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May 2014 guess my CC challenge.

Every day in May I will smoke a different CC. I will post a picture with no band and some tasting notes. Maybe a hint as well. At the end I will be donating money to charity. Anyone who plays along or enjoys the post can do the same. I wanted to keep the awareness up and have some fun in the process. Any thoughts, ideas or questions send me a PM.
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  • No_one21No_one21 Posts: 2,184 ✭✭✭
    I have a thought/question... got enough for 2 of us? lol sounds interesting though I'll keep an eye on this.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    No_one21:
    I have a thought/question... got enough for 2 of us? lol sounds interesting though I'll keep an eye on this.
    No. :). I have a lot of varied singles. It will be a very interesting hodgepodge of marcas, years, EL and RE.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    For the Ccom board I will set Jsnakes Childrens Mercy Hospital as the charity. If someone on Ccom gets the cigar correct the donation for that day will go there.

    I will also match funds of up to $5 per day correct guess. At the end of the contest the charity with the most correct guesses will get a bonus above the daily amount.
  • SleevePlzSleevePlz Goodrich, MIPosts: 6,249 ✭✭✭✭
    Very cool Marker. Perhaps I'll smoke my guesses to make it more interesting for myself!
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • jliujliu Posts: 7,732 ✭✭✭✭
    i know what the first cigar is going to be ;)
  • jsnakejsnake Kansas CityPosts: 5,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thanks Marker. very cool.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    This will start Thursday evening. I am traveling to Naples, FL in the morning and have activities planned for the afternoon when I get there.
  • brianetz1brianetz1 St. Louis, MOPosts: 4,135 ✭✭✭
    I think i might have to join in on this one. My guesses will go to the MS Society. My wife is afflicted with the disease and my fat *** is running a 5 mile mudrun in July.

    http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/brianetz1

    let's get ready to rumble!
  • FireRobFireRob Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭
    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, cause I think I am totally lost… We are paying you for each one of our guess’s on what cigar your smoking that day and you will then send the money to the charity and match up to $5 of the correct guessers donation? Or an even simpler way of saying it is, do I pay you each time I want to guess?
  • brianetz1brianetz1 St. Louis, MOPosts: 4,135 ✭✭✭
    FireRob:
    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, cause I think I am totally lost… We are paying you for each one of our guess’s on what cigar your smoking that day and you will then send the money to the charity and match up to $5 of the correct guessers donation? Or an even simpler way of saying it is, do I pay you each time I want to guess?
    yeah, i am lost.......i thought we were guessing and he was donating to the person who guessed correctly's charity
  • FireRobFireRob Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭
    brianetz1:
    FireRob:
    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, cause I think I am totally lost… We are paying you for each one of our guess’s on what cigar your smoking that day and you will then send the money to the charity and match up to $5 of the correct guessers donation? Or an even simpler way of saying it is, do I pay you each time I want to guess?
    yeah, i am lost.......i thought we were guessing and he was donating to the person who guessed correctly's charity
    Shoot, now I have no clue how this is supposed to work. But either way, it is a good excuse for him to smoke a ISOM…
  • thedjfish@comcast.net[email protected] Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭
    Marker:
    Every day in May I will smoke a different CC. I will post a picture with no band and some tasting notes. Maybe a hint as well. At the end I will be donating money to charity. Anyone who plays along or enjoys the post can do the same. I wanted to keep the awareness up and have some fun in the process. Any thoughts, ideas or questions send me a PM.
    nice idea, i would play but i dont have 30 different cc's,
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    brianetz1:
    FireRob:
    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, cause I think I am totally lost… We are paying you for each one of our guess’s on what cigar your smoking that day and you will then send the money to the charity and match up to $5 of the correct guessers donation? Or an even simpler way of saying it is, do I pay you each time I want to guess?
    yeah, i am lost.......i thought we were guessing and he was donating to the person who guessed correctly's charity
    If you want to contribute for a correct guess, I will match that up to $5. Either way I am donating to the charity that gets the most correct answers at the end of the month.

    You don't have to pay to guess or have the correct answer. This is running across a few cigar boards so the first correct answer by time stamp is the one I will be matching and counting.

    Edit - I was going to do person who got it right charity but then the logistics of possibly 30 different charities was a mess. So I am going with one per cigar board.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    Marker:
    Every day in May I will smoke a different CC. I will post a picture with no band and some tasting notes. Maybe a hint as well. At the end I will be donating money to charity. Anyone who plays along or enjoys the post can do the same. I wanted to keep the awareness up and have some fun in the process. Any thoughts, ideas or questions send me a PM.
    nice idea, i would play but i dont have 30 different cc's,
    I have 30 different CCs, but that is about all + maybe 20 more of repeats. I don't have a lot of multiples. This was a good way to smoke through all the singles I have. People always want to have an excuse to smoke that one cigar they never do. This is mine.
  • brianetz1brianetz1 St. Louis, MOPosts: 4,135 ✭✭✭
    Marker:
    brianetz1:
    FireRob:
    Just want to make sure I understand this correctly, cause I think I am totally lost… We are paying you for each one of our guess’s on what cigar your smoking that day and you will then send the money to the charity and match up to $5 of the correct guessers donation? Or an even simpler way of saying it is, do I pay you each time I want to guess?
    yeah, i am lost.......i thought we were guessing and he was donating to the person who guessed correctly's charity
    If you want to contribute for a correct guess, I will match that up to $5. Either way I am donating to the charity that gets the most correct answers at the end of the month.

    You don't have to pay to guess or have the correct answer. This is running across a few cigar boards so the first correct answer by time stamp is the one I will be matching and counting.

    Edit - I was going to do person who got it right charity but then the logistics of possibly 30 different charities was a mess. So I am going with one per cigar board.
    sounds good.

    thanks for organizing this.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
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    This cigar before has placed in my top 3 cigars of all time. The first couple I had placed it a solid #2. Then another cigar came along and fought it for second place. Neither will ever take over first.
    Possibly my favorite format, this cigar turned me around the corner into making this my favorite CC marca. Paired up with some Ron Zacapa 23 today in the near 90 degree heat.
    Initial draw is caramel, dark and heavy. Heavier than the Dairy Queen sundae flavor. That is what drew me to this cigar since the first one I had. The one cigar that does this for me others cannot.
    First third is a little bitter, honey and caramel. The rum is really helping the cigar along. Without it I would suspect the bitterness to linger and take away from the enjoyment.
    Very toothy ash. I have read some people say that Cuban cigars are not toothy in appearance. This one is not. The ash shows the tooth extremely well where the wrapper will not.
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    Second third loses the bitterness but the strength of the marca comes out. Since I smoke primarily NC this doesn’t bother me. For this cigar it makes it better. The strength does take away some of the honey note but it is still there. Puffing slower and writing this as I set it down helps keep the subtleties there. Smoking it fast would turn this into a very strong cigar on the CC scale.
    Third third is bringing back the honey and it is strong. Toasty finish with the rum really bringing it home. Great pairing. The outside temp is taking its toll on the rum but RZ23 still tastes excellent. Getting stronger as it evaporates some into the heat.
    I would give this a 91/100. This particular cigar isn’t a top 3 of all time but it reminds me why it was there. Others I have had before I remember as a little better, maybe 94-95.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    It is not a regular production cigar.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 EL.
  • ddubridgeddubridge Posts: 3,979 ✭✭✭
    Marker:
    Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 EL.
    Looks delicious. Would have never guessed.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
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    When I first started into CCs this marca was raved by many but I didn’t get it. Tried the flagship vitola from the line and after a few had no idea what people were excited about. After a year or so of my personal distaste of the marca I was sent this format. I don’t see many touted around but man it was the cigar that opened my eyes to this marca after a couple years of writing them off. Since then it has become probably my third favorite marca.
    Prelight is a sweet spice. I want to say spice cake or a nutmeg but it isn’t nutmeg, but really close. First third is a nice merlot with spices. Dry aftertaste but not need a drink dry, very pleasant. Makes you want to puff faster and more often. So I take a break, write up some notes and work on some Stella in the again, 85+ heat.
    Second third is getting lighter. Might be the Stella talking. Might be the 85+ degree heat talking. Might be the pool calling me. This was a bigger cigar than I probably should have lit up on a hot afternoon but I had the time. It has been a great cigar adding a toast with cinnamon apple butter.
    Third third is picking up steam and strength. I am probably smoking it a little too fast due to the heat and need for a swimming pool. Still a great blend of strength in flavor and clean spicy finish. The Stella is long gone but having a cigar where you don’t feel the need to add a drink to compliment it is a unique experience. Flavors of toast, spice cake/cinnamon apples is a big hit for me. I do not get these flavors from the smaller vitola of this marca so enjoying one of these is always a treat.

    Giving this a 93/100. Even with high expectations and the distractions of humidity and heat it was something I would do again, every day, time permitting. Burn time was over 2.5 hours. I wish every day gave me 2.5 hours to sit and relax with a cigar of this caliber.
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    Todays cigar. Notes in a bit. If you are guessing this one call it CC#3 and the previous #2.

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    This marca was never on my radar when I started smoking CCs, until I got a minuto they make in a blind trade. It was a clean and fresh little cigar that left an impression. Still a top three cigar in the minuto format for my tastes. Since then I have looked for a few of the larger sizes in their special releases. This one I stumbled upon in a blind trade as well. Never thought I would smoke one and probably the only one I will. This is as good a time as any to light it up.
    Prelight is fresh and fruity. Pairing it up with some coffee waiting for the sun to come up.
    First third is very hard to pin down. I had to look up a review to get an idea how to describe it. Now I can’t say I am getting cooked carrots or a prominent peanut taste but there is a fruit salad thing going on that I don’t get from any other cigar. I won’t say it tastes like coffee, because I am drinking coffee with it and frankly it doesn’t seem right to add a flavor that you have paired with it to the cigar. If I have this cigar some other day with a rum or scotch and it tastes like coffee, I will add that.
    Second third is again flavors that unless I looked at reviews I would never think of. Same flavors as first third but it really is a heck of a cigar. I really wish these were not discontinued recently. This is a nice dichotomy to the flavors of Bolivar that I enjoy. A huge difference in two marcas. When people who do not smoke cigars say they smell and taste the same. This would be a prime example I would show them.
    Third third. The finish is lighter than the beginning. Flavors are even more of a challenge. The fruity flavors are incomprehensible or gone. A ginger biscuit and marshmallow without the smores chocolate added in.
    I am going 93/100 for this one. Not a typical creamy cigar I dig but it holds its own very well. The profile makes me want to get a box and try one every few months just to see how it changes over time. That would be a heck of a trip to keep notes on. See how this cigar goes from fresh to aged. Sadly this will never be a fresh box because it is discontinued and the cigar was a 2007. Boxes from 2011 should be floating around and I would love to try the other sizes in this series. What a way to start the day.
  • thedjfish@comcast.net[email protected] Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭
    Marker:
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    When I first started into CCs this marca was raved by many but I didn’t get it. Tried the flagship vitola from the line and after a few had no idea what people were excited about. After a year or so of my personal distaste of the marca I was sent this format. I don’t see many touted around but man it was the cigar that opened my eyes to this marca after a couple years of writing them off. Since then it has become probably my third favorite marca.
    Prelight is a sweet spice. I want to say spice cake or a nutmeg but it isn’t nutmeg, but really close. First third is a nice merlot with spices. Dry aftertaste but not need a drink dry, very pleasant. Makes you want to puff faster and more often. So I take a break, write up some notes and work on some Stella in the again, 85+ heat.
    Second third is getting lighter. Might be the Stella talking. Might be the 85+ degree heat talking. Might be the pool calling me. This was a bigger cigar than I probably should have lit up on a hot afternoon but I had the time. It has been a great cigar adding a toast with cinnamon apple butter.
    Third third is picking up steam and strength. I am probably smoking it a little too fast due to the heat and need for a swimming pool. Still a great blend of strength in flavor and clean spicy finish. The Stella is long gone but having a cigar where you don’t feel the need to add a drink to compliment it is a unique experience. Flavors of toast, spice cake/cinnamon apples is a big hit for me. I do not get these flavors from the smaller vitola of this marca so enjoying one of these is always a treat.

    Giving this a 93/100. Even with high expectations and the distractions of humidity and heat it was something I would do again, every day, time permitting. Burn time was over 2.5 hours. I wish every day gave me 2.5 hours to sit and relax with a cigar of this caliber.
    montecristo no#1
  • wwhwangwwhwang Ottawa, ON, CanadaPosts: 2,878 ✭✭✭
    I'm guessing cc 2 is a Hoyo des dieux
  • thedjfish@comcast.net[email protected] Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭
    partagas churchill de luxe,shooting from the hip
    have a few tucked away,
  • EchambersEchambers B'Ham Posts: 4,178 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Marker:
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    When I first started into CCs this marca was raved by many but I didn’t get it. Tried the flagship vitola from the line and after a few had no idea what people were excited about. After a year or so of my personal distaste of the marca I was sent this format. I don’t see many touted around but man it was the cigar that opened my eyes to this marca after a couple years of writing them off. Since then it has become probably my third favorite marca.
    Prelight is a sweet spice. I want to say spice cake or a nutmeg but it isn’t nutmeg, but really close. First third is a nice merlot with spices. Dry aftertaste but not need a drink dry, very pleasant. Makes you want to puff faster and more often. So I take a break, write up some notes and work on some Stella in the again, 85+ heat.
    Second third is getting lighter. Might be the Stella talking. Might be the 85+ degree heat talking. Might be the pool calling me. This was a bigger cigar than I probably should have lit up on a hot afternoon but I had the time. It has been a great cigar adding a toast with cinnamon apple butter.
    Third third is picking up steam and strength. I am probably smoking it a little too fast due to the heat and need for a swimming pool. Still a great blend of strength in flavor and clean spicy finish. The Stella is long gone but having a cigar where you don’t feel the need to add a drink to compliment it is a unique experience. Flavors of toast, spice cake/cinnamon apples is a big hit for me. I do not get these flavors from the smaller vitola of this marca so enjoying one of these is always a treat.

    Giving this a 93/100. Even with high expectations and the distractions of humidity and heat it was something I would do again, every day, time permitting. Burn time was over 2.5 hours. I wish every day gave me 2.5 hours to sit and relax with a cigar of this caliber.
    Montecristo "A"
    -- "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go poke it with a stick."
  • jliujliu Posts: 7,732 ✭✭✭✭
    Rocky Patel vintage 1492
  • perkinkeperkinke Posts: 1,575 ✭✭✭
    I'd guess #2 is a Cohiba Siglo I
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    No one correct here yet. CC#3 was guessed on another board. SCdlH Mercaderes.

    CC#2 is a local brand on cuban cigar website and a large format cigar.
  • perkinkeperkinke Posts: 1,575 ✭✭✭
    Okay, since no one has guessed in 12 hours I don't feel bad about tossing another (and I can't stand an unsolved mystery): Juan Lopez Selecion No. 1?
  • MarkerMarker Posts: 2,524
    Freebie from yesterday. Was traveling most of the day and could not get the picture without the band to load on Google+. CC#2 is gigantic in size and name.

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    When I heard this cigar was being introduced I was smitten. Format I enjoy with a marca that I really wanted to have this format. The price is a bit off setting. One of those cigars that in your lifetime you should have one that is smoking well. Not only to say you had one, but to say you had one of the flagships of the CC industry, in my eyes.
    Prelight is hay and honey. The habano wrapper has a little pepper to it but you can tell immediately it is a Cuban cigar by simply putting it to your lips. The wrapper of this marca is a dead giveaway when they are on.
    First third is banyard, honey, hay and a slight gingerbread touch. The taste is so clean. When people talk about dirty NCs that coat your palate with some burnt tobacco taste, this is the polar opposite. The palate is left refreshed begging for another puff soon after. Patience will be a virtue with this cigar. Leaving it in my mouth as I type this is a test of futility. Setting it down is not really an option.
    Today I spent a wonderful day at the beach. It was hot and sunny but the water was cool enough to take the edge off. I sat in some chairs under an two person umbrella for the Ritz Carlton. No I didn’t stay there but it was too hot for my northern body to stay in the sun all day. The Ritz didn’t mind. The umbrellas were not full and I had to class up the place a little. I had a couple of nice NC cigars on the beach between swims. Glad I didn’t bring CCs because the second NC was starting to peel a bit from the heat by the time I got to it. It was windy and the burn of the first one was a trial as well. Many people walked by just to smell the cigar for a moment. Funny how many people absolutely love the smell of a good cigar but then vote to ban smoking everywhere. That whole story was a set up for telling you this. This cigar is a reward for the last day of this great vacation. It is now 74F outside. Patio is screened off from bugs. I just had a salmon and potato dinner that was the perfect end to watching the sun set on the beach and cheering it off. Now I sit with a hallmark cigar and a good pour of Ron Zacapa 23. Thanks to a couple good friends for various parts of this journey, I now know how I would like all my vacations to go.
    Second third has lost the honey but exchanges that for toast and heavier ginger taste. The cigar is noticeably drier tasting. A pleasant mix of hay gives away this CC marca like no other. It is a cigar that is on and in all the ways you expect it to be.
    Third third is stronger in hay and toast. The hay is a refreshing smell through the nose. Leaves the palate feeling refreshed and satisfied.
    This for me was a 94/100. If I only smoked this cigar the rest of my life it might be all I need. Clean, fresh and strong enough CC flavors to keep me smiling the whole cigar. This is what the end of a vacation should be.
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