Archive for November, 2011

Esencia 2008

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 21, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)

Cost: $10

Pre Light

I picked a couple of these up while I was visiting Mike up in New York and soon as I saw them I had to have some. I’ve been hearing good things about these cigars for the past couple years but have never seen them in a local shop and I wasn’t gonna pass these up. The wrapper has am aroma of sweet hay and is the color of milk chocolate. The cigar is generously packed from head to foot and is topped off with a well applied triple cap. After snipping the cap with a straight cut from my Palio cutter I take a draw off of the cold cigar and it is pretty snug but still able to smoke.

First Third

After lighting it up am I surprised at the smoothness off the bat. I was expected at least a little bit of pepper off the foot considering it is a Nicaraguan puro. Even though the draw is tight there is a lot of smoke coming with every draw. The flavor profile I am getting here in the beginning of the cigar is of cocoa and nuts with a slight earthiness in the background.

Second Third

The burn and ash have been pretty good considering the tightness of the draw. The flavors that I was getting in the beginning of the cigar have stayed around through the second third except I am picking up notes of wood here and there. The retrohale is very smooth and not harsh on the palette at all.

Final Third

As I wrapped up this Esencia it had a nice sweet finish. There was rich cocoa and caramel flavors with a nutty background. It was like eating a Snickers bar haha. I am still shocked at whole the burn turned out with the draw issue. The ash was strong and dark grey. It was a definite finger burner.


I am definitely glad I picked these up on my trip even though I had to pay that ridiculous New York tobacco tax. If I can’t find them here in PA I am going to be forced to fork out the cash and have Mike pick me up more from Nate over at Badger’s Den. The flavors were wonderful and blended together nicely. It was medium to full bodied and was a nice little desert after dinner with all the sweet flavors. I strongly suggest getting your hands on some of these if you get the chance. These are made by the same folks that make the Palio cutters and they have some great quality products.

Keep em burnin’



Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 20, 2011 by smokinjoe65

size: 7×40

Country of origin: Dom. Rep.

Filler: Dom. Rep.

Binder: Dom. Rep.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano/Sumatra hybrid

Today I am reviewing the Rodrigo cigars lancero.My first overall impression of this vitola is of the habano/Sumatra Hybrid  wrapper.It is A chocolate/ brown coloration with a nice oily sheen to it.It is also somewhat” veiny”.

The cigar is firm and has a very clean overall appearance.

FIRST THIRD: Upon lighting up this lancero I was greeted with the flavors of toasted almonds wich while medium to strong in flavor had a rich impression.the smoke was coming off the foot was blue white.The toasted almond flavor giving way to strong hints of floral and  citrus.this oddly enough struck my upper palate( and was for me a pleasant surprise).this flavor of citrus and floral notes also was present in the retrohale. with plumes of dense smoke.

SECOND THIRD: The floral and citrus flavor began to ramp up with the toasted almond fading into the background.The cigar imparted a dry finish at this point.(it should be noted that I was smoking this on a cool november day at 40deg.)toward the end of the second third the flavor of toasted almonds reappeared.the taste was still on my upper pallet.

LAST THIRD: The flavor really began to ramp up from a medium bodied to a full-bodied and full flavored cigar. Strong flavors of sweet tobacco and almonds filled my senses and for me this cigar really opened up. I was enjoying this lancer immensely!

OVER ALL: I enjoyed smoking this lancero gifted to me by @masondog(on twitter).My thanks goes out to him for his generosity.It had everything a lancero should have.It showcased the blenders art very well and was loaded with depth of flavor.The owner of Rodrigo cigars is George Rodriguez who is currently from Pittsburg P.A.I thought this was interesting since Florida and Virginia Are not the only place to base good smokes from! His line of cigars can be seen and ordered from . the full site for RODRIGO CIGARS is here. . I have smoked every one of his sizes in this is flawless on every one I have smoked.All the best-smokin joe.


ARSEN Connoisseur Selection 2010

Posted in Video Reviews on November 18, 2011 by MIKE

Today for you I’m doing a first impression on a cigar gifted to me by @cigarsource on Twitter. There really haven’t been many reviews that I could find on this cigar so I decided to give it a shot. So check out the info and see what I thought of this little smoke.

Wrapper: Dominican Republic – Habano Especial
Binder: Dominican Republic – Cubano San Vicente
Filler: Dominican Republic – Seco Habano Vuelta Arriba, Ligero Habano Vuelta Arriba, Ligero Corojo


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262 Ideology Corona

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 15, 2011 by youngbuckbotl

Now this isn’t something I’m use to… obviously you’re use to me doing video reviews but don’t get me wrong I can write like a champ too… well I hope. Todays review is of the 262 Ideology Corona, this cigar is new to the market. Released “August of 2011″. (  Needless to say this cigar has made my top 10, this cigar was just a flat out fantastic medium bodied smoke.

Size: 5.5 x 46 Corona

Wrapper:  Nicaraguan Habano Rosado

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua, Mexican, Dominican 

Strength: Medium

Price: $7.00

So I am going to start off by saying I do not know what I am going to be doing more of, videos or written. It will all depend on my work schedule; because, I recently got a new job at Casa De Montecristo. Which means more hours and less time for working on the fun things like making video reviews that make people scream, cry, and piss themselves in laughter. (true fact General-Griff told me it happened to him)

Construction on this cigar was almost flawless other then the foot there was nothing wrong with it and I believe the foot mostly had to do with transit which is my fault. So all around A+ for the construction.

The first half – Started out just the same as any mild-medium cigar does, PLAIN… but about a half inch in I got a great taste of citrus and oak. Then about almost to the half way point it started to get a little spicy in the retrohale but nothing overwhelming but just right. Just enough to let you know it was their.

The second half – Was fantastic, completely changing the cigar around. Almost like smoking two different cigars. The cigar became spicy not only through the retrohale but a whole palate serge. It was fantastic, it was only noticeable for a few seconds then left like it had never been there. It was nothing like a long lingering taste of a Jalapeno like you get with some cigars but just right.
I would chalk this up to being one of my top 10 cigars. I actually liked it so much I asked for it for christmas, praying and hoping santa brings me a box… Thank you for all watching damn it I mean reading my review. I enjoyed doing this and hope all of you did the same. Till next time keep em’ burning

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012

Posted in Video Reviews on November 14, 2011 by Griff

Quick note we couldnt find much info on this smoke and we made a mistake Mike is smoking the Broadleaf and Rob is smoking the Sumatra, thanks to @jerseyjay for the catch.

We bring you something a little different today, my first and maybe only video review. This pre release cigar by Tatuaje was picked up at the latest event at Holt’s. The Cojonu 2012 (which I most definitely pronounced wrong in the video) has a Nicaraguan filler and binder. The 2012 comes in 2 wrappers, an Ecuadorian Sumatra and a Broadleaf wrapper. Hope you enjoy.

PS Mike choose the music for this video. HAHA!

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