The 7th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is over and was very successful with over 1600 cigars donated and sent off to the very deserving! Great job Geeks! A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
The 2015Marine Toys for Tots drive raised a very generous total of over $2000 that was passed along to Toys for Tots. This was a excellent opportunity for 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 Brad (Longhorn) for running the drive again.
May Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of May. The 26 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.
Nice looking stick. Wrapper has a nice oily sheen to it with a couple fairly large veins, but the rest of the wrapper is very smooth. The barrel is very firm and the cap is very well applied, almost invisible at the seam. The wrapper has a nice wood smell, and the foot smells of wood and a slight clove aroma. The cap cut's very well and the draw is surprisingly open for how firm the body is. Prelight, I taste wood and a hint of mint. Right away I get a lot of chocolate and anise with subtle spice on the retrohale. This lasts for about the first half inch then wood comes in and another half inch brings out vanilla.
The second third starts with a nice coffee flavor joining the vanilla and anise making for an enjoyable mix. Leather also works in and out of the flavors throughout this third adding a nice background to balance out the flavor profile. The spice is also gaining strength gradually through this third, never becoming overpowering but adding a nice contrast.
The last third is marked by a honey-like essence to the smoke, sort of sweet with deep herbal and earth notes. There is also a toasted nut flavor apparent. Spice is continuing to gain strength but never becomes too strong or out of balance with the rest of the flavors. Anise is still working in and out of the flavors also. The strength of this cigar is becoming apparent as I smoke the last third. It has been very smooth and balanced from the get go so it's power isn't immediately noticeable. The honey fades and leather and espresso make a showing with the leather being stronger than at any other point. An almost orange cream flavor comes in as I approach the nub, then it fades and the coffee and leather return and stay until the end. This was a very nice smoke with a smooth and balanced flavor profile. The flavors were full but creamy, never showing a hint of bitterness and very enjoyable, fairly complex but with flavors strong enough that you didn't have to hunt too hard to find them. The strength is definitely full, but the smoke is so smooth you don't realize how full until the end. I don't normally smoke such big cigars but this one has me rethinking that. It burned slow and cool to the nub, taking a little over two hours to smoke but it was a very good two hours. One of the best smokes I've had in a while.
Wrapper was nice except for a couple wrinkles, stick was firm all around, nice shape, cut was easy, wrapper had a nick at the foot. Draw seemed good prelite and foot had a nice rich tobacco aroma with the wrapper having a nice barnyard smell. Draw started out nice but after the first inch it seemed to become pretty restricted. tried rolling it between my fingers but didn't really help. Nice flavor profile, lots of wood, chocolate and coffee with some caramels coming in and out. The flavor remained consistent throughout the whole cigar. There was a little spice on the retrohale at first but it quickly faded, there was however a nice dose of spice detectable on the lips at around the half way point and that carried through to the end. There was a nice sweet aftertaste from beginning to end. I don't think this stick was ever stronger than a medium. The flavors were well balanced and i really enjoyed the taste. It did get a little sharp towards the end but not enough to turn me off. this was a well spent hour and ten minutes. This was a very enjoyable stick. It looked good, smelled good and tasted good. My biggest draw back for this one was the draw: it was to tight for my tastes and I feel like it limited smoke production, which in turn muted the flavors some. Good well balanced flavors that i would have liked to taste a lot more of. Definitely a smoke i would like to try again, maybe the hard draw was just a fluke.
This smoke starts off with a base of cedar and notes of fresh bread. Only a little pepper accents the flavors, which are remarkably smooth. There is a subtle sweetness that I can't quite identify, but it intensifies as the smoke progresses. Entering the second third and the flavors have increased noticeably. The spice is identifiable as cinnamon and the sweetness reminds me of dulce de leche. Very, very pleasant. The draw is a perfect medium and there are no construction issues to speak of. The ash holds for well over 2" and is a medium grey. This is great smoke!
Nice looking oily colorado wrapper with little veining and looks to be well rolled with zero soft spots and a firm feel. Prelight draw is spot on. First thing I get is a pretty good dose of black pepper, leather and wood. Black pepper fades a bit into more of a spice flavor. Halfway thru the burn and draw are perfect, ash is solid and hangs on for about an inch until I tap it off. Flavors are staying pretty consistent thru the second half, nice spice with leather, earth and tobacco. I think these cigars would do well with a bit of age but are definitely fine ROTT. I'll be looking for a deal on these in the future when my humidor has room for a few more cigars as I am at capacity plus at the moment.
What a smoke. Great looking stick with a shiny, silky wrapper, light veins and a firm feel. Smoke production is thick through a perfect draw. Burn is razor sharp with a slightly loose ash, but always held until I was ready. Really spot on in the construction department.
Delicious and smooth, it starts out creamy with some leather and a nice twang. Creamed coffee, nuts, some sweetness and a nice clean tobacco note dance on the tongue, starting fairly mild but building in intensity throughout. The retro is more of the same, and awesome. Some saltiness matches with the leather and tobacco for a truly delicious combination. Never got hot or bitter, I wanted this one to just keep going.
A great Cuban in my favorite vitola, you just can't go wrong. Worth every penny I paid. A true "anytime" smoke, in the morning with coffee or after a nice steak dinner, I would love to keep these as a staple in my ISOM humidor. This particular smoke was in my humi 500+ days, so 2+ years aging on the box. That certainly didn't hurt it.
This is a huge cigar with a fun aqua colored band. The smoke starts with a fair amount of spice and leather undertones. Notes of wood and semi sweet dark chocolate. There is a slight floral quality on the retrohale. The spice fades quickly and the flavors are excellent. Entering the second third and the spice is all but gone. Cashew and butter sweetness has taken over the flavor profile with a nice leather backdrop. Beautiful. Entering the final third and the leather has taken over the flavor profile. The construction is fantastic, no burn issues and the draw is just north of medium. This is the best value cigar I've smoked in a long time.
I was really surprised with how good this cigar was. The flavors are hard to describe because it had like a fresh clean flavor. With a touch of mint. I saw someone else review this cigar as crisp. And I would have to agree with that description. Construction and burn were fine. I wouldn't mind having a few more of these.
Lovely chocolate brown wrapper with minimal veins, nearly invisible seams, and a slight tooth. Wide open draw with a double V cut. The strength is apparent right off the bat. This is one to take slowly and maybe keep some sugar nearby. Pepper is dominant at the very beginning but by a half inch it smoothed out a bit. Lovely sweet tobacco flavor with spice and a hint of coffee. Burn’s pretty wavy but trouble free. Ash is flaky and flowering. Smoke was plentiful for the first inch but dropped way down after while retaining it’s oily mouthfeel. Long finish of deep tobacco. A retrohale is difficult to pull off because this cigar punches you in the throat so hard but reveals a sharp, but not overpowering, white pepper. Finally reached the halfway point at slightly over an hour. Not much change in flavor to this point and the strength remains just barely tolerable. It’s required a couple of touchups and relights so far, but it’s likely somewhat over humidified and raining out so I’m not blaming the stick. Had to put it down at the beginning of the final third and 90 minutes in. Really nice flavor but the super strength was an issue throughout and finally became too much. I’d happily smoke another, but in a much, much smaller size.
This cigar is box pressed with an extra glossy label of bright red, which provides a nice contrast to the dark and oily stick. The smoke starts very spicy with heavy meaty flavors. There is a good deal of tree bark bitterness present as well. There is a light draw and plenty of smoke production, which add to the powerhouse nature ofnthisncigsr. After a while, slightly sweet notes of dark chocolate and espresso beans emerge. Halfway through and the spice dies down quite a bit, but the rich flavors remain fairly consistent. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. A solid representation of what a strongman cigar should be.
Lots of decoration on this oily toro. Definitely a nice presentation. First notes are are full of pete and earth. As the smoke burns on the flavors become more woody with some mineral content. Towards the end the wood flavors got a little sappy, but remained pleasant throughout. Great construction and no issues with burn or draw.