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.
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. 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.
Cigar for the Troops
Hi Folks. I wanted to highlight some fine work by our brotherhood, and in particular, Nathan (nwb). Thanks to Nathan's efforts again this year and the generosity of our members, we will be sending over 1300 cigars to our well deserved troops who sacrifice so much so we can enjoy the freedom we have. These should hit in time for the holidays. Click here for some pics. Thanks Nathan and thanks members for another successful drive!
While the draw felt loose through a 9mm punch hole, smoke input was better through an 11 mm hole. Starts off with notes of bitter coffee, wood, and black pepper. Half an inch in it then diminished its strength to the low end of medium. It then gained more intensity on the last third, with much less bitterness than in the beginning, while also developing some mild sweet herb notes on the retrohale. Flavor was best for me at the nub. I smoked this slowly, taking 3-5 minute breaks at a time, and it lasted me for about 85 minutes. Overall, the flavors were rather muted for the most part, so I wouldn't recommend this size for trying this line. 87 points
This is the fourth cigar I've smoke from tabanero. They are all basically the same and should not be called premiums. These bring nothing to the table that a premium cigar has. Crappy draws on all 4. No flavor but a harsh tobacco. Very little smoke. Smell horrible. It's a bit of torrure to smoke them. I'd compare this cigar to a standard cigarette shop cigar but with a worse draw. Charging 8 bux for a 1 dollar value. Shameful.
Finally broke into my box of Pudgy Monsters & this was a very good short smoke that was stronger then I thought it would be. It was very nicely rolled and the wrapper was a nice dark brown oily color. Lit up with no problems and burned great. Tasting notes were earthy, mild chocolate and a bit of pepper blast that didn't hang around long. This thing should be called a 'stubby' monster compared to the other Pudgy's the Chuck along with the Tiff are much smaller, wish they were a bit longer like the others, but it still was a good smoke, and I would definitely recommend trying it.
Toothy natural wrapper, with red crest on hefty golden band that just says FOUR KICKS. Exactly my idea of a great looking stick! Nice Equador habano undertones in the woody creamy taste, with ample smoke that moistens the palate. Thinking of a box as the first inch goes bye. At the last third, I was thinking that I have experienced a remarkable piece of history that should never be forgotten, even as CAO has gone down the corporate path this legacy remains. Strange that I am learning this now only because of a dirt cheap sampler compliments of Famous. I will get that box.. 5 stars
A one-dimensional, timid Maduro that's marked by notes of cocoa powder and nothing else; an enjoyable mild smoke nevertheless. Excellent construction, but burned fast, for about 40 minutes. 87-88 points.
Wonderfully smooth wrapper. Started of with pepper, wood, and some sweetness of the finish. Changed to aged tobacco flavors on the second third. The last third saw a reemergence of white pepper, particularly on the nose. Smoked well to the very end. Had to cut the head at least four different times to open the draw. 88 points.
This is a cigar that all others should be measured by. First you have to start with just the look. A beautiful dark Maduro wrapper, a little veining but seamless. From to touch, triple cap. Pretty much flawless. The double bands and artwork really help set it off Clips wonderfully, cold draws were touch to pull out a flavor other than very rich tobacco. First hot draws show some strong spices, not overly peppery bust just the right amount, draw was full and very easy. Produced plenty of smoke. Going into the second third the rich tobacco flavor really continues to stand out, still have the spices and now a little nutty flavor. Burn is perfect and the rate is great. You really battle between setting the cigar down from time to time wanting the smoke to last and just keeping puffing so you can keep enjoying. Very few cigars that list at $16 can you say it just might be undervalued.
I've had this thing sitting for nearly two years. After smoking, I had to wonder why I waited so long.
First and foremost, the construction on this cigar was flawless. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. Perfect draw, perfect burn and beautiful. The wrapper was ridiculously toothy and rigid, but those are good things in my book. character and durability are better words to describe it.
The cold draw produced one note I was able to latch onto: melon. It tasted like fresh melon. Unique, but agreeable. The first inch or so did produce a definite spiciness one would expect from a Pepin blend. While the spice was powerful, each finish brought forth the melon notes that seemed to have a cooling and cleaning affect on the palate. I loved it.
After the first inch, the spiciness subdued and the stick produced notes of wood and espresso while remaining on the low end of full strength. Each draw left a slight tingling sensation throughout my entire mouth. If anyone has ever eaten a green called "poke", that's what I would liken it to. That green leaves that same sensation but only more powerful. Intermittently I would still get the cleansing melon finish that would help me regroup.
I've noticed a pattern where I tend to give cigars a higher rating based on their uniqueness or the creativity in the blend. (As long as it's palatable to me that is!) I love this stick and I can see what the fuss was about now. I've never given a 5 star rating so I'm still not sure what a 5 star smoke is. This is close.
Beaver Cleaver would say "gosh this cigar is swell. It is a solid stick, lots of smoke, even burn, nice flavor throughout. Got a few as part of a free bundle when i got a box of Nica Rusticas. Very happy with this cigar.