Cusano Corojo 1997

 

 

 

 

Hello, Today is the start of college football which pretty much signals the end of the Summer season. This is a wonderful time for me because I am a huge college football fan. I believe this year should be very interesting and I look forward to the good times that I will share with my brothers when we all get together to watch the weekly games. So sit back, grab your favorite beverage along with a great cigar and watch away. So with that said, now the review.

The cigar of choice today is the Cusano Corojo 1997 robusto. This cigar is a cool looking cigar which got a big rating in Cigar Aficionado magazine. I am curious to see if all the hype is legit, so lets find out.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: 1997 Ecuadorian Sun-grown Corojo wrapper  

BINDER & FILLER: Mexican Sumatra / Dominican 

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

 

My Observations: I love the look of this cigar with its dark brown wrapper. Right up front you can tell that the Cusano’s choose only the best rollers for this project and it is evident in the construction of this cigar. The wrapper has little non noticeable veins and the cap was centered perfectly. So far I am deeply impressed with the make up of this gem.

 

Cigar Label: The label is awesome and I would like to give a shout out to the creator of it. The orange, white, and black colors jump right out at you as you peruse through your cigar store in search of a new smoke to try. 


Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Xzkar multi tool scissors for this task which went off with a bang. The pre-draw was smooth and I immediately detected a nice peppery taste. Toasting this cigar was a pure joy with the use of the Humidor cigar shop’s “Rocky Patel” torch burner. Wow what a flame it produced, enough to burn your eyebrows off if your not careful (lol).

 

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a grassy type flavor along with tones of earthy and wood. The 2nd third consisted on a strong orangey citrus type flavor much like the Rocky Patel 2008 Summer blend but not as strong. The other flavor consisted again of pepper and earth. The last 3rd of the cigar continued with orangey flavor and pepper. Over all, I would have to say that I was not impressed and expected so much more.

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect throughout the smoke and I credited this again with the construction of the cigar. The burn line was perfect and required no touch ups. The ash was a light gray and did not require much ashing.

 

Price? Approximately $5.50

Drink of choice? Dunkin Donuts hot coffee

Smoke Time? About an hour and half! 

Liked it? No

Recommend it? Only if you like the flavors described in this review. Personally, I would say have to say “No!” 

Hint? Don’t believe the hype it received in Cigar Aficionado.

 

 

Over All?

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

MACANUDO 1968

Hello to all my readers and good day to all of you. I am so glad that you are here for another cigar review and would like to personally thank you for all your support. Lets face it, without you, its just an empty page with empty words.

The cigar of choice today is the new Macanudo 1968 robusto. This cigar is brand new and is supposed to focus towards full body smokers. I obtained three of these cigars through a great offer from Macunudo which  I saw in Cigar Aficionado. At nine dollars for three cigars which includes shipping, I said to myself lets pull the trigger on this one. So now with the buying history behind us lets get into it.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Honduras

BINDER & FILLER: Habano Connecticut / Nicaragua & Dominican

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a great looking cigar with a nice dark looking wrapper. The roll is superb and Macanudo must have used choice rollers for this cigar. “Its a winner in the appearance category.”

Cigar Label: This label is a classic! The colors consist of black, gold, white, and red. Trust me, the label will draw your attention while you are shopping at your local cigar shop. I would have to give the label and “A+”

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Xzkar guillotine cutter to achieve this task and noticed instantly that the cigar began to unravel a bit but not enough to affect my cigar smoking experience. The pre-draw flavor consisted of pepper and lots of it. Lighting this cigar was easy as it took to my single torch burner flame with ease. Once lit it produced nice thick smoke with a grayish tone ash.

Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of mostly spicy pepper. I did find short hints of chocolate and coffee now and then but not enough to keep my pallet interested. I personally like a cigar that keeps you guessing and this one does not! I’m not sure what Macanudo was searching for when they chose the flavor theme for this cigar but it is lacking something and they defiantly missed the boat on this one. What a disappointment, I was expecting so much more after all the hype this cigar received!

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect throughout the smoke as most Macanudo’s are, so no complaints in this category. The burn line was also even throughout my smoke and again this was due to the flawless construction in the making of this cigar.

Price? Approximately $8.50

Drink of choice? Gatorade

Smoke Time? About an hour and half!

Liked it? No

Recommend it? No, I just think the lack of flavors killed it.

Hint? None.

Over All?

Until Next Time

Stew

LUNA AZUL “POLO”

Today I am blogging from beautiful Providence Rhode Island located in Cigar Masters at One West Exchange Street Providence Rhode Island 02903. You can reach them by phone at 1-888-95-CIGAR or email them at cigarmasters.com.

The cigar of choice today is a special one which I stumbled upon at a recent POLO match I attended in Portsmouth Rhode Island earlier this month. Anyway while I was there, I noticed this gentleman identified later as Mr. Jonathan Kaye seated in front a Volkswagen bus. Now what really drew my attention towards him was the cigar he was smoking. The label was not of any I have ever seen and being the curious cigar afionado that I am, I quickly walked up to Mr. Kaye to investigate.

In speaking with Mr. Kaye, I was advised that the cigar was a Luna Azul “Polo” cigar made in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Kaye told me that it was his own personal brand and that I could find them at Cigar Masters in Boston.

I decided to take up Mr. Kaye’s offer which was to seek out his cigar by calling Cigar Masters in Boston. I spoke to a gentleman call “Patrick” and found out that he only had two boxes in stock. I asked Patrick if there was anyway I could get my hands on a couple to review and he stated “Stew” I will have them shipped right down to Providence Cigar Masters and you can pick them up on Friday. I would like to note that I have never met Patrick and was astonished by his professionalism and devotion in pleasing customers. Its acts like this one that that make a cigar business work. “Hats off to you Patrick! I hope Cigar Masters knows what they have!”

So with the history behind us, lets get to the review of the Luna Azul “Polo” Cigar!

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broad leaf

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

My Observations: I love the look of this cigar with its medium brown colored wrapper. The wrapper itself is a bit veiny but I really don’t think it will affect the smoke. The roll is beautiful with no imperfections to speak of. The cap is a bit sloppy and lopsided but overall I am impressed with the cigar make up.

Cigar Label: The cigar colors consist of maroon, white, and a touch of gray.

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my cigar scissors on my Luna Azul and achieved my task without any complications. The pre-draw was perfect but I really didn’t get any suttle flavors to tell you about. The toasting phase was perfect with my triple burner and on the first draw I detected a nice peppery taste.

Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of pepper, earthy tones, roasted coffee, and some beautiful hints of chocolate and carmel. At one point, I even detected a hint of cinnamon.

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect through out the smoke.  The burn line was inconsistent through out two-thirds of the smoke but corrected itself in the last third. Over all though, I have to say that even with the uneven burnline I thouroughly enjoyed my Luna Azul.

Price? Approximately $5.50

Drink of choice? Coca Cola

Smoke Time? About two hours!

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes.

Hint? I think putting these babies to sleep will help bring out the rich flavors.

Over All?

Until Next Time

Stew

Tabak Especial Toro Negra

 

 

 

Hey, what’s up everyone its Stew here again with another fine cigar review. Today, I chose the Tabak Especial Toro Negra coffee infused cigar to review. This cigar is made by the folks at Drew Estates. You know the guys who make ACID, Le Vieja Habana, Java, etc (you get the point). I chose this cigar because I for one like infused cigars occasionally and saw this one flashing out at me when I visited the Humidor Cigar Shop located in East Greenwich Rhode Island. Hey just to give them a quick plug, the owner of the cigar shop is featured in the current “Cigar Magazine” so check it out if you get a chance. OK, enough with the rant; time to get to the review.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf  

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan Sumatra / Nicaraguan Criiollo

Length/Ring: 6.0 X 5o

Shape: Toro Negra

Strength: Medium

NOTE: Infused cigar “coffee”

 

My Observations: This is very nice looking cigar that has a deep chocolate colored wrapper. The wrapper has small non noticeable veins and is constructed nicely. The cap was beautifully placed and I like the fact that this cigar has a shaggy foot which I personal think assists you with obtaining a perfect burn line. The smell of this cigar is to die for which consists of a sweet roasted coffee fragrances. Trust me if you are a coffee drinker you will love this cigar. On the finger touch inspection, I found the cigar wrapper to be very oily and spongy to the touch. 

 

Cigar Label: The label colors are true to the cigars name which consists of brown, gold, and black. I can tell you that it immediately drew my attention when I was looking for a new cigar to review. The cigar itself along with its beautiful label seem to stand out from the other forty cigars housed around it. I have to give a  big “Hats off” to Drew Estates for another great marketing scheme because it worked on me.

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my cigar scissors on my Tabac and sliced right through the cap with ease. The pre-draw was perfect as I savored the rich Java tastes along with sweet notes of milk chocolate. The toasting phase was wonderful because as I stated above, the shaggy foot took to my triple burner like a bee to honey.

 

 

Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of sweet milk chocolate and rich dark roasted coffee. These flavors are consistent throughout the smoke and it kept my pallet begging for more. Yes, its an infused cigar but trust me it is pure heaven!

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect throughout the smoke with no problems to speak of! The burn line was totally even throughout the smoke and required no touchups. I would like to mention that the bright white ash compliments this dark chocolate wrapper and needs little attention.

 

Price? Approximately $6.50 a stick.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee from Honey Dew.

Smoke Time? About two hours! Take it slow enjoy the rich flavors.

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes, pick this one up!

Hint? This infused cigar was paired with Nicaraguan estate coffee. If you love coffee you will love this cigar!

 

 

Over All?

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

DO CIGAR LABELS INFLUENCE OUR CIGAR CHOICES?

Today I thought I would mix things up a little with a question to you. Do you think that cigar labels play a huge roll in ones personal cigar choices? I’m sure that each and every one of you have sat down in a cigar establishment and watched others choose their personal cigar choice. I personally have seen many walk around the humidor looking and looking aimlessly until they see a flashy label. Now not knowing anything about the cigar itself, they pick it up and give it a try. Now once they have paid for it, clipped, and lit the cigar they sit down and “Bam” I ask them what they are smoking. You would be surprised in the responses. In my experiences, the person usually looks at the label and shouts out the name. I asked them how long they have been smoking that particular cigar for and their response is “Just started.” Now I ask them how they learned about that cigar brand and “Bam” they state “It looked good so I’m trying it.” If you don’t believe me, conduct your own study and you will see what I am talking about. 

Now we all know that the label has nothing to do with taste of the cigar, construction, etc but believe me it plays a hugh roll in its sale. It is a known fact that cigar companies spend tons of money in getting that perfect label that will coincide with their cigar. CAO has mastered this art, and it is evident in they’re fine crafted labels.

I think a label for a cigar is just as important as say a BMW label, or a Sony label, or the famous Polo label. It makes the cigar what it is and flashes its importance to other cigar smokers around you. Now this is only my personal view but trust me in the end the label plays a very important roll.   

Please comment me and tell me your take on this question.

Until Next Time

Stew

DEVILS WEED CIGAR

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing a special cigar called the Devils Weed made from the Molina Cigar Company. At this time I would like to personally thank Mr. Louis Molina for his generosity in forwarding me some samples so that this cigar review was possible. Please note though that I am in no way affiliated or was I compensated from the Molina Cigar Company for this review. OK, with that out of the way, I am looking forward to this review so lets get into it.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut  

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican (4 leaves)

Length/Ring: 6 1/2 X 56

Shape: Nicot

Strength: Mild to Medium

 

My Observations: When I picked this cigar from the packaging, I was amazed to find to what appeared to be a cigar covered in a dark brown and white wrapper covered with devils. I have to say that this is a nice marketing scheme and should bring attention to the product. Once the wrapper was pulled away I found the treasure that I was waiting for that being the Devils Weed cigar. Once I laid my eyes on it, I immediately noticed the beautiful clean golden light brown Connecticut wrapper. This wrapper was rolled with complete confidence and immediately commands respect. The cap was centered perfectly and I found no soft spots once I conducted the finger touch inspection. 

 

Cigar Label: The label is very cool looking and fits the name perfectly. The colors consist of maroon and gold which blend well with the Devil pictured on the label. 


Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my cigar scissors on this baby which went off with no problems. The pre-draw was perfect as I expected due to the way this baby was rolled “flawless!” The pre-draw flavor consisted of a rich woodsy flavor which immediately brings your attention to this cigar. The toasting phase was pure pleasure with the use of the three match method. As posted in my prior posts this is supposed to be the best way to light your cigar, so give it a try. 

 


Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of cinnamon, cedar wood, spice, nutmeg, creamy peanut butter “goodness”, and hints of rich chocolate. All these flavors blend well together, and will keep your pallet not only guessing but begging for more. 

 

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect throughout the smoke but I do have to mention that I had to relight it once during the smoke. I will say that this could have been due to the operator “me” relaxing way to long between puffs! I only found this problem on the second cigar I smoked but to be fair to the review I thought that it needed to be mentioned. The burn line was almost even throughout the smoke though the ash was flakey so keep your ashtray close.

 

 

Price? Approximately $5.00

Drink of choice? Hot coffee.

Smoke Time? About and hour and half!

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes, this is a great everyday smoke!

Hint? Smoke it you will be amazed!

 

 

Over All?

 

* If you are interested in this gem go to www.molinacigar.com/bienvenidos.htm 

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

POLO MATCH ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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KRISTOFF COROJO

 

Hello and good day to you my cigar smoking friend. Yes, its time for another cigar review from your favorite Irish smoking cigar buddy. Today I have a special cigar on tap which is the Kristoff Corojo Matador. I only recently learned about this cigar from my good friend Pete who works at the Humidor located at 600 Post Rd, East Greenwich, RI 02818. If you have never been there its a true must for a cigar smoker. They have a seventy inch screen TV, leather couches, leather chairs, and tons of your favorite cigars. So get your behind down there and tell Pete and the gang that Stew sent you! Getting back to the Kristoff, this is truly an excellent cigar so without further delay lets get into to it.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

 

WRAPPER:  Nicaraguan Habano Criollo

BINDER & FILLER: Cuban seed Orlor Dominican // Cuban seed Orlor Dominican-Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 1/2 X 56

Shape: Matador

Strength: Medium to Full

 

My Observations: I love the look of this cigar which is wrapped just like most Cuban cigars. By that I mean you are getting the best your money can buy and this is not an expensive cigar by any means. The cigar itself is very oily and is soft on the touch. The cigar has a pig tail cap and a shaggy foot. Once you touch this gem you immediately want to light it up to taste the rich flavors hiding inside of its well constructed leaf wrapper. Trust me this cigar looks and feels like you are picking up a cigar in Cuba cigar store. I can’t rave enough about its appearance and its rich toasted almond smell.

 

Cigar Label: This cigar label has an old looking appearance to it. It looks as  if the label was made a sixty years ago. It is a true classic and though its hard to see in my photo, I felt like I was in the forties every time I laid my eyes on it. The label coloring is a rich rustic tannish color with faded black “Kristoff” across it. 

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I was almost sad to cut the pig tail off but for the good of this review it had to be done.

I completed this task with the use of my trusty Xzkar scissors which went off with a “bang!” The pre-draw was excellent and I was shock because this cigar is very soft on the touch and I figured it would affect the draw but I was completely wrong. The pre-draw flavor consisted of the sweet toasted almond flavor “Yummy!” Toasting this gem was easy with my triple burner lighter and now I was in seven heaven with visions of lying on the rich sandy beaches of Cuba, alone with this gem of a cigar. Hey its just my vision and I’m sure we are not that far away from this dream.

 

Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of the rich toasted almond flavors, accompanied by rich dark chocolate and cocoa flavors. Oh and it didn’t stop there! Pepper was also included and blended well with the rest of the heavenly flavors in this baby.  Trust me, once you smoke this cigar you will see that the rich flavors are consistent throughout the smoke which will keep you smiling and dreaming through out this heavenly cigar smoking experience.

Note: This cigar is a true representation of the pre-embargo Cuban cigars. 

 

Draw and burn line: The draw line was almost even throughout my smoke and I really don’t have any complaints to give you. The ash was a nice grayish color and you really don’t need the use of an ashtray.

 

Price? I paid $7.00 but you can get it online for about $5.00 (Do your research!)

Drink of choice? Hot coffee.

Smoke Time? Two and half hours and boy I wish it was more!

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes, find this gem!

Hint? Yeah buy a box, trust me!

 

Over All?

 

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

TATUAJE UNICOS

Todays cigar review is the Tatuaje Unicos. I chose this cigar because of all the attention that is received. I was told by the clerk at the Regency Emporium in East Greenwich that this is one “sweet cigar” and worth every penny. So with that said, lets see if he is right? 

 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

 

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 1/8 X 52

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Full

 

My Observations: I have to say that Pete Johnson has crafted a sweet looking cigar. I guess that cigar smokers should expect nothing less when a cigar giant such as Jose Pepin had his hands in the make up of this gem. The cigar was rolled with pure confidence with absolutely no imperfections. The cap of the cigar is triple capped and again you can tell that the roller of this cigar is highly skilled. On the finger touch inspection I did locate some soft spots on various locations of the cigar.

 

Cigar Label: I like the wrapper which consists of the old school Cuban style colors which is brown and white. Yes, there is not much to it but I love old school.

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used guillotine cutter for this task and found the cut to be even without any part of the cigar tip unraveling. The pre-draw was not what I expected which I found to be hesitant. I cut a little further into the cigar but again found the draw to be exactly the same (bummer!) The pre-draw flavors consisted of a nice peppery flavor and now I was ready to dive right into it. Toasting this cigar was a task in itself again because of the stiff draw but after a minute or two I was in business. I used my triple burner torch lighter for this task.

 

 

Flavors: The flavors of this cigar consisted of a nice strong pepper flavor which is combined with earth, various spices, and some quick hints of rich chocolate and deep roasted coffee. I enjoyed all the flavors as I puffed away and for a few minutes I actually thought I was smoking a Cuban cigar.

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was horrible for a high caliber cigar such as Tatuaje. I was deeply disappointed because of the lack of draw but the flavors more than made up for it. Due to the horrible draw, I had to re-light several times which as I stated in prior reviews is very aggravating to say the least. The burn line was consistent and burned well throughout the smoke but I wonder if the constant re-lighting assisted in the even burn line?

 

Price? Around $9.50 a stick.

Drink of choice? Hot tea.

Smoke Time? Two hours

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes, but I hope you have better luck with the draw then I did! 

Hint? I think with aging, this cigar would be excellent but its pretty dame close already (minus the draw)

 

Over All?

 

Until Next Time

 

Stew

Drew Estates “Java” Claro Wafe

 

 

Hey everyone and welcome back to another cigar review from your favorite Irish smoking cigar buddy Stew. Ok todays cigar is the Java Claro Wafe Cigar. I chose this cigar because on Monday, I surfed right over to the Stogie Review to watch Jerry Cruz’s weekly cigar review. On this particular Monday, Mr Cruz had chosen the Drew Estates Java maduro wafe for his selection. I was instantly amazed and bewilder by first the shape and construction of the cigar and then the tastes that Mr. Cruz explained he had encounter during his exploration of this oddly shaped cigar. So once hooked, I searched my local cigar shops and eventually located it at the Regency Emporium cigar shop located in East Greenwich Rhode Island. Not to get off track but I consider this cigar shop to be the hidden gem in Rhode Island. So there you have it with my choice this week and now its time to get into it.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut Shade.

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 X 46

Shape: Wafe

Strength: Mild

My Observations: This is a crazy looking cigar which is box press but at first glimpse, gives the appearance that it was run over several times during rush hour on route 95 (LOL). Now with that said, this cigar is well constructed. The rolling job was nicely done and the cap was placed with confidence. I was amazed to find that the construction was so superbly conducted due to the crushed looking appearance. In the finger touch inspection, I found no soft spot to speak of. 

Cigar Label: One word, boring. This is my personal opinion but I guess when you have a crazy looking cigar, you really don’t have to have a great looking cigar label to get the consumers attention. The label is maroon with the appearance of a worn gold color. Again boring!

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used guillotine cutter for this task which went off with a band. Pre-draw was excellent at which time I detected a nice strong hint of sweet java mocha flavor “nice!” The toasting phase was excellent with the use of my triple burner lighter. So now that we have these tasks completed, its time to sit back and enjoy the crazy Java experience.

 

Flavors: I will spear you the first third, middle third, final third experience. Basically what you first smell and detect on your pallet during the first puff “sweet java mocha flavors” is what you get throughout the smoke. Basically it’s a great tasting cigar and trust me, even the cigar smoking haters will approve of this one.

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was excellent throughout the smoke and the burn line was amazingly consistent as well.

Price? Around $ 4.00 a stick and $135.99 for a box of forty.

Drink of choice? Hot tea.

Smoke Time? Around and hour but its a fast smoke

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes especially for beginners and mild cigar lovers. 

Hint? Its a flavored cigar so what you first smell is what your going to get in this cigar.

 

 

Over All?

Stew:

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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