Archive for August, 2010

Giveaway 5 Pack

Posted in Cigar Reviews, Giveaway/Contest on August 15, 2010 by MIKE

Congratulations to Gravity you have won the giveaway. Please email me your address or you can DM it on Twitter @hogman21. Gravity you took my original and just added two words which I liked, to everyone who entered it was very hard there were a lot of great sayings. I appreciate all your support. Thanks

Ok so here it is another giveaway this time I’m trying to make it fun and simple all you have to do is go to the comment on this post and give me a three word phrase I can use at the end of my video reviews. Simple right well it is and please no profanity that’s not me. I will run this for 4-6 weeks and at the end I’ll pick a winner and that phrase will become my phrase, by leaving that comment you have a chance at the smokes pictured here and you give up any rights to that phrase to me. (mentioned that just in case any damn legal issues, lol). Well good luck to all I’m looking forward to your comments.

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Posted in Video Reviews on August 13, 2010 by MIKE

DukeBazzel (A Local Cigar Shop)

Posted in Rant on August 11, 2010 by MIKE

Today I decided to give you all an insight into a local cigar shop that I really enjoy. The name of the shop is DukeBazzel. Brain Vrooman is the owner of this shop which has two locations in Upstate New York.

The Latham locations is at Latham Farms, Latham, New York 12110 which is soon to be in September the  second Perdomo lounge in the United States per Brian. This shop reminds me of an old english style shop with elegance and ambiance, from the beautiful walk in humidor to the leather chairs and flatscreen t.v. When you walk into either shops you are immediately greeted by Brian or one of his staff with a smile and they are very knowledgable. As you look around your eyes draw you to the clean and professional relaxed look of this shop. Their Rotterdam location at 1550 Altamont Ave Rotterdam, New York 12303 offers the same elegance as their Latham store as for the most part they mirror each other. DukeBazzel offer’s their customers personal lockers to store their finest cigars as well as memberships. On any given day you can walk in and see the cigar enthusiasts enjoying a friendly card game or maybe even chess. DukeBazzel also has a nice pool table for all their customers to use. Brain stated to me that the Rotterdam location is also a Rocky Patel lounge and seeing it myself it’s a perfect lounge to enjoy some cigars and fine conversations.

In my opinion DukeBazzel is a 1st class operation with a very knowledgable staff, its a place to come and relax enjoy cigars,friends, and the belonging of fellow cigar enthusiast. If you ever find yourself in Upstate New York stop by DukeBazzel and say hi to Brian and his staff and be sure to tell him mikesstogies sent you.








Here is a quick Q&A I had with Brain from DukeBazzel…

1. MS-When did you open your first store?

     DB-July 14th,2007

2. MS-What made you want to open a cigar shop?

     DB-It was a dream of mine I was hooked on the mystique and ora of the old-time english movies I used to watch with my grandfather seeing the people sitting around smoking cigars and pipes.

3.MS-Whats with the name of your shop?

    DB-Well I like the feel and look of the old english shops that you see in the movies and both my Rottweilers have english names so I decided to combined the two dog names and there you have it (DukeBazzel).

4.MS-How do you think the new tax will affect business?

    DB-We wont know for at least 9-12 months how it affects us but I have decided to order heavy on product before the deadline.

5.MS-Tell me what set’s you aside from other shops?

    DB-I worry about my shop only, yes we all have common enemies ex:taxes,government issues but I feel we focus hard on customer service and accommodating our customers and providing a great atmosphere.

6.MS-What’s the future hold for DukeBazzel?

    DB-Same thing as now smoking cigars and having fun, and in 10 years training my son to take over.

7.MS-What do you look for in a smoke and Top 5 in no order?

    DB-I look for a medium to full body and full on flavor, Top 5 no order let see…Tatujue J21,Perdomo Habano Maduro,Rocky Patel Renaissance,Padron Anniversary pick one lol and Illusione cg4.

8.MS-Do you see a wide variety in age difference with your clients?

    DB-Yes in both locations we get people from college students to those who are retired.

9.MS-How did you get into smoking cigars?

    DB-Well it goes back to my grandfather I never got to smoke with him but just that mystique of watching the old english movies and everyone had a pipe or cigar in their hand, I was really intrigued.

10.MS-What was the first cigar you ever smoked?


I want to thank Brian and his entire crew for be so kind to me and showing me around please click on DukeBazzel link over in my advertiser’s page to see his website and his hours of operations.

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 9, 2010 by MIKE






Shape-Box Press Robusto  


Wrapper-Ecudoran Habano  




Pre Light-Beautiful cigar, well constructed and an oily sheen to the wrapper. No soft spots or blemishes. Smell of sweet tobacco from wrapper and foot. Cold draw was loose with a sweet floral note to it.  

1st Third-Mild spice and a sweetness on the pallet. Lots of smoke from the loose draw filled the air with a hint of floral. Ash was very weak on this smoke not even a 1/4 inch and fell into my lap. The burn was perfect and needed no attention.  

2nd Third- Things are pretty much the same at the midway point I got spice which wasnt a strong spice at all very mild spice the sweetness was the main component. This is a creamy smoke that with fill your mouth with nice smoothness. The burn was perfect still my only complaint is the very weak ash.  


Final Third- the spice has picked up and the sweetness has gone. I’m starting to pick up a leather note at the final third. This cigar even though its spicy still remains creamy. The burn has started to get wavy and I did have to touch up. The ash got a tad better not much its a nice white ash but very weak.  


Conclusion- The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is a very good smoke. You get spice, sweetness, floral and a leather note thru out. The smoke fills the air and your pallet with a nice creamy note. A very good burning cigar but my only issue is the ash it’s very weak and doesn’t hold on for more than a 1/4 inch. I will say that this cigar for me is up there with the Decade which is my favorite Rocky smoke, so please get your hands on this cigar you will love it. Remember ENJOY.

La Riqueza by Tatujue

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 5, 2010 by MIKE

Shape- Belicoso Box Press



Wrapper-Connecticut Broadleaf




Pre Light-Very nice box press cigar, no blemishes or soft spots nice smooth silky look to the wrapper. Smell from wrapper and foot was that of spice and tobacco. Cold draw was snug and picked up more of the spice there.

1st Third-Spicy and pepper notes especially thru the nose you could really pick up the pepper notes. The burn was a little wavy to start but the ash was solid and very dark.

2nd Third-Spice continued to be the main component as well as the pepper notes on the retrohale. I did pick up some leather notes at the midway point which gave it a very nice complexity. The burn still needed a lot of attention but what a beautiful dark ash that held on strong for about 3/4 inch. The smoke was very rich and left your mouth full of a nice tingle note.

Final Third- Nothing has really changed with this smoke it’s very consistent with lots of spice and pepper with a touch of leather notes from midway til final. Great amount of rich dark smoke and a dark ash. The only thing I had an issue with was the burn it did need me to touch up a lot.

Conclusion- My La Riqueza by Pete Johnson (Tatujue) is a very good smoke with a great amount of spice and pepper with a subtle hint of leather arriving from the midway point til finish. This to me was a medium to full body smoke that needs attention on the burn as it got very wavy from start to finish. A solid pack cigar with a strong rich, dark ash. If you havent tried this please go out and buy, you will not be disappointed. As always ENJOY.


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