Good Bye Senator Kennedy

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On Saturday, we as a nation said goodbye to Senator Ted Kennedy and the legacy of the Kennedy brothers. Senator Kennedy served in the United States Senate for over 17000 days. Senator Kennedy ran for President in 1980 but was defeated by the incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Senator Kennedy was a true liberal and made that perfectly clear through his 46 year career as US Senator.

Senator Kennedy was well known for an automobile accident which occurred in 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island. During that accident, Senator Kennedy was able to free himself but left a women by the name of Mary Jo Kopechne in the sinking vehicle and never reported it to anyone until the next day when she was found dead. This would haunt Senator Kennedy till the day he died and ultimately cost him any chance of being the President of the United States.

Senator Kennedy loved the sea, sailing, skiing, and cigars even though he said he quit when he supported his fellow colleges in the fight to ban smoking in public places.

Senator Kennedy was the brother of the Joseph Kennedy who was killed during WWII , President John F. Kennedy (assassinated), and late Senator Robert F. Kennedy (assassinated). Senator Kennedy was also the brother to five sisters. Senator Kennedy’s father Joseph Kennedy was US Ambassador to Great Britain and his mother was Rose Kennedy.

Senator Kennedy leaves three children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren behind.

In closing, though I was not a Ted Kennedy supporter, I would like to take this time to send out my condolences to the Kennedy family.

Rest Peacefully Senator Kennedy

Stew

HC CRIOLLO

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Hello everyone, today I am continuing with the “HC” Cigar collection from Xikar that being the criollo. I am really hoping that this one follows in the footsteps of the Connecticut, which I reviewed previously. Again I would like to thank the good folks over at Xikar for sending these cigars to me to review. So with the history behind us, its time to get on with the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Shade Grown Criollo

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo / Honduras & Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a very nice looking cigar that will draw your attention at your local B&M. The medium brown leaf wrapper is nearly perfect with its little almost non existent veins. There was hardly any soft spots and the cap was placed with true pride.

Cigar Label: Very cool and very tropical looking. You will find this wrapper on all of the “HC” cigars so I won’t get into it because I described it to a tee during my video review in the “HC” Conneticut. The only difference is the red outlining.

Snip: I chose a straight cut for my smoke.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a nice tea favor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of sweet tea flavor along with honey. The 2nd third consisted of caramel and leather flavors, which is pure joy on the pallet. The last third continued with the caramel and the strong presence of leather. A very nice arrangements of flavors if you ask me.

Draw: Smooth and right on the mark with excellence.

Burn line: A but jagged.

Price? $ 8.50 stick.

Drink of choice? Cola.

Smoke Time? Approximately and hour and half.

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? None.

Over All

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Until Next Time

Stew

Montecristo Serie VI Belicoso

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Hello folks, today I am reviewing the Montecristo Series VI cigar. I was gifted this cigar and kept it in my war chest for over two months. I figured that there was no better time to review this beast like the present, so I brought it out to my rear deck and fired it up. Here is my results.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Cameroon

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican Republic / Dominican Republic & Brizillian

Length/Ring: 6 1/8 X 52

Shape: Belicoso

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a nice looking cigar that has small veins and a dark rich Cameroon leaf wrapper. Not many soft spots and overall a grade “A” cigar in the appearance department.

Cigar Label: “Boring” Not much thought was put behind this marketing scheme! Brown, white, and gold for colors.

Snip: I chose a straight cut for my smoke.

Pre-Draw: Smooth, with little resistance. I didn’t pick up any flavors.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of spice and an unpleasent tabacco taste. The flavor reminded me of a wet dirt smell and if it wasn’t for this review this baby was more than ready for the “Stew” launching pad if you get my drift. The 2nd third continued with the awful dirt flavors and the spice disapeared and again I had to ask myself why I wasn’t just throwing this disaster off my back deck. The last third never changed and I honestly can tell you that I immediately cleansed my pallet from this heart breaking experience and made a mental note on my iphone cigar review app to stay clear of this awful creation.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Uneven.

Price? It was free thank god and if you want to try it, your on your own in researching the price point of this true loser.

Drink of choice? Water.

Smoke Time? Lets just say too long!

Recommend it? Ah, “NO!”

Hint? Skip it!

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel Havana Corojo Toro

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Hello everyone, its has been a while since I last posted a cigar review but life has been awfully busy. Ok, enough of that, todays cigar is something of a new cigar (at least to me) from the great “Rocky Patel” called the Rocky Patel Havana Corojo. This cigar comes in various sizes and is fairly priced. In my research of this cigar, I found out that it is made in Rocky’s El Paraiso factory in Danli, Honduras. Rocky has stated that this cigar is “Something Special” as he puts it and he promises it to be an awfully good cigar. So with the background behind us, lets see if Rocky is right.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Corojo

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 60

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a wonderful looking cigar that reminds me of the Kristoff corojo, which I truly love. Everything about it matches up with the Kristoff from its medium colored brown oily wrapper right up to its large veins. The cap even reminds of it and I am starting to think “Is this a Kristoff Corojo with an RP cigar label attached to it(LOL)? Ok, we all know its not but trust me once you lay your eyes on it you will know what I am getting at.

Cigar Label: Wondering who was behind this marketing scheme? Because to tell you the truth, I almost walked right by this baby until my eye caught the signature “RP” stamped on it. The colors consist of a dull mustard yellow and brown which is not very noticeable at first sight to the naked eye perusing the cigar shop. I think the only thing that saved it was the white writing! Not sure why he threw in a second green label either, that sits just below the first one? It sought of looked like a bargain basement cigar so thank God I caught the “RP” signature trademark or I would have missed it for sure!

Over all, its not much to look at if you ask me but then again, I never judge a cigar by its cover (LOL). Thumbs down to the person or persons behind the marketing scheme though.

Snip: I chose a straight cut for my smoke.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a sweet flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a beautiful rich corojo flavor accompanied by a wonderful blast of spice. Now hold the phone a minute because just a few seconds later, I was introduced to a roasted coffee flavor followed by sweet, sweet honey. The 2nd third continued with all of these flavors, which kept a full smile across my face. The last third consisted of honey, small hits of earth, chocolate, and tea.

In closing, make sure your pallet is cleansed before you smoke this baby because if not you will be missing a host of flavors.

Draw: Smooth and wonderful

Burn line: Very nice with a few touchups.

Price? I paid 9.50 for my stick.

Drink of choice? Ice coffee.

Smoke Time? This is a slow burner so put some serious time aside for it. It lasted well over two and half hours for me easily.

Liked it? Loved it and it has now replaced the Kristoff corojo as my go to corojo cigar!

Recommend it? Do I have to answer this question!

Hint? Smoke it!

Over All

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Until Next Time

Stew

ROCKY PATEL OCEAN

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Hello everyone, its time for another cigar review. This time, I am bringing you the Rocky Patel Ocean Club cigar. I would like to take this time to thank my good friend Mike also known as KnightRid on Twitter because without his generosity, I would have never had this cigar to review. So if you are interested in this cigar, head over to Holt’s  cigars because they are the only ones who sell this creature. Enjoy the video!

* Please take note that the cigar I reviewed is not the “Toro” size as mentioned in the video, it’s the Sixty.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Mexican / Nicaraguan & Dominican

Length/Ring: 6 X 60

Shape: Sixty

Strength: Medium

UNTIL NEXT TIME

STEW

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