Welcome to The Tuesday Night Cigar Club’s 8th Annual Puketastic Drinkathon & Drinking Some More For Some Reason Extravaganza!!! Or some shit like that. It’s special nights like this when I actually miss the 4 of us getting together in one room and clinking our pints together in revelry, in true friendship. But inevitably Tut would spill his Guinness all over the place so it would appear as if we all peed our pants and another St. Patty’s Day would end up completely ruined. Enjoy the show!
THE CIGAR – LOS STATOS DELUXE by FORGED CIGAR COMPANY
Size: 5 x 50 (robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Price: $8.49 (while these samples were submitted to us for review by Forged Cigar Company, you can go right now to FamousSmokeShop.com and grab a box on sale for 20% off and then on top of that use promo code TNCC20 to get an additional $20 off! That’s a box for $115.99, bringing the price down to $5.80 a stick!)
Matt Wilson, senior brand manager of Los Statos Deluxe, issued this press release:
“When we decided two years ago to revamp Los Statos Deluxe, we opted to work with Matt Booth, to tap his creativity. This collaboration was fortuitous because we’re now presenting the new Los Statos Deluxe as our first release with Matt as a member of our team. We’ve ultimately taken a great brand and breathed new life into it by calling on modern imagery and a provocative blend that transitions as the smoke progresses. We believe we have all the elements in play to make Los Statos Deluxe a brand that everyone will be talking about this summer and beyond.”
Speaking of our friend Matt Booth, he chimed in with this:
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lend my touch and collaborate on the direction of the revitalization of the Los Statos Deluxe brand,” Booth said in a press release. “I believe that with this new expression, the stance that Los Statos Deluxe will take at retail will command the attention of both the traditionalist and pique the interest of the most discerning collectors simultaneously. It is heartfelt that as a bi-product of our efforts, the Los Statos Deluxe brand will continue to receive the respect is has long since earned.”
I was not familiar with the long defunct Cuban Los Statos brand prior to this recent reimagining and ~ I’ll be honest ~ Matt Booth’s involvement was certainly a big factor in elevating my anticipation for smoking it this evening…
The wrapper is a bit more rustic and far darker in color than most Sumatran wrappers we’ve encountered over the years. The Los Statos Deluxe features strong hay and barnyard aromas when slid out of the cello and the cold draw reveals hints of both tea and dark chocolate.
Upon ignition there’s medium-strength white pepper immediately detected through the nose while the draw delivers straight-up hickory here early on. Smoke production is copious with thick grey clouds pouring from both ends of the Los Statos. Overall construction is very good with a smooth draw and a solid ash.
Around the fifty yard line, the Los Statos Deluxe begins to feature some Nicaraguan mineral and a bold French Roast coffee note via the draw and those flavors commingle nicely with the consistent woodsy hickory. Both Tut and Yak Boy experienced an uptick in the white pepper’s strength on the retrohale while I sadly did not have that same experience. The Los Statos Deluxe is a relatively straight-forward cigar with some bold, easily discernible flavors. While I personally found the cigar rather boring, the other guys highly enjoyed it so pick one up for yourself and let us know who’s right and who’s an idiot!
Once again folks, usually (before the mini apocalypse was thrust upon all of us in 2020) we would carefully – some of you have said “expertly” – pair our evening’s beer with the cigar and movie and we’d all sit around the table and drink that same beer and compare notes. But since this whole COVID-19 shitshow went down, each member of the TNCC is now solely responsible for risking their lives out in the wild and acquiring their own beers for each episode… usually with very mixed results.
We’ve drank so much Guinness both away from the microphones and while sitting in front of them (see examples 1, 2, and 3) that I don’t feel like we need to educate you on this magical elixir any more than we already have over the last 8 years. If the calendar shows that Saint Patrick’s Day is anywhere close on the horizon, the TNCC is drinking massive amounts of Guinness to show our respect for the Irish people (except for U2’s “The Edge” but you’ll have to watch the show to learn why that’s the case). And on most Wednesdays we drink it too… and a lot of Thursdays. You get the point, it’s delicious.
TUT & YAK’S COLLECTIVE PAIRING GRADE – C- for laziness & a total lack of creativity
The Doctor decided not pick up a six-pack of his beloved Oberon Wheat Ale tonight and opted to try another offering from the same brewery. And, unlike his multiple attempts to like that Oberon wheaty nonsense, Doc really enjoyed this 6.5% 55 IBU hazy IPA! Too bad it didn’t pair with tonight’s subject matter in any meaningful way whatsoever.
THE DOCTOR’S PAIRING GRADE = F-
I’m convinced that PRVA is the closest thing to a PRFECT cigar pairing adult beverage that we currently have available to us. And by “we” I don’t mean the TNCC, I mean “we” as earthlings. This Serbian rakija brings out the best in every cigar it’s paired with and it never outshines or overpowers the cigar blender’s intent. Don’t believe me? Order yourself a bottle HERE and you shall soon see the light! I promise I won’t say that I told you so*.
CADE’S PAIRING GRADE = A++
THE FIRE PIT
We cover a wide array of topics during tonight’s Fire pit session including but not limited to:
The “trio” of musicians known as Muse
The Stanford University Penis Growth “Study”
Chinese “Spy” Balloons
Ancient “Aliens” (TV show)
U2’s “The Edge”
“The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall (book)
and a whole lot “more”!!!
THE SHOW – THE TOYS THAT MADE US: HE-MAN (2017)
This installment, directed by Tom Stern, is the 3rd episode in Season 1 of the original Netflix series and it does a really good job of documenting the backstory of how He-Man came to be, the personalities involved in the toy line’s creation, and everything that would spring forth from their combined efforts. We have a blast digging in to our collective past and I think you’ll have fun with it as well. So click the links below and LET’S GO!
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Below is tonight’s full episode for both your viewing and listening pleasure. This show is so damn good we had to split it in half! 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…
*Not an actual promise, I most likely will say that I told you so.
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