Episode 254

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Stogie Geeks #254

Recorded December 4, 2017 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!

Interview: Paul Kubiski, Bootblack Brand - 2:00pm-2:45pm

Bootblack Brand

Bootblack Brand was born while sitting on a barstool with friends frustrated by the lack in quality of the cocktails being served. Built on the premise we do not eat or drink anything inferior I started experimenting with classic flavor profiles with a twist using all-natural ingredients including fresh produce, herbs and spices. The term BOOTBLACK represents an ideal from generations’ past but firmly rooted in todays culture: To create a product honestly and earnestly with ones own two hands and unbridled enthusiasm. Our anthem ‘small batch - huge flavor’ drives our product development. Now you can create modern interpretations of classic cocktails & unique sodas with our complex syrups and your favorite alcohol and/or seltzer. Whether working your shift, entertaining friends or having a quiet evening at home, end your day with Bootblack Brand. [2]

Stogie Geeks Segment: Jarrid Trudeau, Kristoff Cigars- 2:45pm-3:30pm

Kristoff Kristoff cigars, one of the fastest growing boutique brands on the market, was established in 2004 and has employed skill and patience since then to produce their Cuban-esque lines to please aficionados everywhere. Using only the finest double and triple fermented tobaccos, Kristoff has built an excellent reputation for premium cigars.

Kristoff has countless 90-plus rated blends in its portfolio, Ranging from creamy Connecticut wrapped gems like Kristoff Connecticut to intense ligero-laced powerhouses such as the Kristoff Ligero Maduro, or for an ultra strong cigar Pistoff Kristoff has you covered, there is a Kristoff cigar for everyone. http://kristoff.com/

Stogies of the Week - 3:30pm-4:15pm

Joe Hollywood's Stogies

Joe D's Stogies


Ecuadorian Habano Claro Wrapper

Jalapa Binder

Undisclosed Filler

$11 1 Size Box of 20

7.25 X 50 109

Earthiness, wood and sweetness were predominate notes

Pepper on front and back end, aged tobacco taste

Released in 2016 IPCPR, smoked amazingly well



Ecuadorian Habano Maduro Wrapper

Nicaraguan Binder and Filler

$9 4 Sizes Box of 20

6 X 50 Toro

Strong pepper up front then goes sweet

Cocoa, sweetness and earthy notes are prominent

Very mild pepper spice throughout, way less bold than I thought it would be in a good way

Released at IPCPR 2016



Ecuadorian Habano Corojo 2008

Double Cameroon, Dominican Binder

Nicaraguan and Dominican Filler

$12 3 Sizes 10 Count Boxes

5.25 X 43 Lamont (Corona)

Limited to 100 accounts initially

Made by Jason Holly owner and founder of Viva Republic, previously on StogieGeeks #137

Inspired by a photo of JFK smoking a cigar at Harvard while Jason was at Harvard

Notes of Earth, Leather and Raisins



Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Wrapper

Nicaraguan Binder and FIller

$10 Box of 20

6 X 60 Gordo

1000 boxes of production per year

Wrapper is Colorado in color

Owner James Brown has 6 blends in total under Black Label, also owns Black Works Studio

Notes of Cocoa, coffee and pepper

Very golfable, excellent smoke production and well balanced

Medium in strength



Ecuadorian Connecticut Wrapper

Dominican Binder and Filler

$8 6 Sizes Boxes of 20

5 X 50 Robusto

Earthy to start then goes completely creamy and deliscious

Really enjoyable smooth cigar, great taste

Produced by Davidoff, Mild in strength

Flawless burnline and smoke production



Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus Wrapper

Nicaraguan Binder and Filler

$10 4 Sizes Boxes of 15

7.5 X 38 Lancero

Made at the My Fathers Factory, regular production

Medium in strength

Zero construction issues, perfect smoke and flavor

Natural Tobacco, cedar, earth and a lil spice

K.C. Johnson brother of Pete Johnson from Tatuaje owns L'Atelier

Sancti Spiritus is a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo De Oro