CUBAO # 4

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you the much talked about cigar from EO Brands and the master roller himself Don Pepin called “Cubao.” Yes, I am late on this one but I had a hard time locating it, and once I did, it some how became lost in my humidor. So with the history behind us, let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER:Ecuadorian Sumatra

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 4 7/8 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a very nice looking cigar even though there are lots of noticable veins on it. The cigar has a nice medium brown leaf wrapper that smells a lot like coffee beans. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of and the cap was well placed.

Cigar Label: I really like the tan and white colors chosen for this label. Whoever was responsible for this label did one hell of a job!

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a hint of the Pepin peppery trade mark.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of that Pepin “peppery” trade mark, which dominated the 1st third of this cigar. The 2nd third consisted of a burning leaves type taste that blended well with a sweet coffee bean flavor. The Final third continued with burning leaf flavor, coffee, and sudden hints of wood. Over all a very nice smoking experience.

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: A bit jagged at times but nothing that affected my cigar smoking experience.

Price: I paid $9.00 plus tax for a five pack from cigarbid. com

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes

Hint: This is a nice everyday smoke that will keep you satisfied.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Diamond Crown Maximus # 2 (Churchill)

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you the Diamond Crown Maximus # 2. I came into possession of this cigar from my good friend Barry from acigarsmoker.com approximately a year ago. Some how it became lost in the war chest until I recently rediscovered it. I am hoping that the extra aging with do this monster some good. I have heard a lot of great things about this stick so I am really expecting this to be a great smoke. So with the history behind us, let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: El Bajo Ecudarian Ligero Oscuro Sun Grown

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican/ Dominican

Length/Ring: 7 X 50

Shape: Churchill

Strength: Full

My Observations: Very disappointing to say the least for such a high-priced cigar! Why you ask? Well, first of all, I found it to have a sub par rolling job at best. Second, I found the cigar to have several imperfections, which I believe will affect my smoking experience. Finally, I found several soft spots on my finger touch inspection.  Over all a “C+” so far.

Cigar Label: Awesome with its assorted coolers and artwork.The colors consisted of yellow, gold, blue, silver, red, and white.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Great with a rich tobacco taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper and spice and small hints of an unusual bitter coal type flavor. The 2nd third continued with the bitter coal taste, which was joined with dark roasted coffee. The last third continued with the unpleasant bitter coal taste and roasted coffee.


Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: Jagged, which had to be corrected several times.

Price: It was a gift but I believe they run around $252.95  for a box of 20.

Liked it: No

Recommend it: No.

Hint: If you like bitter coal flavors then go for it.

Over All

Until Next Time

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day

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Until Next Time

Stew

SCR (SELECT CABINET RESERVE) BY ALEC BRADLEY

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you a cigar from Alec Bradley called the SCR.   Personally, I am not a big Alex Bradley fan but thought that I would give this one a try for review purposes. I have heard some good things about this cigar so I am hoping that this will be the case for me. So with the history behind us, let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER:Honduran

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran & Indonesian/ Nicaraguan & Honduran

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This is a very nice looking cigar that is medium brown in color. The cigar is sort of veiny but adds to the beauty of this cigar. I found no imperfections and no soft spots on my finger touch inspection.

Cigar Label: Very cool with its red, silver, gold, and black colors. “A+”

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a woodsy flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper, coffee but pretty much uneventful and sort of boring. The 2nd third continued with these flavors but again seemed very weak and again uneventful. The last third again continued with the same flavors and again weak and uneventful.

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: straight

Price: I paid $5.50

Liked it: No

Recommend it: No.

Hint: Maybe aging will help this stick but personally I will be skipping this one in the future.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Hello everyone, today I am bringing yet another cigar from Rocky Patel. Just when you thought you tried all of his cigars “BAM” another one appears on the shelf. Anyway the cigar is call the Rocky Patel Royal Vintage. So with the history behind us let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Seven year old Habano

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican/ Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6.5 X 50

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium

My Observations: This cigar is pretty basic and really is nothing to look at with the naked eye. There are veins present and I did find some soft spots on my finger touch inspection. Over all, I found it to be a true disappointment and question Rocky’s decision to add this one to his vintage line.

Cigar Label: The label is purple and gold.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with no flavor detected on the dry run.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of  earth and nothing else. The 2nd third continued with the earth and I detected a slight hint of leather. The last third continued with the earth flavor and that’s basically it.

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: jagged

Price: I paid $29.99 for fifteen cigars from Joes Deal of the Day.

Liked it: Not even close!

Recommend it: No.

Hint: I would skip it!

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Saint Luis Rey Serie G Short Robusto

Hello everyone, today I am exploring a new cigar called the St Luis Rey “Series G.” I found this cigar while I was trying out a new B&M called Habanos located in the city of Pawtucket. The price point alone instantly drew my attention to it that being $5.95. With that type of price point, I was definitely going to give it a try. So with the history behind us let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan, Honduran

Length/Ring: 4.5 X 54

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: This cigar has an awesome dark chocolate leaf wrapper. The construction on it is flawless and has absolutely no imperfections. The cap was centered perfectly, and I found no soft spots on my finger touch inspection. As of now, I feel like I have found some bury treasure but I just hope that the smoke is as good as this cigar looks.

Cigar Label: The label is very Cuban old school with its red, gold, and white writing.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth and peppery.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a slight peppery flavor that was short lived and replaced by a beautiful chocolate flavor. The 2nd third continued with the chocolate flavor and was suddenly joined with an outstanding caramel flavor. The last third continued with the chocolate and caramel flavor that truly amazed my palate. This cigar is a true hidden gem!

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: Great.

Price: I paid $5.95

Liked it: Loved it!

Recommend it: You know I do.

Hint: If you haven’t tried this true gem then you are missing out big time.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

A CIGAR FOR A SNOWY DAY

Hello, everyone, just a quick video for you on the MJ12. Yes, I have already reviewed it but thought I would share with you a day in the snow with a very good cigar. Enjoy

Until Next Time

Stew

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