Half Ashed Episode 076: Monsdale

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Welcome to Episode 076 of Half Ashed, featuring the Monsdale as our Cigar of the Week.  I happen to be a complete neophyte with this cigar, but Craig described it beforehand thusly: The LCDH at “Club Havana” in the Miramar region of Havana provides a house rolled cigar blended by Enrique Mons. His “monsdale” was his lonsdale vitola. A beautifully flavorful cigar when “on”, these samples are from 2006 and are over the hill in my opinion. We shall see this evening… I am primarily including them this evening because of their interplay of sweet & sour flavors that kip has commented on multiple times. They range from the sweetness of cream & sugar to the contrasting bitters of espresso, cocoa & tart fruit. So, … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 075: Unbanded 016

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Greetings, everyone.  Welcome to another episode of Half Ashed.  This week, we’re smoking Unbanded #016, supplied by Jacob Pinkas (thank you, Jacob!).  Here are a few details from the show…. 1.) We have a forum again!  We are up and fully functional….a single sign-on for the website, chat, and forum, and full Tapatalk integration.  Feel free to jump over and leave some chatter! 2.) This week’s news items included stories from Tatuaje concerning the next TWO years’ Monster releases, Viaje’s “Collaboration Series,” Torano, AJ Fernandez, Sotolongo Cigars, GAR and an interesting new program from Tobacconist University. 3.) Of course, we covered what we’ve been enjoying – or NOT enjoying – in and with the world of cigars this week. 4.) We wrapped up with a listener … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 074: Tatuaje Tattoo Caballeros

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Good evening, folks.  Welcome back for another exciting – albeit audio-challenged episode of Half Ashed.  This week, we had some difficulty in getting Craig into the hangout, but we managed via his handy dandy iPhone (hence the peculiar sound).  Our Cigar of the Week was the Tatuaje Tattoo Caballeros, so tune in to get our thoughts on this recently released budget-friendly Tatuaje.  In the news, we covered items from Hirochi Robaina, Casa Fernandez, Toraño, RoMa Craft, and AJ Fernandez.  Of course, we also discussed what we’ve been smoking and a couple of other minor items in the course of this abbreviated show (one hour vs. our normal two).  So, you’re invited to fire up, kick back and enjoy! Next week, we will be returning to … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 073: Trinidad Ingenios

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Welcome back for another round of Half Ashed shenanigans, folks.  This week, we featured the Trinidad Ingenios as our Cigar of the Week – one of Craig’s submissions.  He described it thusly: The commercially available Trinidad brand became available to the market in 1997 with the Fundadores and the Edicion Limitada trend began in 2000. For the first time in 2007 the two came together in this lonsdale. At 6-½”x42 it is a beautiful size to match the beautiful appearance of this unique stick. Trinidad, a decidedly sweet tasting brand, and the E.L. wrapper leaf, an almost agonizingly dark tasting priming of wrapper tobacco were combined into this stick in September of 2007. I’ve included this cigar because of what it SHOULD have been compared … Continue reading

Half Ashed Episode 072: Demi Lance Episode!

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Please forgive the brevity this week, but we had an abbreviated Episode.  Episode 072, now known as the Demi Lance show, was a bit different for us.  Craig was actually very much under the weather, but troopered on to make sure we got something recorded.  We opted to forego the typical show format and simply answer a few listener emails we needed to catch up on.  So, rather than the normal 1.5-2 hour show, we have a brief show focused strictly on answering YOUR questions.  We covered items from Bruce S., Dan C., Louis A. and Michael S. this week.  Our regularly scheduled Cigar of the Week has been reset for July 11th – the Tatuaje Tattoo Caballeros.  This week, Craig wasn’t smoking but I … Continue reading