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Rocky Patel Autumn Collection 2009

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you the Rocky Patel Autumn Collection 2009. Now, I know what you’re going to say, “Is Stew on a Rocky Patel kick or what?” Now I have an answer to that, which is “Yes & No.” Basically, I had purchased many cigars throughout the past year  and placed them in my war chest for aging, so that I could give them a fair review later down the road. It seems that I purchased a lot of Rocky’s new line cigars so thus the reason for the influx of Rocky reviews. Now factor in the arrival of Mr. Liam, which reduced my free time and “bang” it’s time to hit the war chest. Ok, plus the fact that my wife has now put sort of freeze on my spending too. (LOL). Anyway, this is today’s review so let’s get to it!


WRAPPER: Colorado Maduro

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan/ Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 6 X 50

Shape: Toro

Strength: Medium

My Observations: I found this cigar to perfect in the construction category. The leaf wrapper has small non noticable veins, which blend well with its medium brown leaf wrapper. Upon further investigation of my Rocky Patel Autumn Collection 2009, I found no imperfections. Now on my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and observed that the cap was placed with true pride.

Cigar Label: Very cool which went well with the Autumn theme. The colors consisted of silver background with light orange, dark orange, brown, and black.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Slight resistance that produced a sweet flavor.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a peppery and spicy flavor that was later joined with earth. The 2nd third consisted of the peppery spicy type flavors, which was now joined by a woodsy flavor. The last third continued with the spice but the pepper was gone. The woodsy flavor was still there and seemed to be joined with a late fall leafy type flavor. All I can say is the flavor reminded me of fallen leaves on the ground.

Draw:Resistent at first but opens up as the smoke goes on.

Burn line: A nice consistent burn throughout the smoke.

Price: I paid $7.55

Liked it: Yes

Recommend it: Yes

Hint: Put this one on your list to try!

Over All

Until Next Time


Drew Estate Natural EGG Maduro

Hello everyone, today I am bringing you a weird and wild-looking cigar from the makers of Drew Estate called the Natural Egg Maduro. Yes, this is a gimmicky cigar but you know the drill, if it looks cool, I will most definitely give it a try. I also want to report that I landed another mystery guest that you are just going to love. So with the history behind us, lets get to the review. Enjoy!

Until Next Time


“What Is Stew” Smoking Now?

Trying a new type of project today. Let me know if you like it? I got the idea from Jerry Cruz “AKA” @JCruz on Twitter , StogieReview , and MyDailyCigar. Enjoy!

Check out the original review of the CI Legends Series here Orange Label

If you interested in this cigar you can find them at CI or CigarBid.

Until Next Time


Liga Privada No. 9 ” Robusto Oscuro” by Drew Estate

Hello everyone, back a little early but trust me the reviews will start to slow down for a while. Anyway, today I am brining you the much talked about Liga Privada No. 9 Robusto. This cigar was gifted to me by Mr. John Brooke as a gift for the birth of my new son Liam. So thanks John you are way to kind. Please keep your eyes peeled in this latest review because I was able to snag a special guest appearance from ????? Enjoy!

Cigar Make Up

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder and Filler: Brazilian / Honduran & Dominican

Strength: Medium to Full

Size: 5×52, Robusto Oscuro

Price: I was gifted this cigar. They run around $ 9.55 and up.

Drink Of Choice: Tree Hugger Coffee (K-Cup)

Until Next Time


Happy Birthday Liam!

Hello folks, my new son Liam arrived on 02/10/2010, and I have to tell you that we are overwhelmed with joy. Now that my son has arrived, I will be taking a break from my cigar reviews for awhile. Please rest assure though that I will be back with some new an exciting cigar reviews. So until that time, God Bless and enjoy a cigar for me.

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Hello everyone, today I am bringing you the CAO La Traviata robusto. Yes, this is the same cigar that was the “bomb” on the internet towards the end of 2009. It seemed that everywhere you looked on the internet, this stick seemed to be the talk of the town. Now I’m not one to be fooled by the latest and greatest crazy but I really have to say, I was “intrigued” to find out.

So here it is in my hands “finally.” Let’s see if it makes it past the “Stew” test?


WRAPPER: Ecuadorian

BINDER & FILLER: Cameroon/ Dominican Republic & Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: Robusto “Divino”

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: This is an awesome looking cigar in the appearance department. This is due to its small veins that blend well on its oily leaf wrapper. The chocolate-brown color will immediately bring your attention to it and trust me it will be saying subliminally “try me!” On my finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots and the cap was centered perfectly. I found no imperfections and overall, CAO has hit a home run in the appearance department.

Cigar Label: True craftmanship and well planned out. I have to say that CAO seems to stand-alone in the label department on all of their cigars. I personally think that whoever does their marketing schemes, deserves a raise. Well done folks! The band consists of maroon, tan, blue, orange, gold, and white colors.

Snip: Straight cut.

Pre-Draw: Sort of resistent and I found the pre-draw flavor to be kind of sweet.

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of spice and wood. The 2nd third consisted of the same flavors that were joined by a soft nutty flavor. The last third again continued with all these flavors and nothing else.

Draw: Hesitant at times.

Burn line: A nice consistent burn throughout the smoke.

Price: I paid $5.55

Liked it: Yes but expected a little more.

Recommend it: Yes.

Hint: If you like a consistent flavor cigar through your smoking experience, then this one is for you.

Over All

Until Next Time