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.
Toys for Tots Drive 2018
If you have not seen it, the 2018Marine Toys for Tots drive is in full swing. This is an excellent opportunity for the brotherhood to contribute to a great organization that provides gifts for those less fortunate children in time for Christmas. A special thanks goes out to Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive this year. Also, we are introducing a new Toys for Tots badge this year for being a contributor. If you gave a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $25 you will earn the new badge
October Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of October. 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.
Humidor time: 255 days Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it three clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: Got nothing from PLA. The light gave a medium/full profile with a note of black pepper and a bit of spice on retro. The pepper and spice faded quickly and the body went down to medium. The departing flavors were replaced by a note of wood and a hint of sweetness, with the latter becoming a slight chocolate note in the 2nd half. Very nice and it was tastier than it sounds, but I lack the palate to describe it adequately. Strength was about medium as the nic. hit was noticeable, but not strong. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a so-so draw and smoke volume and an even burn to start. I quickly gave it a fourth clip but without any noticeable improvement in draw and smoke output. The burn stayed very even through the first third with the fine ash falling at about 2 1/2" leaving a small cone. When the ash left, draw and smoke output improved to near optimal and things were then very uneventful down to the nub. (21/25)
Overall impression: Very nice smoke to accompany my Sunday afternoon Netflix session (Blacklist, season 5, what a great show!). Nice flavor, adequate construction makes for a stick I'd smoke again. (30/35)
I recently visited Ft. Myers Floria and found Habano's smoke shop where they have a great humidor and hand roll a # of cigars on site. There are no labels so not sure if these were the same Don Pablos but the box I got had a sticker.
The other cigars in the shop have JO (Joe and Ove) labels.
I picked up a small box of these to give them a shot and Wow what I impressed.
The cigar was extremely well constructed. PLD tasted of bittersweet cocoa. Upon lighting I got hit with a little spice along with the sweet cocoa. The burn and draw were absolutely perfect. The ash was firm and held for well over an inch at a time. The 2nd and final third were extremely smooth and I was extremely impressed from end to end. My rating may change as I work my way through the other sticks but I am happy with the 1st one for sure.
Looking forward to the Connecticuts I bought as well
Humidor time: 255 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, smooth box-press, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a note of leather and hint of earth. A hint of black coffee appeared in the second half. Not bad, not bad at all, and tastier than what I was expecting. Strength was medium or less as not much of a nic. hit was noticed. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed fairly even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn got a bit wavy in the 2nd half, but was self-correcting and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: My second nice RP smoke in a row, I guess I'm on a roll. Not much to dislike with this fine, leathery smoke - tasty flavors, decent construction, and I'd smoke more of these. (30/35)
Humidor time: 254 days Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, one discoloration spot below the band, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (11/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of butter and spice. Quite tasty. The initial flavors faded in the last third leaving kind of a woody taste. Strength was mild/medium in the first half and picked up to better than medium towards the end as there was a bit of a noticeable nic. hit that caused me to watch my puff rate. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even but the stick tried to go out in the first third, so I had to do a bit of double-puffing to keep it going. Ash falls at 1 1/2" leaving a crater... The rest of the smoke was similar, although I did get a small cone after the 2nd ashing. The occasional double-puffing I had to do probably contributed to the aforementioned nic. hit... (20/25)
Overall impression: Not a bad smoke, but it wasn't perfectly constructed, thus a few points are lost. Nice flavors, though, at least in the first 2/3rds, so I'd smoke this one again. (28/35)
Appearance/Construction: 10/10 A very rich looking, slightly oily dark wrapper. Construction was solid with barely visible seams, a well applied cap, and no soft spots along the barrel.
Smoking Characteristics: 20/20 A very easy draw which rewards you with an abundant amount of smoke. The burn line remained perfectly even throughout and no touch ups or delights were needed. The draw remained easy and cool all the way down to a nub.
Flavor and Aroma: 30/35 Prelight aroma was of tea with some slight wet grass. After lighting flavors of wood and a peppery spice came through. Into the second third the spice took on an almost peppermint like spice and a very subtle sweetness was discernible.
Overall Summary: 30/35 Very solid construction couple with consistent flavors throughout the smoke made this a most enjoyable smoke.
Humidor time: 523 days Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with notes of wood and black pepper and spiciness on retro. The pepper and spice faded in the first inch with the spice reappearing in the 2nd third and remaining for the duration of the smoke. Quite nice and this was yet another stick reminiscent of the 5 Vegas Classic blend. Pretty much right in my wheelhouse (one of them...). Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy in the first third, but self-corrected nicely. Ash dropped at 2" leaving more of a crater than a cone. The rest of the smoke was similar - more waviness with self-correction, but I did get a small cone after the 2nd ashing. Only maintenance required was turning the stick to get it to self-correct, which it did down to the nub. (20/25)
Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke, this one. Flavors, check, construction, adequate, so check, and I'd smoke this one again, although I don't see these listed at any of the usual outlets, so that might not be in the cards... (30/35)
Humidor time: 254 days Appearance and construction: Several veins and bumps, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild, sweet tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of butter and wood and a hint of spice on retro. The spice noticeably increased in the 2nd third with body approaching medium. Quite tasty and very similar to the 5 Vegas Classic blend, one of my favorites in the medium range. Strength was mild as there was no noticeable nic. hit. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling past 2" leaving a cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. (24/25)
Overall impression: This one was a nice surprise given my previous mixed results with RP sticks. They can be kind of hit-and-miss, especially in the construction dept., but this one couldn't have performed much better, and together with the very nice mild/medium flavor, it's a winner and one I'd smoke again. (32/35)
Humidor time: 864 days Appearance and construction: A couple of veins, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a note of chocolate, and then some leather appeared 1/2" in. The 2nd half saw the profile change to just a smooth, buttery cocoa. This one has a different wrapper, but it reminded me a lot of the Melanio Maduro. Strength was about medium as the nic. hit was not strong. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even with the first ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. (23/25)
Overall impression: This was a very nice, slow-burning, well-constructed stick and lasted quit a bit longer than I'd anticipated based on its size. Flavors were nice, too, so nothing here to dislike. (32/35)
Lovely cigar. It was hiding out in my Canadian stash and I smoked a couple of them recently. The cello was yellow. Smooth without fault. Chewy earth notes without being harsh. No spice but a touch of sweetness present. A very well balanced cigar that burned perfectly and leaving a glowing cone after each tapped ash. I did not care for them many years back, so either the cigar mellowed or I did.
ROTT. The triple band looks nice but do not serve the cigar well. I have smoked 4 out of a bundle of 10 from cigarpage.com. The wrapper on the first one tore upon removing the foot band. The tear exploded into a Bugs Bunny gag cigar. The second band also took a bit of wrapper with it and continued to burn terribly until 2/3 of the cigar was completed. Two of the four I smoked burned well as the bands came off cleanly. The last on I smoked was a repeat of the first except the third band also took some wrapper with it. Low marks on band applications for sure.
Taste wise, I liked it. Some strength and a little spice too. Quite smooth and creamy. Lots of wood notes and just a bit of bitterness on the finish. The sticks start out medium and finish med- full bodied.
At $4ea on sale, I say it is worth it. I would have been disappointed if I paid full price. Granted, this review is based on no rest or aging period. I’ll put 5 sticks away and see if any of them fair better. Note, I don’t expect the band tearing the wrapper problem to go away with age. Less glue perhaps, or more carefully applied bands would help.