Archive for May, 2011

Tatuaje L’Esprit de la Verite

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 16, 2011 by Griff

This Tatuaje is a Nicaraguan Puro and is Pete’s idea to try a little something new. Every piece of tobacco in this cigar comes from the same crop and same farm.  They will be released every year and are limited in quantity at about 1000 boxes a year. He is also introduces and “futures” pricing system on these, which means if you don’t buy them up front and early you are going to be paying out the ass for them in the future.

Wrapper: Habano Criollo (Nicaragua)

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Body: Medium

Size: 5×50

Price: $20

Pre Light

This cigar has a flawless light brown wrapper with no visible flaws. The cold aroma on this smoke was of sweet barnyard and hints of pepper which shouldn’t shock anyone considering it is a Pete Johnson product. It has a perfectly applied triple cap which is easily removed with my Palio cutter. The cold draw is very easy with a load of pepper. So let’s light this puppy up!

First Third

As normal with a Pete Johnson cigar when you light it up you are automatically hit with a lot of pepper. But it quickly falls to the background with notes of wood and coffee coming to the forefront. The burn seems to be a little crooked,  but we will see how that turns out.

Second Third

As we come into the halfway point of the cigar the burn has become a real distraction with constant touch ups. The same wood notes are still there with some sweet chocolate coming and going. The ash holds on for a while with no flakeyness (if that is even a word).  The room aroma is nice and it puts off a lot of white creamy smoke. Do not I repeat DO NOT try and retrohale with this cigar unless you feel like crying.

Final Third

The flavors stayed the same throughout the final third of the cigar but I would consider that since the whole cigar came from the same farm in Esteli getting variance in flavor is going to be the main obstacle in this endeavor.


I appreciate the idea of futures and wouldn’t mind paying the original price. But after the price shoots up to $20 I don’t think they are worth that hefty price tag. Out of the 5 I smoked for this review every one of them had burn problems and after the third cigar it just became irritating. I know the 2009 vintage is available for pre order and if you are interested in purchasing I would do it early before the price jumps.

Keep em burnin’


Casa Magna Colorado by Tomscigars

Posted in Video Reviews on May 13, 2011 by MIKE

Today my good friend over at was kind enough to fill in for me while I take a long needed family vacation in Florida. Take a look and see what Tom thinks of the Casa Magna Colorado and go over to his site and show some love.

Hoyo de Monterrey – Coronations

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 11, 2011 by Gus

Size: 129 x 42 Handmade: Yes
Shape: Mareva Strength: Mild+
Origin: Cuba Price: $12 CAD
Packaging: SLB 25 Source: Self purchased

I’ve smoked quite a few of these cigars and let me tell you this, it’s like gambling on them if the one you’ll grab is going to be “smokable” or not. And by that I mean if you are going to be lucky enough to choose one with a good draw. Even for this review I had to light up 3 stogies in order to find one to smoke and give you my thoughts. I guess third time is a charm…

The Coronation is definitely not the best looking cigar; it looks similar to a machine made one. The wrapper was vainy and looked sloppy like the rollers where under training. The only exception to the whole appearance is the ring that certainly gets the attention.

In all of them I found a few soft spots and in the two first ones the draw was really tight to the point I had to put them aside. The third one was perfect. Its aroma was sweet with floral notes.

I lit it up easily with just a match. The start was very mild with cedar flavors and a touch of spice. The more I was smoking the better this stick was getting. Towards the middle it became little earthy but the taste of dry fruits kept it perfectly balanced. At the final third the sweetness stayed all along, the spice picked up a little and leather made an appearance right before the cigar ends up ashes.

It lasted about an hour. I had some minor self corrected burn issues but nothing to worry about. The whole time it was producing a ton of white thick smoke and the ash was flaky.

The $12 price tag is not bad at all for those sticks that one can actually finish. The question is, is it worth the gamble? I will let you decide that!


H Upmann Reserve Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 9, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Mexican

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Size: Robusto (5 x 54)

Price: $5

Pre light

I first want to take the time to apologize to everyone for not being very responsive on the comments. I had all for wisdom teeth pulled Monday morning and was kind of out of it for a couple days but I’m back bitches!

Today I bring you the H Upmann Reserve Maduro. This cigar is chocolate brown and very veiny & toothy. The cold aroma off the wrapper is of sweet hay with a pepper coming off the cold draw. The draw on the cigar is perfect and has no soft or plug spots on squeezing of the cigar

1st Third

As we start in on our journey we are met with flavors of coffee, nuts and lots of creamy smoke. The burn is kind of a pain in the arse but seems to be correcting itself. The pepper in the cold draw is almost non-existent  and the retrohale is very smooth.

2nd Third

The main flavors stayed the same here in the second third except for I picked up some cocoa notes here and there. The cigar is very slow burning and the burn line needs a lot of attention and touch ups.

Final Third

The flavors in this cigar were pretty straight forward wit out much change or surprise. The cigar ended the same way it began.


What else can I say but these cigars are consistent. Each one that I smoked for this review had good draws but major burn problems. The flavors stayed pretty much the same from beginning to end with no complexity but  I can’t really complain considering I only paid around $5 a stick and was expecting much.

Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig

Posted in Video Reviews on May 6, 2011 by MIKE

Well I have had these cigars sitting around for sometime and really enjoy them so I figured why the heck am I waiting to review. So here we go today we are reviewing the Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig by Drew Estate. The Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig has a Stalk cut Habano wrapper with a binder and filler of Dominican,Honduran,Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco.

Take a look and see if this pig really knows how to FLY.


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