Archive for March, 2012

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 19, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: San Andreas

Binder: Honduras

Wrapper: Honduras, Nicaragua

Size: Torpedo 6×52

Pre Light

I hope everybody had a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day and got to smoke some great cigars. Today I am smoking Alec Bradley’s Tempus Maduro which is double band with a foot band. The wrapper has a sweet barnyard aroma and doesn’t have any large veins. The foot smells of cocoa and pepper. After lopping off the extra pointy torpedo head the draw is nice and free. With those same cocoa and pepper flavors I got on sniffing the foot.

1st Third

The pepper burst on the initial first puffs was pretty mild with a sweet cocoa flavor along with a rich wood coming to the forefront of my palette. Lots of creamy white smoke off both the head and foot with a nice room aroma. The burn line has been sharp with no issues so far.

2nd Third

Here in the middle portion of the Tempus Maduro. I am still getting the cocoa and wood flavors with the pepper coming and going every few puffs. The burn has stayed cool and the line has stayed even. The ash has been holding on for well over and inch and is a light grey color.

Final Third

As I wrap up this cigar the flavor profile stayed the same throughout the final third with the wood and cocoa. I had no construction issues, needed no relights or touch ups and no complaints.


Although this cigar wasn’t very complex the flavors were enjoyable and blended well together. The price point isn’t on the high side either so I definitely will be picking a few more of these up.


Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 18, 2012 by smokinjoe65

Wrapper: Maduro (oscuro)
Filler: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo
Size: 5X50
PRE LIGHT; this robusto is wrapped in a jet black, vienless and oily leaf.It feels well packed and the cold draw was perfect.The cap cut clean and there was a sweet  dank smell. This stick comes in around 2.50$ each on line. I have not seen any of these at any of my local B&Ms.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG; Ignition was trouble-free and i was greeted with strong flavors of espresso and dark slightly bitter chocolate.The bodie and flavor was full on from the start.I aslo had notes of roasted almonds pick up at about the half way point.The ash was a grey white and clinged to almost the halfway point. The last half of this robusto remained the same except for some  mild molasses sweetness surrounded by espresso and citrus notes with a long mild but satisfying pepper finish.

THE FINISH;The flavor is rich, a very chewy smoke. This cigar has stayed pretty consistent. It has been very full flavored and bodied yet also smooth. The core sweetness and flavor of the tobacco is well-balanced and very satisfying. The finish is solid and  It is definitely more of an assertive pepper flavor that is by no means overpowering. Just assertive and kind of creeps up on you. Good smoke.Ive enjoyed this robusto a few times. you should too.ALL THE BEST-SMOKINJOE.

Illusione HL Candela

Posted in Video Reviews on March 16, 2012 by MIKE

We take on the Green Monster today folks, no not Fenway Park the Illusion HL Candela. This is a 7.5×40 Lancero at a price point of $11.10 depending on where you purchase. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Candela and the binder along with the filler are both Nicaraguan. This is a medium to full body cigar made by Dion Giolito. So let’s see what I think of the Green Monster.

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Xikar Xi2 Review

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 13, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

This cutter has to be my favorite cutter, now Xikar sometimes has a bad reputation but all of the products I have from them I love. From my Axia lighter to my Xi2 cutter. Now today I am only going to be reviewing the cutter but for those of you looking for a lighter the Axia is fantastic. Off track so like I said before today I am reviewing the Xikar Xi2.

This color is one of six colors you can get with the Xi2 the other colors range from blue to green to red about 4 more. Now down to the nitty-gritty, this cutter is light in weight but also isn’t light enough that you feel like you have nothing in your hand. These blades are also hardened to a rockwell C rating and for those of you like me who don’t know what means it’s just the toughest blade you can buy. Now another plus is that this cutter will cut up to a 60 ring gauge cigar just depending on how much cap you cut off, but if you want to cut a cigar in half for some reason it will cut a 54 ring gauge cigar and smaller.


Now for my final points, If you’re looking for a dependable cutter and one that will last you through the years it’s this one. For a price point of only $39.95 It pretty much pays for itself with the life time warranty. Also just a little side note I would like to add is that it is pool and coffee proof. But those are stories for another day, but all I’m trying to get at is if you are in the market for a new cutter this is a great cutter to look into.

God bless and have a good two weeks

Rocky Patel Autumn Collection 2009

Posted in Cigar Reviews on March 12, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Colorado Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 52

Pre Light

The cigar I am smoking today has a sweet but spicy aroma off of the wrapper and foot. It has a minimal amount of small veins except for one that seems to be protruding out by the cap. It is well packed and has a nice in hand feel. As I clipped the cap it started to unravel a little but nothing major.

1st Third

After lighting up the Autumn Collection I was hit with some pepper off the bat but died down at the end of the first inch. I also picked up notes of earth with a slight wood in the background. Burn was even through beginning stages of the cigar and was burning cool.

2nd Third

Here in middle portion of the cigar the spice really died down and was replaced with a subtle sweetness to go along with the earth and wood flavors picked up in the first third. The burn has been perfect but the outer edges of the ash have been a little flakey.

Final Third

As I wrap up this RP the woody flavors seemed to really come to the forefront with notes of cocoa popping in and out at times. The earthy notes picked up the first and second thirds were still present but seemed to fall to the background.


Construction was good considering I didn’t need any relights or touch ups and the little snafu at the beginning with the cap didn’t even the cigars performance at all. Flavors were good and well blended. With a price tag of around $6 it is not bad at all. So get out there and grab a few if you can find em.

Keep em burnin’



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