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Hello everyone, just wanted to give you a shout out that I’m still among the living. Well the return did not go as planned but being a father of two and watching them grow has gave me little time for reviews. So with that said, I’m hoping to get it off the ground once the nice weather kicks in. Anyways I appreciate the kind words I have received since I went missing. So until we meet again, hopefully in the next month or so, God Bless and enjoy your cigars!

 

Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel “BURN”

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing a new cigar from Rocky Patel named “BURN.” I will say up front that I am very excited to get my hands on this stick but unfortunately will be basing my decision on a single stick smoke. Yes, I know, very hard to make that decision on one but it will have to due for the basis of this review. So before I start, a thumbs up to the folks at the Humidor for having it in stock. So with the history behind us, lets get to the review and find out if it passes the “Mighty Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER:  Ecuadorian Sumatra

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 52

Strength: Medium

Price: Approximately $9.50

My Observations: This is a truly great looking cigar that totally drew my attention to it when I first laid my eyes on it. Unfortunately, once I got it home and removed the plastic from it,  I found a plug-in the wrapper  “Bummer!” Other than that, I found this creature to be a fine specimen that sports an oily deep rich chocolate wrapper surrounded by small non noticeable veins. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of.

  • Over all “B” in the grading department only because of the plug I located.

Cigar Label: Very nice marketing move Rocky!” I say this because the red, gold, and white colors totally go with its name.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Pleasant peppery taste.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a peppery taste that was quickly met with a rich syrupy flavor and coffee. The 2nd third continued with these three flavors that basically had me begging for more. Then just then when I thought to myself “Rocky” has another winner on his hands, I detected a gross pungent flavor  that just quickly blew my smoking experience into the toilet. Being a huge Rocky fan my mind quickly said “Say it isn’t so Rocky,” but it was. Moving into the last third the pungent flavor began to fade away but the damage was already done and my decision was already made.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Jagged but needed no touch ups.

Liked it: Yes up till the pungent flavor and then “No.”

Recommend it: No but remember it was based on a one cigar review.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Romeo & and Juliet “Reserva Real”

Hello everyone, long time no see huh? Well, with two children now, I decided to take the month of July off and spend some quality time with them. So with the reason why I have been “MIA” behind us, let’s get down to business shall we. Today I am reviewing the Romeo and Juliet “Reserva Real.” I was gifted this stogie from my big bro “Eddie” so now its time to give him a shout out “Thanks Bro!” So with that said, I am now ready to give you my verdict on if it will pass the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Ecuador Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan, Dominican

Length/Ring: 6 x 60

Strength: Medium

Price: Gifted but costs about $7.00 for stick .

My Observations: This cigar is built well and is very nice to look at. Starting with the wrapper, I found it to be velvety smooth that is oily to the touch. Now add in the small non noticeable veins into the mix and you have an “A” in the looks department.

On my finger touch inspection I found no soft spots or imperfections and now its go time.

• Over all “A” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Red, white, and gold.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Woodsy.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of wood and small hints of spice.  The 2nd third continued with the woodsy flavor but I didn’t seem to pick up anything else. The last third pretty much stayed the same but in a good way.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Jagged.

Liked it: Yes, but I could see getting pretty bored of these quickly

Recommend it: Yes, if you like consistency.

Over All


Until Next Time

Stew

Vindicator by “Oliva Cigars”

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing another cigar for the good folks at Famous Smoke Shop. The cigar is called “Vindicator” and its made by the folks at Oliva. Again, I would like to thank Mr. Scott Shemtov of Famous Smoke Shop for giving me a chance to try this creation. So with that said, I am now ready to give you my verdict on if it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan “Habano”

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: Gifted but costs $17.99 for a 5 pack.

My Observations: This cigar is really nice to look at. I say this because of its nice chocolate-brown leaf wrapper that is complimented by a series of small non noticeable veins.  To the touch, I found no soft spots and no imperfections to speak of.

• Over all “A” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Red, black, gold, white, and silver that has a Gurkha type look to it with the warrior depicted.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Peppery.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of pepper, cedar, and coffee. The 2nd third consisted of pepper, cedar, coffee, and a sweet type flavor that reminds me of an orange. The last third continued with these flavors and that’s pretty much how it finished out.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Mostly even.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.

Over All


Until Next Time

Stew

Inferno by Oliva Cigars

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the Inferno by Oliva found exclusively at Famous Cigars. I was sent a couple of these to review from my good friend from Famous Smoke Shop, Mr. Scott Shemtov. So before I get to this review, I want to send out a big “Thanks” to Mr. Shemtov for sending me a five pack to try!  So with that said, I am now ready to give you my verdict on if it passes the mighty “Stew” test or not.

CIGAR MAKE UP:

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan Habano

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: Gifted but costs $20.99 for 5 pack.

My Observations: This cigar is an awesome creature to look at. I say this because it was rolled with true craftsmanship. From the foot of the cigar all the way to the head, I found no imperfections to speak of. In plain English its just rolled to perfection. Now add in the small non noticeable veins and “poof” you have a winner.  Finally, add the spectacular dark brown chocolate leaf wrapper into the picture and you have a finalist for the Stew top 10 cigars of the year award. I guess you already know where this review is headed.

• Over all “A” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Red, Black, White, & Gold.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Peppery.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a nice hit of pepper that immediately gets your attention. No please note that its not harsh or over powering. The cigar then begins to mellow out to a rich coffee and chocolate goodness. The 2nd third continued with these rich flavors though the pepper definitely takes a back seat to the coffee and chocolate. The last third finished out as it started and I will say up front that this was a truly awesome smoking experience. I have to note that I was sort of reminded of smoking an Oliva V and that’s a good thing.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: Even.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes, get over to Famous and try this one you’ll thank me later.

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

LA AURORA RUBY TUBO

 

Hello everyone, well I had some free time on my hands so I decided to get a review up. Today I am reviewing a cigar called the La Aurora Ruby. I came across this cigar when I was gifted it from my older brother “Sean.” So please note that this review will be conducted on a one cigar only taste test. 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:

 

WRAPPER: Brazilian

BINDER & FILLER: Piloto Cubano / Piloto Cubano, Brazilian Bahía

 Length/Ring: 5 X 54

Strength: Medium to Full

Price: Gifted but I believe it runs around $7.00.

 

My Observations: This cigar is a great looking stick and was rolled to perfection. I say this due to its rich milk chocolate leaf wrapper that is surrounded by small non noticeable veins. Believe me, from head to toe it’s a true winner.

  • Over all “A” in the grading department.

 

Cigar Label: Very cool multi colored label with a cool lion in the middle.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Spice.

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of spice and coffee. The 2nd third continued with the  spice and coffee that was later joined by a rich chocolate flavor. The last third continued with these flavors and that’s how it finished out.

 

Draw: Perfect.

Burn line: Jagged.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.

Hint: None.

 

 Over All

 

Until Next Time

Stew

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