Archive for September, 2012

Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Sungrown

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 28, 2012 by theladyofthestick

This week while watching Sons of Anarchy at my favorite B&M, Chesapeake cigars, I was smoking a Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 sun grown. Now, while enjoying SOA, I was pondering how much I enjoyed this cigar and thought I should do a review. I have smoked at least a box of these since the trade show in a variety of vitolas.

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As you can tell, this is not a small cigar. The vitolas available are the Grand Robusto (5×60), Grand Epicure (6×60) and the Grand Churchill (7×60). It has a Cuban seed Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler. My review today is of the Grand Epicure. I’m going to keep this one short and sweet as I was a bit distracted by SOA and failed to take as detailed notes as usual. I did, however, want to share another readily available cigar in my current faves.

The Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 has a smooth, caramel colored wrapper with a light sheen of oil. The wrapper and foot of the cigar smell of hay, cedar and a light sugary sweetness. The cold draw has the same notes with a hint of pepper. As soon as I light the cigar, I notice spice on the forefront with wood and hay. There is a hint of caramel in the aftertaste along with cedar. White pepper is very prevalent in the retrohale. Into the secod third, spice starts to linger in the aftertaste And cedar becomes the main note with hay. The caramel finish returns in the final third and pepper and cedar return to the front of the palate. This cigar produces plenty of smoke rich in white pepper and as always was a pleasure from start to finish. The draw was fairly loose but that is to be expected with a 60 ring gauge.

Enough blabbering, time for photos:

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Now if a sungrown wrapper isn’t up your alley, Perdomo also released the same vitolas with a Connecticut and Double maduro wrapper which are just as good in my opinion!

So who watched SOA?:)

Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Posted in Video Reviews on September 26, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

My first video review in almost a year. Enjoy, and like always see you back in two weeks. God bless

For those using smartphones: http://a3.video3.blip.tv/0400024827747/Mikesstogies-CruzadoDomenicasExtra319.mov

CAO Concert

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 24, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras, Nicaraguan

Size: 5 ½ x 54

Pre Light

The Concert by CAO goes with a music them, from the box to the band. The band looks like a black and gold guitar pick. The wrapper is a dark brown with a small amount of oil on it.  The wrapper also has a very sweet aroma coming off it. It feels well packed from head to foot without any soft spots or too spongy. After slicing off the cap there is a free open draw with tastes of earth and spice.

1st Third

The first few pulls off the freshly lit cigar give off flavors of spice and wood. The cigar gives off tons of heavy white smoke with a dark gray ash.

2nd Third

The burn has been cool and even so far.  The flavors of spice and wood are there but are met with that earthy flavor that I was picking up on the cold draw before I lit it up.

Final Third

Another flavor has shown its face down in the final third.  Cocoa has introduced itself to the spice, wood and earth flavors I already picked up.  The burn is still cool to the touch and sharp.

Overall

I was very pleased with the flavors and construction off these cigars.  It was complex and rich with light undertones.  I’m definitely going to have to pick up a bunch more if not a whole box because it is pretty cool looking.  But that’s just me and we all know I’m a dork.

 

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Padron 3000 Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on September 21, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Since I have the tendency to review new or hard to find sticks, I thought I would shake things up this week and review a cigar that has been a favorite for years. Ever since I started smoking cigars, I have enjoyed the Padron 3000 maduro on a fairly regular basis. God only knows how many boxes of these I have purchased and smoked in the 7 or so years that I have been a cigar smoker. But there is a very good reason for that.

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The Padron 3000 maduro is a robusto sized, square press Nicaraguan puro with a nice chocolate brown wrapper. It has some nice oils on the wrapper as well as a bit of tooth. It smells of earth, cocoa and hay. The cold draw is a rich blend of cocoa and earth.

The first notes that hit my palate when the cigar is lit are wood, spice and cocoa. As I continue to smoke The wood and cocoa remain on the front of the palate with a finish that is spicy, rich and earthy. The retrohale is spicy but smooth and there are notes of cocoa in the aftertaste.The cocoa picks up after an inch adding to the rich flavors. Spice remains on back of palate. The smoke very rich and aromatic.

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As I smoke the second third, spice picks up throughout the entire draw but it is balanced with cocoa and wood on the foreground. And mingles with earth on the finish. The smoke is still rich, earthy and spicy. At about halfway through, I notice leather in each draw. This remains consistent through the rest of this third.

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Cocoa and leather are most noticeable in the concluding third. The spice is very subtle. Hints of spice remain in the after taste but it is mostly cocoa and leather. The retrohale at this point is still rich but not as spicy. The spice intensifies slightly in the final inch but it is not as pronounced as in the beginning. It definitely rounds out the flavors nicely through the end.

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One of the things I appreciate the most about the Padron 3000 maduro is its consistency. Every time I have lit one up throughout my seven years of smoking, I have known what to expect and have never been disappointed. The burn, draw and construction are always flawless. And for under 5 bucks a stick it has some great flavor and body. I don’t see this being replaced in my favorites any time soon.

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Bonita Smoke Shop Time Warp

Posted in Video Reviews on September 19, 2012 by MIKE

Awhile back Jackie over at Bonita Smoke Shop was very kind to send me a package of a few of her house blends. The Time Warp was reviewed awhile back here at MikesStogies by Joe but since she was kind enough to send to me I figured I could give her my honest opinion. There really isn’t much information that Jackie would release except for the following. It’s a 6×50 with a price point of $6.95 each and the origin is Nicaraguan. So let’s get this show on the road and see my thoughts on the Bonita Smoke Shop Time Warp.

mobile device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-BonitaSmokeShopTimeWarp769.m4v

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