STEW’S LAST CIGAR REVIEW OF 2008 CAMACHO COROJO MADURO

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Hello everyone, I hope you had a great Christmas, I know I did! So here we are, the last cigar review of 2009. I am shocked how fast time goes by and I bet you are too. I have to say though that 2008 was a great time for cigars and I am sure glad that I got to review some of them, and as a result, I met some awesome people through it as well. So with that said, I would like to thank all the cigar companies who sent me some samples to review throughout the year! 

 

Todays cigar is the Camacho Corojo Maduro. I chose this cigar because of Ed and Tom’s recent cigar review over at Toms Cigar Reviews. I noticed that I had never done a Camacho review and figured this would go well after the wonderful review that Ed, Ant, and Tom did earlier in the week! If you haven’t seen it get on over their, because you missing a real treat. OK, lets get to it already!

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Honduras

BINDER & FILLER: Honduras / Honduras

Length/Ring: 6 1/8 X 54

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Medium 

 

My Observations: I found this cigar to be a wonderful looking creature. The wrapper is a medium brown leaf wrapper, which was rolled to perfection. The leaf wrapper does however have some noticeable veins, but it doesn’t take away from the construction of it in any way. On my finger touch inspection, I found the wrapper to be oily and smooth. I have heard a lot from people that smoke Camacho’s on a regular basis brag about its construction and now I can see why.

Cigar Label: Kind of “blah” and I personally I don’t like it. I found it to sort of blend in with the leaf wrapper and I think as a result it doesn’t command much attention to it. Over all I would say poor “marketing” scheme and as a result I bet it gets passed over by ordinary cigar smokers looking for something new. The label consists of a brown background with a dull gold striping and lettering. Personally, I think Camacho should change it but hey its only my opinion.

 

Snip: I chose the “V” cut for this task.

Pre-Draw: Tremendous!

Toasting: Perfect with my triple burner lighter

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of earth, cedar wood, and nuts. These flavors, blended well together, but the main flavor on the pallet was earth. The 2nd third consisted of earth, chocolate, which picks up a great deal with every puff, and small hints of coffee. The final 3rd consisted of chocolate, earth, and leather. This is a fine smoke and I have to say, my first experience with Camacho, was a good one.

Draw and burn line: Was jagged and uneven but didn’t affect my smoke. 

Price? Approximately $7.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Two hours.

Liked it? I really did!

Recommend it? You bet I do!

Hint? I housed mine for approximately three months before my review, and I suggest you do too.

 

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to all my readers, I hope you got everything you wanted! God Bless!

 

Until Next Time

Stew

A LOOK BACK AT 2008

 

Hello everyone, today I bring to you a look back at some of the cigars that were reviewed here at the World According to Stew. “Enjoy!”

 

Until Next Time

Stew

LA RIQUEZA # 3

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Today’s cigar is the La Riqueza # 3 from Pete Johnson cigar company. I finally got my hands on this cigar a couple of week ago at Cigar Masters in Providence, RI and housed it in my humidor since then to give it a little resting time before my review. I have heard a lot of good things about it and the cigar clerk highly recommended, so I am expecting big things from it. I know that most of Pete Johnson’s cigars are well made so I am looking forward to smoking it and giving you my results.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut broadleaf

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5.8 X 46

Shape: Box press

Strength: Medium to full

My Observations: I found this cigar to be kind of plain without any “wow” to it. The cigar wrapper has small veins and is well rolled though. The cap has the Cuban signature to it, which is triple capped. On my finger touch inspection, I found the wrapper to be smooth to the touch but I did find some soft spots. Over all very nice but again its just so plain-looking, at least to me.

Cigar Label: Very cool! I love how the red background blends together with the gold filling and white lettering.

Snip: I chose the “V” cut for this task.

Pre-Draw: Great, just right for me!

Toasting: No problems to speak off “Yeah triple burner lighter” (LOL)

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a weird flavor that I am not digging! which is an earthy type flavor without any zing to it. So far, I would have to say this is a “boring smoke, which I am very disappointed to say the least, but lets see what is around the corner. The 2nd third consisted of an awesome raspberry flavor that I must say has turned this guy right around, and boy am I glad! Joining this flavor is some cinnamon, and quick hints of spice. The last 3rd consisted of caramel, cinnamon, raspberry (YEAH BABY!) and short hints of spice. All these flavors blend well together and will amaze your palate.

Draw and burn line: “Perfect” nothing more, nothing less! The burn line was amazingly great for a box press cigar! I have to say I was shocked!

Price? Approximately $9.00 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Right around two hours.

Liked it? Yes, after the 1st third!

Recommend it? Yes I do!

Hint? Starts out slow but picks up quick, so give it chance after the initial start!

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

DON PEPIN GARCIA SERIES “JJ” MADURO

 

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Today’s cigar is the Don Pepin Garcia Series “JJ” Maduro from the cigar master himself “Don Pepin. I am very excited about this review because “Don” is one of my favorite cigar makers, and I consider him to be one of the superior cigar rollers and makers in the industry today. If you don’t know the Pepin name then you must be hiding under a rock! So without further ado, let’s get down to business!

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Maduro

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan Corojo / Criollo 

Length/Ring: 5.7 X 52

Shape: Belicoso

Strength: Medium to full

 

My Observations: As in all Don Pepin cigars, what you see is what you get. So what do you get? A beautiful rolled cigar with little or no imperfections. There are some veins but they seem to blend in perfectly with this gorgeous chocolate brown leaf wrapper. The wrapper itself is oily that gives off a wonderful sheen in its appearance. On my finger touch inspection, I found it to be smooth and silky! I found no soft spots and once again, I know why the “Pepin” name is so popular in the cigar world. Trust me, if you purchase this cigar you will understand too!

 

Cigar Label: Perfect! The white background label just stands out with the gold lettering, orange, reddish, design and gold filling around it. True genius and a hugh “Stew Thumbs” up to the Pepin marketing team!

Snip: I chose my cigar scissors for this task and I have no complaints to share with you.

Pre-Draw: The dry draw was a bit snug for my taste but I will let you know if it affected my smoke.

Toasting: “Yes” I used my triple burner torch lighter, and yes the my cigar took right off. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of that famous pepper “Pepin” trade mark that one usually gets right up front with most of his creations. This peppery flavor does not last long though and quickly fades out at, which point I tasted nuts, and cedar flavors on my pallet. The 2nd third consisted of various spices, cedar, and nuts. The final 3rd consisted of nuts, various wonderful spices, and small hints of Cuban coffee flavor. 

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was again a bit snug for my taste but it seemed to loosen up as the smoke went on. The burn line was a bit jagged but never affected my smoke in any way.

Price? Approximately $9.00 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours and half.

Liked it? Very, very good!

Recommend it? YES, put it on your Christmas list (LOL)!

Hint? I think aging this sucker will do it justice!

 

Over All

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Montecristo Cabinet Selección

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Today’s cigar is the Montecristo Cabinet Selección from the good folks of Altadis. I found this cigar while I was looking for something new to smoke at the Humidor located on Post Road in East Greenwich R.I. I have to say that I walked into the cigar shop at the right time, because I was able to purchase three of these babies at 20 % off and got the forth one for free due to the promo they were having. So with the history of how I obtained it behind us, let’s get into the review.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Peruvian & Nicaraguan 

Length/Ring: 6 X 52

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium to full

 

My Observations: This cigar has a beautiful chocolate leaf wrapper but is a bit veiny. I did find this cigar to be rolled with pure confidence and found no imperfections on the leaf wrapper. On my finger touch inspection, I found some soft spots but not enough to affect the smoke. The cap was put on with pure craftsmanship, which was centered perfectly. Overall this cigar is an awesome creature to look at, and I am sure glad that I obtained a couple to age in my humidor for a later date!

Cigar Label: Classic, with it’s white background, black writing, and gold stripes. I loved a label that draws your attention and this label does just that!

Snip: I chose a hole punch for this task, which is slowly becoming my choice. Not sure why but that might be a topic for another post.

Pre-Draw: The dry draw was perfect for my taste, and I quickly was rewarded with a nice pepper taste.

 

Toasting: Perfect with the use of my triple burner torch lighter. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of cocoa and pepper, which blended together perfectly. The 2nd third continued with the rich cocoa flavor, pepper, and was joined with hints of milk chocolate “Yum!”. The final 3rd consisted of cocoa, and rich milk chocolate and a slight hint of earth. I have to say that all these flavors blended well together, and my pallet thoroughly enjoyed them!

 

Draw and burn line: The draw was awesome and the burn line was a bit ragged but even out towards the end of my smoke. 

Price? Approximately $9.50 a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours

Liked it? Loved it!

Recommend it? YES!

Hint? Seriously, if you get a chance to smoke this baby! DO IT!

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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