Archive for February, 2011

Swag Infamous

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 28, 2011 by MIKE

I won a contest on twitter from the people at Swag Cigars and was gifted a cigar and a hat, so being the nice guy I am I decided to do a first impression on the Swag Infamous. This cigar is a Dominican Puro with all Ligero Habano Dominican tobacco.

Size-6×54

Shape-Toro (Infamous)

Wrapper-Ligero Habano Dominican

Filler-Ligero Habano Dominican

Binder-Ligero Habano Dominican

Price-9.00

Gifted-Swag Cigars

Pre Light-The cigar is packed very well and solid but it does have a small crack at the cap and at the foot about 1/2 inch. There are minimal veins and the wrapper has a really nice sheen to it. I’m getting no distinctive smell of the wrapper but on the foot I’m picking up a Little sweet spicy note. Cold draw is very loose with a hint of crazy as it sounds reminds me of the candy (Hot Tamales).

First Third-Nice notes of spice and some sweetness are in the fore front with a touch of leather. On the nose I’m getting a slight touch of cayeen pepper not over powering but you are able to put a good amount of smoke through the nose.The first crack I had was no issue burned right past. The burn gets wavy but it fixes its self every time. Ash is very dark and holds on for over 3/4 inch.

Midway-The cigar has changed I’m getting a nice creamy note and its gotten somewhat smooth not all that spice as earlier, not what you would expect with ligero in it. I’m still picking up the sweetness and leather but not so much of the spice. I am picking up an earthy undertone and the burn continues great my issue I see is the wrapper is basically unwinding from the midway point but I’m able to hold it together and smoke with no issues. Draw is great and burn continues to fix itself every time. So far I would say this is a nice medium stick.

Final Third-Ok so as you can tell by the pick the wrapper continues to unravel just appears it was on well but with that said has not hurt the cigar at all. The final third has the same notes as the midway point with the sweetness and leather and earthy undertones. Burn was tough because of the wrapper issue and ash holds on very strong.

Conclusion- besides the wrapper issue and that’s part of why I don’t like to do first impression because you never know what you get but they are necessary at times, this cigar was very good. I was expecting a little stronger but for me it was a good medium strength and body stick. This cigar changed up from start to midway but finished the same as midway. Go out and give this cigar a try was worth it to me and I plan on keeping in my humidor. Enjoy Your Smokes.

Joya de Nicaragua Antanos Dark Corojo

Posted in Video Reviews on February 25, 2011 by MIKE

Today I’m smoking the Joya de Nicaragua Antanos Dark Corojo a gift by one of my viewers John G. This cigar has a Nicaraguan dark Corojo wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. It was released at the 2009 ICPCR show. take a tour with me and see what I think of the Joya de Nicaragua Antanos Dark Corojo.

 

Room 101 – Conjura

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 23, 2011 by Gus

Size: 4.75 x50 Robusto

Wrapper: Honduras (Rosado)

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Dominican Rep. & Nicaragua

Made in: Honduras

Strength: Medium-Full

Price: $9.50

Source: Self purchased

Matt Booth, is a musician, a US marine, a designer and for our own sake is the creator of the cigar line Room 101. The Conjura is his last addition to the collection and let’s take a look in what it has to offer.

This cigar has a contemporary look and feel with its box press style and the nice silver engraved bands. The dark vein-less wrapper is perfectly rolled, adding even more to the overall appearance. The only soft spots I detected were the ones around the foot but nothing to worry about. The aroma coming from the stogie was the one of sweet light tobacco. The cold draw is very loose, more than what I prefer with that same taste of tobacco I discovered above.

The Room 101 started with a blast of coffee and pepper that mellowed down towards the end of the first third. Some leather notes joined the game later, as well. The second third was pretty much the same with the only difference the addition of wood. Not cedar or something similar but sweet toasted wood that was very pleasant. Towards the end the leather picked up, along with the spice that made the cigar fuller in the body.

By far my favorite Room 101 and maybe Camacho smoke. Not complex but steady with strong and rich flavors. A creamy cigar that helps you relax with its low maintenance. It kept me company for 1 hour and not once I had to reach for my lighter or had to worry about the way it was burning. It produced a lot of white thick smoke and the ash held for almost ¾ of an inch every time.

They say, that Matt Booth is a perfectionist with everything he does and one can get this feeling from smoking his cigar. Don’t ask me if I would buy the Room 101 – Conjura again, because I already did, in fact it is the only stogie you’ll see me holding lately.

Gran Habano Connecticut #1

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 21, 2011 by MIKE

I decided to try a very mild stick today and change-up my palate a little bit. Today I’m smoking the Gran Habano Connecticut #1. This cigar has a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a binder and filler of Habano,Nicaraguan. Take a look below and see what I thought of the Gran Habano Connecticut #1.

Size-5×52

Shape-Robusto

Wrapper-Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder-Habano,Nicaraguan

Filler-Habano,Nicaraguan

Price-$4-5

Pre Light-My Gran Habano Connecticut #1 is very veiny with a few large size veins running from cap to foot. There are no real soft spots except about an 1/2 inch from foot but shouldn’t be an issue once I burn past that (I assume). The smell from the wrapper is just a basic tobacco smell. On the foot I’m picking up a note of sweetness. Cold draw is perfect with a really nice sweetness to it.

1st third-We start off here with a strong earthy note and hay note.The sweetness I had on the cold draw is there but more noticeable threw the nose. In the background I’m picking up a grassy note. The ash is extremely flaky and doesn’t hold on more than an 1/4 inch. Burn is wavy but manageable. So far like I said in intro a very mild stick.

Midway-The cigar has changed for the better its gotten very creamy and smooth. The hay and grass are gone which I am not a fan of having in my cigars. Picking up a slight coffee note and lot’s of cream. The earth remains but is more noticeable in the background and the sweetness is there still on the retrohale. This cigar produces lots of nice clean smoke and the burn continues to correct itself. My only issue so far is the ash very very flaky.

Final Third-The nice creamy notes have left now and are replaced with a nutty note. Earthy note has picked up again and still that sweetness remains threw the nasal. Burn continues its path of being wavy but corrects itself. Ash well what can I say FLAKY.

Conclusion- This cigar for an inexpensive cigar is really decent, not overly complex or mind-blowing but just a decent mild stick with earthy,sweetness,hay,grassy and creamy smooth notes. Now I know all those note’s together don’t sound great but of course you read the entire post and see they weren’t LOL. I would say for the price go out and give this cigar a try. Enjoy Your Smokes.

Mike’s Humidor Tour

Posted in Video Reviews on February 18, 2011 by MIKE

So I decided today to do a humidor tour, Sorry for all the background noise but had to record when time permitted. Hope you enjoy.

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