Archive for December, 2011

Cohiba Esplendido

Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 19, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Size: Churchill 7×46

Price: $25-30

Pre Light

Today I bring you the Cohiba Esplendido, which is one of the most expensive Cuban cigars on the market today. It is by no means an everyday cigar and I would I only be smoking these on special occasions if it wasn’t for this review. It has a light milk chocolate colored wrapper topped off with a triple cap. Feels well packed from head to foot without that spongy feel you get in many Cuban smokes. The cold wrapper and foot smell of sweet hay and pepper. After slicing the cap off with my Palio the draw is a little snug but nothing to complain about.

1st Third

After toasting and lighting I am picking up a slight pepper. Within the first half inch I start to pick up notes of wood. The burn is pretty good considering the slight tight draw. The ash is holding on for quite a while and is a dark grey.

2nd Third

As I pull past the half-way point I picked up notes of cinnamon spice to go along with the wood flavors I picked up in the first third. Cool and slow burning with a strong ash.

Final Third

Finishing up this Cohiba I got floral and sweet cocoa notes to go along with the wood, cinnamon and pepper. I didn’t need to relight the cigar the entire time and the cigar burned extra slow which I didn’t mind one bit.


I have to say this has to be one of my favorite cigars. The flavor profile was very complex and rich with no construction problems. The only thing to complain about is the price, with a $25 to $35 price tag it’s a good idea to buy a box to save a little bit of money. I seriously suggest getting out there and grabbing some. I can only believe they will get better with age as well.

Christmas Giveaway

Well it’s that time of year again and thanks to out sponsors hear at Mike’s Stogies we have some free shit to give away to you good folks. So here’s the deal, if you leave a comment on all four posts throughout the week (which is Joe’s that posted yesterday, mine today, Youngbuck’s on Wednesday and Mike’s on Friday) you will be eligible to win:

1 Humidor (pictured below)

1 Colibri Cutter

1 Single Torch Lighter

1 Three Cigar Leather Pouch

15 Cigars

Good luck & Keep em burnin’


Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 18, 2011 by smokinjoe65

Filler: Seco, Ligero, Cubito
Binder: Honduran
Wrapper: Brazilian

Length: 6″
Ring Guage: 54
price point:8.75

today I’ll be reviewing the 262(smoke the revolution) box pressed toro. On first inspection this vitola displayed a rustic chocolate-brown wrapper.A bit vieny and firm. this stick is a true box pressed cigar,squared off on the sides and not just a ‘pressed look”.

FIRST THIRD; the cut was clean and  the lighting draw was firm but flowing. I was introduced to the rich taste of mocha and espresso with a hint of cinnamon on my palate. nice thick plumes of smoke were produced from the draw.(wich was firm and flowing through the first third)The burn was slightly irregular but did not need any touching up and self corrected. This is not surprising as a thick maduro  wrapper is needed for a true box press to be possble.this is the third box press I had smoked and I was loving every one of them.this cigar exudes a classic profile that for me is enjoyable and relaxing

SECOND THIRD: the chocolate and espresso  had flowered into rich tasting coffee and dark chocolate with a slight tingle of the “” on my tongue. the wrapper was just plain yummy and was chewy.Quite frankly I wanted to eat it! the ash was thick,clingy,and firm. With thick banding on the ash.

THIRD AND FINAL: By the time I had reached this point I was a fan in a big way.  Rich tasting notes of coffee and dark chocolate with notes of cinnamon continued.This  one had a long finish(around 45 min).The ash stayed clinging to about the half way point before discarding itself. IMO-This cigar does what others do (I.E. acronym named ones at that)at almost half the price point.For me that’s a big deal. this cigar needs to be smoked.Its that good.

THE WRAPP UP; well if you have read to this point I have an anouncement.mikes stogies is running a give away.Everyone who posts on all 4 reviews this week is eligible to win  prizes.this includes a humidor,colibri cutter,single torch lighter,3 finger cigar pouch,and 15 cigars from various brands. merry christmas and all the best!! smokinjoe

El Primer Mundo Criollo Maduro

Posted in Video Reviews on December 16, 2011 by MIKE

Today I’m reviewing the El Primer Mundo Criollo Maduro that was gifted to me by Brett the NY rep. This is the first time I’ve tried this brand and have to say I did enjoy it without giving away the review. Thanks to Brett for gifting this and here is alittle info on the cigar.

Blended to satisfy the bold and the mild palate alike this medium to full bodied cigar is adorned with a rare aged native Havana seed Maduro wrapper that envelopes a flavorful blend of the best tobacco found in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras and the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua as well as Peru delivering a robust mix of rich cocoa and coffee notes with subtle hints of spice that add complexity.

Viaje White Label “Stuffed Turkey”

Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 13, 2011 by youngbuckbotl

This week we look at a cigar that I have only been hearing good things about. This cigar made by Viaje which came out around Thanksgiving time with a name that makes you think of delicious food, the “Stuffed Turkey”.

Size: 5 x 60 Robusto Gordo 

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Strength: Full

Price: $9.95

First half of this cigar has a nice nutty and almost oaky flavor to it, with a little spice on the retrohale. But towards the middle of the cigar there was a little more creamy smoke and more nutty and leather tones.

Second half I got more of almost the exact same through this whole cigar. Now I didn’t expect to get much out of this cigar considering the size of the ring gauge. But I guess I was just hoping this cigar would have been better.
All around this cigar was just a cigar, nothing special and quite frankly not worth the $10 price in my opinion. Now if this stick was $5 or $6 and a smaller gauge then I probably would have liked this cigar a lot more but for now it didn’t really do it for me…

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

Posted in Cigar Reviews on December 12, 2011 by Griff

Wrapper: Cameroon

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Size: 6×50

Pre Light

The wrapper on this Rocky smoke is a chocolate shade of brown with a triple cap and double banded. The draw after I clipped the cap off was perfect with a sweet taste off the cold draw. The aroma off the cold wrapper is of sweet hay and feels pretty packed from head to foot.

1st Third

Lighting up this stick I am met with a slight pepper which dies out after a quarter inch or so. After the pepper dies I start to pick of earthiness and a sweetness that I can’t quite put my finger on yet.

2nd Third

The burn on the cigar has been perfect. The burn line has been sharp and burning slow. The ash is holding on strong but can be a little flakey around the edges. The flavors of earth and that sweetness are still there with notes of wood starting to kick in as I reach the halfway point.

Final Third

The flavor profile stayed the same except for the pepper kicked up a notch here on the home stretch. The burn needed no touch ups throughout my experience.


The four I smoked for this review were all pretty consistent between the flavor profile and construction. I would definitely pick a few more of these up. They were well worth the money spent on them. So go out there and give em a try, don’t take my word for it.

Keep em burnin’



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