The 10th 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=5087... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. 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.
The cigar that cemented me into the cigar smoker I am today. The cigar opens with a smooth mild nuttiness that works itself up through the first third, finishing out with chocolate notes while maintaining the nuttiness on the end. Second third tends to go the route of leather but in some instances a nice floral note comes into the nutty-leathery medium body smoke.In the final third the leather really ramps itself up and most of the nuttiness has left the profile and a nice jasmine tea moves in and makes it nearly impossible to put down. Keep it cool and aim to smoke it over an hour and a half and it will reward you for it. I rate it a 4 because occasionally construction issues will ruin the experience for you.
Nice looking belicoso, slight sheen to the wrapper, pretty smooth, solid cannon, well applied cap, cut's well and has a good draw with a earthy tobacco flavor pre=light. Toasted malt with some leather hints a touch of cream and some almond start the show and there is just a bit of spice in the retro and a nice toasty room aromatic. The second third seem's to be more of the same except for the addition of some mocha note's. Burn has been good as has smoke production. Ash held well to about an inch and a half before I knocked it off and was solid and almost a pure white in color. The last third was a continuation of the previous profile. Not a overly complex cigar but a well balanced and tasty one. Try one if you get the chance.
Yet another gift from a friend, but it didn't quite measure up to the standards set by the Macanudo a few hours earlier. The first half of this one had a mediocre draw and smoke volume, but both of these problems cleared up around the middle of the stogie and it suddenly became much easier to smoke. The burn stayed very even all the way through. The taste was merely OK, being sort of mild to medium without any of the creaminess of the Macanudo from earlier. The taste on retrohale was quite harsh and I quickly gave up on that. All in all, it wasn't a bad smoke, just not very good and I won't be buying any of these given all the other great choices available.
This was a gift from a friend and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. It started out mild and creamy with an easy draw and even burn with fine ash and stayed that way pretty much until the end. Great smoke volume, too, and very easy to retrohale with. The taste on retrohale was similar to the Hoyo de Monterrey I wrote about last week - very creamy and pleasant. The only downside here was that this one was a smaller cigar in Corona size and went by pretty quickly relative to the Churchills I've been getting used to. Definitely going to have to get more of these in the larger sizes...
The "Bold" namesake is justified right from the get go. Heavy earth and heavy leather. By the halfway point it really smoothes out and some nice rich brown butter tastes join the mix, and a little nitty too. Nicely balanced strong flavors but not harsh at all. Dead on burn and draw for the entire smoke. Not quite as good as the "Original", but pretty close.
I find these to be frustrating. I've puffed about a dozen of them. The thing is, it starts a little tight and doesn't produce enough smoke. The first third burns well, with a nice even burn line - I favor that. But it lacks flavor and smoke production.
In the second 3rd, it starts to loosen and and I get more smoke. By the second half the flavor ramps up and it's in my wheel house - leather, a little black pepper which I enjoy, but the burn gets wonky. I apply several corrections to avoid canoeing. This is annoying.
Overall I think I have to work too hard to really enjoy the stick.