Archive for November, 2010


Posted in Video Reviews on November 12, 2010 by MIKE

Well as many of you may know Nosotros by Dion of Illusione and Drew of Drew Estate is no more. They have decided for what ever reason not to make this line anymore. So today I’m reviewing the Nosotros with its Nicaraguan wrapper and filler and Habano Connecticut binder. Check out below and see what I thought of this cigar and if my green screen test failed or passed.



Zino Platinum Scepter “Stout”

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 8, 2010 by MIKE

So thanks to Mike F. today I’m reviewing the Zino Platinum Scepter. This was a gift and a first impression’s for me. Take a peek below and see what I think of the Zino Platinum Scepter.

Shape-Torpedo “Stout”

Country-Dominican Republic

Wrapper-Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade


Filler-Peru/Dominican Republic

Gifted-Mike F.

Pre Light-Construction on the Zino Platinum Scepter was very nice the wrapper had a nice sheen to it and was light in color like a mild rustic color. There was one medium size vein running from the cap to the foot. My Zino Platinum had zero blemishes or soft spots and was very consistent in the feel of it. On the wrapper I picked up just a tobacco note and from the foot had the smell of a barnyard .     

1St Third-The burn started off perfect with a clean and crisp line from the get go. Ash is holding on very well over an inch before falling off. The ash was a dark grey ash with white tones to it. Notes of strong hay and grass were in the background with the main component being an earthy woody core. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the grassy and hay notes which I have gotten before from other smokes. The Zino Platinum Scepter gave off tons of clean fresh smoke and filled the man-cave nicely without that pungent smell.

2nd Third-Still burning great perfect clean and crisp, ash remains solid strong holding on still about inch. The notes of hay and grass have come to the fore front and are over powering. the wood notes are still there and they are a dry wood taste. The earthy note I’m still getting more on the retrohale. So far its a medium body stick.

                   Final Third-What can I say perfect burn, amazing ash. Tasting notes I have to say this cigar isn’t complex by any means. Earthy,dry wood and hay and grass notes. I did however pick up this ginger root note a few times.This Zino Platinum Scepter is a medium body and strength cigar and to me was just an ok stick. I really don’t enjoy a grassy cigar at all and that being from the start to finish made it disappointing for me.  As I say this is my opinion on this cigar you may get something totally different if this fits your flavor profile by all means give it a try if the hay and grassy notes were not so present this would have been a really enjoyable stick. So remember Enjoy Your Smokes.               

Villiger 1888 2010 Reserva (Dual Review)

Posted in Video Reviews on November 5, 2010 by MIKE

Today I’m joined by Mike from Stogiereview and we take a first impressions look at the Villiger 1888 2010 Reserva. I don’t have much info on this cigar except that its made in the Dominican Republic and comes in a humidor that is limited edition. Take a tour with us and see what we think of the Villiger 1888 2010 Reserva. After this review was done this cigar in fact is now in stores but information was still not available.


Diesel Unlimited

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 1, 2010 by MIKE

Today I’m taking a look at the A.J. Fernandez Diesel Unlimited. This cigar is a Cigar International exclusive.This cigar is the follow-up to the original Diesel line. It boast a rich full-bodied blend with ton’s of flavor’s. So sit back light up a stogie and take this journey with me.



Wrapper-Honduran Ligero

Binder&Filler-Condega and Esteli Nicaragua Long Leaf

Pre Light-My Diesel Unlimited was constructed very solid with a very dark brown oily wrapper that had a very nice shine to it. There were very minimal veins and a beautiful triple cap. On the wrapper I picked up a note of a strong tobacco and a nice oak note on the foot. The cold draw was perfect with just a tad snug to it. Notes of that oak and spice were very noticeable on the cold draw.

1st Third- Right away into the first third you are hit with a nice spice and the oak notes. Sitting in the background on a slow draw is a hint of leather that coats the back of your pallet nicely. The draw is perfect and is billowing lots of fresh clean smoke. The ash holds on for about an inch before falling off. It’s a dark grey ash that is packed solid. This so far is a full body smoke with nice medium flavors.

2nd Third- We have hit the full body and full strength here in the second third as the notes have developed. I’m still getting the spice ,oak and the leather but a new taste of earth has arrived thru the nasal. In the first third to me it starts off medium but man it doesn’t take long to go to that full. Burn is going great needing no attention and the ash is still holding its course.

Final Third and Conclusion- FULL,FULL,FULL just about sum’s it up. Notes have not changed from the second third as this really isn’t all that complex of a cigar but it does offer some really great notes. At the end here I did pick up a cocoa note but it came and went just a few small puffs. Nice draw,great burn and a solid dark ash. The smoke on this cigar reminds me of BBQ with oak wood. Go out and try this cigar you will not be disappointed at all if you enjoy a full body and full flavor smoke. As always Enjoy Your Smokes.


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