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  1. 24:24 Today and Weekend

    I too think the Wide Churchills have been a great deal lately. Consistent, a nice medium (and above) cigar with typical RyJ flavours. When I think of Exhibicion No 4's I think of the great run of POU Jun 13 (et al that year) that dominated 2014/15 on this forum. They typically had beautiful Colorado Rosado wrappers that yielded a lovely milk chocolate/cherry flavour. I think this is the main difference...perhaps a touch under medium in general. I'm actually quite excited at the thought of these at Havanathon this year (being offered). Kudos to you, El Pres.
  2. 24:24 Today and Weekend

    People without tattoos? A clever analogy to wines without labels. What a timely reminder for the Double Coronas and Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4's...I've got to pull some out of the humidor this weekend!
  3. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    PMU Sep 2014 Montecristo Tubos. These have been popular, especially on recent 24:24 listings. These tend to be medium to medium-full, with your classic Monte coffee and nut flavour but I find these have a dark or bitter chocolate flavour to them, rather than say the mild cocoa/chocolate you'd might expect in Montecristo No.2 or 4. I love the size! (42 ring gauge x 155 mm or 6.1 inches)
  4. Congratulations @gusto616, these are a nice cigar when aged, certainly different. Yes, PCC periodically store boxes to age and releases them to market at later dates. Sometimes they come up on 24:24 sales.
  5. Cohiba Piramides Extra? Yeah, I've been lucky, every one I've had has been superb. Save them for special occasions, (they're) a classy cigar indeed!
  6. Cohiba Robustos Supremos ARG Dic 2014
  7. I came across the following article of interest from Simon Chase, the great British 'Cigar Sage' who worked for Hunters and Frankau from 1977 until his retirement in 2009. As I've stated before, I always find what he has to say of interest, due to his passion and experience for Habanos cigars. His latest article for Cigar Journal discusses the beginning of Trinidad as a cigar for diplomats up to the latest 2016 Limited Edition release, the Topes. Photo: Courtesy of Cigar Journal Trinidad Rises to New Heights The other day I was strolling through Hunters & Frankau’s warehouse when a box of cigars caught my eye. It was lying on the inspection desk following examination by Peter Thompson, who is responsible for checking the contents of every box before the EMS (English Market Selection) stamp is applied to it. It was a squat SBN (Semi Boîte Nature) box finished with clear varnish, so it had to be Trinidad. But there was something about its shape that was unfamiliar. Peter explained that it was a new limited edition cigar. I asked him to open it so I could have a look. Up went the lid, out came the papaletas (leaflets) and there was the top row of six Trinidad Topes Edición Limitada 2016. Suited in perfectly matched, gleaming maduro wrappers, they were a joy to behold. Their stocky 125 mm | 4 7⁄8 x 56 ring gauge shapes resembled precision-engineered cylinders. Regular readers of this column will know that I am not a fan of the trend towards heavy ring gauge cigars. In fact, when I first heard the dimensions of the Topes, I dismissed it as one of those cigars that I would allow to pass me by. However, there is a funny thing that I have experienced from time to time. It happened with the Cohiba Sublimes Limited Edition back in 2004. On paper, the dimensions (164mm | 61⁄2 x 54 ring gauge) suggested that it would be an ugly monster, but, when I saw the finished cigar, the relationship between its length and girth made it attractive. It was the same with the Topes. Thinking back, it’s remarkable how different Trinidad was at the beginning. It started life in secret 48 years ago at Cohiba’s El Laguito factory where it was made exclusively for the Cuban Council of State (not for Fidel Castro, as some say). It came in just one, long, thin size, a Laguito No. 1 (192 mm | 71⁄2 x 38 ring gauge) like the Cohiba Lancero, and had a rich, deep, earthy flavour similar to Partagás. In 1992, a visiting journalist revealed its existence and soon, Trinidad Diplomats, as they became known, started to be sold at auction. I remember in 1997, when a box of 25 sold in Geneva for nearly USD 15,000. Encouraged by such a phenomenal result, Habanos S.A. decided to adopt Trinidad as one of the new brands it launched at the end of the 20th century. A team was assembled at El Laguito under Emilia Tamayo, the then director, to review the size and to create a new blend – the old one was deemed too strong. Its key member was Raúl Valladares, known as the “Maestro de Maestros” (master of masters) amongst Tabacuba’s master blenders. A unique relationship was born between Raúl and Habanos S.A.’s marketing director at the time, Ana Lopez. Ana wanted a medium- strength cigar full of fragrance and aroma. The result was astounding, as I found out, when, in November 1997, I was roped into the final tasting committee at El Laguito for the new Fundadores size, which had two ring gauge points added to its girth. Raúl had done it. Gone was the strident taste of the Diplomats, and in its place a delightful, approachable, medium-bodied and, above all, fragrant flavour. Although Trinidad is prized amongst the cognoscenti, for some reason, it has struggled to appeal to a wider audience. I think I know why. Every time I present Trinidad at an event, it takes a matter of seconds before someone says: “Oh, we’re not smoking Cuban tonight, then?” Many still think it must come from the island of Trinidad. What’s in a name, you might say, but would a Scotch whisky producer call one of its brands Honshu or Hokkaido? The names given to Trinidad’s newest arrivals are a bit tricky, too. Vigia, for example, another excellent stocky shape (110 mm | 43⁄8 x 54 ring gauge), means a “lookout” and refers to the tower on a sugar plantation near Trinidad city that once served such a purpose. Likewise, how many people know where Topes comes from? Again, I can help. Nestling in the Escambray mountains behind Trinidad at 900 meters above sea level, there is a small settlement called Topes de Collantes. Today it is at the center of a nature reserve populated by eucalyptus and pine trees under which a rich variety of flora prospers amongst stunning streams, waterfalls and deep pools. Topes de Collantes means something like “tops of the hills”. Perhaps it is a sign that Trinidad is rising to new heights. Source:
  8. It's an old thread, but I'm grateful for FoH's wealth of knowledge on all things 'Habanos'. I was pondering this question tonight and my printed material and internet references noted the wrapper unravelling as the reason for capping a cigar, mainly. I'm thankful for the aroma reference here. It makes me appreciate why my Cohiba Shorts are all clear cellophane-wrapped (as they are pre-cut, without caps).
  9. Punch Coronations (T)

    These cigars were deleted ultimately due to (lack of) sales, it's as simple as that. For example, there were a few Coronas Gordas in the Punch marque in the past but the Punch Punch remained because it sold a lot more. As Ray said in his review, these are considered a 'yardgar', i.e. a cigar you'd smoke while doing errands or outdoor work around your house. I used to smoke heaps of these years ago, but if I don't get some element of shortbread and cream texture out of my Punch nowadays, well, I'm inclined to look elsewhere. The Petit Coronation (40 ring gauge x 117 mm) is a better option for me. If you are okay with the toasted tobacco and cedar/wood profile, then Coronations are fine.
  10. Punch Coronations (T)

    1) Punch Super Selection No.1 - 42 ring gauge x 155 mm or 6.1 inches , Coronas Grandes, discontinued 2009. 2) Punch Super Selection No.2 - 46 ring gauge x 143 mm or 5.6 inches, Coronas Gordas, discontinued 2002. 3) Punch Royal Selection No.11 - 46 ring gauge x 143 mm or 5.6 inches, Coronas Gordas, discontinued 2010. 4) Punch Royal Selection No.12 - 42 ring gauge x 129 mm or 5.1 inches, Marevas, discontinued 2010.
  11. If fresh, in order... 1) Montecristo No.4 2) Rafael Gonzalez Petit Corona 3) Cohiba Siglo II If aged, in order... 1) Cohiba Siglo II 2) Por Larranaga Petit Corona 3) H.Upmann Petit Corona Ironically, I was marvelling at how many Petit Coronas have been deleted in the Punch marca alone in the last ten years, just this morning.
  12. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Cigars I've enjoyed lately... 1) Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Depute LAS Mar 2015 These have been a little 'hit and miss' out of the box so far, and I've gone through two-thirds of it. Some have been great, some good, some average. This one was quite fine on account of some creamy texture complimenting the mild cocoa, cedar and vanilla flavours. I've given these a rest for the time being, as I would like them a little milder and the flavours to blend further so that the 'creaminess' comes to the fore. 2) Por Larranaga Petit Coronas 2012 (thanks @jay8354) This is exactly how I like my Por Larranaga Petit Coronas, pure caramel, honey and toast. In this case, the bite to this cigar, which is notable when young, was diminished and it had settled into a mild-medium sweet delight. Cheers Jason for gifting me this fine cigar! 3) Cohiba Behike 56 (thanks @Trevor2118) I think Trevor stated that these were at least 5 years old when we smoked them. Yes, it's a special cigar. Why? I think because of two, it's fuller-bodied than your average Cohiba and two, it has an element of orange zest to it that distinguishes it from your standard Cohiba cigar. Mind you, the Cohiba flavours were evident...mocha, honey, grass, toasted tobacco and butter. 5 out of 5 or 95, however you rate it, it was superb! 4) Cohiba Secretos 2007 (thanks @Trevor2118) The second Cohiba cigar smoked with Trevor this afternoon, this is how I enjoy the Maduro 5 line...well-aged and refined. There's beautiful chocolate, espresso and cream, but's it's still Cohiba, just different due to the maduro wrapper. Another outstanding cigar!

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