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.

 



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.



Review: Saint Luis Rey: Series G
January 24, 2009, 4:48 am
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Finally! I’ve come across a random cigar I’ve absolutely hated… The Saint Luis Rey: Series G. I was at my cigar shop the other day and I was in the mood for something new so I peaked around and saw a wide selection from Saint Luis Rey. So I naturally took a look, sniffed around, squeezed a few to find one that met my standards. And at $5.25 a half stick I expected something pretty damn good. So fast forward about 8 hours to my ride home from work. It was the perfect night to smoke a cigar and drive in the middle of winter… The wind was down, the temp was up and it wasn’t long since I ate a meal (never smoke on an empty stomach, it just plain sucks). So I chose wood matches this time over my butane triple torch Perdomo lighter because I like to give new cigars every chance they can get to be excellent and I find wood matches to preserve the flavor over a lighter.

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Saint Luis Rey's Cool looking band

Now to the light up, as soon as I brought the flame near the cigar it sparked up… quite scarey to say the least. And so it started off like most cigars, getting it lit, waiting to reserve judgement until a proper smoke can be puffed. And to my tastebud’s dismay the taste was pretty skanky. The only thing I could compare it to is the after taste of pickles. Though I enjoy a good pickle with a sandwich, I don’t enjoy the taste in my cigar. So I figured I might’ve just hit a bad spot in the stogie, but no, the flavor kept up all the way down to the cigar band. Now I usually strip the cigar and finish it off to a nub. But not this one, by the time I smoked it down to the band I had enough and I had to chuck it. I have very rarely ever put out a cigar in the middle of it, I usually do it to ones people give me as presents that are just completely waaaaay off base of quality. Which isn’t they’re fault when they go to a place and they’re advertising “High Quality Handmade Cigars” and they’re machine made with the junk that’s left over from making the High Quality ones.

Over Priced

Over Priced

Other then that I rarely ever do it, but this one just plain sucked in my mind and taste. I would not even recommend this for the golf green, or my worst enemy… it’s just that bad. Maybe I just got a bad one, because apparently from some research I did, Saint Luis Rey has a good name with a strong following. So I welcome anyone to tell me different. But in the meanĀ  time I rate this cigar a 1/2 star out of 5, and the 1/2 is only because the banding is pretty cool looking.



Dumpster Diving: Rocky Patel’s Cameroon Especial
January 9, 2009, 3:18 am
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Here it is… The first Dumpster dive! And actually this cigar gave me the idea for this new section. We all know we’re in an economic crunch and the cigar world has started helping out us lower-middle classers with this well constructed, flavorfull cameroon stogie

Rocky Patel's Cameroon Especial

Rocky Patel's Cameroon Especial

The non-descript label

The non-descript label

I must say, I was a guinea pig when my cigar shop guy put this bad boy in my hand. It had no box, no brand name at all and all there was was a large, bright orange wrapper, wrapping up the 20 sticks. Dave, my cigar peddler, told me he just got a free-be bundle of these and knowing how much I enjoy Cameroon told me I had to try it and report back to him on my findings. I got to say for being under $3, this is a great buy… A true diamond in the rough. It’s not what you expect from something so cheep; the taste is consistent and the wrapping is pretty damn good. I’ve smoked a few of these and none of the wrappers have peeled or flaked so thumbs up to not having that little bit of annoyance. The smell isn’t the greatest, which seems to be its only draw back, it kinds smells cheap when burned but the flavor makes up for it. So if you don’t care about the people around you, smoke up.

I’ve found with the cameroons I usually smoke that they have to stay at a perfect humidity level or else they start stiffen up. But so far this one’s pretty good. On a side note, I enjoy smoking cigars much better the same day I get them from the shop. Though my humidor holds it’s humidity level and temp, it just loses something after it’s been in there for a while. So I find that smoking Cameroons as soon as possible is the best course of action to get the full experience. But maybe it is just the brands I buy or the kind of distilled water I use in my humidor.

The Amazing Price!

The Amazing Price!

But back to the Cigar in question, The Cameroon Especial has a build that reminds you more of a $7-10 stogie and
a flavor that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Though it has it’s downsides (no box & slight stinky smell), the positives far outweigh them (great flavor, solid build, PRICE!!!!!!!!!). I give this great little gem a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars for the first Dumpster Dive. Hopefully I can keep this lucky streak rolling and have some more goodies for you.



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