Rocky Patel “Cargo”

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Hello everyone, today I am reviewing a cigar called “Cargo” by Rocky Patel. I came across this cigar at cigarbid.com and decided to take my chances at winning a five pack for a bid of $7.00. As lucky would have it, I scored and the rest is history. So with the history behind us, I am now ready to give you my verdict on if it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:  

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WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 58

Strength: Mild to Medium

Price: Approximately $4.80 to $5.oo per stick.    

My Observations: This cigar is really nothing special to look at when you first lay your eyes on it. The cigar is medium brown in color that is very rough and toothy to the touch. Add in the medium size veins that appear to give the cigar a sloppy appearance, and most cigar snobs “as Tom from TomsCigars would say” would most likely skip it. But before you do remember that great cigars are not always about their appearance. So watch out before you give this one the skip.

Now on the finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of and now its time to see if the inside is better than the outside.  

  • Over all “C” in the grading department 
 

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Cigar Label: Very nice touch by Rocky. I say this because of its rich red, black, and white colors that draw your attention to it.

Snip: Straight cut. 

Pre-Draw: Coffee.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a sweet spot that reminded me of sugar, small hints of spice, wood, and earth. The 2nd third continued with these flavors with no other changes. The last third continued with these flavors but seemed to get bolder that immediately move this stick into the medium range with its bolder hintts of spice.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Jagged at times.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.

Hint: Give it a try and for the price point its a true winner!

Over All  

Until Next Time

Stew

Nub Connecticut “Is it’s fame over?”

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Hello everyone. Recently I read an article over at the Stogie Review by Walt on the Nub Connecticut cigar. In his video review, he questions whether or not the Nub cigars are still a factor in the cigar world today. Once I finished watching the video I decided to tackle the question myself here at the World According to Stew. I too loved the Nub’s when they first came out but kind of lost touch with them since then. Anyway here is my thoughts on my revisit to the Nub Connecticut.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 4 X 60

Strength: Mild to Medium

Price: Approximately $7.00

My Observations: I found it to be a nice looking cigar that fits perfectly in your hand. The cigar itself had a minor imperfection consisting of a small pin hole mid way down the cigar but other than that not much other to speak of.

  • Over all “B” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Very cool tan, gold, brown, and maroon colors.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Pleasant tobacco taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a nice buttery taste complimented by cocoa, which was the same that I detected back in 2008. The 2nd third stayed pretty much the same with small hints of nuts.  The last third basically ended without any additional changes.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Perfect

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.


In closing, this cigar was just as a remembered it to be. A good quality cigar that lets you enjoy a quick smoke if time is factor. Finally, I agree with Walt in the fact that I too have replaced this cigar as my Connecticut go to due to others that have arrived on the scene that are cheaper money with richer flavors.

So is the Nub’s fame over? I would have to say “Yes.” Why “Yes” you ask, well the way I see it is the cigar was nothing more than a fab that peaked in 2008 & 2009 and has since faded. Please don’t get me wrong, I still love the line but facts are facts and I believe most have moved away from the hype leaving this line to fade away in the sunset.

Until Next Time

Stew

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