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  2. Slightly unorthodox breakfast today, but I'm having a salad leftover from our Italian delivery last night. The gnocchi were awesome. The salad for breakfast is, well, salad.
  3. Was great until the last 4-5 episodes. End was disappointing.
  4. FatPete

    Burgundy

    Thanks Ken. I'm afraid I no longer have a local wine merchant due to repeated moves around the country. I did have one 20 years ago in Edinburgh, but nowadays I buy relatively good wines from the supermarket. I'm looking to reconnect with the better wines now. Could you recommend any bottles off the shelf I should buy in Beaune? Thanks
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  6. Raskol

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    C&C Time No. 54 (2018) - 24:24 Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
  7. GrouchoMarx

    Box of the Day

    box split out of the question?
  8. Ryan

    Dublin

    Great to see you here in Dublin, Rob, Mike, Di and Dana and great fun having you over on Friday night. You were lucky with the weather! Torrential rain here today and yesterday. Safe Travels.
  9. Sounds right up my alley. Nice review. Thanks
  10. westg

    Dublin

    Brings back fond memories of an amazing place with the best people in the world....cheers Mike and Rob I really miss 🇮🇪 has been a while
  11. Cold Smoke

    Wineador

    Yeah, I run three wineadors with plugged drainage holes and a couple of large 320g Boveda packs. No hassles whatsoever.
  12. irratebass

    Wind proof lighters

    These are made for outdoor use, and I agree they work well. Can probably find them cheaper. https://www.xikar.com/products/lighters/stratosphere/
  13. Din Tai Fung, Mamak, Tetsuya's all come to mind! 😉
  14. Ken Gargett

    ICC World Cup 2019 (50 overs) in England

    john, my pick for the final four and order is india, england, austrralia and nz. so we would have to play england in a semi. not easy. rather play nz and have england and india beat themselves up.
  15. The latest update is that we are thinking of eating dinner somewhere around the Cidery Bar. This is to be finalised. There is wet weather forecast for Sydney today and tomorrow but showers will ease off on Wednesday and Thursday. We hope to meet prior to dinner at the Sheraton-on-the-Park or Tattersalls Club if it's wet. The Cidery Bar is where we will finish up for the night.
  16. JohnS

    ICC World Cup 2019 (50 overs) in England

    Prior to the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh clash today, here is the table as it stands... Team M W L T P NRR NZ 6 5 0 0 11 1.306 AUS 6 5 1 0 10 0.849 INDIA 5 4 0 0 9 0.809 ENG 6 4 2 0 8 1.457 SL 6 2 2 0 6 -1.119 BDESH 6 2 3 0 5 -0.407 PAK 6 2 3 0 5 -1.265 WI 6 1 4 0 3 0.19 SA 7 1 5 0 3 -0.324 AFG 6 0 6 0 0 -1.712 I think the top 4 will remain, but perhaps not necessarily in that order. The weekend's games were outstanding!
  17. JohnS

    JohnS' Smoking Diary 2019

    Cohiba Shorts Cohiba grass/hay and honey...so simple yet so good. How does a short filler purito beat out other regular production Habanos cigars in regards to flavour, at times? To quote Led Zeppelin, "Oooh, and it makes me wonder!"
  18. JohnS

    JohnS' Smoking Diary 2019

    Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills LAT Feb 2018 No chocolate or cocoa notes, no wood and again a little muted on the flavour side, this Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill was a 'step up' from my previous cigars I had today in terms of construction and taste. Before we burst out into praise though, it still was in the 'average' to a 'bit better than okay' class. The redeeming element to this cigar was the berry and turkish delight, married with some spice in the back half. In case you're curious, there's no surprises in stating that no, I didn't nub this cigar this time!
  19. JohnS

    JohnS' Smoking Diary 2019

    San Cristóbal de la Habana El Príncipe TOS Jun 2016 I lit this up after having a very bland Montecristo Line 1935 Maltes and thought to myself that the old reliable SCdLH El Principe flavour hit from the first few puffs was quite a charm. Sadly, this was a false dawn. I got some sweet molasses and muted cocoa and coffee and the cigar just didn't pick up from that whatsoever. Still, it was not totally bland and it was much better than the Maltes. I chalk this El Principe cigar to having 'one of those days'. Yes, we all have them. The good news is that the El Principe is rarely like this for me and so I look forward to the next one.
  20. JohnS

    JohnS' Smoking Diary 2019

    Montecristo Maltés BRE Oct 2018 This was my first Maltes, I have had a Dumas recently and at least three or four Leyenda Linea 1935 cigars. A few weeks ago I wrote the following about the Dumas I enjoyed... 'In case you missed it, the new Linea 1935 addition to the Montecristo brand is aimed at emulating the addition of the Linea Behike to Cohiba in 2010. In other words, three cigars that are premium-priced and classy. The official Habanos S.A. press release last year for this line was as follows... 'Habanos, S.A. launches the Línea 1935 under the Montecristo brand. Three new vitolas are incorporated into the brand’s regular portfolio; these will become the most premium Habanos offered by this legendary Brand. Two of the three vitolas are unprecedented in the Habanos portfolio: Maltés (53 x 153 mm) and Dumas (49 x 130 mm), while Leyenda (55 x 165 mm) takes the form of the special limited edition Montecristo 80 Aniversario, launched in 2015 to commemorate the brand’s 80th Anniversary. Montecristo is the best known and, perhaps, the most appreciated Habanos brand and is considered by many to be the benchmark for Habanos flavour. Its name had its origins in the novel The Count of Montecristo, by Alexandre Dumas, enormously popular with cigar rollers at the H. Upmann factory in Havana, where the brand was founded in 1935. The Habanos in this new line have been made ¨Totalmente a mano con Tripa Larga – Totally by Hand with Long Filler¨, after selecting exquisite wrapper, filler and binder leaves from the finest fields – vegas – in Vuelta Abajo (Pinar del Río), the land with the best tobacco in the world. Línea 1935 is presented with a full strength flavour blend for the very first time by the Montecristo brand, thereby complementing the medium to full strength flavour of the of the Línea Clásica and Línea Edmundo and the medium strength flavour of the Línea Open blend. The natural Carmelite wrapper used gives the Línea 1935 Habanos a beautiful appearance. Montecristo’s Línea 1935 is presented in a box with a unique design for the Habanos portfolio, with an elegant Carmelite lacquer finish and the distinction of presenting all the beveled edges. A tape with the name of the line and the vitola as well as an innovative base band with the traditional fleur-de-lis that has distinguished the Montecristo brand since its founding have been added to the brand’s traditional band.' So there you have it. You always wanted a cigar that blended the full flavour of a classic line Montecristo cigar with the medium-flavoured Open series. Some of you may say 'bland-flavoured' Open Series. I think in essence what Habanos S.A. is trying to say is that the Linea 1935 series consists of three cigars aimed at being 'full of flavour' rather than strength in terms of a nicotine. The Dumas is named after the author of the classic novel, 'The Count of Monte Cristo', Alexandre Dumas. Incidentally, in case you are curious, the Maltes is named after one of the main character's aliases in the novel, the Maltese Sailor, after he is rescued by smugglers and Leyenda means 'legend' in Spanish. It's the smallest of the three cigars, around the same length as a Montecristo No.4, but 7/64th inches larger in diameter. It's a little stronger than the Leyenda, but that's to be expected for a smaller cigar. I found it consistently around medium. What set this Dumas apart from standard Montecristo cigars was the fullness of flavours. Firstly, the chocolate. Now in most standard cigars any hint of chocolate flavours can tend to be like dark and bitter chocolate. Not in the Dumas. In the Dumas the opposite is true, you get beautiful sweet, milk fine chocolate coated in whiffs of cream and marshmallow. There's also almond nut and cedar, in fact, I found the flavours very similar to the Leyendas I've tried, only a little fuller.' Now, about the 'fullness' of flavour, this Maltes had absolutely none of it. It was every bit as bland as those infamous Montecristo Open cigars Rob and Ken notoriously encountered when they came out and reviewed them around the turn of this decade. This opened with some citrus twang and almond nut and then simply died in terms of flavour. I must say, it's been some time since I've experienced this. Since this was my first Maltes my view on the cigar is still pending, but it would take a spectacular turnaround from the next Maltes for me to not conclude that the Leyenda is the best of the three, based on my experience thus far.
  21. Bought bunch of those in Spain. grabbed from the shelve. they mostly don't keep boxes unfortunately, but band for this marka was changed in 2006, so it's obviously older. I really love how this vitola is changing with aging. Never dissapoints me. started with hint of citrus and fruits. busquit. very pleasant, then it got slightly creamy. 2nd third - Raisin, getting more fruity, fragrant. some hazelnut is showed up. last third - more nuts. delicious as always, amazing cigar. 94/100
  22. Lotusguy

    FORMULA 1

    I didn’t watch it either. It was a relief, actually.
  23. mt1

    Box of the Day

    How much for the fake with the upside down band? 🤣
  24. I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendations for the La Gloria Cubana Medaille D’Or no. 4, both very fruity and a great cigar. JL2 I get more orange creme like one might find in a chocolate than true orange, but still somewhat fruity. Definitely a very good cigar, but not one I have a particular affinity for (unlike the LGC). Only had two RASS and honestly did not get much nuance in flavor from either, probably smoked them too young. In NC’s I really like the Olive Serie V, and find it to have a distinct red wine and leather profile. The Melanio is also quite good though I would not call it fruity and is really a quite different cigar. Most Maduros also tend to have a fruityness to me. The Padron 1926 I tend to get apple or other fruit out of depending on the example. Not much experience with vegetal cigars as the profile generally does not appeal to me, or doesn’t sound appealing so I don’t often go after it. I suppose I do get hay or lemongrass from some cohibas, which I enjoy, but I don’t know if I’d really call those vegetal flavors to me.
  25. canadianbeaver

    Dublin

    We also had a wonderful time with these guys in Dublin. Generous, warm and so much fun for the evening! This was a few years ago. I look different now lolol. CB
  26. Does anyone have a comparison of the Peter James case against the Project Carbon case? Similar designs, the Project Carbon one is cheaper (and looks like lower quality leather).
  27. jtfrizzy

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    '12 Trinidad Coloniales really hitting their stride after requiring a longer than usual acclimation peroid but its all good noe they are smoking fantastically. Pairing with a Southern Tier 2XStout. Getting a later than usual start as I have been helping a buddy of mine with mudding his dry wall at his new house so he can try to get into the place. Been a minute since i could sit back, relax, and have a fine habanos. Either way, hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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