The 10th 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=5087... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
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The label on this cigar has changed during the intervening years from yellow to blue. Not sure if this indicates a re-blend: It's a smooth, solid stick showing a couple small veins & one seam with an even oil coating. PLA an earthy aroma with a berry-like sweetness; PLT definite berries with the earth; PLD easy. Easy toast & light, an almost airy draw, an even burn, & a sweet & creamy smoke. Peppery earth hits hard out the gate. The blast fades, allowing that berry sweetness to come into the background, along w/some wood notes & toast. Past the half, there's black coffee. The finish is moderately long with earth, coffee, woods, black pepper notes & just a tinge of sweet; the body is a mid-high medium. Very nice!
This is a re-blend of the original 1999 release: A few soft spots in the core, this stick has a medium-brown wrap, a couple veins & decent oils. PLA earth, baking spice & a hint of manure; PLT moist earth; PLD mod. Fairly easy light, moderate draw, an even burn, & the smoke is sweet & creamy with a black pepper edge. Mild earth tones, some baking spice, a bit of cocoa-caramel sweetness & some nuttiness take the lead. The flavors stay pretty consistent & without rancor; this is a fairly quick-burning stick. The finish has a bit of sweet, a bit of spice & a nice earthiness. The body is a mid-medium on this tasty smoke.
My Veterans Day smoke started out with an easy draw, great smoke volume, nice, even burn, and taste in the mild-to-medium range with strong hints of cream and nuts on retrohale. The cigar went out on me with the ash at about 1 1/2", so I knocked it off and re-lit. The burn got a bit uneven in the 2nd half, so I did one touchup and then smoked it down to a very short nub with no further issues. Overall, a great smoke and I'll gladly smoke more of these.
This was my 3rd and final smoke with OZZ last evening and I finally got a good one after the disappointment that was the H. Upmann Media Noche. Important attributes all present - nice easy draw, great smoke volume, very even burn. The ash was very fine and clingy and I got it to about 3" holding the stogie upright before I let it drop off into the tray. Taste was mild to medium with hints of cream and spice and quite pleasant on retrohale. No faults to be found with this one and I look forward to smoking more of this fine cigar.
This was my 2nd smoke yesterday afternoon while partying with OZZ. I was looking for something more interesting and enjoyable after I let my Gurkha Centurian go out, but sadly, this wasn't it. The stogie started out with a very hard draw and low smoke volume. Burn was even to start, but this didn't last. About a 1/2" in, the draw and smoke volume improved slightly while the burn started to get lop-sided. About 1" in, the cigar went out on me for no apparent reason. After a relight, the burn continued to be quite uneven even after a touchup or two. The taste was in the medium range and merely OK, not being anything I'd really care to revisit. About half way through, I decided to do the same thing I'd done with the Gurkha and save the last half for a commute smoke. About all this disappointment of a stogie is good for at this point.
As a side-note, I got this cigar as part of CI's "Media Noche Intro sampler". Five cigars each from H. Upmann, Montecristo, and Romeo y Julieta. Interestingly, the bands on all three brands look virtually the same, which makes me wonder if they're all made in the same factory. OZZ got the same sampler and said he's tried the Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta versions, one of which had a hard draw and one didn't. I guess I'll see what my experience is with those two, but at this point I'm suspicious that these are all basically the same cigar. Hopefully not, or I've got a bunch of lousy commute smokes on my hands...
Commute smoke update, day 1 - I stopped at a park-and-ride part way home and fired up my nub. Similar attributes, as observed during the first session, appeared immediately - poor draw, low smoke volume, uneven burn. I stopped a few miles down the road at a second park-and-ride and attempted a touchup, as the stogie appeared to be burning only on one side. This was successful as the cigar immediately began drawing better and producing more smoke. I continued to smoke it for a few more miles until it went out on me while I was actively puffing it. Interestingly enough, I only smoked about a 1/2" off of it during the entire commute as it was a very slow burning stick, so I now have a shorter stub to smoke some more tomorrow. Even with the limited burn, I got more than enough nicotene to get me home.
Commute smoke update, day 2 - Lit the nub up again after gassing up at Cenex in Poulsbo. Again, it started to burn unevenly, so I gave it repeated touchups and it finally evened out. As happened yesterday, once it started burning evenly, smoke volume increased to an acceptable level. I didn't make it all the way home before my nic intake reached a more than sufficient level from this potent little problem child, and my lips were getting overly warm besides, so I put it down and let it go out. I think I will let the rest of my four pack rest in the humi for a good long while before trying these again and then I will plan for frequent and often touchups to hopefully keep the burn more or less straight. Hopefully, that will result in a more enjoyable smoke.
OZZ came over yesterday for our weekly smoke-fest and this was my first smoke of the afternoon. It had the usual important attributes - easy draw, good smoke volume, and even burn. Taste was pretty decent in the medium range and a bit peppery on retrohale. Not a whole lot to describe or write home about, just a good average smoke. I decided to move on to something hopefully more interesting and let the stogie go out about half way through. The nub will be saved for a commute smoke this week.
The Good: Starts out medium bodied and remains that way for the first half. Very smooth, cookie dough like flavor, lots of smoke. Body strength picks up after the halfway point and charges down the track to a fuller class smoke by the end. Flavors also increased to toasted leather, peppercorns, and a touch of anise.
The Bad: Light in the hand for sure and a wide open draw which I am not crazy about. I think a little more leaf in the mix would help all that. The burn was wavy at times. The light load makes for a faster smoke and sipping it works better than herfing it. The canon gets hot and goes soft easily if smoked too fast.
Overall: I liked it. The flavors were solid and enjoyable and in my book take the lead over the "bad" points. However, at the average price of $13 a stick, the construction and fill should be dead on. I just received a box of 20 of these yesterday, though the one I smoked was not from that box. I paid under $6 a stick for the ones I just got and at that price range it is a fantastic all around cigar. 4.25 stars
This one was another commute smoke and proved worthy of that purpose. It had easy draw and reasonably good smoke volume, although not the best I've had in those areas. Burn was somewhat uneven and required a touchup after the first ash fell off at 1 1/2". Taste was pretty good in the medium range and just Ok on retrohale. The cigar burned quickly and was nearly gone by the time I hit the Post Office, but it didn't go out on me there like some have done. I smoked it down to a half inch nub in the 45 minutes it took to get home, so it was a quick burner. Taste did not deteriorate towards the end, so it gets a point there. In my previous reviews of the Connecticut and Habano versions of this cigar I gave those versions a 2 1/2, but this one gets a 3 for the aforementioned attributes.
This was another Po Boy from CI's sampler of the same name. I've had consistently good luck with nearly all of the sticks from this bundle so far, so was not surprised to find that this one was another good smoke when I lit it up during the daily commute home from work. All of the important attributes were present - easy draw, great smoke volume, even burn, and last but not least, pleasant taste. Some of the Po Boys have had all of the attributes except for taste, but this one had that, too. It was a bit into Medium range and was a bit on the sweet and creamy side, which is always a good thing around here. Very pleasant on retrohale, too. Ash was unusually fine for a Po Boy and dropped off the first time at about 2 inches. More importantly, the cigar didn't go out following the ash leaving, so it gets a point for that. Additionally, when I stopped at the post office, and even spent a bit more time there than usual what with package pickup at the counter and whatnot, the stogie was still smoldering when I returned to my vehicle. Another point added. When I got home, I had about 4" left, so that was saved and will be enjoyed tomorrow. 2nd commute day update - the taste deteriorated somewhat in the second half along with the burn getting a bit ragged. But it still got me home with that needed nic fix and I smoked it down to a 1" nub, so overall, a thumbs-up. I'd smoke this one again.
This little gem is a pretty decent cigar. It sports a dark Maduro colored wrapper. Good burn and draw. Ash is a little on the lighter flaky side. The taste offers up some sweet notes, peaty earth, and is very smooth and buttery. A longer sweet finish on most draws. Very enjoyable indeed!A high 4 stars - 4.25