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.
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 CI. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
Unlit it smells very good, like Fermented sweetness.
Cut head, triple cap held up well; revealed a small stem. Good draw, but just a bit looser than my preferance.
First 1/3 gets hit with layers of spice that sticks on the tounge and back of throat.
As it progresses I'm getting a hint of un-ripe grape? Like the sourness of the pesticides on a grape.. And a bit of new shoe rubber.
It's producing generous amounts of smoke output, but I did have an issue nearing the halfway point with the cigar going out. Ash is flakey with the flakes falling everywhere, however the ash itself holds well.
This was an oddly described review, but the flavors were a bit basic. Albeit consistent, the flavors that were there just continued to mellow out as the stick progressed. My favorite part was the pre-light aroma, but the stick itself just seemed lacking.
Finished right around the band as the stick got soft and began to heat up.
I got this cigar in a pass I think. I smoked it on the drive home while running some errands. Well constructed, it felt firm when rolled between the fingers and the cap cut cleanly. It sported a nice band over a gorgeous Colorado wrapper. The flavors started with some peppery spices over a an oat-y kind of base that moved to more earthy woody tastes. It produced a good amount of thick smoke and burned perfectly straight, but the draw was a little on the tight side. My errands included some brief 5 minute stops, during which the cigar stayed lit in the ashtray. It did go out during a longer 20 minute stop, but I knocked the ash off and purged it by blowing out through the cigar. The cigar took the relight like nothing had happened with no bitterness at all Really good cigar.
I got this cigar as part of a pass. It is a very good looking figurado with a dark oily wrapper that is firmly constructed. The burn was wildly uneven at times and required touch ups but never required any relights. The smoke production was very impressive. The cigar produced rich earthy tones, with notes of nuts and cedar. The ash was flaky but still hung tight.
A nice big slow smoking cigar. Well made, great burn. I got a spicy woodsy flavor along with some cream and a little cinnamon at times. The wood flavors was mainly cedar. These are great afternoon sticks.
Nice sandelwood colored wrapper with lots of medium sized veins. Just a slight give in the cigar and has a nice smooth feel to the wrapper. Cigar has a little barnyard scent with cedar and nuts. Cold draw echoes the smells. First few puffs were a little loose but I'm still getting used to my new rcigars cutter so I might have taken a little too much off. Ash has been flaky and I'm finding a lot of it all over my shorts and phone. The flavor of the first third has been pretty straight forward. Smooth tobacco, cedar and spice. The retrohale is spice with a slight nuttiness to it. Burn has really been lopsided and seems like the wrapper on one side is thicker than the wrapper on the other. Approaching the second third though and it seems to be evening out. Given that it's Sunday I'm pairing this with a high end glass of filtered water. Second third is a lot like the first, tobacco, cedar and a spicy retrohale. Uneven burn issues are back however and the ash is still flaky. I really like the consistent flavors if this cigar. Don't get me wrong, I like a cigar that has a varied profile but sometimes I just want to sit back, smoke a good cigar and just smoke, not search. This one gets an added bonus cuz the last 2 different cigars I smoked had some serious issues. I was left feeling pretty cigar depressed and wondered about the integrity of my entire stash. I'm going to have to give this a 4 out of 5. The smooth consistent flavors really outshines the burn issues. I'm really happy that I have more of these in my tuperdor and that I have a The Banker Annuity waiting for me too.
Have you ever smoked a string of decent cigars then lit one up that blew your mind? You go "Wow, now this is what Heaven is all about!" That's the Mi Amor Reserva. Even the cold draw was unique and nice, making me think of graham crackers. However, for the first 5 minutes I was unsure that it would wow me, but that might have been as much due to pairing it with a dry bourbon as to the cigar itself. This cigar probably pairs better with a sweeter liquor. In any event, after 5 or 10 minutes, the beauty of this tobacco came through. Cedar, earth, and sweetened cream from there to the end. And more. I don't know how to describe it, but the fullness it delivered within my mouth delighted me. It just felt different. The smoke output was impressive as was the razor-sharp burn line. Finally, it lasted for well over 90 minutes, so the value is there. This is one of my top 5 cigars, better even, IMHO, than the Padron Anniversary Series. You owe it to yourself to buy it.
Elegant Robusto with a dark and oily wrapper. Beautiful double bands. This smoke lights like a firecracker with a mouth full of pepper and strong meaty tastes. The spice fades quickly though and leather and heavy wood flavors dominate the profile. The draw is firm, but no overly tight. By the second third mahogany is the prominent flavor, accented by espresso and semi sweet cherries. The burn is exceptionally slow and exceptionally straight. Excellent really. By the final third, espresso has taken the forefront. Strong and slightly bitter.
I'll tell you what. I have had this cigar, actually 3 of them aging for 505 days now. I happened to grab this one out of the humidor and take it along on vacation. Right now I'm enjoying this smoke while drinking a mudslide. I am very impressed . After clipping it the cold draw on this stick was excellent. Couldn't wait to "spark it up". After getting it going I was totally glad this stick came along on vacation with me. Would definitely check it out.??
Was given one of these as a welcome gift to CG, and let it sit quite a while. Combined, about four and a half years of age.
Dry, slightly toothy wrapper with very pronounced veins and a very pleasant dark maduro and barnyard scent. Firmly packed, with fairly little give to the stick.
Draw was ideal after a quick clip - right in the sweet spot, which doesn't seem to happen very often for me. Smoke is nice and thick.
Began with a nice, medium body and just a little nip of pepper mixed in with a proper, chocolatey tobacco taste. Not a ton of flavor, but not overwhelming. Just a touch bitter.
As time went on, my feelings were less positive. The bitterness crept up, the pepper was still there, but began to leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Ended up putting this out with a little left, but that was also because it was a struggle to keep it lit on a very windy day. On the whole this was a pretty average cigar with a strong start, if a bit unreliable and one-dimensional.
The Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars) My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toros is a beautiful cigar. The wrapper is oily with a rich bark brown color. The bands are exquisite. The orange foot band is awesome. The cigar is well constructed. Veins are visible. The cigar is firm. The initial flavor had hints of cocoa and earth. There was a bitterness in the after taste. The cigar required a relight about half way through. The more the cigar was smoked, the more bitter it became. It was so bitter that I did not finish the smoking it. The Le Bijou 1922 toro was a huge disappointment. I was very excited to smoke this cigar, but it was mediocre at best--certainly not worth the price paid for it.