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About JohnS

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  • Birthday 06/08/1972

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  1. Thank you @planetary for organising this poll! I especially value the final results which indicate members' opinions into what is smoking best 'on-form' for the previous calendar year. My choices, based on consistency in what was best, stick-after-stick... 1. H. Upmann Connossieur A - LUB Oct 2014 This cigar would have to rate as one of the very best releases Habanos S.A has brought out to the marketplace in the last 5 years. The reason? It simply smokes like an aged H.Upmann time-after-time. Smooth, mild and consistent are amongst the common adjectives used to describe this cigar. Cedar, Espresso, Shortbread, Tobacco and Spice (or White Pepper on occasion) with a creamy texture usually to top it off. What more can one ask for? 2. Cohiba Espléndidos - MEL Jun 2016 I enjoyed the Espléndidos from the 2017 Xmas Sampler, I enjoyed the Espléndidos from the quarter boxes I picked up from 24:24. It's not like me to have these this young, but they've been great when I've wanted to unwind for the week slowly over 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They've mostly had a coffee or mocha spine with hay, citrus and honey. The buttery (or creamy) texture will build the more they're left to rest, but they've been highly enjoyable for me in 2017. 3. Diplomáticos Bushido - EML May 2015/TOS Oct 2015 I can't get enough of them, mainly because they aren't around anymore and there's none left. Unlike the Abominable Snowman or the Bermuda Triangle, there's no mystery here to be had, the 3 or 4 I had in 2017 were all similarly a superlative cigar-smoking experience. Almond, Capsicum, Cream, Paprika or Spice...sometimes they've had a sourdough/cinnamon edge to them, but it's a cigar long not-forgotten. Maybe it's for the best they're not around as many of us would be in serious financial distress otherwise sourcing boxes. I would have rated this higher, perhaps, if I had more like this last year. 4. La Flor de Cano Grandiosos - ROL Oct 2013 Another Asia-Pacifico Regional Release that has 'sprouted-to-life' from its dormant habitat in its infancy, at around 4 years of age, this has started to enter its peak period, in my opinion. It has a lovely floral/citrus essence combined with a creamy shortbread and nut body. Even though it was just outside the 2014 cut-off date, i had to put this cigar in as one of my best for 2017. Do yourself a favour and hunt down a box, you won't regret it. 5. H. Upmann Sir Winston - MOL Jun 2017 Like the H.Upmann Connossieur A, this wonderful Churchill-sized cigar reflects the qualities of an aged H.Upmann. Again, I would have probably rated it higher if I had more. This seasonal cigar, released for a few months at a time every 2 or 3 years, is a must-try or must-have cigar for aficionados. 6. Rafael González Perlas - PMS Abr 2015 These are rarely put up on 24:24 but when they are they often sellout within minutes. These have been so good for me in 2017, that they became my 'go-to' perla. They are consistent in construction and flavour (a combination of cocoa, nut, honey and floral notes). My Sydney FoH cigar member buddies have 'cottoned-on' and have been ordering this lately and kudos to them for doing so! 7. Montecristo No.1 - ESL Jun 2017 The wrapper is nothing to harp on about it, but the lonsdale size (42 ring gauge x 165 mm) promotes a cool smoke which, for me, enhances the Monte cocoa, nut and cream that can be found in these. If you regularly smoke Montecristo No. 2's, do yourself a favour and try these as they represent the same investment in your time (i.e. the Montecristo No.1 and No.2 take around 90 minutes to smoke, on average...more or less). 8. Cohiba Siglo III - SOM Nov 2016 I've been simply enamored with how this Long Corona (42 ring gauge x 155 mm...perhaps one of my very favourite vitolas) has smoked for me in late 2017. Sure there's quality Cohiba grass/hay, citrus and honey but it's the evidence of cream texture that has had me enraptured! 9. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux - BUM Ene 2014 Another fantastically-sized long corona (the Montecristo Tubos is the only other regular production cigar of the same vitola currently around), I would rate this higher if I had more to smoke. They haven't been seen since the first half of 2014 (maybe a little later at most), if Habanos S.A. were an American company they'd be a 24-hour protest group outside their offices shouting, "What do we want?..HdM des Dieux, When do we want them?...NOW!" In my view, this is the current very best example of the Hoyo de Monterrey marca. 10. El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse - SGA May 2016 A surprise for number ten, but they're super-reliable 20 minute little wonders, great most times of the day with a strong black espresso coffee. For a little smoke, they can be a pleasant surprise on the lighter side, with flavours of shortbread, citrus, almond and some cedar sometimes. In fact, I may just find that one I have left at the bottom of my humidor this weekend and celebrate's well worth it!
  2. Monte 5's? Is this Ken we are talking about?
  3. You've gotta miss those simple economic solutions from our former Australian treasurer!
  4. Was it a combination number 1 and 2? Me? I think I need to pop my eyes back into my head!
  5. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Depute LAS Mar 15. As mentioned previously, I was fortunate enough to catch @ATGroom, the proprietor of Cuban Cigar Website, on a quick visit to Sydney last month and we shared some Hoyo de Monterrey cigars that afternoon. Cocoa, Cedar, more spice and very little creamy texture, this also had some construction issues which required re-lighting (for both of us, I think). This was nowhere as good as the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux we had earlier that afternoon, but hey, you can't win them all! I look forward to Alex's write-up on his Dusky Beauties blog of this cigar! (As he is currently reviewing Hoyo de Monterrey cigars)
  6. Yeah, I think Paul McCartney needs a new update to his!
  7. The demise of HDM

    Yes, they've been reliable but this got me thinking...have we seen 16/17 HdM Le Hoyo San Juan on 24:24 much in the last 12 months? I seem to think they were up more often in 2015/16.
  8. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux BUM Ene 14. I was fortunate enough to catch @ATGroom, the proprietor of Cuban Cigar Website, on a quick visit to Sydney last month and we shared some Hoyo de Monterrey cigars that afternoon, including this 5-star beauty! Cocoa, Cedar, a little spice and a creamy texture that is beginning to develop after 4 years, I have no doubt this will only get better in the years to come. I look forward to Alex's write-up on his Dusky Beauties blog of this cigar! (As he is currently reviewing Hoyo de Monterrey cigars)
  9. Time to restock my inventory of Cohiba Shorts!
  10. The demise of HDM

    Hopefully they're going through a seasonal phase and they'll come back. I'm grateful for what I have!

    Happy birthday to the wonderful @First Lady of FoH!
  12. The demise of HDM

    Add in the demise of the Le Hoyo line. Bye bye du Prince (how I miss you!) and no des Dieux since '14!
  13. I think it's all subjective, like the question of tubos. For me, I take them out of their cardboard packgaging (or tubos if they come in them) and put them in my humidor.
  14. Some 3 packs of MOL Jun 17 Cohiba Esplendidos. I'm hoping to rest these for some time (let's see how I go with that!). The cigar wrappers are a typically light colorado-shaded colour and are not that dark. I had to adjust the contrast in the image as the camera flash over-exposed the gold tint on the Cohiba logo in the picture!

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