Archive for April, 2012

Macanudo Vintage Cabinet Selection 1988

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 30, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Mexican

Filler: Dominican/Mexican

Size: 5 ½ x 49

Price: $27.50

Pre Light

The wrapper on the 1988 is nice looking with no major veins and a slight oil sheen covering it.  Smell of the cold wrapper is very mild and is off sweet spice. The cigar is triple capped and after removing it the draw is great. On the cold draw I’m picking up that spice I was getting off the wrapper aroma.

1st Third

As I light up this old Macanudo I am getting a slight pepper sensation on my palette with a very mild wood flavor coming and going from time to time. The cigar seems to be burning fast but not hot.

2nd Third

The flavors here in the middle portion of the cigar have not changed. The same mild pepper and wood flavors is all I’m picking up. The burn line has stayed sharp and it has slowed down considerable from the beginning of the cigar. The ash is holding on for over an inch and is a slight gray color.

Final Third

Not much to say here in the final few drags of the cigar. The flavors have stayed the same throughout the entire cigar.


This cigar has been a huge disappointment. The flavor profile was very bland and mild. If this cigar cost maybe $4 I’d smoke it again but at a price tag of nearly $28 I will not be purchasing any of these again. On the bright side for a cigar over 20 years old construction and burn were perfect.

Keep em burnin’


A Word from Hogman.

Posted in Rant on April 29, 2012 by MIKE

Well as most of you know today you would have come to MikesStogies to read a review from Joe but instead you are reading a post from me lol. I am posting today to let you all know of some changes that we are making here because of family and other commitments that I must attend too. Starting today Joe will be taking over my regular schedule friday spot and I will be posting my video reviews every other Wednesday that Youngbuck doesn’t post his. So basically we are still posting every week but I’m just cutting back to twice a month. I do appreciate everyone understanding but in real life my family comes first before everything. We here at MikesStogies  really do appreciate all your support and do our best to be one of the most consistent sites out there. I hope to see you all soon and remember Enjoy your Smokes.

Emilio Series H

Posted in Video Reviews on April 27, 2012 by MIKE

Well first off let me start by letting you all know effective next week I will no longer be doing reviews on every friday, that slot will be filled by Joe and I will be moving to every other Wednesday the opposite of Youngbuck. Things have come up in my life and I need to spend more time with them for now. I do appreciate everyone understanding. Ok now that we got that out-of-the-way let’s get to the cigar in hand the Emilio Series H. This cigar gave me a surprise how much it had rich flavors. It’s not overly complex but the flavors and price point I love. So without all the details let’s get the damn show on the road.

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Liga Privada “Dirty Rat”

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 25, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

Size : 5 x 44
Wrapper : Connecticut Sun-grown Habano
Filler : Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan
Binder : Brazilian Mata Fina
Price : $13.95

Now this cigar has been sitting in my humidor for a little over 6 months. I was saving it for something special but it just so happened I couldn’t take it any longer and decided to smoke it one saturday afternoon. The construction on this cigar was perfect right along with the smells coming off the wrapper.

First half: In the beginning this cigar was ok… nothing special but with in a few puffs you got a nice citrus flavor and about an inch down from that you got a very nice dark chocolate. Now this dark chocolate stayed with it for a very long time and followed into the second half.

Second half: Now with the second half I wasn’t very thrilled, it wasn’t very complex. I got some chocolate from the first half and then I got a stagnant spice throughout the rest of the cigar. I would say the only reason I nubbed this cigar was because it is such a rare cigar for me.

Overall I liked this cigar, yes I would smoke it again but for $14 its just really over priced. For someone who is a big Liga fan yes give it a try but for someone who isn’t I wouldn’t sweat it too much.

God bless have a great two weeks

Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 23, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Torpedo (6×52)

Pre Light

The Grand Reserve by Nestor Miranda and Miami Cigars has an oily chocolate brown wrapper with no overly large veins running through it.  The torpedo is triple capped and has a nice gold and green band. The aroma I pick up off the cold wrapper is sweet and earthy.  After snipping of the cap I pick up notes of earth, wood and a sweetness off the cold draw.  The draw feels just right and the cigar is generously packed from head to foot.

1st Third

The cigar opens up with some slight pepper on my palette but is quickly subdued but the flavors of earth and wood.  The Grand Reserve puts off quite a lot of smoke both off the draw and foot that seems to just float in front of my face. The burn line has been a little wavy but hey compared to my last couple reviews it’s not that big a deal.

2nd Third

The sweetness I picked up on the cold draw has finally showed up around the halfway point.  It’s a nice compliment to the earth and wood flavors from the beginning of the cigar.  I needed to relight the cigar once during the second third but that was my own fault for letting it sit too long.

Final Third

Well I’m wrapping up the Grand Reserve and here in the final portion of the cigar the pepper kicked back up quite a bit. The other flavors stayed about the same with notes of coffee popping in and out from time to time.  The burn was good for the rest of my experience and stayed very cool right down to the end.


I very much enjoyed this cigar and will definitely be picking up a few more of these when I head back over to my local B&M. I enjoyed the flavor profile except it seriously dried my mouth out. I needed an extra glass of water for this one.

Keep em burnin’



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