Peterson Standard System Pipe Refurb

This was another pipe that I had the opportunity to clean up for a friend. Check out the before and after pics!

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Stem
The stem had a bit of oxidation and chatter on it so I started with wet-sanding the stem. I used 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit sandpaper. I then cleaned and sanitized the inside of the stem with pipe cleaners and high proof vodka. The finishing touches on the stem are two buffings, one with red tripoli and one with carnauba wax.

Bowl
The bowl got a good reaming and during the reaming I discovered some unevenness in the bottom of the bowl. I cleaned out the carbon dust, sanitized the bowl, and let it dry. To even up the bowl I used a professional grade bowl coating. I slightly topped the top of the bowl to remove blackening. I then cleaned and sanitized the shank which took quite a bit of scrubbing with high proof vodka due to a build up of tar. The bowl was finished with a buffing of red tripoli and a buffing of carnauba wax.

Here is the finished product!

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Thanks for looking!

Undercrown Sun Grown Toro Review

This review is going to be a little different because of the circumstances I was in. Although, cigar reviewers would always love to be in perfect conditions it often isn’t that way. Many cigar smokers don’t get the chance to smoke in perfect environments either. The same is true of myself. I decided I was going to risk the cold and the rain to smoke a cigar. This is a cigar I have smoked before and I enjoyed the first time but I wanted to see if my opinion changed when the circumstances changed. Here are my thoughts!

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Blend Profile
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra, Sun Grown
Binder: Habano, Sun Grown
Filler: Nicaraguan and one leaf of ligero from Honduras
Vitola: Gran Toro, 6×52

Appearance & Smell
This has a rich, almost clove-type smell to it. It also smells creamy and earthy. The appearance is a beautiful brown with almost a hint of red to the wrapper itself. Maybe the label draws that color out a bit.

Smoke Preparation
I used my trusty Xikar Xi1 to put a flat cut on the cap and then employed my Xikar Enigma double torch to light the cigar.

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Burn & Draw
Even being outside on a rainy and windy day, I couldn’t have asked for a better burn. I didn’t have to touch this cigar up once. I simply kept a nice rotation on it while I smoked and it stayed pretty even throughout. The draw was perfect by not being too tight or too loose.

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Strength & Body
I would say the strength of this cigar is definitely a solid medium. The complexity was really nice in the body. I picked up earth, cream, nutmeg, and a hint of spice. It was easy to follow the transitions without being overwhelmed by a myriad of flavors. I think it was very well blended.

Final Thoughts
I was pleasantly surprised when going back to this cigar. I enjoyed it just as much the first time even though my circumstances sucked. I would have smoked it even further down but I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore so I decided it was time to go in! With all of that being said, if you enjoy medium-bodied cigars then you should definitely give this one a try. This cigar brings a unique combination of flavors to the table that a lot of other blenders haven’t been able to produce. Let me know what you think of it!

Source: Purchased Locally
Brand Information: Drew Estate Cigars

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Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2017 Review

I have not had a great deal of experience with the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare series’. But a fellow cigar smoker gave me this beauty and I couldn’t help myself.

 

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Blend Profile
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua
Vitola: Torpedo

Appearance & Smell
On the wrapper I smelled a lot of creamy sweetness. The foot gave me an earthy but also creamy smell. The appearance is very smooth, not a lot of veins, and a nice medium colored wrapper.

Smoke Preparation
I used my Xikar Xi1 to put a clean flat cut on the cap. Then I used a Xikar Enigma double torch to get a good even light.

 

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Burn & Draw
This was an easy and even light. The draw was slightly easier than most but not too light. As I started to really get into the cigar, it started burning uneven (as you can see above). I touched up the cigar multiple times throughout my smoke. The draw stayed consistent throughout the whole cigar.

 

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Strength & Body
Medium, medium, medium. It really stuck to the medium body of strength. I enjoyed the simplicity of the blend. The tobaccos didn’t change too much throughout the smoke. The initial smells were pretty spot on as to what the tastes would be: Creamy and earthy.

Final Thoughts
This was a cigar given to me by a friend and I know it’s not a cheap smoke. With that being said, I enjoyed it even though it had it’s problems. I don’t like having to touch-up a cigar multiple times while I’m smoking it. I did enjoy the flavors but I also wish that it had a little more depth to it.

Source: Friend
Brand Information: Alec Bradley

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Stanwell Prestige Pipe Refurb

The same friend who sent me the Peterson Emerald also had this beautiful Stanwell Prestige that needed some love. Here is the refurb!

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Stem
The stem received my usual oxidation removal treatment. I wet-sanded the stem with 500 grit, 1,000 grit, and 1,200 grit. I sanded around the faint “S” logo on the top of the stem to try and save it as much as possible. The stem was sanitized and cleaned on the inside. To finish it up I buffed the stem with red tripoli and carnauba wax.

Bowl
I reamed the bowl and discovered that it had a few grooves that had started burning into the briar itself. I sanitized the bowl after reaming. To prevent further bowl damage I used a professional grade bowl coating on it to even it out and protect it. I cleaned the top lightly but didn’t want to get too aggressive because I wanted to keep as much of the rustication as I could. The shank received some cleaning and sanitizing. To finish the bowl it received a buffing of red tripoli and carnauba wax.

Here is the result!

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Thanks for looking!

Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto Review

I recalled having smoked this cigar about 3 years ago but didn’t really remember much about it. I had the chance to got back and revisit this unique smoke so I had to do it!

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Blend Profile
Wrappers: 2003 Sumatra Wrapper
Binder: Habano Dominicano
Filler: Habano Dominicano
Vitola: Concerto, 7×50

Appearance & Smell
This cigar smells like creamy dirt with a dash of oak. The box press looks really good. It’s a nice medium brown, a little on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Smoke Preparation
I used my Xikar Xi1 to put a clean flat cut on the cap. Then I used a Xikar Enigma double torch to get a good even light.

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Burn & Draw
This cigar took no time at all to light. It was an easy light and the draw was perfect. The box press was great and did not make the draw too tight.

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Strength & Body
This cigar was a solid medium with no doubts about it. It stayed consistent in strength throughout. Body had enough complexity to keep me intrigued through the whole cigar. There was this earthy cocoa that lingered from beginning to end.

Final Thoughts
I would definitely purchase this cigar again. The earthy cocoa with a little bit of oak made it a delight to smoke. I don’t usually go for cigars this long but the box press made it easy. I liked the box press with the 50 gauge. For any of you smokers that tend to clench your cigars while you work on other things, this cigar really makes that easy to do.

Source: Purchased Locally
Brand Information: Aging Room Cigars

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.50 Cal Habano Cigar Review

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A friend of mine recently got picked up as a rep for Rolling Thunder cigars. He has been looking to get into the industry for awhile and here was his chance! I got a call from him last week and he asked if he could stop by and give me the rundown on these .50 Cal cigars. I wasn’t familiar with Rolling Thunder cigars or with the .50 Cal line, so I was excited to try some new-to-me cigars. Here is the info and my thoughts on it!

Blend Profile
Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitola: 5×52 Robusto

Appearance & Smell
This cigar has a reddish/brown look to it. The veins are noticeable but don’t detract from a solid look. The smell is earthy with notes of cedar and a little pepper.

Smoke Preparation
I cut this cigar with a flat cut by using my Xikar Xi1. The cigar was lit using my double torch Xikar Enigma.

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Burn & Draw
This cigar lit up easily with a good draw. The draw was easy and enjoyable. The cigar was well-constructed but it was not the tightest roll. I had to ash the cigar about every half inch in fear that it would drop off when I didn’t want it to.

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Strength & Body
In terms of strength, this was a solid medium. Maybe even a little medium-plus towards the end. The body was lovely and showed some flavors like earthiness, cedar, red pepper, and a little bit of cream.

Final Thoughts
This cigar was very enjoyable! I would gladly smoke this again on my own dime. These cigars are made at the Placencia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The tobacco is tasty, the burn was good, and it’s hard to beat for a cigar under $10. If you happen to see one in your local shop, don’t be afraid to grab one and try it out!

Source: Gift from a Friend
Brand Information: Rolling Thunder Cigars

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Peterson Emerald Pipe Refurb

I had the chance to get my hands on this Peterson Emerald and clean it up for a friend. Check out the transformation!

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Stem
The stem received my routine love. I wet-sanded off the oxidation using 500 grit, 1000 grit, and 1200 grit sandpaper. I then sanitized the inside of the stem and cleaned out any gunk that had made a home there. To finish the stem it received a buffing of red tripoli and a buffing of carnauba wax.

Bowl
The bowl received a reaming to clean off layers of unnecessary carbon build-up. After reaming it, I discovered that there were a couple of inconsistencies in the wood. I decided to sanitize the inside of the bowl and then put in a professional grade bowl coating to even it out. I then lightly removed the blackening from the top of the bowl. After that I sanitized and cleaned the inside of the shank very thoroughly to remove all of the tar build-up. The shank ring received a shining with some steel wool. To finish it up, the bowl also received a buffing with red tripoli and carnauba wax.

Here are the results!

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Thanks for looking!