Archive for September, 2011

Rocky Patel Renaissance

Posted in Video Reviews on September 30, 2011 by MIKE

We are back with a review today and a sneak peak into the completed Stogie 411 studio. This cigar has a special meaning to Rocky and one of his workers, so watch the video to find out more.

Alec Bradley – Black Market

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 28, 2011 by Gus

Size: 6 x 50 Toro 

Wrapper:  Nicaragua

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panama, Honduras

Made in: Honduras

Strength: Medium

Price: $8.00

The other day, while I was browsing at the humidors of my local B&M, my attention was caught right away by the interesting yet unique cigar box of the new Alec Bradley – Black Market. I grabbed a few sticks and I have to say… I was impressed.

Half way they are covered by a recycled type paper sleeve. It came off (from each one that I smoked for this review) easily leaving behind a simple thin band, that was positioned in the middle of the cigar. The dark oily wrapper has a nice silky texture without any ugly big veins or any visible blemishes. It’s packed generously with tobacco and no bumps or soft spots were detected. The smell on the body of the stogie is a little different… similar I would say, to the one from the paper sleeve. From the foot I only got a faint tobacco aroma. The cold draw is perfect for my liking, not too loose or too tight.


I lit one up in a second with a single match and the aroma that was coming while I was toasting its foot, reminded me of a Cuban cigar. The first puffs are mild with just a touch of spice that is very well balanced with some nutty flavors and a hint of cedar. The Black Market after the mid-point becomes sweeter. The spice picks up and is definitely more distinct and the initial wood notes are now becoming more pronounced.

The Alec Bradley – Black Market kept me company for a little over an hour. It burnt like a champ – producing thick clouds of smoke and long gold-grayish ashes.

Overall, in my opinion is a good smoke; it didn’t wow me, but I thought it was interesting and I was left wondering if it has what it takes to make the list of “The best cigars of 2011”.


Note: This was my last review at Mikes Stogies. No, I didn’t get fired or hired by another blog – don’t believe the rumors.

I would like to thank everyone for the time you put to read what I had to say for some cigars I enjoyed (or not as much) and the support you showed me with your comments. I apologize if I didn’t meet your expectations.

I would also like to thank all our sponsors for their support. Special shout out to Richard Wilson from East Coast Cigars Co. for his continuous generosity.

Last but not least, many thanks to the team members of this great and informative cigar blog.

Mike Williams, thanks for trusting me. I know how much this site means to you. I hope I didn’t disappoint you in any way.

Rob, you are a true BOTL. It’s a pleasure meeting you pal and doing couple joint reviews (well, almost couple).

Lil Mike, you are hilarious and a great guy, you certainly kept me entertained.

Keep up the good work guys! We’ll be in touch…

Tatuaje La Casita Criolla

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 26, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf

Size: 6.5 x 48

Pre Light

This smoke has a sweet pepper aroma off the cold wrapper. The wrapper is oily and rustic with I nice feel to it in your hand. The band on the cigar is simple as is most Tatuaje products put fits well with the cigar. The draw is open after snipping off a piece of the triple cap. This is one of the new releases from Tatuaje at this year’s IPCPR along with the Fausto and Avion.

1st Third

In the first few puffs I am met with a slight pepper with isn’t as strong as the usual Tatuaje/Pepin products. After the first quarter inch I am picking up a slight coffee flavor along with a sweetness that I can’t put my tongue on. There is a massive amount of smoking coming off the draw but the cigar is burning at a nice pace and isn’t burning hot.

2nd Third

As I reach a little over half way point of this smoke I was met with a rich nut flavor to go with that sweetness I was picking up in the 1st third. The burn has stayed even throughout and not needing any touch ups whatsoever. There is still a good amount of smoke coming off the head and foot with the ash not holding on very long before it falls off.

Final Third

The spice in the end of the cigar picked up a little but nothing overpowering. The nut and sweet flavors stayed around in the final third of the smoke and blended very well together.


This cigar is a definite finger burner. Tatuaje really hit the nail on the head with this one. The flavor profile was excellent and at a $7-8 price range it definitely is well worth picking up. After smoking these for this review I will definitely be picking up a box of these ASAP. The burn was perfect on each one that I smoked and they were really enjoyable from start to finish.

Keep em burnin’


The Build-Part 1 (Studio,Lounge and Humidor)

Posted in Rant on September 23, 2011 by MIKE

Today I decided to step away from doing a review and give you a little insight to my new home project that some of you have expressed interest in. This would be my new Studio/Lounge and Walk in Humidor. The project started about 3 1/2 weeks ago when my fiance and I purchased our new home. I worked my butt off upstairs to get the place ready and to her liking so that I may get my butt working on my projects. I took some time off from Stogie 411 and my good buddies Mike and Matt covered for me while this transition was going on. So as you can see in the video below it is still in the works with lots of different little things to be done but I am right on schedule to have things totally completed by Christmas. The Studio should be done by the time this is posted in two weeks, with the lounge done by end of October and the humidor last.  I hope you enjoy this first video of my build and please leave your comments and questions, as I will do my best to answer them. See ya soon with another review. Enjoy your Smokes.

Fuente Short Story

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 19, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Cameroon

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: 4 x 49

Pre Light

These little smokes have a nice chocolate colored wrapper with a very sweet aroma coming off it from head to toe. The classic Fuente red and gold band wraps the smooth wrapper. There are minimal veins and is well capped with a little nipple at the other end. With a snip of my guillotine cutter the head is opened up and has a very nice draw off the bat for being a perfecto.

1st Third

After carefully lighting the nipple the cigar lights up beautifully with very sweet earthy flavors. The burn is very straight and is burning well. The ash holds on very well even the nipple is hanging out for a while. The sweet earthy notes hold through out the first third considering it’s only a 4 inch long cigar.

2nd Third

The second third starts of right where the first third let off with the earthy sweetness but is soon met with a rich cedar flavor that pairs very well with the sweetness. The ash is still holding on and burn is pretty sharp.

Final Third

The flavor profile didn’t change her in the final inch of this smoke but I can’t complain because the flavors I did get where rich and enjoyable. The burn was good throughout the cigar and needed no touch up the whole way through. The band came off without any problems.


It seems like I keep smoking all these short quick smokes lately. The cigar may not be complex but I like the flavor profile it gives and I always keep these in a regular rotation. So get out there and get em!

Keep em Burnin’



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