The 8th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is complete. This was 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=4297... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) 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 Famous Smoke Shop. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
This is a semi-firm cigar with a smooth, light-colored wrapper, a couple veins & is shiny with oils. PLA sweet grass & cocoa; PLT bread, bamboo & citric acid; PLD easy. Toasts/lights easily, the draw is airy, the burn stays even with no work, and the smoke is citrus & black pepper. Leather, toast, nuts & black pepper combine with a background citrus-y note. The pepper fades back in the first half as cedar notes creep in. The pepper waxes & wanes throughout the 2nd half. The fairly short finish is citrus, cedar and tangy. The body I found to be a mid-medium, occasionally moving into the upper end but not over the full line. Another nice Perdomo product.
Look's good enough, relatively smooth wrapper, slight sheen, solid cannon, cap well applied, cut's well and draw is good. What more can you ask for pre-light. Starts with some nuttiness, toast's and cream along with a bit of spice and a hint of sweetness. A mild start but enjoyable. Unfortunately there was never any more real change in flavors. A good smoke, flavors stayed consistent for the duration of the smoke developing a little strength as it went on but not any real complexity. Good smoke production and burn. This one scores a bit low for me but that probably has to do with it being a bit on the mild side for me.
Very nice looking cigar. No mention of AJ Fernandez on the bands, but they do feature a nice matte finish which looks rich, not gaudy with foil and overdone. Sports a dark wrapper with nice smooth seams and almost no veining. Pre-light the smell is heavy on the barnyard and very rich. Smoke production is very, very thick and the burn was razor sharp all the way through. A perfect draw, and a firm, bright white ash made for a almost perfectly constructed cigar.
Out of the gate it is a strong smoke. Leather, lots of earthiness, oak and black pepper dominate the profile. Soon black coffee is evident, and some dark chocolate enters the fray. While there was not a ton of transition throughout the smoke, there is enough flavor going on to keep it interesting as the intensity of each note comes forward at different times. It's a classic "maduro" profile in my book, and a very good one at that.
I would certainly keep some of these around and will be on the lookout. I sometime overlook AJ sticks in my rotation, but each time I smoke one I realize what consistently good smokes he makes. Easy 4 star, could have used a bit more transition but still a extremely tasty smoke.
Good looking dark chocolate wrapper. Fired this thing up and immediately spicy but I like it, kind of tastes like cedar wood. Smooth easy draw with a razor sharp burn, taste is great. Maybe a little coffee and leather, smoked this one down to a nub.
This was a good smoke, it was a bit larger in ring guage than I normally smoke, but it was not unbearable by any means. It was punched and lit, and the first 3rd, had a bit of spice to it on the retro hale, though not overbearingly so. Just a nice bit of heat on the finish. through out the smoke, there was not a lot of foot smoke, but the stick stayed lit without issue, even when I let it go for a few minutes. through the smoke, there were notes of wood and grass, with maybe a hint of leather?
Over all it was a good smoke, and I will be picking up a couple more of these to try again and see if I get the same results.
Rated with 6 months rest, the smooth light brown wrapper leaf had a faint oily sheen. Aromas of sweet hay, and mostly finely aged tobacco primings made me eager to light the stick up. I recall saying to myself at the beginning of this box that these were not the same cigar as the other Casa Cuba vitolas I'd previously enjoyed very much. The Devine was more floral freshly unboxed, and had a light moist turpentine finish. After rest, the finish is far cleaner and the stick was tough to set apart from the other sizes. Aptly named, I nubbed the cigars each time spreading the box over half a year.. and promptly ordered another. Excellent construction, classy presentation, sophisticated flavor, medium body delight.
This was a part of the Indy 500 prize that Deener27 sent me recently. Good construction but a rather frail wrapper. Burn was spot on. Lots of smoke. Much more mild than medium, but enjoyable nonetheless. Notes of graham cracker and cedar. No spice or heat at all. A fine morning cigar.
A friend's daughter bought him a couple of these, and he handed one to me on the golf course last weekend, so I felt obliged to smoke one with him. It is a single malt scotch infused cigar in a glass tube. I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. A mild-medium cigar with some decent nutty flavors and just a hint of scotch. Burned quite well with no touch ups required. Construction was fine. A decent morning cigar, especially suited for the golf course.