Archive for November, 2011

perdomo reserve limited cameroon edition

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 29, 2011 by youngbuckbotl

Ok so this week once again I am doing a written review. You may be asking yourself why I am doing this since I make such amazing videos and the reason is that work and school have gotten to be wayyy to much. So shut up and read the damn review.

Size: 4.5 x 44 Petit Corona

Wrapper:  Grade 1 African Cameroon

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua Cuban seed

Strength: Medium

Price: $5.00

This Perdomo reserve limited Cameroon was gifted to me by a good friend Charlie Greenbacker aka @greenbacker. This cigar was a medium bodied cigar which I will first start out by saying I really did like. Little fact about this cigar which I snagged from stogiereview.com is that this cameroon wrapper was from a cameroon they had come out with back in 2005 but only had a little left so decided this vitola (Petit Corona) was best suited.

1st Half – For about the first 1/4 inch this cigar had a little spice to it but after that it really had a nice woodsy and almost chestnutty flavor which complemented the woodsy flavor tremendously. Now the retrohale had a little spice to it as well which stayed with it through the whole cigar.

2nd Half – Turned into an even more mellow coffee and leather taste with the spicy retrohale down to the last few puffs. Now the burn on this last half  I will say was a little crappy… but hey for a $5 stick I can not complain.

Overall –  This stick for $5 is amazing. I would smoke these everyday for $5 but I do not know if they are still available or what not, you will have to hit up charlie on twitter to ask him that one. But nun the less this cigar blew me away for the size and flavor it held. I suggest you get some and try them.

Have a good week all, Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and just think Christmas is around the corner. Keep em’ lit my friends have a good two weeks ill see you all then.

Zino Platinum Grand Master

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 28, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut/Ecuador

Binder: Connecticut

Filler: Dominican/Peru

Size: 5 ½ x 52

Cost: $15

Pre Light

The Grand Master is a double capped mild cigar brought to us by the good people at Zino. The Connecticut wrapper is very light and looks extremely delicate. The cold wrapper has a sweet smell to it and so does the draw of the foot. The draw is perfect not too tight and not too loose.

1st Third

The cigar starts off smooth and creamy with no spice. The burn has been good with flavors of cocoa and coffee here in the first inch or so. It is very mild but the flavors aren’t dull at all.

2nd Third

The ash is holding on for quite a long time and the burn has needed no touch ups so far. The cocoa and coffee are still there with notes of wood coming and going. It’s burning pretty cool and at a good pace.

Final Third

The flavors of this Zino stayed the same throughout the entire experience. The construction of the cigar was great, I had no problems with the burn.

Overall

For being a $15 cigar I was expecting a little more. I mean I know it was a mild Connecticut cigar but still the cigar did not live up to the price tag at all. I’d rather grab an EP Carrillo New Wave or Perdomo Champagne if I am looking for a mild morning smoke. Construction was great but this cigar won’t be going in my humidor unless it’s a gift.  But hey that’s just my opinion give it a try for yourself.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

BONITA SMOKE SHOP’S HOUSE BLEND

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 25, 2011 by smokinjoe65

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf maduro

 Binder: Nicaragua

 Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Dominican Republic

meduim in body and full flavored

Size: No. 3(6×54)

price; 4:50 $

today i’ll be reviewing the Bonita smoke shop’s value blend or house blend. Let me first say that this cigar is far from what is precieved as a “value blend”. read on.

 My first impression of this vitola is its a slightly veiny and rustic wrapper; a Connecticut broad leaf maduro. over all it looked and felt well constructed and well packed with tobacco. it was firm to the touch with out any perceived soft spots that might denote a void.

 FIRST THIRD; I was greeted with a strong pepper and cinnamon blast  that held hints of toast.This fell primarily on my tounge. The draw was perfect with plumes of smoke reaching into the air. I was getting a really good impresion of this cigar’s construction and flavor profile. Toward the end of this first third the  strong flavor of pepper and cinnamon abated to a nice even flavor and my tounge was tingling with that” nicotine dance”. value brand my ass. this was evolving into a complex and great smoke. I was swearing at this point that pepin had to have blended this.

 SECOND THIRD; the pepper and cinnamon flavors continued to dance around my palate however the hints of toast began to fade. the draw was perfect and still held plumes of smoke.The ash held tight, the “nicotine dance” was in full swing.Towords the end of the second third, hints of earth were beginning to emerge as the pepper and cinnamon began to tame down a bit.

THE LAST THIRD; Emerging from the flavors of earth a sweet tobacco taste and hints of floral and citrus emerged. The ash gave way halfway through this smoke. thick plumes and an easy draw still continued till the end. I nubbed this sucker!

THE “WRAP” UP; I was never able to find out if this was a pepin rolled cigar but quite frankly it doesn’t matter.This cigar is NOT a value blended and rolled cigar despite what the advertisement says. It is rolled for Bonita smoke shop and the web site can be found here http://www.bonitasmokeshop.com/bonita_smoke_shop_house_blend_ci.htm . house blends are perceived as being just a bundled cigar that was chosen as the best for the price blend.There is some truth to this in the past but in today’s world many house blends are well thought out and should not be over looked.The depth perception of taste is that of a stick priced at twice its cost.This  is a true gem and i highly recommend you try these. I was informed by the owner of the smoke shop that it was blended to her specifications and taste. My hats off to your palate. All the best. smokin joe.

Alec Bradley American Classic Blend

Posted in Video Reviews on November 25, 2011 by MIKE

We take a look at the Alec Bradley American Classic Blend today. This cigar has a Honduras Connecticut shade wrapper with a filler of Nicaraguan and binder of Nicaraguan. Take a tour with me and let me know your thoughts on this cigar.

Size Reviewed-Gordo 6×60

Wrapper-Honduran Grown Conn. Shade

Filler-Nic. Esteli and Condega long filler

Binder-Nic. Jalapa

Price-$3.95-5.50

NY State Price-$7.25

ios and mobile device users click here:

http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-AlecBradleyAmericanClassicBlend965.m4v

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Rant on November 24, 2011 by MIKE

We at MikesStogies want to take this time to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. All the guys here hope that you enjoy the day with your family and give thanks to all who give us the opportunity to enjoy the things in life we love. I personally want to thank my beautiful fiancé Kristen for showing this old fart that love can finally happen after 45 years. To all the guys here Rob,Mike,Gus and Joe this site is great because of all of you and I hope you have the best day today. To all the fans thank you from the bottom of my heart and after dinner lend a hand cleaning then sit back and Enjoy your Smokes.

Happy Thanksgiving to All.

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