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We successfully surpassed last year's total with a total of 1,617 cigars donated! Thank you to everyone who donated this year.
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5 Vegas Series A Triple-A (AAA)3 Star Ratingheadfirst5/26/2015 9:32 PM
This is a good looking cigar and seems well made.  It's firm and dense, nice dark wrapper with a slight sheen, not a ton of oil going on.  Prelight aroma is heavy barnyard, almost manure-like.

The draw is perfect with a punch cut and the wrapper held fine on the cut.  This is the first cigar where I heard squeaks as I twisted the punch through the cap, must be a pretty leathery cap!

First puffs blast me with white pepper pretty good but it tames at about 1/2 inch in.  The aroma is giving off a cedar note, the flavor is mainly leathery with white a slight white pepper finish and that signature nicaraguan tobacco.  Very good smoke volume.

The flavor is just not my wheelhouse.
CAO Black Frontier3.5 Star RatingJay'D5/26/2015 9:26 PM
Construction was good appearance wise, nice firm feel. Burn was good but the draw was kinda tight and the smoke output wasn't big. Had some real nice smooth creamy flavor, think I tasted a hint of nuts. If it wasn't for the off draw and low smoke output it would have gotten a 4 or higher from me.
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 34 Star Ratinglukin5/26/2015 6:35 PM
This one had a few years of age on it which might have affected the taste. The cigar was extremely well constructed with no problems on the draw or burn. The initial third was quite boring flavor wise with a subtle nutty flavor. What really stands out here is the feel of the smoke. It's thick and creamy. Going into the back half the flavor and complexity pick up a bit with some cinnon a coffee and vanilla notes. I'd definitely love to have a few more kicking around as I think this would make a great morning smoke
Soneros (Cubanacan) Toro Habano Maduro3 Star RatingKid Montana5/26/2015 5:38 PM
Received this cigar at the Texas Cigar Festival at Serious Cigars.  I let it rest for about a month and pulled it out this warm, humid evening.  Its a nice hefty cigar, feels great in the hand and a light clip just above the shoulders resulted in a perfect draw.  Wrapper is shiny, a nice Colorado maduro.   Initial puffs revealed a nice woody/leathery profile, zero pepper great Estelli profile though; full flavor that rests on the back of the palate.  The burn is excellent through the first third, profile is mostly light espresso, wood, occasional maduro sweetness.  I don't taste it but the aroma reminds me of a curing barn, with the rich tobacco and strong ammonia, which is kind of bizarre.  Middle profile is medium-full, and I keep tasting something soapy off the head.  Its frustrating that I'm getting these unpleasant flavors because behind it is something good and interesting, so I clipped a 1/4" hoping its just a bit of tar.  Puffs after the re-clip were much better, but still a hint of something... off lingered on the front of my tongue.  I'm thinking the blend may just be young, because at the end of middle third the flavors are clashing, with something almost metallic hitting the front of my tongue while the flavor on the back of the mouth is nice and rich.  I didn't bother smoking much past the band and set it down with about 2.5" remaining of the original 6".  Maybe in 6 months this'll be a good cigar, but right now this sample was disappointing.  I give it 3 stars because it has a lot of potential with fantastic construction and burn, just other major flaws in the flavor profile.  
Drew Estate Tabak Especial Robusto Dulce5 Star RatingMacMac5/26/2015 1:26 PM
This cigar lights very easily with its unfinished end. The volume of smoke is good. The cigar wrapper is golden with nice veins. The cigar is fiim. It punched easily. The coffee flavor is very good, not over powering. The first two thirds are very similar. The last third becomes a bit more complex as the coffee flavor fades slightly. A slight pepper taste can be noted in this last third. The cap became a little squishy neat the end. This is one of my favorite infused cigars.
La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino4.5 Star RatingStogieDad5/26/2015 12:31 PM
These may be my favorite LGC.  Each one I smoke I remember how good the last one was.  A beautiful cigar, as I am a sucker for pigtails and a closed foot.  A slightly mottled, leathery wrapper, and a bit of give in the cannon.  But it doesn't end at just looks.

Performance wise, it is spot-on.  Razor burn line, thick plumes of smoke.  The ash is a bit flaky, but it can be managed.  The draw is perfect.  Really, just nothing you can say bad about it.

Toasty and leathery, with just a bit of "twang" reminiscent of a good Cuban.  Definitely some woodiness and sweet spice throughout as well.  Even a bit of black coffee once this thing ramps up in the second half.

A great cigar, and they can be had at a great value in coffins of 3.  I always have some around.  I like the regular LGC well enough, but these are far and away superior to those.  Worthy of 4.5 stars.

Curivari Reserva Limitada Classica Epicures3 Star RatingStogieDad5/26/2015 10:02 AM
I've smoked about 3 or 4 of these hoping they would be closer to my profile, but they just aren't my favorite Curivari.  Not a bad smoke, just not in my wheelhouse.

Looks great with a dark wrapper and nice hefty feel in the hand.  Produced large amounts of smoke, and the draw was perfect.  Ash held fine, really just no complaints here.

Pretty basic flavor profile on these, some leather, earthiness, and a tad of pepper.  But I get an ashy flavor as well that really takes away from my overall enjoyment.  

I will put the rest of the box away for a long nap and smoke the Seleccion Privada and El Gran Rey.  They still make great cigars, I just think these are not my thing.
Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Toro3 Star Ratinglukin5/26/2015 6:19 AM
This cigar smoked just fine, but it was incredibly boring. No spice, very little flavor, just a little tangy with some very mild leather flavors and that was it.  Most of that disappeared towards the end of the stick.  It's not going to offend or taste nasty.  It just doesn't taste like anything much at all.
Pirate's Gold The Chief1.5 Star RatingHot Stuff x5/26/2015 4:42 AM
No big surprise that this cigar is a complete gimmick.  Yes, theoretically you can smoke it.  But in practice, it was nearly impossible to get a draw through its 18 inch, 66-ring barrel. The little bit of smoke I was able to draw wasn't good either...like smoking a rolled up brown paper grocery bag. Showing up at a herf with this thing is good for a few laughs,  but the joke's on you if you try smoking it.
La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #54 Star Ratingninfiction5/25/2015 8:17 PM
Kind of a rugged looking cigar, lots of pretty substantial veins, didn't affect the experience at all. Overall great construction, nice smoke output, the ash held on for over an inch. Had one minor touch-up otherwise the burn was decent.

The cigar was right about medium with notes of coffee, cedar, tobacco and a sweet kind of fruit like flavor. The profile wasn't overly complex and didn't change much the length of the cigar. It was a flavor profile that I enjoyed though and would smoke again.

Total smoke time was 1:42

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