The 10th 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=5087... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
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
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. The 26 members with the most points for the month have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Famous Smoke Shop. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
Humidor time: 197 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins in the dark wrapper, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of chocolate. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of black coffee and black pepper with a spicy retro. Retro got especially spicy in the last third. Not exactly in my wheelhouse as it could have used a bit of sweetness to balance out all the spice. Not bad, though. Strength was leaning towards full as I felt the nic. towards the end. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I expected burn issues with this one due to the broadleaf wrapper, which I've not had good luck with in other blends, but it stayed pretty even through the first third and the first ash fall at about 1 1/4", which left a small cone. Things got wavy following the ash leaving, then lopsided without much self-correction, so gave it a touch-up approaching the half-way point. The rest of the smoke was then uneventful down to the nub. 18/25)
Overall impression: Pretty good smoke, although the lopsided burn half way through along with the over-spicy flavor profile knocks it down a few points. And it's a large, strong stick, so not for the faint of heart or new smokers... (25/35)
Humidor time: 8 days Appearance and construction: This little stick had a few minor veins and bumps, a light sheen, and a soft pack. Gave it a clip with the guillotine and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium profile with a strong note of sweetened coffee. Given that this is Drew Estate, it's probably a flavored stick, but I haven't researched it. Got some black pepper on retro in the 2nd half. The sweet aspect faded through the first half and left a very pleasant profile that I'd be happy to smoke again. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The ash dropped at about 1" and things were then uneventful down to the nub. 23/25
Overall impression: Nice, flavorful little smoke, this one. Don't know that I'd buy any of these, but it was a pleasant short smoke and I'd do it again if it were handed to me as this one was. (28/35)
Wrapper is a bit veiny and sort of a splotchy tan color. Cannon is solid and has a slight oily sheen. The cap is well applied and runs down the cannon about a half inch. It takes a cut well and the draw is good but slightly firm. The start has some cream, toasted malt and almond with hints of chocolate. The aftertaste is sweet and medium in duration. Spice is very minimal in the retro and I am getting some nice toast aromas. The second third is marked by a coffee note joining the profile. Still getting cream and almond with some wood hints showing up too. Smoke production and burn have been good and the flavor profile has been quite enjoyable. It finishes out with about the same flavors as the previous third. Strength was at a medium full and the coffee got a bit stronger. Gonna pick up a few more of these to keep on hand. Nice smoke to relax with in the afternoon. Not to heavy but bold enough to be enjoyable. Good burn and nice smoke production, makes me sorry I hadn't tried one of these sooner.
Humidor time: 196 days Appearance and construction: This one had a couple of minor veins in the otherwise smooth Conny wrapper, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots. And an impressive quadruple cap... Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of butter and nuts, very similar to other conny-wrappered sticks I've enjoyed such as the Rocky Patel Connecticut. Not quite as flavorful as that one, but very enjoyable for a milder stick. Strength was less than medium as the nic. hit was not very noticeable. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed very even with the first ash falling at 2", leaving a nice cone. From there, things were very uneventful down to the nub. (24/25)
Overall impression: Another great backyard smoke on the milder end, which is what I find I prefer when smoking in the sunshine. Nice flavor, great construction, nothing here to dislike and I'll be smoking more of these. (30/35)
Humidor time: 196 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins and bumps in the dark, oily wrapper, and a firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of cocoa and earth. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of coffee, black pepper, and sweet cocoa. A hint of leather showed up in the 2nd half. Very tasty smoke. Strength was about medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn got a bit lopsided in the final third, but it was after I stuck it with my corn skewer so no points deducted. (23/25)
Overall impression: I'd previously enjoyed the Nica Libre 1990 Imperial blend and this one was even better. Great flavor, nice construction adds up to a winner. The rest of this five pack will make great commute smokes... (32/35)
Humidor time: 196 days Appearance and construction: This one had a veiny, bumpy appearance, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium profile with notes of wood, cocoa, and spice. Quite tasty. Strength was medium at best as I felt the nic. but not too strongly. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even with the ash dropping at 2" leaving a cone. The burn got a bit ragged in the 2nd half, but mostly self-corrected down to the nub with no touch-ups needed. (20/25)
Overall impression: This was a very nice, flavorful smoke and might be my favorite Perdomo thus far. It didn't have quite as much of the trademark Perdomo cocoa flavor as other sticks I've tried from the brand while still having a slightly sweet taste that was quite pleasant and nicely balanced by a bit of spiciness. I'll be smoking more of these. (30/35)
Semi-firm in the core, darkly wrapped, one large vein & deep-set oils. PLA a faintly ammoniac, manure-y earth; PLT dark chocolate-y earth; PLD mod. Toast & light are normal, there is a nice bit of resistance in the draw, the smoke is black cherry & the burn is quite even. A heavy-handed earth laced w/black coffee, & black cherry & pecan woods invade the mouth. This is going to be a full strength & full bodied stick all the way. The woods are rich & are joined after the 1/2 w/some oscuro charcoal & meat. The finish is very dark in earth, coffee & wood tones. A potent and tasty "Punch" in the mouth! (93)
Humidor time: 200 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins in the dark, box-pressed wrapper, a moderately firm pack, and no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of cocoa and coffee. Not amazing, but not bad and pleasant enough for puffing on my friend's deck while shooting the breeze... Strength was medium-full as I felt the nic. hit towards the end. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn proceeded from wavy to lopsided in the first inch, so gave it a touch-up, after which the crumbly, flaky ash fell off all over my friend's deck. The burn again got lopsided near the start of the 2nd half and required a 2nd touch-up. And then a third before I'd had enough nicotine and dumped the nub with about 1 1/2" left. (12/25)
Overall impression: This one smoked quite a bit better than the same blend in the torpedo vitola from a couple of weeks ago, but still was far from perfect as noted above. I'm not sure if it's the thick Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper that's at fault or just lousy construction, but something about this stick just does not want to burn right. Needless to say, I won't be buying more of these. (15/35)
This little smoke packs a lot into a small package! Very attractive dark mahagony colored wrapper. Flavors were pronounced from the start; woody, dark flavors prevailed, with little in the way of spice. Construction was remarkably good, with only one small touchup required. Overall a very nice 30 - minute cigar!
Heavily BP'd, semi-soft core, a near-black wrap, no veins & pressed-in oils. PLA leather & mulch; PLT cocoa & cinnamon; PLD easy. Easy light & draw, a mostly even burn, & a faintly compost-y & creamy smoke. Bl pepper adds a tingle to earth, leather, espresso & mild cocoa starters. A faint oakiness creeps into the background early on. As the smoke progresses there is some charcoal meatiness, the pepper tapers & a very faint citrus note is ethereally present. The finish tasty & chewy, & the body is a mid-to-high medium w/occasional forays into full (staying there longer closer to the end). An excellent 5V! (92)