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  2. Thought I would try a new cigar on this evening’s walk around the Bristol downs. The size and diadema shape are both absolutely perfect (maybe a fraction thin) and the cigar packed firmly with a really satisfying weight. Initial third is laden with leather, earth, pepper and spice. Disappointingly there was a huge knot near the cap which needed a good squeeze to really open up the draw. No draw tool to hand. Second third brings black coffee, dark chocolate and a slight nutty quality. Draw becomes full and easy. Final third coffee and dark chocolate flavours ramp up nicely but never becoming too overpowering. Medium or medium full at most. Paired with what I assume to be brandy from an old hip flask found tucked away in my coat pocket. Flavours were pleasant but just felt like something was missing to really excel. Probably on balance, considering the opening draw issues, I’d place it around 86.
  3. I'm quarantined at home for the next few days so would love to hop on in the next few days!
  4. Hahaha. I know you'd say that. I might have cut a little further than I wanted, given it was light. But draw was fine. And I'm ok as long as cut end RG is about 40 or below.
  5. Wow talk about nub Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Nice stand! ...did the wrapper end up unraveling on you at all? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Should inflation continue to get out of hand, this won't be the only price rise on a range of tourist targeted goods and services. They have themselves in one hell of a mess.
  8. @Boxer31 temps are pretty close to 0C now. I think today was a high of 4C (around 40f). We got a fair bit of snow. Going by how much was on the car I'd say at least 4-5 inches but temp was over freezing and there's not that much left. With my heater on I'm not too bad at these temps as long as there isn't too much wind. I might actually be able to do all the reviews. I wasn't entirely sure about it... Still not sure about it. 🤔
  9. Ironically the best flavor I've gotten from JL2 is a 2014 box with very dark wrappers and no combustion issues. My 6-7 other JL boxes from 2015-2019 have been "fine" but not nearly the same flavor depth. All with lighter wrappers. Go figure.
  10. You took quite the wack off the head there ..how was the draw...damn 50 mins! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. They’re just not that good to be totally honest Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Today's run... Sent from my moto z3 using Tapatalk
  13. @Bijan are you trying to finish the reviews before temps hit below 0? its 45 here in northern VA and prob in 30s with wind chill. I like cold weather if playing hockey - LOL. but too old now to sit out in parking lot during cold for a few beers after adult "beer" league (although we have been shut down). waiting for a day in the 50s - good luck with that to start my reviews. how much snow did you get?
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  15. Man, would I LOVE some of those Propios!! 😥 CHEERS🔥
  16. Makes perfect sense to me--when currency loses value, prices rise. Except "officially" the currency hasn't lost value. What they should have done is just left prices alone if they weren't going to alter the official 1:1 exchange rate. It wouldn't be so obvious that the CUC has lost 50% of its value and the state would have benefitted from tourists continuing to exchange at 1:1 officially and use bank cards. Instead, they get greedy and create a huge incentive for tourists to exchange off-market and use cash. The incentive was already there to begin with that obnoxious 10% fee but now you're crazy if you don't exchange cash off-market.
  17. I had jl2s just like that .....burned terribly ....gifted half of them away ....they look beautiful, but I usually don’t have great luck with wrappers like that ..dark and oily Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Can't wait to hear about the Lusi! Thanks for the reviews.
  19. Romeo y Julieta Petit Julietas circa 2019 I like to thank @Luca for gifting me this Romeo y Julieta Petit Julietas, my very first one! I've had a heap of similarly-sized entreactos (30 ring gauge x 100 mm or 3⅞ inches in length) before with the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire and El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse but I can assert this small panatela was very different to the HdM du Maire and ERdM Demi Tasse. The cigar started out with typical Romeo y Julieta flavours of cocoa and berry fruits but towards the middle it became very herbal, like a mix of grass and mint. It was certainly very different. To say I enjoyed it would be an understatement! I do feel that one has to be predisposed to Romeo y Julieta as a marca to fully appreciate a cigar like this otherwise it can come off as 'muddled'. If you don't mind RyJ Habanos cigars do yourself a favour and give this a try if you like the intensity of a smaller 20 to 25 minute cigar such as this one. Romeo y Julieta Cazadores LAT Sep 2017 The Romeo y Julieta Cazadores is known amongst aficionados as an 'old school' Cuban cigar, a throwback to the 1990s when Habanos S.A. produced powerful and robust cigars. It's a 43 ring gauge x 162 mm (or 6⅜ inches in length) lonsdale which should provide a minimum of 90 minutes of smoking time. I'd like to thank @Bijan for allowing me to smoke this three year-old example. In regards to strength, this was around the medium mark but it was full in body or flavours. It had a combination of cocoa, coffee, Earth, leather and a little bit of salt throughout and stayed that way so it was by no means a complex cigar. In regards to comparing it to other Romeo y Julieta cigars it stands more on its own as it doesn't dominate in berry or fruit flavours like a RyJ Churchill or Exhibicion No.4 would. Overall, I'd still surmise that this Romeo y Julieta Cazadores was a good cigar but due to its combined Earth and leather flavours I didn't connect with it as strongly as other Romeo y Julieta cigars. I'm grateful for the opportunity to sample it though.
  20. @Bijan that didn’t take long! 😂 Another great review man!
  21. BPC last night. Propios and BBF from Christmas sampler for review.
  22. @Kaptain Karl @Tstew75 definitely young. Wouldn't have been my first choice to smoke either, but it was the smallest so I figured it would be good for a winter smoke. Otherwise I was leaning towards the Lusitania, maybe I'll brave it tomorrow, YOLO and all
  23. My second cigar from the Christmas sampler. Cigar is underweight. Not much on predraw. First third: Leather and earth. Mainly earth, this compares to the BPC I had last night which had more leather and some spice. Second third: Some cedar, and mainly earth. Final third: Mellows out a bit, some lighter flavour as tea. 50 minute smoke time. I give this 4/5.
  24. Yes - happy to be of assistance. Believe me, demand for US greenbucks or Euros is VERY high in Cuba right now. Second problem is out of my hands, sorry 🙂
  25. Good to know! That seems rather interesting, as clearly the CUC prices stated above at a 1:1 rate with USD do not seem worthwhile. However, with a 1.5:1 rate, they are much more reasonable. I guess this is all dependent on being able to bring them back to the states, though
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