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StogieBoys Riot Cigar Review and Box Giveaway!

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My mom and stepdad made a trip from El Paso, Texas to the Great White North (well, not quite yet, but maybe in a few more weeks) last Friday and are heading back home today. We had a great time showing them around the Upper Peninsula and my children absolutely love their grandparents, so it will be sad to see them go. My stepdad and I were able to burn a couple cigars during their stay which I will highlight in the next “Monthly Recap”. But enough with me. Our good friends over at StogieBoys.com hooked us with a handful of the StogieBoys Riot, which I will be reviewing today. Not only did they hook us up, they asked us to hook up a reader with a BOX of these bad boys. So make sure you enter the contest below!

StogieBoys Riot

The Riot is produced in the Dominican Republic under the watchful eyes of Jose Dominguez, owner and master blender at Victor Sinclair. If you have spent anytime on the major online cigar retail sites, you are probably familiar with the products produced at the factory. The Riot is value-priced and is available in three vitolas: ‘45’ Robusto (4 ½ by 54), ‘55’ Toro (5 ½ by 54) and ‘65’ Grande Toro (6 ½ by 52).

According to StogieBoys.com:

Riot is a 5 country blend, sporting top quality long filler tobaccos from 5 different countries…Impeccably blended and handmade in the Dominican Republic, Riot delivers smooth, warm flavor without the bite of typical medium-full bodied cigars.  The No-Cut Cap on the Riot cigars is a crowd pleaser too.  The only premium cigar like it, this one requires no cutter. Simply pinch the end and the cap pops open for a perfect opening every time!

The Facts

Samples provided by StogieBoys.com
Price: $4.50
Vitola: ‘55’ Toro
Size: 5 ½ by 54
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Indonesian Sumatra
Filler: Brazilian Matafina, Pennsylvanian Broadleaf, and Dominican Piloto
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Drink: Water

Pre-light

The StogieBoys Riot is dressed in a Mexican San Andres leaf that is very dark brown with an oily sheen. Small veins are all over the place and a fair share of bumps can be found, but the cigar lacks the amount of tooth I usually find on San Andres wrappers. Bringing the cigar to my nose, I am greeted with a wonderful aroma of thick honey and faint barnyard. And it gets only better as I check the foot of the cigar.

StogieBoys Riot

The honey is accompanied by big notes of chocolate and rich cedar. This has to be one of the most pleasing prelight aromas of I ever come across. The cigar comes to an end in a very unique style cap referred to as a “No-Cut Cap”. The cap is very similar to the cap on the Chisel by La Flor Dominicana. Pinching with a bit of force, the cap splits perfectly clean across allowing a decent to draw. The richness is really showing off on the cold draw with a potpourri-like spice and woodsy notes. Removing the ribbon foot band with ease, this cigar is ready to be lit.

StogieBoys Riot

 First Third

As I toasted the foot, a small half inch cracked formed at the head of the cigar. It does not look like it will be problematic at this point. The Riot is opening up much more full than expected. A mild honey sweetness hits the front of my palate, followed by deeper flavors of coffee and black pepper spice. The spice comes across sharp on the retrohale but not harsh. Coffee and pepper linger on the palate for a decent amount of time between draws. At the one inch mark, the sweetness has really gained ground. Smoke is pumping out of the Riot at rest and a decent amount of smoke is produced with each draw. The burn has been a bit concerning from the start and it is finally time to bust out the lighter. 

StogieBoys Riot

Middle Third

Pulling into the middle third, things are going real well with the Riot. The pepper has toned down, a common maduro sweetness and coffee are holding strong, and leather notes have entered the mix. After the touch-up early on, the Riot has been burning evenly with an edgy line. The pepper has been shifting in intensity throughout the smoke, and a toasted quality has arrived. Placing the head of the cigar vertically in the mouth and lightly biting down on the cap opens up the draw immensely. I am finding that repeating this every 10 to 15 minutes really helps.

StogieBoys Riot

Final Third

Relaxation is washing over me as the strength has picked up to the low side of full. The coffee and leather are at the forefront of the profile pushing the sweetness to the back. But the profile remains well-balanced. The finish of the smoke is of toasted notes and dry cocoa. The burn is off mark with one side burning considerably faster than the other. One more quick touch-up.  

StogieBoys Riot

Wrap-up

In the last couple of months I have burned through 5 or 6 Riots. Each one presented a decent draw, a somewhat wacky burn-line, and solid, enjoyable flavors. The flavors have been consistent in each of the  samples and sizes. The medium/full flavors and strength fit me just right. For a price under $5, the Riot is a cigar that is under-priced and well worth the coin. Make your way over to StogieBoys.com and order up a fiver. The StogieBoys Riot won’t break the bank and you won’t be disappointed.

Contest

We are giving away a 20 count box of 6 1/2 by 52 Riot Cigars by StogieBoys. This contest starts Friday, September  26th and will run through the end of day, Thursday, October 9th. To enter, use the widget below. One winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter. We will notify and post the winner October 10th. You must live in the US and be at least 18 years of age.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

29 Comments

  1. Mark VanSledright

    September 26, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Nice review and sweet giveaway, thanks.

    • Matt Ross

      September 26, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for the contest. Right now, absolutely loving the HE Lancero as my favorite cigar of 2014.

    • Bruce

      September 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Interesting cigar… Nice review

  2. Jake

    September 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Always like to hear about a new Dominican. One of my faves.

    • Jake

      September 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Favorite new release of 2014 would be the Luchador from Leccia Tobacco.

  3. Cole

    September 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Favorite Release this year would have to be the GWAR by Tatuaje. Really good stick. Luchador is a VERY close second

  4. irratebass

    September 26, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’ve heard from several reviewers (including you) that this is a decent smoke and for the price how can they NOT be in my humi?? Thanks for the contest, and I hops to get to try these EVEN if I don’t win.

    • czerbe

      September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I don’t come here enough.. must change that

  5. cigar2

    September 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    thanks for the revew.

  6. Scott Wilson

    September 27, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Great Contest!

  7. Christopher Brose (@cmbrose11)

    September 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the review and the contest. Will need to get a few of these for my humidor.

  8. swede214

    September 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks Stogie Boys and Riot Cigars for the contest.

  9. Tim Dog

    September 28, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Nice review. Thanks and good luck everyone.

    • Tim Dog

      September 28, 2014 at 6:26 am

      And my favorite 2014 smoke has to be Nica Rustica from Drew Estate.

  10. Scott Wilson

    September 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jericho Hill

  11. Matt Tye (@A_Huge_Nerd)

    September 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Well done. Thank you!

  12. Brittany Koelmel

    September 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This looks great! A good gift for my dad.

  13. foozer6976

    September 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    its always nice to find a good stogie under $5 !!

  14. David

    September 29, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    CAO Brazilia Amazon Basin

  15. fatroach72

    September 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Good stuff! Thanks for the contest!

  16. John Budka

    September 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Good review and giveaway too! Thanks.

  17. Jeremy Hensley

    September 30, 2014 at 8:53 am

    If you are participating in the contest, make sure that you include your favorite 2014 cigar release in your comment….

  18. Nicole Gugliemini

    September 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Looking forward to trying these win or not. Thanks for the review. & SWEET contest! BTW, GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED 🙂
    My Favorite 2014 release Cigar thus far…*Las Calaveras

  19. jjo

    September 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Great review as always, Jeremy. Sounds like a winner, especially for the price. Their claim that this is “The only premium cigar like it, this one requires no cutter.” made me arch my eyebrows, though. lol I’m sure that Litto Gomez – who pioneered the chisel shape – among others, would beg to differ, even if he recommends a punch on the top side of the chisel cap.

  20. John Otto

    October 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I know it was technically last year, but the Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured get me fired up!

  21. Paul Tyler

    October 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Unfortunately haven’t had the chance to try too many new releases this year but I did have a chance to try the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco that was released at the end of 2013 and it was a great stick.

  22. Lancero Arsonist (@wm2slc)

    October 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a cigar I need to try. Who is distributing them, especially here in Vegas? Thanks

  23. Robert Ritchie

    October 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Bodega Aperitivo Lancero

  24. Lancero Arsonist (@wm2slc)

    October 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    EP Carrillo La Historia

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