Archive for February, 2011

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Ok, so it’s not exactly the perfect rhyme, but what do you care? You just want to win a Stinky ashtray! I don’t blame you either, they are one of the coolest and well designed cigar ashtrays on the market. Enough about that though, you know what a Stinky ashtray is, so let’s get down to the contest.

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Hello everyone!

My name is JD and I have been given the chance to be a guest reviewer here at The Cigar Nut website.  This is a great opportunity for me and I want to thank David for giving me this platform.  Before I review anything, I want to tell you a little about myself. 

I am a 29 year old husband to a beautiful wife and father to two kids (a son and a daughter).  I am a pastor, serving on staff of a local church.  I enjoy a couple of hobbies besides cigars and pipes.  Raquetball, running, and golf are the activities that I fill my free time with. 

As for my taste in cigars, I tend to lean toward the mild-medium bodied cigars.  I truly enjoy Brickhouse, Xikar HC, and Fuente.  I also enjoy smoking a pipe, which will also be a part of some of my reviews.  I look forward to learning and sharing in this hobby. 

JD

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Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Cuban-seed Corojo 06
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium Full to Full
Price: Just under $10.00 a pop

Behind the Stick:

Ohh Padilla – how I love your cigars. Those of who read the site often will know that the Padilla company – aside from a rich history – creates some of my favorite cigars. After hearing a lot of people on twitter and facebook talk about smoking the Dominus, I felt almost left out being that I had barley ever heard of one, yet alone been lucky enough to try. After looking at the logo and talking with Ernesto Padilla on twitter I may be getting a tattoo (or slight variation) of the Dominus logo. I got this single from one of the viewers in a random bomb that was sent to the house – I am still looking for your identity so be ware! I wish I had more information on the Padilla Dominus in specific, but all I could find was a listing of their sizes and prices (4 x 44 on up to a 6 x 52 with a $200 – $265 price tag) so – without dragging this out!

p.s. pardon the pictures – I smoked them all before I took pictures… whoops

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Yes, you are reading that title correctly. That right there is a bonafide reference to Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman”. You can probably guess why I chose that particular song. That’s right, folks, the Cigar Nut has had a little estrogen injection in the form of me, the Cigar Noob. Intro Time!

My name is Megan, I’m 25, and I live in the St. Louis-Metro area. I work in the financial industry in downtown St. Louis. In my free time, I enjoy killing people…of the virtual variety. I’m an avid gamer; you can find me on my Xbox most nights, sacrificing my online enemies to the Call of Duty gods. I also enjoy the usual suspects: reading, watching TV, long walks on the beach, blah, blah.

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Size: 4″ x 40
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: ~$4.00

Behind the Stick: Another of Pete’s new sticks in 2010, this cigar was met with much excitement and enthusiasm when it was released. Rolled at the Nicaragua factory instead of the Miami factory, along with sharing the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with its other Nicaraguan rolled brothers in the Reserva line, this cigar varied a bit from the original Habano wrapper cigars in the Reserva series. At a great size and a good price, along with being a regular release, this cigar would prove to be a hit. Sharing the same diminutive size as the Verocu No.5 from the Havana VI line that I reviewed previously, these two cigars might look similar, but are quite different in their flavor profiles and strength.

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Size: 5.25 × 52 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuador Sun Grown
Binder and Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Full
Price: Give or take $11.00 a piece

Ashton VSG Belicoso No. 1

Behind The Stick:

When it comes to word of mouth I’m sure whenever people are chatting about smokes a ‘random’ – Hey, what cigar do you like? will come up and invariably there will be someone who says an Ashton VSG. Now, this could be because they have just been a ‘popular brand’ for years but from the research I have been able to find, ever since the late 1990′s early 2000 time frame, these things seem to have sprung up out of the wood work. I am going to give a bit of a spoiler but including the 4 I bought for this review (I have never had this size) I have never had a bad VSG so my expectations of a stellar delivery has already been set. From what I have been able to gather the VSG is blended specifically for Ashton by Carlos Fuente jr who is using 4-5 year old Dominican tobacco mixed with a privately grown wrapper from Ecuador (owned by the Oliva family) which has helped to bring this blend into one of the best smokes on the market.

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