The 9th Annual “Cigars for Troops” drive is underway. This is 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=4798... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
May Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of May. 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.
Appearance: 12/15 - not going to win a beauty contest by any means. Single cap, if you want to call it that. Looks more like they forgot to cap it and just stuck a patch of tobacco on the end. A thick, toothy, dark wrapper leaf that smells of very rich tobacco.
Smoking Characteristics: 25/25 - this is where this ugly duckling starts to shine. Excellent draw, giving up huge volumes of smoke with ease. Burn line was on point the entire time. Ash was bright white, dense, and held on for over 1-1/2" before I ashed it leaving a nice cone on the end of the cigar.
Taste: 23/25 - as I've found with most Padron cigars, they are not complex flavor bombs. What they are is quality tobacco that give you an excellent rich earthy tobacco profile, a good amount of spice, and in this case (maduro) some cocoa in the last 1/2 of the cigar.
Overall: 33/35 - The best $5 you can spend. Hands down. I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover, but if this cigar was sitting on a shelf next to a more "put together" cigar, I would probably choose the better looking one. No, this cigar is no beauty but it is obvious within 5 minutes of lighting up that they did not sacrifice on the meat & potatoes of this cigar - that is the construction and the taste of the tobacco. I have smoked these before with not much rest, and they were good. This one, with over 8 months humidor time, was very smooth. I have 10 more in a separate Tupperware strictly for the purpose of aging and I can't wait to see how they come along. If it's anything like this, it's the best $5 you can spend.
Nice little box pressed smoke. Preflight aroma is just light tobacco(as it should). Upon lighting you are reminded this is a Nicaraguan pure with a blast of spice, along with the spice are notes of leather, wood & tobacco. Burn is wandering a bit but straightened out before a touch up is needed. Not much for changes thru the cigar but still a tasty little spice bomb. If your looking for a well made short spicy cigar I would definitely recommend this. Thanks to KidMontana for this cigar.
Nice deep brownish colored and veined wrapper. The band is basic Brick House plain top wrapper followed with a second band with just Maduro written on it. Cold draw was earthy, woodsy and spice. 1st third had peppery profile with some coffee notes the retro-hale was spicy but not a hot pepper, lots of blueish smoke and a great holding ash that was a nice grayish white color. 2nd third still spicy pepper with more coffee, earthy, and woody profiles coming into the mix. Dead on burn still a solid ash with the retro-hale still peppery and again not overly pepper but a spicy pepper. Final 3rd ash is a strong I have to literately knock it off, flavors are holding the same as the 2nd third with a little more coffee, chocolate and spice flavor profiles coming through. Still a cool draw for such a big ring. The libations was 4 cups of coffee I'm not really a big ring type of smoker. I felt like the strength was medium to medium full I really thought it would be a full strength cigar due to the dark coffee color of the wrapper. I guess you don't judge a book by it's color theory. I would defiantly smoke this cigar again even though I'm not a 60 gauge type of smoker.
I picked this up in a sampler a few months ago. It was a nice hearty smoke, with tastes of wood, some coffee and some pepper. The draw was perfect, and I'd probably given this cigar 4 stars, if it weren't for an annoying wobble in the burn line.
The flavors started with a bit of pepper then onto some cocoa and coffee flavors. Medium to medium full flavored, this cigar is packed with flavor until there is nothing left. Box worthy, coming soon to my humidor
Had my first real disappointment here. The beautiful dark wrapper smelled lightly sweet, with a hint of coffee. The unlit pull was very weak, but I got a little of that coffee from it. It lit up fairly well, and the first third was full of everything that the smell promised. It was creamy, had nice notes of coffee with a bit of hazelnut, and was relaxing in front of a fire. It burned a little uneven and it had a tight draw; the draw i fixed with a clean nail.
Then everything changed when the second third got going. Or rather didn't. The whole thing fell flat. It was like pulling burnt air. I purged it to no avail. I carried on with hopes that the flavor would return. But alas. I got down to the last third with no sign of any flavor, and I ended it. I'll save the wrapper if I have another dark cigar develop a crack that needs repair. At least I only paid a buck for it.
I like the Principe better than the other vitolas for some reason. A nice 45 minutes of quality smoking. This one was in my humidor for 7 months, and it performed beautifully.
Draw just a touch on the open side, burn perfect, and those rich Nicaraguan flavors coming through in spades. Bit of a kick of pepper at the start that you can feel in the back of your throat, a nice amount of heat that soon turns to classic Nicaragua cocoa. The spice is ever present but never overpowering. This is a great blend that a novice or a veteran can appreciate. For $8ish it’s a real good value for a high quality premium cigar.