The Stogie Guy


Review: Man O’ War Virtue
January 7, 2012, 7:40 pm
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After a few puffs (Cigar is darker in pic then in real life, damn iPhone camera)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: “Mild”, But I’d say more the stronger end of Mild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off, I love Man O’ War’s naming system and logo. It’s a logo that just says to a man “If you don’t smoke this cigar, then you’re not really a man”. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s what it says to me, but moving on. Looking at this cigar, it’s a lot lighter of a wrapper then I’m accustomed to. And I have to say if I saw it on the shelf next to it’s darker brothers I would not have chosen it. But I recieved it a variety pack and felt daring this morning. I’m so glad I did, it’s surprisingly smooth with a lot of flavor. I can definitely taste a hint of coffee to it and I’m not the type that can usually pick out those things in a cigar that’s not expressly flavored. Usually a cigar tastes like a cigar to me but I judge them on smoothness, amount of smoke and whether or not it stings my tongue. So far the flavor is great, the smoke is surprisingly full and the pull is nice and easy with a punch cut. The Virtue is a well constructed cigar, half way through there’s no signs of unraveling or flaking and the head of the cigar is keeping together quite nicely despite my habit of nibbling at it while puffing. I also found that it does not easily go out, letting it sit for a solid minute I can pick it up and keep right on puffing and only needed relighting after I took a potty break. This is a great cigar for someone who’s not a novice smoker but who’s still new, smoking Connecticut wrapped cigars but want to step up their game a bit. To me, this falls in the range somewhere in between a light bodied and medium bodied cigar.

In the end, this cigar was a true surprise to me. I was expecting something too light for my palette with no flavor and even less smoke density… Damn was I wrong! I give this a 8 out of 10 and would say any Newbie that wants a smooth and flavorful step up from a starter then the Man O’ War Virtue is the cigar for you.

 

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Bundle of Joy!
January 6, 2012, 9:16 pm
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Man O' War Sampler

This little bundle of joy just got delivered to my front door from Cigars International… I can’t wait to crack it open! Reviews will come shortly.



Review: Camacho Havana Monarca
January 6, 2012, 7:33 pm
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This cigar has a little bit of back story to it. In late October my girlfriend (sorry ladies, the Stogie Guy has a gf) was on a family vacation at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Due to my hectic school schedule I was not able to go, but I did receive a phone call from her telling me how her mother said she should get me a gift since I’m so good to her (Gentlemen, win a woman’s mother over and you’ve won all future battles with your girlfriend). So she’s in a local cigar shop and doesn’t know what to buy me, so I shoot for the moon. My cigar shop doesn’t carry Camacho and I have been begging and pleading to try one ever since I learned Ron Perlman (of Hellboy fame) loves them. So she finally gives them to me and I’m at my local watering hole, downing beer after beer and watching some very entertaining karaoke when I decide it’s that time of the night when I need a cigar. Luckily my bar is one of the few bars that welcomes cigar smokers with open arms and full pints of beer.

Camacho Havana Monarca

I lit this little bad boy up and I almost squealed at how good it was. Now it might have been the copious amounts of Yuengling Lager that I had that night but this cigar just set off all the taste buds in my mouth. It was silky, smooth & creamy. You will never hear me say stuff like “undertones of hazelnut…”, that’s just not my style. This tasted like the perfect compliment to a ice cold beer. Since then, I had forced my cigar guy to stock these and order me my own box. After smoking the Camacho completely sober, I still stand by my original impression of this cigar. Though I will now say the first quarter of an inch is rough and then it’s right to smooth town. The only problem it seems with this cigar is it’s availability, my cigar guy had to wait a month before he could get two boxes. Either they are that popular or Camacho is having trouble keeping up with production. Whatever the case, if you see this cigar (hard to miss in the off yellow box), grab it as quickly as you can. I definitely recommend the Monarca size (basically a Robusto) because it’ll last you about 45 minutes to an hour and is reasonably prices (between $6 & $7.50).

Out of 5 puffs, I give it a 4 1/2 only because the first quarter of an inch is a bit rough.



Welcome back Kotter
January 6, 2012, 6:53 pm
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Holy hell it’s been a damn long time since I’ve posted here. Sorry for that, I really am. I’ve had a hectic year between going back to school and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life. But I am back, with a whole lot of cigars to review and new things to write about. With the economy in the toilet expect to see a lot of posts for smoking on a budget and how to spot a diamond in the rough. I will also try to throw in some high end reviews, as often as my bank account will allow. So let’s get this party started!

“My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”

– Winston Churchill (Cigar God)