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  1. 24 points
    Just got back from Havana. Went with some old friends and made some new ones. A slushy Mojito with a Trinidad Vigia. My first ever Vigia. Loved it. The gang relaxing with a smoke at the Melia Cohiba (I think) Browsing the humidor at 5 y 16 The new Kempinski hotel in it's shining glory. Very shiny, but antiseptic. Like an Apple store. We had a smoke on the second floor lounge in the Kempinski. Prices were good, service was great, the ventilation was excellent but IMO, the decor was not fitting for a cigar lounge. Once again, too polished. I prefer smoking in the Partagas VIP lounge. Enjoying an early 1940's H Upmann Cristales with my espresso. A very good smoke that sadly is past it's prime. It had some interesting flavours throughout but had some bland points now and then. Glad I had the chance to smoke one though. My Havana haul (toaster and Nespresso machine not included) Two boxes of Trinidad Vigia Two boxes of Partagas E2 (5 counts) One box of Bolivar Liberatador Bundle of Monsdales (25 cigars) Four Alex PC and Robusto custom rolls. Two Robaina Lanceros and Four Laguito No 5's Four HdM Petit Robustos we split down there. Hotel Nacional ashtray, medium sized (2nd largest one) Ron Mulatta 7 Years Coffee. One Serrano and two Turquino One Cuba word champs hat.
  2. 21 points
    Been awhile since Ive posted...just a few years lol Here's whats arrived in the last couple of months... 1.6x LGC MDO #2 (full box 2002, partial box 2001) JLS2 2016 2x RA Sups 2014 HUpmann Mag 46 2005 RyJ Coronas 1974 - kinda awesome (smoking 1 now) ERDM CS 2016 RASS 50cab 2008 PLPC 50Cab 2014 ERDM Espana 2005 QDO Imperials 2014 2x RA Estupendos (1x 06 & 1x 07) ERDM Lonsdales 1998 RYJ Wides 2014 Boli Legendarios 2008? Half box RYJ Reserva Should tired me over for a little bit...
  3. 21 points
    Some lovely new editions to the soon-to-be-full humidor. The six boxes I have in the air will (barely) fit in the space that’s left. Come on, Mr. Staebell, I need you! Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro (PSP 24:24, BMP Jun 16) and H. Upmann Sir Winston (Rob Selected, MOL Jun 17).
  4. 20 points
    FOH Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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  6. 19 points
    Some JUN 17 HdM elegantes, JUL 17 Lusitanias and ENE 17 especiales. Picked up on a recent trip to Beirut.
  7. 19 points
    Juan Lopez Seleccion #4 AP RE, PRA JUN 2010. Much tamer now than the brute it was on release. Malted biscuit notes, with the citrus tang arriving only at the end of the first third (isn't that where a JL2 starts? Nvm). As can be seen, immaculate construction.
  8. 18 points
    Back from the big city to my small town y’all We will smoke the 50’s but put the 54’s away deep. CB
  9. 17 points
    Ramon Allones Small Club Corona LEP JUN 16: RSS Weekend Review Comp Length: 4.4 Inches (110 mm) Ring Guage: 42 Hi FoH, Ramon Allones or as I like to call them....Raymond All-Ones (TIC haha) small club coronas were a purchase I made not too long ago. I have been thinking about smoking the last one from this box for quite some time now. A good excuse to smoke this noting that the weekend review comp has come around now. Pre-Light Draw: Nice easy draw with just a touch of resistance. Perfect in my opinion. The taste of the pre-light draw had slight notes of dark chocolate/coffee "powder". Very nice. First Third: Very light taste of "watered down" coffee. Best way to describe it. Mild body. A slight nutty taste as well is also coming through. Smoke is great. Big plumes of smoke and a nice even burn (FYI I left this to dry box the night before - about 9-10 hours). Nice ash too. Side Note: Always wear the correct gear when smoking. Yes this is me...Smoking Fez and Smoking Jacket. Yes it is hot here in Sydney. I do not care. I feel it is my duty to wear this attire when having a cigar! Anyways.... Second Third: Flavor, body and strength of this RASCC has ramped up... a lot! Almost a bit too strong for me to have as a morning brekkie smoke. Strong coffee notes and dark chocolate. Still quite enjoyable. Almost a razor sharp burn and smoke output is pretty good. Final Third: The body has died down a tad. Notes of coffee and nuts are still present. I am getting a slight "bready" taste too. Conclusion: Is it value? Yes. Is this something you need to have in your humidor? Yes. For me personally - I would not have this as a morning brekkie smoke as it is a bit on the strong side for me. RASCC whilst small...it packs a punch and also delivers some great consistent flavors. Smoke time was around 20-25 minutes for me. Thanks for reading! Luca
  10. 17 points
    Couple recent acquisitions...the network of friends I've made the last couple years here have allowed me to get some boxes I never thought I would be able to get. Very appreciative! TEB FEB08 BRC--gorgeous! A little lighter wrapper shade with very thin wrappers--just about perfect. and OPM FEB09 Diplomaticos 4--can't tell you how happy I am to add a full box of these to the humidor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 17 points
    I keep about a 200 count humidor at about 59% relative humidity and about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. I have two large coolers at about 64% relative humidity and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. I usually smoke out of my humidor, but every now and again I go poking around the coolers. When I was poking around the cooler today, I ran across this box. Every time I run across this box I wonder to myself, why the hell haven't I smoked all of these yet. It is the best box of cigars I have ever owned. Every single cigar has had flawless construction, a perfect draw and been an absolute joy to smoke. I will be sad when this box is gone.
  12. 17 points
    Some cigars I've had lately... 1) Cohiba Lanceros PFY Dic 05 (thanks to @jay8354) This was superlative cigar, thank you Jason! Cohiba grass, honey and citrus was evident at its core, with a mocha spine, a buttered texture and hints of vanilla throughout. This was an adventure of pure bliss! 2) Partagas Lusitanias ETP Oct 16 - Despite being young (around 12 months old) I have really enjoyed Lusitanias lately. The thing I admire the most is that Partagas-true DNA of coffee, leather and sourdough. Yet, these are never over-powering, often being medium and under in strength, even when youthful. 3) H.Upmann Royal Robusto UPE Nov 12 (thanks @Duxnutz) this was another gifted cigar that I enjoyed immensely, cheers Adam! The reason why is not due to the flavours as much as it was the strength, which was medium-mild. The flavours of cedar, coffee, shortbread and a creamy texture were typically aged Upmann for me. 4) San Cristobal de La Habana La Punta (thanks @Fuzz) For some reason, I never seem to gravitate to San Cristobal de La Habana La Puntas or La Fuerzas as much as I do to El Principes. Don't get me wrong, I still admire them from time-to-time, it's just that my preference in this marca is to go for that 'bite' that you often get from the minuto El Principes. Still, plenty of cocoa, coffee, molasses and a little spice was to be had, and who am I to complain? Bring on that 2018 LCDH SCdLH Prado release I say!
  13. 17 points
    ERDM PC (AEP February 07):
  14. 17 points
    Cool to see these coming back! http://halfwheel.com/habanos-s-introduces-partagas-romeo-y-julieta-linea-retro-lines/209503 http://halfwheel.com/habanos-s-introduces-partagas-romeo-y-julieta-linea-retro-lines/209503
  15. 17 points
    Well gentlemen, there goes my cigar budget for the remainder of the year. Can't say I mind though.
  16. 17 points
    Today was a great day at the mailbox!!! Psp Monte PE maduro wrappers Hq VR Don Alejandro Hq Trinidad Reyes Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  17. 17 points
    PLPC (TOS February 16) as the pumpkin gets carved:
  18. 16 points
    Time to crack open another cabinet of Punch Punch. SOM SEP 15. Yum. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. 16 points
    Haven’t been spending much time here lately, but still smoking my fair share... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 16 points
    Wow, just gorgeous. Never had a Double Corona, but I’m sure these will do me fine under the right circumstances.
  21. 16 points
    Arrived last week... Thank You! FOH! Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  22. 16 points
    Epi 2 before putting on a brisket for pumpkin carving tomorrow.
  23. 16 points
    If that's what a married man can build for himself, imagine what he had to build for his wife first...
  24. 16 points
    MdO2 '13 Suckling nectar - them and me.... : Still a fair bit of insect activity these days, well into the last third of October
  25. 15 points
    The idea behind the mould study was to shed some light into the world of mould and plume. Earlier in the year we asked for examples of both from members and then selected 10 representative cigars for testing. Testing was undertaken by the team at Australia Biotech Laboratories. In the event that a substance other than mould was detected, that substance would be further tested by Biotech laboratories or their partners in order to determine the nature of the substance. The first round of testing returned with all samples proving to be one of four mould types. Catch up here: We set out again with our testing structure in place and selected 12 more samples to be sent away to Australia Biotech Laboratories. Fast forward four months and we are back with more to discuss. Let us begin. Lot 1 - Opus X Fuente Lot 2 - Custom Piramide Lot 3 - Samuel Gawith Balkan Flake 2011 Lot 4 - Samuel Gawith St. James Flake 2017 Lot 5 - Samuel Gawith Sam's Flake 3+ Years Lot 6 - Dunhill Flake 2013 Lot 7 - Ashton Blake Parrot Lot 8 - GL Pease Westminster 2011 Lot 9 - E.A. Carey UK Balken Sobranie Match 16 Lot 10 - E.A. Carey UK Balken Sobranie 16 Lot 11 - E.A. Carey UK Balken Sobranie UK Vintage Lot 12 - Lonsdale 1 Lot 13 - Lonsdale 2 This study was different to our last and possibly a little disappointing to some. I introduced some pipe tobacco into the testing environment as we know that some of the processes to cure pipe tobacco involve sugars. Maybe if we could find the characteristics of plume in pipe tobacco then we could look for the same in cigars. How wrong I was… The results came in last week and I have been pondering how to best disclose the results as there’s not much to tell. One of twelve returned an isolated fungal organism identification. Lot 12 - Lonsdale 1 - Cladosporium Species Cladosporium is a genus of fungi including some of the most common indoor and outdoor moulds. Species produce olive-green to brown or black colonies, and have dark-pigmented conidia that are formed in simple or branching chains. Many species of Cladosporium are commonly found on living and dead plant material. Some species are plant pathogens, others parasitize other fungi. Cladosporium spores are wind-dispersed and they are often extremely abundant in outdoor air. Indoors Cladosporium species may grow on surfaces when moisture is present. The remaining eleven returned with no fungal organisms isolated. Potentially exciting, right? We could pass this onto the next phase and look into the chemical compounds, etc... Nope. Unfortunately they came back as common bacterial plant growths. FYI - rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system. What’s the difference between bacteria and mould (fungi)? Fungi are multicellular, eukaryotic organisms, while bacteria are single-celled prokaryotes. The cells of fungi have nuclei that contain the chromosomes and other organelles, such as mitochondria and ribosomes. Bacteria are much smaller than fungi, do not have nuclei or other organelles and cannot reproduce sexually. Like some moulds, bacteria also live in symbiotic and parasitic relationships with plants and animals. Most bacteria have not been characterised, and only about half of the bacterial phyla have species that can be grown in the laboratory. Bacteria is not what we were looking for and we abandoned further testing of the bacteria less it reveal something “exotic” that would have us venturing down a dangerous path that is not what we are trying to achieve. An interesting point to raise here though, the appearance of the matter on the cigars while cataloging under macro was dusty. Dust is a rich source of bacteria so that may explain the results? So to date we have identified a host of moulds and a host of common bacterial plant growth. The “reward” remains and the search continues.
  26. 15 points
    Good morning from Habana! Strategic smoking as I'm averaging 5 a day so smoking this RyJ WC GR on a fresh palate With some great BOTL at the Hotel Nacional terrace catching some wifi! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 15 points
    Hi all-a few smokes and pics from Havana since arriving on Monday for Friends of Partagas festival.Nice seeing @Habana Mike and @planetbetter! Just chilling at The Nacional after a private tour of La Corona then heading to see Alex at Comodoro Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. 15 points
    Monte Petit Edmundo PSP thanks FOH! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 15 points
    Hoyo De Monterrey- Double Coronas Vintage 2015 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Hoyo De NUB!
  30. 15 points
    Monte Especial (BAP August 10):
  31. 15 points
    First pitch and time for a Cohiba Esplendidos as a celebration cigar. Hope that doesn't jinx them. Go Dodgers. My wife made a serving tray using some cigar bands; I thought it turned out great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  32. 15 points
    Our boy Blue has been on here tons of times. But here’s his most recent with Mr Beaver. He’s a lap dog ya know.
  33. 15 points
    Sir Winston likes to smoke a bully stick while I burn a cigar....
  34. 15 points
    Lovely box of Monte PE ALO ABR 17
  35. 15 points
    The missing parts explained ... I had a long telephone conversation with MRN an hour ago and he asked me to clarify here on some of his comments from that "interview" for Robert for those interested in a more detailed explanations. PLEASE UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE IS INFORMAL Regarding the "Blend Change" that seemed to start from 2003 onwards : The last batch of Criollo tobacco was planted in 2000. From 2001 onwards, Tabacuba used totally new strains of tobacco which are genetically engineered. The Criollo strain was introduced in the 1940’s. Fermentation methods are slowly improved throughout the years with trial and errors. For a completely new tobacco strain, naturally, they need to use different fermentation methods. Of course it will take years to perfect the new methods for fermentation. Right now, I think the Cubans have managed to replicate 70 to 80% of the pre-2003 marca/vitola taste profiles. Adding to the difficulty, slightly different strains of tobacco are planted every year. People should understand how difficult the task is. Blaming is easy. Try doing this by yourself if you were running Tabacuba. Regarding the 72% RH comment : Smoke is actually an aerosol. Burning of tobacco causes pyrolysis which results in water to evaporate. The distilled water in air immediately condenses and form tiny water droplets with hyper-saturated “substances” caused by pyrolysis. These substances may be soluble in water, or non-soluble which are forced into water by the pyrolysis process, which is in actuality a tiny explosion process. Theoretically, more moisture content means more aerosols and more room to carry these “substances”. Practically, too much moisture hinders optimal combustion. By trial and errors, everyone I know of agrees that 72% RH is the optimal. RH is independent of temperature. This is relative humidity, not absolute humidity. Secondary school basic physics. My inventory is built by an engineer. For people who do not have a huge stock, try these: “Boveda 72% 2-Way Humidity Control”. Please note that that these solutions do not state the temperature required. Boveda engineers do understand what RH is. The Boveda solution comes in a lot of different humidity, from 60% to 84% RH. Regarding Oxygen and Fermentation : I have noted one member here states that oxygen has nothing to do with fermentation. Every book about tobacco manufacturing I have read says that fermentation of tobacco requires and consumes oxygen. In short, no oxygen, no fermentation. I would like to see any scientific papers saying otherwise. A Nobel Prize is waiting for you. If the member cannot produce any scientific evidence. Just an “In my own opinion” thing, please do not waste people’s time.
  36. 15 points
    Pretty excited to get these in today. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    A GAT Sep 12 Saint Luis Rey Serie A that was supremely flavoursome and nuanced in its complexity, with almond, dried apricot, floral, honey, licorice, milk chocolate, molasses and wood notes ebbing and flow throughout. The PLM May 11 H.Upmann Connoisseur No.1 was a typical Upmann cedar, hay, shortbread, espresso and white pepper offering. I was surprised how strong it was for its age, as the espresso and white pepper flavours were especially accentuated (i.e. more prominent).
  39. 15 points
    Going to a friend’s for dinner, I’m in charge of cigars.
  40. 15 points
    Bolivar Coronas POS '06. These POS cigars have been really fantastic! Delightful smoke. -Piggy
  41. 14 points
    Perlas & Death By Coconut. The sweetness of the beer balanced the austere nature of the cigar very nicely. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  42. 14 points
    BLP OCT08. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  43. 14 points
    Thanks @Luca for gifting these to me to sample... Rafael Gonzalez Petit Corona SOM Feb 16 - Very much fit in with the Rafael Gonzalez profile of mild cocoa, floral and honey notes, only this was milder than the Perlas which I have been consuming lately. Partagas Mille Fleur MEL Ene 17 - This was quite good for what is considered a 'cheap and cheerful' because it had the espresso, sourdough and leather Partagas 'DNA' profile, only it lacked the 'fullsome' spice you'd expect from a young Partagas cigar. I enjoyed it with an espresso coffee and Bourbon Old-Fashioned cocktail.
  44. 14 points
    If anyone is wondering what the clearance level CoRo is looking like, the answer is pretty damn good!
  45. 14 points
    Just received my "aged sampler" - wow!! Its going to take a while as I dream up some special occasion to smoke these (and I will be smoking them!). Thanks @El Presidente !!!!
  46. 14 points
    I can't remember the last time I've seen such a nice wrapper on a cigar - beautiful, deep colorado color with a nice sheen and a fine, velvety tooth.
  47. 14 points
    @Buck14 gave me the idea. Who’s your smoking pal. Macey is a high energy shepherd mix who loves to hang out or play fetch during a smoke break.
  48. 14 points
    A delicious 2004 SLR DC to enjoy this fine weather:
  49. 14 points
    Now, after full reading - very little info or very little new information here. In particular as he refuses to address the truly interesting questions. And in my opinion any person who is not lazy-minded could have done so in a way without offending third persons or disclosing truly secret information. I'd choose an interview of the great Simon Chase any day over this ... piece of information
  50. 14 points

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