J D Howard Reserve

Posted in Video Reviews on August 21, 2013 by MIKE

Today I am reviewing the latest cigar from The Crowned Heads it’s the J D Howard Reserve. This cigar was named after the outlaw Jesse James alias he used while living in Tennessee. We are reviewing the HR50 (5 1/2×50). Price point is $9.30 a stick. Wrapper is Brazilian Arapiraca and binder is Ecuadorian Sumatra. It has a Nicaraguan filler. The 711 on the band refers to the address that Jesse James lived at in Nashville. The 337 represents the Project 337 that Jon Huber was tweeting about. So without further ado let’s get this review rolling.

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Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 18, 2013 by Griff

What’s up everyone I know I wasn’t around last week but I’ve been on vacation. I just got home now around 9:00 on Sunday night my post will b up by the end of the day Monday. I hope you guys enjoy and thanks for your constant support of Mike’s Stogies. You guys really are the best. 

Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 5, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6×56

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Pre Light

Well it’s another Perdomo.  As you can guess I was at a Perdomo event at Holt’s last week and had to pick up a few sticks.  The newly released sun grown edition to the champagne line was something I was interested in smoking because I really enjoyed the original and he Noir.  The wrapper is a caramel color with a light sheen of oil on it.  The cigar has a very pleasant aroma to the cold wrapper.  After opening it up with a punch cut the draw was perfect with notes of coffee and cocoa.

1st Third

The cigar opens up with a slight hit of pepper to the palette. After a few minutes I start to taste the flavors I was getting in the cold draw.  The stick puts off a good amount of smoke and gives off a really enjoyable room aroma.

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2nd Third

The coffee flavor I was picking up in the first third was starting to become a lot creamier.  I was also met with a nutty flavor towards the halfway point.  The ash holds on for a long time and the cigar is burning cool and even.

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Final Third

The creaminess and coffee flavors went right on through to the end.  Burned cool and even all the way through and became a pretty full bodied smoke by the final couple inches.


I enjoyed this cigar.  Perdomo in my opinion flies a little low under the radar.  The have put out some really good cigars over the last few years and don’t hear people talk about them all that often.  I want to go back and smoke the original and Noir lines again just to see how different the wrapper changed the experience because I remember enjoying them and enjoyed this one as well.  Good flavors and good construction and you can’t do much better than that.

Keep em burnin’


Let’s Take it Back to the 2011 for this one……

Posted in Video Reviews on July 31, 2013 by MIKE

I know everyone or at least a few of you are looking for a new review and it’s a coming soon I promise. So I wanted to at least give you something to watch. Let’s get this show on the road.

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Perdomo Edicion De Silvio

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 29, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper, Binder & Filler: Unknown

Size: Toro 6×52

MSRP: $20


Pre Light

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After searching all over the inter webs for the construction of the cigar I couldn’t find any definite answers.  Every site I visited gave a different make up to the cigar.  So I didn’t wanna just take a guess.  The wrapper is a light oil shade with only a few small veins running through it.  Taking a few cold draws off the fresh punch cut I get sweet earthy flavors.  The aroma off the wrapper is sweet and shitty.

1st Third

At the initial light I received I slight pepper kick but nothing too intense.  I then started to pick up notes of cocoa and earth.  The burn was straight and cool with a light gray ash.


2nd Third

I picked up a lot more flavors in the second third.  I got notes of earthy, nuts, cocoa and finally towards the middle of the cigar and rich coffee flavor.  Towards the end of the second third the sweetness really took over.  The ash on this cigar was a complete mess, it feel on my shirt three separate times already and I’m only 2/3’s done.


Final Third

The sweetness really is the focal point in the final third with a hint of floral notes.  The burn stayed cool and didn’t need to be relit throughout the experience.



I enjoyed the flavors of the cigar but the construction was kind of a buzz kill. The cigar did stay lit throughout but the ash was continually messy.  I don’t know about the price point either.  Twenty bucks is a little pricey for me if the cigar doesn’t hit on all cylinders of flavor, construction and complexity.

Keep em burnin’



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