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.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of March. 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.
Cigar for the Troops
Hi Folks. I wanted to highlight some fine work by our brotherhood, and in particular, Nathan (nwb). Thanks to Nathan's efforts again this year and the generosity of our members, we will be sending over 1300 cigars to our well deserved troops who sacrifice so much so we can enjoy the freedom we have. These should hit in time for the holidays. Click here for some pics. Thanks Nathan and thanks members for another successful drive!
Good Construction, there was one large vein in the middle. Pre-light smell was sweet, almost floral. Draw is on the looser side, with an excellent mouth filling smoke. Ash holds on up to an inch, and the burn is irregular, a couple of touchups needed. Fast smoke for a large cigar, 45 minutes on the dot. I would put it at medium to full strength power. First third there is sweet tobacco flavor with a long spicy finish, creamy undertones. Second third, the spicyness is mostly gone, but still hangs around for a long time, still creamy and sweet. Earth flavours begin to appear halfway into the smoke. Last third. Sweetness bumps up a notch bringing with it chocolate flavours. The early spicyness is gone. Could not smoke all of the last third as the loose draw meant the smoke got hot quickly. Nice flavour combination and interesting transitions. Would buy it again, perhaps in a different shape.
Nice dark pretty smooth wrapper. Band were very bright and the cigar looked very nice. It's a rather large cigar so it catches your eye. Very nicely rolled, minimal veining and bumps. Cigar pre light was earthy and hay. Cigar wasn't very complex but it was what you would expect from looking at it. It wasn't actually as heavy as I thought it was going to be. I would say it was a mild-medium moving into a medium. Tasting notes were earth, leather, light hay with a mild pepper after bite that started to go away up into the final 3rd. Started out pretty mild and developed into a more bold after the 1st 3rd. Smoke volume was great, and draw was very good. Very nice cigar, mine did have some construction problems that's why I'm giving it a 3.5 and not a 4. The burn line was all over and uneven the entire time and I had to babysit it with touch ups which took away from it for me. Like I said it wasn't complex but it was a very good smoke and you can get this line in the $5-8 range which is great value for good cigar. I'm sure if I smoked another one without the construction problem it would be a 4. Wish it would have developed a little bit as this cigar burned for almost 2 hours. Overall good smoke, good value.
Beautiful oily wrapper. Promising cold draw. Starts off plain, but delivers increasing flavor quickly as it warms up, wood, leather and some traces of dark fruit. Juicy. A hearty burned wood flavor builds in the second half and lingers long after. Strong flavors but well-balanced and never overpowering, a good blend. Mild nicotine levels. The cigar burned unevenly and needed a little too much puffing to keep it going, but great flavor excuses a lot. And I've only tried the one - we'll another after another couple weeks in the box and see how that goes. I see myself buying more of these.
I received this cigar in a bomb from 05Venturer, not being very familiar with this line I was anxious try try it. Overall there was not much to impress. It was a good looking cigar, appeared to be well constructed. Good looking chocolate colored wrapper, with moderate veining. The basic flavor profile fit what you would expect from a maduro wrapper. Woody overtones with some leathery flavors riding underneath. It kept that profile pretty much for the whole smoke. Some creaminess early but some decent ligaro later. The burn was good and even and the cigar produced plenty of smoke
Had a sweetened tip that may put many off, but I liked a lot. The smoke was creamy and had a rich flavor that stuck for the rest of the night, in a good way. A mild-medium smoke, very good overall. Becoming my go to.
Nice looking wrapper. Firm even pack. Right out of the gate with burn and draw issues. Draw is way to tight and burn is completely off to one side. After rolling the head I finally get the draw to loosen up at an inch in. Still seeing it burn to the one side and continual touch ups have this cigar getting way too hot and flavor is turning bitter. It went out at the halfway point and I was done trying to salvage it. Out of curiosity I tore it apart layer by layer. To my surprise the core of the filler had allot of large stems. Disappointed with this particular cigar. Hemingways are one of my favorites but I could not get past the quality issues with this one. For now I'm going to have to rate it with a 1 until I smoke another that hopefully doesn't have the same issues.
This cigar was enjoyed with Green Mountain Kenyan AA Extra Bold Coffee
Pre-Light: 15 Points of 20 Possible
This is an impressive looking cigar with a medium dark wrapper. It’s not very oily, but does has a slight sheen to it.
It has a lot of small veins, as well as large amount of bumps in it. To the touch it's hard, no soft spots. There was a hole in the wrapper right near the band, and a crack at the foot.
It smells of musty barn and a true earthy aroma. Appears to have a double cap which cuts very clean.
Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible
I used a double flame butane lighter to get this started, which did light up very quickly.
During the first third, this tunneled a couple times which I had to keep correcting. The ash is a flaky white/gray with an almost yellow center which does hang on inches at a time.
The smoke output was very weak until about the half way point, where it finally kicked up to a medium output, most likely due to the slow burn rate this had.
Construction: 21 Points of 30 Possible
The construction was fair, as mentioned in the pre-light section it had a hole near the band and the foot was cracked. The draw was extremely tight and had to really work on keeping it lit. The double cap was applied great, and a nice simple band applied to the cigar.
Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible
1st third – Had nice flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather, and left behind a woodsy aftertaste. The smoke output being very weak at this point
2nd third - Flavors picking up now are chocolate, leather, caramel, hints of hazelnut followed up by a small pepper spice on the retrohale. The smoke output is starting to get a little more heavy now.
Final third – Now that its just shy of a robusto, this is becoming more enjoyable as the smoke output is finally getting to where it should be. The flavors seem to have changed yet again and I'm now getting some leather, hazelnut, and a sweet cedar on the aftertaste. The smoke is very creamy at this point.
Overall this was an OK cigar. The initial appearance is not bad, and the construction needs some attention, but the flavor profile was very nice. I did however struggle with the tight draw even after trying to roll it a bit. The smoke output was not good until the last third. If I were to pick some of these up, I would be more interested in a Robusto size, as this is where it got good all around.
A high 4 that would have been a 4.5 if the whole smoke tasted like the last few minutes that I nubbed. A deep, rich Medium-Full experience that had one very good but unchanging flavor with no complexity. Then pow! as I'm wondering how much longer to nub it there suddenly arrives 4.5 star rated complex flavor! I gave it mouth to mouth, but it died within minutes of its burns. Not worth more than $10. I paid $15 at cbid.
Stick had a beautiful dark oily wrapper. Real solid feel to it. Was a little hard using a v-cut because it was packed tight. The pre draw was perfect. Just a slight resistance. This thing was like a smoke bomb.
1/3 was mild to medium in flavor. A bit of spice in my lips mixed with tones of cocoa and leather. 2/3 got a blast of pepper with a continued hint of cocoa. 3/3 continued with pepper. Progressed from a mild/medium to full of flavor and body. Full body
Slight amount of oil on the wrapper. The cigar started with the taste of tobacco and then went to an earth taste. The draw was tight to start but opened a little at the beginning of the second third. Caught a hint of black pepper ending the first third. This turned to a nutmeg/spice earthy taste that lasted through out the cigar varying from time to time. First ash fell just after a half inch. All the following ashes grew to just over an inch. The burn was even and needed no touchups. The smoke stayed cool. Unfortunately the cigar went out just into the last third. I relit and to my surprise, the draw was not quite as tight. The remaining drawers were more full with a good tobacco taste. It was a very pleasant cigar. I would love to have another one, but hope the next one isn't as tight.