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Toys for Tots Drive
This year's 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 this year.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of March. 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.
I bought this off the discount shelf at my local B&M. Good burn though it did take a couple of touch-ups. Not a bad flavor profile though I couldn't call it a carbon copy of a Padron. I would buy this again only to have on hand for when I have a friend who doesn't know cigars and thinks that "bigger means better"
Cigar had hard time staying lit. Bought and smoked right from prime cigar bar. Uneven burn. Trying to keep it lighted resulted in cigar becoming to hot, thus bitter cigar flavor. Cigar was medium to strong with a tad of a nicotine rush.
Nice stick as you would expect. Dark, satin, oily feel. Lit easy, steady burn, a bit wave action but no runners. Smooth draw immediate rich flavor from the beginning. Enjoying a couple of inches of Crown Royal 75th on the rocks and was watching a Game of Thrones episode and was so lost in the overall experience I had to wake my self up to the fact that I was puffing away and slurping at a furious rate. Had to control my puffs and sips from then on, phew. Glad I did because the rest of the voyage was a tremendous treat just cruising to a mustache sizzling nub.
This is a good mildish smoke with some Connecticut Shade goodness. Construction is beyond reproach. It's creamy and easy-smoking with some subtle dried grass/roasted grain/toast notes. Very relaxing, and a good choice when you are looking for something that won't kick your ass, and a step (waaay)above the standard Macanudo. I wouldn't hesitate to smoke one again. I shoulda took a picture before I burned this cigar, I didn't realize we didn't have one for this in the database.
I'll start with the construction. The pointy head is unusually long and thin and hard to grip with one's teeth or puff firmly without climbing up the shaft an inch or more where the cigar is thicker. After a quarter way in, the limp head is water-logged if you smoke like I do. Other than that the construction is perfect, with a great draw and burn.
Now the flavor. It starts out as good as it'll ever get with hints of pepper, but then it's gone. What's left is a pretty nice chocolate-like flavor and very minor complexity. This is what sustains the cigar the long rest of the way. Fortunately for me, the maduro wrapper doesn't take complete control of the flavor, but it's a Mexican one and you can taste that in it. That's not a strong point. The filler hardly bleeds and the wrapper not at all, but the flavor of the "tea" is pleasant. I'm referring to the saliva-soaked tobacco.
What's interesting is how the San Andres wrapper lowers the overall quality of a blend that is near-perfect in the natural wrapper. All in all this is a middle 4 stars. $8.00 at Cigarbid.
This is probably my favorite 5 Vegas cigar to date. I've tried gold, gold maduro, series A, and classic.
The flavors to me were of leather and red pepper and stayed pretty constant throughout the smoke, so not complex per se but I didn't get bored of it either. Paired great with scotch. Never really got any harshness and I'm down to the last 2 inches as I write. The wrapper was pretty smooth and oily, enjoyable to hold this one. The stick lasted between 2 hours.
The only criticism I have is the construction. I definitely had to guillotine the cap to get the draw right, and the cap unraveled a bit when I cut it. The burn needed quite a bit of correction, but the quality of the smoke made this effort worthwhile.
If not for the construction issues this would've earned 4 stars. It may be worth noting it was pretty windy when I smoked it, not sure if that affected the burn. I'm glad I have 11 more of these, looking forward to seeing what even more age will do to enhance these.
Loved the #5 Robusto, so had to smoke this one right off the truck. It's a semi-soft giant w/a dark chocolate wrap, few veins & great oils. PLA earth, cocoa, barn & faint perfume; PLT deep, moist humus-y earth & sharp vegetal compost; PLD easy. Toast & light are long (as expected, this is a huge vitola), the draw draw is very easy, the burn takes minor work & the smoke is a light woodsy-leafy autumn firesmoke. The flavors are surprisingly mild- light leather/earth/coffee & mild wood notes. There is some black pepper on the back end, but this is a gentle giant. The finish flows toward the woods & the body barely breaks over the mild line. An easy smoking cigar, but lacking the excitement of the Robusto by the same name. We'll see what time does.
This was my first Surrogate so I had no big expectation. From the package I was expecting a cheap looking cigar, but after opening the pack I noticed something I have never seen. The Cigars come pre cut or Un-capped. Quite interesting and I kinda liked the fact it was ready to light. Wrapper was slightly oily, dark, and free of any defect. Construction was great for a small stick.
Pre-Light draw was perfect with taste of butter chocolate and tobacco(who would of thought.)
Entire stick was constant throughout. Slight pepper on the tip of the tongue, mild earthy and slight slight Expresso on the finish. I am getting something bitter, not sure.
I only had one of these to date and this was pretty fresh ROTT.
I would have given it a higher rating, but it was a little bitter. I think with a little rest this stick will get better. I will re-rate a rested stick.