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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.
March Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of March. 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.
Good looking little cigar with the usual smokey, sooty smell I get from all the KFC's I have smoked. It cut's well and toasts with eas. As soon as it lite's it gives off a nice sweet, nutty aroma as the foot sets and the sooty, smokey smell is gone. Spice and toasted caramel with just a hint of the smoke flavor, sort of like being around the campfire. I get an almost toasted marshmallow flavor to mark the start of the second third along with a nice toasty character. The last third is more of the same, not much complexity but nice flavors. It did try and go out a couple of time's but for the most part good burn and smoke production. Not a bad little smoke for working in the yard or out in the shop.
The wrapper glistens with oils, looking wet to the touch. The wrapper is smooth aside from a couple minor veins. Great tobacco and spice aromas at the foot prelite, cannon is solid and the cap is perfectly applied and cuts easily. The draw is wide open and has a leather note prelite. It takes a flame easily and gives off nice toasty aromatics as the foot set's. Lot's of spice in the retro with toasted caramel notes, nut and tobacco flavors. Great smoke production and burn, really a delicious cigar. Around the half way point some leather joins the mix. Pretty consistent flavors from start to finish but they were really good flavors and the balance was perfect. It produced huge billowing clouds of delicious smoke and the burn was spot on. If you like a bold, flavorfull cigar then this is one you should try.
Nice looking cigar with a dark smooth wrapper that has a nice oily sheen to it. Very solid feeling with some heft to it, and a nice looking pigtail at the cap that reminds me of a tie off on a balloon. It cut's well and the draw is good with a wood and rye flavor prelite. It takes a flame very easily and has some nice aromatics. Spice and cocoa along with leather and espresso and a nice sweet hint to each puff. The room aromatics are really nice with some floral hint's in the bouquet. Great smoke production and burn through the first third. About half way through the flavors change it up with wood becoming more dominant and a mocha flavor with a nod to the espresso side. About an inch and a half from the end the profile really smooths out with a mocha and tobacco combination that is really good. This was a good cigar from start to finish with nice smoke production and burn characteristics. The flavors are enjoyable and the balance is good, I was expecting a bit more complexity but over all a good cigar.
A beautiful wrapper as I have come to expect from this line. The wrapper looks rich and oily with a nice earthy aroma to it. It's very solid feeling and cut's well. The draw is a little firm with oat and tobacco flavors. It toasts easily and has nice toasty aromatics as the foot sets. Nice tobacco and spice with a toasted almond and a dark berry note. There are also some nice floral notes working the profile. Great smoke production, good burn and profile is smooth and complex. The second third starts with the profile taking on a nice chocolate base with some espresso hints and spice stepping up a notch. Still maintaining a nice balance. Not much notable change going into the last third aside from a little more increase in strength. A great smoke, probably my favorite vitola in this line. Going to be looking for more of these.
I bought this at Casa del Habano in Montreal on a business trip. I payed a lot for it but never having had a Cuban before I wanted to know I was buying the real thing, no questions asked. I let it age in my humidor for about 9 months before firing it up for my 25th birthday. I was a bit intoxicated when I had it so it is hard to review this cigar in depth but I do remember a strong, dry, wood flavor and a unique mineral flavor that reminded me of some cigars I had that were made with tobacco from Ometepe. It was so rich yet so smooth. The smoke was somewhat creamy. The burn was near perfect.
Wow, I mean just wow. I always knew it would be a good cigar but I had a feeling that the whole mystique of Cuban Tobacco in our culture was going to mean this smoke would be overrated. Fortunately this fear was unfounded. There really is something about Cuban tobacco that sets it apart. I have had better cigars that were not Cuban but not many. And like the tobacco from Ometepe, there is nothing else like it. It's something you just have to try to understand. Don't believe all those people in the magazine's knocking Cuban cigars because "communism ruined them" or "they are inconsistent." Communism may have changed a lot of things and I have only had the one so I am not sure if the latter argument is true or not but I feel that these arguments are made because those making them can't sell you Cubans! I expect they will whistle a different tune if the embargo is ever lifted.
This cigar was damn good. I do recommend it and I will be buying them again without a doubt.
A very mild cigar with a little bit of flavor. it was a very soft cigar with a loose draw. A little bit of cream and earth flavor. It burnt pretty well too. For the price these aren't too bad for a casual morning cigar.
Hadn't tried the Anejo yet, so grabbed one at my B&M and let it sit a week in the humi. nice stout stick, solid feeling but draw was easy. Flavors of nut and baking apice...very little pepper flavor. Burned well start to finish and paired well with an iced coffee. Wrapper had some "ugly" spots but aside from that it was a nice medium cigar.
Drinking while I was smoking this cigar. The cigar seemed to burn wobbly and the outside wrapper would have issues staying lit. It was very damp outside. I may have smoked the cigar to quick because I tasted the bitter hot cigar taste.
It has been years since I've awarded 5 stars. This cigar is amazing! Peppery, medium strength flavor with a high nicotine content, classic flavors and complexity like in the old days or at great cost, reminiscent in some ways of Opus X even. Not that I've smoked more than two. Thankfully, Sabor Esteli is milder in body and nicotine, although still high. Deep, complex, larger than life, excellently rolled. I feel like I'm in the halls of greatness smoking this gem!
And now the big correction: It turned out to be just as strong as Opus X! I had the stop in the middle and lie down. That doesn't change the score, though. The smallest size is the box-press robusto. I recommend you start with that. I should have too.