Tripp and Jason find out how a few different stouts pair with the My Father Le Bijou 1922. Apologies for the disconnection that cut the show a little shorter than usual.
We talk to Nick Melillo about everything from his early days at Drew Estate to his latest release, the Highclere Castle.
Tripp and Jason talk with Juan Martinez about what's new for Joya de Nicaragua, including the Joya Family, and the new Antaño Gran Reserva
Tripp and Denis welcome special guest Terence Reilly from Quesada Cigars for our annual Quesada Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest-style beer pairing.
Tripp sits down with guest host Denis to pair the new Undercrown Sungrown from Drew Estate with some craft beers.
Tripp sits down with Surgeon as they bid Surgeon farewell from Cigar Federation duties. They pair the extremely limited Selected Tobacco Atabey Misticos.
Tripp is pairing with:
- Ron Santiago de Cuba
- Zafra Master Reserve
- Fremont B-Bomb
Surgeon is pairing with:
- Blonde Ale - Common Crown Brewing Co.
- The Hakushu 12 Japanese Whisky - Suntory
- Raftman Smoked Ale - Unibroue
- Taketsuru 21 Pure Malt Japanese Whisky - Nikka Whisky
Tripp and Jason sit down with Drew Estate's "Dirty" Fabien Zeigler to discuss all things non-traditional.
Tripp and special co-host Matt sit down to pair the new Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva from Joya de Nicaragua with beer.
Tripp is pairing a JdN Antaño 1970 Gran Reserva Belicoso with:
- Blood Orange Gose - Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
- What Rough Beast - Breakside Brewery
- Freakcake - Crux Fermentation Project
Tripp and Surgeon sit down with Jeff Borysiewicz to talk about his Florida tobacco farm. Jeff anwers audience questions, talks about his history in retail and the Corona Cigar Co. stores.
Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the 5.56 Garrison from Warfighter Tobacco. Surgeon begins his farewall Cigar Federation tour.
Surgeon is pairing a 5.56 Garrison Toro from Warfighter Tobacco with:
- Glenrothes 1975
- Cadenhead Small Batch Tamdhu-Glenlivet 24
- Aberfeldy 21
Tripp is pairing a Warfighter 5.56 Garrison Toro with:
- Glenrothes 1988
- Glengoyne Cask Strength
- Ron Cubay 10 Year
Tripp is joined by guest co-host Jason as they sit down with Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars. They talk cigars, tobacco, and of course boxing.
Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the Bishops Blend from Black Works Studio, a division of Black Label Trading Company.
Surgeon is pairing a Bishops Blend Corona Larga with:
- Centenario 18 Rum by Flor de Cana
- Seigneuriale Belgian Style Brown Ale - Unibroue
- Strange than Fiction - Collective Arts Brewing
Tripp is pairing a Bishop's Blend from Black Label Trading Company with:
Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair with the Camacho Imperial Stout Barrel Aged from Cigar Dojo.
Surgeon is pairing an Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho with:
- Voltage Espresso Stout - Hoyne Brewing
- Ichorous Imperial Stout - Blindman Brewing
- Ten FIDY Imperial Stout - Oskar Blues Brewery
Tripp is pairing a Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho with:
- S'more Stout - Base Camp Brewing
- Barrel Aged Ten Fidy - Oskar Blues Brewery
- City Of The Dead - Modern Times Beer
Surgeon and Tripp sit down to pair the Gurkha Heritage Maduro.
Surgeon is pairing a Gurkha Heritage Maduro Robusto with:
Small Barrel Bourbon Whiskey - Wiggly Bridge Distillery
Indian Single Malt Whisky - Amrut
Intermediate Sherry Single Malt Whisky - Amrut
Tripp is pairing a Gurkha Heritage Maduro Robusto with:
Master Reserve 21- Zafra
Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewing
Surgeon and Tripp are back from their General Cigar Co. trip to New York and Connecticut. They'll be talking about the experience and what they learned.
Some technical issues with this episode, the first part of the episode was lost and unrecoverable.
Tripp welcomes special guest co-host Jason as they sit down with Barry Stein and the recently re-launched Vegas Cubanas by Don Pepin Garcia.
Tripp is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Corona with:
- Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon
- Full Sail Hop Shooter IPA
- Brugal 1888 14 Year Dominican Rum
Jason is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Toro with:
- Crater Lake Spirits Rye Whiskey
- Breakside Brewery Pilsner
- Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
Barry is pairing a Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Corona with:
- Kirk & Sweeney Rum
- Glenfiddich Project XX
Surgeon and Tripp sit down with the brand new Davidoff Late Hour.
Surgeon is pairing a Davidoff Late Hour Toro
- Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
- Glenfarclas 2002 The Family Cask
- Yoichi 10 Japanese Whisky
Tripp is pairing a Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Toro with:
- Inchgower 1982
- Glenfarclas 2002
- Glenrothes 1975
Surgeon and Tripp sit down with this very exclusive cigar from Black Label Trading Company / Black Works Studio. Let's see how the Neon Tiger pairs!
Surgeon is pairing a BLK WKS Studio Neon Tiger with:
Lug-Tread Lagered Ale - Beau's Brewery
Original - Innis & Gunn
Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale - Tree Brewing Co.
Tripp is pairing a BLK WKS Studio Neon Tiger with:
Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros
Ardbeg 10 Year
Dino S'mores - Off Color Brewing
Tripp talks with Steve Ricker about their originas as a Canadian cigar company. Steve talks about their journey from the first cigar release, and coming into the US market and being based in Las Vegas. Steve talks about the Dominion Classic which will be launching first in the US. The Dominion Confederation will be launching in Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
Surgeon and Tripp do a short update on what it's like being back from the IPCPR. They sit down with one of the hot cigars from the show, the El Gueguense Maduro from Foundation Cigar Company.
Surgeon is pairing a El Güegüense Maduro Corona Gorda with:
Nicaraguan Eagle bourbon barrel aged coffee - Layne Coffee
Black Butte XXVII 27th Birthday Reserve, Imperial Porter - Deschutes Brewery
18 Year Old Limited Edition Scotch Whisky, Cask 2003 for Kensington Wine Market - The Arran
Tripp is pairing a El Güegüense Maduro Corona Gorda with:
The Glenlivet 12 Years
Havana Club 7
Frootwood - Founders Brewing
Tripp interviews Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco. Nelson talks about the history of Selected Tobacco, and the Atabey, Byron, and Bandolero brands. Nelson also talks about their patented Humitube system, and what makes it unique. They also discuss the gorgeous jars in Atabey, Byron, and Bandolero brands. This year Selected Tobacco had exclusive vitolas available for retailers at the IPCPR in Las Vegas.
Tripp interviews Terence Reilly of Quesada Cigars. Terence talks about the core lines, the Casa Magna, the Fonseca and the Quesada cigars. Terence also talks about the latest incarnation of the Quesada Oktoberfest.
Tripp interviews Robert Caldwell about the new shit, The Hit and Run, a joint effort with Matt Booth. Robert also talks about the tri-llaboration between Robert, Matt and AJ Fernandez available for distribution in September, which should be menagical.
Tripp interviews Jose Ortega, VP of sales for My Father Cigars. Jose talks about the Connecticut Shade offering of The Judge, the Flor de Las Antillas, Le Bijou 1922, and the predicate blend Vegas Cubanas. The La Opulencia brand gets national distribution and Jose talks about what makes the blend so special.
Tripp talks to Rene Castaneda. Rene talks about the La Libertad, the oldest brand in the Villiger portfolio. The Sandoro Connecticut, Claro, and Maduro. Rene also talks about the latest Villiger offering, the La Flor De YnClan, which has been brought back in a Robusto, Torpedo, and Churchill vitola. It incorporates tobacco that is at least 5 years of age. The Villiger 1888 was on display, released at the IPCPR 2016.
Tripp talks with Santana in the D'Crossier booth about some new packaging launched at the IPCPR and the move to the Dominican Republic for production. The Selection 512 available in sealed cans has been revamped with an updated color scheme and printing. The binder tobacco also gets updated from Costa Rican Sumatra to Piloto Cubano from the DR, available for wide distribution in September. Santana also announces the Selection 512 Maduro available in a brown tin with an updated band, and a new blend featuring a San Andres Negro wrapper. The Golden Blend from 2009 is back with 3 new vitolas.
Tripp sits down with a very busy Omar de Frias talks about the new celebratory cigar, the Fratello Navetta. Omar also talks about the surprise front page article in the Washington Post.
Trip interviews Jose Blanco of EP Carrillo. Jose talks about the 2016 packaging redesign across the brand. Jose talks about the return of the Elencos Don Rubino line. The Encore release should be widely available in early 2018.
Tripp talks to Dion of Illusione to catch up and see how the IPCPR show is going. Dion talks about his annual Singulare release. He also talks about the packaging redesign on Cruzado and Garagiste. Dion talks about his philosophy of focusing and maintaining the core line of cigars.
Tripp sits down with Dean Parsons of Epic Cigars. Dean introduces the Smoking Shields a special blended cigar for the Smoking Shields non-profit organization. Dean talks about the Project E, the San Andres Maduro wrapper with a smokeable band. The Maduro Fuerte which is an extension to the existing Maduro line. The La Rubia had widespread distribution at the end of 2016, introducing a Connecticut Shade wrapped cigar.
Tripp sits down with Eddy Guerra of Gurkha Cigars. Many of the products showcased at the IPCPR were vintage products being brought back into the market. The Cellar Reserve 12 and 15 available now in tubos, and 3 count boxes. The Royal Challenge is now available in tubos as well.
The 10th Anniversary available as a 1,000 numbered humidor release, each containing 50 cigars, with production out of the new factory in Nicaragua. It will be available as a 6x52 parajeo shape.
The Havana Legenda also returns, available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The Masters Select OVB (Original Vintage Blend) gets a re-release as well, with the original blend, and original box design. Inventory was located of the Aged Cabinet Selection, which originally was limited, and will released in 3,000 boxes as a robusto vitola only.
Tripp talks to David Blanco of Blanco Cigar Company. David talks about the Blanco Nine, now with a lancero vitola. The Primos Estates Selection which was voted best value cigar of the year. Liga Exclusiva de Familia Connecticut Shade, and the follow up Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro version.
Tripp sits down to talk with Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. Robert has updated all the packaging for the core line, with changes to the colors on the bands and boxes. The Rose of Sharon sold through with the original Easter release, the 2nd release made it's debut at the IPCPR with the updated bands, with a lancero vitola to follow in late fall, early spring. Robert also talks about the Jacobs Ladder, a double ligero and double maduro with Pennsylvania Broadleaf.
Tripp talks to Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars. Kyle walks us through the Black Honey cigar, and the current lineup. Kyle talks about their new cigar the Serie Grande Reserva 1988 coming in December or January. Tripp and Kyle talk about the Delirio Coffee project and espresso sets.
Moya Ruiz introduces Il Ridotto the "Private Room", which was the first casino in Venice in 1638. Danny talks about the history behind the name, and Nelson talks about the blend including the use of a Brazilian Habano wrapper.
Tripp talks to CAO's Rick Rodriguez about some of the new Amazon Basin offerings. There's the new Fuma Em Corda and Anaconda.
Tripp talks with Ed Lahmann about the Hoyo de Monterrey La Amistad Silver. It's a collaboration between General Cigar Company and AJ Fernandez, first started with the La Amistad Gold in 2016.
Mike explains how and why the two core Powstanie blends, Habano, and Broadleaf came to fruition. Powstanie is also introducing an Imperial Stout beer that was designed to pair with the Powstanie Habano.
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Tripp speaks with Jack Torano about the Yellow and Blue Vault series extensions which round out the Vault portfolio.