I love this time of year! And I love talking about horror films of all shapes and sizes, good and bad. But if you’re going to talk about a bad horror film for a few hours it helps dramatically to have a super delicious premium cigar in one hand and a refreshing tasty adult beverage in the other. Try it some time, you’ll see that I know what I’m talking about. When it comes to cigars, beer, and horror films that is – in every other aspect of life I’m a total idiot.
SIZE: 6 x 52 (toro)
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut shade G2BW
BINDER: Mexican Matacapan negro de temporal
FILLER: Nicaraguan (Condega C-SG, Pueblo Nuevo Criollo, La Joya Estelí C-98, and ASP Estelí hybrid ligero)
In a press release, Dunbarton main man Steve Saka had this to say about tonight’s cigar:
“Sobremesa Brûlée is a recreation of the milder, shade wrapped ligas of my early years. Somewhere over the last three decades many of the classic shade cigars have become wispy, uninspiring and rather dull to my palate. I wanted to share with others the way I remember these blonde cigars being. Also as ligador and tobacco man, I do not understand the recent trend of making strong Connecticut Shade cigars aka ‘not your grandfather’s cigar’. To me this seems like an oxymoron and a fundamental lack of appreciation of the enchanting characteristics and nuances of shade grown Connecticut Seed tobaccos. In Brûlée, I embraced this shade capa and dedicated myself to showcasing its mild, sweet and nutty nature.”
There’s a noticeable hay aroma for sure when sniffing the wrapper and foot of the Brûlée, but as Tut said “it’s not the smell of a closed up barn in August where the hay is mixed with stuffy ammonia and cow shit”, no, it’s an open country field welcoming subtle hay smell and when mixed with the overpowering sweetness on the cold draw it’s a winning combination before we’ve even torched the foot of the cigar. The rumors are true, it’s by far the sweetest introduction to an unsweetened cigar we’ve ever had on the show. And I will say this – in almost five years of doing this show I’ve never seen three cigars up for review that look so identical in presentation. Usually I pick out the best looking stick for our photos and this time around I could close my eyes and grab any of the Brûlées because they looked seamlessly identical and that in and of itself is to be admired. Perfect cap, minimal veins, this cigar is just gorgeous in its presentation.
There’s immediately that trademark Sobremesa cinnamon on the retrohale which kicks in within minutes after the initial white pepper sensation first consumes our nostrils. But then there’s also a breadiness and cedar note on the draw which is welcome and adds a nice balance to that pepper. And then comes the butter, oh shit! I’m glad we got the toros to review tonight because it’s a fast burning cigar but who gives a good goddamn when you’re getting “butter cream” with every puff? This is a mild cigar but it’s also undeniably a rollercoaster of a cigar as well, that constant transition from pepper to cinnamon and then back to pepper on the nose (with a late appearance by sweet raisins in the final third) is just awesome considering the draw stays put at a balancing act between creaminess and graham cracker. For the first time in 102 episodes I muttered this phrase “It’s a fucking delightful smoke” ~ I could smoke this cigar every day at any time of day and be happy man. Well, with my cigars I’d be happy. The rest of my mental nonsense is none of your business. The entire table agreed that this is the Connecticut Cigar to squash all others right now, in this time and place. And when Yak Boy said he picked up on caramel in the last third, well we just had to believe him. Our final calculations gave the Sobremesa Brûlée a 94.52 so when you round that up…
TNCC FINAL SCORE: 95
Upon cracking the can open there’s a wonderful aroma of peaches that emits straight up into your nostrils. We picked this beer due to its low bitterness not fucking with the flavor profile of tonight’s cigar and while that proved to be a smart move, the Batsquatch delivers so much flavors that it can’t be ignored. Mango! Must be those “free range coastal waters” Rogue used… oh Oregon…
It’s a tropical beer but it ain’t sweet and we all loved it! I live for my nose hairs being singed by my beloved double IPAs but even I can appreciate something different, something nuanced, and this is definitely it.
We talk a lot about John Carpenter here on the podcast. Why? Because he’s my favorite filmmaker of all time, that’s why. And when a film comes out that claims to pay tribute to The Master Of Horror I take those claims very seriously because I myself tried to direct a project several years ago that was engineered to pay JC the respect I felt he never received from the film snob community at large. Since then, it seems as though Carpenter has finally begun to be looked at, and his film studied, in a different light and that makes me happy to no end. Which brings us to tonight’s film Hoax…
Perhaps the less I reveal on this episode page the better as I want you to listen/watch to the show below and get the full range of our discussion regarding this latest entry into the subgenre of “Bigfoot Horror”. Quite frankly the movie itself is a mess, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a great time talking about it, dissecting it scene by scene, and tearing it apart like a Sasquatch snacking on a squirrel. Or something like that. So click the links below and join the party!!!
As our March To Halloween continues, look forward to at least two more terrifying episodes of drunken debauchery and fun times in the weeks ahead. That’s what we do and, I think, we do it better than anyone else out there.
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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…