Archive for November, 2010

Tatuaje “The Face” with guest Tom&Ed

Posted in Video Reviews on November 29, 2010 by MIKE

So I was very lucky again to have Tom & Ed from and ask me to join them in a review in Ed’s new shop, and of course I said yes. Today we reviewed the Tatuaje” The Face“. So check out the video below and see what the three of us thought of The Face. The video does run close to 25 minutes but it’s well worth it.





Cain Nub Maduro

Posted in Video Reviews on November 26, 2010 by MIKE

Today I’m smoking the Cain Nub Maduro 460. This cigar is a mix of sweet Nicaruguan tobacco. Its a 4×60 little bomb that is said to be a full body smoke. Take a look and see what I thought of the Cain Nub Maduro.

PDR VLR (value line reserve)

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 22, 2010 by MIKE

 First off I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and remember on that day that family is what is truly important. Today I’m smoking the PDR VLR (value line reserve which was gifted to me by @knightrid on Twitter. This cigar has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with a Dominican binder and Habano filler. The PDR VLR comes in bundles of 20. Read below and see what I thought of this inexpensive bundle cigar.

Size-6 1/2×52


Wrapper-Connecticut Broadleaf



Origin-Dominican Republic

Pre Light- This cigar is very rough-looking with a few medium size veins. The tip of the torpedo was very crooked I havent seen that in a cigar before, just had to point that out. The tip of the cigar was very spongy as well as a few soft spots near the foot. My wrapper is a very light tan color which is typical with a Connecticut wrapper. Smell of grass and barnyard I’m picking up on the wrapper and the foot. Cold draw is very loose but manageable. On the cold draw notes of that grass and tobacco hit your palate.

1st Third- So far into the beginning of my PDR VLR things are going ok. Notes of a dry wood and a hint of the grass remains in the front of your palate. Thru the nasal I’m picking up some tobacco notes. This cigar is very mild with a really great burn. The ash holds on strong for a good 3/4 of an inch. Draw remains very loose producing lots of smoke.

2nd Third- There are really no changes so far still picking up that dry wood note with a hint of grass. The tobacco note is still there on the retrohale. Still remains a very mild stick with a near perfect burn and solid dark grey ash. I have to admit when I think of a value stick I get a little concern that inexpensive means not a very good stick but surprisingly this cigar is decent.

Final Third&Conclusion- Well just like the beginning no changes a very mild cigar for any novice or anyone who prefers a mild morning stick. Really not complex cigar at all just a dry woody,grassy with tobacco notes. Really good burn that need no attention and the ash holds every time about 3/4 inch before falling off. Ok so I have to be honest if you are looking for an inexpensive cigar or your on a tight budget but want a decent cigar go out and give the PDR VLR a try. Remember Enjoy Your Smokes.


E.P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009

Posted in Video Reviews on November 19, 2010 by MIKE

I was gifted this E.P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009 by Mike F. and I have to admit I’m a fan of Ernesto cigars. The E.P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009 has a Ecuadorian wrapper with a Nicaraguan and Dominican filler and binder. Stop below and see what my thoughts were on the E.P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009.

Carlos Torano Cameroon 1916

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 15, 2010 by MIKE







Pre Light-Construction on my Carlos Torano Cameroon 1916 is very rugged with two very large veins running from cap to foot. I’m not sure you can see by the picture. It’s a dark wrapper and it reminds me of a Tootsie roll.There are no blemishes or soft spots and it appears to be packed nicely. I did how ever notice a very small tear at the cap but it doesn’t present itself as being a issue.The smell from the wrapper is a nice sweetness. On the foot I get a anisette note with a ting of sweetness.

1st third-The first third draw remains perfect producing a large amount of dense smoke. I’m picking up a little bit of cedar which probably comes from the fact that this cigar is wrapped in a cedar lining. The anisette note is there in the fore ground along with the sweetness. Thru the nasal I’m picking up some pepper notes.The ash is very dark and holds on for a good inch before falling off. This cigar is starting off as a nice light medium smoke in body and strength.

2nd Third-Midway burn has been going very good with a nice crisp burn line. Ash remains strong and very dark, that sweet anisette note has gone away for the most part and I’m picking up a vanilla taste that is very strong almost reminds me being an infused cigar because it’s that noticeable. The vanilla stays on your pallet long after the smoke has left your mouth. Thru the nasal the pepper remains it’s a white pepper note that’s not over powering. The cedar has gone away and still remains a light medium smoke. I did have a crack appear but caused no alarm as the cigar burned past it.

Final Third and Conclusion-The vanilla note stays at the fore front and is very noticeable, personally I’m not a fan of this note it reminds me to much of being infused even though it’s not an infused stick. The anisette notes has left but the pepper remains thru the nasal. Down in the final third the burn started getting wavy but seemed to correct itself. My Carlos Torano Cameroon 1916 remains a medium body and strength cigar. This is an ok stick for the price point not complex with flavors but if you like a cigar that boast a nice vanilla note at a medium body then this is right up your alley. Go out and give it a try to remember Enjoy Your Smokes.



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