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Toys for Tots Drive
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.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. 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.
Dean Parsons of Epic Cigars has produced a dark beauty and a clear winner!
Construction - perfect!
Burn - perfect - no touch-ups or re-lights - 1:45 smoke time - beautiful white ash that hung tough.
Flavors - OMG! First third was very complex with all of the dark flavors you expect in a great maduro. Lots of cream, spice, fruit flavors that appeared at times. Second third was similar but more powerful with an emphasis on sweetness and chocolate and other notes that came and went. Final third was mostly incredible tobacco flavors that intensified to the nub. The Arapiraca wrapper is amazing - and produces very interesting flavors.
Hard to find - EPIC seems to be focusing on building its B&M business, but you can buy this beauty at Neptune Cigar. Probably the best boutique cigar I've smoked this year. I smoked the fist one about a month ago, and it only got better.
Started out very salty, like ocean salty. Sweet flavors soon moved to theforefront of taste while the salt moved to the back. This flavor mixed with a little spice stayed for the entirety of the smoke. The cigar burned beautifully for me and produced wonderful smoke. I really enjoyed this one
This has a neatly rolled wrapper with no imperfections and just a few small veins running in it. The torpedo cap cuts off cleanly and the easy draw lets you know its going to be a good smoke.
The flavors are like leather coated with a cocoa, and leaves behind a citrus spice on the pallet. The burn was dead on, heavy white smokes comes out, and leaves behind a thick but flaky dark gray ash.
I have had some of these within short amounts of time when getting them and was not that impressed. This one particular one was resting almost 1-1/2 years and was allot better than I remember. So the key here is to rest these puppies and you will like them later on.
Opens with grass and hay, slight coffee finish. Medium flavor. Mild bitterness continues through the first half, yuck! Second half improved some with a touch of cream, cocoa, and caramel. Construct is great with a smooth and solid canon. Great ash for 2+”. The gordo size is a little too much for this blend. It would probably be better in a smaller ring gauge. I smoked for an hour and gave up. Easily a 90 min smoke.
The previous reviewer hit the flavor profile well enough, the only thing I would add is that it is delicious. Full flavor and full strength. This is the strongest cigar I have smoked to date. It is a Beast! I smoked this bad boy for 2+ hours! Great after a steak dinner and red wine.
A fine option for the cold weather coming. One of the very few small cigars that gave the full premium cigar experience. Burned really nicely, and if I kept a nice slow pace, never burned hot. Held a nice little ash as well. Tons of smoke production from this little thing.
Not very complex, but who needs complexity in this size if you can get 20 minutes or so of good flavor. Pretty standard woody, peppery profile. But if you want a quality quick smoke without feeling like you are smoking a drug store cigar, give this a whirl.
Very compact and tight little cigar, however the draw is fine. Copious smoke and flavor in a small package. It's not real complex, but satisfying. Good for a 25-30 minute smoke, but have gotten 45 minutes. About a buck and change for a decent smoke. This is the little engine that did.
I thought the draw was a little tight but had great burn. I really loved the flavor, im not very good at picking up certain notes but it had flavor and wasnt too hot. Bought it for a pass but ended up smoking it and i will again.
Started off with notes of forest floor, damp wood, mushrooms and spice. I enjoyed it quite a bit at this point but thought the smoke was a tad hot in spite of the not so loose draw -- but my tongue may have been sensitive from having smoked one too many stogies this week. The initial flavors then vanished completely at the beginning of the second third and got replaced by some hickory-like smokiness and green leaf tannin. These were good but not as interesting, I thought. Some understated horse saddle notes then emerged toward the end of the second third. The notes of leaf tannin then got momentarily strong during the last third, then they got replaced by strong notes of hickory smoke. Burned for about 50 minutes. Was quite excellent overall, but I'd like to see how these perform when aged a bit. 88+ points