All donors will receive the coveted "Troop Supporter" badge. Last year's total was 1,343 cigars, and we would like to surpass that with your support. If you have any questions beyond what is addressed in the thread above, please reach out to Nathan (nwb).
Toys for Tots Drive
I want to take a moment to thank all the very generous Geeks out there for their contributions in driving the Marine Toys for Tots donation from our brotherhood to very nice total of $1050.00. A special thanks goes out to Brad (Longhorn) for the excellent idea and drive to make this so successful.
October Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of October. 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 is a good mild-medium cigar with a light, nutty flavor and some gentle spice. Burned will and put out plenty of smoke. Construction was top-notch. I got this from CI in a sampler of some sort, but would happily smoke again. A very strong 4-stars.
I tried 2 of these cigars, hoping the first one was a fluke. But they both had a way too tight draw. I had to puff about 4 times to get good smoke. The flavor wasn't much to talk about either.Just a strong tobacco flavor. It wasn't a flavor I couldn't stand, but just not much to talk about. I think this would be a good cigar if you like to let them stick out your mouth and chew on it.
A solid feel to this stick.An oily sheen on the seamless wrapper with one vein.The first third were tastes of pepper,cedar,leather and cardamom.The mid's were coffee,leather,nuts and spice with notes of cinnamon.The last third was heavy cedar,leather and spice to the finish.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.
Another great creation from Diesel. A solid smooth stick that feels a little light, but packed with smoke. Woody, earthy and full of flavor. Good looking grey ash. The hot cocoa and coffee finish linger long. Warning: This dog bites! Full strength!
Its a great looking stick, hefty in hand with a nice pigtail. I decided to just pull the pigtail instead of cut, which left a ragged edge but a good draw. Lots of smoke, slightly jagged burn at times but corrected itself and never required touch-up. The ash held almost two inches before being tapped. Weirdly I went to remove some of the ragged tobacco from the cap and once wet, it was like chewing tobacco, stained my hands and you could taste it, which is why I was removing it.
Starting out, I thought I was on to someting. Great notes of grilled meat, some slight pepper, and oak. This continued until the first ash, and an acidic bitterness started coming through, light at first but building fast. By the time I had about two inches left, it was really taking over the smoke, and totally soiled my opinion on this cigar.
I was thinking 4 until around halfway in, then it went downhill. I will leave it at 3, as the first half was tasty and the construction was good, but man was it a sad finish.
This began with a nice balance of pepper and wood, and a slightly tight draw. Very soon after notes of lemon rind showed up making for a masterful counterpoint to the initial flavors and continuing onto a long, zesty finish. The stogie begged for a fresh hop IPA so I felt pressed to pop open a Stone Enjoy By 10.31.14 IPA. The draw soon got even tighter and I had to clip the head again, half an inch in. The strength then began increasing gradually toward the end of the first third with an addition of very smooth white pepper notes. At this point it was way past my bedtime and I really didn't need any more alcohol but the flavor profile was too marvelous (albeit for the tight draw) to worry about such details. The balanced medium-full profile driven by citrus notes and faint hints of nuts became full on the last third with an addition of cream. Burned for well over an hour. I will have this again in a heartbeat, but next time I'll make sure to let it rest out of the cello to mitigate the tight draw. 93 points
These are some very flavorful cigarillos. Given the full flavor and hot burn due to the small ring gauge I'd label these as medium-full. Supposedly they contain long-fillers, but I wish the Cameroon wrapper was a little more aged as it seems to produce what for me is an unpleasant cigarette-like smoke followed by some slight bitterness on the finish. I haven't tried to let these rest out of the cello, but I think it might make for a better smoking experience. Burn time is about 10-15 minutes. 87+ points
Construction - feels good in the hand, tight and solid. Greenish brown wrapper. Draw is a little tight. The ash is salt and pepper Burn was great, no touch up needed.
Smoking - Mellow mild to medium body with wood, cedar, leather, and tobacco flavors. It's a bit musty and spicy. The cocoa finish is always a favorite of mine. Medium flavor, easy to retro hale. Nothing harsh about this stick. Enough smoke to fill your mouth, but not a profuse amount of smoke. This is a good everyday smoke.