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.
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. 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.
Cigar for the Troops
Hi Folks. I wanted to highlight some fine work by our brotherhood, and in particular, Nathan (nwb). Thanks to Nathan's efforts again this year and the generosity of our members, we will be sending over 1300 cigars to our well deserved troops who sacrifice so much so we can enjoy the freedom we have. These should hit in time for the holidays. Click here for some pics. Thanks Nathan and thanks members for another successful drive!
This was a nice little smoke, wrapper was smooth with very minimal veins. Gave off a nice earthy smell with a hint of sweetness to it prior to light.
Cold draw on this produced a very earthy taste.
Burn through out was excellent.
Drink pair: Elijah Craig 12 year
First third: Picked up a nice cedar/earthiness with a hint of coffee. Finish was sweet with a hint of pepper and dirt/earth.
Second third: Light cedar, not as strong as before earthiness was still present, but the coffee was a little stronger. Finish was now more of a creamy chocolate/earth with still a hint of pepper on the tongue.
Final third: Finished up with a nice strong dark coffee and dark chocolate. Finish still had a hint of pepper but the creamy earthiness really stood out more.
Will add though I had 2 of these and the second one, which sat in the same humidor and was purchased at the same time, turned out to be awful. Not sure really what happened there.
Great overall construction with its nice oily wrapper that is dark as dark chocolate. Cuts great, and smells of earth.
Not allot of changes in flavor with this one. It has a earthy gritty taste with a strong chocolate flavor. Smoke output is medium and leaves a dirty aftertaste. The draw is a little constricting but leaves behind a beautiful bright white ash.
Overall, not bad but on the boring side of cigars. With a couple flavor changes during the smoke it would of livened this up. Its a medium strength cigar and smokes in just about 60 minutes.
A classic stogie that starts off mild-to-medium bodied and then becomes a solid medium by the second third. Medium flavors of wood, buttery vanilla, and well cured tobacco. Exhibits hints of spice past the band. Medium+ nicotine. Seemed to be more loosely packed and very slightly hot burning compared to the Toro I had in the past. Excellent burn throughout the 50 minutes. Highly recommended! 90+ points
A very solid cigar, nice dark wrapper and well made. The flavor was not overly complex and consistent the entire way through. Not as strong as you would think when you see the wrapper. I would say medium, I do prefer strong cigars so I could be underselling the strength, it has happened before. Overall, I enjoyed it and I think a bit more age could bump the score up higher.
I purchased a box of these about a year ago for winter smoking. Unfortunately, this past winter was too harsh to do much cigar smoking so I still have several of these in the humidor. The following is from my notes in June '14:
The Boliva Cofredia petite corona has been consistently excellent since purchase. I get 30-40 mins enjoyment from this every time. Excellent construction, good, deep T flavor, can't ask for more. Good smoke at a very good price.
The El Rey del Mundo line is one of my favorites and I especially like the Rectangulare. The maduro line is good but I prefer the Ecu Sumatra wrapper. These are my brief comments from 7/22/14:
Cigar exhibited excellent construction. Excellent appearence, and wonderful flavor. Flavor for first half was strange and very good: there was a metallic or tannic undertone that lay beneath what I was calling an unsweet floral taste. Later I thought this is what some mean when they refer to a tea like flavor. I really enjoyed this. There was also the usual ERdM light pepper and oil on a long finish. The second half flattened out but even there the basic roasted T was more than good.
First, I have enjoyed nearly all of the Plasencia made cigars I have smoked. The cheap lines such as Villar y Villar and NP 4 were great bargain smokes. Also, I like the Plasencia story -- largest T grower in Central America etc.
However, I purchased a bundle of the Plansencia TKO at auction about 1 year ago and, to date, not one cigar of 13 has been smokeable. Mostly they won't burn but if they do they taste like crap. Given my previous experience with this manufacturer, I try one about every month but the cigars do not improve in any respect. It is a shame.
I'm going to be very blunt here. I've smoked 3 of these just to be sure the first one wasn't a fluke. This is a fabulous cigar. It is THE definition of "Balance". Wonderfully blended flavors in this cigar with a very natural sweetness. Medium bodied flavor bomb. Need to get a box.
Excellent little smoke, took me about an hour and a half to finish it, mainly as I decided to take my time with it and was enjoying the tunes outside.
As for the cigar, it gave off an amazing almost pipe tobacco smell to it. Smoking wise it produced a lot of flavorful thick smoke and started off with a nice strong coffee/cedar taste with a brown sugar and chocolate finish. It then continued on into a coffee/espresso with more of a caramelized brown sugar finish. It finally finished off with an even more pronounced espresso and carried on with its caramelized brown sugar finish. Will say that this smoke shocked me, mainly just how strong the coffee/espresso and brown sugar was. Was definitely quite the enjoyable smoke. I did start it off with a Dads root beer and ended up switching to a glass of Basil Haydens whiskey as the root beer just seemed to not compliment it as well as the whiskey did.
I must say this stick caught my eye with its cause and the artwork on the wrapper/band. It definitely was worth the purchase as its been one of my favorite smokes of the year.
Smoking wise this stick opened up with an awesome strong leather and earth with a wonderful honey creaminess on the finish. It then transitioned into more of a leather and cinnamon/nutmeg while still holding on to its awesome finish. Finally it wrapped everything up with a very strong leather taste with the earthiness coming back and pairing with the cinnamon, which was more clear now, while still holding on to its creamy sweet finish. As far as the burn and smoke goes, this stick burned perfectly and produced an amazing thick smoke.
I eventually went back and bought 4 more of these that popped up on CBid and not one of them disappointed me. Will definitely be looking for more or even may pick up a box once the new humidor is up and running.