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  1. 46 points
    I’m engaged!!! Proof that a blind squirrel can find a nut!!! I did celebrate with a young CCE that was fantastic
  2. 40 points
    Hadn't purchased any cigars in over a year, but starting 2021 with a bang!
  3. 39 points
    PLP UBM ABR 18, beautiful wrappers in one of the boxes I have, smoking great too. Reyes RAG MAY 19 BCJ MSU JUL 2018, from a FoH HQ box... These three along with Partagas Shorts are most of my regular winter rotation these days. Hard to choose among them sometimes, but have to give the nod to these BCJs. They've been fantastic.
  4. 39 points
    I am getting over a sinus infection. I tried a cigar about a week ago, and it tasted so bad, I didn't even make it half way through. Today, this Esmeralda tasted great, so I guess I'm back in business.
  5. 38 points
    Just checked in to my room with a view. Smoking a Media Luna, looking down at Gondola One, Vail Village. Woke up early this morning. I'm still on east coast time. Watched the sun come up with a Monte Gran Piramide, Coleccion 17.
  6. 37 points
    2010 SW. Tastes like perfect cigar.
  7. 36 points
    2017 RASCC yesterday. 2009 Punch Royal Selection no 12 today. Cedar, leather, spice and baking spice.
  8. 36 points
    From my locker, ARG Jun 15 Cohiba Siglo VI courtesy of our host...
  9. 36 points
    Montecristo No.5 AUM Jul 2014 The Montecristo No.5 is a 40 ring gauge x 102 mm (or 4 inches in length) perla and was amongst the foundation Montecristo numbered vitolas introduced when the brand debuted in 1935. It stands a little on its own in relation to the Montecristo No.1, 3 and 4 because it is indeed more intense in strength and body in comparison and the flavours may appear 'sharper' to the palate. Despite the deep brown colorado wrapper on this Montecristo No.5, time has indeed rounded out the sharper flavours inherent in a Monte 5 when young. This was like drinking a mocha coffee/chocolate milkshake from 'go-to-whoa'. It goes without saying that I greatly enjoyed it, if only I could smoke it a little longer! This was my second Monte 5 from this box. I still envisage that I'll smoke through this box over the next 12 to 24 months. H. Upmann Half Corona OPG Feb 2015 The H.Upmann Half Corona was released in 2011, has a 44 ring gauge and is 90 mm or 3½ inches in length. It typically smokes around 25 to 35 minutes. It comes packaged in a 5-pack metal tin or 25-count dress box. This OPG Feb 2015 H.Upmann Half Corona I smoked today came from a dress box. When young the H.Upmann Half Corona is noted for its espresso coffee, toasted tobacco and white pepper/spice flavours. This is the second cigar I've had from this box and as it approaches its sixth year I've again found that the flavours have melded a little and this HU Half Corona had diminished to around the medium mark in strength. The flavours this time were mainly coffee, a little shortbread and leather. There was more notes of sweet licorice at its core and the toasted tobacco was more diminished in comparison to my first HU Half Corona from the box. I also got some hints of white pepper coming through at times through the smoke. Again, I wouldn't say that this cigar has become 'softer' over time. Rather, I would state that it's certainly nowhere near as intense as a HU Half Corona typically smoked within 12 to 24 months of its box date and the toasted tobacco and white pepper/spice you might find in youth has given way to other interesting flavours. I aim to age this box past the next 12 to 18 months because I'm curious as to how this cigar will develop further, but I was so enamored with how this HU Half Corona smoked today that I'm tempted to smoke another one or two in the next week. As John Steinbeck said, "the best laid plans of mice and men!" Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 UTL Jul 2019 It's always exciting to open a new box of cigars to replace a 'staple' in one's humidor and this UTL Jul 2019 Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 was the first one from a recently arrived box. Like my last Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 (a BUP Mar 2018 example), this Epi 2 had some cedar, powdered soft cocoa, vanilla malt and a cream texture which appealed, held my attention and satisfied over 70 to 75 minutes of smoking time. It smoked a little better than my last Epi 2 because it had a touch of cinnamon spice interspersed throughout, and more so in the back half, which I very much appreciated as it added a little complexity to the cigar. Overall I'd give this cigar a solid 92 points. I envisage that I'll have a second stick from this new box within the week, based on how well this smoked. Partagás Selección Privada 2014 - Edición Limitada OPG Dic 2014 The Partagas Seleccion Privada Limited Edition was released in 2014, along with the Bolivar Super Corona and Cohiba Robustos Supremos. Initial reviews suggested that it was like a Partagas Serie D No.4, only richer. The consensus, at the time, was that this cigar was ripe for aging, with a 3 to 5 year window. A double robusto with a 50 ring gauge by 160 mm (or 6¼ inches) length, my last Partagas Seleccion Privada Limited Edition, smoked three-and-a-half weeks ago, took a little over 2 hours to enjoy. It was medium-strengthed and the flavours were not as indicative of the Partagas marca as previous examples I've smoked between the two-year and four-year mark. I still got that core coffee, leather, toasted tobacco and wood but there was no Partagas spice at all and the cocoa has receded. That being said, it was still a very good cigar. This second cigar from the box had a core coffee, wood, leather and toasted tobacco blend. It was more creamy and it had some Partagas spice to it which kept it interesting. It was a little over medium strength. The back half suggested that the rest of the box had 'peak' flavours for some time yet. It was a touch better than my first one. I will probably re-visit this box in another month and then let it rest for a time to see how the cigars are towards the end of 2021. This will be my final review in the Daily Smoking thread, for a time, as I will be taking a break during January 2021. I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a much, much better 2021 than 2020. In the meantime, happy smoking!
  10. 35 points
    Time to see what these are all about. Was the 90’s last time i smoked a RASS.
  11. 35 points
    Paired w a work call on mindfulness. Delightful cigar.
  12. 35 points
    Siglo III tonight as last cigar of the year. Was afraid it was too cold... But no wind and I feel like I could have gone with an even longer smoke. PLPC last night on zoom. RyJ Petit Royales this afternoon.
  13. 35 points
    Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas LGR Oct 2019 Rudyard Kipling, in his 1890 poem 'The Betrothed' wrote "There’s peace in a Larranaga, there’s calm in a Henry Clay; But the best cigar in an hour is finished and thrown away—" I think if Kipling were to write this poem for his fiancé today to explain his passion for cigars he might write, "There's caramel in a Larranaga, don't worry too much about Henry Clay, nor throwing them away in an hour. After all, they smoke so fine and so well!" Caramel is the one characteristic that defines Por Larranaga and this attribute has been noted in cigar literature for a good twenty to thirty years in my research. The Por Larranaga Petit Coronas is noted amongst enthusiasts for needing five to eight years of aging before it starts to peak in its quintessential soft, caramel flavours. What I like about this late 2019 box is that they've had wonderful lashings of caramel at such a young age; yes, just 12 months! This cigar had caramel, baking spice and herbal flavours throughout. I'd describe those herbal flavours as not been quite 'woody', nor was this PLPC 'toasty'. To me, it smoked like a PLPC may smoke at the three or four-year mark and the lack of 'bite' or 'mongrel' only makes this box currently appeal even more for my liking! At one time Por Larranaga was the sixth highest-selling brand in the Habanos catalog (around the period when the Cuban government nationalised Habanos cigar production in 1960) and it certainly has fallen from its peak days due to machine-made cigars and cellophane packaging been phased out 20 to 30 years ago, along with trademark disputes; but I'm glad we have cigars like this around today! Punch Short de Punch TPO Sep 2019 The Punch Short de Punch has only been around since 2019 but it's made quite a mark since been released. I think the reason is because of how true its been to the Punch marca and how well its smoked thus far. Punch as a marca is noted as a brand that's certainly not for everyone. Polls on FoH consistently mark it as a cigar that enthusiasts either love and adore or don't connect with at all. Punch also takes time for its signature flavours to come to fore. For example, I have a cab of Punch Punch still resting in its fourth year; the Punch Short de Punch has demonstrated these indicative flavours from the 'get-go' seemingly. The flavours I got from this cigar, and the greater majority of this 10-count box, were leather, sour cream, a clove spice which picked up in the last third as well as some cedar, which also picked up in the last third. Of course there's also the Cuban twang which Punch is known for, which can be best described a sour citrus tart unique to Habanos cigars. Punch is a brand that was founded in 1840 and was named after the Punch puppet character from 'Punch and Judy'. At the time of the Cuban revolution it was the fifth largest Cuban brand behind Montecristo, Partagas, Romeo y Julieta and H.Upmann. Due to the blue mold crisis of 1980 and the rationalisation of sizes when Habanos S.A went into partnership with Altidis in the early 2000s, forty-four vitolas have been discontinued in the meantime. However, it still holds brand value as Habanos S.A has designated it as a Value marca alongside Bolivar, Ramon Allones and Trinidad when they re-classified Habanos brands in 2019. If they continue to release vitolas such as the Punch Short de Punch I can only see the brand continue to grow in profile in the near future. Quai d'Orsay No. 54 MSU Jul 2018 The resurgence of Quai d'Orsay as a marca in worldwide Habanos markets since its re-branding in 2017 is something quite remarkable to reflect on. In my mind, it's akin to the Filet-O-Fish usurping the Cheeseburger as the second most popular hamburger for McDonald's behind the Big Mac worldwide. I mean, it's just not possible, is it? So what has caused Quai d'Orsay to become so popular in the last few years? I would advocate that the reasons why have to do with excellent marketing emphasing new releases that are a class above standard regular production Habanos cigars, new bands and excellent leaf going into those new releases; namely, the Quai d'Orsay No.50 and No.54. Despite recent larger price rises for Quai d'Orsay of 8% they are still very much in-demand. In fact, they've been colloquially termed the 'poor man's Cohiba' by enthusiasts and judging by how well the QdO No.50 and No.54 have smoked of late I can understand why. The Quai d'Orsay No.54 has been the more popular of the two new releases than the No.50, both on our forum and worldwide. Personally, I've connected more with the QdO No.50 than the No.54 in the last two years, but my last few QdO No.54s in 2020 have shown a large improvement for me in quality. Quai d'Orsay is the only marca founded outside of Cuba and by request. The story goes that French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing wanted a uniquely French luxury cigar product to compliment other synonymous French luxury items such as French champagne, perfume and foie gras so he asked the French tobacco monopoly, SEITA to come up with the product. Tobacco Executive Gilbert Belaubre, rarely credited in these Quai d'Orsay origin anecdotes, was really the man responsible for the brand being light and Habanos as he was adamant that a French luxury cigar could not be machine-made and utilise Sumatra and Cameroon leaves (as one of the other project teams planned to do). Belaubre worked with Cubatabaco to come up with the brand in 1974. At first the brand consisted of light-wrappered cigars; in fact the Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro had two versions as the lightest-wrappered product was called 'Claro Claro' and was marked 'Clarismo' on its box. This lightest-wrappered product was discontinued in the early 1980s as the extra expense didn't translate into an extraordinary cigar-smoking experience in comparison to the other cigars in the marca such as the Coronas Claro, Gran Corona, Imperiales and Panatelas. For many years the marca utilised light wrappers in keeping with its light and mild strength and herbal, shortbread and citrus flavour profile. Quai d'Orsay became the second largest Habanos marca behind Montecristo in France but it didn't really dominate other non-French speaking markets. Fast forward a number of years, and with the brand down to one cigar in regular production; the QdO Coronas Claro, a change in using light wrappers and an upgrading of blend has meant that the Quai d'Orsay would have to be the hottest marca outside the current Global (Cohiba, H.Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta) and Value brands (Bolivar, Punch, Ramon Allones and Trinidad) in the world today. This Quai d'Orsay No.54 had quality hay, light cedar, cream and spice together with a brioche texture which made it smoke superbly. As I progressed through the thirds I got more cedar/woodiness and spice but the brioche egg-and-butter texture to the cigar remained and solidified for me why this cigar is currently so popular amongst enthusiasts and is selling so well. I have no doubt that the Quai d'Orsay No.50 and No.54 will continue to sell well in the near future. The re-branding has been so successful that Habanos S.A released a Hermosos No.2-sized Limited Edition Senadores in 2019 and Intertabak AG, the Swiss distributor of Habanos, is planning to release a Regional Edition Nro. 109 cigar to commemorate its 25th anniversary soon. Could it be possible that a similar resurgence could happen to Fonseca? It's not likely but with Habanos S.A I would reckon anything is possible! Bolívar Petit Coronas ETP Mar 2017 This is my fourth Bolivar Petit Coronas from this box and it smoked similarly to my second one. This BPC was similar to recent BBF in its profile, especially in its maltiness and stout flavours. Along the way it had that cocoa, wood and leather alongside a touch of earthiness (something like gravel, although this wasn't unappealing) and a little creamy texture to it. This Bolivar Petit Coronas was so good that I again I became pre-occupied with researching the internet this afternoon and didn't notice the end of the cigar coming up well into the final third! I smoked it down nonetheless and reconciled myself to pay more attention to the next Bolivar Petit Coronas I smoke, which no doubt will be sooner rather than later!
  14. 34 points
    Second RASS from my MSU ABR 19 50 cab. Brilliant!
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  17. 34 points
    First outdoor session in 2021! Honey, roasted beans flavors
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  19. 34 points
    Monte 2 last night and HU2 today.
  20. 34 points
    VR Unicos, LUB MAR 15. Sadly this is the last one. They have been delicious! Got the java, the MF DOOM Madvillainy album going and the TOR NOV 15 898. Gonna miss these delicious sticks when theyre gone. ❤RIP MF DOOM ❤
  21. 34 points
    Couple of boxes from our host
  22. 34 points
    A super fresh yet sensational CCE to celebrate while watching the storm roll through Northern California in my garage. After smoking some larger RG smokes, this reaffirms my affinity for the skinnies. What a cigar! Only 6 months old and already a 93-95 point cigar. Full of the perfect, bright and rich cohiba flavors. Worth every penny.
  23. 33 points
    Hi friends...I’m back for another humidor build, this time for a friend and fellow FOH’er @NicPac. Nick and I have been talking about this for some time now, and with the holidays behind us, I’m ready to get started. When I talked with Nick a few days ago and told him that the timing was good to get started, his reply was “Well, get to cuttin’ b*tch!” This build will be interesting for me because we are trying to incorporate a rustic look, while at the same time keeping true to its primary function as humidor (consistent temp and humidity). Those two ideas don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand! I don’t know how it’s all going to turn out. It might be spectacular, or it might be a spectacular failure. Either way, you’ll have a front row seat! Today was shop clean-up and a first-pass at a prototype. The design lines are starting to shape up in my mind, but the prototype is far from finalized, and not to scale. For those who enjoy this kind of stuff, thanks for following along. Questions and comments are always welcome. - Wheezy
  24. 33 points
    JL2 TPO, Sep 19 These arrived just last week. So picked cigar with the wrapper that looked like Orphan Annie to try...and it smoked like Annie Warbucks! Very excited about rest of box.
  25. 33 points
    Monte 4 on a balmy 40* (F) day in Minnesota.
  26. 33 points
    C&C time. RA Superiores from our gracious host. Sent from my SM-G986B using Tapatalk
  27. 33 points
    AMO Abr 16 espy. Patience has paid off, these are amazing. Glad I decided to fire one up tonight.
  28. 33 points
    Perlas yesterday. Coronas junior today.
  29. 33 points
    2007 Cohiba CE to break in my new cigar room/office. My wife and I closed on our dream home on the 15th. It’s going to be a great home to raise our boys and make memories in. Lots of work to do to get the room how I want it but it’s exciting to think of what I want to do.
  30. 33 points
    I love an Old Fashioned, maybe as much as I love the fact that it was invented in the 1880s as a throwback to drinks 70 years earlier. I mean, it doesn’t get older than that! 🥃
  31. 33 points
    Enjoying this PERFECT warm January day with a RAT 20 Monte 2. My palette isn’t 100% but this smoke is lovely! Started off with cedar and dark chocolate, now it’s chocolate milk. The smoke is silky through the retrohale, just a wonderful smoke all around! Round 2 for today continues my assault on pyramids/belicosos. This BBF is hitting on ballpark roasted salty peanuts with chocolate notes and a little cream! Delicious!
  32. 33 points
    PLMC and party shorts for review. Partagás Serie du Connaisseur No.1 OSU EA00 (August 1999) for review. Tied for best cigar of last year and this year so far.
  33. 33 points
    2008 Quai D'Orsay Imperiales. Sad they are gone.
  34. 33 points
    RAT-FEB-20 Punch Punch Tubo
  35. 33 points
    Just finished this amazing CC courtesy of @Thirds. Happy New Year!
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  37. 33 points
    Connie A, EPM ABR 18 Merry Xmas FOH!
  38. 32 points
    Special day in the mountains. Decent cigar.
  39. 32 points
    BBF MGL/MAY/20 Bought a box blind before discovering you wonderful folks and got lucky. The last third was unbelievable. Just never stopped getting better.
  40. 32 points
    Haven’t posted here in a while. Here’s some standouts in the last couple weeks. SW TRU JUL19 PSP2 MSU SEP 19 Mag54 OER MAY 20 PSD4 EBM AGO 17 Tatuaje La Verite 2013 Lusi UEB JUN 17
  41. 32 points
    Excellent party short Actually got together enough to enjoy something with the 1st round of zoom conference and preliminary phone calls before the real phone calls start...
  42. 32 points
    A couple this morning
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    Happy Aloha Friday! Don’t know about you, but I’m ready to chill some time.
  44. 32 points
    My first Culebra. Pretty good so far. How do you review them without sounding like a Horse race commentator ? In the first turn it’s got slight pepper, catching up on the 2nd turn it’s sweet nut, heading into the last turn it’s bell pepper. Crazy shape for the win.
  45. 32 points
    C&C time. Cohiba Sig III (LAT JUL17) Sent from my SM-G986B using Tapatalk
  46. 32 points
    PLPC EMA NOV 08. This cigar gets better and better with age. Decades of life left... Happy New Year ladies and gents !! We surely need a new year... Lol
  47. 32 points
    Some from the Christmas vacation last week. The stand outs were the Punch 898 and the Dip 2. El Principes - AME SEP 13 Monte 4 - LEP OCT 16 Reynaldo Robusto Punch 898 - TUA DIC 19 Dip 2 Alex Puntilla QdO No 50 - MSU SEP 18
  48. 32 points
    Glorious afternoon and magical stick to boot Followed by an evening of quality literature whilst trying to stay classy 🤣
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