Archive for October, 2011

Room 101 Namakubi

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 17, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Dominican and Honduran

Size: 48 x 7

Pre Light

The smoke I bring you today is a new release from Room 101 cigars. It has a light brown wrapper which has a sweet aroma coming off the cold cigar. There are no predominant veins sticking out and is not very firmly packed. After snipping off the triple cap the draw is very free flowing without much resistance. With the cigar not being firmly packed it still feels heavy in the hand which is weird.

1st Third

In the beginning of this smoke I’m not noticing much pepper and it is quite smooth. I am picking up some coffee flavors along with a nice floral flavor sort of like tea leaves.

2nd Third

As we reach around the halfway point I am met with a sweetness to go along with the floral flavors with the coffee fading to the background. There also has been notes of wood coming in and out as I move through the middle half. The cigar seems to be burning a little hot probably due to the loose draw.

Final Third

As I wrap this cigar up I did need a few relights here in the final third. The flavor profile stayed the same except for an increase in the pepper intensity. The ash held on well throughout the smoke and burn stayed even just needed a few relights.

Overall

Except for the relights I really enjoyed the balance of flavor and strength in the cigar. The flavor profile was interesting wasn’t very complex but the flavors were very different than anything I have smoked in a while. I definitely am going to have to pick up some more of these.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

The Build Part Two (Studio,Lounge and Humidor)

Posted in Rant on October 14, 2011 by MIKE

Today we are back with the second part of THE BUILD. I hope you enjoy this short look into my project and it looks like the humidor wont be done til January at the earliest. I am spending way more than planned. Stay tuned and watch the progress. Here we go.

Ios Users click here.http://youtu.be/XhUPSwzCWrU

 

CAO OSA Sol

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 10, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Honduran (Olancho San Agustin)

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Size: Robusto 5 x 50 (Lot 50)

Pre Light

This new release from CAO was introduced at this year’s IPCPR and is the first release under the new regime of at CAO. The wrapper is a milk chocolate brown with no major veins or construction flaws at first sight. The aroma off the wrapper is sweet and earthy with the aroma on the foot is more earthy with a hint of wood. After a snip of my cutter and the cigar is opened up the draw is free flowing hint and toasty wood flavor.

1st Third

Within the first inch of the cigar I have picked up notes of wood along with faint hints of a sweet spice but the main flavor seems to be a rich earthiness. The ash olds on for long time and puts off a thick white smoke that just sits in the air.

2nd Third

The burn hasn’t needed any touch ups and is burning cool. The earthy and wood flavors seem to still be the focus of the cigar but have become a lot bolder here in the second third. The ash held on and had to be knocked off before it fell on my lap.

Final Third

The wood and earth flavor have not faded but are met with a slight pepper here in the last inch and have blended very well together. The burn stayed good all the way down to the nub and stayed cool to the touch. Even down to the end the cigar produced enormous amounts of heavy smoke.

Overall

I was a little wary getting these after a few reviews I read but I have to say I was surprised to find I enjoyed as much as I did. The flavors blended well together and the construction was flawless on each of the ones I smoked for this review. I might have to go and pick a few more up.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Monte Pascoal Minutos

Posted in Video Reviews on October 7, 2011 by MIKE

Today I am doing a review sort of a quick review depending on your idea of quick lol. I am reviewing the Monte Pascoal Minutos. This is a brazilian puro and a nice little smoke. This is not the first time I reviewed a Monte Pascoal go here to see my thoughts on the different size smoke.

http://mikesstogies.com/2011/03/21/monte-pascoal/

http://www.tabacosmatafinausa.com

So take a few minutes from your busy day and sit back with me and look at the Monte Pascoal Minutos thanks to Wesley.

Emilio AF2

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 5, 2011 by youngbuckbotl

This cigar is fantastic. It is the second in the AF series, created by a great guy named Gary Griffith. The Emilio brand is a boutique company, who I presume will be busting down the walls of every B&M in the close future if they keep making fantastic sticks like this one.

For those of you who are on smart phones click the link: http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-EmilioAF2224.m4v

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