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Toys for Tots Drive
This year's 2014Marine Toys for Tots drive is over, and the very generous brotherhood here pulled together for an amazing $1,595.16. This is a great accomplishment that will go to a great organization that provides gifts for those less fortunate children in time for Christmas. A special thanks goes out to Brad (Longhorn) for running the drive again this year.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of March. 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.
Purchased a box and did a tasting with three other members of my local cigar shop. It was well received. Great construction and draw, and even burn down to the nub. Medium strength and full of flavors; hints ofcinnamon, notes of coffee and cedar, and subtle earthiness. Nice finish. Paired with Puerto Rican Barrilito 3 Star rum.
Will start off by saying I was surprised by this, not blown away, but surprised. Received this smoke in a bomb and it was dated 12/13, so it has a little over a year on it aged all together. So that may have been a factor here. Anyways onto the review.
Overall construction pretty rough, veins, visible seams, cap is partially coming off.
Aroma of cedar/tobacco from the pre light. Cold draw heavy cedar.
First third very bland tobacco with cedar does have a peppery finish. Second third mellowed out into a earthy tobacco and still holding on to its peppery finish. Final third didn't really change much besides a slight peanut taste popping in there with the earth and tobacco, still held on to pepper finish.
All in all this wasn't as bad as some of the lower end smokes I have had in the past, matter of fact I would grab a few of these to dish out to friends who just want a cigar or to use for yard gar.
Beautiful looking cigar, nice feel. The cap was easy to cut and no problems unraveling. Felt to be packed nicely. Great aroma, semi oily with a nice looking wrapper. I want to say there was a slight box press put on but I am not 100% sure. It has the look and feel of a lightly box pressed cigar.
Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible
Perfect burn, razor sharp. Ash held on very well and stayed intact in the ashtray as well. Nice grey color, good creamy smoke. The burn rate was perfect, I was even trying to smoke a little faster than normal (38 degrees out) but an increased smoke rate didn't phase this stick at all.
Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible
Well built, typical ashton quality. Small veins and a barely visible seam. The draw was a little, very little tight at the start but opened up at about a half inch in. The wrapper looks great and is flawless. The label was easy to remove without any extra glue holding on to the cigar (which seems to be a problem these days for some reason). Overall, hard to find much wrong with the construction.
Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible
Starts off with a sweet woody flavor and some pepper starts to kick in in the first third. Off the back I can tell this is a stronger cigar than the cabinet and classic ashton. Overall creaminess that lasted over the entire smoke. A could taste some citrus that came in and out, most pronounced in the 2/3. The final third sees the spice leaving and a nice leathery taste. I would compare it to the VSG in strength, right on the border between Full and Medium-Full. The complexity was average but I could see it improving as it ages.
Very solid cigar that I think will round out and improve with some aging time. Like other Ashton cigars, age usually makes them even better. I was impressed with this cigar and look forward to trying one with a year on it. Overall, a very good cigar that I enjoyed.
Nice looking cigar with the double silver bands and nice looking wrapper. solid cannon with a lite obacco and spice aroma at the foot. It cit's well with a V-cut and the draw is good with a slight leather hint. Takes a toast well enough and gives off a slightly pungent aromatic as the foot set's. Nice spice note's and some leather with a hint of vanilla are the first flavor's I notice after firing this one up. Smoke production is good and the burn, all though a little wavy is not to bad. Some floral hint's show up about 3/4" in and really give a nice push to the flavor profile. Some nice tobacco and a sweet hint start the second third along with some toasted malt flavor. Spice still has a nice kick in the retro and florals have been replaced by a mocha hint. The last third has more of a mocha flavor mixed with wood as the main flavors with tobacco and leather note's working the background. I read through the other reviews before smoking this one and I guess my tastes are a little different because I gave this one 83 point's which is a solid 4 by my rating standards. This is a nice cigar that burned well and produced a good amount of smoke with nice flavor combination's. I like the 701 better but I cann't find to much wrong with this 305. Try one if you get the chance.
This was a very well aged stick, purchased from a Geek with over 1000 days of rest on it. Cello was a lovely dirty yellow. Nice looking cigar with no soft spots. Always liked the bands on La Aroma de Cuba - very classic looking. Cold draw was very woodsy. Burn was flawless, ash was a light grey and stayed very tightly packed. Pushed it a little too far and ended up with about 2 inches on my lap. Flavors started just right for my cigar tastes - lots of wood, light leather, coffee, slight spice - all playing nicely together. Smoke was very dry, and the finish was a little short. As it moved to the final third was looking for a little more spice, but did not show up. Stayed very woodsy, nutty, earthy. Not bad at all, just would have been perfect in my book to get a little more spice at the end. Burned a little hot at the final, and I did not nub it.
This is a decent medium cigar with flavors of leather, wood, cream, and bitterness. I've been looking forward to tryig it so I jumped on the opportunity when it went on sale at the smoke shop. It ended being a disappointment as it turned out to have pronounced bitterness on the tongue. Luckily I had a hoppy IPA on hand to balance out the bitter aftertaste. My first La Palina and I probably won't put any effort into sourcing others. Almost rated it 2.5.
This was a very solid Maduro that reminded me of the Mayorga cigars in terms of the flavor. Very plain and boring but also very solid. The draw was really tight in the beginning to the point where it became quite frustrating. A very solid Maduro nevertheless, which I would consider buying again given the right circumstances. It actually seemed to have more flavor than the Padron 1926 that preceded it!
This was an utterly disappointing cigar for me, not so much because of the price point but more so because of the rave reviews here and my better experience with other 1926 vitolas. For me this cigar was all strength, very thin on flavor, and with little complexity if any. I actually have fonder memories from when I last smoked a Man O War Corojo Puro Authentico, and the Saint Luis Rey Maduro I smoked right after this Padron seemed to have more flavor. I'd probably buy it again if the price is right, if only to see if this was a dud. Very solid for sure, but nothing spectacular or worth pondering about IMHO.