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

Happy Birthday Nora Grace

 

Hello everyone, I’m still here and the site is still alive and well. I have been “MIA” due to the recent birth of my second child “Nora Grace.” She arrived on March 04, 2012, three weeks earlier than expected. She is doing great and we are over joyed. So stick around because the cigar reviews will continue.

 

Until Next Time

 

Stew

Casa de Torres Coronas


Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the Casa De Torres which I was gifted from one of neighbors.  To my knowledge they do not carry these cigars in the States so if you want to try some you will have to go online.  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: Connecticut

BINDER & FILLER: Honduran / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5.5 X 42

Strength: Medium

Price: Gifted unknown of actual price per stick.

 

 

My Observations: Not a bad looking cigar at all. One of its nice features is the light brown Connecticut leaf wrapper that is surrounded by medium size vein. As I twirled this specimen in my fingers, I found no imperfections or soft spots and to tell you the truth I am impressed to say the least.

  • Over all “A” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Gold, blue, and white colors that match well in the creation of this fine label.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw:  Spice.

 

 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of spice, honey, and coffee. The 2nd third continued with these flavors but was joined with small hints of floral.  The last third continued with these flavors and thats how it finished out.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Straight

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.

Hint: If you can find it, its worth the try.

 

 

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Rocky Patel Vintage Cameroon 2003

Hello everyone, today I am reviewing the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003.  This is my first Rocky Patel review for 2012,  and I have heard good things about it so I’m pretty pumped to find out if he’s hit a home run or struck out.  Anyway, I found this cigar at the Smoke Stack in North Providence for my Rhode Island readers.  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: Cameroon

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6.5 X 52

Strength: Medium

Price: $7.55

My Observations: This is a very nice looking cigar that was rolled perfectly. I say this because of its nice medium brown leaf wrapper that is surrounded by small non noticeable veins. On my finger touch inspection I found no soft spots.

  • Over all “A” in the grading department

Cigar Label: Blue and white. Very nice touch Mr. Patel

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw:  Spice.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a small touch of spice, and lots of leather. The 2nd third consisted of coffee, leather, wood. The last third continued with these flavors and that’s how it finished out.

Draw: Perfect

Burn line: Nice and even.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes.

Over All

Until Next Time

Stew

Iron Horse

Hello everyone, its time for my first cigar review of 2012. I decided to start with Iron Horse which I received from the good folks from Famous Cigars. I was recently contacted by Scott Shemtov and asked to give my opinion on them. So before we begin, I would like to thank Scott and Famous for sending me a couple to try.  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: Ecuadorian

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican

Ring: 7 X 50

Strength: Medium

Price: Sent to me at no cost for this review but you can find them at $ 18.99 for a 5 pack.

Observations: This cigar is a nice looking creature that has a medium brown colored wrapper that is surrounded by small non noticeable veins. As I twirled it in my fingers I found only one imperfection and some  soft spots.  Over all “B” in the grading department.

Cigar Label: Very cool with the silver horse surrounded by a black, silver, and white color wrapper.

 Snip: Straight cut

Pre-Draw: Not much detected except tobacco flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of spice and a foul pungent taste that already has me hating this smoke. The 2nd third continued with the spice and the foulpungent taste that really prevented me from picking up anything else. The last third seemed to get a little better with the pungent flavor dying down and a smooth tobacco flavor popping out, but for me it was a little to late.

Draw: Smooth

Burn line: A bit jagged at times.

Liked it: No

Hint: I would skip it!

Over All  

Until Next Time Stew

Stew’s Top Five Cigars of 2011

Hello everyone and Happy New Year. Usually, I do the top ten of the year but this year was extremely slow here at the World According to Stew. Not expecting anything to change this year as well with the coming of my new daughter Nora sometime in March 2012. But rest a sure that the site will continue on but the posts will be limited and I’m sure you all understand. So with that behind us, lets get to my top five shall we.

  • Please note that these are only the cigars that I enjoyed here during 2011 and are not consistent with the newly released cigars of 2011.

1.Cromagnon Cranium ~ A new release cigar company from my twitter pal Skip Martin that was just an awesome smoke!

http://mulley32.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/cromagnon-cranium

2) Pete Johnson’s “The Face” It was truly outrageous!

http://mulley32.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/the-face-by-pete-johnson-of-tatuaje-cigars

3) Monte Cruz Cameroon ~ The sleeper of 2011. Try it you will know what I mean.

http://mulley32.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/monte-cruz-cameroon

4) Liga Privada “Flying Pig” T52 ~ Too expensive for an everyday smoke but well worth the price point.

http://mulley32.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/liga-privada-flying-pig-t52

5) Quesada Oktoberfest ~ Success!

http://mulley32.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/quesada-oktoberfest

So that’s how I see it for 2011. Again “Happy New Year” to you and your family and let the review season for 2012 begin!

Until Next Time

Stew

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