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About JohnS

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  • Birthday 06/08/1972

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  1. Thank you for this excellent reference review, @bundwallah!
  2. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Recent cigars... 1. Montecristo Tubos PMU Sep 2014 In the beginning, it smoked like a dream, then the slight taste of ammonia came. This 'ebbed and flowed' into a mix of ammonia on one puff and baking spice on another, until it settled into the second third. Still, I prefer it like this then when they are youthful and all toasted tobacco and leather. 2. La Flor de Cano Grandiosos 2013 - Edición Regional Asia Pacifico ROL Oct 2013 The La Flor de Cano Grandiosos is a 2013 Asia Pacifico Regional Edition that has really come into its own in the last 6 to 12 months. This ROL Oct 2013 release is just short of 5 years of age, and it continues to develop wonderfully in its floral, citrus, almond nut and light cocoa 'on the edges' blend. This was a little spicier than my last one, but I envisage that they will continue to improve with more age. 3. Montecristo No.4 AEM May 2014 This Montecristo No.4 proves that you can't judge a box by one or two cigars. Whereas the majority of my AEM May 2014 Monte petit coronas have been more dominant in cocoa and coffee flavours, this was much less so, with more nut and cream evident. 4. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan EML Jul 2015 I've been waiting some time to smoke this as it part of the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo line, and these traditionally have benefited from aging. Released in 2014, these originally were distinctive of white pepper and woody sweetness. This cigar, at almost 3 years of age, had very faint notes of spice on the edges instead, with that sweet cedar and tea core complimented by a burgeoning creaminess and vanilla. I can't help but commiserate at its girth though, as the blend would suit a smaller cigar in my opinion, like the majority of the Le Hoyo line still left and since deleted (prior to 2014, all Le Hoyo releases were 42 ring gauge or under).
  3. JohnS

    So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    The recent discontinuation of Aged Japanese Whisky in the last few years saw me pick this up recently. It was a pleasant surprise to get the last bottle of this Hakushu 12 bottle, in the shop, for half price (or at its old price, as it's doubled in value since announced as discontinued this year).
  4. Bring back the Ninfa! 33 ring gauge x 178 mm (or 7 inches). The Por Larranaga Montecarlos is close at 19 mm shorter in length, but I'd love to smoke this vitola!
  5. Great reference review @ayepatz! Cheers mate! 👍
  6. Thanks Ken for this timely article. I managed to pick up the last bottle of Hakushu 12 this afternoon from my local independent store at the old price! 😉 ☺️
  7. Nice review @PatrickEwing! You've described how I like my ideal Ramon Allones Gigantes cigar smoking experience in terms of flavours! 😉 @RDB, I concur that in general the fruitiness in Ramon Allones cigars remains (and I agree, becomes more refined), what fades or diminishes is the strength and cocoa and/or coffee flavours.
  8. A petit corona is around 5.1 inches in length (129 mm). A typical Robusto is 4.9 inches in length (124 mm). Possibly you mean a minuto or perla size which is 4 and a third inch and 4 inch in length cigar (110 mm and 102 mm), respectively. There's an excellent recent poll on favourite (or best) minutos and perlas linked below...
  9. At the very least, if you can, pick up Nikka from the Barrel. Otherwise, both the Hakushu and Yamazaki Distiller's Reserve are viable options, in my opinion, for you.
  10. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    1. Sancho Panza Belicosos PTR Oct 2016 This has become my favourite 'treat' cigar lately, you know, the type you have on the odd occasion which stands out from your usual choices and usual flavour preferences. I can't put into words adequately how smooth and mild this was for its age. The flavours were all beautifully subtle, like in an quality aged or premium cigar. Hints of salt, leather and wood along a light toasted tobacco, marshmallow and herbal spine with a creamy texture to each puff. Unique, sublime and I can't wait to sample the next one! 2. Trinidad Fundadores RAG Nov 2017 The coffee flavour in this was stronger than the last one I had, but that unmistakable dough flavour was welcome, as well as the madeira cake and almond nut. I enjoyed this with a Cognac Sidecar cocktail, a quality drink for a quality cigar! 3. Romeo y Julieta Churchills OBM May 2017 The Romeo y Julieta berry flavours were welcome as was the sweet anise and rosewater complementing it. Unfortunately, the wrapper was a little thin on this and it tore as I removed the band in the last third, resulting in a stronger tobacco flavour at the end as I was left with the binder! Oh well, C'est a vie, it happens to the best of us!
  11. Aah yes, the RyJ Celestiales Finos. Yes, as Brandon's said, the 90's specimens were generally not as good as prior ones. Apparently, the RyJ Celestiales Finos was 'turning the corner', so-to-speak, before it was deleted circa 2002. Great review, @havanaclub!
  12. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    1. Cohiba Secretos (circa 2008 - Thanks Trevor!) This 2008 Cohiba Secretos still packed a punch of flavour. Its intensity has rescinded with age, so it's now a nice medium-strengthed smoke. The chocolate and coffee still dominate, with some Cohiba grass/hay in its spine. 2. H. Upmann Noellas 2009 - LCDH Exclusivo Glass Jar (circa 2010 - thanks Trevor!) This had some strength to it, despite being 8 years old. H.Upmann shortbread, black espresso coffee and white pepper. Very typical H.Upmann flavours for me. 3. Hoyo de Monterrey Pirámides 2003 - Selección Pirámides (circa 2004 - thanks again Trevor!) Again, gifted by Trevor, this cigar was released in 2003/04 as a Habanos Seleccion Piramides 5-pack special release (along with Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta piramides offerings). How was it? From the beginning it was viscous in smoke, beautifully mild and very similar to an aged Le Hoyo cigar, with cedar, vanilla and cream all the way throughout. Although it lacked complexity in that it didn't develop any changes through the thirds, I didn't mind at all as I like my aged Hoyo de Monterrey to smoke exactly like this cigar.
  13. Montecristo No. 2 2011 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2003 Siglo VI Review Vitola: Piramides 52 ring gauge x 156 mm or 6.1 inches This Montecristo No.2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005 dates from 2011. I wish to thank Trevor Leask for gifting it to me to review. The original press release from Habanos S.A stated the following:- The first Gran Reserva of Montecristo, a reference of flavor in the Habano. Habanos s.a. presents the first Gran Reserva of Montecristo, manufactured in which probably is the most widely appreciated brand of Habanos*, in the Montecristo No. 2 vitola, the most emblematic of the brand. With a limited production of 5000 numbered boxes of 15 units each, all the leaves have been aged for at least 5 years. Since its origins in 1935, Montecristo has consolidated itself as one of the most widely recognized brands of Habanos among the most demanding smokers. Now, Habanos s.a. is pleased to present Montecristo, considered for many as the reference of flavor of the Habano, the first Gran Reserva of this brand. This new Gran Reserva digs deeper into the unique character of Habanos as Protected Appellation of Origin. For the production of this Gran Reserva of Montecristo, the best tobacco leaves were selected from Vuelta Abajo, Cuba, harvested in 2005. All the leaves that make a Habano, filler, wrapper and binder, were aged during a long and careful process of at least 5 years. These were no less than 5 years of care, control of the evolution of the aging of these precious leaves that, finally, in the master hands of the experienced Montecristo cigar rollers in the H. Upmann factory take shape to create a unique Habano to satisfy the pleasure of the most demanding smokers. The emblematic Montecristo No. 2 vitola has been the one chosen for this unique production that makes the Gran Reserva of Montecristo. The whole production process of the Gran Reserva respects the selection criteria expected of a unique product: from the long and careful aging process of at least 5 years of the best tobacco in Vuelta Abajo to the panel of tasters, who have supervised the selected blend to guarantee a unique, harmonious, and consistent flavor. The Gran Reserva of Montecristo is a unique production, extremely reduced to 5000 numbered cases containing 15 units each. So what was it like? Well, firstly, it's not like your typical Montecristo No.2. This was more viscous, both in smoke and mouthfeel on the palate. Your standard Montecristo flavours of cocoa. coffee, nut and cream were replaced by chocolate, leather, molasses and nut, together with espresso and cream. El Pres has described the sweet nut in this as ginger nut, and I believe that is an apt description for the flavour that dominates the spine of this cigar. It's a quality cigar, but it's not like the standard Montecristo No.2, so don't expect that when smoking it, unlike the Cohiba Gran Reserva Cosecha 2003 Siglo VI, which was more like a standard Cohiba Siglo VI in its flavour profile, in my opinion. Below are some forum threads for your reference and Rob and Ken's Video Review from December 2012...
  14. @mikeyjayjay, I am greatly encouraged by your journey and success thus far. I'm convinced that some of us mere mortals are genetically inclined to a lower metabolism in adulthood and thus struggle with weight gain. I am one of these people. I have lost and gained weight on and off since I was 19, and I was a portly teenager too. I lost a great deal of weight about 5 years ago and kept it off for a few years but work/life stress saw it gradually come back on. I'm currently on my journey towards the same 90 kgs mark (possibly lower), but like you, it's because of health reasons now, my back issues have been on-going, on and off, since the beginning of the millenium, and a few months ago it gave out again. So my current weight loss has had the benefit of feeling good again about my walikng, standing and movement/balance. Keep us all informed of how you are going. It will be simply awesome to see a 'new' you at Havanathon next year.
  15. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    A competition where we guess the cigar and what is written on your cup (or something else) in the background? Now how is that for a thought? 🤔 😁 Okay, I'll give it a go. Judging by the size of your cigar in your hand @akpreacher, I'm guessing H.Upmann Half Corona and the cup is a reference to Proverbs 16:1-3, "Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed."

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