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  1. Could be, but unless you dissect the cigar and see where the hole leads you won't know for sure. It is very likely that the critter was caught at made into an ice cube before shipping, but you can't be sure, so better to be careful and take precautions. It is for this reason I quarantine any new stock for at least 30-60 days at room temperatures up to 78 degrees. That's not a perfect solution, but it gives me some peace of mind, and fortunately it hasn't led to any problems yet.
  2. I know the comment in question, and the very cigar it was about. I'm no expert by any means. At the height of my affair with cigars I smoked 8-10 cigars a week, which is nowhere near the caliber of what I would think would qualify as an expert. I don't really know what an cigar expert is, or what qualifies them to be experts. I'm not sure anyone can even begin to determine what the qualifications would be... is it the frequency of smoking cigars, the size of one's collection of cigars, the marketing knowledge of cigars, the history of cigars, the expertise of a manufacturer, tobacco blender, tobacco picker, ?? Over the years I have met with, drank with, broke bread with and smoked cigars with several prominent cigar industry titans in the NC cigar industry, and found them to be a tremendous fountain of knowledge about cigars, so perhaps this is the closest I have seen to what one might call an expert in the topic. Some of the most knowledgeable and respected men and women I have met are truly experienced in what goes into the making of cigars, from the process of selecting the seed variety, to planting, caring, harvesting, curing, blending and ultimately marketing their products. But even then, their expertise would be limited to a very narrow slice of a very vast and multi-faceted topic. There was a time when I was very narrowly focused on Punch cigars, and not the entire line, but 3-4 specific vitolas. I was extremely fond of two in particular, both in the Punch Super Selection line - the corona gorda SS#2, and the corona grande (lonsdale) SS#1. I purchased many 50 cabs of each, over a 3-5 year period, and for nearly a decade not a week went by that I didn't smoke at least 2 of each, and often much more than that. So if I ever had a "you cigar" I would say 800-1000 cigars of a specific vitola would be as close as I have ever been to having a "you cigar". In my opinion, that in no way qualifies me as an expert even in just one of these vitolas. Ironically, a close friend of my wife's father smoked one specific vitola of one specific cheap American brand for over 50 years. As I recall, he smoked at least 2/day for about 30 of those 50 years, and the funny thing is he wouldn't ever take any other cigar offered to him, no matter the origin or how expensive. I suppose he would probably be close to an expert in that cigar, wouldn't he? I agree! I know what formats, flavors and aromas I like in a cigar, and for me it has become an endless pursuit to find cigars that give me the fix I desire in a cigar that most closely resembles the characteristics I seek. The time I spend smoking (about 3-5 cigars a week) is precious to me, and I rather not waste it on cigars that don't satisfy me, so I try my best to smoke cigars I like. At any given moment I know there are about 3 or 4 vitolas in my humidor that I know will fill the bill, and I keep those stocked up. The rest are unfinished experiments. Thanks for the great post Ray!
  3. A fine cigar, one of my favorites, and discontinued since ~2009 so you'll be challenged to find them on the secondary market. I saw a cab from 2001 sold about 4 months ago for $1100, and I think FOH had a 2006 cab that sold recently for about $760.
  4. Agree with @JohnS - recent BPC have been a bit disappointing, but the Tubos No. 1 are closer to what I appreciate from the brand. Thanks for the review.
  5. So far every one I've had from this box have been on the mild side of medium, but certainly not extremely mild, and they are loaded with rich and creamy flavor. I'm smoking a 2005 SCdlH La Fuerza at the moment, from the Legendary Box Split, and it is as mild or milder than the Hoyo Coronas. I respect MRN, but respectfully disagree with that assessment. The Hoyo corona, like so many other coronas and lonsdales, are becoming extinct for a variety of reasons. Punch, Partagas, H. Upmann, Romeo Y Julieta, Ramon Allones... coronas of years past that Cuba has seen fit to kill across the board. Such a shame, the Lonsdale and Corona are my two most favorite size formats in CCs, so it is disappointing to see them go.
  6. Just smoked my last 2007 Punch Corona, a great cigar. Thanks for the inspiration. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Sitting outside by the pool working after a light lunch I got the urge to smoke a cigar, as is often the case on Fridays, nothing huge - just something to quaff for 30-40 minutes. I selected a Hoyo Du Prince sent to me in a trade a few months ago. I don’t have a box code, but a cigar of this vintage is sure to be a treat. Mike S. who shared this nugget with me kept them vacuum sealed for 16 years or so, and his experiment seems to have done wonders for these cigars.This cigar seems a bit smaller than most PCs, with a ring gauge of 40. The medium brown wrapper is slightly darker than milk chocolate. Cold draw was absolutely perfect, just the way I like it. Torch fire ignited the foot evenly, producing thick rich plumes of smoke that filled my patio with a delightful aroma of toasted tobacco and smoldering softwood, and a touch of that distinctive barnyard aroma I so cherish. Body started out mild to medium, while flavor was dominated by rich toasted tobacco and hints of cocoa and vanilla. Oh yes, this is definitely the afternoon treat I was looking forward to.The second half is very similar to the first. The body hiked up to a moderate medium. A touch of cloves has replaced the vanilla, and a touch of pepper has joined in, which is making this a little more interesting. There is a certain intensity to the flavor, which although smooth and creamy it is captivating, sharp and satisfying. The burn was wavering just a tad, but a quick lick from the torch took care of that and it burned straight from there on.I certainly enjoyed this little cigar. It seems to have a very straight forward old Havana style flavor profile, which is intense, tasty and satisfying. I took it down to the absolute nub, throughly burning my lips and finger tips. I would rate this cigar 8.5 out of 10 on my personal scale. Big thanks to Mike S. for sharing this little gem.
  8. Thanks for the nice review. I'm quickly smoking through a box of MUL OCT 14 and finding too tasty to keep my hands off.
  9. Though many brothers among us cherish the Cohiba marca, particularly the Siglo line, I have not met with success in the Cohiba line except for the Esplendidos. I have tried repeatedly to find something to like about Cohibas, but to no avail. This time around I picked up a little nugget that has been resting in my humidor for about a year since I received it in trade from a good BOTL. He continues to convey that he loves them, and that one day it will strike me like lightning, but I'm still waiting for the epiphany. The Siglo I is a perla, just 102mm - 4 inches in length by 42 gauge. This one is practically flawless and looks like milk chocolate. After cutting and lighting draw is near perfect, construction couldn't be better. I pair this selection with coconut water mixed with carbonated water, a neutral drink so it won't varnish my taste of the cigar, and it is rather refreshing and natural. First warm draws produced moderate smoke, with the initial aroma being somewhat herbal, a bit grassy. Flavor was earthy and rich, while the finish was dry. Within the first inch body started to pick up to a moderate medium, and flavor was distinctly grassy with a dried oregano aftertaste. The first half was virtually unchanged, and with every draw it left my tongue feeling dry. After each drag I felt I needed to rinse my mouth with my coconut water. The second half picked up a bit of body, and the aroma gave me a sense of rich toasted tobacco and dry meadow grass. The flavor continued to resemble golden hay, not a pleasing profile to my taste buds. I could sense rich earthy tobacco in the background, but I just couldn't get over the sensation of dryness on the tongue with every draw I took. I was downing the coconut water quickly, and I topped it up with more soda water. Approaching the end I got some nuances of coffee and charred wood, but my tongue felt dry and ashy throughout. I don't know how this can be a satisfying cigar for anyone, but it does have a following - so I'm in the minority I suspect. I ended the dramatic experience early, putting about an inch and half into the ashtray and setting it at the far end of the table. I glanced at it a couple of times with grimace, wondering whether my taste buds are betraying me, or if this was simply a poor example. But immediately I recalled similar unpleasant experiences with other Cohibas, so maybe my mind is bending my taste buds, or this brand of cigars is just not for me. Sadly, I give this a 5 out of 10 on my personal scale - I don't look forward to another. My sincere thanks to Dirk for the vitola - sorry to let you down brother, but I'm calling this another Cohiba strikeout in my humidor.
  10. There are worse ways to start the day.... Thanks for the feedback.
  11. Hoyos to me are a little mysterious, they have mostly been elusive for me, yet when I do smoke Hoyos they have always been complex and pleasing cigars. I just haven't pursued them as much as I pursue other marcas, and I can't think of any specific reason why. This particular box was a split that Trent; a good FOH brother, found on the secondary market and I am so glad I participated in this share, it has been richly rewarding. The Hoyo Coronas are 42 ring gauge, 5.59" in length, dress boxed. Judging by the markings I think this box came from the French market but I know little else about its origins. I have smoked just 2 from this share, this is the third, and every one has been delicious to the last inch. For the pairing I chose a Guiness Golden Ale out of a 18-pack sampler, which I have been thoroughly enjoying. Cold draw was just as I like it - I actually like slightly loose draws so this was perfectly acceptable to me, but some might call it a bit loose. First warm draws produced volumes of rich and creamy smoke, slightly light bodied, and decadently aromatic. Essence of pumpkin spice, slightly sweet, poured forth and gave me a unique and delicious taste. This cigar has an unusual character and aroma, which I am immediately intrigued by. The first third is smooth, light and tasty, but just a bit light for an after dinner cigar. The second third continued to produce a slightly sweet and aromatic spicy aroma, and rich creamy smoke. Burn is near perfect and cool. There is a faint hint of baking spices in there I can't quite identify, sort of like nutmeg or cloves maybe. Very interesting and quite enjoyable. As I crossed over from the second to the last third, I drained the Guiness ale and opened another. The final third remains a bit light to medium bodied, and the parade of baking spices continue; a touch of cinnamon, some raisin bread, nutmeg - honestly, I'm quite surprised by this complex nuanced journey this little corona is taking me on. Approaching the final stages of the cigar, the smoke remained cool and creamy, no harshness or bitterness, just rich and somewhat mellow body with a beautiful refined balance. What a delicious smoke. I could almost say this is a dessert cigar, and I bet these lovely vitolas would make a great morning smoke too. Reluctantly I put the nub down to smolder in the ash tray. This was an impressive smoke, just as the first two it took me completely by surprise. I have to rate this a solid 9 out of 10 on my personal scale, a richly satisfying and memorable cigar that I will look forward to smoking again soon. Thank you Trent for sharing this gem with me.
  12. Last night I had a quiet Friday evening with my wife, and smoked just one PLMC, which I didn't finish. I got busy with family stuff and left the cigar 2/3 smoked. When I woke up this morning I didn't feel like I'd had my fix yet, so I poured a cup of coffee, reached into the wineador for a reliable morning smoke - and emerged onto the patio with a lovely Montecristo No. 5. This box is draining quickly, I have found these little gems to be a wonderful any-time kind of smoke, morning or night, they don't disappoint. The morning dew was burning off, the birds chirping, and the sun starting to radiate heat as the temperature crossed over the 80F mark. It's going to be a sweltering day from the looks of it. I cut and lit the Monte, and immediately began to feel a calm descend onto me. The first flavors to envelope my taste buds was a creamy melange of cocoa, coffee and shortbread nicely balanced and smooth. Ahh, that is the captivating essence that makes these No. 5 perlas so delectable. The aroma that filled my patio was equally pleasing, with a woodsy tone that reminds me of kindling starting an outdoor fire. As the second third approached, the creaminess prevailed but coffee became more pronounced and a tinge of burnt toast and nutmeg joined the mix. The burn started to waver just a tad as it crossed the mid point, requiring a slight correction, but the flavors remained unmistakable Montecristo beans throughout. In the final stretch I was feeling relaxed and slightly drifting into daydreams, enjoying the faint morning breeze as the muted sound of a jet engine roared far overhead, bringing me back to the here and now. My wife topped my cup of coffee and I settled into the chair to focus on the closing arguments from this tasty perla. The flavor profile evolved further bringing more burnt toast, and more kindling, while body ticked up to a solid medium. As the final inch became too hot too handle I reluctantly put No. 5 down to extinguish as I savored the fleeting aroma. As I started to think of the day ahead I could still taste the coffee, cocoa and burnt toast on my lips while I drained the last bit of dark roast Pilon coffee.
  13. Great review of a classic I quite fond of. I think I still have one or two early 2ks. But if the 07s are in their stride then you just put my last 07 Punch Corona on my short list for this weekend. Thank you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Now this is helpful advice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Let's! I'll just leave you to your keyboard commando duties. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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