Archive for July, 2010

Rocky Patel Sungrown

Posted in Video Reviews on July 19, 2010 by MIKE

Music by Michael Buble (Sway)

Quick note I spoke with Patrick Vivalo today and as I stated that this size I thought was made for my local shop he informed me it was made for Alliance. I wanted to clear that up and thank you Patrick.

Nub 464T Connecticut

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 16, 2010 by MIKE

I want to let all you know I will be back next week with video reviews. I had surgery on my mouth and  I’m unable to smoke all the written reviews this week I have had sitting in my drafts ahead of time. Thanks for your support of this site.


















Prelight-Construction of my Nub 464T Connecticut was excellent the cigar was packed solid with zero blemishes and very tiny veins almost unnoticeable. The smell from the wrapper was that of tobacco and on the foot I picked up a little spice smell. The cold draw was loose with a tad snuggness to it and for me I like it that way.

1st Third-My Nub 464T Connecticut was burning excellent and had a clean solid white ash. I picked up a creamy smooth taste as well as a little bit of a spice thru the retrohale. Nothing really complex on the first third. Draw was flawless with lots of smoke filling my mouth and the room.

2nd Third- The creamy notes continued thru the midway point with that hint of spice thru the nose. I started to pick up some earthy notes at this point as well. The burn was crisp and perfect with the ash continuing to hold on for over an inch and just a well packed white ash. Draw remained perfect for me and the aroma off this cigar was great.













Final Third-This cigar continued on its path of the creamy smooth notes with a touch of spice and more earthy notes at finish. This is a mild smoke great for any beginner. The draw on my Nub was perfect from start to finish and a beautiful white ash. Lots of smoke of such a little cigar.












Conclusion- the Nub 464T Connecticut is an excellent beginner cigar or a perfect cigar for you morning coffee pairing. Lots of smooth creamy notes with a touch of spice on the retrohale and earthy notes after midway til finish. An excellent burning cigar with a rock solid white ash. So go out and try this smoke if you have before revisit it you will love it. Remember as always ENJOY.


My Way of Reviewing Cigars

Posted in Cigar Reviews, Rant on July 13, 2010 by MIKE

First off I want to say that although Twitter is a great way to get your new cigar blog out and to meet people with the same interest as you I feel that way to many people take things  that are said on Twitter way to serious. It’s a community of people most with the same interest as you and who have different or the same beliefs as you do none better or worse, I had to get that off my chest.

So David over at the issued a challenge of sorts to all cigar blogs to explain how they go about reviewing their cigars. I looked at it as a way to show people how I do a review and maybe learn a thing or two on how they also do a review and I feel this is what David’s intentions of that challenge was, so here goes nothing.

As with many when I’m doing a first impression which is a cigar that I received maybe at a special event or a cigar that a manufacture just came out with and even a smoke that one of my fellow BOTL gave that I have not tried before I always smoke it right away and do a review as follows. I follow my pre light ritual with checking cigar for soft spots then onto the smell I get from wrapper and the foot. At this point I snip cap and do my cold draw as to see what notes I may pick up and if the draw is tight or loose, from here it’s onto lighting and getting into my first third of the smoke. If it’s a normal size cigar say Robusto and up I always smoke it in thirds(1st,halfway,final). If it’s a small stick then I will smoke it in two halves. Along the way on each third I will note what flavors I’m picking up not only thru my mouth but also thru my nose and the strength of the cigar. The one thing that I do different I believe then most review sites is I don’t drink anything when I’m reviewing a cigar and I know here we go people are going to say how do you cleanse your pallet very simple answer I DONT. Let me explain I believe that when you retrohale a cigar thru your nose that you can and I have picked up different notes at different parts of the cigar hence I don’t cleanse my nasal passage but yet I’m still able to pick up different flavors, and yes I know the nose has a lot different sensors for taste then our mouth but like I said this is my believe. When I’m smoking a cigar not for review purpose yes I drink different things all the time and yes it does in fact change the characteristics of the smoke but when it comes to reviewing cigars I never drink anything.

Ok I’m sure that’s going to raise some eyebrows lol ,when I am doing  a regular review I do let the cigars I’m going to review sit in my humidor for several weeks just to adapt to my humidity. At this time I always smoke three cigars before doing a review and the same procedure as above applies.

So there it is in a small condense version of how I do my cigar reviews and remember no one is 100 percent right on the correct way to prepar for reviewing cigars even though there are some sites that believe their way is the only way.

Don Pepin Cuban Classic

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 12, 2010 by MIKE

















Wrapper-Nicaraguan Corojo



Pre Light-Construction was great with a nice oily sheen to the wrapper. Cigar was packed solid with no blemishes or large veins. I picked up a barnyard smell on wrapper and foot with a spice note on foot as well. This cigar has a beautiful triple cap which is classic with Don Pepin. Cold draw was a bit snug more than I like we will see if it affects the cigar any.

1st Third-Classic Don Pepin lots of spice and pepper noted even thru tha nasal passage I got a great tingle sensation of pepper not burning through the nose.I also picked up some woody notes. The ash was  almost perfect white and was packed solid holding on about 1 inch. Draw was snug but I wasnt fighting to get smoke. Burn was crisp and clean.

2nd Third-The spice was still the main component with the pepper going awayI started to pick up a floral note thru the retrohale and the woody notes were there in the background.The burn continued to be flawless and the ash was beautifully packed. The floral note I can’t explain on the retrohale but it kinda reminded me of a sage note.













Final Third-The floral notes seem to go away and the pepper notes return thru the nose. Spice and wood were still there and the cigar continued to perform perfectly with a nice burn and ash.

Conclusion- My Don Pepin Cuban Classic had great notes of spice and pepper with a woody note. Midway a surprising note of floral thru retrohale that of a sage note. One of the best burning cigars I’ve had with a gorgeous white ash that was solid thruout. This is a perfect medium body and medium flavor smoke. Go out and try this wonderful smoke. As always ENJOY.

Camacho Liberty 2009

Posted in Video Reviews on July 7, 2010 by MIKE

Music by Michael Buble “Sway”


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