Archive for June, 2012

Pinar del Rio Capa Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 18, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Dominican Republic Criollo 98

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican Republic

Size: Corona – 5.25 x 44

Pre Light

I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day yesterday. Today’s cigar is a nice looking cigar with a dark brown maduro wrapper with a pig tail cap. There are no major veins on the wrapper and it has a barnyard aroma to it. I’ve always been a fan of the corona vitola which I don’t see many cigars coming in lately. After cutting off the pig tailed cap the draw is perfect and has a sweet woody flavor to it.

1st Third

I lit this PDR with some wooden matches witch I’ve been doing quite a lot lately just seems not to scorch the head like I do sometimes with my torch lighters especially on the smaller ring gauges. In the first few drags off the cigar I get a slight spice along with a sweet coffee note. The ash is dark gray and produces a lot of smoke.

2nd Third

That sweet coffee note is joined in the middle portion of this maduro with notes of dark chocolate. The burn line has stayed even and hasn’t needed any touch ups or relights. The ash holds on for quite a while which doesn’t seem to be common in smaller ring gauge cigars.

Final Third

Wrapping up today’s cigar the final third brought those same dark chocolate and coffee flavors along with notes of a rich earthiness.


I enjoyed this cigar as I did with the others in the PDR line. The flavors suit my flavor preference and there were no construction issues which to me really make the experience so much better when you’re not worrying about relights and burns. Once again I hope all you fathers enjoyed your day and smoked something nice yesterday.

Keep em burnin’


Padilla Signature 1932 Oscuro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 15, 2012 by theladyofthestick

A few weeks back, during a trip to The Westside Humidor in Wichita, I had the opportunity to pick up the Padilla Signature 1932 Oscuro. Apparently they had a couple humidors tucked away and decided to sell the contents of one of them. The humidors for this cigar consist of 45 stick in churchill, torpedo and robusto sizes. It features an oscuro wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and fillers. I truly couldn’t pass it up, especially since this particular blend was created before Pepin split from Padilla in 2008.

Before I even cut the torpedo, I was really looking forward to smoking it. It smelled absolutely wonderful. It had an aroma of cocoa, wood and leather that was very rich. It was also a very velvety looking dark brown wrapper that further added to the appeal.

The cold draw brought notes of cocoa, hay, wood and a very pleasant sweetness. Once lit, the cocoa and wood began to mingle with leather in the very first few puffs. The retrohale held a spice that had a cedariness to it as well as the warmth of cinnamon.

After the first impression puffs, the notes gradually became more complex in the first third. As well as the leather and chocolate, I started to notice a sweet cream and the wood became more noticeable as oak on the back of the palate. There was a slight hint of cayenne as well. The retrohale did not change from my first few puffs except the intensity increased as the first third ended. The draw and burn were close to perfection.

Into the second third, both cedar and oak are noticeable at this point. The leather starts to increase and the finish of the smoke is now a sweet cream combined with a rich cocoa. The retrohale is more dynamic in the nostrils as pepper becomes more noticeable over the initial cinnamon and replaces the cedar. Once I reach the midway point all the notes start to intensify and becomes very rich. The spice and cocoa are the most noticeable.

My palate was momentarily tricked as I puffed into the last part of the cigar. At first it seemed like this stick would finish in a wonderful balance of flavors. Oh no. The more I smoked, the more spice I picked up, the stronger it got. I hardly noticed anything but the spice for the remainder of the cigar. However the smoke in the retrohale was amazing and rich and reminded me of Mexican cocoa.

This really was a great cigar. It was rich and complex in every aspect, even in the aromas emanating from the wrapper before it was ever lit up. It started as more medium in strength but finished full and spicy, which was just perfect for my palate. If you can get your hands on this particular blend, give it a shot. It was a really great smoking experience for me!

And by the way, I just had to save this for last, but someone did guess who I am. Yes, it’s me, Christine Morgan, the Lovely Lady of the Stick, that has been contributing reviews for Mike’s Stogies. My site is still up and running, no worries. From here on out, my posts will be under the LLOTS name as well. So Congrats to JJo for guessing right and now all you need to do is email me at Include your address so I can get your fiver off in the mail!


Carlos Torano Noventa 90

Posted in Video Reviews on June 13, 2012 by MIKE

Today for you I’m reviewing a cigar that @general_griff reviewed here not to long ago but thought I give you my thoughts on it. It’s the Torano Noventa 90. This cigar is in commemorative of the Torano family 90 years in the cigar business, spanning four generations. When Rob reviewed this cigar they were selling for $9.00 a stick but I found them on CI for a blowout of $18.00 for a five pack. Not sure why they are so cheap now but you may want to jump on that deal. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano and a binder composed of the same with a filler of Nicaraguan (Pueblo Nuevo,Jalapa,Condega and Esteli). Medium body cigar. So let’s see what The Great Gordo 6×60 thinks.

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Zino Emperor Edition Crown Series 2009

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 11, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 5 x 58

Pre Light

This expensive ass cigar is a dark shade of brown and has a very oily sheen to it.  The aroma off this stick is of sweet barnyard aroma with a slight peppery spice to it.  After slicing the cap off I take a cold drag which is free and has a wood and spice note coming through.  The cigar is also well packed from head to foot.

1st Third

The first few puffs are giving me the wood and pepper I received off the cold draw but the pepper quickly dies down and is replaced with notes of chocolate. The burn is pretty even and with the oils on the wrapper it’s burning nicely.

2nd Third

The smoke on this Zino is quite thick and has a nice room aroma. It almost lingers right in front of your face.  The wood and chocolate flavors continue here in the middle portion of the smoke but I am also met with a coffee flavor.

Final Third

The wood flavor seems to be the main focus of the cigar with the chocolate and a creamy coffee being complimentary.  The burn stayed straight and cool throughout and the smoke aroma wasn’t pleasant as well.


I enjoyed the cigar very much and have no complaints except for the price of the cigar being over $20 I can safely say I won’t be smoking many of these except on special occasions. Flavors were great and construction was well done.

Keep em burnin


Perdomo ESV ’91 Nobleza

Posted in Cigar Reviews on June 8, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Before I start my review, I wanted to briefly mention the contest that is currently going on here at Mike’s Stogies. Of course you are aware that my identity is, as of yet, unknown. When I decided to join Mike’s Stogies, we decided too have a little bit of fun with this and offer up a fiver to the one who can guess my identity. So, after reading my reviews, if you think you know who I am, post your guess in a comment. If no one guesses correctly after several reviews I will post hints to help the process along. Good Luck!

This week I am reviewing the Perdomo ESV ’91 Noblezza. This is a cigar that has been out of production for sometime and is another stick that has been resting in my humidor. I was a big fan of these about 6 years ago when they were first released. This particular cigar has been hiding in my humidor for just as long. The Perdomo ESV (or Estate Seleccion Vintage) line is made with Cuban seed tobacco grown in Esteli for the binder and filler. The wrapper on the Nobleza is Cameroon. It is 5.6″ by 48 and comes in a cedar lined tube.

Once the cigar is removed from the gilded tube, it is clear that it is very well constructed of quality tobacco. There are no tears, cracks or flaws in the wrapper and it has a nice aroma of cedar and a sweet hay. There was also some noticeable plume on the wrapper.

The cold draw had notes of the same sweet hay and wood. It was also fairly creamy. Once lit, I immediately picked up cinnamon and leather. That remained through the first third. Hay and wood finished the palate but it was still very balanced and creamy. The smoke in the retrohale had a cedary spice but also finished creamy. These notes stayed the same through the first third.

Very quickly into the second third the richness of the cigar increased. The individual flavor notes remained the same but intensified. Notes of leather and dry roasted peanuts presented towards the middle of the cigar. The smoke picks up a a peppery spice in the retrohale. Each puff also finishes with a peppery spice as it progresses closer to the final third.

As the cigar finishes, these notes acheive a perfect balance and remains a medium to full bodied smoke. I am glad that despite the five plus years of age, the Perdomo ESV 91 did not lose any of its richness or spice. I regret that I don’t have any more to enjoy but I will always hold this cigar in high regard as one of my all time favorites.

In conclusion, any guesses as to who I am??? Don’t forget to post your guesses in a comment


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