Archive for August, 2012

Pink For Men By Arsen

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 31, 2012 by theladyofthestick

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Yes, you read that correctly. The name of the cigar is Pink for Men and yes, it has a pink band. To some that may be a deterrent to purchase, but out here at Chesapeake they haven’t been able to keep them on the shelves. Real mean wear pink? No, real men SMOKE Pink for Men. It’s the new cigar from Dominican based company, Arsen. It has a Dominican Habano wrapper, binder from San Vicente and Dominican filler. Today I’m reviewing the robusto.

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The Pink for Men has a nice, even medium brown wrapper. The cap is a bit rough looking, but I’m cutting it off anyway. There is a nice aroma of hay, wood and a sweet maple syrup. The cold draw has sweet hay, cedar and coffee. The cigar starts with a nice smooth wood with coffee and leather mid palate. There is warm medium spice in the finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The retrohale has a nice medium spice. The spice begins to pick up until about 3/4 inch in and the leather takes over on finish. It is very smooth leaving spice mid palate. At an inch in the coffee starts to pick up and the spice starts to wash over my whole palate, mingling with wood and a creamy finish.

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To begin the middle third, the main notes transition from coffee to wood to leather with a pleasant spice throughout. It has a dry spice finish that is very pleasant. The spice in the retrohale remains a nice medium strength. At the halfway point, the spice picks up again warming front and mid palate. The finish is a nice leather and coffee as the second third ends.

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In the final third, the spice becomes very subtle almost immediately. Wood, leather and coffee are the foundation notes but are very balanced throughout each draw. There is plenty of smoke with medium spice. It finishes without any more changes, very smooth and balanced.

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Even though I’m a woman, the pink band wouldn’t have convinced me to give this cigar a shot, but Rev Mike’s recommendation did me in and I’m very glad I tried it. From start to finish it was an incredibly pleasant experience. It was complex, flavorful and balanced. I did have a few burn issues that were fixed almost immediately without the help of my lighter. They didn’t effect my smoking experience in a negative way at all. Plus I wound up with a flowering ash. The Pink for Men had a rose for the Lady of the Stick! ;)

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And of course the nail polish had to match!! :)

E.P. CARRILLO INCH NO. 64 NATURAL

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 29, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

I should just call this post on huge ass mother fu@k3$. Because thats exactly what it is, one huge ass jaw hurting mother fu@k3$ with a side of pain in the ass and hard to stay lit. This stick is one of 3 new cigars that Ernesto came out with in his “Inch” line. The ling consists of a 5 7/8 x 60, 5 x 62, and a 6 1/8 x 64. All three of these come in either a natural and maduro wrapper.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaraguan
Size: 6 1/8 x 64
MSRP: $10.00

Before I even get into the first half of the review I want to say while I was cutting the cap on this big fella he felt the need to ruin the whole cigar by unraveling so keep this in mind when you see my pictures.

First half: With the first few puffs I got a nice little hit of pepper which soon subsided and gave off great woody notes with a nice amount of smoke. Although at times the smoke because quite overwhelming. Now about two inches down it started to almost give off a sour note which was weird but complemented the woody notes just perfectly.

Now on top of the cap coming off and unraveling this sucker just wouldn’t stay lit worth anything, I constantly had to keep lighting it.

Final half: With the final half not much changed still a very good tasting cigar. With a great woody not very complex taste to it. I would say with this guy I really did like all the notes but the burn and the cap unraveling I just wasn’t to thrilled for $10.00 I don’t really know what to say  I wish all this didn’t happen but then again maybe it was just this stick.

Until next time have a great two weeks and make the best of this weekend, smoke some stellar cigars and go have fun with the family. God bless like always and be smart, See you all in two weeks.

Viaje Skull and Bones

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 27, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 5×54

Pre Light

The Viaje Skull and Bones has a dark brown wrapper with a slightly reddish hue to it.  The foot of the wrapper has a little extra shag on the end of it and it feels well packed from that foot all the way down to the head.  There is a few small veins running through it and has a slight oil sheen on it. The wrapper has a pepper and manure aroma.  After clipping off the cap the cold draw is giving me a pepper sensation on my tongue with a hint of sweetness at the end.

1st Third

There is a lot of pepper right of the bat and that’s about all I’ve gotten off the first quarter inch or so.  When the pepper starts to finally settle I start to pick up hints of cocoa and coffee.  The burn is really wavy but is still burning.

2nd Third

The burn started to finally correct itself after the first couple inches, which is a relief.  The pepper in the cigar just never seems to end.  There is a burnt wood flavor I am starting to pick up but is really drowned out by the pepper at this point.

Final Third

The cigar ends with a burnt wood and slight fruit flavor with that pepper still hanging around.  The burn continued to burn straight after that little hiccup at the beginning.  The cigar put off a ton off thick white smoke and had a really strong room aroma.

Overall

I know a lot of people like this cigar but for me it was just too much pepper.  By the end of smoking this cigar my tongue and mouth feel so raw.  The background flavors were nice but just seemed to be  muted out by the overwhelming pepper.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

ChaTweetup 2012 Pre Party

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 24, 2012 by theladyofthestick

So in the spirit of tweetup weekend, I thought I might share a bit about my pre-event experiences instead of my usual *boring* reviews.

After a long drive overnight I arrived in Chattanooga, TN, picked up Jeannie Martinson from Sassy Ash Cigar Accessories and headed to the Burns Downtown location. There we met up with the manager, Wes Thornton and twitter friend Erin Parks and had some fine cigars and drinks.

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After several hours it was almost time for the pre #ChaTweetup 2012 festivities to start so we headed over to the other Burns location for the RoMa Craft event, where I picked up a Slobber Knobber. Gotta love the name but this cigar is no joke!!! I’m saving it for a day when I have some more time to pay attention and enjoy this monster.

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Skip shared a few words about the various tweetups he had personally gotten to attend and how incredible it is to get together with people you may have talked to for a year or more, sharing cigar reviews, stories and banter (all in 140 characters or less) and have never actually met. These strangers become friends with memories yet to be made. And all of these revolve around the shared passion of cigars this weekend. It never ceases to amaze me. So many people from different walks of life, with different stories to tell, all loving cigars.

I had the chance to finally meet some wonderful “tweeties” like Jess Bayne. (Thank you for the photo bomb Matt!)

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And of course there are the near and dear friends that always have a special place in my heart, like Jeannie.

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All the staff at both Burns locations were such wonderful hosts and there are sure to be some great times ahead this weekend! Look for my photos on twitter!!

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Cigar Caddy and Sampler Giveaway

Posted in Cigar Reviews, Giveaway/Contest on August 22, 2012 by MIKE

Well I decided today to take a break from doing a video review but as always didnt want to miss a post for you fine viewers. So the nice folks over at http://www.cheaphumidors.com asked if they could giveaway something to my viewers and who am I to so no (lol). So its very simple just subscribe to my RSS feed and subscribe to their RSS feed and in 30 days we will pick a winner. Simple right? Well of course thats how we roll. Ok here is a pic of what you can win. Good luck and see you all in two weeks with another honest no bull review.

;http://www.cheaphumidors.com/p_SAMPLERCADDY.html


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