Archive for December, 2010

Viaje Skull and Bones

Posted in Video Reviews on December 17, 2010 by MIKE

Today I,m looking at the Viaje Skull and Bones thanks to Tony C. for the gift. First let me say sorry for the video I had some recording issues and had to work with what I got. The Viaje Skull and Bones has a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper with a Nicaraguan filler and binder. So the green screen is working, now lets see what I think of the Viaje Skull and Bones.

MikesStogies Christmas Giveaway

Posted in Giveaway/Contest on December 15, 2010 by MIKE

So it’s Christmas time and I decided that I wanted to give back to my viewers something nice to say Thank You. Of course I can’t give something to everyone but with the help of Nate from Badger Cigar Den I’m able to give a little more than what I just purchased. So here we go you have a chance to win four different prizes that I feel are really great gifts. Just leave your answers in the comment field of this post noting each prize.

Prize Number 1

Question- Just tell me your most memorable Christmas moment . (Simple right)

Prize Number 2

The next three you will have to work a little but not too much just go to the sponsor part of my website and click the logo for Badger Cigar Den and answer the following question. (Come on it’s not that bad)

Question-Who did Nate apprentice under?

Prize Number 3

Stay on Nate’s site (Badger Cigar Den) and answer this question.

Question-What beverage and game was Nate playing when he decided to open a cigar shop?

Prize Number 4

Last question and you can win some great giveaways. Stay were you are on Badger Cigar Den that’s were the answer’s are.

Question-Name the book and author behind the name of Nate’s shop?

I want to take this time and say thank you to everyone who has helped make MikesStogies what it is and without all of you I could not be here. Best of luck to everyone and remember you could win all prizes above if you enter all of them. I will randomly pick a winner for each one. I wish you and your family the best holidays possible.

Illusione Singulare

Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 13, 2010 by MIKE

I got this cigar when I purchased a box of cigars as a free cigar to try, and being a huge fan of the Illusione line of course I just had to review it. So let’s see what I thought of the Illusione Singulare.






This cigar is a limited run cigar only being produced once a year featuring a different size and blend each year.

Pre Light-Construction was near perfect with a very small blemish near the foot of the cigar looked like a very small patch on the wrapper. Cigar has a very nice almost like Tootsie roll appearance on the wrapper. The cigar is packed tightly with no soft spots and very minimal veins. The wrapper is very oily and has a smell of sweet tea. The foot has a very strong tobacco note. Cold draw is perfect little snug reminds me of sucking on a milkshake with that small resistance.

1st Third- Right of the start you pick up a nice spicy note which fades quickly into a sweet tea note. On the retrohale I’m picking up some earthy notes with a very mild hay note in the background. Draw is perfect with lot’s of fresh smoke and the burn as well is perfect.The ash is very strong with a light gray color that holds on about 3/4 of an inch.

2nd Third- I’m still picking up that spicy note here at the midway point mainly in the fore ground. The tea I was picking up on the first third has left. Earth is still there thru the nasal as well as a hint of dry wood. In the background there is a very sweet note that I have yet to narrow down. Well what else can I say the draw remains perfect as well does the burn.

Final Third- This cigar continues to go really good with notes of spice, wood, and I think I have finally nailed that sweet note to honey. Burn has needed no attention for the entire cigar and ash still holds on very strong. draw is perfect and the aroma off this stick is very refreshing not a stale smell.

Conclusion- There is no hiding I’m very partial to the Illusione line ,yes I believe one of Dion’s cigars is my cigar of the year which one you will have to wait for that post. (HaHa) but as you know I believe in being as honest as you can be and if I don’t care for a stick I say it but this one doesn’t fall in that category its well worth the money to me. The Illusion Singulare offers very nice notes and a really enjoyable smoking experience. If you can get your hands on this go out and try to remember Enjoy Your Smokes.


Alec Bradley Family Blend VR1 (Dual Review)

Posted in Video Reviews on December 10, 2010 by MIKE

I adventure out today to Badger Cigar Den in Schuylerville NY along with my friend Daryl to review the Alec Bradley Family Blend. This cigar has a Honduran wrapper with a Indonesian binder and a Honduras and Nicaraguan filler. I had a blast doing this review and I hope you enjoy. So take a look at the Alec Bradley family Blend review and I welcome Nate from as our newest sponsor.

Alec Bradley Vice Press 6T4

Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 6, 2010 by MIKE

We take a journey today with one of my favorite cigar guys Alec Bradley and his Vice Press 6t4. This cigar is not the same as his Maxx Vice as some of you may have tried before. The Vice Press 6T4 has a very oily Ecuador wrapper with Honduras binder and a filler combination of Dominican Republic,Honduras,and Nicaragua. I admit without giving away the review I really enjoy this cigar so read below and see what I think.


Shape-Box Press



Filler-Dominican Republic,Honduras,Nicaragua


Pre Light- This cigar is a perfect box press with a very dark rich oily wrapper. One medium size vein which doesn’t appear at first glance that it will pose an issue. A nice sweet tobacco smell from the foot and a barnyard smell comes off the wrapper. The cold draw is a little snug with notes of sweet tobacco.

1st Third- I’m picking up a really nice pepper note thru the nasal not a strong burn pepper but a nice mild pepper. In the front I pick up a mocha or chocolate like note. Mild coffee note hits the back of my palate. The wrapper being so oily is making it hard to keep the cigar going, I did have to touch it up a few times but nothing that made me want to bash this smoke. Ash is holding on over an inch and the draw has opened some more producing lots of fresh smoke.

2nd Third- Body and strength has picked up here at the midway point we went from a medium cigar to a full. The pepper remains thru the nose with a hint of spice as well. The mocha and coffee have made their way to the front and a nice sweetness stays when you let the smoke out slowly. Burn is still going ok with minor touch up needed. I have to tell you like I said in the intro I’m digging this cigar. Ash is a combination of white and grey that doesn’t hold on long at all and tends to be flaky but hey its the flavors that I’m interested in.

Final Third&Conclusion- Not much changes to say except I started picking up a nutty note, all the same components are still there pepper,mocha,coffee and that sweetness. One thing I will say is the cigar seemed to get more creamy the longer it went on. The only thing I can say bad and it’s really not bad is the burn needs some attention I believe because the wrapper is so oily and the ash is flaky. Conclusion this cigar is really good and if you havent tried it get your butts out and do so. As always thanks for taking time out of your day and Enjoy Your Smokes.


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