The Victory Cigar - San Diego State

Buckeyeneer's picture
September 9, 2013 at 1:25p

I have been enjoying a Victory Cigar after (almost) every Ohio State game for several years. I know others have spoken out about their love of a good smoke and others have said that they are considering starting this as a new tradition. I hope that this can be a place where connoisseurs can let others know what they are enjoying and also make good recommendations for those who are new and may be a little intimidated by all the options available at the local cigar shop. Let me know what you smoked and what you thought. I will do a double header this week since I didn't think about posting this for Buffalo.

Disclaimer: Smoking, be it in the form of cigars or cigarettes can be dangerous. Do so at your own risk.

Victory Cigar - San Diego State - Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

This week I smoked a Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon I love smoking a nice stick but I won't pretend that I sit there and breakdown the complex taste of every cigar. I just know that I like what I like. . . . And there was a lot to like about this cigar. It had a great taste with a nice even burn. It pulled with just the right amount of resistance allowing in enough air for me to either expel a great thick plume of smoke or blow several thick, billowy smoke rings, as I am in a habit of doing. The cigar was tightly rolled and the ash was about an inch and a half long before it finally gave up the ghost. I smoked a robusto and it was the perfect amount for me. If you want a complex description, this comes from RP's web site:

Vintage 2003 is the newest addition the well received and highly rated 1990, 1992 & 1999 Vintage. The Vintage 2003 features a beautifully aged Cameroon wrapper which covers the 8 year old filler & binder. A solid medium bodied cigar with full rich complex flavor, the Cameroon wrapper gives the Vintage a rich complex flavor with hints of sweet spice, cedar, & notes coffee with a nutty finish. Tasting notes: Medium to full bodied with full rich complex flavors consisting of white pepper, dark chocolate, espresso with a lingering sweet spice that stimulates the palate.

I am no expert, but if I had to grade this on a 100 point scale its a solid 94.

Victory Cigar - Buffalo - CAO Brazilia

I actually missed more of the SD State game than I would have liked as one of my best friend is moving to Brazil and my DVR is on the fritz as of late last week. We started the "Victory" Cigar in middle of the third quarter, but I was feeling confident that the Bucks would ride on to an easy victory. As my friend had long been one of my cigar smoking buddies it only made sense that I offer him one of my old go-to's, from the CAO Brazilia collection (this was also what I smoked last week). It was a nice way to bid him farewell in that we were doing something together that we had enjoyed from our past but by smoking a Brazilia, it was made of leaves from Brazilian tobacco which was symbolic of his future. Like how many people start drinking light, sweet wine like a White Zinfandel (Sutter Home shout out) and make there way to the more complex and drier end of the wine spectrum; the same can be said of cigars. I smoked light cigars at first that were easy to smoke and allowed me to stand upright, but over time I have gravitated towards some darker, fuller, spicier cigars like this one. This is a cigar that will knock the uninitiated on their asses. My buddy who proved his cigar smoking chops with me a long time ago, admitted that he was beginning to feel a little woozy as he made it to the last quarter of this stick. I don't recall the size I smoked because they don't use standard names in their advertising of the product. This cigar has a much thicker gauge than I traditionally smoke which also allows for long ashes and thick, rich smoke. I love the smell of this one in particular, which is likely due to the oily nature of this cigar. You'll note in the picture that it has a little shine on it due in part to the oil. Below comes from as the company website doesn't really describe the cigar.

Brazilia is the fuller-bodied side of CAO. Its dark and spicy wrapper make it very flavorful with a long earthy finish. CAO is the maker of some of the highest rated brands in the world. Previously best known for making pipes, the Nashville based company broke into the cigar industry with authority. The attention they have attracted has not just been from their first rate tobacco either, their concepts and cigar packaging are trendy, appealing to a new generation of cigar smokers. For years CAO dreamt of a cigar that uses premium Brazilian tobacco, but finding good Brazilian leaf at the end of the cigar boom was not an easy task. At the time Brazilian tobacco was not at the top of its game. However, CAO stumbled on a beautiful dark wrapper leaf from the coveted Bahia region and the rest is history. After its launch this cigar brought attention back to Brazilian tobacco and essentially was the rebirth of Brazilian cigars in the US cigar market, as other cigar makers flocked to South America in attempt to recreate CAO’s success. The rich Brazilian wrapper gives CAO Brazilia a full-bodied and full-flavored aroma that carries a long and spicy finish. It is a truly unforgettable cigar, and a powerhouse addition to the humidor.

This guy right here is a 92 out of 100, all day long.

Let me know what you're smoking and give me your recommendations. I am happy to say that I can strongly recommend both of these fine cigars to be your next Victory Cigar, though go with the RP 2003 Cameroon if you are new to cigar smoking. Here's to lighting one up for victory next week against the Golden Bears! Go Bucks!


droessl's picture

1) Glad to see this thread isn't about Darko "The Human Victory Cigar" Milicic.
2) Good reviews on the cigars. I enjoy an occasional (see: 2-4/yr) cigar, and can appreciate the difference between quality smokes like Ashton and not-so-good stuff, the names of which I can't remember. However, I can't even begin to describe flavors and nuances between cigars. Anyone here might have some good advice for how to train my palate? 

jeremytwoface's picture

I started smoking one last year after every game. I had bought some earlier in bulk and had exactly enough for every single game last year...
I continued the tradition this year by getting exactly 14 for 14 wins.
I didn't want to change it up since I smoked the same cigar every game last year so I bought the same kind again.
Drew Estate Acid Blondie Belicoso is what I've been smoking. It's a pretty mild cigar with a sweet wrapper. 
Drew Estate cigars are probably my favorite out there... Although I haven't tried too many different brands.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Are those from the famed Drew"Buckeye" Estates?
I wouldn't change either if that is what I smoked all last year. I smoked too many different kinds to form any sort of superstition. I don't smoke too many Acids these days but I respect that they have advanced what people think of when they think of cigars. Some poo-poo them, but they have built themselves a great niche. By adding their various flavors, they have opened up cigars to many who would have otherwise not given cigars a second look.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

jeremytwoface's picture

That's kind of what got me into cigars in the first place.
I would occasionally smoke Swisher Sweets and other domestic brands like that so I wanted to find something kind of similar but more "premium". I was blown away by the Drew Estates brands. I got a sampler pack from them and loved it. That got me deeper into more robust cigars that I have started to enjoy more and more. But I still have to say the more mild/sweet cigars are my favorite.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

AirForceNUT's picture

Arturo Fuente is one of my favorites.  If you like sweet/smooth cigars, i also heavily enjoy the Rocky Patel java cigar.

jeremytwoface's picture

Love the Java cigars...
I'm pretty sure that Rocky Patel collaborated with Drew Estates to make this cigar.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

BucksfanXC's picture

I've kept the wrapper off every cigar I've smoked in the last 8yrs or so. I started smoking cigars on a trip to the Dominican Republic for my high school senior yr spring break. I don't smoke very often, but I have my own humidor. I bought some suspect cigars in Puerto Rico a few years ago and ended up with an infestation of beetles that cleaned out my collection and I've not really had it in me to rebuild since.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeyeneer's picture

That is rough. There is a debate in the cigar world about whether to keep or remove the cellophane (I know that many don't come individually wrapped) but I always leave the wrapper on just in case something like this happens. I have only ever had one cigar infestation. I bought a pair of unwrapped cigars (can't remember the brand) from a cigar shop down in St. Augustine. I lit it and it just didn't pull right. So after further inspection, I noted some tell tale holes on the outside of the cigar. I broke the cigar and the middle of it was a dust/powder. I looked at the other cigar and it had the same holes. Luckily they never made it home into my humidor, but again, I worry about infestations so I leave the wrappers on if they come with them.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes
THE Ohio State University

Joe Beale's picture

I can still go for an occasional Acid (preferably Extra-Ordinary Larry), but for the most part I stick with the heavy stuff like the aforementioned Brazilia. I also like Diesel, Man of War, and RP Edge. Above all of them stands the Padron, any model will do. I always say stick with your P's and you can't go wrong (Padron, Perdomo, Padilla, Patel, and Pepin).

hodge's picture

You speak the truth.  Though I've only had a couple draws on it (it was a friend's high-school graduation gift), the Padron Serie 1926 No. 9 was the absolute best cigar I've ever smoked.
The 1964 Annivesary Series in Maduro is fantastic, as well.
Both would be fantastic championship smokes.

pjtobin's picture

I don't have much experience smoking cigars. I have smoked a few cheaper brands. And a few " it's a boy/it's a girl" cigars. I have two friends that smoke cigars. When ever we go shooting (guns) they bring me one to enjoy too. My problem is I inhale. They don't. I used to smoke cigarettes and leftys. So in hailing is natural to me. I still chew tobacco. I chew anything. I mostly enjoy Copenhagen long cut, and skoal mint ready cut. I enjoy the flavor of Levi Garrett also. So you could say I will surely get some form of cancer. After reading your post I think I might try to pick up 12 decent cigars for our remaining games. I love the idea. And I always feel great after a win. A cigar might help that feeling last. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Joe Beale's picture

Check out the Sizzler #9 sampler from Cigars International; it's a great deal.

jeremytwoface's picture

Try sucking it like a straw... That's what helped me to stop inhaling.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

InHartWeTrust's picture

I've got a Padron 1926 I am aging to be my Michigan game victory cigar in the humidor.  In addition, I've got 10 Flor de las Antillas Toro's (Cigar Aficionado #1 2012) curing as well, with 4 or 5 Arturo Fuente Sun Grown's, and 7 of the 10 sticks that came with the "90+ rated CA" sampler packs, along a few other randoms from buys I have made.
Nothing like a good stick, especially when it's marking another OSU victory.

Joe Beale's picture

Let me know how you liked the Flor de las Antillas when you've tried one. I've never had one but I was looking at it online the other day and contemplating a purchase. You really can't go wrong with a Pepin cigar no matter which one you get but that's supposed to be his best one.