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  1. You’re very welcome Mate @Corylax18. Thank you for taking the time to put up such a great review. Aloha.
  2. Wow!! I was really hoping to score one of these Beautiful FOH Ashtrays. Thank you Prez, Di. Thank you to all for your best wishes and Congratulations. Islandboy - Mahalo Braddah!! I get em' - styling for sure now :).
  3. I would recommend taking a think vertical strip of similar shade and quality of wrapper leaf. That plus some vegetal glue to paste the leaf over the vertical strip tear you have, followed by some rest to ensure the wrapper sticks well and you should be in business my friend.
  4. I believe Illusione makes their Holy Lance (Lancero) in a Candela wrapped version as well. The Original Holy Lance used to be a fantastic Lancero. I've never tried the Maduro or Candela versions, but all reviews I've read over the years were very positive. I'm sure other members can chime in further. Generally speaking candela wrapped cigars are more of a gimmick for NC cigar makers across the board, from what I have seen. When Saint Patrick's Day rolls around, you see a large number of manufacturers trying to cash in with a gimmick occasion cigar of some type. Just my two cents mate and it's great to have you back in full fighting shape. Even if everyone did not get the chance to convey their best wishes, prayers and good vibes that were coming your way - most FOH'ers had you in their prayers, hearts and minds.
  5. I hear you mate and for me these were hands down the best Tatuaje Black Label release period. These were all gone as soon as they hit the shelves in most places. I searched far and wide to score a box or two of these ten count en-tubo beauties, but to no avail. Sounds like these aged well also. They sure don't make NCs like that anymore. Wishing you Long Ashes.
  6. The Perfecxion No. 2 and Petit Lancero stand out at the top for me. The last Petit Lancero I had just blew me away with its overall balance of Flavors. I very rarely buy NCs anymore and this had me searching out for a box to put down for a nap. When fresh, the Petit Lancero are a bit brash but still so yummy with a nice strong espresso; this little guy packs a punch and will give you a bit of a Nicotine Buzz. The Perfecxion No. 2, with even a year or two of rest, are just refined, elegant, classy and take you on a journey of flavor. The Price of Opus X keeps me at bay, especially when I can stock up on several boxes of hand picked boxes from Prez. I will say that an everyday regular production Hand Picked CC from El Prez's stock will beat out most any Opus X. In terms of all the Charity Boxes, special releases, rare and hard to find vitolas, they are great to look at but the more odd the shape the more so they are rolled purely for looks. The Casa Fuente Lancero number one and the Belicoso No. 2 beat out Opus X for me any day. Just my humble and subjective perspective.
  7. Right on!! Thank you. I'm a big fan of Mojitos and with the latest thread on "Mojitos: What is you recipe?" I'm adding yours to the must try list.
  8. I'm currently smoking through a Hand Picked 16 Box from Prez here and I definitely am on the lookout for a 50 Cab to put away for the long term. I too prefer the classic rounded vitola shape, as oppossed to box pressed. As some other members have stated, there is no difference in blend, sorting, grading, overall Quality Control. Buy dress boxes with 2 years of age on them if you can, to smoke in the short to medium term. I'm sure others can chime in on how more recent boxes are coming along. Jump on a PSP 50 cab for a 5 to 10 year nap. Just my subjective two cents.
  9. What are you drinking there Brother? Looks like a fair number of mint leaves floating in there perhaps. A Mojito? You have me intrigued and I would love to hear the recipe. Aloha.
  10. It's been quite a while since I had the one, but I believe it was a combination of burnt dirty earth or funk if you want to call it that, a hint of cherry like unpleasant artificial type sweetness, cream, some pepper, and just an overwhelming ever-present flavor of harsh tabacco. I really wanted to like this cigar and give it my thumbs up, but no can do. The wrapper leaf of these is just so jet black, that I highly suspect artificial Maduro wrapper manipulation / coloration. To boot, I had the cigar resting for about two months or so.
  11. I concur with LotusGuy. Much adoration and admiration for Hamlet, but his first collaboration effort with Rocky Patel, yielded a Two Puffs at most before it was Ditched blend for me personally. Honestly, even the two puffs took some effort.
  12. OH my Goodness!! What year and model - Color me enamored, mesmerized and a slight bit envious!! Excellent Taste.
  13. I concur in that Partagas Lusitania is an absolute Rolls Royce of a Cigar. Even fairly young, but well rested and acclimatized Hand Picked examples from Rob, have been smoking the house down. A core of cream, light roasted coffee, leather and slight wood in the background - with a shortbread sweetness that weaves in and out. Starts out mild and builds over the nuanced 1.5 to 2 hour journey it takes you on. I haven't been able to keep my hands off these so as to let them age, so figured my best bet is to pick up an aged box when they come up. I was lucky enough to win a few of the Partagas Lusitania Cosecha GR when Rob finally got his stock in. If the regular Lusitania is a Rolls Royce, then this would be akin to your Lamborghini or Ferrari. Just so much richer, with the Flavors coming at you boldly and so strong. Smoked through the three (3) I had and given the asking price that a box of these now commands, I don't see any more in my future lol. My goal is to snag a 50 cab of PSP Lusitanias to put away for five to eight years and then dig in based on how they are coming along. Along these same lines, the Diplomatico Bushido and El Laguito Cohiba Siglos from 2012 are just amazing. I recently called home Box of Monte No. 2 - GUT OCT 13 - PSP / HQ. Smoked one right off the bat and concluded these are so strong and rich, that they have legs to go quite a few years more. Sampled one yesterday and compared to the toned down mild Monte No. 2's of most recent production, this example was so rich and just took me on a wonderful 1.5 hr journey. Cream, dark unsweetened coco and coffee, with a backbone of earth and leather. The iced Starbucks Hazelnut coffee I paired it with, just lulled out this wonderful and oh so well defined vanilla note. I'm glad that I waited a few years to call this box home and the only challenge now is going to be keeping my mitts off these. I know that the first rule of fight club is to not talk about fight club, but what the heck. Por Llaranaga Picadores are coming around at even just over the one year mark, to an amazing current production smoke status. I can't speak for everyone, but when these do come up next I will certainly in grab a few and be in hoard mode lol. I haven't had the opportunity to try any of the deleted Diplomaticos vitolas but the Dip No. 2's have been excellent as well. The core Flavors are there, albeit muted and combined with the slight burn problems, I think another year or two of rest will bring all the Flavors to the forefront. If I ever come across any Diplo No. 1's or No. 4's, barring boxes from 1999 to 2001, I will definitely snag what I see. Quality over Quantity, as cliche as it sounds, is a Mantra I seem to adopt more and more the older I get lol. My goal is to save up so I can drop the $$$ on a couple of boxes of Cohiba Lanceros and Esplendidos to put away as well. I haven't yet sampled either one of these, but reading reviews from other forum members on here and the literal seconds they sell out in, I'm convinced to join the ranks of buyers in this group. Current production Cohiba Coronas Especiales will be smoked in the near term. I had a couple of boxes of El Laguito AMO coded CCE which I chose to part with and now I look back thinking that perhaps I should have called one box home for myself. Cohiba, as you will find is a very unique and polarizing brand. Well enough ranting from my side and this is just my two cents. There are a lot more seasoned, experienced and true pedigree connoisseurs on here who can guide you even further.

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