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)



All fire is not created equally!
January 24, 2009, 5:53 am
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Ok, You’ve got your cigar picked out, now how do you light it?

Lots of people think one match is the same as another and the same with lighters. Big Mistake! Most lighters and matches that you get from 711 or whatever gas station is near your house is not good enough to use when lighting a cigar. Here’s where I’m going to break down the different things you can you use to light your stogie and here they are:

Paper=Bad!

Paper=Bad!

1. Paper Matches. You all know  them as those freebe things they give you when you buy your pack of Kool’s or whatever ciggs you smoke. While with ciggs this is a fine and economical choice, with cigars this is a biiiiig no no. The carboard these matches are made with when burned will add they’re flavor to whatever your smoking. While to most people it’s not a big deal, to a seasoned cigar smoker it’s like taking a poop on the Bible. So when you buy a stogie, don’t grab your matches from your local convient store because you’ll just flush a perfectly good cigar down the crapper. Moving on…

matches

Wood Match

2. Wood Matches. Now this is where it’s at. Wood matches are available at almost every cigar shop I’ve ever been to, and the ones that don’t have them, you don’t want to buy from. After the initial strike of the match, let it burn for a second or two to get all the sulfur burned off, then apply the yellowish part of the flame right underneath the tip of your cigar. Do not light your cigar with the blue-ish part of the fire because then you’ll run the risk of burning your wrapper which will also greatly change the flavor of a cigar. Lighting a stogie with wood matches becomes an art form to most smoker and a nice trick most people like use is to rotate the stogie in they’re mouth as they’re lighting it… I find this a good method to get an even light and generally you will have to relight less often. Wood matches are your best bet when your just starting off and most cigar supplies, if they’re worth their salt, will give you a pack or two with your stogies.

3. The Lighter. Ok, this is where we’re gonna get picky. Everyone and they’re mother thinks that Zippos are cool and think that using regular lighter fluid is the way to refill them. WRONG! While I love Zippos and applaud they’re warranties and craftmanship, you must know to buy Butane lighter fluid. Butane burns cleaner then the stuff you use to light your BBQ. Thus Butane lighters are what you want to get yourself if you don’t want to carry around matchs. Now you can fill your reqular Zippos with Butane fluid so don’t go throwing out all those free ones you get at trendy bars when Malboro comes around with them. Depending on where you are and what your doing defines what kind of lighter you want. For a night at the bar or in your home Zippos are great, and you won’t have a problem lighting them. But if you’re like me and enjoy a good stogie in your car, on the green or anywhere outdoors, then a Torch lighter is what you want since most torch lighters are wind resistent (not wind proof).

Zippo Blu

Zippo Blu

Like any other accessory out there, there are tons of different kinds. I personally like Perdomo’s triple torch lighter and I would like to get one of Zippo’s Blu series since they look really cool and come with Zippo’s great warranty. But make sure to consult your Shop person about which brand to go with, they usually have a fair idea of what works well and what doesn’t.

On to the downside of torch lighters… Burning: Since your using a flame that burns at some ungodly high temperature your going to have to be extremely careful not to burn while lighting.When lighting a cigar you want to keep the tip of the flame atleast 2 inchs below your cigar (it may not look like it’ll light but it will, trust me), and use the same twisting method we talked about earlier. You’ll find it faster to light with a torch then with matches, but alot more troublesome if you don’t keep your eyes peeled.

Butane Fuel

Butane Fuel

Also fuel is another concern, I find my lighter burns through fluid rather quickly, generally after 3 or 4 cigars I’ll have to refill it. Which isn’t so bad since the cans the fuel comes in can refill your lighter many, many, many, many times. I’ve had mine for prolly a year to two years and have only gone through one can and still have half of the second can to go. Usually the cans of fuel are pretty damn cheap, under $5 for a decent sized can. Other then burning and rate of fuel consumption, I find my torch lighter to be my go to when smoking… Plus the flame looks really cool!

4. Misc. Using anything else that’s on fire to light your cigar may look really cool in movies and such, but chemicals really screw up your taste. So don’t do it! Unless you want to use your whatever flavored yankee candle to light your cigar and make it taste like Strawberry-Mango… I suggest you move down to the flavored cigars in the first place.

fire-squirrel

Don't Use!

Well that’s all I got when it comes to fire, until next time my little Newblets.



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 mean  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.