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=5418... 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.
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.
If you smoke a Marlboro is better. Too strong tobacco smell, so I expected a "decent" taste, not a big evolution, but they have no evolution at all. To be honest, even with a Romeo y Julieta or Hoyo de Monterrey I cannot feel all the different flavours described in most reviews, I just love the tobacco, that's all. I bought the 5 pieces box, I put 2 in humidor and 3 in the original tube and smoked in few days... The 3 are disgusting, the other 2 after 3 weeks are part of the humidifier tools, they are soft and wet like a sponge, probably because they are pre cutted. I don't know. To make the story short, I threw in the bin.
2021 Monster Mash edition 5 1/2x49: Rock solid core, dark brown wrap, one vein & fair oils. PLA earth & fruit (cherry wine at foot); PLT fruit wine; PLD moderate. A longish light, a moderately firm draw, a mostly even burn, & a fruity smoke. Openers are earth & fruit notes & only a tad of spice in the retro. The 1st 1/3 is earth, cherry fruitiness, a hint of nuts & building spice in the retro. Cherry wine notes appear & the retro spice peaks & starts to abate in the 2nd 1/3. Bakers chocolate replaces the fruit in the last 1/3, making a chocolate wine note along with some coffee bean. The finish is earth, coffee bean, wine, toasted nuts & faint chocolate. The body is upper medium. Transitions, flavors... it's scary how this cigar changes & how good it is. :P (94)
Prelight: Smoking the Rose of Sharon as it is my Wife’s birthday and this seemed fitting. The cigar is beautifully presented. The seams were invisible, well applied cap and consistent color tone throughout. The wrapper had a semi-sweet hay aroma. I used a straight cut to produce a very open draw. Almost too open for my preference but will take it.
Postlight: the closed foot lit well leading to a most even burn. There was tons of smoke output as expected with the open draw. I am picking up light earthy tones with a hint of chocolate. First ash at a touch over an inch leaving a small centered cone. Ash is just a bit flaky but mostly solid. Cigar is burning near perfect. Retrohale has just a touch of spice but is mostly smooth and creamy with a chocolate note.
2/3: flavors mostly earth with a less pronounced chocolate tone. Picking up a floral element as well. Body is near medium and strength is mild. The first band is removed with no wrapper damage. Second band removed with no damage. Cigar did start to burn uneven but has been self correcting.
3/3: there hasn’t been a noticeable transition in flavors staying consistent with the end of 2/3 throughout. Solid cigar with a great Connecticut taste adding hints of chocolate. This was a great cigar. Final smoke time 1:18min.
Humidor time: 531 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 68, foot - 61 Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of earthy tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of black pepper, leather, wood, and hints of chocolate and spice. The spice in the nose faded quickly with the other flavors remaining consistent until the last third when a strong note of charred wood became predominant. Pretty tasty with just enough spice in the mix to keep things interesting, but it missed my wheelhouse by just a bit and more so in the last third. Strength was about medium. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and a wavy burn to start, although my ancient and failing lighter had something to do with the latter, I think. The burn quickly evened out and stayed that way through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a nice cone. Things were then uneventful down to the nub with draw and smoke output remaining optimal throughout. (24/25)
Overall impression: Two good smokes in a row from this Carrillo sampler, so it seems I'm on a roll. Nice flavors, great construction, and I'd smoke it again if I had any more... (31/35)
Humidor time: 531 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 66, foot - 64 Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double shallow V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich tobacco. The light gave a medium/full profile with a spicy retro and notes of leather, sweet black coffee, and hints of black pepper, chocolate, and spice. The spice in the nose mostly faded after a few puffs with the other flavors remaining mostly consistent throughout although I did detect the spice on the palate ramping up and down just a bit in the background. Quite tasty for a maduro blend with just enough spice hanging around to keep things interesting. Strength was about medium or a bit better. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, thin smoke volume, and and an even burn to start. Draw and smoke output quickly reached optimal not far into the first third. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a nice cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal from the first third on. (24/25)
Overall impression: Finally, a nice smoke from this Carrillo sampler. Very nice flavors, excellent construction, and nothing here to dislike at all. Sadly, this was my only one, but I'd definitely be up for trying this one in other vitolas at the right price... (32/35)
Humidor time: 531 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 70, foot - 66 Appearance and construction: A few prominent veins, an oily sheen, and a firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of mild tobacco. The light gave a very mild profile with a note of light wood... and nothing else. This stayed consistent throughout and was completely bland and uninteresting. Not horrible, but just nothing much at all going on here. Strength was well shy of medium. (12/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, thin smoke volume, and an even burn to start. Draw and smoke output both quickly improved to optimal after a few puffs. The burn was a bit wavy but self-correcting through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/4" leaving a cone. The burn continued wavy but self-correcting and nearly needed a touch-up in the last third, but the nub was reached without any needed maintenance. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (22/25)
Overall impression: Another weak Carrillo smoke and the blandest tasting one of the bunch so far and maybe the blandest conny blend I've yet had from any brand... Hopefully I'm just saving the best for last, but the first three from this sampler have definitely not been very inspiring. (20/35)
Humidor time: 530 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 67, foot - 59 Appearance and construction: A few prominent veins, an oily sheen, and a moderately soft pack with no soft spots... Gave it a wide-ring punch and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with a note of wood... and nothing else. This stayed consistent until the last third when it became more of a charred wood note. Not horrible, but not at all complex or very interesting, especially given the lack of any spice in the mix. Strength was medium at best. (14/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn gradually got wavy, then lopsided through the first third and got a touch-up prior to the first ashing at 2", which left no cone. Same story through the remainder with more lopsidedness and two more touch-ups before reaching the nub. Draw and smoke output remained optimal throughout. (16/25)
Overall impression: Two sticks in and this Carrillo sampler is leaving me disappointed. Mediocre flavors, mediocre construction, I'd have been better off sending my money to C-bid for some more Olivas or Man 'O Wars, sigh. Well, several more sticks to go and the bar is not very high so far, so we shall see if there's any winners yet to be had in this batch... (15/35)
Humidor time: 530 days Humidimeter reading: Head - 64, foot - 55 Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately 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 light note of wood, and hints of grass and spice. A typical conny blend, not bad, not great, and it stayed pretty consistent throughout the smoke. Strength was well shy of medium. (16/25)
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 at 1" leaving a small cone. Things were then very uneventful down to the nub. Draw and smoke output were optimal throughout. (24/25)
Overall impression: Decent enough little morning smoke, this one, even if the flavors were nothing to write home about. Very nice construction, that's the most I can say about it... (25/35)
Prelight: wrapper has a dark aged appearance with visible seams and veins. Looks a bit rustic. The wrapper aroma was of dried fruit. The cap was applied well with a shallow shoulder. I used a punch cut to produce a moderate to tight draw.
Postlight: cigar lights well. Draw is a bit on the snug side but will wait to see if it opens up. Smoke output is medium. Aroma off of the cigar is unique, almost a sweet bitter woods, hard to describe. Flavors of earth and woods to start. Draw is still a bit snug for my liking so went old school and bit off just the cap. That helped draw/smoke output. First ash at an inch, non-flaky.
2/3: more floral notes beginning to add to the dry earthy/woodiness in the first third. Cigar maintains the floral aspect through 2/3. I am not a huge fan of the taste in this one. I have had to start triple puffing to keep a good burn line going. Band comes off very easily without wrapper damage. I became uninterested towards the end of 2/3. This cigar wasn’t my cup of tea taste wise and I fought with it never having an optimal draw. I decided to set it down after an 1:30min.
I paired this with a regular mug of coffee and it went well. The initial taste was kind of non-descript - nothing stood out. Second third was peppery and woodsy and really smooth. The draw was tight but not overly so. The burn was kind of uneven and needed several touch ups. The last third was even more peppery which was a nice note to end with. A nice 90 minute morning smoke.