The 7th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is over and was very successful with over 1600 cigars donated and sent off to the very deserving! Great job Geeks! A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
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.
February Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of February. 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 bought a sampler box of JR Ultimate No. 1's, with a variety of wrappers, back in 2011, and they were all good. Not sure what the difference is between this cigar and the Oscuro, they are nearly identical in appearance. All of these JR Ultimates are good smokes. They have beautiful smooth wrappers and smoke wonderfully. This one is everything you'd want in a maduro. I can't think of a reason why I shouldn't buy another box of these, maybe in a smaller vitola next time (becuase I don't always have 1.5 to 2 hours for a cigar.
This is my first time smoking one of these so I can't compare what a year of age has done for them.
The cigar's flavor profile was pretty consistent the entire length with little to change. Notes of wood, nuts and earth with a tough of spice. Smooth and creamy smoke throughout.
The construction was near perfect, straight burn line, lots of creamy smoke. The draw seemed a bit tight for my liking mixed with the big ring gauge it was a bit of work to smoke. If I set it down for any amount of time it took several puffs to get it going again. Not taking long breaks didn't result it in getting bitter or hot though.
Overall I enjoyed the cigar, but not so much the size or the work to keep it burning.
This cigar had a beautiful look with the dark Maduro and lighter wrapper. It looked very well made with no outstanding veins. Lit fairly easy. Often times I would have to puff on it a couple of times to get a good smoke output. Had to straighten out the burn a couple of times. Other than the burn it smoked really nice. Seemed fairly mild and I didn't really get a big change in flavor as it went from wrapper to wrapper. Steady notes of leather, some spice and grass with little notes of chocolate. Overall was a very cool stick.
I'd like to thank danb6177 for sending this cigar as part of my FFL winnings.
The 5 Vegas Series A Triple-A (AAA) has dark wrapper. The seams are visible and the wrapper is textured and lightly oily. The cigar is firm, but the cap was a bit spongy when punched. The punched cap and tobacco had to be removed by hand. The Triple-A's barrel and foot smelled of barnyard with a musky hint. The cigar lit easy. A smooth, abundant smoke tasting of tobacco was produced. The cigar burned evenly. The ash was gray in color. As the smoke progressed, a nice leather flavor came through. This was followed with hints of pepper and spice. Overall a good basic smoke. A good stick to have around. The flavor of the cigar is leather. The smoke is smooth. The strength is medium to full.
This stick is well constructed with a neat wrapper and cap. The draw is medium-tight, but not difficult to draw. First draw brings sweet pine and cedar with some underlying earthiness, but other flavors are difficult to identify. I didn't notice much progress on this one. The flavors remained fairly consistent throughout. I wouldn't say that this is a must-smoke cigar, but I wasn't disappointed.
The burn runs a little, but self corrected. The ash is multicolored and loose. The smoke lasted me a little less than an hour.
Gave these a try as my dog-walking cigar. For this purpose, I want a 1-hour smoke that's can keep my attention yet is very affordable. In other words, a flavorful high-value stick. I did some research and the Trinidad stood out. Bought a bundle and...
...even after my mandatory 2-week rest, the draw was so tight on these puppies that they were unsmokeable. I gave 'em another couple weeks and TA-DA!, they were fine. In fact, once the draw issue disappeared, they turned out to be as ideal a dog-walking companion as Buford, my daughter's basset hound.
I live in Chicago and only smoke outside. On some January and February days, you just don't want to spend 1 1/2 hours having a smoke no matter how good the stick is. In the winter, when I have a cigar, it's usually as a walking companion...to the store, walking the dog or just around the block. The Punch London Club is perfect for that 20-40 minute stroll.
Excellent construction and great burn. Not particularly complex, but lots of tobacco smoke and flavor. I've still yet to find a Punch that I don't love.
The maduro wrapper really does set this apart from the regular release. Really brought a richness to this smoke. Hearty notes of oak, pepper, earth and a hint of sweetness highlight the profile, and while it is not the most complex Curivari I have had, it is a nice "sit back and relax" cigar that you don't have to think about, just enjoy.
Performed perfectly, perfect burn line, tons of smoke, nice firm ash. Easy draw, really can't complain anywhere about the construction. A great price point, as Curivari is so good at doing. Box worthy for sure, especially since they come in 10 ct boxes.
Probably my favorite of the Lost & Found series. I was a little apprehensive as the stick felt quite light with a big soft spot about a third of the way up. But the draw was solid producing a ton of smoke. The wrapper was silky but quite brittle. The burn was perfect though, razor sharp through the end. Very firm ash as well. Oddly well behaved for a cigar I had construction concerns about.
The flavor profile was very nice. Started with a little cedar and creaminess, soon joined by a nice clean pepper hit. Smooth tobacco, some citrus and a faint nuttiness are there as well, but the combo of the pepper and cream, as is its namesake, actually deliver. A little different profile actually, and nice to have one of these Lost & Found deliver more than I expected. Good smoke.