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Toys for Tots Drive
I want to take a moment to thank all the very generous Geeks out there for their contributions in driving the Marine Toys for Tots donation from our brotherhood to very nice total of $1050.00. A special thanks goes out to Brad (Longhorn) for the excellent idea and drive to make this so successful.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. The 35 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.
This has a dark oily wrapper, semi box pressed body, and has a very rustic pre-light aroma.
These give off a smooth chocolate flavor mixed with coffee and a small amount of spice. This cigar gives off an incredible aroma and a big amount of smoke. The burn line is perfect and can burn the fingers smoking down to the nub.
Overall, great smoke to have in hand. These never disappoint.
Fired this little gem up as my first smoke of the day. Flavors were on the medium+ side with a nice peppery zing on the retrohale. Went great with my iced tea. Construction was great and burn spot on. This was my first ever of this line and I enjoyed the heck out of it. This is definitely going to be finding a spot in my current rotation, especially with the colder weather coming up this corona is a great shorter smoke.
Construction was perfect. V-cut with xikar cutter and light very easily. Burned perfect through 2/3's and was very humid outside so I think the outside humidity starting getting to the cigar. First as was over an inch and second was about 1.5 or so, about that length from then on. I took off half a point for it becoming slightly bitter at the end (again I think because of the weather, raining outside.) Flavors were cedar, and pepper (especially on the retrohale.) I felt the nicotine level on this stick was medium plus to light full, I felt the buzz even right after eating. I really enjoyed this stick and glad I have a few more to enjoy along the way.
Construction is perfect. V-cut the cap and it was very clean. Took a good minute to light up. Burn was almost perfect the whole way through, a little wavy at times but always corrected itself. The bright white ash held on for about 1.5-2 inches at a time. Flavors were pepper, deep wood and maduro flavors. The flavors did not change a lot throughout the cigar. I would say that I think these would do great with an extended amount of time in the humidor but I had this one for a few months and think it was still to bold for me. I also read that these are aged for about 2 years from the factory so maybe they would need along time before ready for me. The flavors of this one really just did not meet my wheelhouse, other than that great smoke.
Very nice smooth tan wrapper with a couple small veins, tight seams, and firm pack. Pre light smell of tobacco. Draw is a touch loose through a punch and tastes of sweet tobacco and leaves a bit of an oil on the lips. 1st half opens up with sweet oily tobacco, a hint of pepper spice, and a touch of cedar. Smoke is thick and creamy and draw is great. Last half has the same sweet tobacco, spice, and cedar profile and adds a very light touch of leather. Smoke stayed thick and draw remained near perfect. This is a very good smoke that needs no attention as the burn is near perfect culminating in 2 inch chucks of ash. Taste is one dimensional but the flavors are very good and well blended.
Got this cigar in a cigar pass. Looked good. Started it up ad the smoke output was excellent throughout, until it stopped in general with about 2 inches left. The flavor was a bit leathery and pretty spicy. I liked the flavors that were coming out of it. The only thing I had a problem with was that I had to relight it several times, although I was smoking it consistently and with about two inches left it totally went out and I could not get it going again, stopping me short of finishing
I was looking forward to trying this after being highly recommended by some smokers at the Napa shop, but didn't feel it warranted the $10 price tag, so I was very happy when StogieDad sent me one. Starts of with very strong notes of charred wood, anise, licorice, and mustard greens. Paired it with a Rauchbier from Uinta but the beer wasn't hefty enough to balance the flavors of the stogie (the smoke enhanced the smokiness of the lager however); the Trois Pistoles dark ale from Unibroue that I opened later would have made for a better pairing. The bitter herbal notes were so strong on the finish that I almost put it out after 1/3 inch. It calmed down a bit midway through the first third, but was still out of balance and mostly a one track pony till the end. Construction was excellent overall, even though it got spongy on the second half from the start. I think I'd enjoy these best with some age, but they're not great enough for me to purchase and lay down to find out. It's an acquired taste, and I'd rather have the MUWAT Bait Fish over this. Burned for 90 minutes till the nub and then it got rougher, with more dark, charred notes. Definitely full bodied in my book. 89 points
A nice looking medium brown cigar with classic Cameroon flavors. Not a lot of pepper or spice, but more woody with some sweetness and a bit nutty. Wrapper was quite fragile and started to peel in places, but nothing that couldn't be managed. Some creaminess on the second half and it went from medium to a medium-full. Lots and lots of billowy smoke. A solid cigar to keep in rotation.
A little surprised by the terrible reviews on this one, as mine was not bad at all. Very nice looking stick, oily with some veining. Fill was nice, draw was fine. Ash held a bit over an inch and was stark white. Burn was straight on from the beginning, never even thought about a touch-up.
I won't say it was terribly complex, but it was tasty. Leather, some meaty notes, and earth was about all that was going on, but nothing bitter or bad at all. I got this cigar aged a couple years, so it may very well be these need a good rest to smooth out. While I won't be searching them out, if you have room to age a few, at a value price these are not bad at all.