Don Pepin “Yellow Label” from CI Legends

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Hello everyone, todays cigar is another cigar from the Cigar International Legend Series. The cigar is the “Yellow Label,” which is made by the great Don Pepin. I am very excited about reviewing this cigar due to that very fact. It seems that anything Don Pepin puts out is nothing short of “greatness” and I am expecting nothing less here. So with that said, lets not waste anymore time.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Corojo

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan 

Length/Ring: 5.7 X 54

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: Beautiful to say the least. The light colored brown leaf wrapper is rolled to perfection. Yes, it is veiny but it adds to the look of this baby. The cap is placed perfectly and again Don Pepin has put together another masterpiece. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots. Again the Master blender has out done himself!

Cigar Label: The label is just like the “Orange Label” except for the color of the label so I won’t repeat myself.

Snip: I chose to punch this baby for my smoke.

Pre-Draw: Smooth as can be. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of that trade mark Don Pepin peppery taste, which is truly awesome. This flavor lasted a couple of minutes and then was joined by a rich earthy flavor. The 2nd third continued with the rich earthy taste but all of sudden “BAM” the taste of peanut butter filled my mouth “YUM!” This flavor was truly awesome and was then joined by small hints of chocolate. The last third continued with the peanut butter, earth, and chocolate, which kept a constant smile across my face. This cigar was truly awesome and I am sure glad that I have four left to smoke. I hate to give the ending away, but man this was an enjoyable smoke to say the least!

Draw: Very, very, nice! Smooth and right on target with my taste!

 

Burn line: The cigar had no burn issues to speak of.

Price? $ 25.00 for a five pack.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee.

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours.

Liked it? Yes!

Recommend it? Yes!

Hint? This is the best of the CI Legend Series! If you are going to try any of them, try this one first, its well worth the money! 

 

Over All

 

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Litto Gomez “Diez Chisel”

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Hello everyone, todays cigar is a day early than the usual Tuesday Post. Tuesday is going to be a busy day for me so I thought it would be smart to get my review done a day earlier than a day later. So with that out of the way, I thought it would be nice to review a big name cigar, which has drawn lots of attention to it from the Cigar Aficionado Magazine. This cigar was ranked as their number 3 cigar out of 25 for 2008. It took me a while to get my hands on it due to this “buzz” but I was finally able to locate it at Cigar Masters located in Providence Rhode Island. Once in my hands, I was stunned by its make up and look. It is truly an awesome sight.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Dominica Republic

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican

Length/Ring: 5 1/2 X 54

Shape: Chisel

Strength: Full

 

My Observations: The leaf wrapper is truly beautiful and wrapped to perfection. The Chisel head is what brings your attention to this baby, and for good reason. There is hardly any noticeable veins and there was no soft spots to speak of!

Cigar Label: “Nicely Done!” All the colors in this label blended perfectly together, due to its wonderful flowing colors, which included red, black, and gold.

Snip:I was suggested by Jeremy (the Humidor salesperson) to go with a punch on the top of the cigar, so I went with his suggestion.

Pre-Draw: Very tight and not enjoyable to my standards. Immediately, I began to question the tips design and wondered if this would affect my entire smoke. In regards to flavor, rich pepper hits your pallet immediately during the dry run.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of rich black pepper and lots of it! It is strong to say the least and you immediately respect the power of this monster you have in your hand. This rich pepper flavor lasts awhile and towards the end of the 1st third the flavor of leather starts to make its way into the mix. The 2nd third consisted of the rich pepper, and leather, which quickly is beginning to dominate this smoke. The last third continued with the leather and seem to be joined with small sudden hints of cedar wood. I have to say now that I may have enjoyed this smoke if the draw didn’t “SUCK!” I spent most of the smoke trying to keep the draw going and trust me it wasn’t fun! I now believe I am another sucker who was drawn in by the gimmick look of the cigar!

Draw: Terrible, I had to rotate my cigar in my hands during the entire smoke. It got so bad that I finally began squeezing the tip in an effort to free it up. Now this action did work for a bit but eventually failed, so I cut the tip yet again to salvage my smoke. Irritating to say the least. 

Burn line: Excellent burn line, but had to be relight several times due to the difficult draw.

Price? $ 11.00 for a stick.

Drink of choice? Coke.

Smoke Time? Approximately an hour and half.

Liked it? No!

Recommend it? No!

Hint? If you want to be in the crazy, buy it, but remember gimmick cigars are usually just that, gimmicks! The draw sucks on this guy and I for one will not smoke anything that requires work. 

 

Over All

 

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Until Next Time

Stew

ROMEO JULIETA HABANA RESERVE

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Hello everyone, todays cigar is the Romeo Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso. I have had this cigar since last year when I recieved it from my good friend Mike. Since that time it has been sitting in my humidor sleeping away. I have smoked this cigar before, sometime in 2008, but really don’t remember much about it. So with the history behind us, lets get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Honduran & Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 1/8 X 52

Shape: Belicoso

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: The leaf wrapper is very cool looking due to its reddish color. It was rolled perfectly and I didn’t find anything to complain about. On the finger touch inspection, I did find some soft spots but nothing to get excited about.

 

Cigar Label: Nicely done with its maroon, white, gold, and black coloring. Its very old school looking.

Snip:”V” cut.

Pre-Draw: This cigar has an extremely loose draw. I guess I will really be able to detect the flavors then (LOL).

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a a strong cedar wood taste. I kind of felt that I was actually smoking a tree branch then a cigar. After a couple of puffs I began to also taste small hints of earth as well. The 2nd third consisted of the strong cedar wood taste, earth, and a little charcoal. The last third didn’t change much, which was a big disappointment for me. I truly thought it was going to be a better experience.

Draw: Very loose.

Burn line: The burn seem to be all over the place and I did have to touch it up several times. 

Price? $ 26.00 for a five pack.

Drink of choice? Water.

Smoke Time? Approximately an hour.

Liked it? No!

Recommend it? No!

Hint? Sorry guys, not this time!

 

Over All

 

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Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel “Orange Label” from CI Legends

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Hello everyone, todays cigar is the Rocky Patel “Orange Label from the CI Legends series. You can find this cigar at cigar international. I have been looking to smoke this cigar for quit sometime because Rocky Patel produced it. As all my readers know, I love Rocky Patel cigars and tend to smoke them on a regular basis. So once I heard of the “Orange Label” existence, naturally I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Hope fully it will be better then the R4, which is another Rocky Patel cigar you can only buy online.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Corojo 

BINDER & FILLER: ??? / Honduran

Length/Ring: 5.7 X 54

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

 

My Observations: This is a very nice looking cigar that has a beautiful dark chocolate wrapper. The leaf itself is oily to the touch and is well constructed with its double cap. On my finger touch inspection, I did find some soft spots but I really think it will not affect my smoke in anyway.

 

Cigar Label: Very Cool. All the Legend labels are the same except for the line it is. By that I mean who the cigar is produced by such as the present one, which is orange for Rocky’s creation. All the cigar producers who contributed to this series have there own distinct colors, kind of like the All Star game for baseball, where all individuals wear there own team colors for the game. OK way off topic now. Anyways the colors are blue,gold,silver, black, red, and white. Very Americana.

Snip: Punch.

Pre-Draw: Smooth, which produced a nice tobacco taste on my pallet.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a woodsy, earthy type flavor and that’s basically it. The 2nd third consisted of wood, earth, and small hints of coffee beans though very faint. The last third basically the same with no changes except for the quick hints of coffee bean. Not really what I expected!

Draw: Smooth and right up to par with Rocky Patel cigars.

Burn line: Very jagged, so make sure you lighter has extra fluid for touching it up! 

Price? $ 20.00 for a five pack.

Drink of choice? Hot Tea.

Smoke Time? Approximately an hour and half.

Liked it? Yeah but its not an amazing smoke by any stretch of the imagination!

Recommend it? Yeah, I guess if you have twenty dollars to burn, buy some.

Hint? Maybe putting to sleep for a while will do it justice, we will see though!

 

Note: Check out my buddy Jerry Cruz’s video of this cigar. You can find it on the Stogie Review.

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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