We successfully surpassed last year's total with a total of 1,617 cigars donated! Thank you to everyone who donated this year.
Toys for Tots Drive
The 2014Marine Toys for Tots drive is over, and the very generous brotherhood here pulled together for an amazing $1,595.16. This is a great accomplishment that will go 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.
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.
Aged about 10 months in my humi. Good construction and draw. Burn no issues. Nice creamy earthy leather. Some espresso at the finish. Very smooth. About medium over all. I was unable to finish this due to time constraints. Would buy again
The Avent Garde (Conelious & Anthony) Aerial is a small cigar. Five and 1/2 inches long with a ring gauge of 42. The cigar had a good looking dry, light brown wrapper with beautiful bands. The regular brand band was red, black, and silver. It was complimented with a foot band that was black and silver. The cigar was stunning in appearance. The wrapper had several large veins that stood out to the eye and were noticeable to the touch. There was a small nick in the wrapper where the wrapper met the cap. The cigar was firm though one side of the cap seem weak when it was punched. Pre-lighting smells and draws found a complex of smells and taste. The cigar lit very easily producing a very good volume of smoke. Again, the flavors were complex, but there was a hint of pepper and a slightly bitter aftertaste. The second third of the cigar was smoother than the first third (the best part of the cigar). The final third was hot and the bitter aftertaste increased. Overall, I rate this cigar as average.
This cigar starts out with a nice sweetness on the tongue backed by woody overtones. The construction and burn were excellent throughout the hour long smoke. At about the half way point, the sweetness subsided to more of the woody and peppery flavors. Overall, this is a good full bodied smoke. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more of them.
This cigar was plagued with burn problems from start to finish. One side persisted burning faster than the other throughout its length. The flavor here was "OK", but nothing superlative. Overall, it was a mediocre smoking experience with frequent frustrations. I cannot say I'll purchase any more of these.
A solid feel to this stick.An oily sheen on the near seamless wrapper with some tooth.The firsts were tastes of pepper,oak and leather.The mid's were dark coffee,heavy cream and sweet spice.The last quarter was dark coffee,oak and spice with notes of berries.Nice rich and full flavors with complexity.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.I put this at the deep end of medium body.
Nice smooth wrapper no major viens,almost an oily wrapper.There is a nice tobacco smell on this stick. It fired up very nice and the burn stayed true to form with only a couple minor touch ups needed. The stick is not very complex with some tobacco and leather with a short finish.The ash holds on very nicely and is fairly dark.It is enjoyable to smoke to sit and just and enjoy the surroundings. I would smoke again for the price point.
A solid feel to this stick.A light sheen on the seamless and vein less wrapper.The firsts were tastes of white pepper,sweet leather and oak.The mid's were leather,nuts and spice.The last quarter was oak,bran and spice to the finish.Nice full flavors with complexity.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Medium-full in body.
This cigar has a toothy wrapper, kind of light in color for a maduro. The construction and draw was good. The flavor started off as very earthy with a little bit of woodiness. In the 2nd third the flavor transitioned to a more coffee and dark chocolate favor. Smoke production was average. It's a decent stick but you can get much better at this price point. I probably won't be buying any more but I'll smoke the ones I have left and enjoy them.
This stick has a dark brown wrapper with a few visible veins. It was a bit soft to the touch. The first third features the taste of cream, chocolate and then citrus and black coffee. It transitions to wood and spice in the second third. The final third starts out with a blast of cayenne pepper on the retrohale with a hint of cocoa. The draw was easy, putting off plenty of smoke. The burn was true, but required three relights between puffs. Smoking time was just under two hours. Not a bad cigar, just not enough flavor for me to try another. I rate it as a 3.75.