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Toys for Tots Drive 2018
If you have not seen it, the 2018Marine Toys for Tots drive is in full swing. This is an excellent opportunity for the 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 Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive this year. Also, we are introducing a new Toys for Tots badge this year for being a contributor. If you gave a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $25 you will earn the new badge
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Humidor time: 128 days at 69% Was looking forward to this one based on the previous reviews here along with the fact the only previous box-pressed Gurkha I'd had was a pretty good smoke, that one being the East India Havana Blend. And this one looked quite nice with it's dark and oily wrapper and appearing mostly well-constructed apart from a couple of prominent veins.
PLA detected strong hints of chocolatey goodness. De-capped it with the double-guillotine and PLD was open. Toast and light and the draw was good along with smoke volume. Taste was not exactly as expected - more of a bitter dark chocolate taste, even bordering on sour although not unpleasantly so. I was also getting some leather and a walnut sort of flavor on retro. Not bad at all.
The burn started wavy and never settled down. The ash was very flaky and crumbly and falling off in small pieces within the first 1/2". I never got more than a one inch chunk before letting it go into the tray. After the first chunk left, the stick started tunneling and then tried to go out on me, so a re-light was needed. After this, nothing improved and several more touch-ups were needed. The initial flavors receded into a one-dimensional bitter/sour taste, so, along with the construction issues affecting the burn, I'd had enough and dumped the 2" nub. Very disappointing smoke and it's safe to say I won't be looking to get more of these. Total burn time: 1:26
This cigar look's really good with a nice dark wrapper that feels just a little toothy and a slightly oily sheen. Very solid and has a bit of heft giving me the impression it is well constructed. The draw is wide open and has a sweet tobacco and chocolate flavor prelight. Getting chocolate, wood and espresso right out the gate with a decent amount of spice in the retro and a pretty long lasting sweet aftertaste. I would say this hit's the full strength mark right away but it's deceptive because of the smooth balance to it. Picking up tobacco as the core in the second third along with the wood and chocolate. The espresso has all most disapeared as has the spice in the retro. Still very smooth and balanced. Light grey ash is still holding at the half way mark and smoke production has been good. Held this same profile to the end with just a slight up tick in spice as well as getting a little sweeter. Real nice, smooth and well balanced maduro smoke.
Appearance: 8/10 - coolness factor times a billion with the tobacco band. This was a dark Colorado Maduro wrapper on the dry side, a little rustic with the seams visible but a nice tight roll overall. The aroma is a pungent fermented fruit and barnyard combo, no tiptoeing around with this one.
Smoking Characteristics: 18/20 - this cigar performed very well. Went with a straight cut, draw was right in my wheelhouse and the burn line did not require any touch-ups with the lighter. It was not razor sharp but it always self corrected without much worry at all. Plenty of smoke production, this was a treat to smoke.
Taste: 32/35 - the aroma from the pre-light proved to be indicative of what was to come. The profile starts off with a heavy fruity/sweet note being predominant combined with an earthy musty vibe. These two flavors would bounce back and forth, sometimes more fruity sometimes more earthy. Not a ton of complexity in that regard, but the flavor was deep and the transitions between the two kept my interest. Very little pepper to speak of, which was fine by me, just a little bit of a cinnamon type of spice on the retrohale.
Overall: 32/35 - definitely a medium-full bodied cigar, but strength was solidly in the medium range. Smoke time was 1:40 and overall this was a real treat. A unique cigar in appearance and taste that proves to be more than just a gimmick. I found that the 2 years of age made for a more well rounded smoke without any harshness. Would recommend.
Another decent cigar by Dunhill. Although listed as a medium bodied cigar, I thought it fell in the med + range. A few touch-ups were needed here and there but otherwise the cigar burned well enough and produced plenty of smoke. The reddish hued wrapper was nice to look at. There was a little pepper blast in the beginning which mellowed but remained present throughout the entire smoke. A nice tangy taste was also present. A solid $3 stick when it can be found on sale.
good looking wrapper with a nice redish hue to it and some oily sheen. Cannon is solid and it cut's well and has a nice open draw. This one starts out pretty mild with a bit of toast and malt and a little spice in the retro and a short duration sweet aftertaste. Pretty steady from start to finish, no real variation in the profile, burned well and produced enough smoke but nothing to write home about.
Not a bad little smoke. Grabbed a fiver from cigarpage.com for $3ea. on sale. The first half was mild-medium and the second half seemed more medium bodied than the listed med-full. Milder notes of wood, some roasted nutty oily taste and some sweetness too. Open draw, straight burn, good construction. The ash held well but was a little on the lighter packed side. A decent Dominican puro without any bitterness at all.
Feels well packed, wrapper is a little rough, cuts well and has an open draw. Sweet toasted sugarcane, a bit of almond and cream and a mild spice in the retro. Also noticing some chocolate. Sort of reminds me of a toned down Partagas Black label. Well the profile remained pretty consitant to the end, no real variation other then a slight up tick in strength but it never got above a medium.
Humidor time: Unknown length of time in Appollo's humi, 36 days in mine at 69% This was yet another bomb stick from the kind gentleman who goes by "Appollo" round these parts. After the great La Aurora I'd had previously yesterday afternoon, I was ready for more after dinner last evening and picked this one. Appearance-wise, it was a good-looking stick with only a couple of veins in the very dark and smooth oily wrapper. PLA detected a bit of chocolate, which only made me more eager to give this thing some flame.
Double-guillotine for the de-cap, PLD was open, toast and light resulted in the always hoped for easy draw and good smoke volume. Taste was nice and smooth with hints of the aforementioned chocolate but more subtle than what I'd expected following PLA. No spice to speak of on retro. Burn started a bit uneven and slanted, but self-corrected within the first inch.
The very fine grey ash fell off at 2", following which the burn got lop-sided but again self-corrected for a bit. After the 2nd chunk of ash left, things again got lop-sided, didn't self-correct this time and required a touch-up with about 2" left. And the strength of this stick was starting to make my head spin by this point, so it got dumped in the tray as a one inch nub at one hour, 37 minutes from the light. Overall, a great, flavorful smoke and I will be on the lookout for more from this brand.
Humidor time: 122 days at 69% This one was my after-dinner smoke the other evening after OZZ and I came back from getting some chow at the local Mex place. After the flavorful meal, I probably should have picked something a bit stronger...
Another good-looking stick, this one, with no obvious flaws visible in the wrapper. Gave it the usual double-guillotine de-cap. PLD seemed open. Toast and light, followed by a good draw but only so-so smoke volume. Burn started even and stayed that way. Taste was fairly mild and bland with some earthy hints and no spice on retro. A slight bit of cream showed up in the profile in the 2nd third.
The white ash was very fine and I probably could have gotten a 3" tower out of it, but didn't want to risk a mess on OZZ's living room floor, so knocked it off at 2". After another inch was gone, the blandness of the flavor finally got to me and I let this one go out with about 3" left and moved on to my final stick of the evening, which turned out to be much more interesting...
Commute smoke update: Lit my 3" nub up on the way home from work today and smoked it to a one inch nub-let before dumping it. That's about all I can say about the last half of this stick as the flavor was even more bland and tasteless than in the first half. After reading the previous reviews, I'm not sure I was smoking the same blend as the previous four reviewers. Things they reported in the flavor profile that I found no hint of: licorice, chocolate, woody, meaty, pepper, spice, oak, leather, nutty.... Nope, didn't get any of that, at all. Wow. The last review was over three years ago, so who knows, maybe this blend has changed. Too bad because I was looking forward to smoking a four star cigar. Oh well. Giving it a 2.5 purely for the quality construction.
This one has been in the humidor a little over7years, about time to smoke it I guess. Cello is really yellowed, cigar looks ok,wrapper is a little rough and doesn't have any sheen to it. Solid cannon,cap is a little rough as well. Cuts well and draw is good with a strong wood flavor pre light. Wood and cream with a nice spice hit in the retro and some almond with a sweet short duration aftertaste. The second third has a bakers chocolate replacing the wood and a sweet coffee with some leather hints. Ash is a very light grey and held to almost 2 inches and was solid. The chocolate fades,leather takes the lead and a walnut flavor work's the background.