Archive for July, 2012

Xikar Axia

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 18, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

This will be short and sweet due to the fact that I am writing with one hand… you may be asking your self why the hell I am doing that and the fact of the matter is I have a broken hand. Now for the good stuff my lighter review.

The Xikar Axia – A two jet butane burning lighter. My number one go to lighter when I need to light up a stogie. This guy comes equipped with two jets and an adjustable flame height. This baby also comes with a lifetime warranty if anything goes wrong. I am sorry for everything being so short and me being absent two weeks ago but I am going through some tough times and I hope everyone can respect that. Have a good day and like always God bless.

Padilla Single Batch #17RC

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 16, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6X58

Pre Light

This single batch cigar has a milk chocolate wrapper and is quite veiny.  The wrapper has that sweet barnyard aroma to it.  After snipping off the cap with a straight cut the draw is a little snug but still workable.  The flavors on the cold draw were of cocoa and pepper.

1st Third

Kicking off with a slight pepper and a very dull cocoa the cigar is enjoyable.  The burn is going fairly fast for the draw being a little tight and not getting a ton of smoke out of either end.  The pepper died out and was replaced with a rich coffee flavor.

2nd Third

Picking up in the middle just where I left off in the first third the flavors have stayed the same except for a burnt wood flavor popping in and out. The burn line is a little wavy but still stays even all the way around.

Final Third

Reaching the end of the cigar the pepper kicked back up but the cocoa and coffee flavors stayed the focal point of the smoke.  Construction was good and didn’t need any relights or touch ups.

Overall

I enjoyed this smoke even though it stayed the same throughout.  The price point on this is fairly low so I guess it lived up to my expectations.  The draw was a little tighter than I would’ve liked but other than that there was nothing to complain about.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Curivari El Gran Rey Emperadores

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 13, 2012 by theladyofthestick

I have a tendency to review lesser known and boutique brands and this week is no exception. Over this last  winter I was gifted a Curivari Reserva Limitada 1000 Series and was so impressed that I had to try the rest of their brands and I have not been disappointed. The El Gran Rey Emperadores is no exception.

Measuring 5 by 50, this is a smaller stick that I would usually go to but I decided to step outside my comfort zone a bit. The wrapper, binder and filler are all Nicaraguan grown Cuban seed Criollo and Corojo blend. Immediately upon looking at this cigar, I noticed it was clearly rolled with skill. The wrapper is practically, seamless with minimal veins. It has a beautiful medium brown shade and also features a triple cap. The notes emanating from the cigar are sweet hay and simple tobacco. Once cut, the cold draw brings notes of wood hay and earth.

The first few puffs are of a cedary spice, wood and hay. The smoke has a very pleasant aroma of spice. The spice also mingles on the palate after each puff. After about a half of an inch, the spice is more present on the fron of the palate and each puff now finishes with notes of oak. However, I do notice hints of spice in the aftertaste. The retrohale is full of warm notes of cinnamon and spice. It truly smells amazing.

The complexity of the flavors starts to build into the second third as I pick up caramel balancing with the foundation notes of oak and spice. There is also an underlying creaminess to each draw that makes for a wonderful balance. Midway, a mixture of cinnamon and black pepper are evident as the spice. Oak, cream and caramel are notes that follow. The retrohale starts to pick up more heat as the strength and complexity build.

As my cigar hits its final third, the oak returns to the front of the palate once more. The cinnamon and caramel are more pronounced and the pepper is mostly noticeable in the retrohale. After a quarter of an inch, my palate is greeted with the spice once again for about a quarter of an inch. The remainder of the cigar finishes with a balance of oak, cinnamon, caramel and spice with spice mingling on the palate.

This was a wonderfully full bodied cigar that was both balanced and complex. There is truly nothing negative to say about this blend, except I wish it had lasted longer. This is one cigar that has very quickly become a new favorite. Actually, every brand they have produced has become a staple in my humidor. Each stick is rolled skillfully and with care. I have yet to find one with any construction issues and every blend is made with the intent of taking our palates back to the wonderful traditions of a fantastic Cuban blend. I predict Curivari won’t stay an underdog in the industry for long. They have something for every palate. If you can, give them a try. I hope you will find them amongst your favorites as well.

For more info about Curivari, check out their page here.

La Palina (Three Guys and a Cigar)

Posted in Video Reviews on July 11, 2012 by MIKE

Today I was lucky enough to hang out with two guys I really say are ego free and honest cigar smoker’s like myself. Tom and Ed took sometime out to do a review with me. We reviewed the La Palina. Thanks to Ed for sending this to me and we discussed the cigar as well as some ego and other smoking ways to help your palate. So sit back and enjoy the show. Make sure to go to http://www.tomscigars.com and http://www.stpetecigars.com

mobile device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-LaPalinaTomEdAndMike571.m4v

Gurkha Grand Envoy

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 9, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Dominican, Honduran

Filler: Dominican, Honduran

Size: 5×56

Pre Light

The wrapper on this Gurkha is very pleasing to the eye with its chocolate brown shade and almost dripping oil sheen.  I couldn’t find much info on this cigar on the web so I hope the above information is correct.  The wrapper has that barnyard smell to it with a sweetness off the foot.  After snipping the cap with a straight cut the flow of air is just right through it.  Off the cold draw I’m picking up notes of cocoa and spice.

1st Third

Kicking off with some spice and that cocoa flavor I was getting on the cold draw.  The ash has been a little flakey around the edges but has stayed relatively straight throughout.

2nd Third

Picking up in the middle I am starting to get notes of coffee and earth to go along with the cocoa flavor. The pepper has fallen off my radar.  The ash is still a little messy but is still straight.  I haven’t needed any touch ups or relights and that’s always a plus.

Final Third

Wrapping up this cigar the flavors in the final portion stayed about the same except for the pepper showing back up right towards the end.

Overall

I enjoyed the flavors in this Gurkha.  They weren’t all that complex but still were enjoyable.  The construction was solid which to me always adds to the experience.  I wasn’t wowed by this cigar but still enjoyed it.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

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