We successfully surpassed last year's total with a total of 1,617 cigars donated! Thank you to everyone who donated this year.
Toys for Tots Drive
The 2014Marine Toys for Tots drive is over, and the very generous brotherhood here pulled together for an amazing $1,595.16. This is a great accomplishment that will go 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.
May Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of May. 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.
Smoked with 177 days of humidor time and a straight cut. Really beautiful dark brown, mottled appearance, and a rock-hard pack. Not much of an aroma or cold-draw to this stick. From the first draw to the last this was an assertive, full-bodied monster. The first third tasted mostly of salted leather, dry cocoa, and a hint of French roast coffee. The second third saw the coffee fade, the cocoa step up, and a woody flavor join on the finish. The final third was dominated by rich earth and wood on the draw with some semi-sweet chocolate on the finish. The burn was razor-sharp the entire time and needed absolutely no attention. The closest comparison I can draw to this is along the lines of a Liga 9. Definitely a quality stick, but not meant for a beginner. "Very good," 89/100.
This cigar doesn't seem like a 66 ring guage, but the sharp box press makes that hard to discern. The cigar felt rather light in the hand, fairly soft with an open draw. Pre light aroma was musky, like old tobacco. The first third profile was nice, medium to full, but the burn was off due to a tunnel along one of the wide sides as if the box pressing had pulled the binder and wrapper away from the filler. The burn evened out towards the middle and while the profile was never particularly complex, its was pleasant and hit the back of the palate to leave a lingering taste which is always nice compared to something that falls off quickly. Because it was not very tightly bunched, it burned quickly and ash only held on for about 3/4". Over all it was a good cigar, not great; something to smoke on the riding lawnmower with a beer.
This stick looks pretty. I've had about five and with the exception of one of them the construction, draw and burn were all perfect. The problem here is that it's just a little too mild for me. There's not a lot going on here flavor wise. It's got a nice tobacco flavor that's a little perfumey and that's about it. There's nothing that stands out at all. The price isn't bad but there are many cigars out there that are much better and more complex than this.
This is a good looking cigar and seems well made. It's firm and dense, nice dark wrapper with a slight sheen, not a ton of oil going on. Prelight aroma is heavy barnyard, almost manure-like.
The draw is perfect with a punch cut and the wrapper held fine on the cut. This is the first cigar where I heard squeaks as I twisted the punch through the cap, must be a pretty leathery cap!
First puffs blast me with white pepper pretty good but it tames at about 1/2 inch in. The aroma is giving off a cedar note, the flavor is mainly leathery with white a slight white pepper finish and that signature nicaraguan tobacco. Very good smoke volume.
Construction was good appearance wise, nice firm feel. Burn was good but the draw was kinda tight and the smoke output wasn't big. Had some real nice smooth creamy flavor, think I tasted a hint of nuts. If it wasn't for the off draw and low smoke output it would have gotten a 4 or higher from me.
This one had a few years of age on it which might have affected the taste. The cigar was extremely well constructed with no problems on the draw or burn. The initial third was quite boring flavor wise with a subtle nutty flavor. What really stands out here is the feel of the smoke. It's thick and creamy. Going into the back half the flavor and complexity pick up a bit with some cinnon a coffee and vanilla notes. I'd definitely love to have a few more kicking around as I think this would make a great morning smoke