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.
August Points Contest is Under Way!
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Appearance: 15/15 - firmly packed, nicely applied cap, no major veins. Dark, oily Brazilian wrapper. Beautiful double bands.
Smoking Characteristics: 22/25 - Took the flame well and lit up with no issue. Burn was solid and consistent the whole way through, plenty of smoke output and a pleasant aroma. Ash was a bit flaky and wouldn't stay on for much more than 1/2". Deducted a few points for this.
Taste: 20/25 - This one was just not in my wheelhouse, but I can't fault it too much for that. Pretty good transition in flavors from start to finish. Had sort of a mineral taste to it during the first half of the cigar. Heavy on the wood, earth, and cedar. Spicy retrohale which I didn't mind. Up to this point I am getting a bit of a cottonmouth feeling going on. About halfway through I started to get flavors of dried fruit every few puffs, I wish these flavors would've stuck around more and came through stronger. Didn't get bored with this cigar, smoked it right to the end. But for some reason it wasn't hitting on all cylinders for me in the flavor department.
Overall: 32/35 - I would recommend you try this cigar, I am sure many of you will love this flavor profile but it just wasn't for me. I would even smoke it again, but I wouldn't go out and actively seek it. It was very well made with an attractive looking wrapper and a band that will catch your eye.
one of the finest cigars i have ever smoked and i have smoked over 400 cigars..this cigar is a middlweight with flavor upon flavor upon flavor and thick rich body and lots of smoke...this is one of the best non cubans i have smoked..i would pick this cigar over the padrons, opux x or any of the 40+ patels ive smoked..this cigar is a tour de force
a straight forward cigar without complexity but lots of flavor with sweet oats.......this is a delish cigar at a reasonable price..i have smoked over 400 different cigars and would put this one in the tasty category
Real nice box press stick with a firm pak and a fairly smooth wrapper.The stick clips nicely and the draw is spot on. The stick fires up and the smoke output is is tremendous.The burn is perfect and never waivers through the whole stick.It has a nice firm ash and holds on for better than a inch at a time. There are some nice flavors with this stick.It starts with alot of pepper and a little spice on the retro,but the pepper does level out.I also get some nice coco.eathiness and some spiciness. This is a real nice stick with a burn time of 1hr.and 30min.The strength is a high medium at best.This is humi worthy.
Age: 41 days Drink: Bulleit Rye/Captain Morgan Private Stock
Very thick, firm, and heavy feel to the stick. Smooth wrapper and cut nicely. Prelight aroma had some nice sweet caramel along with a rich earthy tobacco smell.
Caramel carried over to the initial flavors and there was a nice dark earthy flavor in the background. This cigar was creamy from the start. There was a nice bourbon like flavor lingering on the palate. This transitioned to a little mocha taste in the 2nd half, but again, was not very strong. There was a consistent leathery tobacco flavor that dominated from start to finish. This isn't to say it was a "typical leathery tobacco" flavor, as there was always a nice creamy, caramel or mocha consistency. But there was not a lot of complexity to this cigar. Even the retrohale had very little to add to the mix.
Presentation was absolutely gorgeous with a nice black and gold double band. Silky smooth wrapper cut nicely and draw was ample. Prelight smelled of rich chocolate.
First flavors were consistent of prelight. Milk chocolate and a little earth. A little cedar and leather developed, along with a nice spice. As the chocolate faded, it was replaced by a salted caramel, but not quite as sweet. The earthiness really started to pick up in the 2nd half, but it had a nice creaminess to it. A bit of coffee showed up here and there, but never stayed for long. Overall, it was an enjoyable smoke, but not very complex.
1209 days rest. Large, bulky cigar but not quite as hefty as it looks. Cap snipped fine producing a nice easy draw. Smoke production was thick, burn line was mostly straight on, and ash held about an inch and a half but was a bit flaky at times.
Very nice flavor profile, woody with some cedar, nuts and white pepper. The flavors have balanced over 3+ years, so not much transition but plenty going on. Pretty smooth and I also pick up some light coffee, oak, and even a little cinnamon along the way.
Very enjoyable, and has gotten better with age. Low 4 and something I would smoke again for sure.
This is a medium full body and slightly spicy stick. It starts out rather plainly. Just spice and a kick. It seemed to perk up with flavor after a while. Slight chocolate with a sweet caramel flavor underneath. Not great. Not bad.
Prelight was strong wood/cedar note. Wrapper was nice and smooth and cap cut cleanly. Cold draw had good draw, but no flavor. Upon lighting, there was a nice "spice" flavor that I couldn't put my finger on. It wasn't just "cooking spice" or something like that… it was a very distinct savory spice with a richness to it. Almost like basil??? This gave way to a lighter spice accompanied by some leather and a little more cedar. Maybe a little oregano? Very strange, but at this point, I am tasting Italian spices. My mind is pretty weak sometimes, so I guess I'm just open to suggestion. Whatever it was, it made for a definite unique smoke and it was quite enjoyable. It was not quite in my wheelhouse, but was different enough, I might want to try again in the future to see if it is the same or if I was just crazy.
Once the massive band is removed, this is a very nice looking cigar; the wrapper is dark, oily, and smooth. The first few puffs were promising, flavorful with tons of smoke.
Then it went out...for the first time. Relight, a few too-hot draws, then it starts dying again. Five triple puffs to get the smoke going again, a few hot draws, then it goes out again. Repeat multiple times. I finally threw it out.
The cigar was properly stored, and all other cigars stored with it were just fine. This particular cigar was just a total dud. I should have tossed it sooner, but kept hoping it would get better.