Archive for May, 2011

Juan Lopez Seleccion No 2

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 30, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Size: Robusto (5 x 50)

Strength: Medium

Pre Light

Today’s cigar was gifted to me from a buddy of mine on twitter ( @NoRetreatNoSurr ) It comes from the magic island we all speak of. It is a medium brown with no major veins. The cigar is spongy to the touch and is evenly filled throughout. It has a well applied triple cap and a nice sweet earthy smell of the cold aroma. The cap is easily removed and the draw is free with a sweet cold draw.

1st Third

This cigar starts out with creamy coffee with notes of wood. The burn is wavy but stays even. The ash seems to hold on for a good period of time with lots of thick smoke. They flavors are really good with just a hint of spice.

2nd Third

As the second third go by with are met with the same coffee and wood notes but are greeted by notes of chocolate and nuts which all blend very well together. The cigar is burning nice and cool and still putting of a good amount of smoke.

Final Third

As I put this cigar down I don’t want it to end. The flavors stayed the same throughout but was still somehow complex with the way they hit your palette.

Overall

This was a great cigar in my opinion. It was a nice surprise coming from a cigar that doesn’t get much recognition in the Cuban cigar market. The flavors were delicious and very prominent. If you have your chance to get your hands on these I wouldn’t hesitate.  Grab ‘em! Thank you again to Ulysses for getting these to me.

Keep em Burnin’

Griff

3 Cigars,3 Cuts and 1 Question

Posted in Video Reviews on May 27, 2011 by MIKE

Ok so my buddy over at http://www.cigarporn.com, Matt Maronna asked me awhile ago to do a 3 cigar,3 cut video to see if the cut changed anything with the cigar. Well it took me sometime to get to it and finally here it is. I hope you enjoy this video. So sit back, grab a smoke and watch.

Ambos Mundos

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 25, 2011 by Gus

Size: 5 ½ x 56 – Grande

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Made in: Niacaragua

Strength: Medium

Price: $6

Source: Self purchased

Ambos Mundos (Both Worlds) is another great cigar made by Pete Johnson and the Garcia Family, and to be more specific, by Jaime at the My Father factory in Nicaragua. The size I’m reviewing is the Grande which is like a robust extra. Let’s see what this stogie has to offer.

I love the color of the habano wrapper -  milk chocolaty with some golden shades. It’s also very oily and has a few quite big veins. The triple cap couldn’t be missing since it’s also a tat trademark. Nicely packed and with a burn-yard aroma. From the foot I get a rich smell of hay. The cold draw it’s a bit tight but nothing to worry to about with a grassy taste.

I light up in seconds. It gives me a thick cloud of smoke. The usual peppery blast that I find in Johnson/Garcia’s smokes surprisingly is missing. The stogie has a touch of spice and a lot of sweet cocoa that makes immediately my mouth watery. Towards the mid-point the only difference was the addition of some leathery notes and that the cocoa while was still there, lost its sweetness. The final third was full of extra roasted espresso with a cedary aftertaste.

Up to the end of the second third the stogie was burning nice and even with no problems at all, after that, it became a little wavy and needed couple corrections. The price is excellent and affordable enough to be an everyday smoke.

I know they say that the Ambos Mundos is made with second and third quality tobacco. Personally I don’t care. I liked what I smoked and for 6 bucks for this size, is a go-to stick. I definitely recommend you to give it a try.

Gus

H Upmann Magnum 46

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 23, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Size: Corona Gorda (5 ½ x 46)

Strength: Medium

Pre Light

Today’s cigar comes from the island of Cuba.  The wrapper of this cigar is a shade of light brown and quite veiny. It has a classic Cuban triple cap with is perfectly applied. The cigar is well packed from head to foot. The wrapper has a very nice and sweet aroma with that same sweetness coming through on the cold draw. The color of the wrapper goes perfectly with the red and gold bands that were perfectly placed on the head of the stick.

1st Third

After popping of the cap with my Palio cutter I quickly toasted the foot and started my experience. In the beginning of the cigar you are met with a slight pepper along with wood and nuts. The draw is a little tighter than I would like but isn’t bad enough for me to put it down. This Mag seems to be burning well with lots of creamy smoke emanating from both ends.

2nd Third

As I pull through the half-way point I am get the same woodsy and nutty flavors with hints of sweet coffee entering into the mix. The burn seems a little wavy but hasn’t become a major problem yet.

Final Third

So as I finish off this cigar the final third kicked up the pepper with the wood and creamy coffee being the dominate flavors. The burn seemed to correct itself time and time again. The cigar finished out very smooth with no bitterness.

Overall

I think this is a very good cigar and is definitely going to be a mainstay in my humidor. The flavors were rich and complex with everyone I have smoked being very consistent which hasn’t been the norm for cigars coming out of Cuba these days.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

1 Year and Now What…

Posted in Video Reviews on May 20, 2011 by MIKE

Congrats to Swede for winning the 1 year giveaway. Kindly email me your name and address and I will get out your prize. Thanks to everyone.

Well it’s been one year since I started MikesStogies and a lot has happened. First off this video will offend some but those who know me will not be judgmental. Those who don’t I don’t give a rats ass lol. I truly appreciate all of your loyalty and support and hope you continue this journey with me. Ok enough let’s see what happens.

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