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  1. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Yeah, like @Brandon says, these are from the cardboard 5-packs. I've had mixed experiences with buying older cigars in cardboard packaging but the two from this one have been truly fantastic (freed them from their prison as soon as I got them).
  2. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Three cigar work day.. 1998 LSdL, just mindblowingly good. It has been hit or miss with these in my experience but this was definitely hit the full way. That old school blend of finess, tea like flavors. Then a RASCC from 13 and a first year release of the HUHC tins (2012?). And I think all that goodness actually helped me make some progress! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  3. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    MES DIC11 on the Añejados, unknown code on the Boli but pre-14 at least. Both very enjoyable, the Upmann was full of flavors and after having three it by far my favorite Añejados (again, that isn't saying much).. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  4. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    RASS 2013. Gifted by a friend, had a bit of wrapper damage but that did not stop all those delicious flavors I fell in love with a decade ago. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  5. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Wow, that looks beautiful! How long have you had the cab? Has there been any changes in recent years? I've had a few from '03 and some from '05 and I've been in awe over how good they've all been.
  6. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    2003 Des Dieux. Godly*. Beautiful white ash throughout. Subtle flavor changes. Woody throughout, hints of vanilla at the halfway mark, sweet and floral to finish. * = this is not an attempt to discuss religion, I promise. Don't ban me please! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  7. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Very good, floral notes (like you said), cedar with a little sweetness. I sometimes overlook Punch because the marca is on the mild side generally but when the flavors are full, it is a great first cigar IMO. I have never had any construction issues with it, which is fantastic considering the price.
  8. encephalization

    FOH: A Week In Pictures.

    Celebrating another paper published, out earlier this week. It is based on fieldwork and analysis we started two and a half years ago in eastern Brazil on a species very similar to Spanish cedar. I had a cigar stand made out of some wood. Second picture is over a year old, showing a haul of the same species that we got from the Amazon. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  9. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Allowed myself a couple of treats while working today. Not sure about the box code on the Punch, said 12/13 on a sticker in the tube. Then a MES DIC11 Upmann Añejados. Definitely the best Añejados stick I've had, which isn't saying all that much though. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  10. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Have had issues with uploading through tapatalk the last few days, here is last night's smoke, Vegueros No. 1 - SCO FEB01. Not plugged (yay!), very interesting flavors. Complex. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  11. encephalization

    Your next box is likely to be?

    I spoke too soon. Turned out it would be 24:24 RyJ PR. 😂
  12. Picked up ten sticks of the Upmann Añejados. Haven't really liked anything from the Añejados (this is the only one I haven't tried) previously but maybe this Upmann will be different. Nice to hold an HU Robusto in my hand regardless.. Box code MES DIC11. Also caved and picked up a 10-box of these. Would have wanted the 54s but the 50s will do for now. Now to decide how long they need to sleep. A couple of years minimum? What are people's view on the aging of these?
  13. Second day in a row of gloomy weather in Arkansas (perfect for summer cigar smoking IMO) and I realized I had not done a review for quite some time so.. Its odd, usually August is a killer month in terms of temperature but July was much worse than usual this year and August has started mellow. Hopefully, fall is coming early. This is the fourth cigar I have smoked from this box, as well as three given out to friends, and I'd say that there has been great consistency between all smokes. I smoked the first one just a couple of days after getting them and it got a bit mongrel towards the end but that is probably due to my lack of patience. Marca: La Gloria Cubana Name: Serie D No. 5 Vitola: Petit Robusto (50 x 4.3") Box code: TEO DIC16 (40,118 / 50,000) There were some significant greenness on the foot (not sure if this photo does it justice) and the previous cigars had similar traits (some greenness also visible after cutting). The smell on the foot is full of flavors, dominated by prunes (is baked prunes a thing? that is what comes to mind..), it has a slight sweetness as well that is also present on the pre-light draw. This sweetness is prominent at light-up but strong spice hits you straight away on the finish. I am almost taken aback as I retro, the spice almost punches me in the face. For a second I wonder if I really am smoking a CC and not the bastardized NC version from Carrillo. However, it is by no means overpowering and the sweetness on the front compliments the finish very well. Half of the puffs I was convinced it was black pepper, the other half white. Regardless, the spice balances out fairly quickly (maybe my system was getting used to it?) and the sweetness also picks up in the finish. It is a beautiful combination. In between I am getting leather, which takes a bigger role after about an inch, with hints of cedar. The second half is not very dissimilar from the first, there is both sweetness and spice throughout. I do get some pleasant notes that I had a hard time putting my finger on, almost candy-like at times (undoubtedly stemming from the sweetness) and possibly vanilla. There is some earth notes towards the very end. Overall, I have been thoroughly impressed by this RE. I think the retail in Spain was €75 per 10 box and even though the shipping was hefty, I ended up paying just under $10 a cigar. Considering some other regionals from recent years that have had much less approachable price tags, I'd go as far as saying as this is one of the most bang-for-your-buck limited CCs out there right now (and yes, at 50,000 boxes this is probably McRibs at its finest..). I haven't smoked a ton of LGCs in the past few years and I am not sure of how true this is to the marca (but if it is then all the better).
  14. encephalization

    Your next box is likely to be?

    Cab of RASS's. To be fair, if anyone asked me at any time, that would be my answer. Probably the only cigar that I can't keep enough of and they have been smoking so well with even just a year or two on them now that I can't keep a rotation. 😣
  15. encephalization

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Rainy day, very pleasant temperatures. Enjoying that my landlord (and fellow cigar smoker) installed a new door at the back of my garage. Perfect setting for a three cigar day. 2013 PLMC 2012 Upmann HC (from the first batch of tins we saw in Sweden) 2016 Monte 5 All good. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

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