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Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 18, 2013 by Griff

What’s up everyone I know I wasn’t around last week but I’ve been on vacation. I just got home now around 9:00 on Sunday night my post will b up by the end of the day Monday. I hope you guys enjoy and thanks for your constant support of Mike’s Stogies. You guys really are the best. 

Perdomo Champagne Sun Grown

Posted in Cigar Reviews on August 5, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6×56

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Pre Light

Well it’s another Perdomo.  As you can guess I was at a Perdomo event at Holt’s last week and had to pick up a few sticks.  The newly released sun grown edition to the champagne line was something I was interested in smoking because I really enjoyed the original and he Noir.  The wrapper is a caramel color with a light sheen of oil on it.  The cigar has a very pleasant aroma to the cold wrapper.  After opening it up with a punch cut the draw was perfect with notes of coffee and cocoa.

1st Third

The cigar opens up with a slight hit of pepper to the palette. After a few minutes I start to taste the flavors I was getting in the cold draw.  The stick puts off a good amount of smoke and gives off a really enjoyable room aroma.

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2nd Third

The coffee flavor I was picking up in the first third was starting to become a lot creamier.  I was also met with a nutty flavor towards the halfway point.  The ash holds on for a long time and the cigar is burning cool and even.

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Final Third

The creaminess and coffee flavors went right on through to the end.  Burned cool and even all the way through and became a pretty full bodied smoke by the final couple inches.

Overall

I enjoyed this cigar.  Perdomo in my opinion flies a little low under the radar.  The have put out some really good cigars over the last few years and don’t hear people talk about them all that often.  I want to go back and smoke the original and Noir lines again just to see how different the wrapper changed the experience because I remember enjoying them and enjoyed this one as well.  Good flavors and good construction and you can’t do much better than that.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Perdomo Edicion De Silvio

Posted in Cigar Reviews on July 29, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper, Binder & Filler: Unknown

Size: Toro 6×52

MSRP: $20

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Pre Light

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After searching all over the inter webs for the construction of the cigar I couldn’t find any definite answers.  Every site I visited gave a different make up to the cigar.  So I didn’t wanna just take a guess.  The wrapper is a light oil shade with only a few small veins running through it.  Taking a few cold draws off the fresh punch cut I get sweet earthy flavors.  The aroma off the wrapper is sweet and shitty.

1st Third

At the initial light I received I slight pepper kick but nothing too intense.  I then started to pick up notes of cocoa and earth.  The burn was straight and cool with a light gray ash.

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2nd Third

I picked up a lot more flavors in the second third.  I got notes of earthy, nuts, cocoa and finally towards the middle of the cigar and rich coffee flavor.  Towards the end of the second third the sweetness really took over.  The ash on this cigar was a complete mess, it feel on my shirt three separate times already and I’m only 2/3’s done.

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Final Third

The sweetness really is the focal point in the final third with a hint of floral notes.  The burn stayed cool and didn’t need to be relit throughout the experience.

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Overall

I enjoyed the flavors of the cigar but the construction was kind of a buzz kill. The cigar did stay lit throughout but the ash was continually messy.  I don’t know about the price point either.  Twenty bucks is a little pricey for me if the cigar doesn’t hit on all cylinders of flavor, construction and complexity.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Rocky Patel Private Cellar

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 8, 2013 by Griff

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

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Pre Light

The Rocky Patel Private Cellar has a very dark almost black maduro wrapper with a few small veins running through it.  The wrapper has two purple and silver bands wrapped around it.  The aroma coming off the cold wrapper is of cocoa and pepper with the same flavors coming off of the cold draw.  The cigar is well packed and has a nice weight to it with a good in hand feel.

1st Third

The cigar opens with a pepper blast quickly followed by a rich cocoa.  There isn’t much smoke coming off of the draws but the cigar is still burning cool and even.

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2nd Third

The pepper has really dissipated in the middle portion of the cigar.  The cocoa is the focal point this far and is joined with a light grassy undertone.  I’m still not getting much smoke off of the draw and burn line is starting to get a little wavy.

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Final Third

It’s the last inch of the cigar and the cocoa is still going strong.  The pepper kicked back up in the final third and is greeted with flavors of coffee which is really blending well with the cocoa.  The cigar needed a few touch ups but nothing major.

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Overall

I enjoyed the Private Cellar.  I don’t really smoke a lot of Rocky Patel cigars anymore which I haven’t realized till now.  I use to enjoy the Decade and the 15th anniversary cigar so this was a little bit of a wake-up call.  The flavors were right up my alley and besides the small hiccup in the construction it was very enjoyable.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

Surrogates Line Review

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 1, 2013 by Griff

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Bone Crusher

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 ¼ x 55

The Bone Crusher starts with a light pepper along with notes of coffee.  Later on I get notes of earth and a slight leather after taste.  The smoke was heavy with a nice room aroma.

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Crystal Baller

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Toro 5 ¾ x 56

The Crystal Baller starts off with a more mild pepper flavor and with some sweet cocoa.  The other flavors I get later on were wood and light floral taste.  The smoke was light and airy but was still plentiful with every draw.

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Skull Breaker

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Natural

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Belicoso 5 ¼ x 52

The Skull Breaker has notes of cocoa and pepper on the first third and towards the middle flavors of earth, leather and a kick of spice at the end.  The construction was good with a nice draw and lots of creamy white smoke.

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Tramp Stamp

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 ¼ x 48

The pepper was again up front in this one and was mixed in with notes of cocoa.  Notes of dry grass and a light fruity flavor to go along with the cocoa rounded out the rest of the cigar.

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Overall

I enjoyed the entire line and the construction was perfect on every smoke.  Coming from the My Father factory I figured there was going to be that pepper kick on the line but the rest of the cigars were flavorful and all stood out on their own.

Keep em burnin’

Griff

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