The storm clouds are rolling in and they have just announced the closure of the airport. Brilliant.
My first reaction is to hit the business lounge bar as it could be a delay of a few hours. Downside is that I have to drive when I land. Moderation is not a strong point so pass.
You know what woul be civilized? A cigar lounge. I would fork out the moola to put cigar lounges in each of the major airports in our great brown land. LCDH Lounges? …..of course not. More lounge and massage room. No Di, no thai body slides …..(that’s phase 2) but a 20 minute rub down before you settle back for the cigar of your choice and a glass of something damn good from the tended bar with a fine selection of tapas to choose from.
Meeting rooms a must +an airport runner for those tasks + a golf cart to plow through the crowds to get you to your gate on time (gin tonic in hand).
The reality?…..if someone lit a cigarette at an airport here they would be tasered before being humped by the squillion customs beagles. Light a cigar and I suspect they would reach for the smith and Wesson instead and the beagles wouldn’t use lube.
I love business planning!
If I was a retail buyer then Friday HQ day is where I would park my coin. You know the cigars will be superb in that colorado to colorado maduro range with sheen and good construction. The price is generally at or less than the carts. It’s a no brainer day. There is also the HQ sampler. Go nuts.
…..remember to look for the chugtugash & fly lounges if you are passing through 😉
Have a great weekend!
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Montecristo Number 4 (25’s)
ABO MAY 18
HQ (All Boxes)
High end HQ without the PSP price tag. You will be able to smoke them a little earlier than the PSP,
Perfect and if you haven’t ever had a Monte 4 at this quality level before, I will safely say that it will be the finest one you have ever smoked.
They need some time down. The oil content is high. Visually stunning but the aroma …..make sure you take a whiff….is mind-blowing.
The Monte 4 is one cigar where I chose the best quality I can find. That selection processes generally delivers deep Montecristo cocoa, cream and toasted tobacco in a beautiful medium bodied cigar. It satisfies me no end. I just love an excellent Petit Corona and a great Monte 4 is as good as they come.
$159 USD $579 AUD
Bolivar Belicoso Finos (25)
TEO JUN 18*
HQ (All Boxes)
Smoked one of these yesterday. The description of Guinness is apt. Gravelly, leathery, ginger nut biscuit, cream.
It is no wonder why they have been top 5 in my rotation this year.
Liquorice, cream, leather. They are intermingled but you can discern each of them.
They are the cigar version of Guinness: creamy, earthy, leather, touch of cooking chocolate. Medium full bodied and just damn tasty.
You can’t go wrong. One of those cigars that I revisit at least once every week.
$244 USD $834 AUD
Cohiba Medio Siglo (25) ALL SOLD
TPO JUN 18 *
HQ (All Boxes)
I love them. Punch Joe Loves them. They should be priced $50 below CORO. They certainly are here.
Smooth. Rich. Fuller than a Cohiba Robusto but the DNA resemblance is unmistakeable.
Buttery. Honeycomb, biscuit and coffee in a medium full body. Starts medium full,….lilts in the mid third, and then back with a punch.
They are a special treat when I want to turbo charge the Petit Robusto format with a combination of class, power and layer upon layer of richness.
$378 USD $ 912 AUD
Ramon Allones Specially Select (25) ALL SOLD
MSU ABR 18
UTL ABR 18
EPM ABR 18
HQ (All Boxes )
There is a thread seeing how they compared to the PSP this month. Is that a box you would pick if in Havana with a Divans boxes in front of you? I suspect you would. Top 10% of production.
Rest them for 3 months and then enjoy the charry/stout, stewed fruit, creamy goodness that is superb Ramon Allones specially Selected.
RASS is one of those cigars that I won’t compromise on quality for. If you want RASS stewed fruitiness you are going to have to find yourself nice oily wrappers….they can be Colorado, Colorado Maduro or even Rosado (some in this batch) ……but they have to have nice oil content and a vibrant aroma at cold. Otherwise you have never had a RASS.
$219 USD $709 AUD
Partagas Lusitania (10)
BUP MAR 18 *
HQ (All Boxes)
Has been at or near the pack leader all year. It deserves an award.
Spiced cream, medium bodied, coffee cake, sweet spices but also some savoury ones in play. A journey.
$147 USD $ 492 AUD
Bolivar Royal Corona (25)
MSU JUN 18
HQ (All Boxes)
Some of the best cocoa sticks of the year.
Making Simon proud. The aroma upon opening the box is all cocoa and barnyard.
If you are a Bolivar fiend, these boxes are a must.
Medium bodied with a lush mouth feel. Light chocolate cake unsweetened, touch of forest floor. One of those cigars that matches coffee so well. Good wrappers just add an edge to the flavour profile.
$ 219 USD $ 709 AUD
11 pack sampler comprising the following:
2 x Monte 4 HQ
2 x Bolivar Royal Corona HQ
2 x Bolivar Belicoso Fino HQ
2 x Ramon Allones Specially Selected HQ
2 x Partagas Lusitania HQ
1 x Cohiba Medio Siglo HQ
$135 USD $ 361 AUD
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Normally (outside of the week before Christmas), the process for hand- picked stock is that each weeks orders for the prior week are brought up each Monday from the warehouse and shipped that week. If you order on a Saturday/Sunday there can be a few days extra delay (as it falls into the following weeks cycle). Similarly if you order on a Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri then they go out the following week 99% of the time. Public holidays can occasionally throw a spanner in the works.
If you have multiple orders then they will be scheduled but the team will correspond with you.
Do not contact Diana unless there has been a significant delay outside of the above.
·This selection will be up for 24hours. First in first served as quantities are limited.
Hand Picked denotes they have been selected by myself and represent a mix of high end PE, HQ and sometimes PSP. We will not cherry pick boxes on request