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Schizo maduro


These are so new they arent even on any of the retailers websites yet. But they are fabulous. OIly dark and delicious. As a fan of the original Schizo cigar I was surprised as hell when I went to the local B and M for a refill stock and found these in the rack.
Oh yeah. Excited I was. Being a fan of maduros I bought a few and had one cut for me to enjoy on my walk. A man could not ask for a better lunch. And at about 3 bucks a stick this is definitely a worthy inclusion to your humidor.
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Oscar Cellado up and coming


A few weeks ago while roaming thru my Facebook feed I came across an interesting innovation in our lifestyle.. Yes we have pipes and yes we have cigars but I saw this cigar pipe that Oscar was showing.. An already upcoming pipe maker, the pipe cigar is a new innovation for him. SO I contacted him and he offered to send me one for review. Always interested in innovative smoking utensils I keenly awaited its arrival. When it arrived, the cigar pipe had my initials engraved as the band and an accompanying ash tray, a cigar and matches were included.. To me presentation is wonderful but its the utensil first and foremost.
Made from maple the cigar is well crafted, the tabac chamber smooth and the bit is much like the old cigar bit we would use in the old days.. A solid piece of wood.

In my discussion online Oscar said that the issues with heat are much like a true cigar, therefore the band is well placed so you would hold the cigar behind the band.. Being a clencher by habit, the pipe filled with tabac felt like the weight felt like a 50 band cigar. Easily managed. And yes the pipe remained cool.
For its initial smoke I loaded it full with Sutliff 957 and used a charring light to get it started. Very nice. With only two more lights the bowl went straight thru without relight all the way down to the last 1/4 inch.. A very cool dry and flavorfulsmoke from an awesome device.
Cleaning out the remaining dottle of which there was little was a breeze and the pipe cleaner did its job nicely. I filled it again with some Sutliff Breckinridge, a no-nonsense tabac, and again enjoyed this pipe as a cigar replacement.
I have used it several times this last week in place of a cigar during the work day and with ne’er a problem. The chamber is getting a little cake which is good and this will definitely be an addition to my rotation for when i want a cigar during the day.
Not being a fan of aromatics I would presume that there may be an issue with the moisture and gurgle but I have not experimented with that. I will update this post in comments with updates.
Feel free to contact Oscar thru the facebook page or thru comments here and I or he will respond.

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Te-Amo Monday

Te – Amo Revolution Cigar.

Size: 5 1/4 x 56
Wrapper: San Andres Habano
Binder: San Andres Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan, San Andres Negro, San Andres Corojo
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full

This was a cigar which surprised me in a good way. Apart from it being rather rectangle in shape which helped holding the cigar in your hand or in mouth it was a pleasant smoke for a Te – Amo . The Band of cigar is somewhat funky and modern with just one word on it Revolution nothing on the cigar referring to Te-Amo at all. The wrapper is a medium brown with moderate veins and not much oil to it. The wrapper of the Te- Amo Revolution has notes of spice, wood, and grass. The foot has a scent which is a blend of spices, grass, and a very light floral tone. it does also produce a cool smoke. So once you have the foot off the cigar you do get a nice draw with plentiful smoke, the spices do warm up the palate a bit and you get that flavor of cedar working as well. The ash holds well and the cigar does burn razor sharp which again surprised me . Coming down in to the cigar the ash does become flaky but still has a nice even burn and no correction is required. Some earthiness has joined the profile of the spices and cedar however on the whole it’s very much still the same profile. The last part of the cigar we have hit a peppery note, the sweetness is out of there but the earthiness and the spices remain. The ash firms up during this third, the burn is sharp, and the draw still provides a nice full body of smoke. The Te-Amo Revolution smokes cool to the nub with consistent flavor. Considering I am not a Te – Amo fan I pleasantly enjoyed this cigar, an easy going cigar with no work required to keep it burning and the various profile changes in the stick kept it interesting to the nub.

Te – Amo No 4

The Te – Amo is all Mexican, Wrapper, binder and Filler so you could call it a Puro if you wanted too. This cigar is normally what harsh, good way to over come this is ask how long it´s been sitting in the humidor for ,otherwise leave it yourself in a humidor and it will cut the edge off a little. There is a nice strong outdoor woodsy odor that compliments the thick gray smoke. The taste calmed down from harsh to spicy, like mild chilies. The draw on it is somewhat firm but that is ok . What I am not going to do is start having a tantrum over this stick, it is a budget cigar and deserves to be on the top 10 under $2 list. I will however have my rant about the label which is glued onto the cigar , it´s almost ripped the binder off. Wither it be a cheap or expensive cigar there is no excuse no these sort bands. The Cigar smokes in at round 40 minutes I don´t suggest you smoke it to far down after the band , it sort of drifts into a nasty taste.

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Brick House Maduro

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This is the new and darker version of the Brick House cigar you know and love. The former is a 92-rated beauty that earned itself a place on the “Best 25 Cigars of 2010” list. Now, Brick House Maduro takes things down a dark and spicy path, and I assuredly enjoyed the stroll in the 85 degree Friday.

Julius Caeser Newman immigrated to the US in 1888 with the intention of achieving the elusive “American Dream.” The Brick House line was launched to honor his family memories, and the original blend was comprised solely of Cuban tobacco. Eric and Bobby Newman, third generation cigar-makers looking to keep the tradition alive, utilize an aged blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos to replicate the amazing taste and smoothness that has become synonymous with the Brick House name.

Brick House Maduro is fuller in body than its predecessor, and features a dark and toothy Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro wrapper layered over a blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers and a Nicaraguan binder. Notes of cocoa and sweetness, and a big, bold overall flavor profile. This gorgeous handmade is a masterful, complex blend and burns straight as an arrow due to top-notch construction.

A little bit higher price than the usual under 4 buck stick. This one was just under 7 with tax but, hey its Fathers Day weekend and I treated myself.. GO ahead and grab a few and treat yourself and another Father to a nice bold smoke.
Happy Fathers Day.
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Asylum Schizo torpedo 6×50

While its been a while since I have done and under 4 dollar a stick recommendation this one was definitely worth the effort..A nice relaxing medium body torpedo that made for a nice lunch hour smoke..

Schizo hails from the cigar duo Kevin Baxter and Tom Lazuka, the makers of Asylum and Asylum 13. The idea behind the Schizo project was a “take no prisoners” approach as the blend extends its wings into full, complex flavor territory while maintaining a mild to medium body that everyone can enjoy. To successfully get this project across the finish line, Kevin Baxter and Tom Lazuka decided to enlist the help of industry legend, Christian Eiroa; who was the brains behind the ‘94’ rated Camacho brand. Together, they developed an economically priced, delicious short-filler blend. This tasty cigar not only can be enjoyed every day, but its construction and flavor qualities can easily convince any aficionado to second guess that it’s a long-filled premium.

Utilizing 100% Nicaraguan fillers, Schizo presents an earthy mild to medium body that slowly builds in flavor and strength as the blend burns. For a short-filled cigar, you would barely notice since it burns evenly with an effortless draw from head to foot and comes packed to the brim, eliminating any soft spots. You’ll experience some earthy nuances mixed with light notes of cedar and a dash of spice as the flavor profile slightly changes from inch to inch.

Ped is back with cigar reviews

“Alec Bradley Spirit of Cuba”

I decided on a Saturday morning to visit my tobacconist on the open market, while looking threw his humidor I came across a cheap stick call “Spirit of Cuba ” by Alec Bradley. Not expecting much for € 2,50 I was pleasantly surprised by it. The first thing I like about the cigar is fact you have too cut the off it, I always find it a joy to be able to cut the end off your own cigar. it’s a ritual for me and adds to the joy of smoking it, a lot of the cheaper cigars can already have pre- cut ends on them. Of course this doesn’t stop me smoking them I just prefer to have my own ends to cut. The wrapper is light brown and well constructed I would say no cracks or flaws in it each leaf tightly bond as it should be I found a lot going on with this smoke. Pre – light draw was nuts, floral and sweet tobacco. First third no spice, but some tangy coffee notes, maybe some leather. The floral undertones are there like in the prelight. Burn was even, 1.5″ flaky light gray ash before it falls off. Draw was fine. wrapper is toothy and thin, very lacy veins. Decent construction. Stick is firm when cold but softens up to a leathery sponginess once warmed up. gets No nicotine buzz, but I actually prefer that. Burns surprisingly slow. Second third the tanginess moves to the front. Too much I’d say for my pallet. A touch of spiciness enters in. Floral still there. Band peels off no problem and I must admit for a lower grade cigar they made a nice band for it. Small 1cm crack in the wrapper appears where he band was. Still very even burn. No touch ups needed yet. Room note is toasted Beer-nuts (remember those?) on leather. . I gotta commend the burn. It’s perfectly straight still going into the last third. The crack has grown to a full inch now. A good cheap morning smoke on the weekdays flying solo. I’d buy again if the opportunity presents but won’t seek it out. A great Cigar however if your looking for inexpensive to fill your humidor up a little.

” Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones ”

The JdN Rosalones is a discount stick that manages not to scream “discount”. The wrapper is velvety in texture with a definite orange-red, rust-colored hue that we like. The band’s color choices and embossing might not be up to “premium” standards, but they are nice enough. The second band is completely unnecessary of course. Besides that, the presentation is fine.
Pre-light draws on the Rosalones produce a pure cigarette tobacco flavor. It’s a flavor that strongly resembles the smell of a freshly opened pack of Marlboro. Nothing else can describe it. The Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones produces a thick, wavy burn line during the first third that improves slightly over the course of the smoking experience. The cigar’s tight ash falls just before an inch and there’s a good ratio of foot/draw smoke. Speaking of the draw, resistance is great and the cigar also handles long rests between puffs well. Overall, this burn is steady and reliable. First puffs on the Rosalones are pure spice. This is not a black pepper, but a particularly hot and long-lasting capsicum that strikes the back of the tongue for long periods between puffs. The nicotine strength isn’t full, but the pepper note is very defined and a little singular at first. A bit more depth develops toward the end of the first third.
Strength picks up and matches the intense spice in the flavor core. There are occasional hints at more complex, savory undertones during the middle and final thirds. Nothing develops enough to balance the capsicum spice that takes on a dry, grittiness in the second half. For the price, it’s hard to beat the Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones. This cigar’s singular flavor does produce an interesting twist or two. There’s probably not enough going on with the Rosalones. It’s good, but it can’t really compete with the better € 5-8 sticks. But hey, it doesn’t have to.

Factory Throwouts no 59


Factory Throwouts Number 59 Sun Grown Lonsdale cigars are quality mild to medium-bodied smokes that sell for a great, low price. The Factory Throwouts Number 59 cigars use aged filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic to produce fine, complex flavors that can only come from quality, cured tobacco. Those delicious flavors are combined with a luscious, sun grown Ecuadorian wrapper to make a cigar that generates a solid, satisfying, and mild to medium-bodied smoke. The quality flavors of these machine-made Lonsdales make for a fine experience as an easy-going, after breakfast smoke, or for enjoying a good cigar during a long drive. Don’t let the term “throwouts” throw you off. These really are quality smokes for an awesome price!

Usually available at Thompson but my B and M carries them at sub 2 dollars a stick.. One of my go to smokes in a pinch. This was my Sunday morning smoke as I went for a stroll this morning. Very mild and flavorful and burns even even under the harshness of the morning cold and light snow flurries. Definitely worth a mention on the under 4 dollar smoke list.

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Relajado cigar


Never one to turn down a free cigar, I was more than appreciative to a buddy who won a 5 pack of these from .

I would definitely describe this as a mellow smoke, not mellow as in “mild”, but rather mellow as in relaxing with nice subtleties and easy-going character. The Relajado had very pronounced flavor progression, but in a seamless way that came across as quite natural. I especially liked the second third, where it really reached its peak in my opinion. That buttery-sweet taste with just a bit of spice in the background was really quite nice. And considering that I was smoking this outside in Denver yesterday, where it was 3 degrees F above zero.. I will definitely be smoking these again.

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Don Tomas Clasico


The Don Tomas Clasico was lightly and consistently veined, and a little bit rumpled looking near the cap. The unlit cigar was medium firm, and picked up a slightly grassy, dry tobacco smell off the foot. No distinct flavours came from the unlit draw.. The Clasico opened up subtle and smooth, with a toasted pine nuttiness and soft leather finish. The draw was easy, and the burn excellent through the first third. The toasty, nutty character stayed consistent through the first third, and overall the strength was mild. The second third was almost identical to the first. There were no real changes in either flavour or strength. The burn was very good, and required no corrections. The draw remained easy, giving up plenty of smoke with little effort. As for flavour, the mild toasted pine and leather combo were still all I was getting. The final third was where things started to go a little sideways. Right around the point where I was starting to question whether I wanted to continue smoking such a tame, predictable cigar, the taste started to go off. The best way I can describe the change in flavour was that it became slightly tinny or metallic. , The unpleasant finish was definitely there to stay. It’s worth noting that the draw and burn on the Clasico stayed near perfect until this point, but once a cigar goes off the rails, I’m not one to stick around. Shortly after the metallic finish arrived, the Don Tomas was committed to the depths of the Stinky Ashtray.

Overall, the Don Tomas Clasico was unremarkable. The cigar was fairly well constructed, burned well and drew easily. That being said, it was exceptionally mild in flavour and strength, to the point where a more experienced cigar smoker likely wouldn’t see much point in continuing on with it. Would I recommend this cigar? Maybe for someone who rarely ever has a cigar, and wants something that’s incredibly mild. Would I personally buy another? No. The Clasico was a little underwhelming for me, and I prefer more character and strength in a cigar. The metallic ending didn’t help the cause either.

P A . van de Gevel

dessert cigar

caramelo joe
CAO Caramelo Joe is a sweet, savory combination of frothed milk, and topped with a swirl of gourmet caramel. These flavours are allowed to marry with a blend of mild Dominican tobaccos and finished with a Grade One Cameroon wrapper. Experience the caramel macchiato caravan of Caramelo Joe and let is satisfy the sense and warm your soul.
This is a wonderful after lunch dessert cigar. 20 minute smoke. Cao has done some wonderful things with cigars.