The Annual “Cigars for Troops” drive is under way. This is 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=5385... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2020
The 2020 The Marine Toys for Tots drive is under way again this year. This is the way to earn the Toys for Tots badge for being a contributor. If you give a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $20 you will be awarded the badge A special thanks goes out to Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive again this year.
July Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of July. 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.
Humidor time: 507 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 56 Appearance and construction: A couple minor veins, a light sheen, and a soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with a slightly spicy retro, a note of wood, and hints of spice and tangy citrus. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent throughout although the citrus seemed to ramp just a bit towards the last third. Not bad and quite flavorful, but definitely not the best conny blend I've had. Strength was medium at best. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping just past 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub with the burn staying near razor-sharp. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)
Overall impression: This one came with my first shipment from the Small Batch COTM club last year. Pretty nice morning smoke even if the flavors weren't quite amazing while still being very enjoyable. Construction was spot-on, so I'd smoke this one again if I had any more... (29/35)
Slightly soft, medium brown wrap, no veins & decent oils. PLA A sweet honey-floral; PLT cola-flavored earth; PLD moderate An easy toast & light, an even burn with no work at all, a steady, moderately easy draw, & a ropy smoke. Earth, herbal grasses, dark coffee, nuts & a bit of bl pepper lead off. The retro is quite spicy right away. This stick gets dark & earthy while it continues to get nutty. The body builds fast. The flavors get even more potent past the 1/2. The body is already full by now. The finish is strong earth, herbal, coffee & peppers which the nuts temper a bit. A delicious, heavy-duty little smoke. (94)
Humidor time: 514 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 57, foot - 62 Appearance and construction: A rustic looking stick with a few veins, a light sheen, a pig-tail cap, and a soft pack with no soft spots... Twisted off the pig-tail and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of sweetened tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with the usual ACID sweetness and an underlying note of paper. Nothing else, just paper. Blah. Strength was medium at best. (0/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start. The burn evened out through the first third with the ash falling on my shirt at about 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (23/25)
Overall impression: This came as two sticks banded together in a single cellophane and was yet another selection from Cigar Authority's COTM club that I abandoned last year after receiving this shipment of... overpriced crap. I'm not a fan of ACID, generally, and this one only reinforced that lack of enthusiasm for this brand. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the twin to this stick apart from not smoking it, but it'll probably get thrown out. Not like I'm going to give it to a friend to smoke and I'm not in the habit of smoking with my enemies... (8/35)
Humidor time: 514 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 71, foot - 61 Appearance and construction: A few veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack but softer at the head... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a mild/medium profile with notes of light wood and spice. This stayed consistent throughout the smoke and was slightly tastier than it sounds but still nothing much to write home about with no complexity to speak of. Strength was about medium or a bit better, especially towards the end when the nic. intake ramped a bit. (16/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, OK smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Draw and smoke output quickly improved about a half inch in, both reaching optimal before the first ashing at 1 1/4" which left a small cone. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the 2nd third and things were then uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal from the first third on. (23/25)
Overall impression: This was another selection in Cigar Authority's COTM club and another reason I dropped this subscription. It's clearly a budget smoke that I paid way too much for even though this was a somewhat better smoke than the sad Cuban Classics gordo I reviewed last weekend. Very little bang for the buck to be had here and I don't know that I'd smoke this one again even if it were handed to me... (24/35)
A solid, medium brown stick, no veins & good oils. PLA earth & very faint barn; PLT coffee & toffee; PLD easy. A quick toast & light, an easy draw, an even burn, & a woods, faintly lemon-y smoke. Cedar, cream, earth & a hint of herbal spice start things off. The herbal tanginess increases but is offset by the faint sweetness of the wood. Coming to the 1/2 there is some nuttiness & the retro picks up some pepper. In the last 1/3 the nuttiness sweetens the profile a bit. The finish is woods, earth & a bit of herbal & pepper spice, all mellow & all tempered by the sweet nuts. The body is only a low medium. A very good stick. (92)
I’ve smoke 6/10 of these so far. Nice looking stick. Well rolled, nice box press, even burn, good draw, plenty of smoke to judge. There is an initial peppery spice blast that tones down gradually but does not disappear. The first third has an astringency to it that is not my favorite but that also tones down gradually. Perhaps tea is not the best pairing for this blend. There is a creeping nicotine factor that could grab you by the end. Not quite 3.5 stars for me, but a solid 3.25.
Semi firm core, dark, oily wrapper, no veins, pigtail cap. PLA a faint floral leather; PLT faint sweet wood; PLD moderately easy. An easy toast & light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & a salty, soy-like smoke. Woods, a bit of charcoal, herbal notes & a slightly spicy floralness begin this stick. The floral spice inhabits the retro & builds only a little over the course. Additions of coffee & toast come on before the 1/2 along w/ is a peanut-iness that builds slightly. The finish features wood, now actually a cherry wood, coffee, toast, peanuts, some earthiness & that floral spice. The body is high medium near full. Subtler flavors but excellent. (94)
Nice looking wrapper with a good sheen, cannon is solid and cap is well applied and takes a cut without issue. The draw is a bit firm and prelight I get flavors of wood and tobacco. Nice start with some chocolate, cream hints, toasted malt and a almond hint with just enough spice in the retro to balance the sweetness. Smoke production is good Going into the second third a woody essence joins the mix along with a increase in the sweetness and a coffee hint and a tobacco takes the place of the chocolate and cream. Ash held well past an inch and burn has been good so far. The last third is more coffee dominant, some earthy tobacco and a sweet hint in the aftertaste, spice has reached a peak and a hint of chocolate has returned. This was a very enjoyable smoke with good balance and a flavor profile that is right on the mark for me. It burned slow and cool taking about an hour and forty five minutes to burn. I will be watching for these.