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    I have some Cuban Customs available as samplers at the end of the month. This time around it will be for US members only as they are already there and this is a trial. I will put some more detail up tomorrow if I get some time. I use one very experienced old mate to do these as I love the consistency. I just love his work. Check out the bunching. This is the way it should be every time
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    I have one of those wives who makes me smoke my cigars out in the backyard. 🙂 Smoking a 1966 to celebrate the first of 17 days off work. My biggest decisions for the next 17 days will be what cigars to smoke, what scotch to drink, and whether to jump in the ocean or the pool. Vigia
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    Today I held the battle of the cañonazos. Almost too close to call, but I would say the Siglo VI beat the Esmeralda, but just by a nose. Technically, I’m not sure the Esmeralda is a true cañonazo, but it’s close enough for me. In fairness, the Siglo VI have 3 years under their belt, while the Esmeraldas are from OCT 19.
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    I started the day with a CoRo and ended the day with a CoRo, with a few other cigars in between. Old RyJ Belicosi, I didn’t bring the box with me and I forget the year. Topes 14 RyJ Short Churchill CoRo at sunset
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    Cohiba Talisman Leyenda Media Luna QDO 54
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    TUP OCT 14 Punch DC
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    Trinidad Esmeralda BSM DIC 19 Excellent from the first puff. I can see now why so many people love these
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    My Saturday on 4th call at the hospital, when I never got called in. It doesn’t happen too often, so I was savoring the day. Esplendido Esmeralda Leyenda
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    Lunchtime break stick
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    H. Upmann Connie 1 BRE DEC 2018. These just keep getting better. Been dry boxing them for several days prior to smoking and it has made a world of difference. Paired with a classy red cup of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength.
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    Last night’s treat C&C this morning with an Alex custom roll thanks to @ElJavi76
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    Rio Seco while hanging with wife and neighbors We all know I close out the night with a siglo 2. Pretty much a tradition. God bless, good night.
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    Quai d'Orsay No. 50 LMB Jun 2019 I had written in a recent review on the Quai d'Orsay No.50 that my 10-count 2019 box had not smoked anywhere near what my 10-count 2018 had. I had found, in general, that the 2018 QdO 50s have been mainly soft egg and butter brioche bread, cedar and ginger/toffee sweet in flavour whilst the 2019 QdO 50s have been more woody and spicy. Today's Quai d'Orsay No.50, from my 2019 box, was actually quite good, although not as light in body as my 2018 examples. I did enjoy the egg and butter brioche pastry core flavour, a little ginger, cedar and roasted hazelnut. I also did have to smoke this slower to appreciate its more intensive profile on the palate. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco ABO Abr 2019 There's not much more I can add in my descriptions of this cigar lately without repeating myself. Yes, they just seem to deliver time-and-time again. The flavour profile was much the same; light cedar, ginger spice, marshmallow and cream texture. My 10-count box of Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco ordered from a 24:24 listing arrived the other day. The box would be lucky to see the arrival of 2021 if any of those cigars smoke as well as my recent HdM Le Hoyo de Rio Seco!
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    These arrived today. Same box codes, but 4 different shades. They do smell nice though. Love the special colored embossed bands, which has only been seen previously on the ER UK LGC Gloriosos, released back in 2008.
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    C&C Time. Trini Fundy (2018) - 24:24 Sent from my SM-G965F using Tapatalk
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    D4 and Sierra Nevada Sent from my SM-G981B using Tapatalk
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    Montecristo No.4 UEB Ago 2018 The bad news? I'm sorry to report that the golden run I've enjoyed of two separate UEB '18 boxes of Montecristo No.4 boxes (May and August) is over. Okay, I exaggerate slightly, this might be the third or fourth ordinary one in over 30 sticks smoked. When it comes to Habanos cigars, well...that's not too bad! The good news? I still have some more left from this box to enjoy, my enthusiasm hasn't diminished at all from how well this box has smoked thus far! The reason I found this average is because the cocoa and coffee flavours overshadowed the gorgeous nut and citrus twang that I adore in these. Make no mistake, that nut and citrus twang was there, it was just muddled in-between the strong tobacco, cocoa and coffee. So, in conclusion, like my recent Trinidad Topes, I'll forget about this one today and look forward to lighting another soon, probably next week! Sancho Panza Non Plus ABR Sep 2011 No doubt you've heard of the recent deletion of this vitola from the Sancho Panza marca and have since picked up a box. If so, good for you! I'm now down to my last three sticks of this 2011 box and after smoking a variety of Sancho Panza Non Plus from this aged box and some from younger ones, I can confidently claim that the aged ones are more appealing, for me. The reasoning I have was defined within smoking this cigar. I simply enjoyed the simple combination of smooth, mild soft wood, savoury salt and floral note flavours in this aged Non Plus. It was all I needed for an hour. So, those 2018 boxes I have may see some action in the short-term, but I think I will save the majority of those sticks for the longer-term in the hope they smoke as well as this Sancho Panza Non Plus today.
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    Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario [emoji1063] Regional Edition 2012. It was either this or the Quai D'Orsay Capitolio for the Sublimes vitola tonight. For those that know the saying "Sun's out, gu.n's out" Still chasing the taste from the first one I smoked a few years ago gifted by brother Mike Choi of Boutique Smokes which was lush. This is the second from another batch I got, I had similar thoughts as I do with this one, weird start almost slight bitterness but it's subsided now I'm about half way (as I finish writing this post the flavour is delicious!) Anyway enjoying the larger formats whilst our [emoji636] weather permits, we all know how quick it changes so I'm not chancing anything. More big smokes coming over the next few days. Peace to all Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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    Montecristo No.4 UEB Ago 2018 This UEB Ago 2018 box just seems to be the "gift that keeps on giving". Usually those gifts have arrived in the form of yummy nut and citrus twang flavour bombs, today this Montecristo No.4 really hit the mark with its strong, deep cocoa and milk coffee flavours. Incidentally, there were some nut and citrus twang notes there too. Construction was absolutely spot-on in regards to draw, ash-length and burn. Three-quarters of this box is gone, so I should finish it soon I guess. It's been a fun and enjoyable ride thus far! Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco ABO Mar 2019 I must say, that in my humble opinion, this is one very 'hot' cigar right now. I don't usually smoke the same cigar vitola back-to-back, but if I did, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco would be up there as one of the obvious preferences, from my humidor, for doing so. They just seem to deliver time-and-time again. I don't think I can get enough of the light cedar, ginger spice, marshmallow and cream texture flavour profile right now, nor have I become accustomed with the fact that this is a Le Hoyo line HdM cigar and I don't have to give it significant rest, like I've done with my other Le Hoyo cigars in the past. What the heck, I've gone ahead and ordered another 10-count box of Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco from a 24:24 listing recently. (And) Good thing I did, they were all gone within the hour!
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    Coloniales Had to switch it out for a montecarlo. Disappointingly wind tunnel. It was tunnelling like crazy. No flavor. First dud out of this box though. bcj 2017 #4
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    Royal Coronas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Cherries are great these days with a mojito. Mr Beaver is a rockin’ bartender. And this Cohiba IV was terrific. We keep a dry box humi with all kinds of cigars out here so I do not have the codes unless I run back in. We work on our computers all day and Blue chases rabbits and birds. Cheers y’all. CB
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    Yesterday’s finish to a job hard earned H upman RR 2014 I believe
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    SigVI.LTB MAY13 Not including the Majestuosos, this is a contender for fav stick.I think one left from this batch. Stuck on a desert island-SigVI $1,000 budget-SigVI Celebration cigar-SigVI Birthday cigar-SigVI I think you get the jist of it. I know one BOTL may agree, [email protected] ? [emoji16] Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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  34. 34 points
    BBF. Quickly becoming my favorite cigar. It’s the one I grab when I don’t have anything else in mind as it always satisfies.
  35. 34 points
    TPO DIC 18 Rio Seco. Just starting to come around. I dried this out on the counter for a few days and it seemed to help. I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about these fresh. My first 2 were harsh. This one is much better and medium full. Much different than an epi2. Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Montecristo No.4 UEB Ago 2018 I smoked this Montecristo No.4 on a delightful winter's afternoon where the sun shone after some morning fog and drizzle. I felt like smoking a classic format cigar such as the 42 ring gauge petit corona and I'm really glad I did. This was a welcome return to form due to the last one been so average, to put it mildly. The flavours were well-balanced and the citrus 'twang', which I absolutely adore in these lately, really stood out. In-between I got a some nice cocoa, milk coffee and nut to complement that 'twang'. There are now five cigars left from this box. I hope to make that four soon! Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas LGR Oct 2019 It's been awhile since I've had a Por Larranaga Petit Coronas. My Cuban Cigar Website Smoking Diary suggests that this is just the second instance in the last two years. My how time flies! It's true, I have been distracted by the Por Larranaga Montecarlos in recent times due to its quality-to-cost appeal. Furthermore, it takes more time for Petit Coronas to develop the caramel profile I prefer in that cigar. Whereas a Por Larranaga Montecarlos may typically take 1 to 3 years to develop a dominant caramel characteristic, the Por Larranaga Petit Coronas may take 5 to 8 years to do so. Despite the fact that I have a EML May 2014 cab still resting away unopened, I had always been meaning to pick up a quarter cab of PLPCs from a 24:24 listing to appreciate some of these younger, perhaps to appreciate them with more 'punch' and 'bite'. I was pleasantly surprised to find out today that this cigar did not smoke as youthfully as its box code suggested. In other words, it didn't have as much 'bite' and didn't have as much notes of toasted tobacco as what might expect from a PLPC this young. Instead I got subtle notes of caramel, some instances of baking spice, distinct honey and in-between some sweet molasses all wrapped around a quality tobacco core spine. This was a fine cigar. It was mild, smoked well and made me lament that I haven't smoked more PLPCs recently. After today, I believe I should rectify that!
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    HDM Du Prince TOR NOV 15. I am about 48 minutes in and it’s delightful and about 1/2 way through it. Started creamy cedar. Then became smooooth floral grass. If I smoke even 2 draws per minute gets a little acidic but if I wait a full minute in between it stays this beautiful floral relaxing smoke. Smoke em slow
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    For Father’s Day, I decided to smoke something a little out of the ordinary. A Hoyo de Monterrey Maravillas (Colección Habanos 2015). At 9 1/4 inches and 55 ring gauge, it is the length of a Diadema, and the same diameter as the diadema at it’s widest point, only this cigar is that width for its entire length. For a size comparison, it makes this Esplendido look scrawny by comparison. Happy Father’s Day to all the other dads out there!
  39. 34 points
    Gorgeous outside today. Storms came through last night and really cooled things off. Iced coffee and Esplendido time.
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    Bolivar PC. MUR JUL 12.
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    ULE JUL 14 Picadores = frosted cornflakes
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    Yesterday - 2019 Connie 1 from 24:24 with my usual ashtray beneath... Couldn't wait and wanted to smoke one ROTT. Very pleasant. Today's - MSU JUL-17 MdO4 & OPS JUL-16 JL1 (Both excellent)
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    These RYJ Churchills 2019 have been excellent.
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    Another day on Zoom...🥵 One of my favorites, BPC that I picked up in a box pass from @inter4alia ULA AGO 14
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    Always sad when you take the last of a 50 Cab. SOM SEP 15 Punch Punch. Followed by joy opening up a new 50 cab. RAE MAR 15 Punch Punch. Since I’m having a Punch Punch a-thon time to try a EML FEB 14 from a tube. It was the ugliest of the three but the best with a great sweetness, depth of flavor and velvety smoke. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 34 points
    Mojito and a Monte Edmundo from the jar. These from 2010
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    Did an epic trade/buy from a great BOTL today.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Montecristo Gran Piramides, Habanos Coleccion Book 2017 Think of the best Monte 2 you have ever had, and that is what every one of these have tasted like. Very creamy, with rich chocolate all the way through.
  49. 34 points
    It was time.. ULA JUN14.La Gloria Cubana Immensos. A very light smoke not even breaking medium, one dimensional but not in a bad way.I can see how some folk would feel underwhelmed but I liked it.Big, smooth cigar. I'd probably smoke it during the daytime next time. Had some burn issues towards the final third and was wondering why-it had rained earlier this evening so I checked the weather and it showed 91RH!That'd be why I guess.. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
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    ULA JUN14 RASS 50 cab, incredible smoke!

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