The 2014Marine Toys for Tots drive is over, and the very generous brotherhood here pulled together for an amazing $1,595.16. This is a great accomplishment that will go 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.
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Nice smooth stick with a slight box press.No major viens ,a little dry to the touch with a nice firm pak.The draw is perfect and the smoke output is great. The flavours are some coco,leather,some sweetness like honey.There is alot of pepper on the reto at the start but it tapers off and more of a sweetness comes through with some spice. The smoke time is around 1hr.20min.and I smoked it to the nub.You don't need to take much of a draw to get alot of smoke.The strengh is a medium full. Really enjoyed this stick remained smooth and cool till I couldn't smoke anymore.The ash only fell off three times in the entire smoke.Would not hesitate to smoke again in fact I will look for some for the humi.
A true go-to for a regular production cigar. I rated the Las Calaveras 2014 a five star, and I truly find this blend as close as you can get to it. This short robusto is a great format for it as well.
Dark, beautiful stick with a nice oily sheen. The blue band sets off against the dark wrapper perfectly. Burn was slightly wobbly at times, but always corrected itself. Tons of thick smoke, perfect draw, firm white ash.
The main thing I love about this cigar is the peppery steak note that dominates for me. So damn tasty. Yes, there is some smoky oak, dark chocolate, espresso, leather, rich earthy tobacco, just tons going on. But the fact that this cigar smokes like a great steak keeps me coming back. And no colories!
I am excited that this is around in regular production so my last 2014 Las Calaveras don't have to be rationed quite so tightly. Another great smoke, also awesome in the Corona Gorda vitola.
Nice looking brown oily wrapper. Solid box press with with no feeling of soft spots or voids. This baby feels packed. I wasn't sure how I was going to cut this being 70 ring gauge but my guillotine was able to get around enough of the cap to make a clean cut. Great tobacco aroma with hints of hay.
Light & Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible
Cigar lit with ease which I was curious about since this was by far the largest ring gauge I'd ever smoked. Solid white ash which lasted about half way in. Plenty of smoke volume throughout the cigar. 1/3 of cigar burn was slightly wavy 2/3s had to perform a touch up on one of the corners. 3/3 only had about half of the cigar burning correctly and needed to relight the one side.
Construction: 23 Points of 30 Possible
Very open draw which wasn't always easy given the side of thing thing and the box press. Hard to get a nice seal sometimes when taking a draw. Wrapper appeared to be quite fragile as I had a few cracks around the cigar even pre-lite. The cracks didn't really affect the enjoyment that much. I would just be careful with it.
Flavor: 25 Points of 35 Possible
1/3 - cigar started off medium bodied with tobacco, hay, wood and some spice with Hints of caramel. 2/3 quickly ramped up to medium/full to full and flavor profile didn't change to much except for maybe a hint of pepper every few draws. 3/3 again the flavor profile didn't change much and I was surprised at the flavors I was getting as I would expecting something different before I started to smoke it.
Being color of Oscuro I would expect this cigar to be a lot darker than it was. Cigar lasted about 1 hour. I enjoyed the cigar. I would smoke this blend again but probably not this vitola again. Thanks Chuck for putting this together.
The gold was next step up to the regular macanudo in flavor. Itt had just enough more flavor but still had the creamy mildness that made that cigar so popular. I smoked it with coffee and it was the perfect pairing. A good creamy cedar flavor in a perfect cool burning cigar.
This is a pretty good cigar but still a bit young. The potential is high for this being a great smoke with a few more months rest. White pepper and a smooth tobacco for the first inch. The rest of the cigar had a nice cocoa, leather, and cream. Every once in awhile there is a touch of bitter coffee that I think is going to smooth out with time. Smoke output is thick and burn was very good but needed a couple touch ups when left sitting to long. It paired very well with a Wasatch Brewery Black O' Lantern Pumpkin Stout. " /img>
A beautiful barber-pole smoke. The wrappers are evenly spaced and seams tight as can be. Some light oiliness, more so on the darker leaf. The burn is exceptional, especially considering the wrapper changes. Razor sharp. Nice firm ash, perfect draw, good smoke output. Really remarkable construction from a difficult roll.
Flavor wise, a very pleasant mix of coffee, wood, leather and earth. I didn't get much connecticut influence in this one, but it had two years rest so that may explain some of that. Medium plus in strength. Around midway lots of cocoa notes enter which play nicely with the rest of the flavors.
The wrapper combo didn't add as much competition as some barber-pole smokes I have had, but it was still a delicious, well made smoke. Can't argue with that.
I'm the second reviewer to have received this particular cigar as a gift from Brlesq, and with almost 5 years of age on it, I'd been looking forward to this one.
The box press looks excellent on this thing. Nice rounded square edges, good filling, great color and feel, and slight resistance on the draw.
Out of the slightly yellowing cello, this stick sang "chocolate" to me on the pre-light, and indeed after lighting, I was convinced I had a deep, rich candy bar on my hands. However, it quickly settled into a long, reliably smooth smoking experience, losing the hint of sweetness that it began with, but staying pretty flavorful.
I had to re-light once during an hour and forty five minutes, but the burn line was very even, and smoke production was quite decent.
Churchills are usually a bit long for my experience, but this cigar did right by me.
The draw on this cigar was tighter than a virgin lol. But all in all I truly enjoyed this cigar. By most account this is the best size the Anejo comes in. I would have to agree as some of the other larger sizes dont suit me that well. Hints of earth, spice, and leather, with some sweet coffee notes to polish it all off.
If your not a fan of the Don Carlos Eye of the Shark. Than this will suit you quite well. Hints of spice earth and leather. Perfect burn and ash. Construction is impeccable. YOu could not ask for a better cigar. This is the Opus X without the Opus X name on it
These needed time. But with over a years rest, this was an exceptional cigar. Wrapped in a slightly veiny, leathery wrapper with visible seama, but the fill is perfect and produces a perfect draw. The bamd is simple and attractive with a gold foil lion, the signature of La Aurora. The burn is OK, required some touching along the way to keep it straight, but the ash is firm and stark white. So construction could have been better, but was acceptable and didn't particularly hinder my experience.
Where it counts is flavor, and this one hits home. Starts off with some nice white pepper, rich tobacco, and leather. A bit of roasted nuts and light oaky tones join the party. There is a little orange peel, bread and dried fruit notes if you relax and take this one slow. I didn't get pronounced shifts in flavor, more waves of each note coming to the forefront, a hallmark of a really good smoke in my opinion. Keeps you interested and engaged.
I remember these being good when I got them, but after the flavors married and I gave it the time to appreciate it, this is a great cigar. Too bad I only have a couple left. I wish the burn had been a bit better, but I care what my cigar tastes like, and this one is a winner.