The 9th Annual “Cigars for Troops” drive is underway. This is 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=4798... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. 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.
Nice medium plus bodied cigar. Good burn, draw, and taste. Got this one in a mixed sampler from Nirab (Brian). Well rolled. Would smoke again for sure but was a LE series and seem to be scarce these days. Smooth to the nub and never harsh. 4 stars plus a bit.
Appearance: 13/15 - nice looking cigar with a unique band, white and turquoise. A dark brown Colorado Maduro wrapper with a triple cap, this Robusto is presented nicely. A bit of sheen, no tooth, very smooth to the touch.
Construction: 21/25 - draw is a touch tighter than I prefer and smoke production is a little on the light side. Not un-smokeable by any means. The burn line isn’t great though, shortly after lighting up there is a run that needs fixing. Another touch up after the first ash fell off at the beginning of 2/3. Burn got funky again at start of 3/3 and needed another touch up.
Taste: 20/25 - was not a fan of this flavor profile. A harsh wood dominates things with sort of a menthol finish to it. I kept waiting for it to back off and settle down but it never did. It tasted like a really young cigar to me, I kept it at 65% for 4 months so that should’ve been enough to settle it down. Maybe this is the profile they were going for?
Overall: 28/35 - nice appearance with a triple cap and unique band. This cigar line, Sacra Folium, is the brainchild of the owners of a local B&M here with 3 locations on Long Island. This was my first Sacra Folium, I received it in the Small Batch cigar of the month club, so I was interested to try it. But I struggled to smoke to the band, it was just not for me. I’m not sure if this is representative of the brand or just this line or neither, but I’m in no rush to go out and buy any of their other offerings.
Appearance: 14/15 - a small petit corona with a light brown Colorado wrapper and a triple cap. Classic Davidoff white band. Not much sheen or oils but a beautifully smooth wrapper without any veins.
Construction: 25/25 - draw is perfect, burn line is perfect. They should hang a picture of this cigar in every factory because this is how a cigar should perform.
Taste: 22/25 - ok so Davidoff is not a super complex cigar that brings the kitchen sink, we know that. But the Grand Cru and their other “white label” lines are an excellent example of what a top notch cigar maker and cigar blender can do with excellent tobacco - creamy, nutty, and clean. Got some mustiness about halfway through which was nice. Absolutely delicious smoke and it was even better with the coffee I drank with it.
Overall: 33/35 - full disclosure here....I love most things Davidoff with the exception being a couple of their new lines. But their white label lines are truly appreciated and enjoyed by me. Top notch quality and a very flavorful smoke that is easy on the palate. Every time I smoke one, I really considering buying any more $5 cigars and just investing my money in something that I really enjoy. This was a 45 minute smoke, I like to smoke the smaller cigars really slowly so they don’t get too hot.
So that's the end of a ten pack I picked up at cigarpage.com. 10 of the 10 were too tightly rolled and all 10 needed numerous, numerous, numerous relights. 5 were so tight they were unsmokeable. 1 was so tight, but had a hollow center, so lots of air, but no smoke. Of the couple that I could get some taste from when it was actually burning properly, the taste had potential.
Decent looking wrapper,a few vein lines,no real sheen but the wrapper doesn't look dry either,good box press. Takes a cut well and the draw is good. There is a soft spot in the cannon under the band but let's see what happens. Nice spice in the retro,mocha and cream hints and a sweet finish with a strong tobacco core. Smoke production is good and so far this cigar is hitting all the right notes. Getting some leather and a chared note that is actually pretty good. The burn has been a little wonky and the ash all though holding to past a inch has a lot of dark grey in it and a lot of loose flecks. Getting some nut and coffee going into the last third and a touch of sweetness with some caramel hints. Burn has been erratic at best. Flavors were not bad but construction was pretty poor.
The cigar is very soft, and loosely wrapped. There were no signs of defects. The Kuba Kuba had slight small veins. My one complaint is that the wrapper seems a bit thin. Floral scents, mixed with spices, coffee, and tobacco are strong through the cellophane. The tastes are that of floral arrangements mixed with soft spice, clove, cinnamon, and even a mist of mocha. I would steer clear of these if you don’t enjoy smoking aromatics, but if you are looking to start, or already enjoy them the ACID Kuba Kuba would sit well with you.
A firm, box-pressed stick with a near-black wrapper & some slight mottling, flattened veins & deepset oils. PLA light leather & old barn; PLT leathery cocoa; PLD moderately easy. Toasts, lights & draws easily, the burn is fairly even, & the smoke is a bit chalky. Faint cocoa with some leather & wood notes lead off. The woods intensify through the half & rule the finish. The cocoa remains in the background & tempers the flavor & finish of this high-medium-to-low-full smoke. Not bad but not very exciting.