HC Series Connecticut Shade

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Hello everyone, today I am bringing you the HC Series Connecticut Shade by the great folks at Xikar. To add to this cigar I am also introducing the cigar spike as an extra bonus to review. So sit back and enjoy the show and as always leave your comments (good and bad).

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER:  Costa Rica / Nicaraguan / Mexican

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Mild to Medium

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STEW

Tatuaje Cojonu 2006

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Hello everyone, today I bring you another cigar video review with the Tatuaje Cojonu 2006. Looks to be an interesting review and I am glad to be smoking another of Pete Johnson’s cigars. So with that said, enjoy the video. Oh and here is the link I promised you in the video in regards to my political rant.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 1/2 X 52

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Full

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STEW


La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet

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Hello everyone, yup back for another cigar review old school style. Today I am bringing you the La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet. I know that this cigar has been on the market for quite sometime but I was finally able to get my hands on it at the Smoke Stack in North Providence, Rhode Island. I admit that I am not a big fan of LFD cigars and the ones that I have had really didn’t interest me , but I thought I would give this one a try.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Cameroon

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Nicaraguan & Dominican

Length/Ring: 6 1/4 X 54

Shape: Toro

Strength: Mild to Medium

My Observations: Hate to say this but it’s not much to look at. Basically it has a medium brown leaf wrapper that is veiny, and dull to one eyes. There really isn’t anything about this cigar that screams “Pick me, pick me.” The cap is place sloppily and the cigar has several soft spots. To tell you the truth, if I didn’t read and hear all the good reviews it received from various cigar blogs on the internet, I would have surly skip it.

Cigar Label: The label very antique looking with its brown and gold colors. I like the concept and it adds character to this boring specimen.

Snip: I chose to punch it.

Pre-Draw: Smooth.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of  coffee, cocoa, and sun dried tomatoes. The 2nd third continued with these three flavors and was join by hints of wood. The last third continued with all of these flavors that I mention that made for a relaxing, and most enjoyable smoking experience.

Draw: Smooth and right up to par!

Burn line: Beautiful.

Price? $ 6.50 a stick.

Drink of choice? Hot tea.

Smoke Time? Around two hours.

Liked it? Yes!

Recommend it? Yes!

Hint? Don’t be fooled by this dull looking cigar, it’s worth the smoke.

Over All

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Until Next Time

Stew

CAO MX2 “box-press”

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Hello everyone, today’s cigar is from the folks at CAO. The cigar is the CAO MX2 “box-press.” As you can tell from the photo, it is a truly an awesome creature to behold. I found this baby on the shelves in the Smoke Stack cigar shop located in North Providence, RI and I had to have it. I could tell from my first glance that this was a must for one of my up coming cigar reviews. Once I purchased it, I immediately placed it in my XIKAR travel humidor case and let it sit until today. I am truly looking forward to this smoking experience and I hope that it will be as good as the other MX2′s I have had in the past. Well lets find out already.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broad leaf

BINDER & FILLER: Brazilian /  Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican,and Peruvian

Length/Ring: 5.5 X 55

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: This is a clean looking cigar that has been constructed flawlessly. I was truly amazed that I wasn’t able to find one thing to bitch about it. The box press alone is a mouth watering experience to your eyeballs. Now throw in its deep rich dark chocolate wrapper and there’s really nothing further to say. The leaf wrapper has no imperfections, which is complimented by a series small veins that are practically unnoticeable to the naked eye. Oh and lets not forgot to mention that the cap was centered perfectly too! On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of. So what more can I tell you? Its perfect!

Cigar Label: Three cheers! The black cigar label with its silver lettering is a true marketing success to the consumers eyes. Now add in the reverse colors for the box-press band and you have a true winner!

Snip: Hole punch.

Pre-Draw: Nice and smooth, which produced a hint of rich caramel chocolate.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a deep rich taste of dark chocolate. Now this taste was joined with a rich unique coffee flavor that reminded me of a Star Bucks coffee known as Pike’s Place. If you haven’t had Pike’s Place, it rich and smooth and most enjoyable on your pallet. The two flavors blending together just spells success. The 2nd third continued with both flavors and maybe just maybe, I swear I picked up a hint of peanut butter to add to its richness. The last third continued with the dark chocolate and Pike’s Place coffee flavors and now was joined with hints of earth, and some type of spice through my nose sinuses. Truly an amazing smoking experience to say the least!

Draw: Perfect!

Burn line: A little jagged but I never had to touch it up.

Price? $7.65

Drink of choice? White wine.

Smoke Time? Approximately an hour and half.

Liked it? Oh Yeah!

Recommend it? You know I do!

Hint? Get your hands on it!

Over All

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Stew

Illusione ~mj12~

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Hello everyone, todays cigar is the Illusion ~m12~, which I obtained from Barry’s cigarpass from acigarsmoker.com. So at this time, I would like to take a minute to thank him for this cigar and at the same time, remind him that the Boston Red Sox are in first place at the All Star break (LOL). Anyways, back to the cigar review! Now I know your probably scratching your head and saying where is the video review? Well, not today because I had the itch to go back to the old school way of reviewing cigars. Ok and plus the fact that I really didn’t want to drag all the equipment out as well. So with the history behind us, lets get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 54

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This truly is a beautiful looking cigar to the eyes. This is due to it’s splendid oily looking dark brown leafy wrapper. On closer inspection, one can see that it is pretty veiny but it seemed to blend perfectly with the contour of its makeup. The triple cap was placed perfectly and boy I was overwhelmed with joy with its construction. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of and I couldn’t wait to light this baby up!


Cigar Label: Very cool! The black on white really works for this cigar and is a real eye catcher.

Snip: V cut.

Pre-Draw: A little stiff for my taste which produced some chocolate notes.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of rich chocolate, which reminded me of a Milky Way bar. This flavor was joined along with a nutty flavor and quick blasts of leather. The 2nd third continued with the Milky Way bar flavor, nuts, leather, and now some black cherry. I was truly amazed on how many flavors this cigar was giving off and my pallet begged for more. Hopefully it won’t let me down. The last third continued to amaze me to say the least. Yes the Milky Way bar flavor continued along with the nuts, leather, and finally coffee notes. This is definitely one of the finer smokes I have had in a long time. It was truly amazing!


Draw: Very, very, nice! Opened right up once I got her started! Very smooth too and right on target with my taste!

Burn line: Burned a little jagged through the 1st third but quickly corrected itself for the rest of the smoke.

Price? $ 8.75 a stick.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee.

Smoke Time? Approximately two hours.

Liked it? Yes!

Recommend it? Yes!

Hint? I would like to see if housing it in my humidor will enhance the flavors. Not that it needs it but that’s what I will be doing when I get my hands on some more!

Over All

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Until Next Time

Stew


CAMACHO CONNECTICUT

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Hello everyone, the weekend is here and that means its time for a cigar. This week, I am bring you the Camacho Connecticut robust. After hearing all the buzz on this particular cigar on various cigar blogs, I decided to pick one up to see if lived up to all the hype it was receiving. I am eager to find out if it matches up to the Oliva series “O” or the Connecticut by Rocky Patel. Let’s find out shall we.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran / Honduran

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

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STEW


NUB MADURO 460

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Hello everyone, today I am smoking the Nub Maduro 460, which I received from my good friend Barry from acigarsmoker.com. Please make sure you stop by his site because he has some wonderful cigar reviews. Any ways, the video was interrupted by a heavy down pour so no political rant today. Enjoy!

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Brazilian Maduro

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 4 X 60

Shape: Nub

Strength: Medium to Full

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STEW


CAO PERFECTO NATURAL FROM THE CAO AMERICA 4TH OF JULY SERIES BOX (RE-VISTED)

Hello everyone, I hope you had a most excellent 4th of July. I had a wonderful time that was full of visiting with family and friends. Today, I am reviewing a cigar I smoked back in July of 2008, which is the CAO Perfecto Natural America. At that time, I was unable to give it a thumbs up or down so I decided to review it a year later to see if anything changed.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and lighter Connecticut Shade Capa.

BINDER & FILLER: Ligero tobaccos from Nicaragua, Italy, U.S.A., and the Dominican Republic bound in a zesty Brazilian.

Length/Ring: 60 X 6

Shape: Perfecto

Strength: Medium to Full

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STEW

Rocky Patel Spring Collection 2009

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Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic week! Today’s cigar is the Rocky Patel Spring Collection. I have been searching for this guy for quit sometime and was able to track it down at the Smoke Stack located in North Providence, Rhode Island. They have a great selection and the clerk is as friendly as can be. So with the history behind us, lets get to the review.

Cigar Make Up

Wrapper: Sumatra

Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 52

Price: $7.55

Drink of choice: Newman’s own organic bold

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STEW

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