This week, we’re smoking the 7.5” x 38 My Father Lancero (aka No. 4). It features an Ecuadoran Habano Rosado wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler leaf and retails around $9.90 per stick. Our cigars this week are recent production from early 2014. These seem to be a notch or two lower on the strength-o-meter for me in comparison to many other My Father offerings within this line, yet retain much of the prototypical “Pepin spice.” Craig would disagree on that strength rating….so take it with a grain of salt. I really dig the aforementioned spice, but love it when these provide a characteristic citrus sweetness to accompany. This sweetness can at times build into tropical spice/cedar kind of mishmash that I truly enjoy. One of my favorite vitolas in this line….strangely enough, my other favorite is about as opposite as you can get: the #1 (Robusto at 5.2”x52)
In the news this week, we dedicated a bit more time to the study that recently made some bold claims about “cigar smokers” without accurately recording, measuring, or reporting any differentiation between 2-pack per day little cigar smokers and one per week premium handmade long filler cigars. The Stogie Guys have posted an insightful article after some communication with the folks behind this study. Additionally, we covered items from El Primer Mundo, Davidoff, and two interesting Drew Estate stories. As always, we also talked about a few things we’ve been smoking this week and a couple minor updates to the Cigarmy/Half Ashed merge.
One final note for this week: By popular demand, we will be publishing a second video for this show. For those who don’t have the time or desire to watch the entire 1.5-2 hour show, I will be stripping out the portions focused solely on the Cigar of the Week and publishing that on our YouTube channel. It will act as a simplified review for our focal cigar each week. It will generally run 15-20 minutes and cover our thoughts on the cigar at critical stages throughout. A subsequent post will give full details in the next couple of days.
In the next episode we will be featuring the Tatuaje La Verite 2008 as our Cigar of the Week. Be sure to check back in Friday night at 9:30pm EST on our Half Ashed LIVE page, where you can catch the live video feed and join Craig and myself, as well as other listeners, in the chatroom. If you would like to contact us in the meantime, you can reach us through the contact page or at the following emails: [email protected] or [email protected]. Please feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions you’d like answered, comments to make…or even compliments and complaints. We love to get your emails! Also, remember you can always go back and listen to previous episodes, which can be found in the Half Ashed Archive. You can download this week’s audio directly below (right-click “Download” and save), find us on iTunes, or subscribe with any podcast app at our RSS Feed. Video, as always, will be available at the Half Ashed YouTube Channel.
P.S. – If you have unbanded suggestions or contributions, you can get those to us by sending an email to [email protected]. This email address goes directly to my wife, so you can simply suggest an unbanded cigar for her to source, or send me an email to [email protected] if you have something you’d like to send in. I will provide an address to send them. Thanks!