Cigar: Olivia Series O

Price: $ 4.20, or you can find them @ FamousSmokes.com for $24.99 for a four pack and I believe a box retails for about $79.95 @ cigar.com

Wrapper:  Sun Grown Habano 

Binder: Nicaraguan 

Filler: Nicaraguan 

Strength: Full

First observation: This cigar is nicely constructed as are most cigars produced by the Oliva family. The wrapper has hardly any visible veins and the roll was basically perfect. The cap of the cigar was centered perfectly and I really have no complaints to share with you on the make up of this cigar. The cigar label is white, gold, and red, which compliments this cigar nicely. 

Snip & Pre-Draw & Toasting phase: I used my hole puncher for this task which was accomplished with ease. The pre draw was smooth but a little tight for my pleasure. Toasting this cigar was tough because I attempted this task using the three match technique. Lets just say it turned into five matches and I quickly reached for my triple torch burner. Result “Ah success, we have lift off!” 

Flavors: This is a full body cigar and with it came the flavors of coffee and rich dark chocolate. I also encounter some spice but mainly coffee and dark chocolate flavors. I personally like these flavors immensely so the Oliva “O” is already winning my heart over. 

Ash & Burn Line: The burn line on this cigar was excellent and was almost perfect through out my smoke. Again I really didn’t expect anything less because it was produced by the Oliva family who take great pride in the construction of their cigars. The ash was light gray in color and held itself beautifuly. I really didn’t have to ash too much during my smoke again leading back to the way this cigar was constructed.

Complaints: I had to relight this cigar once during my smoke but I think this was due to the cigar being rolled to tightly. Other than that I would have to give this cigar an “A” rating.

So with that said lets get to my final recommendation:


Drink of choice? Hot Java dark roasted Cuban blend.

Smoke Time? About two hours.

Liked it? Yes, but it is not an everyday cigar. 

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? Take your time on this cigar because you will pay the price if you rush it. 

 Over All?

Until Next Time, as my Tiger Woods Golf Buddy Would Say “Long Ashes” – Jerry from the http://www.stogie review.com



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Todays cigar is the last in the series of three cigars from PD cigars located in Georgia. The cigar is the baby Hemingway short story. So without further ado, lets get into it!



WRAPPER: Brazilian maduro

BINDER & FILLER: Dominican / Dominican, Nicaraguan, Cuban Seed.

Length/Ring: 4 1/4 x 48 

Shape: Short Story “Hemingway

Strength: Medium 

My Observations: At first sight, this cigar is an awesome looking creature with an incredible rich tobacco smell to it. The label is red, green, and gold with the letters PD on it. The wrapper is very smooth and was rolled with pure love. I found hardly any veins and there were no soft spots to speak of. The cap was small and placed with confidence and it shows by the appearance of it. 

Snip, Pre-Draw, & Toasting: The snip of the cap was great with the use of my trusty Xkar scissors. The pre-draw was “most excellent” with a smooth draw which produced a raspberry sort of taste on my pallet “WOW!” Toasting the cigar was a pure joy with my three burner lighter and this baby took right off with ease. 

Flavors: I was pleasantly  surprised with the first flavors my pallet, which was hints of coffee and coco. As the smoke continued, I sensed various flavors of chocolate, spices and then “BAM” a cool taste which I only can describe as berry flavor popsicle (I know weird right? and no I am not drunk! (LOL) Towards the end of the smoke it continued with several more hints of sweet spice and coffee favors. 

Draw and burn line: This cigar again has an excellent draw and the burn line which continued throughout the smoke. I never had to touch it up which is another reason why I will boast about its construction. 

So with my smoke completed it is now time for this review to end.


Price? $4.00 for one and $55.00 for a bundle.

Drink of choice? Hot Java dark roasted Cuban blend.

Smoke Time? About forty minutes.

Strength? Medium.

Liked it? Immensely 

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? Pull the trigger on these babies!


Over All?

If you are interested in this cigar give Laz a call @

and tell him Stew sent you!

Until next time

Enjoy the 4th of July and be safe!

God Bless 



I apologize about the photo. I had a great photo of this cigar but my camera went caput! Ah the joys of doing a cigar review! This shot was taken by my MacBook camera after I was almost through the smoke, thus the reason I could not show you the entire cigar .

Todays cigar is the Padron 2000 Robusto which I picked up in a four pack from Famous Smoke Shop back in January.


WRAPPER: Nicaragua

BINDER & FILLER: Nicaragua / Nicaragua

Length/Ring: 5 x 50

Shape: Robusto

Strength: Medium to Full

My Observations: At first sight, this cigar is not much to look at! It has the classic old style cuban cigar label which is white and brown. The wrapper is very veiny and looks to have been rolled poorly. I guess when you have a huge demand for a low-budget cigar, one has to expect this kind of thing. The cap was small and lopsided again in my opinion “Rushed!” There were many imperfections found from overlapping to the leafy being flaky in certain spots on the cigar. Over all the cigars appearance is nothing to write home about.

Snip & Toasting: The snip of the cap went well with my Xikar scissors “Thanks Walt from the http://http://www.stogiereview.com for the recommendation!” Not to get off topic but I really suggest you pick up this multi tool scissors because you will be satisfied! Ok back to the review.  I chose the three match method to light my cigar which I believe this is the best way to light a cigar if you have the time. Please remember though “Don’t use regular matches! Use the matches that you can get from your local cigar shop or cigar bar!” The cigar lit well without any complications and now I was beginning me Padron 2000 voyage.

Flavors: I was pleasantly  surprised with the first flavors my palate sensed which was a quick hint of vanilla. As I continued the smoke I discovered the rich taste of cocoa, coffee bean and small hints of spice. This went well with my java which was dark roasted cuban blend.

Draw and burn line: This cigar has an excellent draw and the burn line was perfect throughout the entire smoke though I had to relight it towards the end. I have to say that this cigar lives up to the Padron name and I was surprised after the appearance of it. I really thought that this would be a terrible smoke just by the look of the cigar. I guess once again a lesson well learned not to draw an opinion about a cigar on “looks” alone.

Price? $14.40 for a four pack at Famous Smokes.

Drink of choice? Hot Java dark roasted Cuban blend.

Smoke Time? Little over an hour.

Strength? Medium to Full.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? I housed mine in my humidor in January and I think it paid off.

Over All?

Until Next Time



Todays cigar is the second of three cigar reviews from PD Cigars which is in Stockbridge Georgia. I once again would like to give a big shout out to “Laz” who was so wonderful to deal with in obtaining these cigars for my review “Thanks Laz.”

Ok the torpedo is 6 1/2 X 52 and looks delicious! The cigar label is an assortment of colors which includes silver, gold, green, maroon, and white which I think is a “real eye catcher!”

Cigar make up:

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Cuban seed

Inspection of my PD Cigar:

I found this cigar in my observation to be a gem as I already stated! I found no imperfections in the construction. On the touch I did find some soft spots which I think could be corrected with some time in your humidor.

Snip and Toasting Phase: For this phase I chose my cigar scissors which went off with a bang! Again this cigar was made with love! Ok so with that finished I took the dry draw test which was awesome. Immediately I tasted pure creamy flavors of peanut butter “Yes sir, I am loving this cigar and it isn’t even lit yet!”

Toasting phase: No problems here which I accomplished with my double flame torch lighter. So with it lit let’s get to the flavors.

Once again I was smiling when I immediately tasted the rich peanut butter flavors from this baby. As you can tell from the photo above the burn line so far is perfect too. As the smoke continued the flavors of peanut butter continue with a buttery creamy taste “nice!”  The cigar continued with its flavors and added earthy woodsy flavors to the mix. This cigar is full of surprises and it will continue to keep your palate busy! I loved the combination and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Complaints: The cigar has burn issues once the first third. Lets take a look shall we:

But it corrected itself as I continued through the PD voyage! Lets take a look in the “New” Stew four photo format!

Ok so with the end coming to this cigar review I will say it up front, “You need to try this cigar!”  Final synopsis:

Price? $ 6.50 a stick “What a deal!”.

Drink of choice? Hot Java.

Smoke Time? Two-hours.

Strength? Medium.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? Buy it! I would house it though for a while in the humidor.

Over All?

If you are interested and you should be! Contact Laz at:

* Again I am not endorsing PD Cigars and have no affiliation to them or received any type of compensation from them for my review! The point: Just a nice smoke for the money!

Until Next Time



Todays cigar review is the last of the Rocky Patel Fusion line which is the green label “MM.” The make up of this cigar is as follows:

Length and Ring Gauge: 6.5 X 52

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina along with a Nicaraguan Habano maduro wrapper.

Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan Habano & Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

My observations of this cigar: The cigar has a nice wrapper which is green with gold trim. I think this was a good marketing scheme by Rocky Patel and definitely catches ones eye. The wrapper is nicely rolled and you can tell that a lot of attention was taken by Rocky Patel for this particular line. I have to say that I found that to be the case with all of his cigars in the fusion line including the double wrap which unfortunately I destroyed in my prior cigar review. On touch test, I found several soft spots which I had not found on the previous “MM” cigars that I previously smoked so it could have been just this one cigar. The cap of the cigar was beautifully placed and now I was ready to smoke it.

Snip and toasting phase: For this smoke I chose the “punch” method which went well (and why not, only and idiot would mess that up!) Once I achieved this task, I conducted a draw test. I found the draw on the this cigar to be a little tight which I personally don’t like. 

The toasting phase went well with my triple burner lighter. I am ambarssed to say though I that I’m not sure who made my lighter. I know my good friend Jerry at the Stogie Review is looking for a new lighter and I think this one is right up his alley. So Jerry here are some shots of it and I will find out the info for you at a later date!

This triple burner priced at around $39.00 which was a steal. I have owned it for around a year now and I have “NO” problems with it. So if you like it let me know and I will post the manuafacture’s information for you once I check in with my local cigar shop who carries them.

Cigar flavors: I found this cigar to be enriched with coffee, earthy tones, some chocolate, and hints of wood. Rocky really did a nice job with combining these flavors which will keep your pallet busy identifying them. I think if you combine this smoke with a really nice cup of Java it will make you experience that much nicer! 

Complaints: The cigar has burn issues! I found the cigar to burn uneven during the first third of my smoke. I found this to be the case in all three of the cigars I previously smoked, so it’s not an operator error with the lighter. Here is a photo of the burn issue:


But as you can see by the second photo it corrected itself in the second third of the smoke. Please not that I never touched up this cigar so I would have to say that so far this smoke is a winner! 

The cigar produced large amounts of gray smoke and the draw improved considerably as I ventured through my review of it. I have to say that the more I smoked this baby the better it became! 

So with the above stated we all know what how this review is going to end so lets get to the results.


Price? Around seven dollars a stick.

Drink of choice? Ice coffee

Smoke Time? Two-hours.

Strength? Medium.

Liked it? Yes

Recommend it? Yes

Hint? This is a good smoke and well worth the money. 

Over All?

Unitl Next Time.



Today I continue with the Rocky Patel Fusion line which brings us to the Fusion DC “black label.” This barber-pole toro comes in at 6.5 x 52. The wrapper is listed at www.cigarsinternational.com to be a make up of both the blue label fusion and the green label fusion. I could not get any other information on it but I believe along with Jerry from the Stogie Review that it is the left over cigars from the Split Decision line. Either way I am unable to give the exact information on the binder and filler so I won’t. The only thing I can tell you is the wrapper is a little darker than the Spilt Decision.

In my observation of the cigar, not bad at all! Its rolled pretty well for a barber-pole cigar with no soft spots. The cap is a little sloppy but other than that not much to complain about at this time. Now I was ready for the snip and toasting phase. The snip was excellent and the draw was smooth. With that I conducted a dry run taste but it didn’t produce any flavors for me “bummer.” So with that, I lit my Rocky Patel Fusion DC black label which took to my flame with ease. 

Once lit, I detected a some spice and a earthy flavors. This lasted for only a few seconds and then pretty much the taste went blah! This was just like the ITC Spilt Decision and my insides began to turn. Why I said would Rocky Patel include this type of cigar along with his other Fusion cigars? Why I said and then reality hit me, “Profit you dummy!” 

Back to the review, not much changed as I struggle to get through the cigar with complete disgust. To top it off it went out a couple of times and the burn was uneven “talk about pissed off!” So with that I’m sure you know how this review is going to end, and Yes Jerry was right with his prediction! 

Price? Not sure because I can’t find them priced alone. It seems that you can only get them with the fusion sampler. (I think Rocky Patel should pay me for smoking this crap!”

Drink of choice? Java

Smoke Time? Over an hour is you can smoke this junk that long.

Strength? Medium at best.

Liked it? Please I would rather smoke Elephant dung.

Recommend it? Do I really have to say it?

Hint? Take some firecrackers and blow them up for fun!

Over All?




Now thats a first for the Stew rating a double “thumbs” down! I say that goes with the double wrap for this “BUST!”

Until Next Time



Today’s cigar was provided to me by the folks at PD Cigars located in Atlanta GA. The cigar is the Lancer which comes is at 38 X 6 1/2 inches. The wrapper is  Brazillian maduro, and the binderis Dominican along with a Dominican, Nicaraguan, Cuban seed filler. In my observation of this cigar, I found it to be well wrapped with no signs of imperfections. I did though however found the cigar to be soft in certain spots, but I must make it clear that this cigar did not spend anytime in my humidor and with the recent weather “HOT!” I believe this could have something to do with it. Ok with that finished, it was time to smoke this baby.

Now it was time for the clip and toasting phase. Clipping this cigar went well after I cut the pig tail away from the end of this baby (Nice touch Laz). The toasting phase was easy and this cigar took right off with loads of clear smoke which was obtained from the easy draw. 

The flavors of this cigar consisted of spices which were easy to detect right off the bat. I also detected a creamy buttery flavor on my pallet that seem to be followed by a nut creamy flavors. I have to tell you that I was very impressed by this cigar. The flavors seem to just keep coming and that is important because it keeps things interesting.

The ash on this cigar was grayish and seem flaky but kept its own due to the way this cigar was constructed (Very nice). The cigar had an even burn as well which contributed to my smoking enjoyment. 

So, I sure you all know how this review is going to end so without further ado here is my final verdict.

Price?   $6.00 or $75.00 for a bundle.

Drink of choice? Nice big cup of java.

Smoke time? Around and hour and half.

Strength? Medium to full.

Like it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes.

Hint? Yeah call Laz and try one for yourself.

Over All?

If you would like to contact PD Cigars to try one these cigars please see the pic below.


Please note I have no affiliation to PD Cigars and stumbled across their cigars thanks to Brian’s review at http://www.stogiereview.com/page/2/

I will be reviewing two more of the PD cigars which are their Torpedo and Baby Hemingway at a later date. So stay tune and check back.

Until Next Time



Today’s cigar review is the Rocky Patel Fusion “Blue Label”. This cigar is the Toro which comes in at 6.5″ x 52. This cigar has an oily Habano wrapper with an Ecuadorian, Connecticut binder which is accompanied with Nicaraguan, Cameroon, and Honduran fillers. 

In my inspection of this cigar, I found it to be rolled rather well but I found certain spots where the cigar wrapper was ripped. The area was very small and I wonder if it may have happen from poor shipping care from where I purchased the cigars from. I can tell you that this was not caused from the smokers error. I did not find any soft spots and the smell was delightful. So with that behind me, I was ready for the snip and toasting phase.

So before we proceed, lets take a look at the wrapper problem I had during the smoke!

Once the cigar was lit it produced large amounts of thick smoke due to the loose and easy draw. So with that out of the way, the first flavors I encounter on my pallet were  spices, hints of chocolate “nice”, and hints of nutty flavors. Later on I encounter an oak flavor which was quickly followed again by chocolate and spice. I have read that this cigar is made up of the Rocky Patel Vintage ’90 and Vintage ’92 smokes but I think it is far superior and I know I am going out on a limb on that statement.

The second complaint I had was the constant burn issue. As a result, I had to touch it up a couple of times during my smoke. Again lets take a look.


That is about the only complaints I had and I have to say that I enjoyed this cigar immensely. The flavors alone which constantly change keep you pallet guessing and wanting more. I think personnally thay Rocky has a winner here but that the flaws that I encounter need to be corrected. Hey nothing is perfect so I will take that into account before I render my final verdict. 


So I will end my review here and render my desicion. 


Price? Around $ 7.50 a stick.

Smoke time? Two hours.

Drink of choice? G2 grape (Hey I like it!)

Strength? Medium

Liked it? Yes.

Recommend it? Yes sir.

Hint? Put it to sleep in your humidor after you smoke one and revisit again in a couple of months. Hell thats just what I am going to do. (Ok with a little will power!)

Over ALL?

Until next time.