Archive for October, 2012

Throwback Review: Vato Cigars Las Vegas Blend

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 19, 2012 by theladyofthestick

This week I have been experiencing some technical difficulties with the Internet at the new place. And instead of the video that I was originally going to post, I decided to share the first review I ever wrote over two years ago instead of boring you with a “technical difficulties” excuse. The Vato Cigars Las Vegas blend was supplied by Paul and Sarah Vato of Vato Cigars.

So lets see how far I’ve come:

Vato Cigars Las Vegas Blend
Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Dominican and Honduras
Size: 5 ½” x 54 Robusto Largo
Strength: Mild
Blended by: Vato Cigars

Initial Observations: The wrapper is a medium brown with no imperfections. Any veins on the wrapper are very small, which gives the cigar a smooth, streamlined look. It appears to be wrapped well. The cigar has a mild aroma of wood and a nice earthiness.

Cut: Slightly soft but the cap stayed together.

Prelight draw: The draw was very loose, sure to produce plenty of smoke.
Toast and burn: I was able to easily achieve an even toast and the light was effortless without requiring any touching up.

First Blush Puffs: Slighty cedary, very smooth with an abundance of creamy smoke.

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First Third: Notes of Oak and Cedar are evident. The flavors are very well balanced as the ligero from the filler adds a hint of spice without being overwhelming on the palate or in the smell of the smoke. The cigar produces plenty of silky smoke as well with a rich earthy aroma.

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Second Third: The burn has remained perfect and even through the first and into the second third of the cigar. It is clearly a well constructed stick. The notes of wood have picked up and the faint hints of pepper remain on the back of the palate. The flavor profile finishes off with hay and oak.

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Final Third: The epilogue of this Vegas blend remains as consistent as the rest of the cigar. Plenty of smoke, notes of oak, pepper and tangy cedar with underlying earthy flavors.

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Conclusion: Vato Cigars has created a fantastic, balanced cigar. It is a perfect mild cigar for a morning smoke or even a great finish to the evening after a juicy steak with baked potatoes. This cigar is a great combination for a smoker with a more sensitive palate or a smoker new to cigars to experience the complexity and spice that a ligero leaf brings to the palate without being overwhelming. The Vato Cigars Vegas Blend is a cigar that I look forward to trying again and again.

Next week: Video Review of the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva!

The Build Part 4 Completed

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 17, 2012 by MIKE

Today I have finally finished the Build on my walk in humidor and its been a long time coming. I hope you like it and watch for the Weasel Alert for all manufacture’s  lol. I added all the other videos related to the build so you all may see the progress from start to finish.

mobile device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-TheBuildPart4Completed357.mov

click here for The Build part 3: http://blip.tv/mikesstogies/the-build-part-3-6336330

click here for The Build part 2: http://youtu.be/XhUPSwzCWrU

click here for The Build part 1:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qPpO-SSUxY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Avo Trompeta

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 15, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown

Filler : Dominican & Peruvian

Binder : Dominican

Size: Torpedo (6.5 x 54)

Pre Light

The La Trompeta has a very interesting look with the three circular, lighter colored wrapper holes down the center to make it look like a musical instrument.  The dark brown part of the wrapper is quite oily and has one large vein running through it.  The wrapper smells of pepper and manure after slicing off the cap and putter my mouth to it I can immediately feel the pepper on my lips and tongue.  I get a cocoa and spice flavor off the cold draw.

1st Third

The flavors start off with pepper and an earthy taste.  The draw has really opened up and has become really free.  There is a lot of smoke off either end and cigar feels warm to the touch.

2nd Third

The ash is very loose and flakey.  The cigar has already needed a few relights already at the halfway point.  I’m starting to pick up that sweetness I got on the pre light along with a mild woody flavor.  The pepper has all but disappeared.

Final Third

Needed a few more relights in the final third on the cigar which is very disappointing.  I began to pick up a rich coffee flavor before I gave up in frustration.

Overall

I was excited to smoke this cigar considering I really enjoy the other Avo lines.  I was pleased with the flavors of the cigar but the construction was terrible.  I don’t even remember how many times and had to relight the cigar. But hey that could have been the one out of the batch so get out there and smoke one yourself.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Regius White Label Toro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 12, 2012 by theladyofthestick

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So I am slowly but surely making my way through samples received at IPCPR. I decided to share another this week. This weeks review is the Regius White Label. This cigar is made in the Dominican Republic at the Matasa factory and has a Dominican Habano wrapper with Dominican binder and filler. It is medium to full in strength and full in body. Lets see what else the Regius White Label has to offer.

It has a slightly toothy, reddish brown wrapper and impeccable construction. Notes of hay and earth emanate from the wrapper as well as subtle spice and a sweetness. The cold draw is a bit right but I notice cedar and earth. Once lit, the first notes that hit my palate are a cedary spice mingling with wood followed by a finish of sweet hay.

After my first few puffs, the cigar progresses to add a hint of pepper and cedar on the back of the palate transforming to earth and sweet hay. There is also a slight nutmeg like spice note which is also noticeable in the retrohale. It leaves a dry feeling on the palate with an after taste of rich wood. After a half inch, the notes of pepper strengthen and I also pick up a sweet floral taste and aroma. The draw is still a bit tight but the burn is practically perfect. All the notes so far are far from subtle, yet have a great balance. The pepper starts to linger, leaving my palate with a tingling sensation.

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Into the second third, the wood and hay become most noticeable. The spice moves into the background with floral notes also more pronounced. There’s a hint of citrus which is also in the retrohale along with spice and floral notes. It picks up a smoky note as well as anise on the back of the palate about halfway through. At the conclusion of the the middle third, the spice and wood strengthen. It loses it’s hint of sweetness and citrus notes but the hint of anise remains in the finish of each draw.

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The concluding third of the Regius White label brings notes of wood to the front of the palate with spice lingering on the back of the palate. Anise remains in the aftertaste. The retrohale is a bit milder in spice and has some cedar notes. The draw has really opened nicely as I’ve continued to smoke. The burn at this point is a touch uneven but nothing to bother with.

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Upon selecting this cigar for review I had absolutely no expectation but was very pleasantly surprised with the first impressions. This is one I will look forward to delving into a bit deeper and smoking more of. The first third was the most complex and the most flavorful. The second and final thirds were also very flavorful and maintained a medium to full strength. I’m crossing my fingers that I can locate more of these fairly easily and try more from the Regius brand.

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Sad Face

Posted in Cigar Reviews on October 9, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

So this week I come to you with bad news… I have bronchitis, I am not able to give you all one of those fancy reviews you all come here to watch and for that I am sorry. But come back in two weeks and we’ll see if I’m still alive. Have a good two weeks and god bless.

 

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