Archive for May, 2012

Rocky Patel Edge Candela

Posted in Video Reviews on May 30, 2012 by MIKE

Today I am reviewing the latest in the Rocky Patel Edge line the Candela. This cigar is a Toro 6×52 with a Habano seed Candela and the binder and filler are not known. The price point is $6.40each. So let’s see what I think about the Rocky Patel Edge Candela and thanks to Patrick at RP for sending these to me.

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American Eagle

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 28, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Conn, Conn Broadleaf Maduro, CA Candela

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: 5 x 50

Pre Light

First and foremost I want to wish a happy Memorial Day to everyone. I’ve been saving this cigar to smoke for an appropriate holiday as corny as that sounds. The American Eagle cigar smells of a sweet hay or barnyard aroma. With the 3 different wrappers it is a pretty sweet looking stick but let’s hope it’s not just a gimmick. After snipping the cap the draw is free and tastes of sweet pepper.

1st Third

After a slight pepper kick which quickly dies off I start to pick flavors of sweet cream and wood. The burn has stayed relatively even and cool. There is a lot of smoke coming off of every draw.

2nd Third

The creaminess and wood flavors continue here in the middle portion with nuts and an earthiness. I’m pretty surprised at the even burn of this cigar considering the patch work of wrapper leaf. The flavors keep changing on every puff.

Final Third

That flavors here in the final third changed quite a bit and the pepper kicked back up in the final inches. Burn continued to stay even and burn cool throughout the entire length of the stick.


I originally thought that cigar was going to be a gimmick but it turned out to be very enjoyable. The flavors were rich and plentiful. The construction was great considering the variant wrapper. Plus I wouldn’t mind picking up some more of these because a portion of the proceeds go to the Semper Fi Fund.

Keep em burnin’


So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish-Douglas Adams

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 25, 2012 by smokinjoe65

Not to long ago I was writing a private blog and looking for something different to review about.I set about contacting some cigar shops on twitter to see if they had any house brands.I was going to do a series of them for reviews. unbeknownst to me at the time that he wasn’t a B&M ,I contacted Mikesstogies. I got a reply from mike that said “no I don’t have any house brands I do reviews here, but I could do reviews for him on his site”. So it began. I took him up on his offer and went “big time”. During my stay here I have worked with some great fellow reviewers(Griff and Youngbuck) who I have had a blast with video conferencing and the general funny mayhem that goes on behind the scenes here. About January of this year I got a call from GCPuffs asking if I could help him out by writing some pieces for him. I told him at the time that I could do OP/Ed pieces and life style/Interviews to help out. I didn’t want to do reviews as Mike had given my first shot and loyalty and gratefulness is not something I have forgotten.When I called mike and asked him if he would mind if I helped GC out; I don’t think I finished the complete sentence before he said yes. It says a lot about mike and the camaraderie online reviewers have. two weeks ago GC asked if I would take over as the content manager of his site and write “full-time” for him. To say I was floored is an understatement. I called mike to tell him I was going to take the offer I had been generously given.His reply was “wow. Yeah man any thing I can do let me know.” It wasnt as easy a decision for me but the opportunity was to great to pass up. Both GC and Mike are men of  Honor and generosity.There are not enough good words to say about every one here. I won’t say goodby. Only thank you mike for taking a leap of faith and giving a guy a shot. ALL THE BEST-smokinjoe

19 years

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 23, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

If you are looking for a cigar review this week this is not the place to go . This week I just want to recognize all of my followers and say thank you with out all of you I wouldn’t still be here and I wouldn’t love what I do, so thank you. On another note, I have to say that today is my last day of high school and saturday I will finally be walking and getting my diploma. After 18 almost 19 years of hard work and long hours I finally will have done it ( pat myself on my back ). So with that news I just figured I would share it with all of you and hope you all have a blessed two weeks btw no school means I have time for videos :)

Tarazona 305

Posted in Cigar Reviews on May 21, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Costa Rican

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Torpedo 6 ½ x 50

Pre Light

I received a couple of these cigars from Chris Bradley over on twitter a while back and just finally got around to smoking them. The wrapper is an oily dark shade of brown with no protruding veins. The aroma off the cold wrapper is sweet with a slight pepper to it. After slicing off the triple cap the draw is open and has the same sweet pepper taste on my palette as a take a few drags.

1st Third

After the initial pepper up front I start to pick up sweet cocoa notes. The ash holds on for quite a long time and had to be knocked off on the side of the ash tray. The burn is even and cool. The only notes I really picked up in the first couple inches were the cocoa and pepper but we’ll see what happens as we progress through it.

2nd Third

The flavors here in the middle portion really started to pick up. I still had that cocoa and lingering pepper but I was also introduced to some nut and earthy flavors to go along with it. Construction has been great with no issues so far.

Final Third

The last couple inches of the cigar kept the same flavor profile except once in a while I would pick up notes of either fruit or flowers I couldn’t really put my finger on it.


I was overall pleased with these cigars. I’ve never heard of them till they arrived on my doorstep and I would once again like to thank Chris for sending them my way. Flavors and construction were stellar and would definitely smoke some more of these.

Keep em burnin’



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