Rocky Patel Edge Missile Corojo



The cigar of choice today is the much talked about Rocky Patel Edge Missile Corojo. I know that it has been out for a long time, but I finally found time to review it! I have heard a lot about it, so I am eager to see if this cigar will really live up to all the hype that it has received! Being a hugh Rocky Patel fan, I am expecting a lot from it! 




BINDER & FILLER: Honduras / Honduras  

Length/Ring: 5 X 48

Shape: Torpedo

Strength: Full


My Observations: This cigar is very nice looking due to it’s oily base light brown colored wrapper. The only down fall that I have to report to you was the small bumps that I located throughout the cigar leaf wrapper. The cigar had no soft spots, so over all I am pleased with its makeup. 

Cigar Label: The label is a cream color with brown dark writing. Yes, its basic, but I guess thats the look Rocky was looking for. Please note, that this cigar label is located on the foot of the cigar. Weird? I think so!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Xikar multi-task scissors for this task, and as always, it was a perfect cut. The pre-draw was perfect, and I immediately tasted a nice woodsy flavor. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a rich chocolaty flavor, along with strong hints of earth and pepper. The 2nd third consisted of earth and wood, with short hints of herbal flavors. The last third continued with the earthy flavor “which was like smoking a handful of dirt” along with quick hints of pepper.  I really didn’t care for these flavors and found myself flushing my pallet with my drink of choice “hot coffee!” Bummer! 


Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was perfect throughout the smoke as was the burn line. The ash was a dark gray color but did not require much attention. 


Price? Approximately $ 5.00 to $6.00 dollars a stick

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? Approximately and hour and half! 

Liked it? No!

Recommend it? No.

Hint? If you like smoking dirt, then this is your cigar! If not, skip this one!


Over All



Until Next Time




 Hello everyone,  I am glad to be back with you after I finally kicked a nasty cold. Just another reason why I hate to see the end of Summer! It seems that once its over the germs are right there with it to make you sick. Ok enough with my babbling, lets get to what you came for! A cigar review!

The cigar of choice today is the Joya De Nicaragua Antano 1970 Lancero. I would like to give a big shout out to my friend Michael for his kind generosity, “I owe you one!” So now that you know how I obtained this “breadstick” of a cigar, lets get into it.



WRAPPER: Dark “rasado-hued” Nicaraguan Criollo

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaraguan / Nicaraguan  

Length/Ring: 7.5 X 38

Shape: Lancero

Strength: Medium to Full



My Observations: This cigar is “very” cool looking, partly due to it’s length and size. The wrapper on this baby is an awesome site, and I wasn’t sure whether I should smoke it or eat it? (You know it really looks like a dark breadstick ~ lol) I found no soft spots on my finger touch inspection and to tell you the truth,  I really have nothing bad to say about the construction of it.


Cigar Label: Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love the classic look of this label which consists of red, sliver, green, gray, and black. It will jump out at you while you are perusing your cigar stores cigar cabinet. 


Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my guillotine cutter for this task which sliced right through the small end cap. The pre-draw was excellent, just the way I like it. Once lit, I instantly detected a nice strong taste of pepper on my pallet. This flavor was paired with slight notes of rich coffee and I felt like I was smoking a great Cuban cigar!  


Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar as stated above, consisted of pepper and roasted coffee. The 2nd third continued with the peppery flavor which was again paired up with notes of coffee, and wood. The last third consisted of pepper, coffee, and chocolate though very mild.


Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was awesome, and I was very pleased with it through out my smoke. The burn line was also “perfect!” and I have to say that I am loving my first experience with the lancero cigar experience The ash on this gem is a clean gray color, which required little ashing.


Price? Approximately $ 70.00 for a box. Do your homework though!

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? About two hours and a half! 

Liked it? Yes, to my surprise

Recommend it? Yes


Hint? This is a great cigar, so broaden your horizons, and don’t make the same mistake I made by shying away from it because of its thin size!

Over All



Until Next Time


I Hate Colds!

Hello everyone,

I would like to apologize for the lack of cigar reviews, but I caught a nasty cold over the weekend. I am feeling much better and plan on posting some new review soon, so stay tune! 

Until then watch this video:


I had nothing to do with this video or its production! Enjoy my friends!


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Today, I wanted to share with you a special place which me and my wife visit every summer. This special place is call the Town of New Shoreham which is known to most as just Block Island. This is a magical place which seems to have maintain the simple life of days gone by. Very little has changed on the this island, which makes for a relaxing get away from the hustle and bustle of todays world. Trust me, if you have never been to this place you are missing out big time!

There are a few ways that one can get to the Island which is by plane, ferry, or your personal boat. My wife and I travel by ferry from the port of Point Judith located in Narragansett Rhode Island. The ferry ride is approximately an hour and if you don’t like ferry rides, you can travel on the high speed ferry, which is approximately 30 minutes. My wife and I prefer the regular ferry because we love the ocean and being on it.

Once you have arrived on Block Island, there is lots to see and do but bring money because it gets expensive. If you love seafood, you have come to the right place because everything is fresh right from the sea.

To get around, I suggest renting a scooter because, one they are fun, and two it’s a lot cheaper than renting a car. Yes, you can rent a bike if you wish too but I personally prefer the scooter (lol). Its probably the only place besides Italy that a man can get by riding one (lol).

My wife and I always rent a house when we come out and I suggest that you do too. There is so much to take in and so little time if you don’t. Block Island offers a slew of things to do at night and if you don’t rent, you won’t be able to take it in because the last ferry departs at approximately 8:50 PM during the summer months and earlier in the Fall. I should note that there are bed and breakfast, and hotels that offer daily rentals but are expensive. The house pictured above is one of our favorite houses to rent. This house offers peace and tranquility where you can sit in the back yard all day and not be bothered by anyone. This is a bonus for me, because I can sit and smoke my cigars in peace.

Here is a photo of what you will see as you walk the quiet back roads of Block Island. Remind you of anything? Yes, a little like the country side of Ireland, doesn’t it? Take it from me, it is beautiful!

Here is a shot of our departing ferry just moments before boarding. Yes, every good thing must come to an end and so did our trip. I look forward to coming back next summer. If you get the chance to visit Block Island, “Do it!” you will thank me later.

Here is a video of the Island for your entrainment. I did not shoot it!

Until Next Time




The cigar of choice today is the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade. I picked this cigar up from the Regency located in East Greenwich Rhode Island after I saw a cigar review on it at Tom’s Cigar Review page. Ed and Tom both gave it a “thumbs” up so I thought I would give it a try.  


WRAPPER: Ecuadorian grown Connecticut Shade   

BINDER & FILLER: Mexican / Honduran & Dominican   

Length/Ring: 6.1 X 52

Shape: Figurado

Strength: Mild


My Observations: The wrapper is a beautiful tan oily wrapper with small veins. No imperfections were located and I am sure glad that I was turned onto this cigar. On the finger touch inspection, I found no soft spots to speak of. So far ladies and gents we are off to a great start.

Cigar Label: Silver and gold which in my book is a great combination. This cigar label will draw your attention to it, and for good reason.

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my Fonseca guillotine cutter for this task, and I have no complaints to speak. The pre-draw was excellent (nice and smooth) at which point, I detected a nice tea type flavor. Toasting this cigar was easy with the use of my double torch lighter. So now we are underway, lets hope I get the same results that Ed and Tom received from their smoke.


Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a nice buttery creamy taste along with notes of nuts. The 2nd third consisted of nuts, earth, and some sort of tea flavors. The last third consisted of pepper, nuts, and smooth creamy buttery flavors. 

Draw and burn line: The draw on this cigar was perfect throughout my smoking experience which allowed me to detect all the smooth flavors it had to offer. The burn line was great also but I did have to relight it. Now I’m not sure why that happened because I only put it down for approximately two minutes. Other then that it was perfect.

Price? Approximately $ 60.00 for a box of twenty

Drink of choice? Green tea

Smoke Time? About two hours! 

Liked it? Yes, it is truly a nice smoke

Recommend it? Yes, get your hands on one of these and try it for yourself!

Hint? Get it because this is a hidden gem which should be in everyones humidor.

Over All

Stew’s Top Five Cigars

Hello everyone, Today I wanted to post something new, so I chose this topic. Now I have to give credit where credit is due because I came up with this idea from Jerry over at the Stogie Review. I loved his post and thought “What the Hell” I would like to post to my readers what I smoke on a daily basis. You have to admit that it’s a cool concept to know what your writer smokes on a daily basis to see if you have similar tastes. I hope after you finish this post, you will comment back and let me know what you’re smoking during the week. Any ways, here is the top five Stew Cigars which I love to smoke on weekly basis:










1. Connecticut by Rocky Patel













2. Luna Azul “Polo” 













3. Kristoff Criollo










































5. Rocky Patel “Fusion” 




Well,there you have it! Now what are you smoking on a daily basis?


Until Next Time





Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic week. I figured that I would post a couple of reviews this week to make up for my absence in the past two weeks. I would also like to mention that the Boston vs New York cigar series II is about to take place sometime towards the end of this week. If you are unsure of what I am talking about, please check out my past reviews box and click on Boston vs New York series I. Ok now with that behind us, lets get to todays cigar review.


The cigar of choice today is the Connecticut by Rocky Patel which I was recommended to try by my good buddy Jerry over at the Stogie Review. I value what Jerry has to say about cigars so I immediately sought out this cigar to put his recommendation to the test. So with that said, I obtained a five pack from Cigar-bid for just $11.00 before the shipping price was applied. Anyways thats the history behind it so lets get right into the review, shall we.



WRAPPER: Connecticut Shade 


Length/Ring: 6 X 52

Shape: Toro

Strength: Mild


My Observations: This is a smooth looking cigar which consists of a beautiful light tan colored leaf wrapper. The wrapper is practically veinless which in my book is a good thing. The cigar cap appears to be double caped which were placed beautifully. On my finger touch inspection, I found the leaf wrapper to be oily to the touch, again another plus in the “Stew” book. This cigar was tight with no soft spots to speak of. 

Cigar Label: Simple and easy on the eyes. The colors consist of a light tan wrapper with dark brown stripping and lettering. Nice touch Rocky Patel!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my cigar punch for this task which of course went off with a bang!  The pre-draw was excellent at which time I experienced a creamy clean tobacco taste on my pallet. The Toasting phase was excellent and my cigar took right off with the use of my double burner torch lighter. I know, another lighter but I love to experiment! 


Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a a nice coffee taste that was creamy and smooth. This flavor was complimented with hints of a nutty type flavor (awesome!) 2nd third was consistent with the 1st third which continued into the final 3rd as well except for the sweet sugary smooth finish. I will say that with this cigar, what you taste upfront is basically what you get throughout your smoking experience except for the sweet finish.

Draw and burn line: Awesome and awesome. The ash is a nice white grayish color and does not requirer much ashing, again another plus in the “Stew” book. This cigar produced an excellent amount of smoke which will “wow” the people around you and I bet they will ask you what you are smoking!

Price? Approximately $24.00 for a five pack.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? About two hours! 

Liked it? Yes, it will now be stocked in my humidor for a daily cigar!

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? Add this one to your weekly rotation


Final Note: Thanks Jerry for the tip on this hidden sleeper!


Over ALL


Until Next Time





Hello everyone and yes its time for another cigar review with your buddy “Stew!” So pull up a chair, get comfortable with a favorite cigar, and sit back and relax! Before we begin, I would like to apologize for the recent shortage of reviews but life has been busy and will continue to be for quit some time but keep checking back because I promise you they will keep coming. Ok with that out of the way, lets get to todays review.


The cigar of choice today is the Defiance robusto cigar from the folks of Xikar. This cigar received a 91 rating by Cigar Insider and promises to be a smoke that you the consumer will not forget. With that kind of score behind it, why wouldn’t you want to get your hands on it. 


A little history about this cigar taken directly from the Defiance Cigar Website:The DEFIANCE™ cigar brand was created by Xikar in direct response to the ever-growing legislatively & tax based oppression of cigar smokers, retailers and manufacturers in the United States. The DEFIANCE™ brand will seek to unite cigar enthusiasts with a cigar brand whose bold identity & taste promotes the need for an equally bold resistance to the oppressive forces that attempt to destroy timeless traditions.” ~ written by the Xikar company

So with the history behind us, lets get right into this baby.



WRAPPER: Cuban seed shade grown Criollo aged four years 

BINDER & FILLER: Cuban seed grown corojo / Nicaraguan

Length/Ring: 5 X 50

Shape: The Renegade “robusto”

Strength: Medium


My Observations: The wrapper is awesome to look at due to its medium brown color which stands right out when your eyes make contact with it. The leaf itself has small non visible veins and has been rolled with pure confidence. The cap was centered perfectly and now I can see why this cigar has been drawing such a “buzz” in the cigar community. I can’t wait to light it up!

Cigar Label: True excellence! One look at this cigar label and you will be amazed. This label commands respect and attention and it shows in its artwork. The colors consist of red, black sliver, and white. I would like to give a big thumbs up to the creator of it!

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting: I used my cigar scissors for this task which was a true pleasure and I have no complaints to speak of. The pre-draw was outstanding and I immediately tasted a nice hint of dark chocolate. The toasting phase was pure heaven too as my cigar danced over my triple burner torch flame which produced a rich gray colored smoke that smelled magnificent. 

Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of a rich coffee flavor paired together with a fruity type flavor and small quick hints of wood. The 2nd third consisted of rich coffee flavor which paired well with the hints of earth and wood. The final third continued with the woodsy flavor paired up with quick hints of caramel, earth, and some type of fruit flavor but I was not able to make what type of fruit it was. 

Draw and burn line: Not much to say here but excellent on both avenues! The burn line was awesome and the draw line was excellent!

Price? Approximately $6.50 for the robusto.

Drink of choice? Hot coffee

Smoke Time? About an hour and fifteen minutes and thats pushing it! 

Liked it? Absolutely 

Recommend it? Get a box, this a true winner!

Hint? Yeah don’t just sit there get one of these for yourself!

Over All

Note: I would like to thank the folks at Defiance cigars for sending me a couple of samples for this review! You have a true “GEM” on your hands!


Until Next Time



Hello everyone, today I am blogging about a cigar dinner which I recently attended at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston Rhode Island. This was a “most excellent” event which I thoroughly enjoyed. The night began when I was handed a box of assorted Fonseca cigars. I was then escorted to my seat where a wonderful plate of fried calamari was waited for me along with a glass of fine red wine which was right up my alley. Once I had my fill of calamari, I immediately fired up a Fonseca Vintage Lonsdale and partook in some great conversation with friends which I had not seen in some time. 


Approximately a half hour later, as I continued to puff away my house salad arrived which was just a teaser to what was coming next. The salad was awesome and finally the main course arrived which was a large T-Bone steak cooked just right accompanied with a side plate pasta. I have to tell you that the steak was mouth watering and the pasta was cooked to perfection. Once the main course was over, we were all treated to a fine ice cream bar which I chose to skip because I wanted to fire up a second cigar because my friend “Mike” had given a special one which lets just say was not your everyday smoke (Thanks Mike!) So once again some fine cigars were fired up (especially mine) and paired up with great spirits and pure laughter between good friends. 


In closing this was a spectacular night! Take my advice, if you get a chance to attend one of these fine events “Do it!” because you won’t regret it.


Until Next Time