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Toys for Tots Drive
This year's 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 this year.
December Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of December. 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.
This was an enjoyable cigar. Aroma was nice, but I wasn't getting the baked bread flavors described on CI. The draw was just a little on the tight side. I took this down to an inch and it was enjoyable all the way. A good mild cigar, not stupendous, but good.
The aroma was very nice on this cigar, and it was very smooth. I took it to about 1.5 inches and there was no harshness at all. The flavor on the palette was very neutral, not even a hint of pepper. The pigtail cap was nice, just peel and light, no need to cut or punch, the draw was great as is. It did not seem like a medium-full as CI describes, I'd say medium in body.
I love rustic looking wrappers and this one is that. It’s also very dark (I like that too), toothy, very few veins. Cut clean and the (cold) draw is spot on, exactly the way I like it, just a bit of resistance. Lighting not a problem, draw is still perfect and I’m getting a tremendous amount of thick smoke. The burn a little wavy at times but no touch ups needed. Overall, it’s a very nicely constructed cigar.
Not much from the foot or cold draw as far as flavors go. Light barnyard maybe, something a bit grassy and slight sweetness. Once lit, there is some pepper but not as much as I expected and I like that. Only slightly spicy to me, with distant coffee, bitter chocolate aromas and some semi sweet fruitiness. On the retrohale, coffee is stronger but no spice to speak of. It’s a very smooth cigar for what’s considered a full strength stick. It stays smooth until the end. No more pepper, a mild spice, coffee and chocolate are there till the end. So pretty much the same until the nub, never hot or bitter, down to my fingers and I would have kept going. Very nice smoke, if I was giving it a score it would probably be around an 89. There are many offerings in that price range (around $7) and this might not be my 1st choice in the range but it’s a solid stick for the buck as far as I am concerned. Will probably keep a few in my humidors and see if time changes them and adds a bit of complexity and brings flavor transitions to what could become a fantastic smoke. But then I want to do that with most good cigars I smoke and probably won’t have time to do it all, a Geek can always dream ;-)
A solid feel to this stick.An oily sheen on the seamless wrapper with one vein.The firsts were tastes of pepper,oak,bran and baking spice.The mid's were cedar,cream and walnuts.The last quarter was oak,leather,cinnamon and pepper to the finish.Very nice rich and full flavors with complexity.The draw was great,the burn was dead on and the ash held strongly.Medium-full in body.
Started off full bodied, then dialed down to a medium+ a quarter of an inch in. Exhibited notes of wood, pepper and caramel at first; the last two were particularly pronounced on the long finish, with varying degrees of intensity. Toward the end of the first third, 10 minutes in, citrus-orange notes popped up, followed by fresh, slightly bitter coffee notes. It then exhibited cream, spice, and more coffee during the last third. Construction would have been superb were it not for the fact that when I removed the band it peeled off a small piece of the wrapper. This is probably an ideal stogies to have with a cup of coffee. And I think they might get even better given some humi time. Burned for about 35 minutes. 90+ points / 4 stars
This cigar is a real head scratcher. It cost me less than $1.20...but it was good. It's not complex and it's not pretty, but it was an amiable smoking companion. It's very well rolled, burns evenly, tastes pretty darn good, and stays consistent all the way through. I'm a little shocked. Certainly worth passing to your buddies and smoking while playing cards or herfing. Better than many $4-5 cigars I've had this year. I hope they're all like this!
A big, box-pressed beauty with a dark, oily wrapper. Very heavy-in-hand, solid construction, and long white ash that just held on forever. This one is a real smoke producer!
The flavor profile of the "secret" blend reminds me a lot of the La Flor Dominicana blend used in the smaller-ring gauge Texas Cigar Festival cigars made by Litto Gomez. Very rich, strong and typical of the bolder LFD cigars. Worth trying if you can get your hands on one!