TATUAJE “FRANK”

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the “Frank” from the Tatuaje monster series. Now, I know what you’re going to say “Hey didn’t that come out in 2008?” And of course my answer is “Yes.” Now the short story of why I’m bringing you this review now is because I was hording it for a special day. That special day is arrived that being October 31, 2010. Now this day is not really a special day but I figured it was Halloween so thus the reason for bringing it out for a try. Please note, that this is the only one I owned and I have never smoked one before so don’t take this review to be gospel. So with the history behind us, I’m ready to give you my verdict on if it passes the mighty “Stew” test.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 7 5/8 x 49

Shape: Churchill “boxpressed”

Strength: Full

Price: I paid $13.50 back in October 2008.

My Observations: I love this cigars makeup in every way and know why now the reason Pete Johnson and the Master roller himself Mr. Don Pepin gave it the thumbs up to be the very first monster. I say this because this cigar is just a true winner in the appearance department “period!” I base this opinion on the rich deep dark chocolate leaf wrapper that surrounded by perfect small non noticeable veins that flow perfectly with the makeup up this special creation. From top to bottom it just plain “rocks!”

On my finger touch inspection I found no soft spots or imperfections as I carefully spun the cigar in my fingers. Over all “A” in the grading department.

Cigar Label: Its green and it’s basically the same as all the other Tatuaje cigar labels.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a chocolate type flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a heavy bout of spice and pepper that lets you know that this cigar is full body. The 2nd third begins with the end of the spice and pepper that turned into a rich and satisfying cocoa and chocolate rich sensation that kept me begging for more. Towards the end a full blast of Leather takes command that sends your mind wondering what could be next. The last third continued with the leather that is later joined with pepper and nuts.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Very jagged.

Liked it: Loved it!

Recommend it: Yes, if you can find it!

Hint: Hey Pete and Mr. Pepin, make more because it’s a winner.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

ROCKY PATEL DECADE

 

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing yet another creation from Rocky Patel. This time I bring you the much talked about “Decade” that represents Rocky’s 10 years in the cigar business. Yes, I know this is not a new cigar on the market but I just never got the time to do a proper review of it. So here’s my chance and now lets see if it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

 

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

 

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 6.5 x 52

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: I paid $12.50

 

 

 

My Observations: A pure gem to look at that is constructed perfectly in every way. This is due to its rich chocolate leaf wrapper that is surrounded by little non noticeable veins that flow perfectly with the leafs makeup. From start to finish this cigar is just outstanding and now I can see now why Rocky gave it the honor of being the “Decade!”

 

  • On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots or any type of imperfections. Over all “A” in the grading department.

 

Cigar Label: A great color scheme and right on the mark to celebrate Rocky’s ten years in the cigar business. The colors consist of yellow and gold.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Perfect, which generated a nice woodsy taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of wood, chocolate, and earth. The 2nd third continued with the sweet chocolate taste but shifted away from the wood and earth flavors that were replaced by peanut and spice. The last third continued with the chocolate, peanut, and spice flavors that lasted right to the end of my wonderful journey with the “Decade.

 

 

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: A bit jagged.

Liked it: Yes, a great experience!

Recommend it: Yes!

Hint: None

Over All

 

 

Until Next Time

 

Stew

 

Rocky Patel Renaissance

 

Hello everyone, I’m back with another cigar review for you. Today I am conducting a review of the Rocky Patel Renaissance “Robusto.” Now, I know I have been on a Rocky Patel kick as late. Why you ask? Well first of all, I don’t work for Rocky Patel so we can squash that theory. But I can tell you this, I have been aging many cigars by him and I thought now would be a good time to review them, so there you have it. Besides this is supposed to be a good one by the man they call Rocky Patel and I’m sure you are wondering what the Great Stew has to say about it (lol)! So without further ado, I’m ready to give you my verdict on whether it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

 

As an extra bouns I added the Dog Head Punkin Ale to show you what I paired my review up with. This is a great ale and really brings out the season of October and Fall.

 

CIGAR MAKE UP:

 

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra which was aged 4 years.

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaragua / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

Price: I paid $15.00 plus shipping at http://www.cigarbid.com

 

My Observations: This cigar was rolled with true craftsmanship that is apparent with every twirl with your fingers. I will note though that the wrapper is a bit delicate so please keep that in mind when handling it.

 

A second bonus that adds to the look of this cigar is the way the small veins blend with the medium brown coloring that is sure to grab your attention right away . Finally the cap was placed dead center which is always a plus in the grading department for me.

 

  • Over all an “A” in the grading department.

 

Cigar Label: Very cool with lots of great art work to it. Very impressing to say the least. The colors consisted of white, light gold, dark gold, and black.

 

Snip: Straight cut.

 

Pre-Draw: Peppery flavor with a smooth draw.

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a beautiful spicy peppery taste that is not overpowering and most enjoyable. These flavors are quickly joined by a cinnamon and vanilla flavor that just “WOW’S” your palate. The 2nd third fades out the pepper and spicy type flavors but continues with the outstanding cinnamon and vanilla flavors, which is later joined with roasted coffee toward the end. The last third sees the fade out of the vanilla and cinnamon flavors but ends with a bang with the outstanding roasted coffee and peanut butter goodness.

 

Draw: Smooth and awesome

Burn line: Very nice and almost straight.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes, I do!

Hint: None

 

 

Over All

Until Next Time

 

Olor Fuerte

Hello everyone, today I am conducting the last round of the Famous Cigars “Best of the House Sampler” . Today, I selected the Olor Fuerte to review. So with the stick revealed, I’m ready to give you my verdict on whether it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Talanga Cubano

BINDER & FILLER: Mexican / Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium

Price: I paid $0.00, but it’s listed at $5.60 for a single-stick

My Observations: This cigar wrapper has a beautiful dark chocolate wrapper surrounded by small non noticeable veins. As I twirled the cigar in my hand I found no imperfections and I really have to say that the construction is pretty solid and nicely done.

On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and the cap was placed  dead centered. Over all “A” in the grading department.

Cigar Label: Not a bad-looking label that consisted of a black background with blue trim  and gold wording.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth which produced a pepper taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper, earth, and nutmeg flavors.The 2nd third continued with these flavors but was added with a rich maple syrup type flavor. The last third pretty much ended with these flavors and I to tell you the truth, I was deeply impressed with its outcome!

Draw: Smooth and nice

Burn line: Jagged

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes

Hint: Aging will add to bringing out its rich flavors

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel American Market Selection

Hello everyone, today I am conducting round four of the Famous Cigars “Best of the House Sampler” . Today, I selected the Rocky Patel American Market Selection to review. So with the stick revealed, I’m ready to give you my verdict on whether it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Length/Ring: 5 1/2 x 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Mild to medium

Price: I paid $0.00, but it’s listed at $7.00 for a single-stick

My Observations: This cigar was rolled pretty well though its not Rocky’s best looking cigar. The wrapper has medium size veins and overall the construction is better than average.

On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and the cap was placed almost dead center. Over all “B” in the grading department.

Cigar Label: Pretty standard with the rest of the Famous exclusive Rocky Patel blends. The colors consist of black background with gold lettering.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a buttery taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a smooth buttery creamy taste, nuts, and wood.. The 2nd third continued with these flavors and so far it’s right on with what I expected from it. The last third continued again with the flavors listed above but trust me it will satisfy you when you want to light up that first cigar of the day.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Straight as an arrow.

Liked it: Yes, but I would say this is a winner for a beginner or that first cigar of the day with your morning coffee.

Recommend it: Yes

Hint: Want a little more zip? Then move up to the Rocky Patel Connecticut.

Over All

Until Next Time

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