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    Arkansas / Sweden
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  1. Dannemann Espada Brasil. From early 2000s, gifted from a friend yesterday. Actually not that bad, always cool to try something new. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  2. These things are really good for a first cigar. Smoke em while they're good, right? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  3. Working from home until 2 today so late morning coffee and a Siboney inbetween IPL innings. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  4. To start off, the Rooster had one of the worst pre-light draws in terms of taste that I've ever experienced. Truly disgusting. However, it was not a bad cigar once lit up. Like you say, it is the subtly nuances. I have smoked a few of the previous Zodiac releases and I think the Sheep was more impressive to me. Davidoff is obviously not great value for money but if you haven't tried it, I can warmly recommend the Yamasa line. Bolder than the Davidoff-lightness, very well balanced.
  5. Last night, Year of the Rooster. Thought it was fitting for the last eve of Easter (well, I guess we still are in Easter technically). Today I start out with the SLR Tesoros, RE Spain 2016. Going to hold judgement on these, I think these might do well a few years from now. Maybe. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  6. Celebrating prematurely what hopefully will be some work related success. Starting with a Piramides from 2012, on to a 1997 OX 4. Had worse days! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  7. I purchased this box completely blind and was not really sure what to expect. Not having found any reviews whatsoever online; I figured I’d share my experience of this little smoke. First off, I’ve smoked three of these but this review is based on the last two. The first one did not sit right and I think I may have been a bit too keen, not letting them rest enough after their cross-Atlantic voyage. Format: Minuto / Petit Corona / 42 x 110 mm Pre-light: Light wrapper, lighter than anything I've personally seen on VRs (although that is fairly limited). Sweet, fruity aroma on the foot. Pre-draw also sweet, reminiscent of honey. First third: Starts up with quite full flavors, a definite Cuban twang to it. The sweetness transferred well from the pre-draw and foot to the smoke. Medium spice on the retro and a strong woody finish (although not cedar). I want to identify the spice as black pepper. About an inch into the cigar, there is a leather taste lingering after the finish that borderlines light bitterness but it does not take away from the flavors, quite the opposite. Second third: There is a quite drastic and sharp drop in pepper on the retro. A couple of puffs of grass are accompanying the change but these quickly fade. Both the sweetness and woody finish are still present but slightly muted compared to the first third. There is a mild spice on the front and about half way through the cigar I am getting something that I best can describe as vegetably-ish. Final third: The spice on the retro returns. The vegetable flavors are still lingering on and off into the final third with a certain “warmness” to the cigar. On the finish, the wood becomes the dominating flavor. Construction/burn: Neither cigar had any problems with the burn, clean line with no need for touch ups. Tobacco felt firm throughout (albeit the small size). General thoughts: I have to say that I like this VR quite a bit. Between the two cigars that made up this review, there was very little differences in flavor and changes. It won’t make my top 5 REs but for the size it is surprisingly complex, keeping you on your toes. At no point was it anything less than pleasant. I'll smoke another one this summer to see if there's been any changes. If nothing else, I figure it is a cool "McRib" cigar to add in trades or bombs. Thanks for reading.
  8. VR kind of day. This 10' Clasico wasn't as good as I had hoped, smoked after the VR 2014 Andorran minuto (will post a review later tonight). Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  9. Was given one of these golden Davidoffs the other day. Smokes very well, not as mild as much of their other stuff. Probably not worth whatever they cost but still not a bad cigar. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  10. Sweetness with sweetness. Second of these I smoke and it was virtually as good as the first one. Just spectacular. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  11. 30th Anniversary. This is really good, price point is unfortunately crazy. But its been a good day so why not? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  12. I really enjoyed this RA EL 2011 during a hike on the Buffalo today. A couple of bigger storms the last few weeks have made the flow healthy again, might be a nice floating season coming up! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  13. Right side 'Habana' RASS. Oh yeah.. For my palate, the RASSs are the best regular production cigars and this 06 is really hitting the right notes. Just amazing. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  14. On these again. I heard (or saw) from someone with a lot more experience than me that these actually are 2002's. Smoking very well now. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  15. Second try at these. I'm starting to think that I did not give the first one enough rest, this one was sooo muxh better. Will have another one in a week or two and try to put a review together. Happy weekend FoHs! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

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