The 8th 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=4297... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2015
The 2015Marine Toys for Tots drive raised a very generous total of over $2000 that was passed along to Toys for Tots. This was a excellent opportunity for brotherhood to contribute 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.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. The 26 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.
I, too, got this from BMac. It looked really good and cut cleanly. Nothing special flavor-wise, just great Partagas tastes: leather, wood, some pepper and cedar. The wrapper was a mottled chocolaty brown, the draw was fine. The only thing that kept me from rating this a 4 was the burn tried to follow a vein in the wrapper and needed a lot of help not to do so. I thought it was more medium than full-bodied. It won't replace the Black as my favorite non-ISOM Partagas cigar, but it comes close.
Nice looking cigar with a slight sheen and a very solid cannon. The cut is good and the draw is a bit firm initially. It takes a toast well and smoke production is ok in the beginning. Initial flavors are sweet with a berry note and some vanilla hint's. Balance is good and the start is quite enjoyable. The second third is marked by the appearance of wood notes and a bit of mocha. still some sweet notes but not as dominant as before. Burn has been good so far and ash which is almost pure white has held almost to the halfway point. the wood and espresso continue into the last third but I am also getting some leather now. Balance has remained good through the entire smoke and although I would have liked more, smoke production was OK. This is a nice cigar to keep in the rotation. About a medium full strength with a nice array of flavors and good balance make this a cigar I will buy more of.
Ive tried a few of these and they never burn good. I don't think ive been able to finish one of them. Its too bad because the flavors at the beginning are pretty good and smooth, but then the issues start
Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible .....everything checks out and all the boxes are very positive for this cigar. No flaws...firm but not hard...love the smell of this cigar.
Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible
14....When I do any review I always take my time with my lighting ritual to give a cigar a good start. I use a soft flame to cook the foot and after 2 minutes the end is a nice cherry red. I tend to gauge how well cigar is going to burn from the first inch and this is a good 14 points because it didn't waver one bit..razor sharp which I give credit to keeping it in my humidor until the last possible day before sending in this review. Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible ...Construction again is flawless as if it were made and rolled by a computer controlled program that ensures that the cigar is made to smoke at its best.
Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible
Summary Now it's time to get into the guts of this cigar. I can remember smoking the 450 a year or so ago and loved that cigar and in the bigger RG it doesn't really lose any of its appeal as far as taste is concerned. There is usually a disconnect when you smoke these big fat cigars where the wrapper gets lost in the overall taste...where the filler takes on an overwhelming part of the experience. Not sure how CAO was able to capture the essence of being able to expand the RG and not lose any part of the taste. It is a nice not overly complex cigar but one gets a a trio of flavors that I typically look for anyway which is some coffee, leather and hints of pepper/red pepper and some sweetness that seems to come into play off and on. The nice thing about a large RG is that it doesn't suffer the syndrome of getting hot...I tend to do the puff puff draw type of smoking so it always smoked nice and cool all the way through. I've yet to smoke this brand with more than a few months of rest on them and I need to give it a try with about 6 months just to see what it's like...that means I need to buy a 5 pak and experiment with it over a 3, 6, 9 month to a year term.
All things being said about this review is that IMO this is a cigar not to be missed out on. I've read other reviews about this cigar and it certainly has a good following and fan base and most if not all say the same things in regards to this particular cigar.
This particular cigar was a gift from a friend about a month prior to smoking. It was a good looking cigar, with a nice wrapper with a couple small veins and a band that had a "prizm tape" effect to it. The cap cut cleanly and the initial draw was fine. The flavors were coffee, cashew and leather. An inch in, one of the veins in the wrapper didn't want to burn and it needed constant attention with the torch. Midway through, I had to let the cigar rest for a few minutes, as I was running errands on the way home from work. I got back to the cigar after about five to ten minutes. I took a draw and got some smoke, but the draw was really tight. I knocked off the ash, blew through the cigar. An inspection of the foot showed a cherry red core with unburned tobacco around it. I took my cutter and cut through about an inch of the ashy foot before I got to unlit leaf. At that point, I tossed it and chalked it up to another iffy cigar with a K. Hansotia pedigree.
The Aston Caninet is one of my 3 top-rated Connecticuts, joining the Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut and the Drew Estate Undercrown Shade. It is satisfyingly meaty, reminding me of the Undercrown, and unusually spicy, reminding me of the Nee World Connecticut. Some cedar and nuts. It was smooth, but I wouldn't call it creamy. There was too much spice to be creamy. The burn and smoke output were both satisfiying as well. I think it has enough body to serve as an evening smoke as well as a morning one. I recommend this one though it is a bit pricey.
This cigar had been in my humidor for just over five years. I think it was a freebie thrown into a order from the now defunct Charmed Leaf Cigars. It looked and felt really good, but that's where the goodness stopped for me. I gave it about two inches for the overwhelming bitterness to turn into something almost enjoyable. It failed to do so and the cigar subsequently become one with the tarmac on my drive home.