HAPPY THANKSGIVING

thanksgiving-turkeycd101706ksI would like to take this time to wish all my readers and their family a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the food, sports, family, and hopefully a fine cigar and I will see you all soon for another cigar review.

 

Until Next Time

Stew

CUBAN IMPORTS “EXILE”

 

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Today’s cigar is from Cuban Imports called the Exile. I bought this cigar back in the summer of 2007 and lost it in the bottom of my humidor until I found it again for this review. I choose this cigar because of it’s theme, that being the 1960s era. I am a history buff and loved JFK, so now you have my history of how it landed in my hands. 

 

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Checkout the label on this cigar, especially the Cuban Embargo theme stamp. If you look closely to the photo, you will be able to make out the official Cuban Embargo stamp which is in red. Great job Cuban Imports, it’s a true marketing success. 

 

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Here is the wrapper the cigar came in. “Very cool” Again look closely and you will be able to make out that it’s a newspaper clipping that John F. Kennedy signed a document “The Cuban Embargo” making it law that no Americans were able to purchase any Cuban products “especially Cuban cigars” which is still in effect today. Again another awesome marketing scheme, which I give an “A+”

 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan 

Length/Ring: 5 1/2 X 52

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: This is a great looking cigar with that has a beautiful dark brown wrapper. The cigar itself was rolled with true confidence and I found “No” imperfections to speak off. The cap was evenly placed and on my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots. 

 

Snip: I choose my Xzkar multi-tool cigar scissors for this task, which clipped through the perfectly placed cap with ease.

Pre-Draw: The dry draw was perfect with no resistance. 

Toasting: I chose my triple burner lighter for this task, and my cigar danced over it as if it was a bug attracted to light.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of nuts and raspberries. The 2nd third consisted of mocha, spice and the very tasty raspberry flavors. These flavors are smooth and unique and will keep your pallet begging for more! The final 3rd consisted of small hints of coffee, mocha, raspberry and spice. This is a wonderful tasting cigar which I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end!

Draw and burn line: The draw was smooth which let me enjoy all of the cigars rich flavors. The burn line was even throughout my smoke and I am starting to wonder how this cigar escaped me until now. 

Price? Approximately $4.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes, get it!

Hint? Smoke it slow and you will be rewarded!

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Answer to “Not Your Everyday Smokes”

Hello everyone, here is my top five “Not your everyday smokes” as to date:

1. Padron 1924

2. Padron 1964

3. Cohiba “Cuban” Edicion Limitada 2006

4. El Triunfador by Pete Johnson

5. Opus X

 

Thanks to everyone who participated! I enjoyed your answers. 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

NORDING BY ROCKY PATEL


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Today’s cigar comes from the Rocky Patel line, which I have been wanting to review for awhile, but had put aside to review some of the newer cigars that have recently hit the streets. So, with some down time, I figured today was the day. Anyway, the cigar is the “Nording”, which I was turned onto by my good friend “Jerry Cruz” over at the stogie-review. Jerry has placed this cigar in his top five cigars for his weekly smokes and I wanted to see if it lived up to his recommendation. So with that said, lets get into it.

 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Costa Rican

BINDER & FILLER: Mexican / Honduran & Nicaraguan 

Length/Ring: 5 1/2 X 52

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: This cigar has a beautiful chocolate leaf wrapper which is oily to the touch. The cigar is a bit veiny but doesn’t take away from the characteristics of it’s makeup. On my finger touch inspection, I found a some soft spots but I’m not sure if it will really affect the smoke or not but we will find out. Finally, the cigar has a beautiful pig tail, which I personally think adds to the attraction factor when a consumer is perusing for a cigar to smoke.

 

Cigar Label: Tan label with brown writing across it. Nothing over the top and I think Rocky could have done more to bring attention to it. Overall “boring!” 

Snip: I chose my Xikar multi-tool cigar scissors for this task and as always “no problems” to report. 

Pre-Draw: The dry draw was perfect for my taste, but I really wasn’t shocked because I find this in most of Rocky Patel’s cigars. 

Toasting: I chose my triple burner light for this task, which took right off with large amounts of gray smoke. I have to tell you that this is a pleasant smelling cigar too that won’t offend others around you.

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of cocoa and roasted coffee flavors that instantly hit your pallet. The 2nd third consisted of nice spices and nuts, which are accompanied with the rich cocoa flavor. The final 3rd consisted of coffee, cocoa, and spice. Basically what you taste up front is what you will get throughout your smoke.  

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was perfect with no complaints to speak of. The burn line was a little uneven but really never affected my smoke. I never had to touch it up either!

 

Price? Approximately $4.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours

Liked it? Yes, once I smoked it, I bought a box.

Recommend it? YES! Again Jerry is right on target with his recommendations. 

Hint? Aging will help as always but this baby is ready to go from the box. Enjoy!

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

El Triunfador by Pete Johnson

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Hello everyone, its great to be back with a new and exciting cigar review. Boy, I have an awesome cigar for you today, which has created quit a buzz around the cigar world. Why you ask? First it’s made by Pete Johnson’s cigar company which are produced by Don Pepin at his Cuban SA factory in Nicaragua, and second, he only made a limited supply and word has it once there gone, there gone. So what it this the name of this beast you ask? Well, it’s the EL Triunfado which only comes in a lancero size. Now, I know what you’re going to ask me, and it’s why is he not mass producing them Stew? Well, the word on the street is because he needed to copy right the name El Triunfado and to do that he needed to sell a certain amount to the general consumer in order to complete that task. As a result here is the reason for this awesome looking piece of artwork. You know, I really get excited when I am about to smoke a cigar that maybe won’t be around tomorrow. Its sort of like you have been one of the chosen few to enjoy life’s forbidden fruit. Ok enough with the “babble” lets get into the review!

 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

 


WRAPPER: Connecticut broadleaf wrapper

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaragua / Nicaragua 

Length/Ring: 7 1/2 X 38

Shape: Lancero

Strength: Medium

 

 

My Observations: True genius is the only way I can describe the appearance of this cigar to you. I was in love with it the moment I laid my eyes on it. It is basically veinless and is rolled with true confidence and love. Yes, I have to say that I expected nothing less though, but the best because of the person behind its production, that being “The Master Don Pepin.” This cigar has a beautiful pig tail that just sends out a message to it’s admires “Go ahead, pick me up and smoke me!” 

 

 

Cigar Label: Brown with white lettering! It has a true Cuban look to it which takes you back to the “Old School” Cuban style labeling! Nothing fancy and I believe that’s because this monster needs no bells or whistles to draw your attention to it!  

 

 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I remove the pigtail with my fingers “carefully” and as a result, no cutting was needed. The pre-draw was smooth and beautiful as expected at which point my pallet received a nice smooth peppery flavor. Toasting this gem was smooth and easy as I began my journey with this cigar with the use of my single torch burner lighter.

 

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar was outstanding with just “banging” flavors on your pallet! This was due to the rich pepper flavor, that combined with vanilla hints and leather. This cigar is already living up to all the hype and I was begging to see what the next flavors where right around the corner. The 2nd third continued with the outstanding pepper flavor but quickly died down as some earthy flavors combined with wood began to take over. Then all of a sudden “BAM” my pallet received a blast of chocolate and rich cuban coffee bean “WOW!” The final 3rd continued with chocolate, coffee, which seemed to take me right to the end of my smoke. It was a wonderful experience!

 

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was awesome throughout my smoke and I have no complaints to report to you. The burn line though a little jagged but never affected my smoke. The ash, which was whitish gray, kept its form well into the 2nd third of my smoke and again living up to my expectations. I never had to touch up this bad boy and again it all comes back to the master producer of this cigar the Great Don Pepin, who I have tons of respect and admiration for. Hey it’s my opinion but to most of the cigar smokers I speak to, they share the same opinion as I do!

 

 

 

Price? Approximately $9.00 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours

Liked it? NNo,I loved it!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? Get this baby while you can! I’m telling you that if you haven’t got your hands on this gem, you are truly missing out! “Trust me, it’s that good!

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Stew Where Have You Been?

Hello everyone,

Sorry I have been MIA as of late but I promise you that I have some wonderful reviews on the way.Thanks again for all your support and I look forward to all you comments.

 

Until Next Time

Stew

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY SMOKES

 

Hello everyone,

Today, I would like to know what your top five extraordinary cigar smokes are. What I mean by this is; what are your top five special cigars which you would not ordinary smoke unless it was a special occasion. I will reveal mine in about a week. I look forward to your choices.

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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