Smoke & Barrel

Smoke & Barrel

Join Smoke & Barrel for an entertaining discussion and reviews of Cigars, Whiskey and their pairings.

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May 23, 2021 90 min

Featuring an exquisite Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper from a small crop cultivated in 1997, this limited production Macanudo was the first maduro in the Macanudo Vintage series. Underneath this hand-selected and well fermented wrapper leaf is a carefully blended concoction of Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Dominican long-fillers. The result is a super smooth blend that is also very deep and rich in flavor. A natural maduro sweetness is ...

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This week we are smoking a CAO Flathead Sparkplug. The CAO Flathead Sparkplug 450 is a line extension to CAO’s Flathead line introduced in 2014.  This would be the third regular production release of the Rick Rodriguez era with the CAO brand.  For this release, Rodriguez blended his first Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper cigar since joining CAO.  Flathead would also be the first all box-press line in the history of CAO.  The Sparkplug...

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The crime boss inspired CAO Consigliere Tony cigars are loaded with rich medium bodied flavors of earth, pepper, espresso, and leather, that are hard to refuse! These luxurious handmade premium cigars feature a unique multi-nation blend of Dominican, Columbian, Nicaraguan, and Honduran tobaccos that are covered by a zesty Brazilian wrapper leaf. With the highly regarded Consigliere series, the CAO family has once again opened their...

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For better or worse, AJ Fernandez works his thing to re-imagines the classic Hoyo Dark Sumatra. The result is filled with finesse and flavor. Dark, rich, and luxurious; Dark Sumatra is a 5 country blend is TEEMING with STRENGTH. Handcrafted exclusively by AJ Fernandez at Tabacalera Fernandez in Estel?, Nicaragua with aged tobaccos (minimum 4 years), resulting in a medium to full-bodied profile .
A brawny smoke named after its alluri...

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In this episode we are enjoying the Macanudo Gold Label. This cigar is an extension of the popular Macanudo Cafe line. The Macanudo Gold Label is a limited production cigar that boasts a specially grown rare golden Connecticut Shade wrapper leaves from the 1st and 2nd Primings. The result is a distinctive taste that's ultra smooth with a natural sweetness. These elegantly thin wrappers are supple with fine veins giving this cig...

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La Gloria Cubana, a highly celebrated brand does a few things right, like putting out blends that are full, rich, creamy and strong. In essence, they’re everything you want a cigar to be, and nothing that you don’t want a cigar to be. It really is that simple.

E.P. Carrillo, the face behind the name, is a master of his craft. When it comes to full-bodied, well-constructed cigars, nobody does it better, and that’s why the fans absolu...

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April 9, 2021 78 min

We all know Macanudo, that’s for sure, but most people don’t dig deeper than the Café line. Macanudo Café is the gold standard for mellow-bodied cigars, and has been for years. But with the Inspirado series, the folks behind Macanudo took a more “boutique” approach, focusing their blends on complex flavors and rarer tobaccos. 

Today, we’re smoking the Macanudo Inspirado Orange, a cigar that’s new…ish. You see, Inspirado Orange origi...

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Join us as we enjoy the new to the market CAO Zocalo 6.125 x 52. The Zocalo is inspired by the vibrant Mexican city squares or Zócalos, CAO Zócalo takes you on an adventure in taste like only CAO can do. Shrouded with a Mexican San Andrés Morron wrapper, this leaf provides a depth of flavor adding complex earthiness, subtle spice, and a delicate sweetness to the overall experience. Combined with spicy, full flavored Nicaraguan fill...

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This week we enjoy the Punch Rare Corojo From a very old and trusted name in the world of cigar brands comes a much sought after smoke..... Punch Rare Corojo is a rich-tasting, square pressed cigar of distinction.
Started as a limited-edition brand in 2001, these special square-pressed cigars are released in small quantities only once a year, and are always at the top of the ratings.
Still handcrafted the Rare Corojo is made with ric...

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Today we are enjoying the Mortal Coil. It is a new limited edition cigar from CAO. It is arriving at retailers beginning in Feb of 2021.  The Arcana Mortal Coil is a 6 1/8 x 50 toro that is highlighted by Dominican andullo tobacco, a unique way of processing tobacco.  Most tobacco used for cigars is harvested and placed in pilones—basically extremely large piles of tobacco that are rotated in and out as the leaves dry—but andullo t...

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 This week we enjoy a Cohiba Nicaragua paired with the Proper 12 Irish Whiskey. Cohiba is one of the most recognizable names in the land, Cohiba has pumped out countless Dominican favorites over the years. Now, they are on to new horizons, getting their feet wet for the first time in the fertile soils of Nicaragua with the release of the Cohiba Nicaragua.
This concoction of finely aged leaves boasts a bolder profile than many we’ve ...

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This week we had the pleasure to talk with the one and only Sean Williams. Sean is  the brand ambassador to Cohiba cigars. Lead blender and overall great guy. We talk about all sorts of Cohiba info. We smoke a few of Sean’s private blend, the Cohiba Silencio and enjoyed a  mild Benchmark Bourbon with our smoke. We talk blends and pairings for Cohiba, cigar culture and life in general. Sean also talks about his transition from his o...

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February 26, 2021 78 min

This week we review the Punch Kung Pow.  

Punch kicks off 2021, the Year of The Ox, with a limited-edition smoke called Punch Kung Pow!, the third release in the brand’s Chinese New Year Series. Kung Pow! follows 2020’s Punch Chop Suey and 2019’s Punch Egg Roll. 

Handmade at HATSA in Danli, Honduras, Punch Kung Pow! has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a Honduran Habano binder with long filler leaves from Brazil, Honduras, the Do...

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February 19, 2021 59 min

This week we are enjoying and reviewing a the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Seleccion. Hoyo de Monterrey has been bringin’ us the goods since 1865, and the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Seleccion pays homage to their enduring legacy in a way only a brand as revered as Hoyo can.

Made by STG Danli in Honduras, the nation where they have been crafted for the American market since the mid-1960s, Epicure Seleccion is crafted entirely of a propri...

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February 12, 2021 67 min

This week we enjoy A true classic through and through.

Experience the new side of Partagas 1845. Clasico features all the quality you've come to love from the classic Partagas brand. Consistently blended of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, and clothed in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper all held together with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, Clasico is a pleasant medium-bodied cigar.

A creamy profile is met with hints of toast and ...

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February 5, 2021 60 min

Today we are enjoying the newest in the Diesel line of Cigars. It is named Diesel Estelí Puro, a blend that is not only a Nicaraguan puro but a cigar specifically made with tobaccos grown on AJ Fernandez’s farms in the Estelí region of Nicaragua. The cigars are being rolled at the Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory that also happens to be located in the city of Estelí, Nicaragua.

“Estelí Puro represents the fut...

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January 29, 2021 95 min

In 2018, General Cigar Co. released the Cohiba Spectre, a cigar best known for its packaging and price.

That meant a single Cohiba Spectre was priced at $90, a noted change for General’s normally aggressive attitude in value pricing. In addition to the fancy packaging, the company promised that Spectre would be very limited, and with good reason. The cigar would be made with some of General’s oldest tobacco, aged in sherry barrels, ...

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January 23, 2021 86 min

In this episode we are enjoying the Cohiba Royals. The Cohiba Royale was created with the cigar connoisseur in mind,” according to Brand Ambassador, Sean Williams. The new Royale consists of a Nicaraguan sun-grown wrapper from the Jalapa valley, a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder, and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, each leaf within the blend is said to have been aged for five to six years prior to be rolled. Sean ...

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January 15, 2021 68 min

The Best Cigar is the one you're sharing with Friends and today we're smoking the CAO Bones from General Cigar, paired with Four Roses Small batch Bourbon 

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January 1, 2021 54 min
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