DogWatch Cigar Radio #305 December 17,2010

Released Saturday, 18th December 2010
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This week Bob interviews Benny Gomez of Casa Gomez. Next week the show (#306) will be pre-recorded and feature our favorite segments from the past. Hey, we need a day off too......

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Bob and Dale are planning another live show for New Years Eve. Check out the new home for our live recording sessions and enhanced chat room. You might catch Bob & Dale at 9 pm EST on Fridays as they test the capabilities of their equipment in preparation for the live show on New Years Eve.

Cigar of the Week - Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros – Nov. release.

This cigar is manufactured with a proprietary Inmersión process - an advancement in aging.

• Limited quantities

• Enveloped in cedar; medium-bodied with a uniquely rich, spicy taste

• Packed in rustic wooden boxes with cedar shavings

• Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra

• Binder: CT Broadleaf

• Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican

• Three frontmarks

o Sueño (5 ¼” x 54) $6.49

o Liso (7” x 49) $6.75

o Marco (6 ¼” x 54) $6.99


Dark Side - Hoyo de Monterrey Churchill.

What else have you been smokin' Dale?

La Aurora 107 Corona - First cigar after my bout with the guys in white coats.....Rich, spicy, savory and bold!

What else have you been smokin' Bob?

Alonso Menendez - Felix Menendez is the brother of Benji Menendez the master blender for General Cigar. Seems the two of them worked together for a few years at this factory in Brazil prior to Benji moving on to other endeavors. Great taste seems to run in the family. Alonso Menendez was the founder and creator of the original Cuban brands Montecristo and H. Upmann. Alonso Menendez was a legend in the cigar industry, and who better to take on a cigar bearing his name than his son Felix Menendez, owner of Menendez Amerino and the creator of the Dona Flor brand as well. Available in four classic sizes (Corona, Robusto, Churchill and Double Corona) the cigar begins with a pre-light aroma of sweet chocolate and the standard barnyard additions. A good looking cigar, it lights well, burns even and has a nice slightly deliberate draw. Retrohaling the smoke you may notice a slight resemblance to clove but the dominant flavor is mild, sweet chocolate and easy spices. Not yet well known in this country, the Alonso Menendez is worth a visit to the sight to find out more about where you can purchase these fine cigars.

Dona Flor Robusto - Another fine cigar from the Menendez Amerino factory and Felix Menendez. Smooth smoking with a hint of that beautiful Brazilian spice. This is a smoke that will please most palates.

Bizarre cigar of the week was a Romeo y Julieta (non-cuban) that prior to lighting gave me a definite taste of spoiled fruit. I even double checked the flavor with Liz and she got it too. Needless to say this ruined the cigar. Was this an intentional flavor or was this from a ‘spoiled’ batch of cigars? I will probably never know as I will not try another..

What's My Band? - #942: H Upmann Sun Grown Short Churchill 4 1/2x54

November Palio Cutter Contest Winner: Bob Baranek from Weymouth, Mass. won the carbon fiber Palio Cutter. Enter the December contest now to win a burl Palio Cutter.

Do you have a Herf Line Review? If you call and leave a cigar review on the herf line and it is played on the show, you will receive a DogWatch Cigar Radio patch! You can reach the Herfline at 321-594-4373 - or on Skype. You can also send email to

Origin of the term HERF: From Cigar Craig,…

Do you have a suggestion for the unbanded cigar of the week? Every week Bob and Dale include an “unbanded cigar” segment in their show in which they smoke a cigar without any markings and give their honest opinions. Bob then opens a sealed envelope and discovers the cigar’s name and manufacturer. If you have suggestions for the "What's My Band?" segment, please send them to

Thanks to Michael Howe for bumpers and special effects in this show.

Music provided by the Figurados from their new album, "Lesson Two," and The Surfonics.

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