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

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

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