Bob and Dale are joined by Craig Schneider. Craig, a long-time contributor to DogWatch Cigar Radio and a columnist on our website, www.cigarmedia.tv, guest hosts every month. Listener Dan Crouch provides the ultimate answer on how to handle a good intentioned neighbor who regularly gifts you with lower quality drugstore cigars that you will never smoke. Dan will be receiving a DWCR patch for his suggestion! Bob interviews Matt Urbano of Urbano Cigars whose cigars are featured this week. Eddie DeJong of Vanderburgh Humidors takes time out of his busy schedule to talk to Bob about his line of unique humidors that are handcrafted from glass, wood, rock and leather and his new Outback4 travel humidors.
Toleton giveaway! In one week (on show #310), Bob will be smoking a La Tradicion Cubana Toleton, a unique cigar presented to him by Luis Sanchez. He will also give one away, compliments of Luis, during the show. The winner will be selected from Palio cutter contest entrants who have submitted their entry by January 20th.
The Corojo line by URBANO Cigars have a medium to full body with a reddish hue. Blended from carefully aged Dominican tobacco, these cigars have a hearty complex flavor with a hint of spice at the open, followed by hints of roasted nuts and smooth cedar undertones. Wait until you spark one up with its Cuban-like flavor. This cigar offers a mesmerizing and delectable aroma.
Available in the following sizes: Churchill, Torpedo, Robusto and Toro.
Dark Side - JUAN LOPEZ PETIT CORONAS
What else have you been smokin' Dale?
Cinco Vegas Miami Robusto - The one in the blue bands, the Miami line from 5 Vegas is a solid cigar that fits many occasions. Smooth, well behaved and elegant in appearance. Cedar, molasses, espresso and some yeasty biscuit undertones blend well.
Famous Nicaragua 7000 by Pepin - Yes folks, another value bundle from the folks at one of the large internet retailers, but this one made in Nica by Pepin. Very earthy, savory and lots of in-your-face flavor. Not very unlike the Cuban Classic line.
Esencia Robusto - One of our all time favorite lines, the red wine-like tannins, rich smoky notes and mature sweet tobacco flavors still elevate this to a “wow” cigar. Nothing has been lost or changed and these continue to be consistently GREAT cigars!
What else have you been smokin' Craig?
Partagas 165 Sublimes - Excellent exotic spicey flavors, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, lots of aged tobacco, perhaps even a bit of mint. Quick burn - 90 minutes.
Cohiba Sublime - Tons of earthy tobacco. Savory in core and slightly sweet at times. Like the perfect bit of acidity to a heavy meal. Cocoa & nuts. Wow. Very strong but the 6 years of box time have smoothed out the edges.
Montecristo Especial - The perfect ‘everyday’ cigar. Fruity, mocha flavors. Perfect draw, perfect burn, long experience; 120 minutes. Wonderful.
What else have you been smokin' Bob?
PUNCH PETIT CORONAS DEL PUNCH - What a delightful smoke. Wonderful rich flavors with a hint of spice. The kind of cigar experience you cannot stop smoking. The strong barnyard aroma of the unlit cigar gave testament to treasures found after lighting. The flavors were rich with hints of sweetness, spice and the bitterness of fine chocolate.
Brun Del Re Premium - a mild bodied cigar from the lineup that is described by Carlo (the owner of Brun Del Re) as a great morning cigar. Truthfully, it is a good match for the coffees I like, but I find it to be a refreshing change of pace cigar any time of the day.
What's My Band? - #945, Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro Lancero suggested by listener Jeff Curtis.
December Palio Cutter Contest Winner: Bryan Wolters from Menasha, Wisconsin won the Burl Palio Cutter. Enter the January contest now to win a black Palio Cutter.
Do you have a Herf Line Review? If you call and leave a cigar review on the herf line and it is played on the show, you will receive a DogWatch Cigar Radio patch! You can reach the Herfline at 321-594-4373 - or cigar.radio on Skype. You can also send email to email@example.com.
Origin of the term HERF: From Cigar Craig, http://cigarcraig.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/the-origin-of-the-word-herf/
Do you have a suggestion for the unbanded cigar of the week? Every week Bob and Dale include an “unbanded cigar” segment in their show in which they smoke a cigar without any markings and give their honest opinions. Bob then opens a sealed envelope and discovers the cigar’s name and manufacturer. If you have suggestions for the "What's My Band?" segment, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Michael Howe for bumpers and special effects in this show.