C&C LRMD – Cigar Review

This week’s group review is of the C&C LRMD cigar.  The LRMD stands for Limited Reserve Maduro.  We had a pretty good experience with the first C&C cigar we reviewed, so we have high hopes for this one.  Prior to lighting, it has a sweet earthy smell and a perfect draw.  The wrapper looks great and this one seems like the whole package.  After lighting it up we got a rich earthy and creamy flavor with some charred oak on the finish.  Later in the smoke the earth faded a bit, it actually got sweeter and developed some pepper and spice on the finish.  The final half of the cigar was pretty flat on flavor, a far cry from the flavorful first half.  This one remained medium bodied for the entire smoke.  We thought the C&C LRMD was phenomenal for the first half, then disappointing for the second.  For only a few bucks a stick, I’d still buy a couple and put the second half out.
StraightUpCigars: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 43/50

Terry1: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 41/50

IamDarren: Rating:
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Construction: 10/10
Wrapper: 5/5
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Total: 41/50

7:31 PM
StraightUpCigars: This thing has a really sweet earthy smell! Nice looking wrapper and an open draw.
7:37 PM
Terry1: Nice looking cigar. Getting a rich tobacco flavor from the cold draw. Draw is open.
7:38 PM
StraightUpCigars: If their description is right, so much for grabbing a mild cigar
7:40 PM
IamDarren: sweet earthy smell coming off the wrapper. Draw is perfect and adds a hint of cedar and tobacco flavor. Im ready to light up.
7:42 PM
Terry1: Looks like LRMD stands for limited release maduro.
7:43 PM
StraightUpCigars: Wow, really thick, rich and chewy texture to the smoke. Sweet, creamy, and earthy flavor with a very bitter finish.
7:45 PM
IamDarren: yeah, very nice to start off. Creamy earthy base that immediately fades to rich cocoa with a hint of charred oak on the finish. Yummy.
7:47 PM
IamDarren: not getting any spice or pepper for such rich flavors, very interesting.
7:47 PM
Terry1: Oily wrapper. Agree with the thick, rich smoke. Creamy and earthy. I’m getting the char on the finish. Interesting start.
7:51 PM
IamDarren: earth is starting to fade now and is being replaced by a little spice, great flavors
7:51 PM
StraightUpCigars: My bitterness burned its way off for the most part, luckily. I now agree with both of you, charred tasting finish.
7:53 PM
IamDarren: i might add that although the finish has that charred oak flavor it is not leaving my palate dry or scratchy. There is an underlying creaminess that lasts clear through the finish.
7:54 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice flavor for sure. Already medium/full body IMO.
7:55 PM
IamDarren: because of the creaminess and lack of pepper im gonna have to call it medium bodied for me.
7:56 PM
IamDarren: it mellows out a lot if you smoke slower too
7:56 PM
StraightUpCigars: Wow, I just got a burst of cinnamon like flavor. Some brown sugar taste on my lips too… this is interesting.
7:57 PM
IamDarren: i was wondering if the sweetness and the spice was coming together. Yeah, i can pick that up now.
7:58 PM
Terry1: Mine is burning good. Plenty of creamy smoke, some sweetness. I get a mild spice in the sinus.
7:59 PM
IamDarren: i was thinking that Dominican tobacco had a darker ash and that would ring true here. It looks nice and is holding well.
8:00 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah good burn here, draw is just about perfect as well.
8:01 PM
IamDarren: This cigar is starting to remind me of the GH Vintage 02. Maybe a little creamier and more refined but same base flavors.
8:03 PM
StraightUpCigars: To me, this has more sweetness than I remember that GH having, I am really digging this one.
8:03 PM
IamDarren: dang, ash just dropped off on the laptop
8:05 PM
StraightUpCigars: you need to buy one of those keyboard covers…
8:05 PM
IamDarren: luckily i am reclined so it only hit the corner
8:05 PM
Terry1: I’m nearing the end of the first third and this cigar is starting to get better. The sweetness is building, there’s some spice and the smoke is smooth and creamy. The way this started with the char and bitterness had me worried but it’s tasting pretty good now that it’s warmed up.
8:06 PM
IamDarren: it really seems to be mellowing out more, definitely medium bodied at this point.
8:07 PM
StraightUpCigars: agreed with both.
8:10 PM
StraightUpCigars: Amazing how much it has mellowed, a little bland right now.
8:11 PM
IamDarren: smoke production has been great on this stick, even the resting smoke is wafting in front of my face.
8:12 PM
Terry1: Agreed. Lots of smoke, mellow on flavor. Knocked off the ash and the burn is near even across the cigar. Great construction.
8:13 PM
IamDarren: sweetness is now more of a mild caramel flavor but im getting that hint of spice again.
8:18 PM
Terry1: We’re kind of quiet tonight.
8:19 PM
StraightUpCigars: Just enjoying the good weather, had a long day at work too, I may be a little bit of a space case
8:20 PM
Terry1: We have rain and colder temps. Supposed to last all week.
8:20 PM
IamDarren: enjoy it while you can, it supposed to be in the 40s here by the weekend
8:21 PM
StraightUpCigars: After this awful summer I forgot what cold weather is
8:24 PM
IamDarren: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VuzAksKtME some cigar smoking music
[Cigar Box Guitar : Built by Tim Greenhalgh, Played by Matt Bradford – YouTube]
Cigar Box Guitar : Built by Tim Greenhalgh, Played by Matt Bradford – YouTube
Play
8:24 PM
StraightUpCigars: Band popped right off and my burn is still good. Lots of props on the construction.
8:26 PM
Terry1: Good price on these, about $4.
8:27 PM
StraightUpCigars: Nice music! Yeah, I snagged a sampler that ran about $2.25 each, courtesy of Darren.
8:27 PM
IamDarren: gotta love those intro samplers
8:30 PM
IamDarren: going into the last third mine is still very sweet with a pinch of spice, still very mellow.
8:30 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yep, the first one we had was real good too (connecticut).
8:31 PM
IamDarren: so we just have one left then, the Corojo?
8:31 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, I think there was only 3
8:36 PM
StraightUpCigars: This thing produces so much smoke! I am getting a lot of that charred flavor and earth. Still tasty.
8:37 PM
StraightUpCigars: It’s interesting there is little to no spice or pepper on mine at all.
8:38 PM
Terry1: I’m starting to feel a little strength now. I’ve got maybe a half inch left. Flavors haven’t changed. The robusto is about all I’d want to smoke for this blend. If the churchill performs the same I’d say the blend is too one dimensional for a longer smoke time.
8:39 PM
IamDarren: strength is picking up on mine with about an inch left but flavor is not staying with the strength. I wish it would.
8:41 PM
StraightUpCigars: I can only remember one other cigar we have reviewed that did this, went flat towards the end. Usually it is the opposite. The flavors of the first half were REALLY good and complex, though.
8:41 PM
IamDarren: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIIEhH7xOXg&feature=related
[Muddy Waters – I can’t be satisfied – cigar box guitar blues – YouTube]
Muddy Waters – I can’t be satisfied – cigar box guitar blues – YouTube
Play
8:41 PM
Terry1: This just proves you can’t judge a cigar by the wrapper. I really expected a stronger, more flavorful cigar when I saw this.
8:42 PM
IamDarren: it started out so great, then got very mellow, then kinda went flat. If it had been reversed i would have liked it a lot more.
8:45 PM
StraightUpCigars: I don’t know, the first half was phenomenal! If this was an $8 cigar, I’d be disappointed, but I paid about $2, I’d say they are still a bargain.
8:46 PM
IamDarren: agreed
8:46 PM
Terry1: Yeah, not too many $2 cigars perform or taste as well as this one.
8:48 PM
StraightUpCigars: Mine’s about cashed. Care to rate em?
8:48 PM
IamDarren: yep, just put mine to rest
8:49 PM
Terry1: I’m about done.
8:51 PM
Terry1: Decent scores for a budget cigar.
8:52 PM
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, not bad at all!


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