Archive for the ‘Cigar Video Reviews’ Category

Aging Room M21

Sunday, October 20th, 2013


If you watched Ed and I review the Aging Room Maduro, you may remember him mentioning this cigar. Ed claimed it to be the strongest cigar in his shop. The M21 is of very limited production, so I jumped at the chance to review it.

This time around, I am without Ed. My intent was to do a written review. After making some changes with how we record video reviews, this became more of an excuse to do a technical test.

So, take 8 minutes, and see what I have to say about the Aging Room M21.

Audio Only – Right Click, Save As

Aging Room Maduro

Sunday, October 6th, 2013


Ed is back again, and this time we reviewed the Aging Room Maduro. This cigar is made by Boutique Blends Cigars, also known as Oliveros. This is a clean, cool burning, refined, sweet, peppery smoke. There were minimal changes, but subtle differences from third to third kept it interesting. At times, we were stumped. Yes, even Ed is challenged from time to time.

Set aside 19 minutes and see what we thought.


Audio only, Right Click, Save As

Room 101 Daruma

Monday, September 2nd, 2013


The Room 101 Daruma is another Matt Booth creation. We all know the marketing gimmicks and antics associated with his brands. I will admit, I can be a sucker for them. But, in the end, my biggest concern is the product itself.

The Daruma is a complex, sweet, and well balanced cigar. In this review, the three of us pick this thing apart. Did I say, “The three of us?” Oh yes. So, take 22 minutes, and check out our review of the Room 101 Daruma.



MP3 Audio – Right click, save as

H. Upmann Legacy

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

This site hasn’t had video content in quite some time. Until Ed and I are able to get together next week, an old friend and I jumped on Skype to review the H. Upmann Legacy. This cigar has had mixed reviews, and Jay himself has had mixed experiences with it. We cover that in the video.


I should warn you, this video runs quite long, at 26 minutes. A side rant was sparked, and I had to record it. You have been warned!

La Palina El Diario

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Ed and I joined Mike, of Mikes Stogies and Stogie411, for a video cigar review. This time around, I tried recording our Skype call, as opposed to splicing together two video feeds. Because of this, the video is a little rough around the edges, but not bad at all. With any luck, in time, I can tweak things for a better end result.


In this video, we pick apart the La Palina El Diario. While it isn’t the most complex of cigars, it is by no means bad. It is clean on the palate, straight forward, and fairly consistent from beginning to end. Perhaps the pickiest of cigar smokers would get bored. As for the three of us, we enjoyed it. We covered all the pros and cons of this smoke.

Ed also talks a bit about his cigar tasting method. Being a tobacconist, Ed has schooled many, including Mike, and myself. In the review, I reference a video I made about this topic. You can check that out by clicking HERE.

Time for some shameless plugging:

Don’t forget to visit Mike’s Stogies, and Stogie 411. Mike’s Stogies is more of a traditional cigar blog. On the other hand, Stogie 411 has taken things up a notch. Aaand finally, if you’re ever in the St. Petersburg, FL area, you owe it to yourself to visit my pal Ed at St. Pete Cigar.


Video run time – 22 minutes.

MP3 Audio Only <—Right Click, Save As

Perdomo Champagne Noir

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


It’s been awhile since I’ve done any sort of video cigar review. My pal Anthony had the idea that I switch it up a bit and do a review with him. I was all for it, especially since he has been out of the loop for quite some time too. His palate is far above average, and I looked forward to the awkwardness that may arise doing my first review with just him and I.

The Perdomo Champagne Noir is a nice medium to full bodied cigar. It has a straight forward flavor profile, which isn’t a bad thing. Coffee, rich cocoa, woodiness, and a peppery zing make this slow burner a joy to smoke.

As you would expect, Anthony and I pick this thing apart, and it is documented in this 17 minute video review. We also have some random banter and awkwardness. Yes, very awkward.

MP3 Audio only <-Right Click, Save As

Flavor–Extracting Flavor From Cigars

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I was a little pressed for time to do a proper review, so we’ll do something different today…

It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of articles or videos that are geared towards new smokers (noobs). It crossed my mind that many smokers, ranging from new to seasoned, are missing out on a lot of the flavor that cigars have to offer. In fact, I’ve heard quite a few smokers say the flavors we describe is all in our heads, or maybe we just make it all up.

If you can only taste a “Smoke flavor” and you enjoy it, that’s great. Who am I to say you are wrong? Some smokers, new or old, want to explore the possibility of experiencing a bit more in terms of flavor. This was a realization I had as a new smoker pretty quickly, and it took cigar enjoyment to another level.

With that, I threw, and I mean threw, together a short video on how I extract flavors from cigar smoke. It may work for you, it may not.

And lastly… A lame video from some guy on the Internet does not compare to having a mentor to learn from. I am lucky that my friend and local tobacconist Ed Nazare of St. Pete Cigar really helped me out.

This video runs five minutes. Yes, I can get a little long winded. You already know this.

Dona Flor Alonso Menendez Series

Sunday, February 12th, 2012


After a lengthy period of slacking, Ed and I are back at Stogie Review, where it all started in January 2008. Our first review was a Dona Flor cigar, and rightfully so. They offer something to the beginner and seasoned smoker. I was reminded of this while making this review. The subtle beginning leaves you unprepared for a flavor profile that explodes into rich sweetness and spice.

Soon Ed and I will be paying a visit to Mike from and We have done a few joint cigar reviews with Mike before, and they are always a good time. Keep an eye out for that one. In the mean time, take 24 minutes out of your day and join Ed and I as we review the Dona Flor Alonso Menendez Series.

Don’t forget to press the HD button to view us in Hi-Def.

MP3 Audio Only. Right click, Save As.

Quesada Oktoberfest (2011 release)

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This video is posted here for archive purposes. Your one stop shop for Ed/Tom reviews if you will.


Ed and I are back at Stogie Review to cover the Quesada Oktoberfest. This yearly release is said to go best with Oktoberfest beer. Since I am not a drinker, I have not tried that pairing.

This cigar is fairly simple and straight forward in terms of flavor. What makes it shine is hard to describe. The flavor delivery, the refined flavor profile, the strength and body are almost perfectly balanced. The experience puts this in my top 3 cigars of 2011. This is a great cigar, period.

The biggest downfall of this cigar is it’s limited availability. It is a yearly release of limited production. Once they are gone, we have to wait until next year.

So take 24 minutes and check out our review of the Quesada Oktoberfest. As always, press the little HD button on the video player for 720p hi-def.

MP3 Audio Only – Right Click, Save As

Gurkha Cellar Reserve

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As you all know by now, this review is posted here for archive purposes.


It’s that time again. Ed and I visited Stogie Review for our guest spot. This time we tackled the new Gurkha Cellar Reserve.

This cigar boasts having tobacco that is aged for 15 years. While I’m not a big Gurkha smoker, past reviews we’ve done have turned out well. We did enjoy the Cellar Reserve, but it took us on a weird journey. It started off kind of ho-hum, picked up the pace in the middle, then tapered back in to the ho-hum routine in the last third. Personally, I can’t justify the $12 price tag. But I bet there are a lot of Gurkha fans that will disagree, and that’s Ok.

So sit back as Ed and I pick apart the Gurkha Cellar Reserve. We ran a little long with some off topic banter, but that’s how we roll. This video runs about 24 minutes. Do yourself a favor and click the little HD button on the video player. has had sub-par video conversions as of late.

MP3 Audio Only <-Right click, Save as

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!