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.
August Points Contest is Under Way!
The points contest is under way for the month of August. 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.
Cigar for the Troops
Hi Folks. I wanted to highlight some fine work by our brotherhood, and in particular, Nathan (nwb). Thanks to Nathan's efforts again this year and the generosity of our members, we will be sending over 1300 cigars to our well deserved troops who sacrifice so much so we can enjoy the freedom we have. These should hit in time for the holidays. Click here for some pics. Thanks Nathan and thanks members for another successful drive!
Starts off looking very nice with the chisel and looks like a well constructed cigar. Then I lit it, the flavor was lacking for me, and the draw was not great, Eventually the smoke became fuller but the smoke was lacking. The cigar tunneled a bit and the wrapper would not smoke at the same pace as the core. due to past reviews I am guessing my specific cigar was a dud, would possibly give it another try if it was a good deal
Smoked on about two weeks rest. Needs more of a nap.
Perfectly constructed, this short robusto burned razor sharp. Had a slightly dry, splotchy wrapper. Draw was easy, and smoke was very thick. Ash held firm for almost two inches.
The flavors were good, just kind of raw. There was a good bit of black pepper up front. There is a bit of sweetness, with lots of oak and earth. However the flavors don't seem to be fully meshed yet, and there is a bit of harshness throughout.
I will go 3 as it wasn't bad, performed well, and I think with a few months of the flavors melding and smoothing out the edges, this could be a good smoke. I will certainly revisit and update. Quick smoke at about 45 minutes, which is nice.
What a fantastic smoke. Beautiful mottled, oily wrapper with some slight veins. The fill was firm but the draw was easy. Tons of smoke poured from this stick. The ash looked flaky, but held for over an inch. The burn line was razor sharp despite me dropping it and causing a small crack.
Started leathery with a distinct sweetness in the background. Some spice starts to go through playing beautifully with the sweetness. It is a wonderful example of what a medium strength smoke can be. Some slight citrus tang comes in, as well as an earthy note, but the sweetness, leather, and slight spice dominate. The sweetness turns to more of a chocolate note towards the end, just as delicious.
This cigar has a very nice first appearance, its wrapper is flawless with only a couple small veins. Cuts very clean and pre-draw is perfect.
I was amazed on how smooth this cigar smokes. Its got a creamy nuttiness with hints of sweet pepper. The smoke output is great, burn line is dead on, and leaves behind a thick ash that really holds on.
This is a small size cigar with a big cigar flavor. It has a rich earthy tobacco, pepper spice, and a hint of coffee on the finish. Large amounts of smoke is produced which is very creamy, and leaves an almost sugar sweet ting on the tongue. This was a great lunchtime cigar when in a rush as it smokes in just about 40 minutes.
Got this cigar in a bomb from a fellow geek. I smoke a lot of maduros but this Cameroon was springy delicious. Preflight draw I got some nice cocoa taste. Draw was good burn wasn't perfect but was fine for me. Leather ,oak & earth throughout the smoke. Very tasty, I would definitely recommend.
This one is a little fire cracker. Feel's solid and appears well constructed. It cut's well and the draw is ok. It takes no effort to get an even toast and right off I am hit with pepper and leather. This is a pretty consistent smoke from start to finish. No real complexity but plenty of strength. To me this is more of a novelty cigar then anything else. I wont be looking for more of these.
What a superb cigar! A beautiful Corona Gorda with a dark oil wrapper. My favorite size in a cigar. Firm, boxed press construction and a perfect draw and burn.
Medium full in body with medium notes of pepper, charred oak and some sweet cocoa. Some creaminess comes and goes, as do hints of baking spices. A solid 4.5 after only one week of rest. I can't wait to see if this one gets better with age.
Did not light this until celophane was an orange tint. Definitely a mellow creamy experience with great presentation in this perfecto vitola. Virtually flawless construction with even burn line and tight no flake ash. Cedar, peppery just mildly, thicknsyrupy smoke with a bite of earth in the finish. Enough subtle complexity to prompt this review. My favorite from Punch (non Cuban) has been presently decided.
Half a star demerit for general principle, but this was a perfecto experience in my book of cigars!
cold draw yielded some sweet spice, beautifully constructed, prominent vein across the top, perfect light. The burn had a few issues through the middle of the cigar, but in all, nothing unmanageable. The middle pulled a creamy smoothness with some grassy cedar notes, very smooth. The final third brought in a touch of spice, but kept the same creamy smoothness as well. Also added a touch of sweetness.
In my opinion, not necessarily worth the 10+ msrp, but not a bad buy on cbid, I'll probably go for the robusto next time