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Toys for Tots Drive
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Good construction with a slightly spongy pack and a clean double cap that clipped perfectly. The draw is on the loose side so I had to be careful to not overheat it. Even with the light draws it produced a good amount of smoke. 1st half was dominated by tobacco, nuts, and pepper. The smoke wasn't smooth but not quite harsh either. There was just a little bit of a gritty feeling on the finish. 2nd half saw the spice die way down and the nuttiness took over. The tobacco taste was still there in the background and took on a little sweetness going into the finish. The smoke did loose the gritty feel and could be considered on the smooth side. Not a bad cigar for the price considering construction was flawless.
I have only had a couple of these within this line so far, the others being a larger vitola. They have an amazing dark almost black wrapper with the My Father large decorative bands around it. It is very solid, cuts and lights with a breeze.
I particularly like the flavor mixture of a light pepper spice, leather, and a chocolate that comes and goes. It burns straight, and the smoke given off is very creamy that is left behind. The ash hangs on about 1-1/2 inches at a time before I got scared and knocked it off. The more I try these, I really want to pick up a qty of them.
This little stick is the color of a paper lunch bag, has some small veins, and a slightly oily wrapper. Weird how they put the bands on, as the one directly in the middle is covered halfway by the one closest to the cap. Not much flavors stand out, it has a leather one that is the dominant flavor all the way, with a fruity citrus flavor on the finish. Couldn't ask for a better draw, and the smoke volume is perfect for me. I would say this hits the "medium" strength meter, and a good hour to enjoy.
Going with 3 stars, as the lack of complexity can get rather boring and could use something to ramp this up.
This has a reddish brown wrapper, long barrel with a almost closed little foot. The foot takes some time to widen, but once it does the draw is excellent and off to the races.
This has a sweet cedar balanced out by some nutty earth. At times especially around the 2nd third it takes a really sweet flavoring that I just couldn't figure out but was really good. The burn line was perfect all the way to the nub, and has ample amounts of smoke that is creamy.
This cigar was really good, I usually don't care much for a Churchill size cigar but I liked this one because of the smaller gauge.
This was a fairly complex cigars with flavors that included wood(cedar), spices, cocoa and tobacco. The flavors remained the same throughout but each third had a different flavor step to the front.
1st was cedar and spice, not a peppery spice more like a baking spice. 2nd the chocolate really moved forward complemented by the spice and wood and a hint of tobacco, by the 3rd the spice was for front with cedar following.
The construction was perfect with an unwavering burn. I pegged it as medium + in strength. Final smoke time was 1 hour 43 minutes.
I really enjoy Crowned Heads but for me the Headley takes 3rd after the Four Kicks and J.D. Howard. Enjoyable cigar overall and would/will smoke again.
I wasn't too impressed with this cigar. I gave it an extra half a star for burning pretty evenly despite being outside on a windy day and being of good construction. That being said, you smoke cigars for the taste and that's where I felt it fell short. I felt spice dominated this cigar for nearly the entire stick. Around the beginning of the 2nd third the spice began to fade away and a mild sweetness took its place. However, it came roaring back stronger than in the beginning for the last third. By the end I was ready to be done. I found the middle third the most enjoyable, followed by the first, with a poor finish. I have no intention of having another.
This cigar has a medium tan wrapper with a light sheen to it although, it felt a bit dry. There are a couple tiny veins but the seams are invisible and the cap seems well applied. The sides seem slightly pressed as they are almost flattened like a box press and the canon is firm from head to foot. There is a nice earthy aroma from the stick as well as a light grass scent. The cigar took the V-cut well and the cold draw is strong tea with cedar. The cigar toasted easily and had an exceptional burn throughout the stick. I never had to adjust, relight, or even turn the cigar during smoke time and it maintained a perfect burn line. The ash was near white with slight grey veining and held well to about the 2 inch mark before I knocked it off for fear of wearing it. Smoke volume was excellent and the draw was near perfect! As I noted earlier, this cigar has a nice open draw to it with just a slight restriction (which I liked). The cap stayed put for the entire cigar even though I tend to use my teeth to hold a cigar quite often. The canon was firm yet the cigar was slightly flattened out on two sides. Not sure if this was supposed to be a press or not but, it didn't affect the draw. Seams were non-existent and veining was minimal. The cigar started off with a light burst of pepper and some nice toasty flavors like tea, cedar, dry earth, and toasted tobacco and was quite mild. This soon changed to just tea, cedar, and toast, followed by a slightly tangy citrus like note on the finish and it progressively became more medium in body. Into the second third the citrus note became more floral at times and there was also a slight coffee flavor mixed in with the tea and toast. The finish was short but always had either a slight sweetness (like raisins or prunes) or the citrus tang to it and I really enjoyed the room note of this stick! In the final third the flavors didn't change much but, the citrus came and went as did the light coffee flavor. The cigar was a good solid medium in body. Unfortunately, the nub was a bit hot and I had to cut it short with an inch and a quarter to go.
Just looking at this you can tell its going to be a great smoke. The cigar is rich dark chocolate in color with a very neatly rolled wrapper and a double cap that is almost hidden because it blends in so well. The cigar is very dense and firm and is a perfect circle, you can roll it on the table like a pool cue.
It takes to a flame quickly and the fun begins. The first few draws you get a sense of some rustic age, almost musty. Then it becomes a delicious baking chocolate, some leather, and a tiny bit of white pepper. The draw is absolutely perfect in my book, and brings forward a bright white ash and thick clouds of almost white smoke which also leaves a creamy film in the mouth.
This cigar was just perfect in my mind. It was almost sad to see it come to an end as I just wanted more. It did deliver a nice full punch and smokes in about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
This is a fat stubby cigar with a 55 ring, has a milky brown wrapper and the two bands wrapped around it. It did take a long time to get started as it didn't want to seem to take the flame.
I only really picked up a small amount of leather and a really heavy wood taste in the flavors profile. This particular one had a strange burn to it that I have not seen before. During the first third a hole popped up about 2 inches down the barrel which actually was burning. It was almost as if a timber slid down and lit up in the middle. The burn line eventually met up and never had a problem after that, and not only that the draw became much better. I liked the way the ash was clinging on, it stayed on almost half way and had to be knocked off.
This I believe was a new batch and was only 9 months old or so. I will let the other one I have wait a while and revisit this review then. I can see this cigar pounding out another star down the road.
What a dark wrapper with some oily sheen to it. Very neatly rolled as I could barely see any veins or seams. The cap slices off cleanly and I noticed a nice draw with just enough hesitation to it.
Starts off with a strong pepper which only last this way during the first third. The background flavors standing out are earth and wood, and maybe a touch of leather. The last half of this cigar becomes a mellow earthy tobacco with some nutty tones.
This one smoked in just about 50 minutes for me, had a good burn line, never needed any touch-ups, and gave off plenty of smoke that also had a nice lingering aroma.