Lane Intro. Welcome special guest Garrett Calhoun Southeast Sales Rep for Davidoff of Geneva!!
What’s everyone been up to and smoking?
Sean: It’s all about football for me right now. I’m into watching college football. Also my son has football right now nearly every day.
Cigars & Youth Sports – Sean is coaching his son’s team. Had to go to the corner of the parking lot to light up a cigar. Overall people were more positive about it than negative.
Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro
Harris: I’m smoking the Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro
Garrett: Davidoff Aniversario no.3 my all time favorite from Davidoff
Lane: Garrett, Thanks for joining us on the show today. Tell us a little bit about yourself
Garrett: I’m from Chicago like Sean. I started in 2005 with Davidoff before that I ran stores in Chicago. I live in Nashville and cover a 6 state territory.
Sean: I’m jealous of the lifestyle. I started smoking Java’s a few months ago and have graduated to Davidoff’s now
I didn’t love the El Centurion H2k from My Father cigars. It wasn’t my favorite
I loved the Camacho Barrel Aged. I picked up notes of vanilla and earthiness. Everyone seems to get something different out of it but really like it.
Garrett: Only one of the leaves from the Camacho American Barrell Aged is actually aged in a barrel. It is a corona leaf in the filler tobacco. It is smooth and balanced. It comes in three sizes robusto, toro and sixty.
The Camacho American Barrell Aged Tour is coming to Cigars & More 280 in Birmingham October 28th 2015.
Sean: The Camacho Barrell Aged seems like its been a homer for Davidoff
Garrett: Its been huge for us. Constantly on back order. We can’t make it fast enough.
Sean: What’s coming soon from Davidoff as a company?
Garrett: AVO Synchro Nicaragua will ship in September. We expect it to be big. Lots of buzz out there about it.
Lane: Garrett, What cigars other than your brands do you smoke regularly?
Garrett: I’m a huge Padron Anniversary fan. I was disappointed with their new connecticut release the Damaso. La Knox from LFD is another favorite. Dissident Cigars new release Home is fantastic with a great unique flavor.
Sean: Lane what have you smoked recently?
Lane: CLE Signature Series SS was a home run, great construction, medium to full body very dense but smokeable.
Harris: Leaf by Oscar Sumatra toro is a great new one. Very unique how you unwrap the cigar from a tobacco leaf.
Sean: I smoked the Kristoff Corojo Limitada
Lane: Garrett tell us a little bit about your west coast trip coming up
Garrett: I’m headed to California with friends. We plan to hit 4 baseball stadiums and games and 23 breweries in between. One of those remember forever experiences.
Rocky Patel Special Reserve Sun Grown Maduro Toro
Part of the Harris Saunders swag bag from IPCPR
Iffy on the vitola. Pretty sure it was the 6″x52 Toro. May have been the Lancero. Don’t think it started out at 7.5,” but I’m not sure it was a 52 ring either.
Firm, box pressed construction. Dark, sun grown broadleaf maduro wrapper. Not overly veiny or oily.
Burn was impressive. Everything I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Rocky Patel. Even. Billows of white smoke.
Initially, full flavored and robust. Primarily tasted rich, dark espresso and a hint of cream (maybe lessons learned from the Java line with Drew Estate?) with some pepper through the first third. Settled to more of a very balanced medium body about halfway through the stick. The last couple inches pick the intensity back up with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the spice.
Took about an hour and 15 to smoke down to the nub.. 1.5″ left at the hour mark.