All donors will receive the coveted "Troop Supporter" badge. Last year's total was 1,343 cigars, and we would like to surpass that with your support. If you have any questions beyond what is addressed in the thread above, please reach out to Nathan (nwb).
Toys for Tots Drive
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.
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. 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.
Great looking torpedo. Minimal veins and a nice oily sheen. Clipped and lit easily. Right off the bat I could taste spice and pepper. I little sweetness starting about 1/2 into the cigar but the main flavors were still of the spice. Had to re-lite with about 2 inches left but wasn't quite the same after that. Overall enjoyed the cigar and would smoke another one. I have this out of the cigarbiz poker pass.
Construction - very lumpy, giving weak points throughout. Loosely rolled. Too easy of a draw. Cigar feels very light in my hand.
First light - Tons of hay and grass. Very barnyard or field.
1/3 - Doesn't burn straight, happens to all perfectos I smoke. Nice creamy taste, little spice or pepper. Grass still has long finish. The wrapper has begun to crack and split. I now notice how thin the wrapper is.
2/3 - I have to touch up the burn to keep it on track. I'm getting lots of smoke, but it is very light. Grass is fading, but cocoa and coffee have come in. It's an ugly looking cigar at this point, due to uneven burning and the binder showing.
3/3. The ash is very dark and flakey. The coffee flavor has turned darker, more like espresso beans now. Still amazingly long finishes with all the flavors. Another touch up into the home stretch. There has been no bitterness at all, very mellow, and the easiest cigar to retrohale without burning the sinus. It never got hot, but I smoked it very slowly due to the super easy draw.
Smoke time: 1 hr. Humi time: 2 weeks.
Overall: the smoke was great, 9/10. Construction, 7/10.
Nice looking cigar with a oily sheen and a strong barn yard smell. solid cannon top to bottom. It cut's and takes a flame well. A little spice and wood flavors along with a deep rich tobacco are what I notice right off but with a little attention I pick out some bakers chocolate and hazelnut hint's also. Some floral hint's become apparent in the second third and the spice mellows some. Also an espresso hint is noticeable. Some nice caramel hint's too. The flavors remain consistent going into the last third other then a bit of increase in strength. A good cigar, pricier then I like but worth checking out if you get a chance. Good smoke production and burn with a relatively consistent flavor profile. Not overly complex but well balanced and well constructed.
The sample I smoked tonight is one of the original release cigars from 2007, blended by Don Pepin Garcia, and has the old original (and simple) band. (Picture of that style band can be found on the link below.) Seven years has mellowed out some of the strong pepper notes that DPG is known for, but man, what a terrific cigar! Strong walnut flavor with medium hits of pepper, sweet cola, earth and creamy. Sweetness lingers on the tongue after each draw. A very smooth, medium-body cigar. Perfect burn and draw, with no touchups required. One of the best cigars that I have smoked in a while!
Decent construction, tho not spectacular. Aged about 4 months in my humidor. Tight cold draw but loosened a bit. Burn was decent, tho had to re light once.
I believe this is listed as 'Full Bodied" but it was not overly in your face. I don't do super spicey high nicotine sticks. Just not my thing. This Tat had a bold leathery spice flavor. Long finish but not too overwhelming spice zing on the tongue. Had a few notes of espresso. It was not for me complex. It was not a stick that I would buy more of. Tho it was interesting.
My first experience with the Behike line, and price aside, I came away impressed.
A gorgeous cigar from the start, sporting a oily, silky wrapper and a bit more give in the cannon than I expected. There was one fairly prominent vein, but it was small, just ran the length of the smoke. However, the burn was near perfect, only getting slightly wavy, never requiring any care. The ash was very firm, holding around an inch and a half before being tapped. Beautiful, thick white smoke, that just swirled in the night breeze. The draw was spot-on, airy and easy, really letting the flavors come through.
The smoke started nice and light, some light creamy notes as well as a familiar spice note. The strength started to ramp up in short order though, as did the spice. But the dominant notes of vanilla, cream, and sweetness have a calming effect on this smoke, and I am taking in the wonderful flavors, smells, and experience from this cigar.
Other notes picked up throughout the smoke were some breadiness, a bit of citrus, toast, and some light woodiness.
Overall, a great cigar. Have I had cigars that were in the same realm for less? Yes. But was this a fantastic smoke? Absolutely. I would certainly like a few for a special treat, but certainly just a special occasion stick.
This must be the darkest wrapper I have yet encountered -- darker than the Camacho Triple Maduro. Opens up with black pepper, then settles shortly after on an understated medium bodied flavor profile with occasional notes of pepper, wood, coffee, and leather. Flavors were mostly muted throughout. Draw was fine through a 7mm hole, while the burn was uneven, Just like it is the case with the Camacho Triple Maduro, I feel this is a novelty smoke that's ultimately terribly unsatisfying. 84-85 points
Draw was difficult, which should have clued me in to what happened next. Upon lighting it, the flavor was very creamy and enjoyable but the stick quickly split like it was giving birth to an alien. Looks like I need to let the rest of these sit before trying again.
Simply put: this is a great mild cigar with moderate flavor. When I am in the mood for mild, this satisfies me without giving me a nicotine punch. No surprises or big flavor, just easy smoking at an affordable price.