Archive for November, 2012

1502 Ruby

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 19, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro 6×50 (Box Pressed)

Pre Light

The 1502 Ruby has the right name with its brown wrapper having a reddish tint to it along with its ruby and gold band.  The wrapper has a nice oil sheen on it and there is no large veins.  The wrapper smells of manure and pepper.  After snipping off the cap it opens a nice draw with flavors off cocoa and nuts.

1st Third

It opens up with a slight pepper and then opens up with the cocoa I was picking up on the cold draw.  The burn is sharp and cool with tons and tons of heavy creamy smoke coming off the draw that just sits right in front of your face.

2nd Third

The second third introduced and cedar flavor to go along with that upfront cocoa flavor.  The burn is still razor sharp and still putting out a lot of smoke.

Final Third

The cocoa seems to be the main focus on this cigar with the cedar flavor still in the background and I start to pick up notes of roasted coffee towards the last inch.  Didn’t need any relights or touch ups the whole way down to the nub.

Overall

I can’t say that the cigar was overly complex but I really enjoyed the flavors that were there.  I love cigars with that cocoa and wood flavor to it.  I can even begin to express how well done the construction of this cigar was.  If I was you I would get out there and find these and give em a try.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

PS Sorry the pictures are so dark.

Grimalkin by Emilio Cigars

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 16, 2012 by theladyofthestick

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Wrapper: unknown

Binder: unknown

Filler: unknown

Size: Toro

Body: Medium

Price: Gift from Gary at Emilio Cigars

Initial Observations: Very well constructed with a medium brown tobacco, no tears or folding of the wrapper. A few small veins are noticeable but the wrapper looks perfect. I notice some crystallization of the natural cigar oils as well. The cigar smells earthy, woody and slightly sweet.

Cut: I cut just under the cap with a double blade guillotine cutter. There was a fair bit of resistance but the cut was even.

Prelight: The draw is fairly tight. I picked up notes of wood, rich earth and sweet straw.

Toast and Burn: I used a single flame butane torch to toast the foot then light the cigar. The light was nice and even.

First Blush Puffs: The first puffs brought notes of wood immediately to the palate, a spicy cedar that lingered on the palate.

First Third: The straw quickly became noticeable amongst the cedar. I also picked up some toasted nuts and rich earth. Leather finished the palate. The smoke was slightly spicy and rich. The draw began to open up as I smoked producing plenty of smoke. The burn became slightly uneven but quickly began to fix itself within a few puffs. The wood and leather remained consistent through the first third but I also start to pick up the subtle warmth of a spice, black pepper.

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Second Third: The cedar reemerges as the main note into the second third, followed by more leather. The black pepper lingers subtly on the palate. Towards the finish of the third, I pick up a flavor that I don’t immediately recognize. After a few more puffs, allowing the velvety smoke to wash over my palate, I realize it reminds me of a dry red wine very similar to a pinot noir. This is a very pleasant surprise in the mix of other notes.

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Final Third: In the final third. the flavors return to wood. roasted nuts, balanced with the red wine and finishing with the spice.The burn has remained almost perfectly even and the draw opened up nicely. The wood notes start to pick up a more apparent cedar essence with leather as the cigar finishes.

Conclusion: The Grimalkin is a wonderfully rolled medium bodied cigar not lacking in complexity. From start to finish this was a very pleasing experience for my palate.The notes of dry red wine were particularly pleasing mingling with the cedar and leather. The spice was subtle and enjoyable as well. The smoke in the retrohale was very rich and slightly spicy also. I truly have nothing negative to say about this cigar. Thank you Gary for providing me the opportunity to sample this gem. I look forward to smoking more!

Fernando Leon Family Reserve

Posted in Video Reviews on November 14, 2012 by MIKE

We got another honest review for you today the Fernando Leon Family Reserve by La Aurora. This cigar is named after Don Fernando Leon the patriarch of the Leon family. I’m reviewing the belicoso 6.25×52. It has a Dominican Corojo wrapper and a filler of Dominican,Brazilian and Peruvian tobaccos. It’s a medium body cigar priced at $174.95 for box of 20. Let’s see my thoughts and honest opinion of the Fernando Leon Family Reserve.

Mobil device user’s click here:http://blip.tv/file/get/Mikesstogies-FernandoLeonFamilyReserve163.m4v

Cigar Factory New Orleans – Connecticut

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 12, 2012 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: ??

Filler: ??

Size: Robusto 5×50

Pre Light

I picked this up down on Bourbon St. at the Cigar Factory during my recent trip to New Orleans.  All the cigars are rolled right there on the premises.  I couldn’t find any information on the blend and didn’t even think to ask when I was down there.  The wrapper is a little rustic looking with just a slight oil sheen to it.  It has an earthy and sweet scent off the cold wrapper.  It feels well packed from head to foot and has a nice draw after clipping off the cap.

1st Third

The cigar opens up pretty mellow without any type of pepper kick.  The flavors are smooth and tasty.  I’m picking up coffee and nuts in the first inch or so and the burn is staying cool and even.

2nd Third

The middle portion of the cigar opens with a more earthy tone to it with a slight wood flavor in the background.  There has been no pepper at all so far and it’s burning perfectly.

Final Third

In the last portion of the cigar all the flavors came to together and blended together very well.  The burn continued to stay straight, even and cool.

Overall

The flavors well plentiful and were blended very well.  The construction was perfect.  I didn’t need any relights or touch ups the whole way through.  I really enjoyed these and wish I would’ve picked up the other lines they had while I was down there.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Master Robusto by Torano Cigars

Posted in Cigar Reviews on November 9, 2012 by theladyofthestick

To watch this video please go to the lovely lady of the stick youtube page. We are having technical difficulties at this time. Here it is, the video that was giving me the audio troubles last week…

My apologies for the link to my YouTube channel, Blip was testing my patience.

Next week, I will be bringing you a special video from the Willy Herrera rolling event at my favorite shop, Chesapeake Cigars :)

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