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.
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. 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.
Nice firm stick with a good looking box press and dark maduro wrapper. Started out with a bit of a tight draw that was easily remedied with my havana saver tool. Flavors of pepper, earth, leather and coffee, retrohale really spicy pepper. Smoke output was very good, nice creamy smoke feel, burn was razor sharp all the way thru the smoke. Dark grey flaky ash that held on about an inch. Not much complexity but still a good cigar, I will be looking to pick up a few more in the future.
I enjoy trying all of the TAA exclusive releases, so I picked up a single to give this one a whirl. Nice dark brown wrapper, a bit rustic looking. Had a TAA footband, but a standard Asylum band up top (with the skull) and a 2012 date on it. Seems like they could have gone to the little bit of effort to a least put a new 2015 band on it!
First half was rather ho-hum, with some red pepper, earthiness and a touch of sweetness. The second half was much better and more refined, with a developed creaminess, maple sweetness, some earth, clay and pepper (but not in the same heat zone as the red pepper from the first half). No burn issues to speak of.
If I was rating this cigar on the front end, it would be a 3 star. The second half would have been a 4 star. So 3.5 is the average for this one.
Nice lighter shaded brown wrapper with some veins, small cap, on the softer side to the touch. Has a barnyard aroma to it.
The first third working into the middle had a roasted peanut flavor with some cedar and a pleasant tobacco taste. The last end of the smoke became a leather and cedar mix with a light spice.
Strange thing about this is right in the middle it tried going out and had to really work on keeping it lit. Right around the last third it started smoking normal again, there was a hard mass being left behind that wouldn't fall off.
I liked the mellow flavors, it had a creamy and thick smoke, and could easily gain another star if the filler was added correctly. Will have to try on another batch later.
What a great cigar, would have given it a 5 if it wasn't for a slight burn issue I had with it. Talk about a great flavor profile, I had to take a break from it after lighting it up but after cutting and relighting it was still tasty. I will have to smoke me another one and see if it really is this good the second time around.
I read a review on the regular release of these from mike.casey, and his advice was to buy them and forget them for a year. Truer words have never been spoken. My understanding is this is the same blend as the normal release, just a different band.
Spectacular cigar though. After two years humi time, it was time to burn. Gorgeous milk chocolate wrapper with some light veining. Draw was perfect, producing thick clouds of smoke. Ash for the most part was right on, a slight run early in the smoke that corrected itself. All in all, perfect construction, as I have come to expect from Pete’s sticks.
This vitola is particularly delicious in my opinion. Tasty notes of spice, leather, earth and wood with just a tinge of an acidic, almost citrus note. Very reminiscent of some of the Cuban tobacco. Just a bit of creamy sweetness in the background for balance. It’s not in your face, maybe due to the rest period, but there is a lot going on and I really enjoyed this one a lot.
It is easy to forget about the regular Tatuaje lines since there are so many LE and special releases coming out, but this one was a great example of how good the core lines can be.
This cigar has a nice construction, solid feel to it, the cap cuts great and a nice cold draw. The first third and second third I got some clean earthy tobacco and a dry toast flavor. The last third all of a sudden picked up a strong leather note. The smoke output was thick, nice burn line, and a solid white ash left behind.
This was a tasty stick with a nice medium strength behind it, and takes surprisingly over a hour to smoke. The price on this can't be beat.
Full disclosure: I had a humidor mishap with this stick. Long story short, the humidifier got "magneted" to the top before the distilled water had a chance to soak in. Result being a soggy cigar.
I let this sit for about two months after the accident, hoping I hadn't killed. Not only did I not kill it, it still performed admirably.
Despite the obvious water damage, this was a handsome stick. I've never had a Cuban or seen one in person, but I imagine this Curivari is visually close. A light brown wrapper with a slight red hue showed no visible imperfections. No oil was visible, but once again likely due to my idiocy. The stick did leave a little wanting in the heft department as it was light and spongy.
Pre-light and post-cut produced strong notes of cedar, nuts and a light melon. Cut and lit up with ease and the notes from the cold draw carried over into the actual smoke. The draw was mainly nutty with the after taste trading between an aromatic cedar or the light melon. The notes never changed throughout except near the end where the nuttiness developed a creamy texture that made me think of peanut butter.
My complaints are a quick burn, very little nicotine strength, depth of flavors and diversity of flavors. This could all be my own doing as mentioned earlier or it could just be how the stick is. I'll smoke more no matter.
I am a fan of the Undercrown series. Great looking dark wrapper, almost flawless seams, and a nice firm feel to the touch. The construction on the cap is superb as it slices effortlessly and doesn't fall apart.
The flavor profile is sweet tobacco, spice, leather and a nice mocha chocolate that hangs around on the finish. The smoke is very thick and creamy feeling, had zero issues with the burn line and needed nothing as far as touch-ups. Also this had a nice smooth draw.
I would rate this on the higher side of medium strength, smokes in just over an hour.