Archive for February, 2011

Casa Fernandez Arsenio Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 14, 2011 by MIKE

Today we take a look at the Casa Fernandez Arsenio Maduro that I received from @cigarsource  on Twitter when I purchased the Illusione Candela Cigar sampler from his shop. This cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro. Let’s see what I thought of this first impression.







Pre Light- The cigar has a very dark wrapper that is perfectly packed with a very oily sheen to it. There are hardly any noticeable veins, nor blemishes. The smell from the foot reminds me of molasses and the wrapper has a strong tobacco smell. On the cold draw its very loose with a hint of molasses and licorice. There is one very small crack on the tip of cigar but it shouldnt affect the cigar since it’s where I’m going to clip it.

1st Third-Right away I’m picking up a really nice note of sweetness and leather. The burn is perfect and crisp. Draw of my Casa Fernanadez Arsenio is loose but I’m able to control the flow of smoke. Ash is a very dark gray and holding on around 1 inch. On the retrohale I’m picking up some spicy notes not over powering. When I exhale the smoke very slowly I pick up a really enjoyable coffee bean note.

Midway-Well I thought that the small crack that I had on the tip would not affect this cigar since I had to snip it anyway well I was wrong out of the blue it cracked from cap to about 1 inch down the funny part was it cracked directly on a small vein. I was able to work thru this and picked up leather with that spice note. On the retrohale I’m picking up a lot more of that coffee note and a nice hint of chocolate in the background. This cigar produces lots of fresh smoke and continues to burn perfectly. The ash still holds on well over an inch. Going great despite that crack on the tip.

Final Third-Up until this point I have been very impressed with this cigar but the crack in the cap along that vein has caused the cigar to explode and make it very difficult to smoke. Flavors remained the same as midway with the leather notes and spice. Still picked up that chocolate and coffee note as well. I will not beat this cigar up for the crack and causing the explosion at the end, because overall I really enjoyed this stick.

Conclusion- My Casa Fernadez Aresnio Maduro had really nice enjoyable flavors of leather,spice,coffee, and chocolate. The burn was perfect and so was the ash. As for the crack I realized after taken final picture that I didn’t show the explosion instead left it towards the back but you can see the end of cap and the wrapper sticking up. I would buy this cigar for sure again I feel this was a one time thing with what happen. So with that said go out and try this cigar you will enjoy it. Remember Enjoy Your Smokes.

Padron Family 46th Anniversary

Posted in Video Reviews on February 11, 2011 by MIKE

Thanks to my good friend Rob (twitter@general_griff) I am reviewing the Padron Family 46th Anniversary Maduro. It was made to celebrate Padron’s 46 years of cigar making. This cigar has a Nicaraguan binder and filler with a really nice Nicaraguan Habano Maduro wrapper. Let’s see what I thought of this fine smoke.



Padilla Miami

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 9, 2011 by Gus

Size: 5×50 Robusto

Wrapper: Corojo

Binder: Criollo

Filler: Corojo & Criollo

Made in: Miami

Strength: Medium

Price: $9.80

Source: Self purchased

To avoid any misconception the cigar up for review is the new Padilla Miami that is rolled at the “Fabrica de Tobacos” in Miami as the band of the stick very clearly states and comes in limited quantities as it is a boutique cigar. The older one was made under the supervision and production of Don Pepin Garcia.

The cigar is a work of art, nice reddish-brown wrapper with minimal veins. It has a Cuban style triple cap and a beautiful redesigned band.

The construction perfect as well, it is solid packed with tobacco and no soft spots. From the wrapper I barely get a tobacco aroma and from the foot the same but sweeter. I make a straight cut, the draw is perfect and the taste I get is definitely the one of sweet molasses.

I take my time and light up with matches. The stogie starts very mild, roasted nuts at first that don’t last for long and leather notes with a hint of spice come to take their place. Going to the second third and from that point on, the stick becomes a totally different cigar. Now it’s spicier with a toasted wood aftertaste, the leather is still there and at times I even get some herbal flavors.

This Miami kept me company for 90 minutes, not bad at all for a robusto size. The whole time was filling up the room with white smoke, the dark gray ash was holding ¾ of an inch and it was solid. I made couple unnecessary corrections just because I have that complex and I want to see good cigars to burn evenly. It’s not a cheap cigar, but I don’t mind to pay a little more when a stogie deserves it.

Great flavors and perfectly balanced. This new Padilla Miami, is one of the go-to smokes. Appearance construction and flavors reminded me a lot of a Cuban cigar. If you haven’t had that cigar yet, I would suggest giving it a try.

Gurkha Pinker

Posted in Cigar Reviews on February 7, 2011 by MIKE

I’m reviewing the Gurhka Pinker which is a cigar made for Talk Show radio host Geoff Pinkus aka Pinker.You kind find these cigars at


Shape-Toro Gordo



Price-$10.99 ea.


Pre Light-Really nice spice and pepper smell on wrapper and foot. The appearance of this cigar is very elegant and has very large vein running from cap to foot. The wrapper has a nice light reddish color to it and zero soft spots or blemishes. Cold draw is very tight with hints of spice and sweet tobacco.

1st Third-Right away you are hit with a very nice orange citrus note and lots of woody notes. The spice is there but more dominant thru the nose. The burn has been perfect so far and draw is tight almost to tight as I am working to get smoke. Ash is very flaky.

Midway-So the draw was to tight I had to run a draw poker down the cigar upon doing so I noticed that it was extremely tight about 1 inch from cap but opened all the way down. When I did this the cigar was drawing great, producing lots of smoke. The cigar seemed to get more creamy maybe do to me not having to work so hard on the draw. Still getting the wood note as well as a nice leather note. The citrus has left but still getting that sweet spice on the retrohale. The burn tends to need lots of attention and the ash seems to be holding on now for about an inch.

Final Third-I have to say I’m disappointed at this point with the cigar and not because of flavors but the cigar exploded as you can see in picture below, I am thinking because I had such a hard draw and then running poker down it that the cigar heated up and caused this to happen. Flavors were really enjoyable with the wood notes and leather, that sweet spice remains. I will say I smoked two and the first one did not have this issue but that is the way it goes on reviews sometimes. Burn still needed attention and ash remain strong.

Conclusion-Really good flavors of citrus,wood,leather and sweet spice. The burn needed some attention and ash was little flaky. Outside of the tight draw and the explosion at the final third I really did enjoy this cigar. So if you can get your hand on these please do so and remember Enjoy Your Smokes.

Rodrigo Boutique Blend

Posted in Video Reviews on February 4, 2011 by MIKE

I am reviewing today a boutique blend by George Rodriguez called Rodrigo. This cigar is made for George by William Ventura as you may or may not know was making all of Davidoffs cigars. This cigar is composed of all Grade A Dominican binder and fillers. It has Habano,Ecudor wrapper. Take a look and see what I think of the Rodrigo.


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