Thursday, May 30, 2013

Help the Chicagoland Cigar Company Contest / Raffle

Help the Chicagoland Cigar Company Contest / Raffle
With 34 days left on clock for Chicagoland Cigar Company, we at The Cigar Broskies wanted to throw out a little bit of a contest / raffle to try and help them out. We have already contributed with some cash, but we want others to do the same to help get them off the ground. They are less than $1000 from their goal and we would like to help them reach it. So here’s the deal, you gain entries for contributing monetarily to their campaign. If you don’t have the means to chip in a few bucks [or even if you do], you can still get in on the raffle by posting something on Facebook or Twitter encouraging people to check it out.
If you want to know more about their story, check the posts out here on Indiegogo and / or our write-up here and of course there is a really nice post from SecretAgentMang.
The entry breakdown:
With two different ways to enter the contest, we decided the best route would be to use a rafflecopter giveaway for those who are trying to spread the word. See below in this post...
For those of you who are contributing monetarily (or who have already contributed to the campaign), you should receive a thank you email from Indiegogo that confirms your support. The email will look like this. Either forward that email on or take an edited screenshot and send it to lyricsninja@gmail.com with the info. Each dollar contributed will grant you one entry into the prize raffle.
So what’s the prize?
Two prizes actually. One prize will go out to the rafflecopter winner, and one to the monetary winner. The monetary prize winner will be be chosen at random using a random number generator. Each prize will be a pack of 10 cigars of our choosing. You can expect some delicious stuff in there. No Ron Mexicos in there, we promise.
The fine print:
This print is fine. And when we say fine, we mean fine. So fine that uh... well. Yeah. That. Winning one raffle doesnt stop you from winning the other, so feel free to enter both! This contest is open to everyone, 18 and older of course. The contest ends when the campaign ends. Lets help Jim, a member of our /r/cigars community, reach his goal!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tatuaje La Casita Criolla


 Information:

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Connecticut
Length:  5.6"
Ring: 46
Cost: $6.00

Appearance (0-20):  One thing that I love about a quality cigar is the grainy, bumpy wrapper.  They are little "flavor pockets" of the oils from the cigar from aging.  This offering from Tatuaje has a super grainy broadleaf wrapper.  It is quite dry to the touch, but very inviting to say the least.  The band is fairly simple on the outside, but holds a solid smoke underneath.

Score: 17

Construction (0-20):  
The cigar itself performed well overall.  While I had the cigar aging properly, the wrapper was still somewhat dry.  There was a small crack in the middle of the stick, and it seemed as part of the middle was unraveling   Luckily, neither of these had an effect on the smoke.  I tried take a good picture of the ash, but it wouldn't focus correctly;  it had an almost pure white ash, with speckled graininess in the ash as well.  It had some flakiness, yet overall was solid start to finish.


Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Nothing over the top here, just a solid medium cigar.  There is no real heft present, and it may have actually been a touch under medium.

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20):  After some quick reading, it seems as though broadleaf tobaccos were used as the wrapper, binder, and filler.  You generally don't get that, and it had a unique flavor profile.  I received a blast of spice in the beginning, and then some additional spice from start to finish.  As I smoked further down, there was some solid notes of cedar and sweet molasses.  The flavors complimented themselves well, and had some complexity and transitions.

Score: 18

Value (0-20):  For around $6.00, you definitely get what you pay for.  It's an above average cigar for the price, and the price point does it justice.  I would like to smoke a robusto/toro size, yet I don't see it offered.


Score: 18

Additional Notes: Smoked at Cigars International

Overall (0-100):  Somewhat unsuspecting, the La Casita Criolla was a solid cigar.  The flavor profile was very solid, as Tatuaje incorporated using all broadleaf tobacco.  If you are looking for a fair priced cigar that has some solid tasting notes, this is one that you might want to check out.


Score: 88

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1502 Emerald Toro


 
Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua and Mexico
Length: 6”
Ring: 50
Cost: $7.00

Appearance (0-20): The 1502 Emerald looks like a standard cigar you could pick up anywhere. The wrapper has some small imperfections to it, along with a few minor veins that are really nothing more than a footnote. Aside from that, there are no real visible imperfections that can be seen. Taking a closer look, there’s actually a nice amount of plume that is hanging out on here, so that’s a positive. The band is somewhat unremarkable, though there is something pleasing in the simplicity too of going with the gold and green color scheme.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): The strong wrapper has only a little give when picked up, but the tobacco within feels solidly packed. No other imperfections to note from the look and feel. Upon cutting, there was a lot of debris that dropped out, which gave me a little bit of a worry. After cleaning off the end and taking a few prelit puffs, I was satisfied that the draw had some nice resistance and wasn’t going to implode on me. After lighting up, the cigar held its own very well. The ash, a very nice greyish white color, held on for 2+ inches at a time and burned extremely coolly and evenly.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): Mild to medium is the billing and it’s pretty spot on. I feel like the best description is one of being subtle, but having a little kick. It’s really well balanced and tempered.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Where I am typically inclined to find a creamy taste from a cigar like this, the 1502 Emerald puts out a lot of coffee and earthy tones. There is a natural sweetness that mixes in (think something akin to honey) but there is also a dryness to it. On the backend there is also a bitterness that seems to work well at cooperating with the previously mentioned honey. As the first half passes, you will find some additional hints of wood, spice, and cocoa but they are mere specks here and there as opposed to being something that is prevalent.
Score: 18

Value (0-20): Pitting this up against other similar cigars and it’s a bit of a bargain at $7.00. Few other smokes will match the flavor profile and delicate balance with the strength and complexity.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with water at Cigars International [CigarFest weekend, in the parking lot while tailgating].

Overall (0-100):  For a bit of a lighter smoke, the 1502 Emerald actually stands out quite well. The flavor profile is moderately complex and is really pleasing to the palate, while still holding to a mild to medium strength… which is not a simple feat. Yet there is still enough of a kick to it that you can feel the cigar when you’re done. Small issues with the crafting may exist, but it’s the type of thing that can be mainly overlooked given some of the other positive attributes that the Emerald has.
Score: 89

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tatuaje Apocalypse



Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaraguan
Length: 5.25"
Ring: 48-52
Cost: ~ $9.00

Appearance (0-20):  What a beautiful cigar that Tatuaje has produced.  Visually there are a bunch of things to take note of.  The wrapper itself is a deep brown color, oily, and very grainy.  There is a decent sized vein down one side of the wrapper, which is the only noticeable flaw.  The figurado shape is eye catching, along with both the foot and cap.  The foot is sliced off perfectly, and the cap comes to a tight pigtail wrapped up.  There is a decent sized vein down one side of the wrapper, which is the only noticeable flaw.  The band is fairly simple with the offset red and black colors, the "anarchy"symbol, and a very faint Tatuaje embossing.

Score: 19

Construction (0-20):  
After clipping the pigtail and lighting up, the draw is very smooth.  There are no issues with clogging, or cigar rolling issues.  The large vein on the side played no part in the smoking experience.  While the ash was somewhat flaky at certain points, it did hold together well.  The grainy wrapper transitioned over to the ash, leaving a beautiful white speckled color.


Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Sitting right around the medium-full range, the smoke was blended very well.  There is a good amount of strength and flavor to be quite enjoyable and well balanced.



Score: 18

Flavor (0-20):  If you don't enjoy spice and pepper, don't purchase this cigar.  Lucky for me, I love a spicy smoke from time to time.  Upon lighting up, you really get a nice red pepper blast that lasts about an inch.  From start to finish, the red pepper stays present to a lesser extent, but still present.  There are some underlying notes of a rich coffee flavor, with a subtle sweet fruit note.  The flavors were super rich, and somewhat comparable to the Liga Privada Unico line.  If that is something that you enjoy, I would look to grab some of these.
Score: 19

Value (0-20): For $9, I think the cigar is fairly priced.  I really enjoyed the flavor profile and shape of the smoke, and would gladly look for a 5 pack to throw in my humidor.


Score: 18

Additional Notes: Smoked on Cigars International, paired with coffee

Overall (0-100): Every aspect of the cigar was solid. Construction was superb, flavor was rich and full, and the price was great for a limited run sick. Tatuaje produced another solid cigar


Score: 92

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chicagoland Cigar Company (CCC) Indiegogo Kickstarter





The Chicagoland Cigar Company (CCC) is currently an Indiegogo project that Jim Daunis Jr and his father are working to get started. They preach quality and consistency of a small boutique blend that is consumer and community focused. For a donation to their cause, they have two different cigar lines to choose from as perks – the Draco and the Swashbuckler. Both in the medium bodied road. In addition they have limited edition artwork that is only for this promotion. The perks, of course, go up as you go along (all the way to rolling at an event for you or even your own personal blend). What’s even more interesting is if you don’t feel the perks are quite right, you can contact them and they will work with you to figure something out. If that’s not customer service, I don’t know what is. Cigar Rights of America members will also receive additional cigars with a donation.

So why donate? Well, lots of reasons:
  • Support of an independent entrepreneur who is working with something they are passionate about
  • Helping to support small business
  • You get back a quality product with some special edition items
  • People will vouch for the guy. He knows his stuff and is going to make this happen
If nothing else, this is the chance to be a part of something beginning from the ground up. Chip in and give Jim a hand. Stop by the Indiegogo page and check out what he has to say.

Monday, May 6, 2013

5 Vegas 2012 Limitada


 Information:
Country: Honduras
Wrapper type: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan
Length: 6.25"
Ring: 52
Cost: ~$7.50

Appearance (0-20):  The first impression is one of class and sophistication.  The white 5 Vegas Limitada band is a signature from year to year, while the foot band will change with each new series.  The 2012 foot band is pretty cool, giving some additional information about the cigar itself.  As for the smoke, it comes in a light to medium brown grainy wrapper.  There are no identifiable flaws to note, and everything seems good to go.

Score: 19

Construction (0-20):
There are no flaws or soft spots, and the burn was very nice indeed.  The ash was a beautiful white/light gray color, and coiled together very nicely.  The ash itself held on very straight, but nly for about an inch or so.


Score: 17


Strength (0-20):  Listed as medium-full, I feel as the missed the mark.  The whole experience sat right smack in the middle of medium, and didn't touch any higher or lower.

Score: 16

Flavor (0-20):  To begin, there is a nice blast of spiciness, but that quickly subsides after less than an inch.  Coming into the heart of the cigar, the most prevalent notes are some sweet cedar and hints of caramel.  There still are small bits of spice, but barely anything to take notice.  The smoke was enjoyable, but not as robust and complex as I would have liked.
Score: 17

Value (0-20): For around $7, you are getting a quality smoke.  The construction is great, but there seems to be some flavor and strength lacking.  Don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable smoke; I would pay the $7 for it, yet it's not a steal that many other cigars have.


Score: 17

Additional Notes: Smoked on my deck

Overall (0-100):  The 5 Vegas Limitada line is one that I have become accustomed to looking forward to.  The 2008 is an excellent smoke, and nothing since then has come close. Last year with this smoke, the 2012 did make a nice come back and was quite enjoyable, but still missed that 2008 mark.  If you are looking for a relaxing medium-bodied cigar, this isn't a bad option. Smoke without worry!


Score: 86