The 8th Annual Cigars for Troops drive is complete. This was 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.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of March. 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.
First light noticed very strong earth tones. Very dense smoke. Half way gives way to a slight dark chocolate note with leather mixed in. The later half was the same. Not a bad stick, but think I pass next time.
The Camacho Ecuador Robusto looked very nice with its broad blue band. The cigar was firm and seemed to be well made. The cigar produced a great amount of smoke. The flavor was of strong pepper. The sting of red pepper was strong on the tongue and lips. The cigar required two delights and the cap unraveled as the cigar was smoked.
The wrapping is kinda cool and the shape looks good. That's it for the good. The closed foot is as annoying as every other and leads to a horrific burn line through the first full half. I don't know what this friggin thing tastes like, but it ain't good. I can't place it. It's odd and simply unpleasant. The ash is absurdly flaky and prone to fall on you. But that's only if you fight it long enough to produce ash because, despite being kept at 63% RH for months, it really wants to go out. It also has a double band, for some reason. Basically your $12 gets you a stick that looks interesting in the humidor, but you'd want to quarantine it from the rest of you collection lest any of its suck bleeds off. I hate this cigar.
This cigar bills itself as a med-full but I found it definitely closer to the mild-medium range. Right out of the gate the burn started to wander and needed touching up several times. Flavors were lacking and I got a little hay mixed in with the light tobacco and a very slight spicy note in the background. About 1/3 in the wrapper began to crack and unravel. As much as I tried I just could not enjoy this cigar, set it down with about 1/3 to go and never picked it back up. Draw and smoke output were fine but that is about it. Perhaps I just got a "dud" but I won't be searching these out in the future.
This one was fresh, about two weeks after delivery. A rustic looking little guy with a bumpy, slightly veiny golden wrapper. However, construction is top notch, as the burn is razor sharp to the nub and it produces a good amount of smoke. The ash is a bit flaky but not problematic.
Nothing world beating here, but a tasty smoke at a good value. Buttery with some nice notes of creamed coffee, nuts, and cedar. Needed a bit more smoothness, was a bit rough around the edges. Maybe a few more months rest will remedy that.
A good early day smoke that pairs well with a cup of coffee, and I will certainly revisit as such.
A simple looking stick with a plain white, printed band. But upon inspection you can tell how nicely this stick is made. A deep, dark leathery wrapper with some veining and tight seams. There is a slight sponginess to the stick, and the initial draw is easy but not airy. The burn was razor sharp with a firm gray ash, and smoke production is ample. High marks for construction.
This seemed very RomaCraft to me, which makes sense. While not a RomaCraft stick it is by one of the founders. There is a lot of delicious going on, without much transition. Meaty, chewy smoke with lots of black pepper, dark chocolate and espresso. These flavors mingle in and out but don't have defines "sections". So if you are into the heavier, gritty sticks with a lot of flavor, not just power, this is a fantastic smoke.
I'm a Torano fan who enjoys the brand's many mild/medium offerings, but this was a particularly interesting stick set set flame to. The Reserva Decadencia is a claro/Colorado claro shade and features the typical semi-knobbly look of the brand once it's extracted from its glass tube. The double band and gold seal make for a sharp look as well.
Before lighting, the stick is definitely a little bit soft, and the smell of oak and alcohol is considerable. I was concerned about being overwhelmed by those flavors at this point, but only got a little on the cold draw, which was fairly tight (standard for Toranos).
Upon lighting, I got a blast of deep fruit flavor, plenty of cream, and a nice toasty wood flavor. The strong port flavor receded backed off fairly quickly, but was still noticeable to the end.
After the first third or so, the reduction in port/cocoa flavors and homogenization of competing flavors makes for a nice rich, creamy, mild flavor that is more or less the remainder of the cigar. You can definitely tell you're not smoking an average Torano. Burn was very good, smoke production was plentiful and thick.
Lots of fun, great flavor, nice and mild. A terrific dessert or special occasion cigar.
I'm going to use a descriptor here for the first time: acetone. Ten minutes into this, all I got was chemical. Then I placed the taste - glue. Not that I eat glue. Anymore. I tossed it, something I've done no more than 5 times in 3 years.