The 8th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is complete. This was 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.
January Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of January. The 26 members with the most points for the month have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Famous Smoke Shop. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
I still prefer the Cromagnon line personally, but this is a very good cigar in it's own right. I do like the shorter, smaller package, but even in the Aquitaine line I prefer the Knuckle Dragger and invest just a bit more time.
As per usual with RomaCraft smokes, the construction is well done and the cigar performs well. Straight burn line, firm ash, and tons of smoke. Quality was not skimped in favor of a small smoke.
The same profile as the rest of the line. Lots of pepper, leather and earth. A smoky, oak note develops fairly early on and continues through the rest of the smoke as well. I smoked this one early in the morning and paired with a nice creamy coffee was surprisingly well matched. I expected the smaller ring may provide a bit more kick, but this particular stick wasn't overwhelming at all.
I would certainly smoke these again, although I am looking forward to the Cromagnon blend. But if they didn't have that blend, the Aquitaine line would certainly be a great line for me to go to.
This is one fantastic cigar! After 5 minutes I began to feel a bit sad knowing that the experience would eventually come to an end. Fortunately, that wouldn't happen for 1:15, an excellent burn time for a robusto. Lots of sweet leather, some spice, some cinnamon, some cedar, some chocolate, and a sweet aroma. Not citrusy sweet, but rather the sweetness of molasses. I will also use a descriptor I've not employed before - sweet coffee. The draw and burn were fine. This is as delicious a cigar as I've ever had.
Had this one in the humidor a couple of years now and hadn't smoked it mostly because of the larger RG then I normally like. Today is the day and when I slip it from it's cello sleeve I am treated to a nice looking cigar with a shagy foot and topped with a nice little pigtail at the cap. The wrapper is a nice redish hued maduro that has a slight sheen and gives off a nice earthy tobacco aroma. The cannon is very solid and construction seem's to be very good. A quick snip to remove the pigtail and I am treated to a nice,open draw with tobacco flavors. It takes a flame well and the initial flavors are chocolate with hint's of cream and wood and a bit of noticeable spice in the retro. Very smooth through the first third. Going into the second third the smoke becomes sweeter as toasted sugar cane joins the profile and the chocolate becomes more of a mocha with the cream hint still keeping thing's smooth. The wood hint's have become a solid player in the profile now and the spice has faded slightly, not being as evident in the retro. Profile is still very smooth. Going into the last third I begin to get a nice tobacco note joining the mocha and the spice has stepped up a couple notches, sweet notes have faded some as the toasted sugar cane has gone away and I am noticing an almost coriander like hint working in and out of the profile. This was a really good cigar. The profile had just enough complexity to keep it interesting and the flavors it presented were good one's that were delivered in a very smooth fashion. The burn was almost razor strait from start to finish and the ash held to the half way mark and was solid and dark grey in color. Smoke production was good and over all this was a very well constructed specimen. With each Flatbed cigar I smoke I become a bigger fan.
I may be in the minority, but I found this to be the best Bolivar I have personally smoked. I know the BBF is a popular choice and I have a Gold Medal I haven't gotten to yet, but this smoke blew me away.
A great looking, thick and hefty stick. This one has a secondary LCDH band as it is a store exclusive. The wrapper is slightly rustic but no t overly rough. The initial draw is smooth and full. I toast the foot and off we go.
Burn is stellar, straight as an arrow and a dense gray ash holding almost 2 inches. The draw is perfect and the smoke is thick and dense. Even being left alone during a grilling session it was always waiting for me when I got back, smoldering and ready, never needing a delight.
A delicious complex cigar. This one I didn't break into sections as I was enjoying it so much and it wasn't really sectioned, it was balanced and flavors came in and out at will. A tasty mix of classic Cuban twang with a bit of a kick, cinnamon, white pepper, creamy coffee, cedar, and clean, rich tobacco. Just awesome and the retro-hale, just WOW.
I urge you to devote the time needed to a smoke like this. A leisurely pace and almost 2 hours will reward you for sure.
I haven't enjoyed a new cigar so much in a while! The Keg Toro has a mottled, coffee-brown PBL maduro wrapper with a rough-hewn look. Definitely on the rustic side, but I like that look, as to me it emphasizes the hand-rolled nature of the beast. Pre-light, the cigar exudes a richly evocative aroma mingling barnyard, earth, with a hint of sweetness (raisins?). Lighting up, the keg opens with an easy, satisfying draw that delivers plenty of creamy smoke. Little pepper or spice was notable at the get-go, but a mix of PBL sweetness, earth, and a hint of citrus which brought San Cristobal to my mind. As I progressed deeper into the stick, I began to detect a hint of peppery spice. While this remained present throughout the smoke from about the second third, it never grew overpowering or even very strong, but remained in the background. Sweet molasses and coffee notes emerged, and something like cinnamon, which made me think of Café Cubano. Throughout this smoke, the burn remained fairly even, no touch ups were required, and there were no issues. The cigar remained firm down to the 1 inch nub to which I smoked it (too far, really, but I couldn't bare to sign off from it!) Would I smoke this again? Definitely. I got this as part of CF's Pre-Thanksgiving No-Brainer Sampler, along with a BLTC/CigFed Cray Cray, a Foundation Tabernacle, a Black Works Studio Green Hornet, & a Caldwell King is Dead Broken Sword for 24.95 and free shipping, so that's one purchase I don't regret! I would consider buying a box, but I'm turned off by the fact that these come in wooden kegs, to emphasize Quesada's intention that these smokes are designed for pairing with stouts. You can get 21 toros in a keg-shaped humidor for about $150. That's not unreasonable, but that keg just bugs me, as it seems gimmicky to me. otherwise, I'd say these are definitely box-worthy.
A very enjoyable cigar. A hefty-in-hand torpedo, packed firm and has a silky, milk chocolate wrapper. The cap snipped cleanly, which produced a draw with just the right amount of resistance. Appearance wise the only problem was that the band was a bit wonky around the slight box press, but of course that didn't affect anything. The draw produced plenty of thick smoke, the burn was a bit wandering but overall pretty straight on, and the as was a bit flaky but held on fine.
A nice, traditional flavor profile started out great and waned into good. The start was a nice blend of oak, espresso, light pepper, cedar and clean tobacco. Moving towards the middle more earthiness was introduced, and the clean, bright note starts to back down a bit into a more earthy, subdued smoke. By the end black pepper, black coffee, and gritty earth really take over and it is still good, but had me wishing some of the early brightness and cedar would come back.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable smoke. A fitting cigar for Inauguration Day 2017 with the beautiful eagle on the band. Smoked Jan. 2017, so almost 3 years from the release of these, just for reference.
This cigar had over a year's rest at 448 days at time of smoke.
Nice looking smoke, thick and hefty with a matte brown wrapper and solid feel in the hand. The head snipped easily and provided a pretty easy draw, which was sweet tobacco and clean. I new the burn was going to take a while on this one, and the initial light was fine, taking the flame evenly and producing nice thick puffs of smoke.
Performance wise not much to complain about on this one. Burn line never required a touch-up, tons of smoke, and a really, really dense white ash that held on forever.
The flavor just left me flat on this one unfortunately. This was my second smoke of the day, but mostly all I could get was a musty, generic smoke that really didn't have much going on. From the start it left my mouth dry, and just never really recovered. Oddly, this was one of the most straight-line, one-dimensional smokes I can remember having in a while, which was not a good thing considering how big it was. I quit before the band figuring if there wasn't a change by now it was probably done.
Too bad, I am a fan of Nicholas Melillo, but this one fell short for me. Maybe this was just a one off, bad day or something, but I didn't find this one very enjoyable. I would probably give a smaller vitola a run, but I wouldn't buy the larger ones again.
The cigar looked good. It was well constructed. The initial flavor was peppery and this favor remain until I quite smoking it. I could not keep it lit. After it went out for the 4th time in the last third, I gave up on it. Overall the cigar was pretty bland. The smoke was abundant but a bit harsh. I found nothing special about this cigar.
Rustic, leathery wrapper. Minimal veins. (I wish they would have labeled these Skinny Monsters so that you didn't have to look them up each time to know what you were smoking!)
Draw is tight unfortunately, but not insurmountable. Notes of chocolate, citrus, earthiness and black pepper. Some woody notes develop. Not quite as good as the full sized version, but still enjoyable.