.

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Sunday Cigar

My Father Le Bijou

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My Father Le Bijou
My Father Le Bijou, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Habano Oscuro/Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

The My Father Le Bijou is one of my favorite go to medium to full bodied cigars on the planet. Top 5 in my book. Not only is the cigar great but it ages fantastically. This is a complex smoke and one of the first few cigars that I discussed with Amon. I had given him an aged My Father Limited Edition 2010 in about 2014/15 I believe. Don Pepin, Jaime, Janny Garcia are some of the most beautiful people I have ever met. They know how to make great cigars. The Le Bijou has this silky smooth wrapper thats unmatched. The binder and filler are peppery but not overbearing. The progression and smoothness that it finishes off with is impecable. In body and in strength this cigar builds up so you have to make sure you have had a full meal. Their product and Brands are strong and are always consistent. This was fun and special to be able to record this experience.

In this episode we talk about the My Father Le Bijou cigar, foot bands on a cigar also known as secondary bands, Grand Robusto, strong cigars and pairing cigars with wine.

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

Alec Bradley Mundial

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Alec Bradley Mundial
Alec Bradley Mundial, Photography by Amon Focus

Cigar Details

Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran/ Nicaraguan
Filler: Honduras/ Nicaraguan

Alec Bradley is a brand in Cigars that has grown its own identity over time. Allen Rubin has done a good job of spreading the portfolio in to an intricate spectrum of taste. The Mundial is no different. The subtlety complex and progressive nature of the perfecto made me a fan early on.

Alec Bradley which is named after Allen’s children (Alec and Bradley) who are now young adults has created interesting blends with interesting vitolas. Reminiscent of the Tempus that AB created a half a decade earlier; its notes are of dark chocolate and pepper.

I had an opportunity to smoke with Allen in 2015 when he partnered with Mickey Blakes in Milford Connecticut. My boy Luis Rodriguez invited me up and I was honored to be in attendance. It was an amazing event with a packed house of about 250 people. After the event we hung out, had drinks and cigars. As the night went on and drinks were had, Allen opened up about his perspective of the industry and about the future. It wasn’t on a soap box or an inspirational speech, it was about how easy it is to lose our industry. Although I can’t remember a lot of what he actually said, when he spoke no one interrupted. We all nodded in agreement every time he made a point. It felt like a mob scene when the head of the outfit is talking and his organization are gathered around him like mannequins.

The sun came up and we all looked at each other in amazement that it was light out. We had gone 12 hours between the event and hanging. Guys from different walks of life who were fortunate enough to be under the same roof at the same time, smoking cigars and enjoying spirits.

In this episode we talk about attractive cigar bands, cutting the cigar, the Cuban cut, taste, what we pick up, pairing and hanging out with Allen Rubin at Mickey Blakes staff.

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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