Archive for November, 2012

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 30, 2012 by theladyofthestick

Today, instead of bringing you something new or hard to come by, I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite cigars, the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Robusto. This 5 by 54 stick has a Connecticut wrapper and Nicaraguan Cuban seed binder and filler.

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The light brown wrapper is silky smooth with absolutely no wrinkles, holes or pectin noticeable. It has a woody, earthy and sweet aroma. The cold draw is fairly loose and has notes of wood and honey.

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The first notes that hit my palate are wood with a sweet, creamy finish. Coffee joins my palate very quickly. The draw is perfect right from the start producing plenty of creamy smoke. With each draw I first experience wood washing over my palate, then coffee with a hint of cinnamon, honey and finishing smooth and creamy. The burn is practically perfect as the first third finishes.

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In the second third, coffee becomes the main player in the tasting notes, balanced with cream and caramel like sweet finish. Wood is subtly present mid draw along with hints of cinnamon. The ash holds on until about halfway and the burn remains perfect.

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The sweetness and caramel drop off slightly and the notes of wood and coffee return as the main notes. The smoke remains creamy on the finish and in the retrohale. As I smoke through the final third, the coffee picks up in strength and all other notes, caramel, wood, coffee and cinnamon are very slight but still present. The final puffs on the cigar finish very creamy and smooth with hints of cinnamon once more.

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For me there are many factors that make the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne one of my favorite cigars. It is smooth, balanced and consistent. The consistency is not only limited to its flavors but the draw is always too notch, the burn is perfect and the quality of the wrapper is top of line. This is one cigar that in my eight years of smoking, I have never had any issues with. Ever. It’s no wonder it is one of the best selling Connecticuts on the market. It was the first mild cigar I ever smoked and since then you will often find me pairing it with a cup of coffee in the morning.

Humidor Update

Posted in Video Reviews on November 28, 2012 by MIKE

So many of you have asked me via twitter and email to show you an update on getting my walk in humidor filled, so being the great guy I am this is what I have done so far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been enjoying this project. I so appreciate all the support and the kind words you all have sent my way. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

mobil device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-QuickHumidorUpdate764.m4v

1502 Emerald

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 26, 2012 by Griff

Pre Light

I couldn’t find an exact break down of the blend for the 1502 Emerald so I’m just going to quote exactly what their website states.

In its creation, “Fina Fuerte” (Fine Strong) was the main quality that most inspired us. Our master blender had created this cigar from a combination of carefully selected and aged tobacco leaves. It has a subtle strength, with flavor and aroma that could only be achieved with the blend of Corojo Habano de Nicaragua, long fillers from San Andres – Mexico and fields from Estelí and Condega in Nicaragua.”

The wrapper is a light milk chocolate color and has a sweet and earthy aroma to it.  There isn’t much oil on it and it is just a little rustic looking.  The cigar feels well packed from and to foot and the box press makes it fit well in the hand.  The draw after clipping the cap is free and easy and has a sweet flavor to it.

1st Third

After lighting up the Emerald I get a slight pepper kick along with a sweet and earthy flavor just like I was picking up off the cold draw. The draw has been even and cool with tons of smoke coming off of every draw.

2nd Third

The second third starts off with notes of wood to go along with the sweetness.  The cigar has started to burn a little faster on one side than the other but hasn’t become a cause for concern.  Still has a lot of smoke coming off the foot with every puff.

Final Third

The spice comes back in the final third and has a sort of minty floral flavor to it if that makes any sense.  The sweetness is still there and also is met again with that earthy tobacco flavor.  The burn evened itself out and stayed cool all the way to the nub.

Overall

I enjoyed this smoke and for the price you can’t beat it.  Tons of flavors and good construction to go along with price as well.  Go out there and find them if you can.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Lou Rodriguez Connecticut Lancero

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 23, 2012 by theladyofthestick

First of all, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and you for some good cigars in!:) Now I hope you all are working off the day of gluttony with some Black Friday shopping!

My review today was a gift from Seth over at Sethshumidor.com. He knew I’d sampled several Lou Rodriguez cigars in the past and gifted me with the Connecticut lancero since he knew I had not yet smoked that particular cigar. Lanceros also happen to be my favorite size. So thank you Seth for the opportunity to smoke something new!

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The Lou Rodriguez Connecticut lancero is 7 by 42. It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler of a Nicaraguan proprietary blend. The wrapper is a beautiful light brown. It is smooth and velvety with a pigtail finish. It smells of oak, nuts and hay. I pick up more oak, hay and a creamy sweetness in the cold draw. Once lit, there is wood, hay, cinnamon and cream noticeable in the first puffs.

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The first third starts off very smooth with oak, hints of toasted nuts and a smooth creamy finish. There is a hint of cinnamon in the retrohale. After an inch in I start to pick up anise on the finish and there is a hint of cinnamon in the middle of the draw. Towards the end of the first third, the flavor pics up a little more heat as the cinnamon in more evident in each puff. I still notice hints of oak and hay and the finish remains with anise and cream.

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Cinnamon comes to the front of the palate in the beginning of the middle third. Followed by oak, leather, anise and cream. The retrohale maintains the cinnamon aroma. The smoke is cool and dry, which is very pleasant. Midway through all the notes touch my palate at the same time. The flavors are balanced and it has a nice medium strength.

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A cedary spice joins the final third on the front of the draw. Oak and cinnamon are present mid draw and anise, cream and oak finish each puff. There weren’t any other changes as the cigar finished. It was very smooth and consistent.

I have to admit I lit up this cigar with no expectations one way or another but it really was such an enjoyable smoke with it’s smooth transition of flavors and creamy finish. It was a great mild to medium in strength and complexity. It would make a fantastic morning or dessert smoke. Next time, I’ll have to pair it with some coffee. Again, thank you Seth for gifting me this great cigar.

La Duena Belicoso

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 21, 2012 by youngbuckbotl

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan, Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaraguan, Connecticut Broadleaf

Size: 4 3/4 x 48 Petit Belicoso

 

From the very start I knew this was going to be fantastic. The wrapper was just to die for, I don’t know but just something about that wrapper just tasted so good. After my mouthgasim I decided to light it. The first couple of puffs I got a whole bunch of coffee and woody notes with a suddle spice. This stayed pretty much the same through the first third.

Now with the second third it really didn’t change. Other than the fact that the spice dropped completely and the coffee became richer nothing really changed. Still just a very good draw with a fantastic burn.

Now with the final third nothing really changed, the woody notes became more predominate but nothing extreme. Like the rest of the cigar the draw was perfect not a single thing wrong that I could complain about and as you all know my standards are pretty high.

This cigar I would have no problem buying a box. I absolutely loved it. There must be something about that Pepin family, I cant find a single stick they make that I don’t like. I take that back but any who I really enjoyed this stick and for around $8 its priced pretty well. Have a great Thanksgiving and like always God bless.

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