The 8th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is underway. 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=4297... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2015
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.
October Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of October. 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.
I bought a box of these a couple months ago because everyone was talking about them. I'm glad I did. It was a really good cigar, well-constructed, perfect draw and burn. The flavors had some corojo spiciness underneath some sweet nutty tastes. As the previous reviews have stated, there was a distinct citrusy component, almost like grated orange zest. The cigar did go out about midway when I let it rest for 2 or 3 minutes, but it re-lit fine with no harsh flavors. Again, I'm glad I bought a box.
Flatbed can do no wrong. The construction, as usual, is top notch. Great burn (one correction needed), gobs of smoke on every puff, perfect draw.
This is probably the strongest Flatbed I've tried, but it's not overpowering, to me, still very smooth but you know they put some potent leaves in there.
Dominant flavors are coffee, pepper, semi-sweet chocolate, and oak. The foot aroma is amazing, there's a sweet I guess floral note there. The retrohale is strong but still smooth enough to enjoy without singing the nostrils, and has a spicy/sweet/mesquite quality to it.
A solid 2+ hours and never a harsh or bitter moment. I'll be needing more of these to round out my Flatbed collection. I'd put this one in a dead heat with the Track 7 in terms of my favorite Flatbeds, which would be tied for 3rd (Green and Black Maduro my top two).
A. J. Fernandez New World (Nicaraguan wrapper) Navegante is a fantastic looking cigar. The dark wrapper with the bold brand and foot bands look great. The cigar is well made with some veins showing, but very tight seams. The cap held its integrity after punching. The Navegante lit quickly and evenly. The box press is a good feature of the cigar. The flavor was nice and complex from beginning to end. The smoke was smooth and silky. Flavors of leather, oak, pepper and cocoa were noticed. This is my favorite A. J. Fernandez cigar.
Didn't have the same experience as Brad on this one. Construction was great but the taste of cheap tobacco ruined it for me. Thanks to Brad for hitting me with this stick so I could try it. In general black patch seems overpriced for what they are.
By far the best black patch cigar between this, reserve, and select. Great construction, even burn, solid ash, good cap, etc. perfect draw, medium to med-full body and med-full strength.
Flavors open with pepper blast backed by coffee, leather, and tobacco, with a dry finish. Pepper backs off and a subtle tree sap sweetness fades in. Retrohale is pretty nice, woodsy and spices and it smooths out as the burn progresses.
I'd smoke one again but at $6-$7 the value isn't there, more of a solid daily.
This corona is nice looking, black and gold quality band, rolled in a reddish colorado tint wrapper "Honduran connecticut oscuro" with mild spicy aroma and quite a coarse and toothy feel, one vein down the middle of the satin sheen leaf. Very mild smelling prelit with a "fruity" tobacco draw once cut. The draw was smooth and I eagerly put this $2 corona to flame. To be clear, the first stick of a box purchase from Famous after trying a 5er of the torpedo vitola and finding it good with some rest. These sticks are packed well, no softness or flaws to complain of. The box is a dark gloss stained spanish cedar and conceals 20 cigars enclosed in tissue with a foil strip to loosen the bunch embedded within. Presentation is 100 percent premium from Honduran Tobacco Company.
The draw was nice and easy to pull in lots of smoke, sweet aged tobacco peppered lightly with a fruity subtle finish, almost reminded me of citrus or grapes. The moist finish remained pleasant, mild, with stellar burn performance and sturdy ash that held tightly without flakes. The expert roller poured his soul into this. It is a very smooth, cedar and creamy nuanced cigar of medium complexity that deserves more credit, but competition is very tough for the premium market I guess. These will be stocked in my humidor quite regularly for those cravings of a quick quality connie I get between full bodied smokes now and then, replacing a now seemingly far inferior bargain blend that always satisfied until I compare to this . I wouldn't be embarassed to share with my pickiest of buddies in a herf. I doubt the bargains will remain as steep on these cigars once a few more sincere folks get word out about the class act here from the HTC. They are not even aged to perfection, and yet very enjoyable in the mild category already. Matter of fact, I'm tempted to keep this secret to myself! But no.. Happy smokin'!
The Bobalu Vintage Label (91 Aged Dominican) Robusto is a surprisingly good inexpensive cigar. Toasting the foot of the cigar produce an initial flavor of roasted nuts followed by a tobacco flavor. The smoke was smooth, but there was a slight harshness to the tongue. The amount of smoke production from the cigar was great through out the entire smoke. The smoke became smoother and a little sweet as the smoking progressed. A bit of pepper spice showed up in the second third of the cigar and remain to the end. The Bobalu was well made, but the wrapper was very rough to the touch—it actually felt fuzzy. Some of the veins and seams were visible. The barrel of the cigar was firm. The foot was a little soft. The band of the cigar has a Christmas look to it — pictured greenery around a red “B.” The cigar had to be relit in the first and last thirds. This is not an elegant cigar, but it is a good basic one. The flavor is not great, but it is good. I would not say this cigar would be one of my favorites, but for the price, it is a decent cigar to have around.
Sports a perfect wrapper with no visible veins. Has a nice hefty feel to it. Construction is spot-on, with a good draw and a perfect burn line, although it is flaky and tends to fall of often. Initial burn is a bit harsh and acrid, but calms down after the first inch or so. There is some sweetness, a bit of salt, leather, cedar and cinnamon. Produces a lot of dry, billowy smoke. Medium in strength, full in body.
Found this cigar to have a great opening act but the closing was disappointing. Begins more mild to medium, nice creamy favors. More that you would expect from a broadleaf wrapper, but I suspect it loses something in the size and wrapper to filler ratio. Lighter than typical woody and leathery tones. Burn was great, pace was also very good. Solid ash, Good construction Last third was disappointing, became harsh and bitter. Worth a second chance but in a much smaller ring gauge