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  1. This Monte 2 is just what the doctor ordered to close out the week
  2. A box each of Cohiba Lanceros and Monte Especiales.
  3. Congratulations!
  4. 2013 Siglo VI on a beautiful Easter Sunday. This one lived up to the hype
  5. Thumbs up on the topic, John. While I don't have any at the moment (I smoke a wide variety and the winter months drastically cut back my consumption), about a year ago I was blowing through a box of Bolivar Royal Coronas to the point that they were just not doing it for me anymore. Tried one again recently from the same box and enjoyed it. Maybe it was the time away...maybe the added age. Interesting to read those that are off of the Belicoso/Pyramid/Torpedeo style cigars. To me, if the flavors are there and I'm not bothered by construction/burn issues then I've got no complaints regardless of shape.
  6. A couple to start the weekend. SLR Pacificos. Excellent as usual but had a few delights to keep it going. A touch lighter in body than the last couple I've had. LGC MdO No. 4. My first of these and I'm hooked
  7. I was just writing something similar. The JL #4 is more aged than the #1's and #2's that I've had so I found the flavors the Tim mentioned to be more developed (makes me wish I had kept more from the box split). For me, 2+ years on the JL2 makes a huge difference in the performance and enjoyably of the cigar. I would say that the JL2 and JL4 are the closest match, but I guess that would make sense given that they are closer in ring gage and wrapper/binder/filler ratio. Rob just mentioned in a 24:24 that the JL2 is his top Robusto at the moment and I have a PSP/HQ box of JL2 is on my "wishlist" for 2017 if that helps you decide to dip your toes further into the Juan Lopez pool.
  8. I'd have to agree with those in favor of the Connie A on this. I suppose you could say that they are expensive on a pound-for-pound basis, but I have rarely been let down by either of my 2014 boxes (and by let down I mean a 92 point cigar). Most have been in the 94 - 96 range for me. A friend of mine purchased a 2015 box and was initially disappointed in his first two out of the box. He stowed them away for about 6 months and said that they have improved dramatically. My two cents: Definitely worth having a box in your humidor(s). Always buy the best you can afford. If you buy blind, hopefully it is because the deal was too good to pass up and that savings will offset any possible let down in the smoking experience due to the value aspect.
  9. Congrats Jim.
  10. Sad to hear of Terrance's passing, Lisa. Thank you for sharing a bit of his background to let us know what kind of man he was. My condolences.
  11. I'll be busy with work over the next few weeks so I decided to light up Blind Tasting cigar No. 1 this weekend. The cigar has a nice looking wrapper. Clip the cap, nice draw as well. Picking up flavors of bread/yeast, toasty tobacco, and some woody notes. Every now and then, I had a bit of sweetness pop in but it never lasted more than a puff or two. Not a ton of evolution but the flavors are enjoyable so no complaints there. Lovely aroma from the resting smoke. Construction was near perfect. Overall, I'd give it an 89-90. Good luck to everyone out there partaking in this competition. I learned last year that this is a challenge, but loads of fun. Thanks again to the FOH crew for putting this on!
  12. Have to agree with the 109 as a favorite large cigar format but if I were to build a big Frankenstogie to see how it turned out, I would model an H. Upmann after the Arturo Fuente Shark. The cigar would be about 6" in length and would start off as a rounded parejo that progresses into a square press, tapering from a 49rg to 56rg. (Slightly less girth than the actual Shark) The blend would be a hybrid between a Sir Winston and a Mag 56...plenty of depth in flavor, but must retain that element of class. Ladies and Germs, I present to you the H. Upmann Frankenshark:
  13. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed it...One of my favorites!
  14. I had another one of these this weekend. Not quite as good as the last few but still very good. This was more woody with notes of espresso. It didn't have as much sweetness as I have noticed in the others from this box. Construction was excellent.
  15. Wow, Bill. It is incredible that they were able to find the mass and save you major complications down the road. Very glad to hear that after the surgery, you are able to get back and enjoy life as usual. Best wishes on the recovery and a long and happy life! Cheers, Dan

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