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Interview: Erik Espinosa, Espinosa Cigars

Stogie of the Week: 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
Size: Corona

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 89 Stogies Page.

Paul’s List

See Paul’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Will’s List

See Wil’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark Jr’s List

See Mark JR’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Audience Feedback

We recently ran a contest with some of our viewers choices. We are going to review some on the air and give some thoughts. (Given the size of the entries, let’s just pick one per list if we can get through it). We apologize for leaving anyone off the list in advance, we got a great response.

ATL and Zedman (Combined List)

  1. Herrera Esteli Lonsdale
  2. HU Half Corona
  3. Monte Edmundo
  4. UC Corona Viva, everyone should have a box.
  5. PSD4
  6. Illusione Epernay
  7. Oliva V, any other than the double toro
  8. Tat 7th Reserva
  9. Cabaiguan Guapos
  10. AF Mag R44

Mark Van Siedright

  1. Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro
  2. Room 101 Master Collection Two Papa Chulo
  3. Illusione Epernay Le Taureau
  4. EPC Cardinal Natural 52
  5. Liga Privada T-52 Robusto

Anthony Russo

Selected from the boxes recently purchased.

  1. Crowned Heads Headly Grange Drumstick
  2. Tatuaje Noellas Reserva
  3. Tatuaje 10th anniversay Belle Encre
  4. Herrera Estili Lonsdale
  5. RomaCraft Cromagnon Knuckle Dragger

Craig Greenwood

I’ve picked 5 of my favorite box-worthy cigars which are also budget smokes (under $6)

  1. L’Atelier Imports El Suelo Prado (5.75 x 58) – Budget <$5
  2. Asylum Premium 2012 Vintage (4 x 44) – Budget <$5
  3. CAO Concert Solo (5.5 x 50) – Budget <$5
  4. Raymon Bueso Genesis the Project Robusto (5 x 50) – Budget <$4
  5. El Rey del Mundo Oscuro Robusto (5 x 54)- Budget <$6

Jim Vonier

  1. Arturo Fuente Short Story
  2. Herrera Estelli Short Corona
  3. MUWAT Bait Fish
  4. Padron 6000
  5. Olivia Series V Melanio Maduro Torpedo

Jason Medina

My “Box Worthy” cigar starting lineup (harder to find)

  1. All-Time Favorite: Don Carlos No3
    Delicious cameroon wrapped goodness in a small ring gauge.
  2. Favorite Maduro: Padron Principe Maduro
    Like smoking a chocolate bar.  Silky smooth smoke.
  3. Favorite Bargain Maduro: Padron Londres Maduro
    Inexpensive, a bit rough looking, but with 2-3+ years of age on them, they rank just as high as the 1964’s to me.
  4. Go-To Daily Cigar*: La Casita Criolla HCB
    Great morning smoke with a cup of coffee.  True broadleaf flavor. Rich earthy sweetness but a touch dry. Black coffee is the perfect remedy to the dryness for me.  I also love the rough looking sparkly wrapper leaf on it!  Good price.
  5. Favorite Spicy Cigar:  Opus X Perfection #4.
    Leathery, spicy, and raisiny sweetness.  I’m not one to do spice without sweetness.   For me, good right out of the box, but becomes amazing after 3 years.  I just love looking at the band.
  6. *Go-To Daily Cigar runner-up:  Por larranaga Montecarlos
    A long thin cuban great anytime of day, shows off the cuban twang well.  A cigar anybody can pick up and enjoy.  La Casita Criolla beat this one out because personally I can access these easier than the montecarlos.  Also the La Casita’s are good right away.  I find the montecarlos need time.

I like that my list consists of cigar that are not hard to find :)  Also, just noticed these all happen to be small ring guages…

Thanks for the contest StogieGeeks and Stogie Santa!

Brian Street

  1. El Triunfador Lancero
  2. Liga Privada Undercrown Corona Viva
  3. Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro
  4. Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona
  5. Padron 2000 Maduro

John Reino

  1. Partagas Presidente (2008)
  2. H Upmann Sir Winston (2010)
  3. Padron Family Reserve 44th Maduro Pyramide
  4. Tatauje Black Corona Gorda
  5. La Aurora 100 Anos Preferido (Natural)

Frank Vaughn

The recommendations reflect selections that were once tough to find but are now readily available.  I also shot for different vitals at a price point of around $10.00 or less, thus something for most preferences.

  1. Arturo Fuente Work of Art Maduro
  2. Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro
  3. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos #3
  4. Tatuaje Taino
  5. Illusione F 9

Classik 64

  1. Liga Privada Dirty Rat
  2. Por Larranaga Petit Corona
  3. Room 101 Daruma Mutane
  4. Tatuaje TAA 2012
  5. Ramon Allones Specialty Select (in the 50 Cab)

Patrick Mulcahy

  1. Headley Grange by the Crowned Heads
  2. Liga Privada Papas Fritas by Drew Estate
  3. Herrera esteli by Drew Estate
  4. Four Kicks by The Crowned Heads
  5. San Lotano Connecticut by AJ Fernandez

Jesus Castillo

First of all I want to thank stogie santa and stogie geeks for this contest, my top 5 box worthy cigars are in no particular order are:

  1. Undercrown corona viva
  2. EP Carrillo medalla d’ oro (fantastic morning smoke)
  3. viaje platino reserva no. 6 (age has balanced these out nicely)
  4. San Lotano oval habano robusto
  5. Montecristo no. 2 cuban awesome smoke especially with some rest,

Scott Wilson

  1. Undercrown Viva Corona Gorda
  2. Crowned heads Headley Grange Eminentes
  3. Ortega Serie D No.7 Maduro
  4. Crowned heads Four Kicks Seleccion No.5
  5. Cigar Federation The Collective

Donald Kozerow

  1. AKA Respect Devil Dog
  2. 5 Vegas ‘A’ any vitola
  3. Headley Grange Drumstick
  4. Punch Gusto
  5. 1502 Black Gold

Brian (Fat Kid)

Well I am new to smoking and cheap so nothing means box worthy to me right now. So I’ll give you the cheap mans version:  The “cigars that when they go on sale for less than 39.99 I grab a mazo of 10 without thinking about it”-worthy cigars.

  1. JDN Celebration
  2. Man of Warruination
  3. AB Prensado
  4. DPG Blue
  5. CAO Brazilia Gol

David Gale

  1. Undercrown Robustos
  2. Illusione Rothchildes
  3. Ramon Bueso The Project Robustos
  4. Arturo Fuente Best Seller
  5. Flor de las Antillas Toro