Padilla Reserva Maduro

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 17, 2013 by MIKE

Today I am doing a first impressions of a cigar that my buddy Mike Forry sent me, It’s the Padilla Reserva Maduro. This cigar is made in the Oliva Factory in Esteli. It has long fillers from Esteli and Jalapa. It has a San Andres Maduro wrapper. Price point on this cigar for box is $148.95. So let’s see my thoughts on the Padilla Reserva maduro.

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Nomad Navigator

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 12, 2013 by theladyofthestick

Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Size: Torpedo
Strength: Medium


Look: The wrapper a bit toothy but a very even tan color witg no imperfections.

Aroma: The cigar smells earthy and slightly sweet with notes of tobacco.

Prelight Draw: This holds the same earthy notes with tobacco and sweetness.

First Third: I immediately notice hints of wood, earth with a hint of spice. The spice is more baking spices with a hint of pepper, just enough for a bit of a bite without the overwhelming heat. It has a bit of a malty finish with coffee in the aftertaste. The retrohale has hints of cinnamon and hickory.


Second Third: The notes of coffee and spices pick up as the main notes, really warming the palate. There is now wood and coffee in the aftertaste. At the halfway point, I start to pick up peanuts and cayenne pepper. There is more spice through the nostrils at this point.


Final Third: The hickory really starts to come through in the final third, mingling with wood and coffee.The spice is very subtle on the palate, until the finish where it lingers with the same smooth malthy finish as the first third.


Conclusion: The Nomad Navigator is a great smoke in so many ways. The flavors are complex, yet balanced making it a good cigar for any time of day. The draw and burn are perfect and the cigar is just beautiful in its presentation and clearly well rolled. These have very quickly made their way into my regular rotation of favorite sticks.

Nub Cameroon

Posted in Cigar Reviews on April 10, 2013 by youngbuckbotl

Size: 4×60
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

This little guy I pulled out of my humidor the other day to go on a short walk. Forgetting how long these actually  take to smoke lets just say my walk lasted much longer than intended. This guy is a 4×60 Cameroon Nub, they go for usually $7 a stick but they last quite a while so you get your moneys worth.

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1st half: With the first half I got some nice leathery notes along with a little amount of spice, but when retrohaled I got a deeper and much nicer full body spice.

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2nd half: With the second half especially towards the very end I got a very nice full body spice. The second half also revealed nice woody and nutty notes as well.


All around this was a great stick. For the price you could take this and go mow the lawn but with the great notes you could also sit outside and really enjoy it. I will be picking up more of these next time I am at my local B&M and I suggest you do the same. God bless and have a safe two weeks.

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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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’


Back we go again……

Posted in Video Reviews on April 3, 2013 by MIKE

Well so I tried to record a video while driving home last night to give to you fine folks but luck would have it my android failed me. So it looks like we are going back in time again for those lucky few who might not have been a fan of our site back in the day. Hope to figure this damn android out for next time.

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