This week DogWatch celebrates April Fool's Day when Dale and regular guest host Craig Schneider smoke an unbanded Cigar of the Week supplied by Bob. Bob receives his April Fool's surprise when he smokes the What's my band? cigar suggested by long-time listener Dan Crouch. Liz is back with another What's hot? What's not? What's next? segment with Bryan Newbury from Centro Cigars. The Cigar of the Week is the Wicked Indie from The East India Trading Company line of The Gurkha Cigar Group. The What's my Band? cigar is the Flor de Copan (factory seconds - bundle) suggested by Dan Crouch. The winner of this month's Palio cutter is David Dennis. Wes Thorne wins a box of Commonwealth Cedar Spills and David Zack wins a five-pack of of La Tradicion Cubana cigars during the live show chatroom. Chad Miller writes in with a question about coffee and cigars and Dana Poling asks about citrus and orange cigar flavors.
Bob and Dale discuss their plans for a DogWatch Cigar Radio Herf which will be held on July 27th and July 28th at Tranquilo Cigars in Melbourne Florida. Tickets are $35 and only 25 spots are available for this intimate gathering. (Spots are going fast!) Friday night will feature a live version of DWCR with everyone in the crowd experiencing the Cigar of the Week and the Unbanded cigar. Saturday we will have a Tasting seminar, meetings with manufacturers, lunch and door prizes. More is in the planning stages and additional details will be coming out every week. Each registrant will receive a gift bag worth more than the $35 admission fee. To reserve your spot now, email Liz@cigarmedia.tv.
You can vote to get Cigarmony's patented Humidity Bead System® on the shelves of Walmart through April 3rd. Go to http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/2550/Humidity-Bead-System and vote daily (You can vote twice daily if you vote by text and facebook.)
Check out the live show! Go to http://www.cigarmedia.tv/live/ where the show is broadcast live most Friday evenings at 9 PM EST. Be a part of the show while participating in the chatroom.
Enter April's Palio contest to win a black Palio cutter by sending a photo of you or your friends enjoying a cigar to email@example.com. (Don't forget to include your mailing address and type "Palio" on the subject line.) To see the contest pictures, click on the Contest icon on the www.cigarmedia.tv home page. Remember you must re-enter each month to be eligible to win. March's contest winner of a black Palio cutter is David Dennis.
The Wicked Indie blend is comprised of an oily Habano, Nicaraguan wrapper; a carefully selected Nicaraguan binder; and a rare, 3-year aged Nicaraguan filler. It will be available in 4 sizes with an MSRP ranging from $4.79 - $5.90. This cigar encompasses a rich and complex taste profile, full of sweet spice and nuttiness that evolves to a long and cool finish.
- 5 x 52 Robusto
- 6 x 54 Toro,
- 7 x 50 Churchill
- 6 x 60 XO
What else have you been smokin' Dale?
Punch Rare Corojo Magnum (5.25 x 54) and Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Robusto (5.0 x 50 - For those who want to taste the difference between wrappers, this comparison is a good one. Both of these cigars use the exact same filler (Dom, Hon & Nic) & binder (Connecticut Broadleaf). The original Rare Corojo is wrapped in a Sumatra leaf with a beautiful reddish color with lots of oiliness. The 10th Anny version uses a Connecticut leaf with a lighter reddish color that appears more delicate. I find the original to be a bolder cigar and a bit stronger then the 10th Anniversary. The original has more sweetness, the Anny has more floral notes. Both burn well, provide a lot of smoke and are med-full bodied. I like them both and seem to choose the original after dinner while the Anny fits me better in mid-day.
What else have you been smokin' Craig?
Cabaiguan Maduro - From a box I bought after returning from Esteli. These cigars are always evolving, never intimidating. Great ‘daily’ smoker, even if you smoke much less often then that.
Padilla - 1932 - These 1932s were some of the best cigars ever produced by Jose Pepin Garcia, or sold by Ernesto Padilla. Now nearly 5 years old, they represent the quintessential mellowed Nicaraguan tobacco that when rolled was some of the highest quality coming out of Central America. Toasty, nutty, rich & savory. Truly a discontinued cigar to seek out. Bought from a vintage cigar retailer, these cigars are even a bargain at their $14/stick asking price today.
Reynaldo 2010 - This custom Cuban cigar is rolled as a Petit Cimarones vitola (aprox 5”x58 figurado). Delivering cocoa & chocolate sweetness they demonstrate how Cuban tobacco can be molded to provide different flavor profiles than the typical Marques give you. A good cigar that really shined when it was even fresher.
What else have you been smokin' Bob?
ORTSAC Bulletproof 1962 Torpedo - Complex, full flavored and medium bodied. A very good smoke.
What's My Band?- This week's unbanded, the Flor de Copan bundle cigar was suggested by Dan Crouch. Bob, who swears that he won't buy any cigar that starts with "Flor de" liked this cigar!
A slight grassy sourness that I found very light on my palate. I genuinely enjoyed this cigar.
Craig: 4-7/8”x44rg - I have $400 to spend on cigars left over from 2011 taxes & a year of penny pinching. After this cigar I am strongly considering sending it to DC to have him stock my humidor. Yet again he provides a delicious unbanded example. The initial light delivered strong woody flavors that were typical to Nicaraguan tobacco from the Jalapa region. 5 puffs later and the woodiness I tend to dislike transitioned beautifully into a lovely Nicaraguan sweetness. Like sugary orange juice concentrate, the flavor sticks to your palate & provides a tremendous finish that continues right until you take your next puff. I can type a few sentences and still taste the cigar. Epic. A bready, yeasty flavor jumps in there like a cranberry orange breakfast loaf.
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, or would like to provide 2-4 What's my Band? cigars, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone providing samples will receive a DogWatch Cigar Radio pin and sticker!
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