NOSOTROS BY “ILLUSIONE”

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the newest cigar from the Illusione line called the “Nosotros” by Dion Giolito. This cigar is very different from the other Illusione cigars because Giolito obtained help from Drew Estates to create this brand. I am looking forward to this smoke because I heard a lot of great things about this cigar from Twitter and cigar bloggers across the web. With that said though, I am wondering if it will stand up to the World According To Stew test. With that said and the history behind us, lets find out.

CIGAR MAKEUP

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99

BINDER / FILLER: Habano / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 52

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: I paid $9.55

My Observations: This cigar is quite impressive to look at due to its chocolate oily leaf wrapper that immediately calls your attention to it. On a closer inspection, I found this cigar to have medium size veins that blended well with the makeup of this cigar. Another bonus to this cigar is the triple cap which was placed dead center. Over all it really is a winner in the appearance department. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots or imperfections.

Cigar Label: The cigar label is pretty cool to look at. Nothing fancy but the colors chosen being gray and white just seem to flow together fabulously.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Perfect which produced a peppery floral taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper, cedar wood, charcoal, and a dominate flowery type flavor. The 2nd third continued with the dominate flowery type flavor that was complimented with pepper, and toast. The last third again was dominated by the flowery taste but was later  joined by a rich cinnamon flavor.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Jagged and uneven that needed to be re-lit several times.

Liked it: Not at this time.

Recommend it: Maybe with some aging but at this time I would have to say no.

Hint: Age it.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

MAN O’ WAR RUINATION

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the much talked about cigar on Twitter in 2009. I’m sure you know what cigar I’m talking about and “Yes” it’s the Man ‘O War Ruination. Now I know I waited a long time to get my hands on it but I wanted to let all the hype die down so I could score a five pack taster sampler on Cigar Bid for cheap money. So with the history behind us, let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER:Habano Ecuadorian Ligero

BINDER & FILLER: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan & Honduran long-leaf ligeros / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5.75 X 56

Shape: Belicoso

Strength: Full

Price: I paid $ 22.00 + tax & shipping

My Observations: This really is a nice looking cigar that stands well in the appearance department. I say this because of its shiny oily leaf wrapper which is complimented by its great flowing veins. On my finger touch inspection, I found the wrapper to be oily with no soft spots to speak of. Over all “A” in the grading department.

Cigar Label: This label is just awesome that will command attention. It look like its straight out of the movie “Troy.” The colors consist of silver, orange, black, and brown.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Very nice that produced a peppery spicy taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pure power in the form of pepper and spice. As always please take note of the power of this cigar or you will be sorry. Getting back to the 1st third the pepper and spice are joined with a mocha and deep roasted coffee. The 2nd third continued with the full body power but seem to back off a bit (not much though) that continued  with  the initial flavors as mentioned above. The last third continued to show its full body experience that had me a little light-headed and triggered me to slow down a bit. Again the initial flavors dominated this smoke but towards the end I was pleasantly greeted with a nice chocolate flavor that blended well with the other dominate flavors.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Even for the most part.

Liked it: Yes but it was not a “WOW” cigar for me.

Recommend it: Yes, to full body cigar smokers

Hint: Before you try this baby just remember to respect its power.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

3rd Annual Smoke A Don Pepin JJ For JJ Day.

Please join the cigar community and Mr. Jerry Cruz on July 22nd, 2010, for the 3rd annual “Smoke A JJ For JJ “Cruz” day. Please follow this link to the Stogie Review for details. Please also head over to my good friend Barry’s site “acigarsmoker” and help him reach his goal in donating $500.00 to the SIDS foundation. Thanks for your participation on this day, I know Jerry will be deeply touched.

Until Next Time

Stew

ROCKY PATEL 15th ANNIVERSAY “Pre-Release”

Hello everyone, today I have the privilege and am most gracious to be considered by the folks at Rocky Patel for the chance to be one of the lucky ones picked to review the new yet to released Rocky Patel’s 15 Anniversary cigar.  At this time, I would like to thank Mr. Patrick Vivalo and the Patel Family for this great honor and wonderful letter. I will say right up front that I was totally shocked because my site is not considered to be a “heavy hitter” in the cigar blog world and as a result I am almost always looked over by other cigar makers. This maybe due to my “Political Out Spoken Rants” in my past videos or my” Tell It Like It Is” attitude towards grading cigars I review. But whatever the case, it just goes to show you what a class act Rocky Patel cigars is.  So with that said “Happy Anniversary Rocky” and now let’s get to the review.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Habana Ecuador

BINDER & FILLER: Jalapa / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto “box-pressed”

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: Gifted by Rocky Patel Cigars but the list price will be $ 9.50.

My Observations: A very nice well put together stick that has a boxed pressed shape. The cigar leaf wrapper is a beautiful chocolate creation that has very small veins which blend in well with the makeup of this cigar. Overall, it’s pretty much perfectly rolled from its triple capped head right down to its foot. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and no blemishes. Over all, excellent construction.

Cigar Label: None (pre-released)

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Excellent that produced a rich sweet woodsy taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of powerful sugary sensation that wakes you up immediately. Be careful because if you’re not a power smoker you may want to skip this one. As I continued to puff, I picked up a chocolate cinnamon flavor paired up with wood. The 2nd third continued with these flavors with not much of a change. The last third continued again with these same flavors but let me point out that these flavors are wonderful and will keep you interested in this cigar right up until the end.

Draw: Excellent.

Burn line: Jagged that produces a flaky ash.

Liked it: Yes. But not my favorite Rocky cigar.

Recommend it: Yes, I think with aging this will truly be an awesome smoke.

Hint: None

Over All

Until Next Time


Stew

“7-20-4″ by K.A. Kendall

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing a new creation from K.A. Kendall called the 7-20-4. The 7-20-4 is inscribe on the cigar label to pay tribute to the original R. G. Sullivan factory. I only came into contact this with this cigar through pure luck. I found it when I stopped at Randy’s cigar shop in South Attleboro Massachusetts, looking for something new to try, and the rest was history. So with the history behind us, lets see how this new creation stands up to the “Stew” test.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Brazilian Mata Fina

BINDER & FILLER: Costa Rica / Nicarauguan~Honduran~Mexican~ Columbian

Length/Ring: 7 X 48

Shape: Churchill

Strength:Medium to Full

Price: I paid $ 9.58.

My Observations: I found this cigar to be well constructed that instantly drew my attention to it. I say this because from the top which consisted of a cool looking pigtail down to its long deep rich chocolate leaf wrapper, I found this baby to be just “excellent!”  Trust me, you too will. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and no blemishes and I was truly excited to fire this baby up.

Cigar Label: The cigar label consist of the numeric’s 7-20-4 colored in white surrounded by black, gold, and red.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a little chocolate.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of chocolate, coffee, and pepper. The 2nd third continued with these flavors which became more defined with every puff. The last third finished with these wonderful flavors and right now I going on record as saying “We have a winner!”

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: A bit jagged and the ash was flakey.

Liked it: Yes I did!

Recommend it: Yes

Hint: Find it and smoke it.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Happy Birthday United States of America

I would like to take this time to say “Happy 4th of July” to you and your family. I would also like to give thanks to all the men and women in the arm services that keep us safe year in and year out. I am truly grateful to you sacrifices and pray every night for your safety. So with that said, enjoy the food and fireworks, and as always be safe.

Until Next Time


Stew

Famous 70th Anniversary Rocky Patel

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the Famous 70th Anniversary by Rocky Patel. I saw this cigar while perusing the Famous website and thought it would be a good stick to review. I was told that the Famous 70th line was very good so I pulled the trigger on a five pack and the rest is history.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength:Medium

Price: I paid $ 15.00 on a Monster Deal.

My Observations: The cigar has a dark oily chocolate wrapper that has small non noticeable veins. On my finger touch inspection, I found some soft spots but I’m sure that it won’t affect my smoke in any way. On a closer inspection, I found no imperfections and the cap was a little off centered. Over all not a bad-looking stick.

Cigar Label: Consists of the Famous cigar label with a brown “Rocky Patel” label just below it that is brown in color with gold lettering.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Slight hesitation that produced no type of flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of earthy type flavor and spice. The 2nd third continued with the spice and earth but quickly faded to just earth. The last third continued with the earth and basically that was it.

Draw: Hesitant at times but seems to open up towards the 2nd third.

Burn line: Jagged.

Liked it: No!

Recommend it: No

Hint: Skip it.

Over All

Until Next Time


Stew

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.