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Toys for Tots Drive
I want to take a moment to thank all the very generous Geeks out there for their contributions in driving the Marine Toys for Tots donation from our brotherhood to very nice total of $1050.00. A special thanks goes out to Brad (Longhorn) for the excellent idea and drive to make this so successful.
August Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of August. The 35 members with the most points for the month have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to CI. You can read the details HERE. To view the previous month's contest results see here.
I was looking forward to trying this after being highly recommended by some smokers at the Napa shop, but didn't feel it warranted the $10 price tag, so I was very happy when StogieDad sent me one. Starts of with very strong notes of charred wood, anise, licorice, and mustard greens. Paired it with a Rauchbier from Uinta but the beer wasn't hefty enough to balance the flavors of the stogie (the smoke enhanced the smokiness of the lager however); the Trois Pistoles dark ale from Unibroue that I opened later would have made for a better pairing. The bitter herbal notes were so strong on the finish that I almost put it out after 1/3 inch. It calmed down a bit midway through the first third, but was still out of balance and mostly a one track pony till the end. Construction was excellent overall, even though it got spongy on the second half from the start. I think I'd enjoy these best with some age, but they're not great enough for me to purchase and lay down to find out. It's an acquired taste, and I'd rather have the MUWAT Bait Fish over this. Burned for 90 minutes till the nub and then it got rougher, with more dark, charred notes. Definitely full bodied in my book. 89 points
A nice looking medium brown cigar with classic Cameroon flavors. Not a lot of pepper or spice, but more woody with some sweetness and a bit nutty. Wrapper was quite fragile and started to peel in places, but nothing that couldn't be managed. Some creaminess on the second half and it went from medium to a medium-full. Lots and lots of billowy smoke. A solid cigar to keep in rotation.
A little surprised by the terrible reviews on this one, as mine was not bad at all. Very nice looking stick, oily with some veining. Fill was nice, draw was fine. Ash held a bit over an inch and was stark white. Burn was straight on from the beginning, never even thought about a touch-up.
I won't say it was terribly complex, but it was tasty. Leather, some meaty notes, and earth was about all that was going on, but nothing bitter or bad at all. I got this cigar aged a couple years, so it may very well be these need a good rest to smooth out. While I won't be searching them out, if you have room to age a few, at a value price these are not bad at all.
This is a mild strength cigar with nothing special as far as flavors. It starts off a bit grassy with a light leather aftertaste. The second half the flavors are leather, nuts, and a barnyard aftertaste.
This doesn't give off allot of smoke, requires constant puffing or it tries to go out, and also needed several touch ups.
Not sure I would purchase these unless I found a great deal and was going to give them a long rest time to improve.
Nice darker wrapper, smooth with good feel. Solid construction. Taste is peppery, with a nice deep tobacco flavor. Good smoke volume and much stronger than the other 5 vegas cigars I have tried. I think the more medium versions are more complex in flavor but if you like a stronger cigar than you will enjoy this one, especially for the price.
Rustic look with solid construction. The taste was classic spicy tobacco with hints of cocoa at times. Since it is a big cigar I will save the rest for bad days at work where I need to really relax for 90 mins or so. Great burn with good smoke volume. The ash held on nicely. Overall very pleased, add in the price and even more pleased. Worth picking up.
There's a reason this cigar is legendary. The one I'm reviewing is from 2001.
Prelight - The wrapper is beautiful, silky smooth without a blemish. It's heavy in the hand, firm but not hard, with a perfect pigtail cap. The aroma from the foot is barnyard and grass. The cold draw is perfect, with a pleasant grassiness.
Construction and combustion: About as perfect as it gets. The rolling is outstanding, with virtually invisble seams and an excellent draw, especially considering how well filled it is. The ash is dark and strong, and the burn is quite slow. Take your time to enjoy this smoke.
Flavors: Smooth from the very start, with flavors of honey and grass -- no, not lawn mower clippings, but a rich floral grassiness, a little like green pepper. The flavors are round and rich, no more than medium in body but the smoke is very creamy and palate-coating. The richness continues to build throughout the smoking, and the complexity is remarkable. But you really need to sip on this -- I pulled too hard a couple of times and the smoke was too hot and I lost the flavors. I slowed it down and was rewarded with honey, nuts, and cream. There were notes of vanilla from time to time, and pleasant herbaceous notes. The body grew heavier, too, richer and even creamier.
An outstanding smoke that lives up to its reputation as one of the finest cigars in the world.
The one I'm reviewing is from a batch that I picked up at least 3 years ago.
Prelight: Very smooth, medium dark brown wrapper. Well-filled, just the right give to the touch. Very well done triple cap. Cold draw is perfect.
Construction and combustion: Top drawer. The burn is slow, generating a strong, light gray ash. I ashed only three times. The burn line is very straight. Gobs of smoke. 80 minutes smoke time.
Flavors: Smooooth. Earthy leather at the start, but not much spice. Rich, cool, creamy smoke. The finish is just slightly sweet, very clean.
In the middle, the earthiness fades and I get prominent notes of coffee, caramel, and nuts. Rich and satisfying, with good complexity. This is a cigar that's worth paying attention to -- it can hold your interest.
The flavors in the last third continue in this vein, and the smoke stays cool all the way to the band, with no harshness or dirty flavors.
Overall, this is a very well-made, high quality cigar. It doesn't quite hit 4.5 stars, but it's damn close.