Twitter Tasting August 20, 2014. Light up with a Daniel Marshall Robusto Cigar

Who: Daniel Marshall Cigars
What: #DMCigars “Robusto”
When: Wednesday August 20, 2014. 8pm Mountain Standard Time
Where: Twitter Tasting using hashtag #DMCigars
Why: Because we love cigars and we’ll have the chance to chat on twitter with Daniel Marshall himself!

What’s a Twitter Tasting?
First of all, it’s a fun way to spend an hour with like-minded people. The tasting is open to anyone over the age of 21. You will need a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, it’s easy to create one at twitter.com.
Once your account is set up, follow me @valbradshaw and tweet me your interest in being part of the Daniel Marshall Cigars Twitter Tasting on Wed August 20, 2014 at 8pm Mountain Standard Time. Once I “follow” you, we can then communicate by DM (Direct Message) on twitter to finalize the details.

If you are new to twitter, one of the things you need to be familiar with is hashtags.
That where you put this symbol “#” in front of the topic of discussion. Any word(s) that have the # symbol in front of them are immediately easier to “search” on twitter.
The advantage to this is you can quickly see what other people are saying about the DM cigar as we will all be using the hashtag #DMCigars.
Hashtags are also very helpful if you happen to use tweetdeck.

Once you’ve received your #DMCigars #Robusto #cigar, keep it in your humidor until the night of the Twitter Tasting. At 8pm mst on Wed Aug 20.14, cigar aficionados from around the world will light up in unison and we will discuss what we are getting from the cigar.
If you’re new to cigars, here are a few suggestions of what to look for when smoking the Daniel Marshall Robusto:
Cutting the cigar: Make sure your cutter is sharp so you get the cap off with a nice, clean strike. You can use a punch if that’s more your style.
Lighting the cigar. When you light the Daniel Marshall Robusto, you want to roll the end of the cigar over the flame to give it a bit of a “toast”. You can then proceed to draw from the cigar in order to get it started with an even burn.
Aroma & Flavor of the cigar: The DM Robusto is made up of different types of tobacco. You will be able to smell & taste different flavors as you smoke your way through the cigar. Some common aroma/flavour descriptors for most cigars could be:
Chocolate, Honey, Bread, Almond, Walnut, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cherry, Plum, Raisin and Leather. Keep in mind that taste can often be subjective, so if you’re getting something from the cigar, feel free to say it.
Finishing the cigar: All good things must come to an end. But smoking a cigar with friends is a wonderful way to spend a bit of time in the evening, or morning depending on your time zone.
As we finish the cigar, we will have made comments on topics like burn-rate, ash, hand-feel and over-all experience.
Having Daniel Marshall himself in attendance will make this Twitter tasting a very informative & interesting experience.

CAO Flathead 554 Camshaft Cigar. Go Full Throttle

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The 1st thing you notice about this cigar is the shape. It’s “flat-headed” which means it’s squared off at the top. You don’t need an special cutter, but I found that a punch works well with this unique style of cigar.

The CAO Flathead cigar starts with Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The binder is Connecticut Habano-seed. Nicaraguan and Dominican make up the fillers.
Official tasting notes are spicy-sweet with earth, black pepper and cocoa. But I also got coconut and a really distinct Green Apple flavour.

Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar, which was thick and oily on the outside, with a smooth easy draw right through to the finish.
To look at it, one might expect bolder flavour, but it’s surprisingly mellow.
The CAO Camshaft is a cigar that’s made to be a refreshing smoke, any time of the day or night.

Pairing:
Flathead Camshaft 554 would go especially well paired with a nice espresso, especially if it’s done right with lots of crema.
Bourbon would also work, but would need to have the right sweetness level, so try Blantons.

CAO has made 4 Vitolas in the Flathead line: Camshaft 554, Piston 642, Carb 660 and Big Block 770.