Archive for the ‘newman’ Category

El Baton

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The Ed & Tom Show returns to The Stogie Review for our monthly appearance. Ed and I give our thoughts on the El Baton by J.C. Newman.

This video runs for about 23 minutes.

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JC Newman Brickhouse

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Matt and I continue our stint at The Stogie Review and review the new cigar by JC Newman called Brickhouse. I am posting the review here for archive purposes. Make sure to go to The Stogie Review now!

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El Baton

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The El Baton is made in Nicaragua by the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Apparently they are made in a small factory dedicated to this particular line. They claim it to be medium to full bodied with “Notes of spice.” Tonight I am pairing up with water and a few sips of Glenfiddich 18 year scotch. Let’s see how this goes…


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo

Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5 x 54

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-light & construction:

You guys know my routine by now… believe it or not, I do this inspection before smoking every cigar. Overall, the wrapper looked nice, with a few bumps and veins. Squeezing the cigar revealed no soft spots. The cigar was firmly packed, yet had a good draw. The pre-light draw had a simple taste of sweet earth. Sniffing the wrapper, I noticed a hay like smell with a tinge of poo (Yea, I said poo). Don’t let this distract you. I’ve had many cigars that initially smelled like poo that turned out to be great smokes. Sniffing the foot revealed peppery notes that actually tickled my nose. I did no burn corrections, and the ash held for a little over an inch.



As advertised, the first third did start off with easy notes of spice. At first is was a peppery spice, but after about a half of an inch, it evolved into a sweet spice. A slight caramel flavor mingled with earthy notes.


The second third continued with caramel flavors overtaking the earthy notes. The earthy flavors remained, they just weren’t consistent or strong. The spice remained, with nuances of pepper and sweetness.


The last third saw changes in a few things. First of all, the earthy notes fell back even further. The caramel became mocha, switching back and forth every now and then. The smoke texture became a little smoother, making for an enjoyable experience.



Not a bad medium to full bodied cigar. It wasn’t exceptionally rich, but it was by no means bad. I think I’ll revisit this cigar when I run across them. Overall, the El Baton is definitely worth a try.

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