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Toys for Tots Drive
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.
August Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of August. 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.
This is a nice looking cigar, medium brown wrapper, seamless roll and is somewhat soft to the touch.
The first half has a cedar, spice, and a citrus aftertaste. The second half becomes more cedar & oak with a stronger citrus finish. The ash left behind is dark but thick and gives off a thick cloud of smoke.
Overall - I really liked this cigar, its got a medium strength with lots of good flavors.
Bought this mostly for novelty factor on a G Herf. Cigar is constructed very nicely. Big ring made me use a punch (5 times) as I had nothing else to cut it with. Cigar was surprisingly better than expected. Burn was great for such a large ring gauge and ash held on for about 2 full inches before dropping off. Nice full bodied smoke with a lot of pepper on the retrohale. I will definitely be picking up a few more of these but in the Robusto size. This cigar will definitely get you noticed and is a pretty enjoyable smoke to boot.
perfect construction. The wrapper was beautiful. The burn was flawless. It was a perfectly built cigar. the taste was great also. Id say medium- full flavor, with some spice and cocoa. Flavor stayed consistent the whole way through,
Once again, not too impressed with a graycliff. After having the double espresso, I felt like I needed to give this brand another try, I ordered this stick in a single, and wanted to see what the fuss was about. Graycliff let me down again, a clean smoke, but really nothing to brag about. It had a smooth feel throughout, really didn't change through the smoke, no spice, no sweetness, nothing. Just a plain cigar, I would not purchase this one again.
A nice looking stick, a neatly rolled torpedo. The cap was a bit odd, like one piece was a slightly different color, but it didn't affect performance. Had to clip twice, as the draw started fine but tightened up. The second clip freed it up nicely. Lots of smoke, a good burn line, and a firm ash. Only required a couple very minor touch-ups.
Tasty, but fairly consistent. This was only about 2 weeks old, so maybe a bit of rest will help. Very woody, some leather, started out smooth, but got a bit harsher around the midway point. Even a couple draws of bitterness. But nothing much. Some sweetness was evident from the wrapper as well. Other than that, not much pepper or spice, mainly the wood, sweetness, and clean tobacco. Nice finish, didn't linger all day.
Not a bad smoke at all. The rest of these will be resting for a good while, and I do look forward to revisiting.
I have start out and say how impressed I was with this cigar. I fully expected to light this cigar up and have a very restricted draw like I have found with so many other box pressed cigars. This one was perfect!
I had this tucked away for a year. When I took out of the cello I got a medium strong tobacco aroma from it. It had a dark brown, nicely constructed wrapper. I clipped the end and got a mild sweetness on the cold draw.
After lighting this up, the first few draws had a little harshness to them and a fair amount of pepper. But after I got through the first couple of draws, it opened up into a nice medium bodied cigar that turned into a nice soft chocolate flavor. It was very smooth and produced tons of smoke. It seemed to be a fairly fast burning cigar. The flavor profile never changed once the chocolate came in and it stayed until the end.
Overall this turned out to be a very nice cigar for me. I would say upper medium in body but not full at all. The flavor I got from this is some of my favorite and everything about this cigar was top notch. The reason for only 4 stars is lack of change on flavor profile. It would have gotten a full 5 stars if it thrown a little spice or cream in with it.
Picked up a couple more of these at my B&M yesterday. I am a fan of quite a few Perdomos and this one doesn't disappoint either. Nice Maduro wrapper and beautiful construction. Pre light draw is nice and the foot toasts up easily. Burn is spot on with an ash that holds on easily for an inch+. Flavors are not complex but are filled with leather, earth , tobacco and a slight spice on retrohale. These can be picked up at a good price point and make for a great everyday stick. This one got a slight bitter towards the end which I haven't noticed before but this is the first one I used a punch cutter on, so that may have something to do with it. If not for the bitterness at the end this would be 4 stars. May update after next one as I will try a straight cut then.
From the get-go this reminded me of why I have such fond memories of the #35: Intense pepper on the nose that's super smooth on the palate. Salt and pepper on the finish. Then it developed some coffee bitterness, which to me was a surprise. The bitter coffee notes then intensified, so I poured myself a glass of Amontillado sherry... The bitterness then diminished gradually as I was nearing the end of the first third, but so did the intensity of the smoke -- this is definitely a different animal than the #35. The ah held on till the middle of the last third and the nicotine was strong, but the flavor profile unfortunately didn't match my expectations -- until the middle of the last third that is, when the white pepper reemerged strongly, joined by notes of black cherry on both the palate and retrohale, as well as wood on the aftertaste; the last half of the last third is truly outstanding. Burned for about 40 minutes. 90-91 points