The Stogie Guy


Newbies Guide: Choosing Your First
December 19, 2008, 2:15 am
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Choosing your first cigar is alot like choosing what kind of alcohol you like. You should take your time, try a whole bunch (not in one sitting), and ask as many questions as you can. The best bit of advice I can give is TALK TO YOU SMOKE SHOP GUY! He knows alot and since he works in/owns the shop you can trust him. After you learn that finding a cigar that fits you is relatively easy.

Here’s a list of questions you want to ask yourself and your shop owner:

1. Where am I going to smoke this? (Bar? Home? Outside, Inside?)

2. How long do I want to smoke for? (Sizes make a big difference in amount of time spent puffing away)

3. What kind of flavor do you want? (Natural? Conneticut? Maduro? Flavored?…)

4. Am I getting this for an occassion and will I have to grab a couple to share? (Weddings, people are always bumming cigars and smokes and you may be asked for an extra)

5. Am I smoking this because I like it or to be cool? (if you answer the later, just quit now)

These questions will help you to become all that you can be… wait, damn TV commercials.  I mean to say these questions will help guide you and the person helping you to find the cigar, or cigars, that is perfect for you.

What I also want to stress is don’t be scared to try different kinds. Don’t get turned off to one style and immediately write off all of that kind, as in Maduro. Just because you get a Maduro of one brand and you don’t like it, doesn’t mean another Maduro brand isn’t good. Each cigar maker produces cigars to different standards and styles. So what I try to do, even before I started this blog, is pick a new cigar every time I go to the shop. What that does, besides increasing my debt, is gives me a variety of choices in what I can smoke and also opens up the possibility that I may a diamond in the rough.

Now I’ve rambled for as long as I can, so comment with any questions or ideas for people just starting out and I’ll hopefully be adding more to this Newbies Guide Section.

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Review: Excalibur 1066… The Dark Knight
December 19, 2008, 1:50 am
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The Side Long View

The Side Long View

No, there is no Bat-Signal flying high in the air and no guy dressed in a rubber suit leaping from rooftop to rooftop. This is a Review about the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur 1066, aka The Dark Knight. I was rummaging through my cigar shop the other day and said to myself… “Ya know, You only smoke lighter colored stogies… you should try a dark”. So I’ve had a regular Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur and was felt it was a good smoke that most everyone could enjoy. So I hurried over where they’re kept and took a look. And immediately the 1066 caught my eye. It was short and very dark and looked like it would take the same amount of time to smoke as my ride home from work (roughly 35-40 minutes). Which I guess right because as I was pulling up to my house it was roughly a nub.

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Now, I generally choose my cigar by color and smell. I subscribe to the theory that the darker the cigar, the more potent it is. Boy was I wrong… This my look like a heavy smoke but it was very enjoyable and the smoke from it was of the medium variety. It had a very earthy taste and if you really reach for it you could get a small taste of a dark chocolate. It gave off a rather pleasant aroma and the ash was whiter then I expected which gave it a very cool look when you have a inch or two of ash on the end contrary to the dark wrapper.

The build of the cigar was what I expect from Hoyo, good quality and a medium tightness giving you a great draw. I never have to exert my lungs to get a puff and I wasn’t over loaded with tons of smoke. In the end I was very surprised by this selection and from now on I will not ever judge a cigar’s taste by it’s wrapper. This was a very delightful smoke and I very much recommend this to someone looking to move up from mild brands of cigars. 4 out 5 stars for the Dark Knight.



Review: Perdomo Habano Corojo
December 11, 2008, 6:58 am
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Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Well here’s the first review from the Stogster! And fitting that this is one of my all time favorite cigars. The Perdomo Habano Corojo Presidente 7×56… That’s a mouth full… and so is the cigar! I enjoy a large range of different kinds of cigars from mild to full body. This one falls into the medium category with me. It’s got a nice pull, a “tight but not too tight” construction which allows you to draw just the right amount of smoke… which to me is a great thing. I’ve had many a cigar where my lungs get a great exercise trying to get some smoke, but this definitely isn’t one of those. Besides the wrapping, Perdomo released a large variety of sizes to suit any smoker, from the 5×52 Robusto to the 7×56 Presidente.

The build is great, the leaf is even better. Perdomo really picks winners when they make the Corojo. It’s not bland and it doesn’t over power the senses, it’s got that right mix of wrap leaf and quality long leaf filler blend. And yes, it is a blended filler. Perdomo uses filler tobacco grown from three of their farms and blend them together to make this excellent cigar.

The Perdomo Habano Corojo is by far my favorite Bar Room smoke. It doesn’t give off a light smoke, but neither is it chokingly heavy. I frequent a bar where smoking cigars is allowed and when I smoke this one I get fewer complaints about “That guy with the cigar” and more “Hey! What kinda cigar is that? Where’d you get it?” (Yes, I’m from Philly and that’s how we talk… add an A to everything). And also I haven’t set off any smoke alarms yet with this choice, knock on wood.

I give this smoke a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and seriously recommend this to anyone who wants a very enjoyable smoke for a decent price (around $7-$8 for the Presidente).

The Group Shot

The Group Shot



Making The cut
December 11, 2008, 5:03 am
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One of the first things you need to decide when starting out in cigar smoking is “What kind of cutter to use?” There’s a wide variety out there but they really fall into three different categories: V-Cut, Straight Cut (Sometimes called “The Guillotine” cut) and the Punch Cut. I’ll go into each and they’re benefits and disadvantages:

v-cutterThe V-Cut, as the names says, cuts a V shape out of the tip of the cigar. The pros about this style is it leave you more cigar to smoke since it generally takes away very little from the cap. The problem with V cutters is they can dull very quickly and if you don’t have a Guillotine with you, you’ll have to put up with fraying of the wrapping.

punch-cutterOn to the Punch Cut. This is the one I personally use since if I screw it up or my cigar’s getting alittle hard, then I still always have a Guillotine to back me up. This kind of cutter is generally the smalled since all it is is a hollowed out cylinder with a sharpened edge to it. Which when pushed into the Cap of the cigar produces a small hole, perfect for sucking smoke. The only down side I’ve run into this, except for fraying of the ends, is that certain cigars use a lesser quality filler for the cap and you end up not getting as good a taste from the smoke passing through. But I’ve found this to be rare.

single-cutMoving on to the Original Gangster, The Guillotine Cutter. This is the most common way to cut a cigar, and generally preferred by many cigar snobs (just kidding). This one works by completely removing a portion of the cigar in one clean snipping motion. The downside to that is if your not quick or have a very sharp blade, your can squeeze the cigar and that can cause the wrapper to unwrap. Straight cutters come in a couple different styles but produce the same result. They are Single Bladed, Double Bladed, and an interesting kind of Scissor device which I haven’t yet tried because most of the ones I’ve seen cost a pretty penny, but a couple of my friends use them with great results.

Now the big problem with cutters is they dull just like any kind of knife. And the more intricate the cutter, the bigger pain in the ass it is to sharpen. So for you lazy asses out there, I recommend a single bladed Straight Cutter. Now like I said, I enjoy a punch cut, not to say I don’t like the others, but for me if it’s done right, and I’m not drunk, you can squeeze a couple more minutes out of your stogie. Also they are generally smaller and come in th2e very convienent keychain form.



Introductions are in order.
December 10, 2008, 4:55 am
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Hello all, I’m The Stogie Guy. I’m a 25 year old graphic designer with dreams of world domination and fine cigar smoking. I started this blog because I was bored and I love cigars and I love talking about cigars… If that sounded like a run on sentence, you would be correct. I do  that and I’m not appologizing. So do as I do… sit back, light up a handrolled cigar and pour a glass of your favorite liquor because we have a lot to talk about.

In this blog I will post my thoughts on cigars along with pictures, ratings, tips & tricks for the cigar enthusist and also anything I come across that is cigar related. I will hopefully be updating that bi-weekly at a minimum since that is about the average amount of time I dedicate to smoking, sometimes more, sometimes less. But then again I am a slacker, so don’t be surprised by the strange 3:30am posting with nothing but gibberish in it. Time to start the show!