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.
Perfectly square, very dense, heavy, and tightly packed, this cigar seems as much something I'd use to beat off would-be muggers than something I'd smoke.
Pre-light, this Tattoo is medium dark and oily. I'm not a fan of the double band on this one - just nothing special, but it is a tightly wrapped, well-made cigar.
The first puff or two state boldly the flavors that will dominate the rest of the smoke. I got a heavy pepper blast and a lot of oily, leathery tobacco. This combination is not a great one for me, flavor-wise, and unfortunately, the intensity only seems to ramp up gradually throughout the smoke. I ended up putting this out with about a third left, as I was feeling both the nicotine and flavor fatigue.
However, the flavor was not altogether unpleasant, and the construction and burn were a great experience. I would never buy or request these, but I should thing fans of CT Broadleafs and big flavors will get a lot out of this stick
This was a pretty enjoyable smoke, but didn't deliver the full experience I would hope from a $15+ cigar.
It is a nice looking stick, silky wrapper adorned with dual gold foil bands and topped with a little pigtail. After a quick snip, the draw was right on, and the overall performance was pretty good. The burn line was mostly straight, requiring two touch-ups along the way to avoid going totally off track, but nothing too crazy. Tons of smoke, which was very lingering. My screened in porch and myself smelled of this cigar throughout the next morning. The ash was a bit flaky but seemed to hold OK, and it stayed lit and burning all the way down to the very nub. For the price and Davidoff reputation, I would have hoped the burn was a bit better, but overall this one performed pretty well.
The flavor was good, but not great on this one. The start was a salty, sour note that lasted longer than I would hope. The sour wasn't totally offensive, but enough to distract you from what else was going on. Lots of black coffee here. The middle third picked up nicely, moving in to some nice leather, oak and some light pepper. It developed a bit of sweetness in the middle as well, which disappeared towards the end finishing with the woody, leather, and pepper notes, and the black coffee returning towards the end bringing back that slightly sour undertone.
Definitely not a bad cigar by any means. It is sneakily heavy, it doesn't taste that heavy but it does weigh on your palate and linger. Not a ton of complexity, but some good flavors going on. I could have done without the sour tones, but I still enjoyed this smoke and actually wonder how good the corona would be in this blend instead of the "nub" style vitola. 3.5 stars.
I don't normally give out 5 star reviews, but this cigar is stellar! Dark, oily wrapper. Excellent construction. Very heavy-in-hand. Perfect burn and draw. Bold, dark and chewy flavors. Coffee, cocoa, graham cracker, slightly sweet. Full bodied. Absolutely nothing that I could find to take points off. The best of all the Small Batch cigars that he has produced.
I discovered this cigar as part of a well underpriced CAO 10-pack from Cigars International. I'm glad I tried them. Reviewers elsewhere had complaints about this cigar's burn and draw, but I do not. Both were fine, but it did smoke quickly - maybe 45 minutes. And the flavors? A classic dessert stick - butter, caramel, molasses. Very sweet. Not a pepper or spice blend at all. This cigar is worth more than the price charged.
These just hit 500 days in my humidor. My favorite vitola, and a great looking smoke. Silky milk chocolate brown wrapper, very light veining and even fill. The draw is perfect, producing thick clouds of lingering smoke. The burn isn't straight on, but always corrects itself and is more that acceptable. The ash is dark gray, firm, and holds well over an inch. Overall high marks for construction and performance.
A very nice flavor profile. Creamy smooth and a bit toasty to start, which hangs around through the entire smoke. Cedar, leather, baking spice and oak are the main players I pick up throughout the smoke. I agree with the review by brlesq, I don't know if they were going for cubanesque, but it definitely reminded me of a nice habana. I think that the humi time melded the flavors a bit as I remember a bit more change smoking these before, but they are very balanced now. Very good smoke!
Beautiful, golden brown wrapper, with minimal veining. Cigar is packed well, and the cap clips easily. First draw finds a nice, sweet nutty flavor, along with a faint tingle of peppery goodness. Further in and the smoke adds a wisp of creaminess, and the tobacco begins to move to the forefront. The cigar finishes with an ever so slight graham cracker hint, along with the sweet nutty/pepper and cream mix. Burn, ash and draw are fantastic, with the ash holding until I wanted it to fall. This is a solid, any time of the day cigar, and pairs well with a cup of good strong coffee.
Draw was a little loose but it it burnt pretty well. I got some grass and hay flavors. A little bit of cream. It was definitely a mild cigar. It did seem to burn fast for its size. An ok cigar, probably not worth the price though.
I smoked this cigar after it had about 6 years humi-time. The band apparently has changed, not sure if the blend has. I sure hope not, because I'd love another one of these. Great construction, burn and draw. Deep leather and coffee tastes at the start with some sweeter chocolate as the cigar went on. A little cedar and pepper rounded out the mix. The ash was an almost white light-grey, and the smoke produced was thick and creamy on the tongue.
Much of this score is based on the fact that the wrapper peeled off once I hit the second third. It's winter and dry here so that may have had some affect but this doesn't happen typically even and I smoke often enough during the winter. Seems the wrapper was a bit fragile though. The head(cone, tip) was pretty tight too, didn't want to cut to high up the torpedo so a couple pokes with a skewer and it opened up enough to be near perfect draw.
That being said, the flavor profile was good. Cedar, nuts, touch or coffee. The first third included a sweet spice, like a spice drop candy - yellow, close to an anise flavor. Hints of fruit also and just an occasional hint of pepper on the tongue.
Definitely Mild-Medium. I'd smoke it again if one ended up in my hand at no cost but won't be seeking more out.