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.
December Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of December. 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.
It is very hard not to mirror Bruce's review on this cigar. A very well constructed cigar with a seamless wrapper. The draw was slightly restricted and perfect for me and the cigar itself was slow burning with a straight burn and a firm ash. The initial flavors were some pepper, wood with leather. Some baking spices crept into the flavor profile on and off. The flavors do change up on you throughout the cigar so there is some complexity to the flavors without going crazy. 2 1/2 inch ash before it finally gave way. I look forward to these after a nap, should have bought 2 boxes rather than 1. I give the cigar a bump from 4.25 up which don't exist to a 4.5 subject to change on the next one.
This must be the most poorly constructed cigar I have ever smoked. Initially, the cigar looked nice. It had good color and nice brand bands. The seams were visible but were tight. The cigar lit easily with a good initial flavor and smoke volume. Unfortunately the cigar very quickly began to fall apart. The wrapper cracked and then started unraveling. The cigar looked like an explosion. The smoking became very airy due to the failure of the wrapper. The brand bands were the only reason the cigar held together at all. When they were removed the cigar disintegrated further.
Great first third. Burn a little uneven. Good draw. Full smoke. Leather and hay in first. Middle was even with more earthy notes. More pepper in the last third. Good ash and evened out burn in middle. Definitely worth the price.
Won this at a raffle. Nicely made cigar with a firm feel with no soft spots. Flavors of tobacco and a bit of spice, nothing spectacular but not terrible either. I did get pretty bored about 1/2 way thru but did finish it. I would not go out of my way to search these out as it was really not in my wheelhouse as far a flavors go. It did burn very well and had no construction issues whatsoever. Maybe in a smaller size it may fair better for me as this long Churchill just basically got boring.
If you have not tried a Fable cigar, I believe you are missing out. They are beautifully constructed, well balanced and super flavorful. I received this cigar in a bomb and I would certainly buy a box. This cigar has about 6 months of age in my humidor. The wrapper was a flawless maduro shade which had 0 veins and was tapered at exact intervals down the length of the stick. The wrapper had the scents of cocoa, cedar and baking spice. The cut was flawless and revealed a fantastic looking array of well bound long fillers and were neatly packaged. The light was perfect and the burn remained razor thin through the whole hour and fifteen minute duration. The first third was an incredible experience with a ton of pepper, heat, cocoa, coffee and subtle black pepper. The second third sees a bit of mellowing with the dark chocolate, coffee and some cedar coming in. The final third is much the same but the complexities of the cigar come out with almost a recap type of quality where you get a bit of the previous flavors which appear and disappear with every draw.
Overall, I would highly recommend this line to anyone who likes medium-full to full and also appreciates complex flavor profiles. I can't wait to get my hands on more of these as well other vitolas from this line and the Fourth Prime LP, which is the other house blend.
This was another find at the bottom of the humidor. The cigar had been well aged, dating back to around 2010. Out of the brown cello, the cigar had a nearly flawless wrapper save for a small nick, which might have been from just years of moving and rotation in the humidor. The triple cap was cut with a guillotine. The cut was clean but did leave a small wisp of cap. The light was rapid and the burn was okay, but did need 2 touch ups during the smoke. The flavors that I did detect were that of coffee, cedar and leather. Since this was a short smoke, there was not too much in the way of changes, just intensities would ebb and flow during the smoke. Total smoke time was around 45 minutes. I would recommend buying a 5'er and getting some age on them before enjoying.
Grabbed one of these out of the humidor, one that was kicking around in the bottom for a very long time. By a long time I would mean 7 years. Let me tell you that age has done this cigar right. Normally I find the core line Punch cigars to be mild to medium. I opened the cello and revealed a very nice Colorado Claro wrapper with plenty of aged crystals on it. The cello was a dark brown color. It had an almost flawless construction, no major veins or other issues. I used a guillotine cutter to clip the cigar and it cut beautifully. The cigar had a very easy cold draw with subtle notes of hay, cedar and a touch of raisin. The light was easy and the burn was almost razor sharp needing no touch ups along the way. The flavors that I was able to detect were of hay and cedar throughout the whole cigar. It was just a pleasant change of pace from my usual selections. For the price point of 2.50, you can't go wrong, but honestly, the amount of age seemed to do the trick for me. Solid 4 stars with age and patience.
Nice looking cigar with a smooth wrapper that has a slight oily sheen to it. Cap is well applied, cuts well and has a nice open draw. Toasted sugar cane, cream, wood and a nice hit of spice in the retro. Also picking up a nice almond note and a sweet hint in the fairly long duration after taste. I am getting mocha and toasted malt, still some cream and almond flavors and the wood has faded. The burn has been almost perfect and smoke production is good. Ash held to over an inch easily and was solid and a salt and pepper color. The spice picks up going into the last third. I am getting some leather as the lead flavor, wood and walnut make up the background and I am still getting mocha. This is a good smoke to wind down with before dinner. It had a nice set of flavors and a really good burn. Smoke production was good and strength was a solid medium.
Nice looking little figurado, solid feel, wrapper is a little rough with some pretty heavy vein lines but it doesn't really detract from the appearance. It takes a cut well and has a slightly firm draw prelight. Takes a flame easily and we're off. The draw opens up as the burn gets past the nipple at the foot and I am getting nice spice in the retro with a hint of sweetness in the medium duration after taste. I am getting cream and chocolate along with a toasted malt and a wood note Crossing the mid point I am picking up a change in the wood flavor as it moves to the lead the toasted malt has faded and the chocolate has become a little stronger. Burn has been good so far and the almost pure white ash held to almost 2 inches before I knocked it off. The last part of this cigar was the most enjoyable for me. The flavors came together nicely and took on a nice caramel character. Still getting a little chocolate too along with the wood and cream but the balance is really good at this point. This was a good smoke for the money. I will be getting some more of these to run through the rotation. Not really a special occasion smoke but a solid afternoon relaxer.
An oily, dark brown wrapper drapes this expertly constructed cigar. Perfect burn line with no touch-ups needed. Strong black pepper, oakiness and a meaty quality, reminded me of a peppery steak. No sweetness or other spices to speak of, just heavy pepper continuing on the sides of the tongue. Heavy, dry smoke provides a full mouth feel. Definitely full body and medium full in strength. A good cigar to try for the more experienced smoker.