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Stew’s “Top 10 Cigars” of 2009

Hello everyone, it’s already that time of the year when I post my top ten cigars of 2009. These cigars have been chosen from all of the various cigars that I have reviewed here over the year of 2009. So with that behind us, lets get to the list.

1. PD Andou

2. Room 101

3. Cain Habano

4. Don Pepin “Yellow Label” for CI Legends

5. Illusion Mj12

6. Alec Bradley Tempus

7. CAO MX2 Box Press

8. Camacho Connecticut

9. Rocky Patel Ocean Club

10. Rocky Patel Havana Corojo

Have a Merry Christmas and we will see you in 2010.

Unitl Next Time


Patel Brothers by Rocky Patel

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you yet another creation from Rocky Patel. Now I know it’s hard to believe that Rocky has created anotother cigar (lol) but yet it’s true. The new creation is call “Patel Bros. that was created to welcome his brother Nish Patel into the cigar world. I personally hope that this cigar is a winner because I have manny brothers as well and if I was a cigar maker, I too would produce one to include them too. I think that’s its very cool that Rocky has made a new cigar to honor brotherhood . As stated above, I just hope that this cigar produces the love and joy that is only achieved through true brotherhood. Lets find out.


WRAPPER: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

BINDER & FILLER: Honduras / Honduras, Dominican

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: This cigar is very interesting with it’s dark chocolate leaf wrapper. When I first laid eyes on it, I was quickly brought back to Rocky’s Winter  collection 2008. Yes, the leaf wrapper is from the same region but will it taste as good? One can only hope. Anyway, the leaf has small veins and this cigar was rolled with true confidence by its roller. On my finger touch inspection, I located some soft spots but I truly feel that it will not affect my smoke in any way. The cap was centered perfectly.

Cigar Label: The label is very cool and very different from the triditional RP labels we are used to seeing. The white, brown, gold, and silver colors blend well together. Good job Rocky!

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with a spicy flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a spicy peppery flavor that sparks your interest immediately. Once the spice began to slow down, leather joined the flavor profile. The 2nd third continued with the leather flavor which was joined with rich earthy type flavor. The last third changed totally in which the spicy flavor returned and seem to dominate the rest of the smoke.

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: Slightly uneven.

Price: I paid $7.50 from my local B&M

Liked it: Sorry, but I really didn’t!

Recommend it: No.

Hint: If you are a spicy type person, then this one is for you.

Over All

Until Next Time


Cuchillos Cubanos

Hello everyone, Today, I’m bringing you a new cigar from cigar maker Don Giolito. What is this cigar you ask? Well it’s the Cuchillos Cubanos and I have wanted to try it since I first learned about it from the Stogie Review and A Cigar Smoker . So with a quick surf of the wonderful world-wide web, I quickly got my hands on a five pack for this review. So with that said, let’s get to the review.


WRAPPER: Nicaraguan

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5.25 X 40

Strength: Medium

My Observations: The leaf wrapper is reddish-brown in color which sports small almost non noticable veins. On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and located no types of imperfections. Over all, it seems that so far this cigar is off to a great start.

Cigar Label: None

Snip: I chose a straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Smooth with no hesitations that produced a hint of rich tobacco flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a sweet molasses type flavor that gives way to wood. The 2nd third consisted of wood, earth, and a sort of flavored cinnamon coffee type flavor. The last third continued with the wood, earth, and rich cinnamon coffee flavor.

Draw: Smooth.

Burn line: Uneven with a flaky ash.

Price: I paid $19.00 plus shipping for a five pack.

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: You know it.

Hint: Try it, you will thank me later

Over All

Until Next Time


Last week, I observed hundreds of moths flying in the air and all over the place. Now you say “What is so strange about that?” Well it’s December here in Rhode Island and I do not recall seeing moths this late into Fall / early Winter. So I looked on the internet and found this interesting video explaining what is happening.

Finally it snowed for the first time this year and I was truly amazed to see that some of my summer flowers are still around. Again it’s December and usually they are gone by late October early November. Thought it would make interesting reading material.

Until Next Time