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  1. I don’t normally post my purchases but, aside from the Nudies bundles I ordered, the Lanceros will probably be the last cigars I receive for a while. The other two are highlights from my last few orders. I’ve checked every box on my “to-buy” list at this point. Time to drop out of the rare box race and give others an opportunity to score. NB: My new iPhone camera makes cigars look a bit lumpier and bumpier than they actually appear. Sir Winston AMP FEB 21 - some nice light brindle on these, unfortunately it doesn’t show up that well. Montecristo Especial SOR SEP 20. Looks even better than the 2019 box I’m currently smoking out of …and today’s arrival, CoLa MAR SEP 21 - checked a few and felt no obvious plugs, hopefully that bears out! Cheers and a happy, healthy 2022 to you all.
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  2. On behalf on Di and myself, a Happy New Year to you and your families! We wish you a year of health, prosperity, joy and laughter. Thank you for your endless friendship
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  3. A very DC bday 🎂 (HDM - GOB JUL 21; Punch - OER FEB 20)
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  4. A good friend of mine just posted these pictures of wrapper harvest at Hector Luis farm yesterday. Looking good.
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  5. First cigar of the year.
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  6. Not a recent purchase - got the H&F 225-th Anniv Humidor at release - but did the annual check today. Happy all is well with the babies, sleeping nicely.. :-)
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  7. Artie came in at 2:00 PM bearing gifts for the staff. Greek Santa Stan did it yesterday with trays of cherries. . Sam brought in Christmas hams. We are blessed to be surrounded by great cigar loving friends. To my team, I am in awe of what you do. You know that. Love you dearly. To my logistics team working until midnight this week, I salute you. It won't be forgotten. Lise, you are a legend. To Angelo/Brett and the PCC team.....what a fricken ride 2021 has been. We are a quantum/high volume client and you kept us in the game when so many other retailers went by the wayside. It won't be forgotten. To my mods, you are outstanding friends who are highly respected. Thank you for all you do. To Ken, I am still rolling in laughter that you have been kicked off the Washington Redskins Forum Hard to believe!!!! To Fuzz. Members don't realize what you have done for us this year but you are hardwired to our heart. Thank you mate. To Steve (MoeFOH), you are a bloody legend mate. I miss you now that you have moved interstate. My Colombian staff miss you as well. Thank you for all that you do. To my sons Ben and Tom, I am so damn proud. Thank you for what you have done for BR and FOH. To Foxy, Ravi, Andy, Stu..thank you for your immense friendship and input regardless of what we do. Always glass half full and balls deep. To all members, you are family. I will screw up from time to time but you have my back as I will always have yours. To Di. You are a rock honey. Love you. See you on FOH Zoom Christmas edition tomorrow! Nudies released tomorrow. I am so proud of the 2021 edition. I smoke them. Hamlet smokes them. You are going to love them and they don't break the bank. Spread the word. Di and I will be on the forum over the break. Next 2424 5th Jan. Have a fantastic Christmas and may 2022 be an absolute pearler for all of you.
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  8. So after 26 years in our Georgia home we picked up and moved to Florida. I've moved more than a few times in my life. Growing up an Army brat it was every 1-3 years from birth through high school. Following that, 6 years in Colorado and then 14 years in Virginia. The 26 in Georgia and now on to our new and hopefully final move. Packed up 7 tons of crap and left a couple behind back in August. Five months in and we are finally getting settled. Just had the last of the tradesmen complete the painting, landscaping, rearranging and all that so Kelly feels she can relax, brutal.... Anyway, felt it was time to kick back and relax a little myself. Pulled out the David Tang Upmann Monarch from 2002 graciously gifted by Wilkey @Ginseng many years back. Perfectly paired with a quaff of Abandonado Extra Anejo Tequila. Truly one of the best expressions I've experienced. The biscuit, woody and earthy notes from the cigar paired quite well with the smoky, sweet and piquant notes of the tequila. As I sit here enjoying the time to finally chill, I can't think of a better combination of smoke, drink, home and atmosphere at the beach. It has been a rough road the past 5 months but now it's behind us and looking ahead. Never moving again!!!
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  9. I want to brag and share my experience of creating a stylized cigar stand for the Korolev's Cigar Club, of which I am also a member. The design of the stand is quite common and well-known for FOH: two plates connected through a slot. The design is defined by the club's logo, which is a R-2 rocket mounted on the pedestal of the main entrance to the city of Korolev. The city of Korolev is named after Sergei Korolev, one of the main creators of Soviet rocket and space technology, a key figure in space exploration. I suggested stylizing a cigar stand for rocket stabilizers and the teammates agreed. Then we decided to add the possibility of vertical installation of a cigar, which symbolizes the comic motto of the club "Smoke a cigar with ashes up!". I made drawings in AutoCAD. There were several material options: plywood, carbon fiber, stainless steel. Two processing options: waterjet and laser CNC cutting. We settled on stainless satin finished steel with a thickness of 2 mm and laser cutting. The parts were made without additional processing, it turned out to be quite budget-friendly and neat. Good technology, I advise to pay attention for such projects.
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  10. I got a large number of boxes all at the same time. I've tucked away the Monte A's for some serious occasion and the Especiales No. 2 are my go-to smokes.... Both Esplendidos and Lanceros have MAR SEP 21 box codes and are stunning.
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  11. Celebrating a New Year and the end of trying one the right way!
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  12. It’s been a challenging 2 years for sure. I want to thank the entire FOH team for keeping this forum engaging and for supplying our voracious cigar appetite as well as you all did. Amidst all the frustration that must exist in keeping us satisfied, we customers get treated like great friends. Thank you to Di, Lisa, Alex, Ben, Steve, John, Fuzz, Ken, Rob, and the rest of the team that keeps the whole train rolling. You all are aces!
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  13. Wrapping up the holiday vacation with a banging cigar and sunset, back to the grind tomorrow. Aloha Gang!
    40 points
  14. Breckinridge Colorado at Christmas time. Esmeralda Vigia
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  15. Getting on with turning 60 in excess here. Tomahawk rib eyes on the grill. The Behike is rising nicely to the occasion. Cheers Gang!
    39 points
  16. UAO SEP 17 Talisman, in the humidor of my local cigar store.
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  17. Boli Tubos no.1 (OGA MAR 12). Just shy of 10 years old and still banging out that Boli goodness.
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  18. 17 HU #2 - wrapping up the last morning of my holiday vacation with one of my absolute favorite cigars!
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  19. What a day...these beauties arrived from a 24:24 order, and the nudies were released for sale! Best part of the day for me was the intercept at my local post-office pre-delivery, avoiding the wife radar detection, and then sneaking them in the house under my jacket under the guise of "Christmas gifts". Shamless I know...but all in good fun to avoid the dreaded eyebrow raise!
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  20. Enjoyed a Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 paired with some Canadian Club 44 YO.
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  21. First cigar of 2022 today. An E2 from 2015
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  22. Bad day at the races but a great cigar to make up for it.
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  23. First cigar for 2022! Partagas Serie D Especial EL 2010 from our gracious host. Medio Siglo (2017) from our gracious host.
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  24. Last Day Of The Year... Bye bye 2021..Sig VI (2018) from our gracious host. Smoking beautifully.. 😊 HAPPY NEW YEAR! EVERYONE!
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  25. 2006 siglo 6 I’ve been waiting for a special occasion to smoke. Turned 31 today so why not? First third in right now and this might just end up being my cigar of 2021
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  26. PUR AGO 16 Lusi, just getting into this 50 cab. Looking forward to the rest!
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  27. All ratings are based upon 20/21 stock. In order to make the list I needed to have inspected a minimum of three mastercases throughout the year. Rankings are subjective and based upon quality (construction/wrapper/aroma) and flavour (smoking experience). 26 H. Upmann Magnum 54 When people talk about cigars that "fly under the radar", this one is it. It has plenty of fans and they don't mind one bit. The quality this year has been exceptional and the smoking experience all toast, almonds, coffee shortbread. 25 Trinidad Media Luna In a year where there has been a drought of premium cigars the Media Luna has been somewhat readily available. It has performed flawlessly for most of the year and i haven't seen a bad batch. It has been one of the workhorses of the Trini line in 2021. 24 San Cristobal La Fuerza Fuerza has been a standout performer over the last few years and it hasn't come off the boil in 2021. A 23 ranking is a superb effort but it has been the fall guy for an exceptional year where the quality and smoking experience of most cigars has improved dramatically. 23 Romeo y Julieta Ehibicion Number 4 Those rosado wrappers were largely back throughout 20/21 stock and it made a huge difference. Still one of my favourite cigars but it is one cigar that demands the correct elements to be in play for it to perform as it should. 22 Partagas Lusitania Supplies really dried up in the last quarter but the quality has been excellent throughout the year. We saw a smattering of Ramon Allones Gigantes and HDM DC in 2021 but Lusi carried the DC flag and did it well. 21 Montecristo Number 4 For the numbers they pump out they did a brilliant job these past 12 months. People pass them up, but they shouldn't. A great box of Monte 4 in the humidor is a must for me at all times. Great value, great flavour, consistent. 20 Punch Short De Punch. Full flavoured, good value and the quality improved the more we saw of 21 stock. If it were a touch more wrapper consistent it would be further up the list. 19 Juan Lopez Seleccion Number 2 Quality was high in 21 but it faced much sterner competition from the other robusto's that it normally leaves in it's trail. still my go to Robusto .....but in 21 i have been sleeping around more and more with Regio/BRC/RASS/D4 18 Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure Number 2 Huge improvement this year after a number of mediocre years. hard to find a bad box in 21 and the flavour complexity is back to the great Epi 2 of old. Fantastic to have it back to where it should be. 17 H. Upmann Magnum 46 21 magnum 46 are some of the best quality magnum 46 that I have ever seen. The 46 is one cigar that i live at the 5-8 years normally but I suspect 3-5 will see these at or near their peak. 16 Trinidad Coloniales I have a whole new respect for the Coloniales in 2021. The Cohiba siglo II had a remarkable year but not far behind was the Coloniales. Class, flavour, finesse personified. 15 El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme Welcome back fine lady. There were never huge quantities but it met our list minimum requirements and what was seen was generally superb. They are smoking citrus honey sweet with only upside to come. 14 H. Upmann Number 2 We saw some stunning Upmann 2 mastercases in 2021 and most of them with just an exquisite Rosado wrapper. there was a lot of competition in the Piramide ranks in 2021 but the Upmann 2 more than held its own. 13 Montecristo Number 1 The flavour, construction and general consistency of this Lonsdale in 2021 has by far been the best that I have seen since 1996. It has been an absolute star. 12 Montecristo Number 2 They pumped out a truckload in 2021 and that is what makes its performance so special. For all the other piramide's combined they would pump our 20 Monte 2. It is a workhorse and this year they got that workhorse to perform like a Thoroughbred. 11 Bolivar Belicoso Finos One of my go-to cigars continued to get better in 2021. I made it a point of smoking fresh BBF from box to box in our store walk in and I couldn't remember anything less than a very good cigar. Firm favourite done exceptionally well in 21. 10 Punch 898 PCC Regional They were still pumping them out in 2021 and they deserve to be on this list. What I love about the Punch 898 is that it delivers such a unique peanut/coffee profile. It has found a legion of fans on the forum. 9 Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Rio Seco This cigar flies a little under the radar but there are plenty of you who have cottoned onto how good it is. The sweet /savoury spice interplay is damn moreish! Actually, it has been way better than good in 2021. It probably deserves to be higher up the list but it faces some tough competition in an super competitive year. 8 Cohiba Siglo II The best year for Siglo II ever. ....ever. If only they weren't so damn expensive! 7 Ramon Allones Specially Select RASS has had a benchmark year. The stewed fruits are back and they are a far better cigar as a result. 20/21 has been magnificent and I haven't seen any drop off in quality or blend. Dress box or cab...it hasn't really mattered. 6 Bolivar Royal corona What a year for the BRC! i haven't smoked better BRC in 20+ years. Far richer on the palate with the cocoa spice on full display. Special in 21. 5 Partagas Serie D Number 4 In 2021 the D4 ( of all cigars inspected) averaged the highest % of PSP per mastercase. That is testament to the quality seen. You only have to read the forum feedback and you know that 20/21 D4 have been smoking incredibly well. You don't have to ....but lay down as many as you can afford for a 5 year nap. Thank me later. 4 Punch Punch I think it was around May 21 when the emails , PM's, WhatsApp messages started coming in about the 20/21 Punch Punch. I had been spruiking them for a while but they have gone from good cigar in 19 to GREAT cigars in 21. Seriously special right now. 3 Saint Luis Rey Regio What a year for Reggie! Brilliant. take some almonds/nuts, a few pieces of dried fruit and pop them in your mouth. that is the Regio profile in 20/21. Just exceptional execution. 2 Cohiba Robusto Even Cohiba sceptics acknowledge that Cohiba Robusto was on fire in 2021. The three Cohiba's in constant production throughout 2021 were the Siglo I / II and Cohiba Robusto. All three in terms of consistency/quality were light years ahead over previous years. What impressed me most however was that the 21 Cohiba Robusto hit the ball out of the park in terms of flavour. The perfect interplay of citrus, honey, cream, lemongrass and milk coffee. 1 Partagas Serie P Number 2 There were a couple of cigars this year that I have received constant text/PM/WhatsApp messages on. None more than the 21 Partagas Serie P number 2. This is another example of a cigar that in 21 has gone from good/very good to "out of this planet" great Medium bodied, full flavoured with sourdough, espresso, raisins, touch of sweet paprika spice. Cigar after cigar, box after box, they have been flavour bombs. I don't want the music to stop.
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  28. From FoH right before Xmas break
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  29. A lovely Trinidad surprise at work today. Happy for the 2019 dates on the Reyes and Coloniales and the MAR Media Lunas.
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  30. Sig VI Esmeralda Rio Seco
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  32. Didn’t have a chance to smoke on NYE so decided to try a cigar I have been resting for the first 2022 cigar. Snow just came in today. Yesterday I was playing basketball with my son in a sweater at 9C. MGL AGO 20 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  33. Last delivery of the year here as well with a couple of elusive heavy hitters. Had a bit of damage on one of feet of the lanceros (which kinda looks a bit funky so the box is under quarantine for a while) so will smoke that tomorrow evening as won't have time tonight. Thanks to FOH for the great packaging on the JL No.1s and looking forward to trying one out after a bit of rest as well. Happy New Year to everyone on the forum and our gracious hosts! 🥂🎉 Cohiba Genios - TUA ABR '21 Cohiba Lanceros - AMP AGO '21 JL Selección No. 1 - MGL SEP '21
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  34. Happy New Year to all! Farm rolled Lancero. Very nice flavor. Thanks @ElJavi76 Can't end the year without a Siglo VI, cut with the new toy I just bought for myself.
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  35. Down to the bottom row. Happy 2022 FOH!!!
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  36. Oh, why not? 2020 Espy smooth as silk. This one is twangy, floral, and sweet. Yummy
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  37. BRE Sep 2017 Selección Pirámides , a multi-brand combination release containing one each of a 52 ring gauge x 156 mm (or 6⅛ inches) in length Pirámides across six marcas (Cohiba, H.Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, Montecristo, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta). I've bought the Selección Petit Robustos multi-brand release recently and was greatly impressed with the cigars from that box so I decided to give this multi-brand release a try.
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  39. Boli 108, super tight draw that smokes perfect, for me ideal. Should have bought more!
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  40. If every picture tells a story as Rod Stewart famously sang, I see myself in that iconic picture of the “Behike” Room at El Laguito that @Ryan posted. Not just because I have almost identical pictures of that room but because we spent that day together as a group of good friends and we must have used the same split second to take the same picture. So here are my pictures and videos of that day in February 2012 with Andy and the others. After we met Jose Antonio S. who was doing QC on the BHK’s, Andy's good friend Bertha gave us a tour of the factory. We then went to Club Habana and had lunch & cigars there. From there we went to my Casa in Miramar, corner of Parque Montebarreto & 84th, where we had more cigars and rum while J.A. Solana cut up a cigar to explain the various leaves inside. Here the pictures of the group meeting at the QC Dept. and of that Behike Room in the first floor. At Club Habana and at my Casa.
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  42. BBF and Sig III awaiting my father and I.
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  44. Siglo V (my first). Happy new year everyone!
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  45. Had the pleasure to smoke this Siglo II from 1997 on Christmas Day! Happy holidays FOH!
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