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.
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.
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!
The wrapper was a tan/red. The draw was a bit hard, however, this was my first torpedo shape I've smoked. It lit well. I was surprised at the lack of smoke, very little throughout the whole smoke.
The initial flavor was heavy with leather, virtually no pepper or other spicy flavor for the first 2 thirds. Gentle is the best description I can think of. A light pepper flavor started showing up near the end of the smoke.
Overall a pleasant smoke lasting an hour 45 minutes. I will purchase more of the smaller version. I'm not a fan of cigars this large.
Ok, so after the recent failure to launch on the toro I moved on to the Robusto. Not wanting to rule out a brand on one disappointing experience I would give Villager another try. Really all I can say is different stick, same results. Most of what I posted for the toro applies here also. Good looking stick, well constructed but missing a flavor profile that I can say this cigar has..... I don't know now if I should give up on this label or let the remaining two sit for about 6 to 10 months.
Not overly impressed. The cigar just wasn't worth the asking price. These guys have been making cigar for 100+ years. I expected better The initial appearance is very good. A nice double band around a slight rough looking dark chocolate wrap. Some well defined veining, but firm and seems well constructed. Easy to clip, no fraying. But here is the "but". The draw was harder than is should be and not full. Produced small amount of light wispy smoke. The big issue for me was the flavor. I couldn't find much. There wasn't one thing I could say that would give this a flavor profile. The few woody tones were very, very muted. To call this medium full is a big leap. The burn was fine, even and the ash was solid and a medium grey. Since this was my first I will let this pass and try one after it sits
A solid feel to this stick.An oily sheen on the seamless wrapper with a couple of veins.The first third were tastes of leather,heavy cedar and spice.About an inch down nutmeg joins in and carried on.The mid's were cedar,sweet cream and spice.The last third was cedar,leather and spice the finish.Nice smooth flavors though not too complex.The draw was great,the burn needed a few touch-ups to keep even and the ash held strongly.I put this at the deep end of medium body.
Illusione just makes really good short smokes (in addition to the others)! Rustic and oily, this little stick burned well, just a bit slanted that corrected itself around halfway, and pumped out smoke.
Pepper was the main kick here, but I got some nice caramel and cayenne notes as well. Definitely not overpowering, it does just what I want from a short smoke, put out some good flavor, burn well, and wrap up during a lunch break. Glad I picked these up, thanks to Joe (ConditionZero).
Another great Emilio smoke. Really close to a 4.5 for me. Looked great from the start, oily and packed with tobacco. The smoke was thick and lingered, and the burn line was better than average, not perfectly straight, but never required touch-up. Ash held for almost 2 inches and was extremely dense.
Flavor wise, this was a bit different. Lots of cedar up front, with a woody note throughout (not heavy though like oak or hickory). Definitely got some floral notes along with baking spice and some white pepper. Finish was long and tasty, just overall a really nice smoke. Almost a 4.5, may upgrade after I smoke another.
Nice looking stick with a oily looking medium brown wrapper. It offered a strong tobacco aroma when I removed the cello and the cold draw had a little spice to it.
Upon lighting it I begin to get the classic tobacco flavor from it for the first few inches then it begin to offer a little spice which stayed the whole smoke and some earth flavors. Right at the very end it became a little bitter.
The smoke and draw were great the whole smoke and I never had any issues at all from it. This was nothing super exciting for me but it was a nice smoke.
This stick had really good construction. The barrel was very very smooth with no seams visible at all. It had a nice mild tobacco smell . It clipped perfect and lit nicely.
Right out of the gate I got a very rich tasting cream from it. I was very smooth and very easy on the palet. About an inch or in I started picking up a mildly sweet nut taste almost like almonds. The ash held firm at the inch mark an I knocked it off. It was a medium gray in color and packed very tight.
In the second half the cream and almond taste stayed with but a little white pepper came into play. Not much but just enough to be noticed on the tongue. The burn and draw stayed perfect through the whole smoke.
I would say this would have to go into my top 10 cigars of all time. Very smooth, very tastey, and a overall well constructed cigar.
This had a nice smooth golden wrapper. It offered a sweet tobacco aroma from it when it was removed form the cello and the cold draw offered the same. It clipped and lit nicely.
This cigar stayed the same the whole smoke. It offered a nice smooth buttery flavor with a small amount sweetness. It is a very mild enjoyable smoke. The smoke was plentiful and the ash was nice bright white and held for a long time before I finally knocked it off. Overall this is quality smoke and should fit anybodys taste.
Nice dark oily wrapper. Clipped real clean, pre light was earth and hay. Very nice looking cigar. Firm, some veining and bumps but overall nice looking stick. I can't say much bad about this cigar at all really. For the price it was a great cigar. Construction was very good, burn line stayed very sharp, smoke volume was always good. Tasting notes were earth, and leather on the 1st 3rd with just a slight pepper aftertaste. 2nd 3rd it picked up intensity and developed into a medium body cigar. The earth was more prominent and it picked up some nutty flavors as well, pepper was there on the aftertaste. Strength in the last 3rd went from medium-mild-medium again, so the cigar strength developed nicely but the flavors stayed pretty much straight forward throughout. Smoke time was right around and hour and it did get hot up before the band. Nice cigar for the price I would recommend to a friend.