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Toys for Tots Drive 2020
The 2020 The Marine Toys for Tots drive is under way again this year. This is the way to earn the Toys for Tots badge for being a contributor. If you give a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $20 you will be awarded the badge A special thanks goes out to Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive again this year.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
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Humidor time: 443 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 63, foot - 57 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily 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 very mild profile with slight hints of butter and cream and not much else until a light wood note appeared in the 2nd third and this ramped up to more of a charred wood in the last third along with a bit of spice. Not at all amazing or complex but quite pleasant. Strength was medium at best. (18/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, OK smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out through the first third with draw and smoke output remaining on the low side of optimal and the ash falling reluctantly at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Draw and smoke output approached optimal in the 2nd third with the burn line getting a bit wavy but self-correcting and things were then uneventful down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: Pretty decent smoke for a Gurkha. The flavors, while nothing to write home about, were pleasant enough for a morning puff session with my cupa joe and the construction was entirely adequate to get the job done. The rest of this five pack will be very functional commute smokes if they smoke as well as this one did. (25/35)
I smoked this cigar after almost 12 years' rest. It was well-made with no flaws in the chocolate brown wrapper. The draw and burn were fine. The cigar produced a firm light gray ash, and nice think smoke. The tastes were of moist, peaty earth and leather with a slight touch of cedar and pepper. There was a slight hint of an off-putting ammonia-like aroma to the room=note. While I think most of the 5 Vegas line are better than average cigars, I usually find their Limitada offerings lacking. This one was no exception.
I smoked this cigar with just over ten years' humi time. I found it to be a very nice cigar with smooth tastes of crackers or toast, some nutty flavors and some coffee notes. The cigar was well-constructed with a pretty wrapper and an even draw and burn. I'm not a big Rocky Patel fan, but this was definitely a really good cigar.
A solid stick, an oily, dark brown, slightly mottled wrap, no veins PLA an earthy whiskey aroma; PLT earth; PLD moderate. A typical light, a moderate draw, a dead even burn. & a light, sweet wood smoke. Openers are oak, bitter coffee bean, a bit of black pepper & a sour citrus tailoff. In the 1st 1/3 bitter chocolate comes on growing stronger & sweeter through the 1/2. The last 1/2 features earth notes & a bitter-sweet feud that makes for an interesting smoke. The finish has earth, oak & cedar tones, a little pepper, coffee, a citrus tang & only a faint bit of chocolate. The body is full early on & stays there. The transitions make this an intriguing cigar. (93)
Solid, medium brown, no veins & good oils. PLA mild earth, faint molasses; PLT moist earth in a bourbon barrel; PLD moderate. A snap to light the tapered foot, an even burn, a moderately easy draw, & a flinty smoke. A sharp spice, like ginger, & some wood notes & a bit of red pepper hit early & hard. The ginger is almost eye-watering through the 1st 1/2, before easing up & allowing notes of oak, cedar, earth, bitter coffee & a hint of meat to add their flavors. The finish is as chewy as the profile with ginger spice, a little pepper, earth, oak, cedar, coffee & a hint of meat. The body, high medium from the get-go, runs into the full. A terrific stick! (94)
Prelight: wrapper is mostly smooth with visible seams and a couple greenish “moles”, spots. The wrapper has a sweet raisin like aroma. Lightly squeezing the cigar led to noticeable softness throughout. Either my other cigars are on the dryer side or this one is slightly over humidified. I performed a straight cut for the perfect draw.
Postlight: cigar took to toasting and lighting well. It did start a bit uneven but that could have been me, it seems to be self correcting. Smooth mild earth flavors to start. Huge amounts of smoke. Retrohale has a medium pepper hit giving the cigar a medium strength. The smoke is oily and fresh tasting. First ash at 1.25” leaving behind a small cone. Cigar burning great, basically smoking itself between puffs.
2/3: flavors of earth and floral are dominant. Retrohale produces more toast with a lingering spice. Next ash at 1.5”. I had to give a slight touch up. Still smoking well medium body and strength. No noticeable flavor transitions. Band comes off easily with no wrapper damage.
3/3: cigar burning well with another 1” ash. Still picking up the oily floral on the lips. I am getting sweet earth. Cigar is still medium body and strength. Cool smoke down to the nub. Smoke time 1:45min. I would buy more for aging.
Prelight: wrapper construction average, seams noticeable, good color, nice cap,toothy. Cigar doesn’t have a heavy dry aroma, mostly earth. Cigar is packed tight. There was no sponginess throughout. I used a straight cut as I suspected the draw to be tight. Draw was moderately tight, not the most snug I’ve had.
Postlight: cigar took a bit longer to get an even toast. Burn line started off a bit uneven, slightly touching up to help it out. Ash is flaky from the start and starting to bloom, appears to be burning hotter on the outside diameter. Flavors of mostly earth, strength is mild with no Retrohale spice.
2/3: first band comes off easily with no wrapper damage. Burn is better and ash is holding up. Flavors are beginning to transition to a more nutty/toasty profile. Almost picked up a baking spice as well. First ash over 2”. Ash is very flaky and came almost completely apart when hitting the tray. Needing multiple puffs now to keep a good burn line. Last band comes off smooth but revealing a few wrapper imperfections. Wrapper starting to split about 2” crack revealing the binder.
3/3: wrapper is almost all split and ash is getting wonky. Flavors are decent so still chugging along but construction has really hindered this cigar. Cigar is medium body now with strength still mild. Flavors more earthy now losing the nutty/toast sweetness. Next ash held a little better at 1.25”. Ended the smoke at 1:20min.
Rock solid, light brown wrapper, no veins & plenty of oils. PLA honey wheat; PLT a saucy flavor; PLD mod. A normal light, an even burn, a mod easy draw, & a salty, corky smoke. There are woods, earth, a bit of pepper &, like the PLT, a saucy or gravy flavor.to begin. Before the 1/2 the profile turns cardboard-y & charry in turn for a while, then reverts back to some decent flavors. It alternates this way throughout. In the final 1/3 there are massive wrapper issues & the stick disintegrates. The finish is cedar, earth, a bit of spice &, oddly, that saucy-gravy note. The body is medium. Tried to like it but too many issues.
Humidor time: 447 days in mine, unknown in someone else's... Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 62 Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper and spice. The spice in the nose backed off somewhat with the other flavors mellowing through the first third, then BAM, about half way through the 2nd third a strong, very tasty coffee note appeared. I was starting to get more smoke out of it at this point, so that probably contributed to the uptick in flavor, but at any rate, it was a very nice 2nd half of this stick. Strength was medium at best. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately tight draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a double V-cut on top of the initial punch but this helped only slightly with improving draw and smoke output. Both did gradually improve, though, as the smoke progressed. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping just past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output approaching optimal in the 2nd third but never quite getting there through the remainder. (21/25)
Overall impression: I'd like to try this one again and hopefully get one that draws well right from the get-go as I suspect the flavors I got in the last half of this stick might make an earlier appearance. At any rate, the first half was pleasant, but the last half was crazy delicious. I wish I could give this one a higher rating, but that first half was just no comparison to the 2nd. (29/35)