Episode 25: The Philip & Ferdi Cigar Show. This time from the Ministry of Cigars office and without a guest. But with some Flor de Cana 18 and the VegaFina 1998 VF52 from the Dominican Republic.
VegaFina is a brand created by the former Spanish tobacco monopoly Tabacalera. The brand saw the daylight in 1998, and this cigar is a tribute to the birthday of that cigar. The ring has a retro look, mimicking the first VegaFina ring. The complex blend of the cigar forced the blenders to bring their A-game. A dark Ecuadorian wrapper combined with an Indonesian binder from Java. For those that don’t know Indonesia that well, Java is the most populated of the 16.000 islands that make Indonesia what it is. For the last 400 years, tobacco is cultivated after the Dutch colonists brought tobacco seeds from their travels to the Caribbean. Sumatra, about 3 ½ times bigger than Java, is also a well-known tobacco-growing island. The filler comes from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Colombia. We reviewed the cigar as well. The review can be found here
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show is aired on the Ministry of Cigars Facebook page every other Friday at 3 PM SGT, or UTC +8. But the videos are available to see after that as well. The show is hosted by Philip Phajan and Ferdinand Piet. Production is done by Iz Rush. Guest appearing on the Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show regularly, either in person or on Zoom. In the next episode, Brendon Khoo, brand ambassador for Havana Club will join us. Watch him at The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show in two weeks.