Episode 259

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Stogie Geeks #259

Recorded January 22, 2018 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!


  • Joe Hozempa broadcasts his own radio show  Round Two, LLC
    Joe Hollywood demonstrates his enthusiasm for boxing, MMA, and Cigars.
  • Joe DesMarais is a full time Southern Draw Rep.
    He is also a Lieutenant Firefighter in Rhode Island.
  • Interview: Mike Bellody, MLB Cigar Ventures

    Mike Bellody
    is the Founder & CEO of MLB Cigar Ventures.

    The premium, hand-rolled cigar industry is one of the very few remaining industries that has stayed true to the original time-tested techniques used since the first cigar was rolled almost 300 years ago. The history, craftsmanship and quality associated with making truly great cigars remains largely unchanged through the generations. The cigar lifestyle is filled with these traditions. My cigars will always pay homage to this deeply entrenched tradition and history.

    Over the past 5 years, I’ve built MLB Cigar Ventures with a strong belief that quality is the foundation on which great cigars must be created. My pledge to you is very clear.....

    1) I will utilize tobacco of only the highest quality for my cigars. 2) I will blend my cigars in collaboration with the best minds in the industry. 3) My cigars will be hand-rolled at world-renowned factories utilizing the most stringent quality controls in the industry.

    The aforementioned pledge has guided every aspect of my cigar making journey. It has led me to develop cigars with industry legends like Jose “Pepin” Garcia, Jaime Garcia, Manuel Quesada and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. My blending goal is always to utilize the intense knowledge of these legends and to push them to do something outside their norm in an effort to make unique cigars that provide a “Flavor Profile Unlike any Other Premium Cigar”.

    Quality will NEVER be in question when you smoke a cigar made under my supervision and that of my company, MLB Cigar Ventures. Our cigars will always be "Developed by Legends" from the finest factories in the world.

    I invite you to smoke our cigars and experience the intense passion that has gone into each and every blend we have created at MLB Cigar Ventures. Thank you in advance for taking this journey with me, and my company, MLB Cigar Ventures!

    Stogie Geeks Segment: - 2:00pm-2:45pm

    Joe Hollywood's Top 10 of 2017

    1. Davidoff 702 Series No. 2
    3. Davidoff Escurio 6 x 60
    4. Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone Smack
    5. Hit & Run - The Truth Toro (5 x 52)
    6. MLB Cigar Ventures Imperia Aventador Fundador
    7. Wayfarer Robusto (5 x 52)
    8. Négociant by Tatuaje/L’atelier
    10. Las Calaveras Edición Limitada by Crowned Heads

    Stogies of the Week - 2:45pm-3:30pm

    Joe Hollywood's Stogies

    1. Davidoff Golf Scorecard Edition
    2. E.P. Carrillo Dusk
    3. Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic
    4. Edgar Hoill One Shot One Kill (O.S.O.K)
    5. Fume D'Amour from Illusione

    Joe D's Stogies


    Connecticut Shade Wrapper

    Brazilian Mata Fina Binder

    Nicaraguan Filler

    5.5 X 46 Corona

    $12-15 5 Sizes Boxes of 20

    Notes of Wood and Nuttyness with just enough Pepper

    Debuted in 2017 at IPCPR

    Owner and Blender Nick Melillo

    Highclere Castle rich history goes back to 1679, Home of tv show Downton Abbey

    Home of the Earl of Carnarvon, known for historical discoveries like King Tut's Tomb

    Celebrations of such achievements would be enjoyed over cigars at HCC thereafter

    Medium Plus in strenght



    Honduran Puro

    5 X 50 Robusto

    $5 Boxes of 20 6 Sizes

    Released at 2017 IPCPR

    Sold through 2Guys Smoke Shop, via United Cigars

    Notes of Coffee, Light Earth, Barnyard, Mild Pepper on retrohale

    Created by Dave Garafolo as a way to level Taxes in surrounding states through goods

    Really enjoyable, cheap smoke that smokes higher than its price

    Excellent pairing with coffee/hot chocolate

    Medium in strength

    • 5'er

    BYRON- XXI (purple)

    Ecuadorian Wrapper

    Dominican Binder

    Undisclosed Filler

    6 1/8 X 55 Elegantes

    $33 4 Sizes Humidified Cabinets of 25

    Notes of Barnyard, Honey, Syrup, very light pepper on retrohale, Wood and nuts on back 1/3

    4yrs of Age before rolling, 5 more years of age in cedar cabinets thereafter

    Debuted at the 2016 IPCPR

    Made in Costa Rica

    Distributed by United Cigar

    Owner Nelson Alfonso

    Cigar looks and smokes like its been designed for Royalty espeically with the purple band

    Medium in strength



    Ecuadorian Sancti Spiritus Wrapper

    Nicaraguan Binder and Filler that includes Sancti Spiritus

    5 5/8 X 46 Special No.2

    $8 3 Sizes Boxes of 20

    Notes predominently of chocolate and leather, pepper on the front, Natural Tobacco

    True Medium Plus in strength

    Made by K.C. and Pete Johnson

    Made in Nicaragua at My Fathers Factory

    Sancti Spiritus is a hybrid of Criollo and Pello De Oro seeds

    Identite means Idenity and Melange means mixture

    Only known cigar to incorporate Sancti Spiritus in all components of a cigar

    Medium-Medium Plus in strength



    Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro Wrapper

    Dominican Binder and Filler

    7.5 X 39 Lancero

    $10 Boxes of 20

    Very complex amount of flavor

    2 1/2 hr smoking experience

    Notes of Coffee, Wood, Spice and Pepper. Very toasty smoke

    Never intended for production, Lito Gomez intended for himself and close friends

    Gifted to me by Dave Garafolo

    Made at Tabacalera La Flor S.A.

    Really impressive look and feel to this cigar

    Medium-Medium Plus in strength