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.
October Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of October. 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.
Dark and oily box press of lumbering size. Chocolate flawless wrapper. This smoke is potent with rich leather, strong pepper and big earthy flavors. This is the definition of a full bodied smoke. Bold and delicious. The construction is top notch. Long, slow burn. Firm, but not overly tight draw. Excellent.
Nice draw, cap performance, smoke output, and initial flavor, that's the good.
The burn is one of the most persistently lopsided I've ever seen, one side just did not want to burn. Initial flavors of strong pepper, leather, and sweet cocoa faded to something vegetal and cheap tobacco. Very disappointing to me, glad I only had two.
OK, OK I am a Roma Craft whore, so for the sake of full disclosure, this will be a very good review. Of all the lines in the Roma Craft family I would have to say the Aquitaine is my favorite.
It is beefy, chocolate brown wrapper, around a cigar that screams full strength. While it is a Colorado Maduro wrapper it has all the taste and flavors of a full maduro. Rich leathery tones with deep woody flavors hold court while black pepper stands as the executioner.
The taste is thick and chewy. Smoke is plenty and lingers around. The ash is a mixture of shades of grey (not 50 though) with black and holds very well. As you dive deeper in to the cigar the strength really picks up and you get that slightly harsh ligero taste on the back of your to tongue.
This is perfect size for a quick smoke but you don't want to feel cheated on having a quality smoke.
A good looking stick with a shining golden band, obviously marketing to the younger crowd, not your grandfather's favorite cigar company... Also banded at the foot and well constructed. The wrapper looks silky smooth with a few veins and has smells of musty earth, sweet hay, molasses. First puffs were laced with pepper, oak, citrus. A short but dominant dry woody finish as the stick progressed through the initial inches. Plenty of smoke, the room note was pungent with hot swampy cedar and that good ole stinky cigar smell lingering around. The burn line started weaving like a drunken sailor on stormy seas by midway, needing multiple touch-ups. I grew tired of the rather flat unchanging peppered oak dominated profile through the entire stick and kind of mindlessly finished it while reading. Not going to say I was disappointed, or impressed. Out of a fiver, two were very enjoyable and three bored me. I thought I was getting a modern gourmet for a steal and ended up overpaying at a burger joint. Anyhow it will be interesing to see if some age helps out the stick may have been immature and not well rested.
Nice looking maduro box press. Took a v-cut well. Cigar felt very spongy and the draw was WAY loose. The flavors were decent, but nothing great- some tobacco and leather, but the draw was just too open for me. The spongy feel was also a negative. First larger ring RoMa Craft I smoked, and I have to say I love the smaller ring smokes from them much more.
Decent enough wrapper, relatively smooth with a slight sheen. Solid cannon except for one spongy spot about a inch and a half up from the foot. Cut's good and reveals a somewhat firm draw. Starts nice with some wood and vanilla notes along with a toasty sweet hint, spice is not to strong and smoke production is a bit muted. This flavor profile remained pretty consistent to the end with maybe a slight up tick in the spice. Strength was never more then a medium and all though the flavors were good the subdued smoke production and tight draw caused this one to score a bit low for me.
Overall a very enjoyable smoke. Great construction with a pigtail cap. Slightly veiny, slightly dry, but firm. Burn line was perfect and the cigar smoked at a very nice pace. Plenty of smoke and a nice solid ash Overall strength seemed very much in the medium-full rating. Flavors we predominately woody, with some nice peppery spice that really popped on the retro hale. Not very complex or a lot of changes.
I bought a box of these a couple months ago because everyone was talking about them. I'm glad I did. It was a really good cigar, well-constructed, perfect draw and burn. The flavors had some corojo spiciness underneath some sweet nutty tastes. As the previous reviews have stated, there was a distinct citrusy component, almost like grated orange zest. The cigar did go out about midway when I let it rest for 2 or 3 minutes, but it re-lit fine with no harsh flavors. Again, I'm glad I bought a box.
Flatbed can do no wrong. The construction, as usual, is top notch. Great burn (one correction needed), gobs of smoke on every puff, perfect draw.
This is probably the strongest Flatbed I've tried, but it's not overpowering, to me, still very smooth but you know they put some potent leaves in there.
Dominant flavors are coffee, pepper, semi-sweet chocolate, and oak. The foot aroma is amazing, there's a sweet I guess floral note there. The retrohale is strong but still smooth enough to enjoy without singing the nostrils, and has a spicy/sweet/mesquite quality to it.
A solid 2+ hours and never a harsh or bitter moment. I'll be needing more of these to round out my Flatbed collection. I'd put this one in a dead heat with the Track 7 in terms of my favorite Flatbeds, which would be tied for 3rd (Green and Black Maduro my top two).
A. J. Fernandez New World (Nicaraguan wrapper) Navegante is a fantastic looking cigar. The dark wrapper with the bold brand and foot bands look great. The cigar is well made with some veins showing, but very tight seams. The cap held its integrity after punching. The Navegante lit quickly and evenly. The box press is a good feature of the cigar. The flavor was nice and complex from beginning to end. The smoke was smooth and silky. Flavors of leather, oak, pepper and cocoa were noticed. This is my favorite A. J. Fernandez cigar.