We successfully surpassed last year's total with a total of 1,617 cigars donated! Thank you to everyone who donated this year.
Toys for Tots Drive
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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This was a very nice looking stick, box pressed, fully packed, and hefty in hand. The wrapper was extremely toothy and dark, adorned with the always beautiful LADC band. The draw was perfect, and it pumped tons of thick smoke. For the first third the burn was razor sharp, then started to wander a bit after that point, requiring an occasional touch-up to keep it true. Ash was very firm and stark white, holding for as long as I would let it. All in all, very good construction, with a bit of a hit for the burn.
A nice combo of flavors going on here. Lots of charred oak, earthy rich tobacco, and leather. A touch of sweetness in the background to give it some balance, but there is still definitely an edgy, rawer note than I expected. Not bad at all, just unexpected. A very tasty smoke that didn’t show much transition or complexity, but was still quite good. I bounced between 3.5 and 4, but will go 4 as I really did enjoy this one. Not something I would stock up on, but would certainly keep one or two around.
Prelight: Smoked this with 19 days of humidor time after purchasing them from Cigar Federation. (At the time of writing, they are still available.) No super-formal notes on this stick. Presented with a fairly rough, toothy medium-brown wrapper and an intense tobacco aroma. It had a bit of a spongy feel to it. A single cut opened up the draw pretty well. Paired with a Bell's Neptune (poor pairing).
First half: The first half of this cigar was medium-to-full bodied and had a great combination of spice, wood, and dessert-like flavors. The spice was very pleasant red and black pepper, and the dessert flavors waffled between dry cocoa and dark chocolate. The burn was not razor-sharp, but didn't need any large touch-ups.
Second half: The second half of the stick dropped in body to about a medium. The spice dropped almost entirely, which made me sad, and the chocolate/cocoa flavor became very difficult to detect. The wood became increasingly "toasted" tasting until the last 1.5 inches or so, where it took on a fairly bitter flavor. The Neptune beer fought with the cigar in this half.
Verdict: This was a nice smoke, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price at this stage. I'll age the other two for a little while before revisiting them. "Very good," 88/100.
Picked up a 5'er of these on the devil site for under $2 a piece. Decent looking cigar with some veining and a few visible seams. Prelight draw is earth and spice, draw is very good. Lit it up and was hit with a pretty good dose of pepper along with the earthy notes. Pepper fades a bit after the 1st inch but is still there lurking in the background. Throughout the cigar flavors are of earth, leather, spice and some cocoa. Burn and draw were both great through the entire cigar which lasted just over an hour. For the money this is a pretty decent smoke for knocking around the yard or garage, not complex but produces a good amount of smoke and the flavors are good throughout. Nothing fantastic about this cigar but nothing to complain about either.
Great smelling wrapper on this churchill. Very oily sheen, colorado shade corojo that has few imperfections. I wholly enjoyed this volitila, one of my favorite blends done well. Burn was consistent and a very smooth draw, lots of smoke volume making the medium body immensely enjoyable. After the long sweet tobacco finish, I determined to stock a few of these in the humi for further examination!
Prelight: Smoked with 316 days of humidor time and a straight cut. Presents with a smooth, dark chocolate-colored wrapper with gold highlights. The cold draw tasted of cinnamon. Paired well with Bell's Porter. Imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/bXU4r
First third: Right off the bat, this gave some refined, but very intense, flavors of damp earth and tobacco underscored by dark chocolate. The cinnamon quality from the cold draw carried over onto the nose. This constituted a deep, dark flavor profile akin to a Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9. The burn was razor-sharp, though the ash was a tad flaky at the tip. Ash held on for about 0.75 inches at a time, and the foot smoke never stopped.
Second third: The damp earth took a step back in this third, but a woody black pepper with medium-intensity spice stepped in. The chocolate stuck around and became a bit more intense. The construction is still great.
Final third: The black pepper was the star of the final third, backed by toasted oak that branched out from the black pepper flavor. The chocolate came and went. One small wrapper defect began to split as the burn line approached, but it was easily cauterized by a quick burst of flame. (I believe this was a storage-induced defect.) I set it down with about 1.5 inches remaining.
Verdict: If you like the Liga No. 9, give this "baby Liga" a shot. Even if you don't, at ca. $3 a piece, you can't go wrong. It might require some patience to get there, though; the 10 months of humidor time probably had something to do with this stick's stellar performance. I will rate this "very good-to-excellent," 90/100.
The Muway Night Crawler had a dark brown, almost black wrapper with a few veins and an oily feel. The Night Crawler was very firm. The black and silver band looked nice with the dark wrapper. The foot smelled of hay with a hint of tea. The body of the cigar also had a light smell of hay with hint of clove and other spices. The Night Crawler's cap was firm under the punch, leaving a round clean punch with no loose leaves. Air flowed easily through the unlit cigar. There was little to no taste in the draw but the wrapper left a light tobacco taste on the lips. The toasted foot smelled of coffee. The Muwat lit easily and produced a good amount of smoke. The cigar tunneled a bit when first lit but the burn was even around the tunnel. The burn became uneven midway through the first third and the tunnel disappeared. The ash was very flakey at this point. The first few puffs were creamy with a light tobacco flavor. There were no flavors that stood out in a major way. The ash was very dark at the point of lighting but turned white quickly. The ash was very airy or porous. The fire of the cigar was very visible through the ash. The ash was not compacted. The cigar continued to burn well and it was on the mild side of "mild to medium." The flavor was complex but the Night Crawler was almost tasteless, with a light taste of tobacco on the pallet with a hint of pepper. The cigar continued to burn unevenly as it reached the second third. The Muwat actually burned around a small portion of the wrapper and it dropped its ash at this point. The second third of the cigar continued with a flavor very similar to the first third. The burn continued unevenly, so a signal torch lighter was used to even up the burn. As the Night Crawler burned, the flavor became more bold and complex. At this point, the smoke was smooth and moved more toward the medium side of "mild to medium." The cigar almost went out as it reached the final third and the burn became very uneven again. The flavor became a bit ashy midway through the final third and the aftertaste on the tongue was a bit harsh. After getting the cigar back up to a good burn, the smoke mellowed out and the taste was better and the smoke was smoother. The Muwat Night Crawler definitely had problems burning evenly, but other than that, the cigar was very good. Overall the taste of the cigar was complex and the smoke was creamy to smooth. In my opinion, the Muwat Night Crawler rates a 4. I enjoyed the cigar and I will definitely be smoking more of them.
Excellent smoke, very well made with zero visible seams and nice triple cap. Will say the band also looks nice contrasted against the dark wrapper. Very good looking smoke. Paired with a glass of Basil Hayden.
First third full on leather,earth,dark chocolate with a peppery, roasted coffee beans finish. 2nd third moved more toward a strong earthy/wood taste with the dark chocolate still there, finish was still a strong pepper with a nutmeg/cinnamon now instead of the coffee beans. Final third really opened up with third opened up with a strong woody/dark chocolate with the earthiness being less noticeable, finish was more nutmeg/cinnamon with the coffee beans still present as well.
All in all this was an amazing smoke for me. Really was a nice enjoyable cigar and definitely is a full bodied smoke. Will say it hit me hard but nothing a little Coke couldn't fix.
I gave this cigar a 85/100 based on the geek critique template.
The cigar scored well on construction. The wrapper was very nice, shiny, small veins, and consistent firmness (not too firm). The burn was not even, but it may have to due with high humidity and rain in my smoking location. At one point, the wrapper came off, but it was not a big deal. The smoke quality was thin but plentiful at first, picked up to creamy and plentiful halfway, and then finally came back down to thin but plentiful for the rest of the cigar.
The first third brought in mostly cedar and wood flavors. Overall, these flavors were the predominant and only flavors I got throught the second and last thrids. I didn't mind too much that the cigar was very single toned but it made me wish it was a little more complex.
I liked this cigar. It has a smooth medium Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. I got some vanilla and oak, and some lemon came in about a third or so into the cigar. It seemed to smoke fast with a flaky ash.
Love Monte#2, but they are hit and miss. This one was nothing special. Relatively bland experience from start to finish and missing the creamy deliciousness I hope for each time I smoke one. That said, I am still very much looking forward to the next one.