PADRON 2000 ROBUSTO

I apologize about the photo. I had a great photo of this cigar but my camera went caput! Ah the joys of doing a cigar review! This shot was taken by my MacBook camera after I was almost through the smoke, thus the reason I could not show you the entire cigar .

Todays cigar is the Padron 2000 Robusto which I picked up in a four pack from Famous Smoke Shop back in January.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaragua

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaragua / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: At first sight, this cigar is not much to look at! It has the classic old style cuban cigar label which is white and brown. The wrapper is very veiny and looks to have been rolled poorly. I guess when you have a huge demand for a low-budget cigar, one has to expect this kind of thing. The cap was small and lopsided again in my opinion “Rushed!” There were many imperfections found from overlapping to the leafy being flaky in certain spots on the cigar. Over all the cigars appearance is nothing to write home about.

Snip & Toasting: The snip of the cap went well with my Xikar scissors “Thanks Walt from the http://http://www.stogiereview.com for the recommendation!” Not to get off topic but I really suggest you pick up this multi tool scissors because you will be satisfied! Ok back to the review.  I chose the three match method to light my cigar which I believe this is the best way to light a cigar if you have the time. Please remember though “Don’t use regular matches! Use the matches that you can get from your local cigar shop or cigar bar!” The cigar lit well without any complications and now I was beginning me Padron 2000 voyage.

Flavors: I was pleasantly  surprised with the first flavors my palate sensed which was a quick hint of vanilla. As I continued the smoke I discovered the rich taste of cocoa, coffee bean and small hints of spice. This went well with my java which was dark roasted cuban blend.

Draw and burn line: This cigar has an excellent draw and the burn line was perfect throughout the entire smoke though I had to relight it towards the end. I have to say that this cigar lives up to the Padron name and I was surprised after the appearance of it. I really thought that this would be a terrible smoke just by the look of the cigar. I guess once again a lesson well learned not to draw an opinion about a cigar on “looks” alone.

Price? $14.40 for a four pack at Famous Smokes.

Drink of choice? Hot Java dark roasted Cuban blend.

Smoke Time? Little over an hour.

Strength? Medium to Full.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? I housed mine in my humidor in January and I think it paid off.

Over All?

Until Next Time

Stew

PD CIGAR TORPEDO

Todays cigar is the second of three cigar reviews from PD Cigars which is in Stockbridge Georgia. I once again would like to give a big shout out to “Laz” who was so wonderful to deal with in obtaining these cigars for my review “Thanks Laz.”

Ok the torpedo is 6 1/2 X 52 and looks delicious! The cigar label is an assortment of colors which includes silver, gold, green, maroon, and white which I think is a “real eye catcher!”

Cigar make up:

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Cuban seed

Inspection of my PD Cigar:

I found this cigar in my observation to be a gem as I already stated! I found no imperfections in the construction. On the touch I did find some soft spots which I think could be corrected with some time in your humidor.

Snip and Toasting Phase: For this phase I chose my cigar scissors which went off with a bang! Again this cigar was made with love! Ok so with that finished I took the dry draw test which was awesome. Immediately I tasted pure creamy flavors of peanut butter “Yes sir, I am loving this cigar and it isn’t even lit yet!”

Toasting phase: No problems here which I accomplished with my double flame torch lighter. So with it lit let’s get to the flavors.

Once again I was smiling when I immediately tasted the rich peanut butter flavors from this baby. As you can tell from the photo above the burn line so far is perfect too. As the smoke continued the flavors of peanut butter continue with a buttery creamy taste “nice!”  The cigar continued with its flavors and added earthy woodsy flavors to the mix. This cigar is full of surprises and it will continue to keep your palate busy! I loved the combination and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Complaints: The cigar has burn issues once the first third. Lets take a look shall we:

But it corrected itself as I continued through the PD voyage! Lets take a look in the “New” Stew four photo format!

Ok so with the end coming to this cigar review I will say it up front, “You need to try this cigar!”  Final synopsis:

Price? $ 6.50 a stick “What a deal!”.

Drink of choice? Hot Java.

Smoke Time? Two-hours.

Strength? Medium.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? Buy it! I would house it though for a while in the humidor.

Over All?

If you are interested and you should be! Contact Laz at:

* Again I am not endorsing PD Cigars and have no affiliation to them or received any type of compensation from them for my review! The point: Just a nice smoke for the money!

Until Next Time

Stew

ROCKY PATEL FUSION “MM”

Todays cigar review is the last of the Rocky Patel Fusion line which is the green label “MM.” The make up of this cigar is as follows:

Length and Ring Gauge: 6.5 X 52

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina along with a Nicaraguan Habano maduro wrapper.

Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan Habano & Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

My observations of this cigar: The cigar has a nice wrapper which is green with gold trim. I think this was a good marketing scheme by Rocky Patel and definitely catches ones eye. The wrapper is nicely rolled and you can tell that a lot of attention was taken by Rocky Patel for this particular line. I have to say that I found that to be the case with all of his cigars in the fusion line including the double wrap which unfortunately I destroyed in my prior cigar review. On touch test, I found several soft spots which I had not found on the previous “MM” cigars that I previously smoked so it could have been just this one cigar. The cap of the cigar was beautifully placed and now I was ready to smoke it.

Snip and toasting phase: For this smoke I chose the “punch” method which went well (and why not, only and idiot would mess that up!) Once I achieved this task, I conducted a draw test. I found the draw on the this cigar to be a little tight which I personally don’t like. 

The toasting phase went well with my triple burner lighter. I am ambarssed to say though I that I’m not sure who made my lighter. I know my good friend Jerry at the Stogie Review is looking for a new lighter and I think this one is right up his alley. So Jerry here are some shots of it and I will find out the info for you at a later date!

This triple burner priced at around $39.00 which was a steal. I have owned it for around a year now and I have “NO” problems with it. So if you like it let me know and I will post the manuafacture’s information for you once I check in with my local cigar shop who carries them.

Cigar flavors: I found this cigar to be enriched with coffee, earthy tones, some chocolate, and hints of wood. Rocky really did a nice job with combining these flavors which will keep your pallet busy identifying them. I think if you combine this smoke with a really nice cup of Java it will make you experience that much nicer! 

Complaints: The cigar has burn issues! I found the cigar to burn uneven during the first third of my smoke. I found this to be the case in all three of the cigars I previously smoked, so it’s not an operator error with the lighter. Here is a photo of the burn issue:

 

But as you can see by the second photo it corrected itself in the second third of the smoke. Please not that I never touched up this cigar so I would have to say that so far this smoke is a winner! 

The cigar produced large amounts of gray smoke and the draw improved considerably as I ventured through my review of it. I have to say that the more I smoked this baby the better it became! 

So with the above stated we all know what how this review is going to end so lets get to the results.

 

Price? Around seven dollars a stick.

Drink of choice? Ice coffee

Smoke Time? Two-hours.

Strength? Medium.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? This is a good smoke and well worth the money. 

Over All?

Unitl Next Time.

Stew

ROCKY PATEL FUSION DC “BLACK LABEL”

Today I continue with the Rocky Patel Fusion line which brings us to the Fusion DC “black label.” This barber-pole toro comes in at 6.5 x 52. The wrapper is listed at www.cigarsinternational.com to be a make up of both the blue label fusion and the green label fusion. I could not get any other information on it but I believe along with Jerry from the Stogie Review that it is the left over cigars from the Split Decision line. Either way I am unable to give the exact information on the binder and filler so I won’t. The only thing I can tell you is the wrapper is a little darker than the Spilt Decision.

In my observation of the cigar, not bad at all! Its rolled pretty well for a barber-pole cigar with no soft spots. The cap is a little sloppy but other than that not much to complain about at this time. Now I was ready for the snip and toasting phase. The snip was excellent and the draw was smooth. With that I conducted a dry run taste but it didn’t produce any flavors for me “bummer.” So with that, I lit my Rocky Patel Fusion DC black label which took to my flame with ease. 

Once lit, I detected a some spice and a earthy flavors. This lasted for only a few seconds and then pretty much the taste went blah! This was just like the ITC Spilt Decision and my insides began to turn. Why I said would Rocky Patel include this type of cigar along with his other Fusion cigars? Why I said and then reality hit me, “Profit you dummy!” 

Back to the review, not much changed as I struggle to get through the cigar with complete disgust. To top it off it went out a couple of times and the burn was uneven “talk about pissed off!” So with that I’m sure you know how this review is going to end, and Yes Jerry was right with his prediction! 

Price? Not sure because I can’t find them priced alone. It seems that you can only get them with the fusion sampler. (I think Rocky Patel should pay me for smoking this crap!”

Drink of choice? Java

Smoke Time? Over an hour is you can smoke this junk that long.

Strength? Medium at best.

Liked it? Please I would rather smoke Elephant dung.

Recommend it? Do I really have to say it?

Hint? Take some firecrackers and blow them up for fun!

Over All?

 

 

 

Now thats a first for the Stew rating a double “thumbs” down! I say that goes with the double wrap for this “BUST!”

Until Next Time

Stew

PD CIGAR

Today’s cigar was provided to me by the folks at PD Cigars located in Atlanta GA. The cigar is the Lancer which comes is at 38 X 6 1/2 inches. The wrapper is  Brazillian maduro, and the binderis Dominican along with a Dominican, Nicaraguan, Cuban seed filler. In my observation of this cigar, I found it to be well wrapped with no signs of imperfections. I did though however found the cigar to be soft in certain spots, but I must make it clear that this cigar did not spend anytime in my humidor and with the recent weather “HOT!” I believe this could have something to do with it. Ok with that finished, it was time to smoke this baby.

Now it was time for the clip and toasting phase. Clipping this cigar went well after I cut the pig tail away from the end of this baby (Nice touch Laz). The toasting phase was easy and this cigar took right off with loads of clear smoke which was obtained from the easy draw. 

The flavors of this cigar consisted of spices which were easy to detect right off the bat. I also detected a creamy buttery flavor on my pallet that seem to be followed by a nut creamy flavors. I have to tell you that I was very impressed by this cigar. The flavors seem to just keep coming and that is important because it keeps things interesting.

The ash on this cigar was grayish and seem flaky but kept its own due to the way this cigar was constructed (Very nice). The cigar had an even burn as well which contributed to my smoking enjoyment. 

So, I sure you all know how this review is going to end so without further ado here is my final verdict.

Price?   $6.00 or $75.00 for a bundle.

Drink of choice? Nice big cup of java.

Smoke time? Around and hour and half.

Strength? Medium to full.

Like it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes.

Hint? Yeah call Laz and try one for yourself.

Over All?

If you would like to contact PD Cigars to try one these cigars please see the pic below.

 

Please note I have no affiliation to PD Cigars and stumbled across their cigars thanks to Brian’s review at http://www.stogiereview.com/page/2/

I will be reviewing two more of the PD cigars which are their Torpedo and Baby Hemingway at a later date. So stay tune and check back.

Until Next Time

Stew

ROCKY PATEL FUSION “BLUE LABEL”

Today’s cigar review is the Rocky Patel Fusion “Blue Label”. This cigar is the Toro which comes in at 6.5″ x 52. This cigar has an oily Habano wrapper with an Ecuadorian, Connecticut binder which is accompanied with Nicaraguan, Cameroon, and Honduran fillers. 

In my inspection of this cigar, I found it to be rolled rather well but I found certain spots where the cigar wrapper was ripped. The area was very small and I wonder if it may have happen from poor shipping care from where I purchased the cigars from. I can tell you that this was not caused from the smokers error. I did not find any soft spots and the smell was delightful. So with that behind me, I was ready for the snip and toasting phase.

So before we proceed, lets take a look at the wrapper problem I had during the smoke!

Once the cigar was lit it produced large amounts of thick smoke due to the loose and easy draw. So with that out of the way, the first flavors I encounter on my pallet were  spices, hints of chocolate “nice”, and hints of nutty flavors. Later on I encounter an oak flavor which was quickly followed again by chocolate and spice. I have read that this cigar is made up of the Rocky Patel Vintage ’90 and Vintage ’92 smokes but I think it is far superior and I know I am going out on a limb on that statement.

The second complaint I had was the constant burn issue. As a result, I had to touch it up a couple of times during my smoke. Again lets take a look.

 

That is about the only complaints I had and I have to say that I enjoyed this cigar immensely. The flavors alone which constantly change keep you pallet guessing and wanting more. I think personnally thay Rocky has a winner here but that the flaws that I encounter need to be corrected. Hey nothing is perfect so I will take that into account before I render my final verdict. 

 

So I will end my review here and render my desicion. 

 

Price? Around $ 7.50 a stick.

Smoke time? Two hours.

Drink of choice? G2 grape (Hey I like it!)

Strength? Medium

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes sir.

Hint? Put it to sleep in your humidor after you smoke one and revisit again in a couple of months. Hell thats just what I am going to do. (Ok with a little will power!)

Over ALL?

Until next time.

Stew

NUB CAMEROON 358

Today’s cigar review will conclude the NUB series line. So with that said, I will be smoking the NUB Cameroon 358. This has been a great line and I expect nothing less from this one. I am not a hugh Cameroon guy but “Sam” has put out a great cigar with the others so lets see how this one makes out.

Ok the description of this cigar is as follows: The Nub Cameroon comes in at 3 3/4 X 58. The wrapper is from Cameroon Africa. The binder and filler are both Nicaragua. Ok with that said lets move onto my observations. The cigar has a white wrapper with blue and gold stripes. The wrapper is dark brown and is flawless. No imperfections here to speak about and now I am ready to go. 

The snip and light phase went off with a bang and again no problems to speak of. I again, I have to give “SAM” a round of applause on how he constructed not only this cigar but the line in general. Ok, the draw is perfect and now the flavors are hitting my pallet. The flavors of this cigar consist of spice, earthy dirt tones, and a creamy buttery smoothness all around. Hell I wish I could pick this baby apart but why? when “Sam” has another winner on his hands.

The burn was even but sorry again I was unable to do a cigar stand on its ash. Maybe once I achieve this task, I will post it in an up coming blog. You know my older brother Eddie who is a true aficionado raved about all three of these cigars when I brought him some samples and of course I trust his recommendations. So with that said this review is over.

Price? $4.50 (A true steal)

Drink of choice? Water

Smoke time: Around and hour and half (Hey its little but packs a punch like a big cigar)

Strength? I am going to put this in the Medium range.

Like it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint: Like Walt stated at the Stogie Review I would smoke the Conneticut in the morning, the Cammerron in the afternoon, and the Habano at night. 

Over All?

Until next time.

Stew

GRAYCLIFF ROBUSTO BLUE LABEL VINTAGE 1999

Todays cigar is the GrayCliff “blue label” vintage 1999. This robusto comes in at 5 x 50. The wrapper is from Indonesian while the filler and binder are made up from Nicaraguan, Dominican and Brazilian. The lable is blue and gold which is nicely done with a lot of class.  

In my inspection of this cigar I found small veins and small bumps around the entire leaf of the cigar. Other than that not too much to tell and it appears as if this cigar was rolled quit well. The snipping phase was easy with my XiKAR utility scissors recommend by Walt at the Stogie Review. “Thanks Walt!” The toasting phase went just as well with no complaints which is a joy in itself.

So now we are off and running and the first flavors to hit my pallet was coffee and some nice spices. The smoke continued with hints of cocoa and caramel “nice!”  I was also able to pick up hints of woodsy flavors which is a treat with the combination of the other flavors detected in this cigar. 

The burn is great with a nice even line and I a loving this cigar! The ash is holding its own and I have not had to ash my cigar a great deal which is a plus in my book. One thing I should mention though is that this cigar is mild to medium at best but extremely enjoyable so if you are a power house full body smoker you might want to skip this one, if not you will enjoy this cigar trust me!

Ok that about wraps up todays cigar so here is my verdict.

Price? $16.50 to $20.00 a stick but you can find some sweet deals on the internet.

Smoke Time? Hour and a half.

Cigar Strength? Mild to medium.

Drink of choice: Water “Its hot today in New England! (LOL)

Liked it? Yes I did!

Recommend it? Yes.

Hint: I would buy a five pack, smoke one and house the rest in a humidors and revisit them in about six months to a year. I know in a perfect world right but try it you will thank me!

Over All?

Ok the review is over now go out and do something already! (LOL)

Stew

CAO VISION PRANA

Todays cigar is the CAO Vision Prana (torpedo) (serial # 307695) which comes in at 6.25×52. The cigar wrapper is Dominican corojo, and the binder consists of a Dominican Piloto Cubano which is cuban seed. The filler is a blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Brazilian tobacco.

In my inspection of this cigar, I liked the cigar label which is all white with silver lettering with CAO across it and silver stripping (nice touch CAO!) The wrapper itself is very veiny and I found wrapping inconsistencies towards the top of the cigar which is depicted in my photo below. I also found two white spots towards the end cigar (also depicted in the photos below as well) but other then that, I found no soft spots to the touch and I was ready to rip into it.

The snip and toasting phase was excellent with no complaints! Once the cigar was light I had nice amounts of clear blue / gray smoke. The draw was smooth and presented no problems and away I was into the hyped CAO vision.

The flavors consisted of floral and earth on my palate. I also detected hints of charcoal and spiciness which is odd because most of the reviews that I have read on this cigar do not mention charcoal (hey maybe its me but I detected it!) Towards the end of the first third of the Vision I also detected hints of creamy buttery flavors. Not bad so far folks and I have to say it is living up to its hype.

So far we are past the first third and the only complaint so far is the burn issues. The ash was holding itself quit well until I wanted to show you it in a photo at which point fell off (dame!). Oh well here is the burn issue though, so take a look and judge for yourself.

Ok so we are half way there is so far the flavors which I mention above remain the same. This cigar is keeping me interested and I am glad because you are going to open up your wallet for this baby! One thing I should stress though is the spicy earthy flavors increase with the smoke so if you’re not interested in these flavors skip this one.

Due to the recent developments, I am starting to think that the CAO Vision is overrated. Besides that though, Hell its a great day for a review because the weather is in the upper eighties, I am off from work, and I am listening to the sounds of music from the forties. Yes sir this is the life! Ok, sorry for the tangent now back the review (LOL)!

The burn issues continue and I have not touched it up in hopes to see if the cigar will correct itself. So far that has not happen, so I will keep you updated. Other than that again the flavors continue but the buttery flavor has picked up a little which is a good thing for me because I like the rich buttery flavors in cigars. Back to the burn issues, I wanted you to see that it is getting worse so lets take look.

Ouch that is some “burn” issue but I think its not a reason to turn away from this cigar! Personally for me, if the cigar flavors are interesting, the draw is good, and the cigar stays lit; you have a nice cigar.

I have now passed the halfway point and the burn issue is far worse. Can you say can “CANOEING!”

Yeah that is not what you expect from a cigar with such a high price tag! I would now have to say, I know that this cigar was not constructed right and maybe the people at CAO should have taken a little more time in perfecting the wrapper to prevent this disaster.

In regards to the flavors, they stay consistent and I have to say that I am getting a little board as I am heading to the home front with my CAO Vision. I am not a flavor nut by any means of the imagination and don’t really care for cigars such as the ACID, but I like cigars that keep my palate guessing which this cigar does not! Now with that said, I would make a suggestion to CAO that they should drop the price, but again thats my opinion and I know a lot of CAO fans will say “Don’t smoke it if you don’t care for it!” Understandable but this is a review and its mine so take it for what its worth.

Not to beat a dead horse but again check out the burn issue on this baby!

I should mention (as everyone knows who is a loyal follower of my blog) that I aged this baby in my 300 capacity humidor back 2007 in trying to bring more flavors out in the aging process but it looks like it wasn’t any help. I have smoked this cigar before and as I recollect it had burn issues then as well. Again another reason that this cigar is a flop!

As I finish this extended review (with extra photos) I have to say that what started off with tons of excitement quickly ended in disappointment! I came to this conclusion for the following reasons:

1. Extreme burn issues.

2. Over priced.

3. The flavors consist mostly of spices and not enough buttery creamy flavors as I thought it would be.

In closing the only thing that puts this cigar in the high price range is the cigar humidor which you get when you buy a box of these.

Other than that, people with the drive for over powering spicy cigars will love this one. I am not one of these people and as a result, sorry folks but this is a failure and I will not be securing another spot for the CAO Vision in my humidor!

Price? Approximately $16.50 a stick (torpedo)

Cigar strength? Medium

Smoke time? About two hours.

Drink of choice? Medium Honey Dew ice coffee.

Liked it? Not really.

Recommend it? Save your money.

Hint? Skip this cigar, it’s too expensive and not worthy of the hype!

Over All?

Until next time, God bless and enjoy your weekend!

Stew

NUB CONNECTICUT 354

Todays review is the NUB Connecticut 354 which comes in at 3/4 x 5. The wrapper is a  Connecticut leaf. The filler is Nicaraguan as well as the binder. The cigar label is light tan with maroon and gold trim with the word NUB across it. This is  mild to medium smoke and is very cool to hold due to its size. As mentioned in the NUB Habano review this cigar will take awhile to smoke so put some time aside for it, you will thank me later.

Observations: This cigar was rolled with love and it shows. I did notice that the cap on my NUB was a bit loose but it did not effect the clipping stage. No imperfections were observed in or around the wrapper. I really have no complaints so far and now it is time to smoke.

Toasting: The cigar lit well without any complications. Once lit it was followed by thick clear smoke. I am amazed that a cigar of this size lit the way it did and an even burn to boot.

Flavors: I sensed a nice buttery creamy taste with small hints of cocoa from my NUB and boy was I happy. The logic behind this cigar from its inventor Sam Leccia was why wait for the sweet spot of the cigar when you can have it right away throughout the entire smoke. This is apparent with this cigar and I am enjoying it immensely. 

Ok I tried to smoke it down to the “NUB” and lay it on its own ash as seen on the NUB site : http://www.nubcigar.com/gallery_photos.php?galleryid=7  but I failed! Hey maybe next time. (LOL)?

In closing go pick this cigar up and for that matter splurge a little and buy the six pack you won’t go wrong!

Price? $4.39 (single stick – What a bargin!)

Drink of choice? Coffee “Honey Dew”

Like it? Yes sir!

Recommend it? You know it. (Now don’t sit there! Go get it!) 

Hint? Light it up and smoke it, no aging needed here!

Over All?

Until Next Time!

Stew

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