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  1. Ferrero

    Easter Review Competition

    Hope you all had a great Easter break! We had a massive number of entries into this one, thanks to all that participated. The most liked review was @Akela3rd for his chocolate cigar. Random Picker then pulled @MooseAMuffin and @FatherOfPugs from the hat. Congratulations to the winners! Send me a PM with your shipping information when you get the chance.
  2. No commission (@El Presidente, hook me up ) but the ROI is just far too great not to pick them up when you have the chance.
  3. Hoyo de Monterrey ‘Le Hoyo de San Juan’ | Blanton's Gold Edition Single Barrel Bourbon By KBG I suspect that Greg chose this pseudo-baseball bat deliberately to test me. The immediate impression anyone will have is of a monster ring gauge. For me, we are now in the realms of the absurd. 54. Seriously? But it looks well constructed. I have read of underfilled cigars in this line. No such issue here. To be honest, these had not registered with me prior to this one. They came in, in 2014, but to the best of my recollection, I have never smoked one before. This is, of course, the moment when someone will instantly link to a review Rob and I did of them at some stage and where I no doubt raved about them. Continue reading here:
  4. Monday Funny: Looking at the shopping cart to see how many people tried to use this coupon
  5. Cohiba Medio Siglo | Laphroaig “The 1815 Legacy Edition” By KBG Saturday evening, long week and a family birthday lunch – it felt like a cigar evening but, to be honest, normally I probably would have skipped it as all too much trouble. Then I thought, what about that stumpy thing? Perfect. So, I fired up the Cohiba Medio Siglo and, given the discussion on the forum, went for a really good Islay malt, the Laphroaig ‘1815 Legacy’. This was a one-off release from the current distiller to honour his predecessors, from “first-fill, over-charred ex-bourbon barrels, before further maturing in large, new European oak hogsheads”. It is a really good Islay. Continue reading here:
  6. Montecristo No 2 | Talisker Dark Storm | Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic By KBG So, I settled back and thought a night with the classics. ‘Macbeth’, a Montecristo No 2 (GSU OCT 06) and for reasons unknown, the Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic – a Belgian strawberry-infused Lambic beer. Quite why I thought that was a good idea for a classics evening beggar’s belief. The cigar was as good as one could expect. Very quickly settled into a rich, toasty style, with notes of chocolate. A little raw and rustic but complex and looking very much like it still has years ahead of it. Definitely a classic. 94, if anyone wants a score. And that was pretty much it. Downhill from there. Continue reading here:
  7. Thanks to all who jumped in on this one. I remember my first cigar, a JL Seleccion No.4 on the deck with Rob, Ben and Alastair. I don't recall much about the cigar but the the events that followed after were forever memories. Alastair was so light headed and woozy from the experience that he could barely walk down the stairs. He then proceeded to vomit out off Ben's passenger side window on the way home. Safe to say, Ben wasn't too impressed after just having his car detailed at Hoppy's (an expensive car detailer in OZ) and Alastair was cleaning his car at 9/10pm on a Friday night. Classic! Anyway, time for some winners! Most liked: @mkz Random 1: @99call Random 2: @Lant63 Congratulations! Send me a PM with your preferred shipping address and the crew will get a prize on the way to you.
  8. Hoyo de Monterrey ‘Le Hoyo du Roi’/Ardbeg Islay Ten-Year-Old Malt – Domaine de L’Arlot Vosne-Romanee ‘Les Suchots’ 1999 By KBG I went with the Hoyo de Monterrey ‘La Hoyo du Roi’ (GSN MAR 07). A thoroughly enjoyable smoke, it started with woody notes and the aroma of an old hay bale. Moved into toasty flavours. A lovely evening smoke and it soon settled into a really appealing creamy, velvety texture. Terrific stuff. I had the last third of a bottle of a fabulous Burgundy, the Domaine de L’Arlot Vosne-Romanee ‘Les Suchots’ 1999, on the kitchen bench, and so, despite my abhorrence (so often ignored) of reds and cigars, I gave it a go. The Burg was so silky on the finish that it did not have the same jarring tannic experience which so often mars the combo, but it was still all a bit blah. Matching them did little for either of our components. Continue reading here:
  9. Cohiba Piramide LE 2006 | Montecristo | 25-Year-Old Edmund Dantès Rum By KBG So I went with one from the Limited Edition range, the Cohiba Piramide LE 2006 (POS DIC 06). I have always found these very good and I think that they are getting better and better. 12 years of age and I really think they have not got near their peak. What a great cigar. This was rich, with some chocolate. Complex. Great length and balance. Some molten chocolate here. The power really kicked in towards the end. Smoking so well. I really do think that these still have a very good future. Be in no rush. I gave it 97. Other than near the end when the power kicked in, for most of it, this was a subtle and gentle smoke. Almost gossamer like. Continue reading here:
  10. Time to draw a winner! This weeks random winner is @IanMcLean68! Congratulations Send me a PM with your preferred shipping address and the crew will get a prize out to you.
  11. Congratulations @jay8354! Your post received the most likes Send me a PM with your shipping information and we will get a prize on the way to you.
  12. Ferrero

    Superbowl : Game Day Thread

    Although I don't have a great understanding of the game, it's always a fantastic spectacle. Everyone's comments and photos were much appreciated. Love seeing what you guys get up to for events like this. I threw all the names into a Random Picker draw and we have a winner! Congratulations to @Pharmacovigilant Flick me a PM with your shipping details.
  13. H. Upmann Magnum 50 | Flor de Cana 18-Year-Old By KBG I went with a regular in the rotation, the H. Upmann Magnum 50 EMA MAY 08. And with it, a stunning rum, the Flor de Cana 18-Year-Old. What a lovely cigar this is. Complex, with good richness and spicy notes. A really lovely caramel note came through and this was perfect for the rum. The 18-Year-Old is a glorious rum with great complexity and near perfect balance. It is dense but it dances. Molasses and honey notes (for some reason, the molasses from the sugarcane in the FdC fields gives a much higher level of sweetness in the molasses). But what really stands out is the wonderful caramel notes. It worked superbly here. A great combo. Read the full article here:
  14. Por Larranaga Petit Corona | Ron Caney ‘Anejo Centuria’ By KBG I had not had a cigar for a few weeks, three weeks to be precise – a lingering, irritating summer flu/cold or whatever. Coughing up great chunks of who knows what is not really conducive to a good cigar. Finally, felt well enough and went small. One of the very few small smokes I like. The Por Larranaga Petit Corona. EKA SEP 08. I have seen some discussion on these on the forum of late. My view is that if you smoke them under five years, it is a total waste. I never get anything worthwhile until they have at least five years on them and a decade is even better. This one still had a hint of that exciting russet in the wrapper. It was mature and supple, small but perfectly formed, and very quickly moved into that lovely trademark caramel note. Some earthy characters. Read the full article HERE.
  15. Keep us up to date with what you are smoking over the Christmas period by posting a review in 'The Waterhole'. Simply review the cigar you smoked, post some photos and title your topic like this - "CNY - Partagas Short - OBM ABR 16" All entries go in the draw to win a three pack of Trinidad La Trova. Four packs to be won. One pack for the review with the most likes and three packs in the random draw. Winners will be drawn on January 5th (local time). Have a great Christmas and NY all. Happy reviewing!
  16. Incredible number of reviews for this competition, I think it was 40 total. Great read over the holiday period, thanks for participating. We have FOUR winners. Each receiving a 3 pack of Trinidad La Trova. Most likes: @LordAnubis Random draw: 1. @dicko 2. @Philc2001 3. @Auspaul PM me your preferred shipping address and we will get the prizes on the way to you asap.
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