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.
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Foot toasted nicely and gave off a wonderful aroma that I am incapable of describing. As soon as it was lit, toast, cream, oak and dark roasted coffee became dominant. The flavors didnt change much throughout cigar, but why change a good thing. May have become more "meaty?" as it burned. Have to admit, I got lost in the enjoyment of this cigar and didn't notice much difference in middle or last 3rd. Normally I may think of that as a negative, but again, why mess with a good thing. May have been because it was a long smoke, but made it perfect for a social event where you know what you are getting from start to finish without much thought. Enjoyable smoke with no issues, but no changes.
A beautiful, box pressed Connecticut cigar with a great looking, classic double band. V cut and first flavors are slightly peppery, creamy and smooth tobacco. Further in I get a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of sweetness. The cigar finishes with a slight drop in the pepper and adds a touch of black coffee. Burn, ash and draw are fantastic. This is a wonderful and very flavorful connie wrapped cigar. Definitely a must try, and goes great with a nice cup of coffee.
Pre-light aroma is light, I get a little sweetness, and something else that's just too faint to call. Very open cold draw, I get maybe a little cocoa and some yeast/bread type of notes, again, nothing bold. Cigar is packed firm, very minimal veins and tight seams.
I believe this stick has 2 years of age on it.
Lights with ease and off we go with a big pepper blast, but oh the other stuff that plays with it right off the bat! Oak, cream, dark chocolate, and dark Nicaraguan tobacco, lovely. Very smooth medium to full body right away. Lit aroma is very woodsy.
The pepper fades on the pallet after a half inch leaving an earthy creamy core, but the pepper makes an appearance in the finish. The retrohale keeps the flavors from being boring as you do get the oak and spices there.
The ash is solid but drops at about an inch, which is a little short for a 54 ring in my opinion.
The flavors don't change much throughout as best I can tell. Smoke output/body and the draw were fantastic the whole way, but the burn did struggle with unevenness and tunneling in the second half, requiring a fair number of corrections, which is why I didn't rate it as high as others did.
This is a strong Nicaraguan stick through and through.
My Autry Cellars American Barrel finished Brandy was a perfect pairing.
Aside from being a perfecto there is really nothing flashy about this cigars appearance. A nice example of a connecticut wrapper, no sheen to it. It gives off a slightly sweet chocolate smell prelight. The cannon is solid and it takes a cut well revealing a good draw that has a mild earthy tobacco flavor prelight. Some nice vanilla and cream with a bit of spice in the retro. Getting some wood hint's in the background and just a bit of espresso also. Very nice start. The second third is marked by wood and mocha taking the lead, still some cream and a hint of toasted malt. Burn has been spot on and ash held to the half way mark easily and is solid and almost pure white. The last third has a slight uptick in spice, the wood becomes stronger, still getting mocha but not as sweet as last third and vanilla and cream have taken a backseat. This was a really nice cigar. Burn was spot on start to finish, ash held well and the flavor profile was very enjoyable. It ran pretty Mild till about the mid point then it begin to gain some strength finishing at a good medium. This is the best conecticut shade smoke I have had in a long time. I definitely am getting more of these.
This Coronado Grande is a very nice cigar. One of the H. Upmanns bigger formats it is complementing my inventory of stogies in my humidor. With a nice dark brown cuban wrapper and a well constructed body it makes an excellent and even smoke. After cutting you feel a nice and easy draw. As this cigar is rolled from darker tobaccos you can feel its character and stronger appearance right after you light it up and takle the first puffs. I felt it just at the edge of being a bit too bold. Still loved the spices and the chocolate hint in the first 3rd of the cigar. Towards the middle it developed a stronger character and the chocolate part faded to make room for a more taste. I thought the last 3rd can become challenging as it gest certainly much stronger. As my regular smoke is a Partagas D4, I enjoy this once in a while as a welcomed change.
Decent looking cigar, wrapper is fairly smooth and has a slight oily sheen. Cannon is solid and cap is well applied. Wrapper has a nice earth and moss aroma to it. The foot smells of sweet baking spices. Takes a cut well and the draw is good with an almost sweet tea flavor prelight. Starts out with some mocha and a nice spice in the retro and a toasted malt comes through at the end giving a nice transition of flavors through each puff. The second third is more of the same but I am having some real trouble keeping it burning and there seems to be a void in the filler. The last third is a continuation of the previously stated profile with just a slight uptick in spice. The burn picked back up and has been good since breaking over the halfway mark. Nothing to write home about in this one but if it was cheap enough might be something to puff on while working in the shop.
Nice looking stick with a box press.It is slightly oily with a nice firm pak.Has a little barnyard smell to it.It clips without any problem and has a nice draw. The stick fires up nicely and produces smoke in abundance and stays that way for the entire stick.I get a little pepper on the retro with some woodiness.There are also some chocolate notes to it.The stick stays true to flavors for the endurance. The burn time is around 1hr.30min and requires no touch-ups.The ash is a medium grey and firm.I find the strength to be a high medium.It is a nice smoke and would certainly smoke again.
Flavored cigars are not my thing, but I got this in a sampler years ago. Finally found a decent morning to smoke a small cigar with my coffee out by the pool while visiting family.
With that said, I couldn't imagine smoking this cigar with anything but coffee. The vanilla was a little stronger than I had hoped, but yes, there did seem to be a decent cigar underneath it all. It burned straight and wrapper was flawless. The wrapper left a very strong sweetness on my lips, almost like smoking a Swisher Sweet or something. Would not smoke these again, but rating a 3 because I feel those who do like flavored cigars would enjoy this one. Just not me.
Nice smooth wrapper with a slightly oily wrapper.It has a nice firm pak with no soft spots. The stick cuts nicely and the draw is spot on.The stick fires up nicely but the smoke output is down to my liking but it doesn,t effect the taste.the flavors are smooth with no bitterness in this stick.I get some nice nuttiness,leather and creaminess in this stick the retro produces the nuttiness with a touch of cedar,with all intermingle nicely.The only problem with this stick was the burn issues which was wonky for the whole stick and required several touch ups and a complete relight at one time. The burn time was 1hr.25min.and the strength was a high medium at best.I did smoke it till the nub and did enjoy the stick.The ash was a darker grey ,firm and held on nicely.Nice stick will pu some more some time.
Gorgeous looking cigar with beautiful wrapper. Prelight aroma was spot on, the cap cut easily, and the foot toasted nicely.
Flavors were a bit on the sweeter side. Couldn't quite put my finger on anything specific, but definitely didn't taste the licorice others mentioned (which is good since I don't like licorice). It was a very enjoyable smoke, but flavors were not as great as I'd hoped.
Burn was perfect and there was a ton of thick smoke.