Podcast 85: Special Edition w/ @CigarScotch Podcast; Caol Ila 12-year; Alec Bradley Prensado; Grand River Cigar Co.

Podcast 85, 9/23/12 … Join us on an über-exciting voyage of podcasting excellence as the VLO boys record remotely from Grand River Cigar in Grand Rapids, Mich. Jason and Tony are joined by Jon and Dan of the Cigars and Scotch podcast, with special guest appearances by Robin Day of Grand River Cigar (co-owner) and Rick Reinstein (sidekick extraordinaire and honorary VLO intern). The free-wheelin’ conversation includes reviews of the Caol Ila 12-year single malt Scotch whisky, the Alec Bradley Prensado (Gordo) and various stories that will warm the cockles of your shriveled souls. Can’t miss!

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Technical note: This podcast was recorded with five attendees on a three-mic setup in a sometimes loud cigar shop. Although we’ve processed the audio for maximum clarity, we do beg your indulgence if there are occasions when relative audio levels fluctuate.

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2 thoughts on “Podcast 85: Special Edition w/ @CigarScotch Podcast; Caol Ila 12-year; Alec Bradley Prensado; Grand River Cigar Co.

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    The roundtable was a nice touch. Maybe something cool to do every 10-20 episodes. One of the cool things is when you guys record on location. Adds a “we’re here, this is how it is” touch.

    Couple of notes:

    1. Puffing on a cigar about once per minute is ideal. The key is to puff enough that it keeps lit without dying down (or going out). Puffing too often makes the burn too hot, and as that hot smoke is filtered thought the cigar — the tobacco that you’ll eventually be burning later in the cigar — it can make the cigar bitter with the residue of leaf that was burning too hot.

    2. Both maduros and oscuros cigars have dark wrappers. But a very different taste. Many maduros are actually mild/medium (because of milder filler) and would probably be great for your friend who guested on the show. Oscuro wrappers have plenty of flavor, but yes… plenty of “kick” in strength. I’d suggest to him a Gispert in the maduro. Plenty of flavor but won’t make your head dizzy.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Tony has tried Gisperts and (as I recall) wasn’t thrilled. He’s got an unusual palate for cigars – he doesn’t do well with full flavor, or with high nicotine content. But he does like several sun-grown wrappers.

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