Welcome to our 3rd annual Halloween Spooktacular & Drinking Extravaganza!!! A strong cigar, a strong beer, a very strong sequel to one of the greatest horror films ever made, what more could you possibly ask for?!? That’s a rhetorical question, please don’t ask for anything else as this is all we have…
Size: Double Toro (6 x 56)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo/Corojo
Price: around $8.25-$8.50 (we got a 5-pack off Famous Smoke Shop’s Cigar Monster for $33 or $6.60 a stick)
The Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label features a shiny dark brown wrapper accented with an attractive blue label, imagine that (fans of the show will know that I’m a sucker for a beautiful blue label, they just catch my eye for some reason). An incredibly strong blast of spicy pepper greets you on the retrohale upon toasting the foot of the Blue Label with a leather note coming through on the draw. Earth, spice, strength, if you blindfolded me and gave me three guesses as to what country this cigar originates from I’d only need one – this baby has Nicaraguan puro written all over it.
Earth, mineral, a slight natural sweetness, and leather dominate the draw of the Don Pepin Garcia while a toasted cracker note and faint cinnamon presence both make appearances on the retrohale. And there’s a thick creaminess that develops in the last third that only one out of four of us picked up on (but it was ME so that counts extra). It’s a strong tasty cigar and we all gave it a Big Time thumbs up.
Stone Brewing’s tag line for the Enjoy By 10-31-17 IPA is “Devastatingly Fresh” but it could just as easily be “Devastatingly Delicious” or sadly “Devastatingly Hard To Find”. In a beer season overfilled with pathetic pumpkin ales and silly ciders, THIS is the beverage you must seek out! Holy shit is the Enjoy By 10-31-17 IPA good, in fact with its unique usage of over 10 different varieties of fresh hops this might just be the best IPA I’ve had in years. Even Tut, who hates IPAs, loved it. Unfortunately we could only find one six-pack, or perhaps that was fortunate as its 9.4% ABV would lead to a very slurred and very messy episode… I know, I know, how would that be any different from the norm… you assholes. It’s an easy drinking beer that we could easily sit back and drink all day. Oh and its distant cousin the much more floral Ghost Hammer IPA was quite tasty as well. Our brewery of the year? Very possibly.
We focus 3/4 the show on the spectacular Halloween 4 while only briefly touching upon the major disappointment that is Halloween 5. Why? Because Halloween 5 makes us want to do this…
… and not in a good way. Look, I’m not going to go into any details whatsoever here as far as our film discussion is concerned, you’ll just have to watch or listen to the show below but trust me it’s a fun ride. I have always LOVED everything about this film and tonight we pay tribute to what might be the greatest horror sequel of all time. That’s right, I said it. Ok Ok Dawn Of The Dead is pretty fucking great but then Halloween 4 dammit!!!
What a night! We had a lot of fun with this one and you will too. So why don’t you kick off your Halloween festivities a few days early, make yourself an adult beverage, kick your boots up, and enjoy the show. And I promise we’re done with horror films for a while… maybe.
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Below is tonight’s full episode for both your viewing and listening pleasure. Thank you for checking out The Tuesday Night Cigar Club and we’ll see you next time when we review another cigar, adult beverage, and film. May the wings of liberty never lose a feather…