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Thursday
Jan102013

Stogie Geeks Episode 41 - "The Petit Robusto"

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Stogie of the Week

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial (2012)

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Toro
Size: 6 x 50
Age: N/A
MSRP: Box of ten $95.00

The fifth year of this limited edition brings the return of the Toro vitola and Mexican wrapper used in 2011. Once again, this limited run includes 5,000 ten count boxes of cigars. We featured all four previous releases on Episode 17 "Oliva Showdown" and we are excited to try the newest blend.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 41 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Your Most Favorite Short/Petit Robusto's

Generally 4 x 50'ish this vitola is a favorite with us.

Some of our Favorites

So we asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter about the history of this vitola.

Here's what they had to say.

Jim R. Vonier wrote;

Only thing I have come across when I was looking into trying the Olivia Nubs last year was that they were classified as Short Robusto's which is evidently a size of less than five inches in length and ring gauges of 50 up to 64. I found one of the articles I looked at, but did not get much more out of it - Still Plenty to be Thankful For

@SharingSmoke sent us the following pdf on American Vitola's from Tobacconist University. I also found the pdf on Traditional Cuban Vitola's there. Both list the Petit Robusto at 4 x 50 in size.

Nolan Perry of 70/70 Cigars mentioned his review of one of his favorite Petit Robusto's. Jaime Garcia Petit Robusto

William Cooper of Cigar Coop wrote;

I cold be completely wrong, but I've always equated the Short Robusto with the Rothschild. I realize this is a subjective thing, so many would disagree with my statement. Usually 4 x 48 to 4 1/2 x 48 is Rothschild in my book. Cigar Encyclopedia has some good content on this. http://cigarcyclopedia.com/news-views/cigar-news/992-what-is-a-rothschild

Mike Velino wrote:

Related topic about Robusto's. Interesting how they weren't really popular till late 80's.The Robusto Generation

Closing thoughts...

Contest: Box Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial (2012)

With a big thanks to John Gazerro, Regional Manager of Oliva Cigars, for providing the cigars for this contest!

Question: How many years has the Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial been released? What wrapper was used and what vitola/size was rolled each year?

Congratulations to Matt T. of Apple Valley, MN who correctly answered;

2012 is the fifth release
2008- Connecticut Broadleaf Torp
2009- Nicaraguan Habano Torp
2010- Mexican San Andres Maduro Torp
2011- Mexican San Andres Maduro Toro
2012- Mexican San Andres Maduro Toro

Thursday
Jan032013

Stogie Geeks Episode 40 - Fashionably Late

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Stogie of the Week

Davidoff Colorado Claro

Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Colorado Claro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium
Vitola: Pyramid
Size: 6x 50
Age: About 1 Year
MSRP: About $19.00

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 40 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Identifying Cigar Flavors: For Beginers

I got to thinking about which flavors are easiest to pick out in cigars. The process is pretty simple, eat or drink something, then make a mental note of the flavors you experienced. Then, when you smoke a cigar, try to relate the experience to what you are tasting. Here are what I believe the five most basic flavors and characteristics you can pick up from a cigar:

1) Spice - Typically when you retrohale you will experience the full feeling of spice. It sorta hits your senses like spices in food, adding a component of tanginess to the flavor. We could argue all day if spice is a flavor or a characteristic, I think its more of a component of a cigar because spice will vary in flavor and intensity.

2) Pepper - Pepper is more of a taste or flavor than spice. We've talked about how a cigar can have black pepper, white pepper or even red pepper. When done right, it adds a nice balance to the overall flavors, if overdone can detract from the smoking experience.

3) Earth - I've never tasted dirt, well maybe a few times playing baseball on a dry day when the wind picks up or someone slides into you and kicks up a whole lot o' dirt. Earth is a tough one, you will hear us say "earthy" a lot.

4) Chocolate/Coffee - I really enjoy this flavor in a cigar, it can vary, sometimes more towards chocolate cake (sweet) or more towards espresso (bitter, and definitely pronounced ES-presso NOT EX-presso).

5) Wood - Now wood is not something you would eat (pun intended). But you can certainly smell different types of wood, sometimes just by itself or sometimes when burning, sanding, cutting or what have you. Wood is a flavor pretty common in cigars, sometimes more like cedar, sometimes more like oak.

Runners up in the flavor/taste department: Leather, Floral, Fruit, Meat, Vegetal, Nuts, Grassy, etc..

For a very complete list, check out this cigar flavor wheel.

Or this list; Stogie Fresh Flavor Chart

Contest: Win a Davidoff Stogie Geeks Sampler!

Question: What cigar did Mark Jr. smoke to celebrate the birth of his daughter?

Congrats to Mike G. who answered;

LA Aurora Cien Años

Which is one of two he actually smoked. the other was a Cuban Davidoff from 1985. So we excepted either answer and picked a name at random.

Thursday
Dec202012

Stogie Geeks Episode 39 - Christmas Special

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My Father Commemorative 911 Limited Edition 2012

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador & Habano Maduro
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Unknown
Vitola: Parejo
Size: 5.50 x 54
Age: N/A
MSRP: Box of 20 Cigars (9 Connecticut Ecuador and 11 Habano Maduro) is about $200.00

Last year Jeffrey Holst, a battalion chief here in Lombard Illinois, brought to us the idea of creating a special one of a kind cigar to commemorate the 343 fallen Fire Fighters of the 9/11 attacks. Jaime Garcia, of My Father Cigar Company, graciously accepted the task of blending and creating this one of a kind cigar. With only being given three weeks with which to produce this cigar, Jaime blended something truly amazing and unique for this special purpose. This year Jaime, Mike, and Sam have tweaked the blend to take this cigar to next level and create a truly amazing smoking experience that will appeal to every connoisseur's taste...They will be available in only one Vitola Toro (51/2 by 54) Each, both will contain 20 cigars; 9 with Connecticut Ecuador wrappers and 11 with Habano Maduro wrappers. .... A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the family members of the fallen firefighters through a charitable foundation.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 39 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Top Five Lists!

Top 5 Cameroon Wrappers

  • Fuente Hemmingway
  • La Aurora
  • LFD Cameroon Wrapped Cigars
  • Casa Fuente Blend
  • Partagas Benji Menendes Master Series

Top 5 Lanceros

  • Davidoff Millenium Blend Lancero
  • La Aurora Cameroon Lancero
  • Paul Gamarian Reserva Exclusiva Gran Panatella
  • Opus X Lost City Lancero
  • La Aurora Cien Anos Lancero

Contest: Win a six pack of our favorite Lancero's!

Question: What does the hammer on the band of the Padron Family Reserva signify?

Congrats to Peter D who said;

The "little hammer" on the band of the Padron Family Reserve signifies the commemoration of José Orlando Padrón who as a Cuban émigré worked tirelessly as carpenter until he could establish a his cigar company.
Thursday
Dec132012

Stogie Geeks Episode 38 - "Top Ten Cigars of 2012"

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Stogie of the Week

Camacho Diploma

Origin: Hondurus
Wrapper: Authentic Corojo
Binder: Authentic Corojo
Filler: Authentic Corojo
Strength: Medium/Full
Vitola: Robusto
Size: 5 x 50
Age: 11 Years (2001)
MSRP:

The Camacho website describes the tobacco used in this blend as Authentic Corojo and states this about the primings used;

The words “Quinto Corte” or “Fifth Priming” refer to the top-most leaves of the Corojo plant. These leaves are carefully picked last and receive the most exposure to the sun and other natural elements giving them their rich, unique, and full flavored taste.

Paul Joyal, who gifted us these cigars, obtained the box on his trip to Hondurus in 2001. He was told the filler was up to 10% pre-embargo Cuban tobacco with the remaining being Hondurun Corojo harvested in 1999.

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 38 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Mark's List

See Mark's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Top 10 Picks of 2012

Our picks of new releases during 2012

Paul's List

Paul's Top Ten Stogie Stogie 2012 I'm really happy with my list this year. Though I don't feel like I smoked enough new releases, I think this year had more new releases than ever before. I found a couple of themes in this year's releases:

    The Medium Body Smoke - Its not all about strength anymore. I love a nice medium body smoke with tons of flavor. I can smoke them more often, pair them with more food and beverages, and overall I enjoy this profile the most. I think we age cigars partly to get them to this profile. Three sticks on my list are of this size! Size Matters - We all have our favorites. Two sizes for me really stand out. One is the petite (or short) robusto. Love, Love, Love this size. It packs flavor, produces nice amounts of smoke, holds a nice ash, just an awesome size. The other size that sports some new blends that do it really well is the lancero. I like to think this is getting more popular, but two cigars on my list represent this size very well. Flops - There were so many flops this year too. Viaje in general was a flop for me. The releases a metric ton of new releases. Only two of them were really worth smoking. Avo dropped the ball, freaking Avo! And overall I am not impressed with Drew Estate, they have some great marketing, but their cigars just don't really seem all that to me anymore. Maybe my tastes are changing, maybe I'm missing the boat, but everything I seem to smoke from them either has a construction issue or just doesn't really WOW me. Finally, I love Quesada, they are awesome.
  1. La Duena Belicoso - Love this smoke, its such as easy cigar to smoke, very balanced.
  2. CyB Robusto - I need to smoke more of these, loving the medium body and strong flavors.
  3. Quesada Okboberfest Kurz Petite Robusto - I love the wood notes coupled with hints of cocoa. Love this size too.
  4. Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2012 - First cigar I ever got pumpkin flavor from, I really enjoyed this one.
  5. Cain F Lancero - For the price, can't be beat, well almost. Two lancers on my list that are around $8 and just deliver (Though the J. Grotto has more complexity than the Cain F).
  6. EPC Cardinal (Sumatra) - Two words: Flavor Bomb.
  7. J. Grotto Reserve Lancero Limitado - Smooth and complex smoke and awesome price point.
  8. La Aurora 100 Años Broadleaf - Super complex, the broadleaf wrapper delivers flavor that is several notches above "Awesome".
  9. Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona - Nice strong, bold and flavorful cigar.
  10. Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge - The perfect balance of flavor and strength in a small cigar. Again, this is my favorite size.
Honerable Mentions
  • Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Box-Pressed
  • Illusione ~ULTRA~ Op. No. 4
"Dog Rockets of the Year"
  • AVO 86th Anniversary "La Trompeta" - Cardboard
  • Guillermo León by La Aurora A - Dry and boring
  • Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 Connecticut - Too much pepper
  • Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla - Blah
  • MUWAT EF Bait Fish - Stung my pallette
  • Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series No. 4 Maduro - Did not deliver in the flavor department
  • Quesada Q d’etat Howitzer - HORRIBLE construction

Tim's List

  1. My Uzi Weighs A Ton Baitfish (end of 2011) - Full flavored Petit Corona will keep you warm on those cold Winter nights. I really enjoyed the Nicaraguan profile and construction has been A+.
  2. Ortega Serie D - One of the better Mexican San Andreas wrapper released this year. Full flavored and smooth without having too much strength. A new favorite of mine to pair with a Tawny port.
  3. E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run - The Broadleaf binder really brings a twist and a bit more strength to this Connecticut Shade. Always re-inventing, EPC, did it again with this release.
  4. Viaje Super Shot - The power house of my picks this year. Full strength, don't let this smoke fool you, it will take a solid hour to smoke. The first time I had it I actually had to sit down.
  5. My Father Le Bijou 1922 Federal Cigar 91st Connecticut - A limited release (fifty boxes), because of it's popularity, this smoke became the basis for Federal Cigar's new house blend. The profile had a nice mix of roasted nuts and butterscotch sweetness and changes up with some cedar and spice. Yum
  6. La Duena by My Father - The Short Belicoso was the best of the bunch. But all the vitola's smoked fantastic with lots of rich Broadleaf flavors while never overpowering.
  7. Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 - I really enjoyed the hell out of this stick. I guess I didn't know what to expect, so when we smoked it on EP30, it really blew me away. Medium in strength and body, this stick was easy to smoke and absolutely delicious.
  8. Headley Grange by Crowned Heads - One of the shining stars out of IPCPR this year IMHO. I really enjoyed this smoke. The profile had a nice balance of cedar and spice with a long creamy finish. Each one I had performed perfectly. Outstanding smoke with huge potential down the road.
  9. E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Sumatra - Another Winner from IPCPR. This cigar is easy to smoke but also has a lot of nice complexity and balance. Creamy cedar and spice with some sweetness and nuttiness makes this a delicious blend.
  10. La Aurora Preferidos Diamond - What an epic smoke. This is what a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro should be. This stick had the perfect draw and lots of aromatic smoke and some nice complexity and change-ups. I wish I could afford to buy multiple boxes of these.

Tim's Honorable Mention's

  • Cuenca y Blanco - This smoke was flavorful and complex but not overpowering which I feel is a reflection of the skills of the blenders. A solid offering from CyB.
  • Tatuaje Mexican Experiment - A solid Mexican wrapped stick. Great flavors without being something you have to focus on.
  • Emilio Draig K - This stick had one of most unique flavor profiles of anything I had this year. I really enjoyed the rich flavors the Colombian wrapper had to offer and the smoothness of the blend as a whole.
  • Tatuaje Lil' Drac - This re-release of Habano Ecuador Maduro in a smaller vitola had a bready base with an interesting caramel sweetness. A really unique and enjoyable profile.

Mark Jr's List

  1. Epc Short Run Exquisitos
  2. Cain F Lancero
  3. Cardinal Sumatra 52
  4. Illusione Ultra OP.4
  5. Viaje Super Shot 10 Guage
  6. J Grotto Lancero
  7. Headley Grange
  8. Latellier 52
  9. Cuenca y Blanco Lonsdale Club
  10. Undercrown Corona Viva

Mark's Honorable Mention's

  • Aging Room Quattro Expressivo
  • Federal Cigar CT Cervantes
  • Quesada Jalapa Belicoso
  • Room 101 Daruma Mutante

Mark's Flops

  • Viaje
  • Avo Trompeta
  • Padron No. 4 Maduro
  • Rerelease Bait Fish
  • Guillermo Leon CG
  • Quesada Daga
  • Tatuaje Mummy
  • Jaime Garcia LE 2012
  • Jaime Garcia NE CT
  • LFD Factory Press IV

Contest: Prize: Best of 2012 Fiver

Question: What is the meaning behind the red and black band on the Opus X Lost City Blend?

Rules: We will randomly pick a winner from all correct answers three days after this episode is released. The winner will receive the following fiver;

  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Robusto
  • La Duena Belicoso
  • EPC Cardinal Robusto Natural
  • CyB Lonsdale Club
  • Quesada Octoberfest Petit Robusto

Congrats to Mike V who answered;

Difference between red and black bands pretty interesting from the web. The big X is red on regular Forbidden X cigars, while it is Black on Lost City cigars) and a second "LOST CITY" band. When first released, two sizes, the lancero and the love affair, were banded with red bands, rather than black, and did not actually contain any of the Lost City crop (rather they were just regular Opus X cigars in special sizes). My understanding is that the most recent release, which now have regular black Lost City bands, are "actual" lost city cigars.

More on the story behind the cigars can be found here.

Thursday
Dec062012

Stogie Geeks Episode 37 - "Unbanded's TM"

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Stogie of the Week

Unbanded "D" from Alex S

Nicaraguan Ligero-Laced 2nds - Liga 'D' Special Robusto

Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Unknown
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Unknown
Strength: Medium
Vitola: Robusto
Size: 5 x 50
Age: N/A
MSRP: Bundle of 15 is $27.50

What We Have Been Smoking

The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 37 Stogies Page.

Paul's List

See Paul's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Tim's List

See Tim's List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.

Segment: Our Most Favorite Limited Edition / Hard To Find Cigars

Paul's List

Note: This is really the cream of the crop. If you want to know which cigars I've enjoyed the most in my entire life, pretty much this is the list.

  • Opus X BBMF Maduro - This makes just about every list of must-smoke cigars. It lives up to its name, its amazing, you have to try to smoke one of these in your lifetime.
  • Davidoff Millennium Robusto (2005) - This smoke with 5+ years of age on it is one of the best cigars I've ever had. Problem is the blend is tweaked over time and I can't keep these in my humidor long enough to age.
  • EP Carrillo Limatada 2010 - Probably one of the mildest cigars on the list, this one pours flavor like nothing else.
  • Cohiba Limitada - I've smoked a couple of these, not certain exactly which ones they are, but pretty much all of them are amazing.
  • Padron Millennium - If you are wondering if these are all they are cracked up to be, they are. Even now, it was still one of the best smokes I've ever had, period. Cedar, sweetness, coffee, nuts, and more.
  • Opus X Love Affair - I still think this is my favorite sized Opus X cigar of all time.
  • Opus X Lost City Lancero - The best opus branded stick out there, right up there with the Love Affair. I may just try to pull the trigger on a box.

Tim's List

I would rate each and everyone of these cigars "Oasis"!

  • Padron Millennium (2000) - Paul is right, this is an epic smoke. So much flavor, complexity, and balance. Smoke em if you got em.
  • Paul Garmirian Reserva Exclusiva Corona (2004) - These are fantastic and I am not sure how i have managed to hold onto the few I have left for so long. I used the word "exquisite" in my review and I think that sum's up the experience.
  • Padilla Signature 1932 (2007) - I really feel te original Pepin ended 1932's are something spcial. Perfect balance of cedar, spice, and nuts with an incredible creaminess.
  • Romeo y Julieta Hermosos Limited Edicion No. 2 (2004) - This was gifted to me by our good friend /Hoff who has an extensive collection. This Habano that was so smooth and refined. Maybe it was the blend or maybe it was the age. All I know is wow!
  • Davidoff Millennium Robusto (2005) - This what I wrote in my log while smoking it; Complex, smooth, elegant. I completely lost myself in this cigar and didn't even notice my wife had come out on the deck to sit with me. When I finally noticed her, she commented that I seemed lost in the smoke and she didn't want to disturb me.
  • Liga Privada Ünico Serie Dirty Rat - My favorite from the Drew Estate. I just don't know what it is about this smoke but I absolutely love them. Put a few months on these post release and they are smooth, flavorful, and balanced. What a joy to smoke.
  • Contest: Tatuaje Fiver (including an original J21)

    What was the first brand Don Pepin Garcia blended on his own in the US?

    Congrats to Steven M. who answered;

    Don Pepin's First land on his own was Tatuaje.