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.
April Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of April. 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.
This was one of the more attractive cigars in my humidor. I almost hated to light it up, but you can't have your cake and eat it too, so I chose to "eat." Hot spice predominated during the first third. It reminded me of a hot sauce or pepper that is mildly spicy at first but which grows in intensity as it sits on the tongue. That gave way to a milder pepper fortunately. The aroma was a heavy, sweet, thick molasses that reminded me of the Fuente 858. Given the $2.80 difference in price, I would opt for the 858, but this Hemingway maduro is a fine smoke. The constitution and burn were perfect.
I have rested this stick for over a year. The rosado colored habano wrapper is oily with a fine tooth like wetsand paper and smells of sweetened cedar and aged, highly fermented tobacco. This is the last few sticks of a box purchase, none of the cigars disappointed. The flavors are well rounded with a full body and smooth draw. Lots of pepper and fruity notes, a nice floral finish that also has medium pepper bite but not harsh! I don't remember these kicking my butt with nicotine but it's certainly there to be had a plenty. The going price for the 601 Steel blend is stupid cheap. I reccommend to medium-full habano lovers with plenty of time to indulge at about a 2:15 hour smoke.
Very nice petite cigar. Skinny at a 44 gauge. Easy to light with the folded end. A nice smooth earthy flavor with coffee, cedar and pepper being the main notes that I could taste. Quickly becoming a fan of Man O' War
A definite must try. Nice leathery wrapper. Once lit, you get a nice cool smoke, not menthol cool but still noticeable. Flavors of coffee, cedar, nuts, and some spice make it very well balanced. Very nice cigar.
Great dark and full flavored experience. If your not someone who smokes full flavors, this stick is not for you. Beautiful looking Toro with beautiful dark color and gorgeous lines. While it's a full and heavier smoke, it's snoothness is apparent. It has a ton of spice throughout and great nutty tones in its flavor profile. Yet another gem from the masters at La Flor Dominicana
I'm a "Mac" lover and usually go for the bolder full bodied Maduros. This stick is somewhat mild and good for anyone just starting out to the Mac-line and flavors. It has a dark oily wrapper that lights and draws easy. A constant flavor and draw throughout needing no re-lights nor touch-ups. Well constructed and burns with a tight grey-white ash and ample smoke. The stick started out with a sweet creamy flavor that remained constant throughout the entire burn. Give one a try - I think you will like it.
Goes great with the "brown ales and whiskeys".......JMHO.
I think this little dude beats out papas fritas for the small scrap stick champ. Lots of chocolate, strong spice, earthy, smokehouse type flavor and a slight sweetness. Ash doesn't flake and falls at 1/2 inch. Great draw and no bits of tobacco to spit out either, very well made. Nice smoke output and body, and the spice lingers till the next puff.
Pigtail cap and shaggy foot worked like a charm, tear and light.
Retrohale is intense but actually eases up to where you can retro entire puffs toward the end.
Turned a little harsh in the last inch, otherwise would've been 4.5.
Very heavy cigar. Dark, oily wrapper. But a very hard draw, even after poking it a few times. Slow burner. Hard to discern any outstanding flavors. Picked up some sour notes, maybe leather too. Not a bad cigar, but nothing special, and certainly not worth $10.
I picked this up on Holt's with a deal of 30 other cigars. I was not expecting a lot do to price, boy was I surprised. First light was a bit on the leathery side midway gave way to coffee and nutty flavors. I would buy again.