The 10th Annual “Cigars for Troops” drive is underway. 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=5087... A special thanks goes out to Nathan (nwb) for running the drive again.
Toys for Tots Drive 2018
If you have not seen it, the 2018Marine Toys for Tots drive is in full swing. This is an excellent opportunity for the brotherhood to contribute to a great organization that provides gifts for those less fortunate children in time for Christmas. A special thanks goes out to Emerson (McBryde) for stepping up to run the drive this year. Also, we are introducing a new Toys for Tots badge this year for being a contributor. If you gave a kit for auction, win an auction, or donate at least $25 you will earn the new badge
September Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of September. 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: 253 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with one soft spot near the head. Gave it a V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (11/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium-bodied profile without much going on apart from hints of spice and a bit of sweetness. Pretty bland, but not the worst I've ever smoked... Got a hint of wood in the 2nd third. Strength was medium or less as not much of a nic. hit was noticed. (15/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn quickly got wavy, then lopsided in the first third, but somehow managed to self-correct before the first ash fell at about 2" leaving not much of a cone to speak of. Following this, the burn remained even for awhile, then got lopsided again in the last third and again self-corrected before reaching the nub. Somehow, no touch-ups were needed... The saving grace of this stick was the copious amount of smoke it produced from start to finish. (20/25)
Overall impression: This was a pleasant enough smoke for a Sunday afternoon Netflix session but it definitely was on the bland side, flavor-wise. Lots of smoke, though, and it was kind of entertaining watching it self-correct itself when things got lopsided. This was the short-filler version of the Edge Corojo and here's hoping the real thing has more flavor... (25/35)
Humidor time: 247 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few minor veins, a smooth box-press, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of black pepper and leather. Very tasty... Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (22/25)
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 falling at 1 1/2" leaving a nice cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub apart from the stick getting a bit hot in the last third. (22/25)
Overall impression: Pretty nice smoke, this one, and I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the gordo vitola, which didn't smoke as well as this one did. Sadly, I don't have any more of these, but I do have more of the gordos, so will have to revisit that one soon... (30/35)
Humidor time: 260 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins, a very oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots. And those beautiful Perdomo double bands... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium/full profile with smooth notes of black pepper, coffee, and leather. Very pleasant but it could have done with a bit of spice and sweetness to balance things out... Strength was about medium as the nic. hit was not quite what I was expecting for a stick of this size. (20/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn was a bit wavy, but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at about 2" leaving a small cone. The rest of the smoke was the same - mostly even but self-correcting whenever it got a bit wavy. No issues to report down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: Very nice early Sunday morning smoke to accompany my Netflix session... Decent flavor, good construction, yep, I'd smoke this one again. (30/35)
Humidor time: 246 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few prominent veins, a light sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (11/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of... barnyard... Yeah, have seen that mentioned as a flavor in other reviews, but had never come across it myself until now. But that's the first thing that came to mind when I sniffed the foot on this one, so I'll go with it. Kind of a musty, manure-y type of smell, which I'm guessing is what others are getting when they use that descriptor. At any rate, the light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of earth and hints of wood and cocoa. Almost a Perdomo-esque type of profile, but it was quite pleasant. Strength was about medium as the nic. was noticed towards the end but wasn't overly strong. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy through the first third, but was self-correcting with the ash dropping at about 1 1/2". 2nd half was the same and even got lopsided around the start of the last third, but again self-corrected prior to the corn skewering, then it didn't, but no points deducted for post-skewering events.... At any rate, no touch-ups were needed or applied. (20/25)
Overall impression: A very enjoyable, tasty smoke, this one, and it performed better than most sticks with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, which, in my experience tends not to burn very evenly and usually requires touch-ups. I've got several more of these and look forward to burning them up on the commute. (30/35)
A rock-solid body with a reddish-brown wrap, a couple veins & an oil sheen. PLA toasty, nutty & bread-y; PLT deep molasses-y earth; PLD easy. A normal light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & a tangy leather smoke. The filler/binder is a secret & right away I see why. There are delicious notes of earth, woods including birch, sweetgum, & black pepper in a creamy smoothness that allows the flavors to shine. As it progresses, there are nuts, toast & even a bit of charcoaled meat. The finish is creamy, gentle & flavorful, yet the body is high in the medium range. VS, you can keep your secrets; just keep making this great cigar! (93)
Humidor time: 246 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins, a light box-press, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots. Gave it a punch and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of coffee. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice. Very flavorful and similar to the 5 Vegas Classic blend, which is one of my favorites. Strength was medium at best as the nic. hit was not strong. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, copious amounts of smoke, and an even burn to start. The ash dropped at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn got a bit lopsided in the 2nd half, but managed to self-correct without needing a touch-up. (20/25)
Overall impression: This was a nice smoke and the flavors were right in my wheelhouse for a medium type of blend, which apparently came courtesy of AJ Fernandez given that this one arrived as part of an AJ sampler. Construction wasn't perfect as the burn line wandered here and there, but it was adequate to get the job done without much maintenance. Definitely a stick I'll be picking up more of. (30/35)
Correction: A bit of research shows that this one was apparently not blended by AJ Fernandez, but is merely made at his factory in Nicaragua.
Humidor time: 254 days Appearance and construction: This one had one minor vein in the otherwise smooth box-pressed wrapper, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots. The cap appeared well constructed and gave it a punch with PLD being moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a medium/full profile with a note of black pepper and a hint of coffee and was quite spicy on retro. Very nice. Strength was about medium as the nic. hit was noticed but not strongly. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy, then lopsided in the first third, so gave it a touch-up. The flaky, crumbly ash fell off at about 2" on the low side without leaving much of a cone. The stick tried to go out on me in the 2nd third, so gave it another touch-up. Remainder of the smoke was similar - a very wavy, lopsided burn line requiring several more touch-ups down to the nub. (13/25)
Overall impression: Definitely not a maintenance-free smoke, sadly, as the flavors were enjoyable. I have several more of these and will update this review should they perform any better. (16/35)
Had it not been that I put this particular cigar in a light hibernation ( release date 2018 ) it was given to me to try through a good friend of mine since he knew that I was a fan of CH and Mr. Huber. No distinguishing cigar band ..just a cloth band on the foot that is Red so since he only sent one I just threw it in the humidor and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago and thought....hmmmmm..wth is this as I forgot it was a CH so as is my habit at night to go out and smoke on the patio and watch Amazon Prime Movies.
Took this thing and put it under my nose and was pleasantly surprised by the aroma...nice and dark and oily....smells like cow$hit....all good signs as it has a Cuban Aroma to it but I know it's not a CC but I'm a bit intrigued cuz I can't place this cigar in my CRS memory and it hits me....wtf if this cigar is really good....how am I gonna know what it is and there's no way to find out? Screw it....I'm gonna treat this like I do most cigars and take my time lighting it with a soft flame...bout 3 minutes in it has a nice orange fireball at the end and I'm getting a nice dense cloud of voluminous smoke with a really good aroma to it. Trying not to get too excited but now I'm an inch into it and it's complex with flavors I've really yet to experience in other cigars. Don't get me wrong as I have smoked a ton of complex cigars in 50 years but this one comes at me with .....deli meat.....really...deli meat like a mix of salami and sopressata or capicola ( gabbagool ).....this is like a damn cigar made from a fresh meat deli tray and cured with some side hints of pepper..dark and light and then a cleansing taste of medium espresso but that doesn't last long. This cigar is complex and meaty....yes...meaty and I don't know how else to describe it except take a RP Edge Maduro and kick it in the a$$ and you have a similar taste profile. Getting past the first 1/3 the taste is just getting better and complex and the dense smoke I just keep in my mouth for an extra 5 seconds to get as much of it that I can and then I'll take a small swig of Drambuie to hold the finish and then slowly blow out that ton of smoke as it swirls around my head. OMG this cigar is good and now I'm deep into the 2nd third and I take a nice retro to see what my olfactories are telling me.....oh wow...this is rich, complex and I put my movie on pause to now get a real deep sense of this thing and I'm loving this but getting worried.....WTF is this cigar and who made it and how much hoping that I maybe struck gold and it's around $7.....( yeah right....I don't get that lucky often ) so I press on and it is coming down to the hour and a 1/2 mark and I don't have much longer on this so I slow down the pace even more and get out my nubber....I'm smoking this down to the ground.
Ironically I'm at the 1 inch mark and I'm sad.....it's almost over and I am no closer to the info as to the name or anything else as to where I'm going to find another one. I spent the next day looking at every Brand I could think of...researched and Googled the fk out of info that contained cloth footband cigars....empty....I'm frustrated now and it's a matter of finding what this is. Serendipity strikes me like a wayward bolt of cigar lightening as I turned and saw my Hat Collection....a CH hat that is one of my favorites to wear and thennnnnn........could it be? nahhhhh.....but what if....are the Cigar Gods smiling at me.....I Google CH cigars and like the trumpets blowing ceremoniously in my twisted consciousness.....THERE IT IS! Red cloth foot band.....and the name of it.....and there's more....Yellow Rose with a ....yes...yellow cloth band and another one with a Yellow Band...Tennessee Waltz....and one named the Paniolo....these are different cloth bands on the foot and while I have smoked every cigar from CH where have these basturds been hiding? I'm like a kid at Christmas now....I have to try these other ones but first I have to purchase the Red cloth one and I see that they are around $10 a stick.....ok...a bit pricey but worth it. I scroll down to buy a box......damnnnn........out of stock. I go to the next Vendor and ....it might as well have told me to f off.....OUT OF STOCK...next Vendor and as I am reading an article it's telling me it's HTF anywhere as one might get lucky since it's an OHIO cigar exclusive so 2 hours later I find 3 sources for the Red Cloth....$170 for a box of 20.....I'm buying it and along with the Red I buy the Waltz and Yellow Rose.
This has been an experience as I don't usually chase cigars.....but the Red Cloth must have crack in them.....the Waltz is good and the Tennessee as well and there are 2 other color cloth ones that escape me but I'm buying them, too. When one adds the La Imperiosa to the stable and all the other cigars from CH's....I'm good with buying anymore cigars for quite a while. Drew Estate and John Huber along with Willie Herrera are Cigar Mad Scientists as far as I'm concerned....I'm sold on them and hope you enjoy my review and the info here.
It’s a solid 4 stars here (4.25) Smooth, creamy, but still with some strength. Great burn, no relights or touch-ups required. Solid construction. Better than most La Auroras. I’ve been smoking a bunch of preferido Maduros that are just too tightly rolled and this stick is better in both construction and taste.
Humidor time: 227 days Appearance and construction: This one had a few veins, one loose seam, a light sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots. And a set of beautiful double bands... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a typically mild conny-wrappered profile with a note of cream and a bit of spice on retro. Quite nice, although not quite as good as a few other mild sticks I've tried... The flavors kind of faded in the last third as the stick got hot leaving not much of anything other than a hot smoke taste. Strength was about medium as I got more of a nic. hit from this one than is typical of other mild sticks I've had. (18/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed very even with the ash dropping at 2" leaving a nice cone. The last third saw the draw constricting a bit and I pulled out a stem that was protruding from the head, which brought a good amount of leaf with it, and this resulted in the draw becoming quite hot, so the nub got dumped earlier than it might have. As previously mentioned, the flavors were gone by this point, so there was no reason to keep it going. (18/25)
Overall impression: The first two thirds of this stick was quite enjoyable. Most even burn I've seen from a stick in some time combined with the nice, mild flavor made it a good smoke, but the last third was less than stellar. I have another one of these and will update this review should it fare any better. (25/35)