Archive for March, 2011

Illuminati Crusade

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 14, 2011 by MIKE

Today for your viewing pleasure I have the Illuminati Crusade. This cigar was gifted to me by Joel Sorrentino who is the Rep. in Florida for this cigar. The cigar is made by Rocky Patel for them and is composed of Nicaraguan binder and filler with a Habano Ecuador wrapper.

Let’s see what I thought of the Illuminati Crusade.

Size-5×50

Shape-Robusto

Wrapper-Habano Ecuador

Binder-Nicaraguan

Filler-Nicaraguan

Price-$6.00-6.50

Gifted-Joel S.

Pre Light-The cigar has the appearance of a nice chocolate bar with very minimal veins. There appears to be no blemishes or soft spots and it’s packed very nicely. Off the foot I’m picking up a licorice note and from the wrapper just tobacco. Cold draw is perfect with hints of the licorice.

1st Third-It started off with a hay and earthy notes. At about 3/4 of an inch in that hay note that I’m not a fan of went away and I started just getting the earthy note. Burn is going great and ash holds on for roughly 1/2 inch. So far the cigar is very one-dimensional.

Midway-Not much has changed except for I’m getting small  hints of coffee in the back ground and the earth notes are the main components. The draw and burn are going really well and ash is a dark grey. I have to say this is a low medium body cigar and I’m hoping for some complexity.

Final Third-Well really no changes to me still getting the main earthy note with a little hint of coffee in the background. Burn is really good on this cigar and it produced lot’s of smoke.

Overall have to say this is a very one-dimensional cigar that for price point would like to see more complexity. If you haven’t tried this go out and give it a try to see what you get from it. I want to thank Joel for sending these and giving me the chance to review.  I would like to try their other cigars to see what they offer. Remember Enjoy your Smokes.

 

Ideology by 262

Posted in Video Reviews on March 11, 2011 by MIKE

Today I review the Ideology by 262. This cigar is composed of Nicaraguan ligero,Mexican ligero and Dominican viso. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado.The binder is from Nicaragua. I want to say thanks to Brett the rep. for 262 and say sorry I kept calling you Brian in the video.

Look below and see what I thought of this smoke.

 

Savinelli – Nicaragua Reserve

Posted in Cigar Reviews with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by Gus

Size: 5×52 Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Made in: Nicaragua

Strength: Mild-Medium

Price: $6.80

Source: Gifted by The Cigar Lounge

The Savinelli brand is recognized worldwide for their high quality pipes. They have great craftsmanship and most importantly are affordable. To be honest I didn’t know they were making cigars until the other day when I was gifted one and I was asked for my opinion. So let’s go ahead and see what we have here.

That Nicaraguan Reserve is a slightly box-press stogie, with a reddish toothy wrapper with quite a few big veins on it. A light tobacco aroma comes from it, while from the foot I only get a sweet smell similar to molasses.

The cigar has a little give when I press it with my fingers and I also detect a few softer spots all around. The cold draw is loose and sweet to the taste.

The Savinelli is really easy to light up and starts off medium in body. A lot of deep wood flavors mixed with leather in the beginning and some spice on the finish. Not many changes going toward the midpoint. The wood and the leather are still the dominant flavors but the spice mellowed down making the stogie milder, some herbal notes are barely noticeable in the background. Unfortunately the final third treated me with harshness and bitter flavors and I had no other choice but to leave it alone.

It was going well the first 40 minutes. Not too exciting of a smoke but not a bad one either. The burn was nice and even and not once I had to reach for my lighter. It was producing a decent amount of white smoke and the light gray ash was holding almost ¾ of an inch. The price is low but I’m not sure if the value of this cigar is still good as there are many really good cigars in this level competing against it.

I will definitely give another try to the Savinelli brand but next time I’ll go with a different stick, not because we didn’t get along towards the end but because (like Mike says) it wasn’t the right cigar for me. I would love to know if any of you had this cigar or any other from this brand before and what your thoughts are.

Gus

 

Avo Lounge

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 7, 2011 by MIKE

Well what can I say another gifted review lol. Today I have for you a first impression of the Avo Lounge. This cigar is only available at B&M that have the AvoLounge. This cigar has a Ecuadorian Sungrown 151 wrapper with a special blend of Dominican Olor and Piloto Cubano and San Vincente tobaccos.

Let’s look below and see what my impression were of the Avo Lounge.

Size-7.5×50

Wrapper-Ecuadorian 151 Sungrown

Blend-Dominican Olor&Piloto Cubano&San Vincente Tobacco’s

Gifted-Daryl

Price-$14.00

Pre Light-This is a really nice looking cigar. It has a very light color to the wrapper with minimal small veins.There appears to be no soft spots or blemishes.I’m picking up a nice cedar smell off the wrapper and on the foot a hint of licorice.Cold draw is perfect with a hint of sweetness.

First Third-This cigar is starting off very nicely with hint of cedar and a touch of leather. Threw the nose I’m picking up a strong cedar note.Burn is going great needing no attention at all and smoke is fresh. The ash holds on about 1/2 inch before falling off.So far its a low medium stick.

Midway-Cigar continues on burning great needing no attention. Flavor’s I’m picking up is an earthy note in the background with the cedar being the dominate note.Still getting leather and on the retrohale I’m picking up a spicy note. Ash still holding good.

Final Third-Not much has changed since the midway point still getting the earthy notes and the cedar notes. The leather is gone but the spicy pepper on the nose remains. Burn was great and the ash was strong. Still a medium body cigar.

Conclusion-The Avo Lounge is a very nice smoke that isn’t complex by any means. It has notes of earth,cedar,leather and spicy pepper. The burn is perfect from start to finish and a really enjoyable smell. Go out and give this a try even at the price point it’s worth it.Enjoy Your Smokes.

San Miguel by A.J. Fernandez

Posted in Video Reviews on March 4, 2011 by MIKE

For your viewing pleasure today I’m smoking the San Miguel by A.J. Fernandez a CI and Cigars.com exclusive. This cigar is made up of Nicaraguan and Honduran long leaf from Estili /Ometepe. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatra.

I’m giving a shout out to my good friend Matt over at the http://www.cigarporn.com as this will be my last green screen video, after deciding that the green screen takes away from my quality of the video shoot. I want to thank all my viewers for their honesty regarding the green screen.

 

 

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