HAPPY HALLOWEEN

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

UNTIL NEXT TIME

STEW

H. Upmann Cabinet Selección

 

 

Hello everyone, it’s been a little while since my last cigar review, but my personal life has become more active lately which required less time for cigar smoking. I’m sure we all know that with winter right around the corner, there is now less places to smoke, but rest a sure, I will find a way to get them in! So with that behind us, todays cigar is the H.Upmann Cabinet Seleccion Belicoso. I have to tell you up front, that I have been looking forward to reviewing this cigar for quit sometime, so here it is!

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Indonesia

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican & Brazilian 

Length/Ring: 6 1/8 X 52

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Mild to Medium

 

My Observations: This is a “sweet” looking cigar from top to bottom. The wrapper is a beautiful creamy light brown leaf, which gives off a sweet smelling scent. The only draw back that I see so far is the brittleness of the  leaf, so make sure you don’t man handle this one! On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of but again remember, be very careful while you are performing this task! Other than that, this cigar is a true masterpiece in the looks department. 

 

Cigar Label: White, gold, with black writing! Need I say more? Truly a work of art that will draw your attention! Thumbs up H. Upmann, Thumbs up!

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Xikar cutter for this task, which was very pleasant, but I must warn you again that you need to go easy or you could cause the leaf to unravel! Only a little needs to be trimmed away, trust me! The pre-draw was wonderful and right on the mark for my taste! On the draw run, I quickly tasted a wonderful rich sugary flavor. Toasting this gem was truly awesome with my triple burner torch lighter. 

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pure heaven! I say this because of the rich buttery flavor that hits your pallet from the very first puff. The buttery flavor is complimented with smooth hints of rich sugary flavors, which kept me begging for more. The 2nd third continued with the rich buttery taste but is joined with hints of roasted coffee, and leather. The final 3rd continued with the creamy buttery taste, which was joined with cinnamon, and sweet sugar. 

 

Draw and burn line: Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! The burn line was also perfect, and as you can tell, I am in love with this cigar!

 

 

Price? Approximately $7.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours

Liked it? Guess (LOL)!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? If you haven’t smoke this baby, you are missing out big time! This is now in my top five smokes!

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

JAMESON “REDLINE” CIGAR

 

 

Hello everyone,  hope you are having a fantastic week! Today’s cigar is from the good folks from Jameson Cigar Company. The cigar is from their Red Label line. I have been waiting a long time to try this cigar so lets get right into it!  

Before I proceed, I would like to thank Mr. Brad Mayo of Jameson Cigars, for the wonderful samples that he sent me for this review.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connectitcut Ecuadorian Sumatra

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran/ Dominican 

Length/Ring: 5 X 44

Shape: Corona

Strength: Mild to Medium

 

My Observations: This is a nice looking cigar that smells great of rich tobacco. The wrapper is a little veiny but with that said, I found no imperfections. On the finger touch inspection, I found this cigar to have some soft spots but I really think that it won’t affect the smoke in anyway.

Cigar Label: The label is very nice and well thought out. It has classic look, which I believe will draw a cigar smokers attention to it. The colors consist of a nice white background, which blends nicely with the gold and maroon lettering. I would give it a “Stew” thumbs up!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my bullet punch for this task, and I have no complaints for you. The pre-draw was very nice and smooth. During my dry draw, I detected a pleasant woodsy taste. Toasting my red label, was a pure joy where I immediately detected a nice peppery flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper and a beautiful woodsy taste, which immediately grabbed my pallets attention. I would have to say, so far that this is right up my alley! I can only hope that this continues throughout my smoke. The 2nd third consisted of a beautiful roasted coffee flavor with hints of carmel and wood. I love how this cigar changed its beat, and as you can tell this cigar is “wowing” me. The final 3rd continued with the roasted coffee, wood, earth (new flavor “bonus”), and small hints of caramel flavors.  

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was excellent throughout my smoke. The burn line was also excellent and required no touch ups.

 

Price? $27.50 for a five pack

Drink of choice? Water

Smoke Time? Approximately one hour! 

Liked it? YES!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? This could be one of my new everyday smoke, its that good, so try it!

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

GO RED SOX!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a great weekend! Sorry about the lack of reviews but my personal life has been hectic lately. I plan on posting a new cigar review shortly so please check back soon. Finally I hope that the Red Sox will be in the WORLD SERIES when the cigar post is up. So with that said, have a great night!  

Note: These photos were taken from Thursday nights game at Fenway Park, where I was seated in luxury box seats. What a night it was!

 

Until Next Time

Stew

ARGANESE CL3 ROBUSTO

 

 

Happy Columbus Day everyone, I have the day off, so I took advantage of it to get this review out to you. Today’s cigar is the Arganese CL3 which stands for “To the 3rd Power.” What does that mean you ask, it means its three times the Ligero filler packed to give it a power kick. Sounds impressive and I look forward to smoking this cigar to see what this new concept is all about. 

Before I proceed, I would like to thank  Sandy Corn, VP of Operations at
Arganese Cigars for the wonderful samples that she sent me for this review. “Thanks Sandy!” Ok now onto the review!

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Corojo “Dominican leaf”

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican/ Dominican 

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Full

 

My Observations: This is a great looking cigar that appeared to have no defects from top to bottom. In other words, it was rolled with perfection. On the finger touch inspection, I did find my cigar to be a bit hard and I’m not really sure if the cigar has been rolled a little to tight or if this is how the roller wished the cigar to be. I do know that there are a lot of cigars that are hard to the touch and from my experience have been an outstanding smoke. A little history about where it was housed: I housed it in my humidor for approximately a week before I decided to smoke it. My temperature in my humidor is 66/68 which I personally love, so I really don’t think that this is a factor here.

Cigar Label: “Outrageous” and well planned out. This label commands respect and will draw you attention immediately. This label just shines out at you and the color scheme is crazy! The label colors are blue, bright gold, and black. Trust me when I say that this label “Rocks;” you won’t want to throw it away after your finished your smoke because of the true artistic craftsmanship that went into it.

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my bullet punch for this task, which went off with a bang. The pre-draw was tight which now leads me to believe again that the cigar was rolled to tight, but we shall see. On the dry draw, I detected a strong peppery blast and now I know why they call this baby the CL3!  

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a powerful pepper hit on my pallet but seem to subside a little after a few minutes. Right now I can tell you that this cigar is not for the faint of heart or in other words “A rookie smoker!” so beware! Now as I continued into my smoke, the flavor of pepper was paired up with a great woodsy flavor. WOW so far this is a wonderful smoke ! The 2nd third continued with the rich pepper wood, and a new zesty spice blast which will “WOW” you pallett. The final 3rd consisted of basically the same but with small hints of deep rich chocolate. As stated above this is truly a full body smoke!

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was just “ok.” I say this because I had to relight it a bunch of times durning my smoke. Again, I feel that this cigar was rolled to tight which caused the problem. The burn line was pretty good but I really can’t give you a true answer due to amount of times I had to relight it. 

Price? Approximately $103.99 for a box.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours and a half! 

Liked it? YES!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? I think housing this powerful monster will improve the draw but I am convinced that Arganese has one hell of a cigar here. Remember take it slow or you could pay the price!

NOTE: Stay tune for the ML3 review.

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY

I would like to take this time to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Columbus Day. I plan on smoking a couple of great cigars throughout the day paired up with some fine wine. So that’s what I am up to today, now its your turn! Comment me and let me know. Take care and enjoy the day!

Until Next Time

Stew

Cabaiguan Corona

 

 

The cigar of choice today is one that I have been wanting to review for quit sometime. I have heard nothing but “rave” reviews about it from my friends and fellow bloggers, so I was eager to get my hands on it! What is the name of this fine specimen you ask? It’s the Tatuaje Cabaiguan Corona Extra. So without further ado, lets smoke it shall we!

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper

BINDER & FILLER: Nigaraguan / Nigaraguan 

Length/Ring: 5 X 46

Shape: Corona

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: “Great” from top to bottom. I really expected nothing less from the master roller Jose Don Pepin though! This cigar is rolled with pure craftsmanship and trust me you will know it when you pick this baby up! No soft spots, and no defects! Do I really have to say anything else?

Cigar Label: “A +” Love the old style color matchup of the faded yellow label, which is complimented with the black writing across it. Hats off to Pete Johnson and his marketing department on this one!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my bullet punch for this task, which pierced right through the triple cap with ease. The pre-draw was perfect, but as I stated above, I expected nothing less from the master roller! On the dry draw, I detected a rich peppery flavor which immediately reminded me of a great Cuban cigar! Boy, I just know this is going to be an awesome smoke!

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a rich pepper and earthy flavors, which were strong, but flowed perfectly on my pallet. The 2nd third consisted of rich peppery flavors, wood, and then a nice smooth buttery flavor. The last third consisted of a rich dark roasted cuban coffee flavor “yum!” along with a quick hits of creamy peppery flavors. 

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was perfect and so was the burn line. In regards to the ash, it held beautifully and required almost no ashing! 

 

Price? Approximately $ 9.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours! 

Liked it? YES!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? Yeah get off your butt and get one!

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

What Are You Smoking This Weekend?

Hello everyone,

I am starting day one off of a three day weekend with a Frank Vincent. My question to you, is what will you be smoking this weekend? Please let me know and leave a quick comment indicating such. I look forward to your answers and “Yes” a new review will be posted soon, so stay tune. Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

PS: If you would like to speak to me directly, I can be found on Twitter screen name “JMulley” or just email me at stewlovescigars@gmail.com.

Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel Edge Missile Corojo

 

 

The cigar of choice today is the much talked about Rocky Patel Edge Missile Corojo. I know that it has been out for a long time, but I finally found time to review it! I have heard a lot about it, so I am eager to see if this cigar will really live up to all the hype that it has received! Being a hugh Rocky Patel fan, I am expecting a lot from it! 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Corojo

BINDER & FILLER: Honduras / Honduras  

Length/Ring: 5 X 48

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Full

 

My Observations: This cigar is very nice looking due to it’s oily base light brown colored wrapper. The only down fall that I have to report to you was the small bumps that I located throughout the cigar leaf wrapper. The cigar had no soft spots, so over all I am pleased with its makeup. 

Cigar Label: The label is a cream color with brown dark writing. Yes, its basic, but I guess thats the look Rocky was looking for. Please note, that this cigar label is located on the foot of the cigar. Weird? I think so!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Xikar multi-task scissors for this task, and as always, it was a perfect cut. The pre-draw was perfect, and I immediately tasted a nice woodsy flavor. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a rich chocolaty flavor, along with strong hints of earth and pepper. The 2nd third consisted of earth and wood, with short hints of herbal flavors. The last third continued with the earthy flavor “which was like smoking a handful of dirt” along with quick hints of pepper.  I really didn’t care for these flavors and found myself flushing my pallet with my drink of choice “hot coffee!” Bummer! 

 

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was perfect throughout the smoke as was the burn line. The ash was a dark gray color but did not require much attention. 

 

Price? Approximately $ 5.00 to $6.00 dollars a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately and hour and half! 

Liked it? No!

Recommend it? No.

Hint? If you like smoking dirt, then this is your cigar! If not, skip this one!

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

JOYA DE NICARAGUA ANTANO 1970 LANCERO

 

 Hello everyone,  I am glad to be back with you after I finally kicked a nasty cold. Just another reason why I hate to see the end of Summer! It seems that once its over the germs are right there with it to make you sick. Ok enough with my babbling, lets get to what you came for! A cigar review!

The cigar of choice today is the Joya De Nicaragua Antano 1970 Lancero. I would like to give a big shout out to my friend Michael for his kind generosity, “I owe you one!” So now that you know how I obtained this “breadstick” of a cigar, lets get into it.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Dark “rasado-hued” Nicaraguan Criollo

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan  

Length/Ring: 7.5 X 38

Shape: Lancero

Strength: Medium to Full

 

 

My Observations: This cigar is “very” cool looking, partly due to it’s length and size. The wrapper on this baby is an awesome site, and I wasn’t sure whether I should smoke it or eat it? (You know it really looks like a dark breadstick ~ lol) I found no soft spots on my finger touch inspection and to tell you the truth,  I really have nothing bad to say about the construction of it.

 

Cigar Label: Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love the classic look of this label which consists of red, sliver, green, gray, and black. It will jump out at you while you are perusing your cigar stores cigar cabinet. 

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my guillotine cutter for this task which sliced right through the small end cap. The pre-draw was excellent, just the way I like it. Once lit, I instantly detected a nice strong taste of pepper on my pallet. This flavor was paired with slight notes of rich coffee and I felt like I was smoking a great Cuban cigar!  

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar as stated above, consisted of pepper and roasted coffee. The 2nd third continued with the peppery flavor which was again paired up with notes of coffee, and wood. The last third consisted of pepper, coffee, and chocolate though very mild.

 

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was awesome, and I was very pleased with it through out my smoke. The burn line was also “perfect!” and I have to say that I am loving my first experience with the lancero cigar experience The ash on this gem is a clean gray color, which required little ashing.

 

Price? Approximately $ 70.00 for a box. Do your homework though!

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? About two hours and a half! 

Liked it? Yes, to my surprise

Recommend it? Yes

 

Hint? This is a great cigar, so broaden your horizons, and don’t make the same mistake I made by shying away from it because of its thin size!

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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