The Annual “Cigars for Troops” drive is under way. 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=5385... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2020
The 2020 The Marine Toys for Tots drive is under way again this year. This is the way to earn the Toys for Tots badge for being a contributor. If you give a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $20 you will be awarded the badge A special thanks goes out to Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive again this year.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. 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.
A firm, flatly BPd, medium brown stick, no veins & well-pressed oils. PLA earth, wood & barn; PLT wheat bread; PLD moderate. An easy toast & light, an even burn, a moderate draw, & an oak smoke. Oak (barrel wood?), earth, & black & red pepper are the leads; the retro heats up fast & the pepper gets throaty. Nuttiness chimes in & the oak gets tangy in the 1st 1/3. The pepper in the palate eases some before the 1/2 & the wood joins the retro. The nuts pick up a bit past the 1/2 & a sweet fruit note appears approaching the end. The finish is oak, earth, nuts & a bit of toast, the fruit sweetness & pepper. The body is mid-upper medium. Excellent! (93)
Humidor time: 523 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 72 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a clip with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a very spicy retro and notes of red pepper, wood, and spice. The spice in the nose mostly faded after a few puffs with the other flavors mellowing a bit but otherwise staying consistent for the duration. Very flavorful, overall, but red pepper is not really my thing so this missed being in my wheelhouse by a bit. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (21/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke output on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. The burn was a bit wavy through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving no cone to speak of. The burn continued wavy but self-correcting through the last two thirds but things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal throughout. (21/25)
Overall impression: This was a bit stronger smoke than I normally like for my first smoke of the day, but it was mostly enjoyable even if the flavors weren't quite my thing and even with the slightly less than perfect burn line. A good smoke, though, if you like red pepper... (27/35)
Humidor time: 522 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 72, foot - 70 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a full-bodied profile with a spicy retro with a note of black pepper and a hint of leather. The spice in the nose faded after a few puffs with the pepper also mellowing and the body receding towards medium/full through the first third. The leather gradually ramped, replacing the black pepper as the predominant note by the 2nd third and this then remained consistent through the remainder. Not bad, but it definitely could have used more spice as it wasn't really all that interesting as it was. Strength was a bit past medium as I was feeling the nic. effects by the end. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately tight draw, thin smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. I quickly gave it a single V-cut on top of the previous punch and this improved draw and smoke output somewhat and then both reached the low side of optimal by the 2nd third. The burn evened out through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn continued wavy in the 2nd third and bordered on lopsided before self-correcting and things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained on the low side of optimal from the 2nd third on. (19/25)
Overall impression: Kind of a mediocre smoke, this one, with both flavors and construction being somewhat less than perfect. This came in a Viaje sampler from Small Batch last year along with the Skull and Bones The Hulk and it's unclear where these cigars are made or what kind of tobacco is in them, but we'll soon see whether The Hulk makes more of an impression than this one did... (24/35)
Humidor time: 523 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 60 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a slightly spicy retro and notes of wood, coffee, and a hint of spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors gradually mellowing and the body receding towards medium by the 2nd third. I also got a hint of chocolate in the 2nd third. Quite tasty, overall, with just enough spice in the mix to keep things interesting. Strength was about medium. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, smoke volume on the low side of optimal, and an even burn to start. Draw and smoke output reached optimal by the end of the first third with the burn staying even and the ash dropping at 1 1/4" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the end of the first third on. (24/25)
Overall impression: This one came via the Privada Cigar Club as one of their monthly selections last year. First stick I've had from this brand and a good smoke it was. Nice flavors, excellent construction, nothing here to dislike, and now I'm looking forward to checking out more from Dapper. (31/35)
Decent looking cigar, relatively smooth wrapper, firm cannon, takes a punch well and the draw is good. Getting coffee and wood to start with and a decent amount of spice in the retro. A bit in I pick up a citrus hint that adds a nice touch to the profile. The second third the coffee becomes more of a mocha, the wood and citrus are still present and the spice has picked up a bit in the retro. The last third is a slight change in the chocolate, less sweet, still citrus and a woody flavor. Not a bad smoke, could see keeping a few of these in the rotation.
Prelight: cigar has a very nice wrapper. A deep brown with a beautiful sheen and near invisible seams. I picked up a sweetness to the aroma off the wrapper. The cigar had an even density throughout. I used a straight cut to produce the perfect draw.
Postlight: the cigar lit well and started off with a great burn line. This thing puts out tons of dense smoke that just wafts in the air. The aroma has a semi-sweetness to it, not off-putting. I am mainly getting earth tones. The finish is short only leaving a faint earthiness. Woodiness is added to the earth flavor as the cigar begins to warm up. First ash at 1.25”. Ash is solid and non-flaky. Cigar is starting to require more puffs towards mid-first third to keep a good burn line.
2/3: cigar is still burning a bit slow and requiring a few more puffs. Flavors are starting to open up though becoming more woody/nutty and less earthy. I almost pick up dark chocolate/coffee vibes. The retrohale is smooth and creamy with a touch of spice. Cigar has reached full body and medium strength at this point very enjoyable although I had to give a slight touchup for the uneven burn.
3/3:band comes off without wrapper damage. Flavors into last third are intense. A tasty woodiness. I sense the earth tones coming back into play but with a nice semi-sweetness. Cigar does begin to sit a little hot on the palate towards the end. Overall a great cigar that I wouldn’t mind spending more time with down the road. Final smoke time 2hrs.
Semi-firm, BPd, dark brown wrapper, no veins & good oils. PLA spicy earth; PLT moist, mulchy earth; PLD moderate. A normal toast & light, an even burn, a moderate draw, & a vegetal earth smoke. Earth, dark coffee bean & a super-light, no-heat pepper start things off. Some faint unsweetened chocolate appear in the 1st 1/3. Along the way wood notes come on. By the 1/2 this stick settles into strong coffee that eventually turns a bit bitter, earth, woods & a bit of hebal spice in both the palate & the finish. The body is mid medium. No real transitions & rather a dull cigar. (86)
A rock solid core, an oily, sandpaper rough, dark brown wrapper, a couple veins. PLA faintly meaty & wheaty; PLT slightly sour citrus; PLD moderately easy. A typical light, an even burn, a moderate draw, & a sweet tobacco smoke. Earth, woods, coffee & faint bitter chocolate are the starters. The body starts at full. Wood tones & black pepper (mouth & nose) enter the 1st 1/3. The woods & coffee rule to the 1/2 when the chocolate turns dark & sweet, & itself is replaced in the last 1/3 by a citrus note. The finish is earth, woods, coffee, citrus & pepper; a sweet tobacco note, probably due to the wrapper fermentation, lightens it. An interesting & tasty cigar. (94)
One of the best short smoke cigars I have had. Super nice draw, even burn and the taste....whooo. Dark chocolate without a hint of harshness for a cigar rated as full strength. Smoked it down as far as I could without burning my mustache. 100% I would buy again.
A rock solid, medium brown wrapped stick, no veins & great oils. PLA a faint, sweet wheatiness; PLT sweet corky wood; PLD moderately easy. An easy toast & light, a moderate draw, an even burn, & an old wood smoke. Earth, herbal spice (a good dose in the retro) & woods are the lead-offs. Pepper joins right in & builds rapidly on the tongue & in the retro- the stick becomes a pepperpot. Passing the 1/2 the pepper finally abates a lot & the woods take on an aged barrel flavor. In the final 1/3 the barrel wood takes the lead &, along with a bit of sap-like sweetness, rules the earth & pepper of the finish. The body is high medium. I like it. (93)