The 8th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is underway. This is a great opportunity to give back to those who protect our freedoms and earn the coveted "Troop Supporter" badge at the same time. You can find information here: http://www.cigargeeks.com/community/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=4297... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2015
The 2015Marine Toys for Tots drive raised a very generous total of over $2000 that was passed along to Toys for Tots. This was a excellent opportunity for brotherhood to contribute to a great organization that provides gifts for those less fortunate children in time for Christmas. A special thanks goes out to Brad (Longhorn) for running the drive again.
December Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of December . The 26 members with the most points for the month have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to CI. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
I've always liked the various Quesada cigars, and this was no exception. It looked good, with nice chocolate wrapper and an almost shaggy closed foot. The construction was good, the cap cut cleanly and held together. The draw was a little tighter than I would have liked, but wasn't really bothersome. The flavors were a sweet mix of caramel and coffee at first, and then slowly some deep oaky flavors and a bit of spice came in. The burn wobbled a bit, but corrected itself. The smoke produced was thick, and the ash was firm. Just another great cigar from Manolo Quesada.
After allowing this solid, well-constructed cigar to rest for only three weeks, my curiosity get the best of me. It's a good looking stick with one visible seam. The draw was perfect, the smoke output plentiful. The one time the burn got slightly off kilter it self-corrected. I didn't get a blast of creaminess at the start like some cigars with Connecticut wrappers. Instead it offered a subtle combination of spice, coffee, cream and chocolate . Pepper made an appearance in the second third. The finish was long, leaving a pleasant chocolate aftertaste. The final third started with a light dose of pepper which then intensified. Tastes of coffee, cream and chocolate were present. I would call this a medium strength stick. This was an enjoyable smoke and I'm glad I have a few more. I will be looking to pickup some more when they are available at a good price.
Nice soft wrapper with a spongy but even pack. Seams are tight and there is a little damage on the foot, likely due to being moved around in my humi. The head cut clean with my perfect cutter and offered a perfect draw with one cut. The cigar toasted to a perfect light easily but the burn needed correction a couple times throughout the smoke. The smoke was thick and stayed very smooth. Cocoa, coffee, and a little touch of spice.
A note before this rating. I am fairly new to cigars, however, this is not my first or 30th cigar. The first 1/3rd of the cigar was tight and had earthly tones to it. Thought the first half was a pleasent with a hint of leather and cocoa. This will be one of my favorite cigars and I will have to make a note to buy a few more of these sticks.
For me this solidly constructed box-pressed cigar is one of the top bargain priced sticks available. They often can be found on sale for about $3. This one had rested about 4 1/2 months. The flavors I tasted were coffee, chocolate, wood and cocoa with pepper on the retrohale. The burn was true with no relights necessary. I rate it at 3.75 stars.
Solid all around performer. Burn, draw, and smoke volume are all very good the whole way. Flavors started with walnuts, pepper, and leather and morphed to more like 7 grain bread, leather and pepper. Got harsh in the last couple inches. Good daily smoke type of option.
My first taste of la aurora. I'm not a Cameroon fan but you never know until you try. I actually really enjoyed the retrohale, a party in my nostrils for sure, a tick of sweetness and nice spices. The smoke output was fantastic too, and burn line near perfect.
What kept the cigar from being great was the persistent grassy flavor on the pallet and the hot burn. This thing was over in 45 minutes which is fast for me on a robusto.
If there was a 3.25 that's where I'd peg it, probably won't smoke one again.
A beautiful, oily, golden wrapper. Nice triple cap. Distinctive yet simple, elegant band. Near perfect construction all around. Smooth draw and razor sharp burn line. No touch-ups required. Complex flavors that change throughout the smoke: Cedar, cream, marshmallow, almond, hay, light citrus, and faint baking spices. Fools you into thinking it’s a wimp: Don’t fall for it! Definitely medium to start, and fuller as it progresses. One of the better Illusione cigars produced.
I was lucky to be given this as a "try this out" cigar at my friendly local tobacconists.
I usually smoke Cubans. I have tried a few non-Cubans and not been that taken with them.
This cigar for sure has a massive smokey aroma. So much I double bagged it before putting it in my humidor - I didn't want it 'flavoring' my expressive Cuban sticks!
Construction is fine. I liked the size. Clipping the cap 'shallow', the draw was excellent.
The taste was a lot more restrained than I was expecting. I really enjoyed the flavours, mellow and tasty. Very smokable, no harshness at all. Smoke output was great. I was surprised. The best non-Cuban I have smoked so far, although that isn't saying a whole load as I haven't tried that many. I would smoke again, although may check out the non-smoked MUWAT sticks for a more straightforward flavour profile.