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Toys for Tots Drive
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Prelight: Smoked with 316 days of humidor time and a straight cut. Presents with a smooth, dark chocolate-colored wrapper with gold highlights. The cold draw tasted of cinnamon. Paired well with Bell's Porter. Imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/bXU4r
First third: Right off the bat, this gave some refined, but very intense, flavors of damp earth and tobacco underscored by dark chocolate. The cinnamon quality from the cold draw carried over onto the nose. This constituted a deep, dark flavor profile akin to a Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9. The burn was razor-sharp, though the ash was a tad flaky at the tip. Ash held on for about 0.75 inches at a time, and the foot smoke never stopped.
Second third: The damp earth took a step back in this third, but a woody black pepper with medium-intensity spice stepped in. The chocolate stuck around and became a bit more intense. The construction is still great.
Final third: The black pepper was the star of the final third, backed by toasted oak that branched out from the black pepper flavor. The chocolate came and went. One small wrapper defect began to split as the burn line approached, but it was easily cauterized by a quick burst of flame. (I believe this was a storage-induced defect.) I set it down with about 1.5 inches remaining.
Verdict: If you like the Liga No. 9, give this "baby Liga" a shot. Even if you don't, at ca. $3 a piece, you can't go wrong. It might require some patience to get there, though; the 10 months of humidor time probably had something to do with this stick's stellar performance. I will rate this "very good-to-excellent," 90/100.
The Muway Night Crawler had a dark brown, almost black wrapper with a few veins and an oily feel. The Night Crawler was very firm. The black and silver band looked nice with the dark wrapper. The foot smelled of hay with a hint of tea. The body of the cigar also had a light smell of hay with hint of clove and other spices. The Night Crawler's cap was firm under the punch, leaving a round clean punch with no loose leaves. Air flowed easily through the unlit cigar. There was little to no taste in the draw but the wrapper left a light tobacco taste on the lips. The toasted foot smelled of coffee. The Muwat lit easily and produced a good amount of smoke. The cigar tunneled a bit when first lit but the burn was even around the tunnel. The burn became uneven midway through the first third and the tunnel disappeared. The ash was very flakey at this point. The first few puffs were creamy with a light tobacco flavor. There were no flavors that stood out in a major way. The ash was very dark at the point of lighting but turned white quickly. The ash was very airy or porous. The fire of the cigar was very visible through the ash. The ash was not compacted. The cigar continued to burn well and it was on the mild side of "mild to medium." The flavor was complex but the Night Crawler was almost tasteless, with a light taste of tobacco on the pallet with a hint of pepper. The cigar continued to burn unevenly as it reached the second third. The Muwat actually burned around a small portion of the wrapper and it dropped its ash at this point. The second third of the cigar continued with a flavor very similar to the first third. The burn continued unevenly, so a signal torch lighter was used to even up the burn. As the Night Crawler burned, the flavor became more bold and complex. At this point, the smoke was smooth and moved more toward the medium side of "mild to medium." The cigar almost went out as it reached the final third and the burn became very uneven again. The flavor became a bit ashy midway through the final third and the aftertaste on the tongue was a bit harsh. After getting the cigar back up to a good burn, the smoke mellowed out and the taste was better and the smoke was smoother. The Muwat Night Crawler definitely had problems burning evenly, but other than that, the cigar was very good. Overall the taste of the cigar was complex and the smoke was creamy to smooth. In my opinion, the Muwat Night Crawler rates a 4. I enjoyed the cigar and I will definitely be smoking more of them.
Excellent smoke, very well made with zero visible seams and nice triple cap. Will say the band also looks nice contrasted against the dark wrapper. Very good looking smoke. Paired with a glass of Basil Hayden.
First third full on leather,earth,dark chocolate with a peppery, roasted coffee beans finish. 2nd third moved more toward a strong earthy/wood taste with the dark chocolate still there, finish was still a strong pepper with a nutmeg/cinnamon now instead of the coffee beans. Final third really opened up with third opened up with a strong woody/dark chocolate with the earthiness being less noticeable, finish was more nutmeg/cinnamon with the coffee beans still present as well.
All in all this was an amazing smoke for me. Really was a nice enjoyable cigar and definitely is a full bodied smoke. Will say it hit me hard but nothing a little Coke couldn't fix.
I gave this cigar a 85/100 based on the geek critique template.
The cigar scored well on construction. The wrapper was very nice, shiny, small veins, and consistent firmness (not too firm). The burn was not even, but it may have to due with high humidity and rain in my smoking location. At one point, the wrapper came off, but it was not a big deal. The smoke quality was thin but plentiful at first, picked up to creamy and plentiful halfway, and then finally came back down to thin but plentiful for the rest of the cigar.
The first third brought in mostly cedar and wood flavors. Overall, these flavors were the predominant and only flavors I got throught the second and last thrids. I didn't mind too much that the cigar was very single toned but it made me wish it was a little more complex.
I liked this cigar. It has a smooth medium Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. I got some vanilla and oak, and some lemon came in about a third or so into the cigar. It seemed to smoke fast with a flaky ash.
Love Monte#2, but they are hit and miss. This one was nothing special. Relatively bland experience from start to finish and missing the creamy deliciousness I hope for each time I smoke one. That said, I am still very much looking forward to the next one.
Minimal veins but a slightly sloppy application of the wrapper. Sold feel and great draw.
Cold draw produced notes of wet grass and faint baking spices. There was an acidic touch left on the lips from the head of the cigar.
The flavors I encountered were mainly grass, cedar, and the baking spices I mentioned earlier (only even more subdued). Intermittent notes of mesquite faded in and out as well.
I generally expect a creamier smoke out of a Connie shade, but this stick lacked that characteristic. Neither good or bad, just an observation. Some of the acidity crept in near the end, forcing me to lay it down.
The cigar burned cool, produced plenty of smoke on the draw and kept a tight burn line throughout.
This cigar lacked a depth and diversity that are tenets in my preferences for a cigar. While mostly pleasant, there just wasn't enough there to keep my attention or make it truly memorable. Perhaps a good novice stick.
Somewhat roughly rolled but has a firm pack. No veins or blemishes. Nice triple cap that cut perfectly. Draw is on the tight side but once smoking it performed admirably. Toasted to an easy light. Smoke is thick and creamy in flavor and mouthfeel. Ash holds for about a half inch to an inch at a time. It did require a couple touch ups when I let it sit to long between draws. This is a smooth smoke. Cream, cedar, a touch of leather, floral, and a pinch of spice. It was pretty much the same for the length of this enjoyable cigar with a few changes in which flavor stood out more then the others.
I have to say that this has to be one of the smoothest cigars I have ever smoked in my life. The Draw the flavor is nearly perfect in my honest opinion. I was lucky to try this at a tasting along with some single malt scotch. Can't remember the brand of scotch but the two went hand in hand. The scotch only enhanced the flavor of the cigar.
Dark oily wrapper, small pigtail, it has a toothy barrel. I clipped just past the tail as the cap was tiny and didn't want to unravel. First few minutes were a strong chocolate, spices, and old leather. Entering the second third takes in a cedar note mixed with leather and some faint pepper spice. The last third the flavors are more cedar, citrus, and burnt toast with white pepper. The ash was dark gray and flaky and the burn line leaned from side to side and also needed to be touched up a couple times.