We're BACK FedHeads!
Sorry for the long delay in getting new episodes uploaded, things have been crazy here, but we're working on getting it back on track now.
This is our 150th episode, so to celebrate, we'll be going high-falutin' with the Davidoff Year of the Snake, and a couple of special whiskeys!
And join the FedHeads Facebook group here for sweeeeet giveaways: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1762322743862256/
In this episode, Tripp and Denis smoke Cigar Aficionado's number one cigar of 2017, the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of The Shark, Pairing it with American Whiskey, Scotch, Rum, and a couple of beers!
I this episode, John "Cigar Surgeon" McTavish returns to guest co-host! Tripp and John are each pairing a couple of Scotches and a rum with the Warfighter 7.62 Garrison Edition.
Guest hosts John "Cigar Surgeon" McTavish from Developing Palates a Barry Stein from The Cigar Authority join Tripp to pair the Atabay Spiritus Lancero with spirits from around the world including Wiggly Bridge Bourbon from Maine, Hudson Baby Bourbon from New York, a pair of Ardbeg's and more!
Tripp and Denis try out the Ohana Pulse Maduro, and find out how it pairs with beers and bourbons!
Buy the Ohana Pulse Maduro from show sponsor Cigar Federation Store here: https://store.cigarfederation.com/collections/ohana-cigars/products/ohana-pulse-maduro?variant=19505121541
In this episode, Tripp and Denis try a few pairings with the S&R from Black Works Studio.
Tripp and Denis finally found a cigar that pairs well with gin, the AVO Ritmo South America. Tripp goes with a trio of West-Coast American gins, 2 of which spent a little time in a barrel, while Denis brings a couple European bottles to the table.
If you haven't already, there are still a couple days left to enter our AVO giveaway: http://cigarfederation.com/page/avo-giveaway
This week, Scott Kolesaire joins us to talk about the 30th anniversary of AVO Cigars, and the year-long celebration they've got planned for 2018.
In addition to the show, we're giving away(For $.99 each) some awesome prizes from AVO, you can learn more here: http://cigarfederation.com/page/avo-giveaway
While at ProCigar, Tripp and Denis were given a new Partagas from General Cigar Company, but they don't have any of the blend details, even the name of the cigar.
Grab a cigar and a drink, have a seat, and find out what Tripp and Denis think of the upcoming mystery Partagas!
This week on Sharing Our Pairings, Denis and Tripp are joined by Tony Bellatto, Owner of La Barba Cigars to pair the La Barba Purple with wine. Tony is a BIT of a wine expert, and teaches the Wine Dummies a thing or two about what they're drinking.
La Volcada is the latest release from La Flor Dominicana, with a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Ecuadorian Corojo binder, and filler tobaccos from the LFD farm in the Dominican Republic. Find out what Tripp and Denis thought!
This week, we talk to Tony Bellatto about what's going on over at La Barba Cigars.
Fresh off their trip to the Debonaire House in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Tripp and Denis recap their experience at ProCigar while pairing the Debonaire Maduro with Debonaire Rum and a couple of beers.
As promised during the episode, here are some of Tripp's pictures from the week:
Day 1: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WTPTTDtYxyFh9Bk92
Day 2 - Reyes Farm: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Eota2tXYW55w17dW2
Day 2 - Reyes Factory: https://photos.app.goo.gl/iXrB4CwfiRQXce0B2
Day 2 - Dinner Party: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2p8WtTTpcHeOkeBr2
Day 3 - Private Reyes Farm Tour: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3ULAM4FyF6ZACsph1
Day 3 - Machine Mades at Reyes Factory: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LT3bKErLblAdOkUa2
Day 3 - White Party: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5lHrjZBlemiyLNJu1
Day 4 - Reyes Factory Private Tour: https://photos.app.goo.gl/A3qOiqcyQbIKZzqB3
Day 4 - Gala Dinner: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yY7peVSnbPYZdhAS2
Blending at the Factory:
The Debonaire House: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JThh9W0aBypAfniC3
Tripp and Jason are joined by Jim and Raymond to talk about the incredible story that brought Providencia Cigars into existence. We're also giving away a couple of Providencia 3-packs, so listen to the podcast for instructions!
Denis and Tripp deal with technical difficulties, and smoke the La Aurora ADN Dominicano!
Join Tripp and Denis to smoke the Colección Reserva from La Gloria Cubana. Learn the story behind the cigar, and find out how it pairs!
The bat is back! Hector Alfonso from Espinosa Cigars, and John The "Cigar Surgeon" join us to pair the new Murciélago made by A.J. Fernandez for Espinosa Cigars with several beers, and shenanigans ensue!
This week, we're talking to Hector Alfonso, Master Blender for Espinosa Cigars and the La Zona factory. We talk about the spectacular run that La Zona had at this year's "Award Season", and get a couple hints about what to expect from Espinosa in 2018.
Tripp paired The Judge Toro Fino with:
Nectar Creek - Waggle Wildflower Session Mead
Feckin Irish Brewing Co - Feckin De Los Muertos
Havana Club 7 Años
Denis decided to pair The Judge Toro Fini with a beers from Carton Brewing in New Jersey.
Tripp and Denis find out how the latest cigar in the Camacho Barrel Aged series pairs with different beers, scotches, and rums.
We revealed our Top 25 a couple weeks ago, but wanted to give any podcast listeners who don't read CigarFederation.com a chance to find out what we thought. In this episode, we go over our Top 25 cigars of 2017 and explain why each cigar made the cut.
Tripp and Denis try to pair the Wiseman Maduro from Foundation with the Wiseman coffee from Layne Coffee(Logan's coffee company), while Logan teaches us about how to make our coffee better.
Tripp forgot to hit the record button, but luckily, you only missed about 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Tripp and Denis smoke Tripp's Cigar Safari blend from the 2017 Cigar Federation Cigar Safari, to find out whether or not Tripp is a blending genius!
In this episode, Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars joins Tripp and Denis to pair his latest release, the Jacob's Ladder with some wintery beers.
Bonus Episodes! Because of the technical issues that persisted for a couple of weeks, We're wishing all you FedHeads a Merry Christmas with FOUR episodes in one weekend to catch up!
In this episode, Tripp and Jason talk to Scott and Jon, two of the six veterans behind Warfighter Tobacco Company.
Hey FedHeads, sorry for the delay in getting the last few episodes up. There was a bug in the latest version of our recording software that caused someproblems with the audio and video. But now we're back!
This week, Denis and Tripp are smoking the latest Monster from Tatuaje, the Michael.
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.