MrGlass

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  1. I've never really thought about it, but I think the cigar provides its own feedback by turning harsh or going out and my job is to find the balancing point in between those two extremes. I have no idea if this would be marca dependent, but I would expect other factors such as construction would have a much bigger impact.
  2. That humidor isn't even standard - it's an optional extra.
  3. 2 x Montecristo Leyenda for me. I figured I'd splurge on something fancy, and as tempting as the Talisman is, the Monte is half the price, so I can have one now and one later.
  4. Plain Packaging Options.

    The main thing that annoys me about it is that you can typically easily identify the cigars in your humidor by the boxes (or bands in the case of singles). The plain packaging takes that away. To specifically respond to your questions: 1. None. It annoys me for the reason above, and it disappoints me for the history and artwork being lost. But ultimately it doesn't affect the product I'm actually purchasing. 2. Probably not. Bandless bundles means that I actually have to go to some effort to identify the cigars before storage, otherwise my humidor would become a mess of unidentifiable sticks. The plain packaging still offers some level of identification, if not a pretty as previously. And I can always remove/replace the plain packaging if I'm that way inclined. 3. Plain white bands, generic but accordingly sized cedar boxes and "historic" brand logo stickers (one larger suitable for application on something roughly the size of a cedar box, and the others roughly the size of a band) with every bandless bundle purchase? 4. These stores already exist. But maybe we can start applying their product to genuine cigars for a change.
  5. Blind Tasting Cigar Number 2 Reveal

    I had been sitting on the fence about picking up a cab of these for the last few months. This reveal has finally made that decision for me because that stick I got was bloody fantastic.
  6. Let's talk Steak

    I love a good eye fillet cooked to medium on a BBQ. I have the Weber Baby Q that does a fantastic job on steaks. The secret prep is pretty easy - cover it lightly with oil and season with a decent amount of sea salt flakes, then leave it out to come closer to room temp before cooking. Turn once.
  7. I was in the same boat Fuzz, but also wanting to throw citrus in the mix as well, but then that would be five.
  8. With the number of non-Cuban maduro options available, there are clearly a few people that enjoy these. So it does make sense for HSA to offer at least some maduro lines of their own, even if they don't move in huge numbers, as otherwise they are giving people looking for these no option than to spend their money on non-Cuban cigars. But it always seemed odd to me that their three maduro offerings all sat under the Cohiba brand - surely there would be some people that would refuse to buy these out of principle (probably not many given Cohiba's popularity, but definitely some). I have never bothered with them simply because of the premium they command as a Cohiba.
  9. I smoked this one last night and regardless of whether I guess it right or not, I'm already a winner as this was a cracking cigar. The initial opening was underwhelming, but within 10 minutes this had developed into wood profile with tea shining through occasionally. As we approached the middle third, it turned into cream, showing hints of that wood profile from the first third in the background. Going into the final third, the cream and wood remained, but now there was a sugary sweetness that came into play as well. The draw was perfect and the cigar only needed a little touch-up towards the end. I smoked this until my fingers were burning. Overall this was probably one of the best cigars I've smoked this year.
  10. 1966

    I think your username and the phrase "I have lots of 1966’s" are at odds with one another.
  11. I took this out last night and found it to be a fairly enjoyable smoke, although pretty one dimensional. It opened with a musty, earthy bitterness that wasn't unpleasant, and that profile remained for the entirety of the cigar. Apart from a slight increase in strength around the halfway point, there wasn't really any other developments throughout this smoke. The construction was good, requiring no relights or touchups, even though I had taken it out for a walk. From the very first draw, I had a sense of familiarity with that flavour profile. I don't smoke a lot of pyramids so I wouldn't have had many of this particular cigar, but it immediately struck me as something I should know. But of course I couldn't get my stupid brain to give me anymore insight than that, so I'm left to make a wild guess and then kick myself when I inevitably get it wrong.
  12. I liked your picture, but I almost didn't out of sheer jealousy.
  13. Davidoff actually did this back in 2016 with the Chefs Edition: https://halfwheel.com/davidoff-chefs-edition
  14. For me it's the Hoyo de Monterrey Particulares. When I first started smoking cigars, my family got me one of these as a single. I have always wanted to get my hands on another, but the 2002 release was never especially popular, and from what I've read, were plagued with construction issues. Earlier in the year, a box of these came up in a locker sale, but they were gone by the time I saw them. Shortly afterwards, I was travelling through Lebanon and I found around five boxes of them hidden in the LCDH at the Beirut airport. But they were obscenely priced (something like $100 more than the locker box had gone that included the Australian taxes) and between the price and potential construction problems, I just couldn't bring myself to get them. I saw my whale and walked away.
  15. With aussie prices the way they are, the Epicure No. 2 is about as far as I can stretch it (and I still might be short depending on which B&M I visit).

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