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  1. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Trinidad Reyes AEM Jul 2014 (thanks @cfc1016!) I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to smoke this Reyes today. You see, I've been absolutely enamoured with ARS/RAG late '17 and early '18 Trinidad Fundadores lately, with that wholesome milk coffee and dough profile, that I've forgotten just how complex these smaller Trinidad cigars can be. Thank you @cfc1016 for allowing me to review this again, as this was four months short of 5 years rested, and this has enabled the flavours in this to meld and round off. The combined flavours I got of the cigar was milk or creamed coffee, grass/hay, floral notes and a little honey sweetness. I've had Trinidad Reyes from '14/'15 before and I distinctively remember more wood, earth and spice in them. These stronger flavours were not evident and the cigar was smooth and mild, just the way I like them at this stage of their development.
  2. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Yes, these Edmundo Dantes cigars were hard to come by. It was basically possible on account of a kind FoH member who organised it for me.
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Edmundo Dantes Conde Belicoso 2016 - Edición Regional México TOR Nov 2016 This Mexican Regional Edition release is reputed to be a combination of Montecristo and Por Larranaga marcas. Like my last one, this was all cocoa, coffee, nut and caramel marshmallow sweetness with a gorgeous citrus tang on the retrohale and draw. This was also a little spicier than my last Edmundo Dantes Conde Belicoso, but still great nonetheless.
  4. Congratulations @GotaCohiba. Well done!
  5. JohnS

    Your last 90 days "go to"

    San Cristobal de La Habana El Principe and Por Larranaga Montecarlos. For longer smokes...Romeo y Julieta Churchills and Trinidad Fundadores.
  6. JohnS

    Veni, Vidi, Vici!

    Congratulations and well done, @LonesomeHabanoAficionado!
  7. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Montecristo No.4 AEM May 2014 This was the very last cigar from the box which I made sure to smoke no longer than 5 years rested. Why? On the whole I find that certain marcas that have dominant chocolate or cocoa flavours peak in the 3 to 5 year window, whereas others that build in creaminess (think Cohiba, H.Upmann and Hoyo de Monterrey for example) can keep going after 10 years or more. Having said this, I am generalising and every box should be judged on its own merits. In regards to this box, the last No.4 was without a doubt the best because it had a wonderful balance of all the Montecristo flavours one adores such as cocoa, milk coffee, nut, leather and creaminess. I savoured it by smoking it very slowly, such was the effect of its taste on my palate. What would normally take 50 to 60 minutes to smoke was instead enjoyed over 80 glorious minutes.
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Prince SOM Jun 2016 It's been a little while since I've had a Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Prince from my humidor, and this is timely as this is a few months short of 3 years rested. I can safely attest that these have now progressed to the next stage of their development, the time when the sweetness in them builds up, or alternatively, the woodiness in them subsides. The sweetness in this was like an anise or licorice-type flavour, definitely not vanilla. Underpinned to that flavour was the core spiced wood flavour throughout. Any cream did I hear you say? No, not really, but wait a little longer and that may come in the next stage of its aging.
  9. JohnS

    That FOH Cap...

    Good memories of the time I had a Fidel Castro look going!
  10. I haven't gone through this thread too thoroughly, but something tells me that the current 131 replies up to this point suggests that can't be explained (well at least simply and logically).
  11. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Montecristo Especiales No.2 LAU May 2016 The Montecristo Especiales No.2, like the Montecristo Especial is a reputable cigar in the Montecristo marca on account of its ring gauge, vitola, history and on a personal level, they pretty much smoke well nearly every time. Well, except this time, that is! Have you ever had a cigar that started off from the first few puffs screaming, "this is the finest cigar you'll ever smoke?" This was one such time, until mysteriously about one-sixth of the way in the cigar decided to go out. It continued to do so, on-and-off, until the very end. The cause? Bunched leaves on the wrapper and binder resulted in uneven burns and voila I'm sitting there practising touch-ups with my lighter all night. The first one-sixth was all smooth cocoa, milk coffee and yummy baking spice, exactly how I like this cigar, the last 80% of the cigar was bitter chocolate and spice. I've smoked seven Montecristo Especiales No.2's in the last 18 to 24 months and they've all been sensational, except this one.
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Montecristo No.2 PMS Abr 2015 The image doesn't look great, the wrapper had to be re-touched up one side once or twice, but I still nubbed this. This came from a 10-count box of darker mottled-wrappered Montecristo No.2s from 2015 and I've had a few that were good to better-than-average, but this was excellent. What made it so? It wasn't the usual Montecristo milk coffee and cocoa or nut and and leather combination (which was all there), rather it was a delicious citrus sweet tang that lingered from beginning to end and stayed for some time thereafter.
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Partagás Shorts ULA Mar 2015 (thanks @Cuzz) The Partagas Shorts is a highly popular minuto amongst Cigar Enthusiasts but for some reason I've never taken to them like some other smaller Habanos cigars, such as the San Cristobal de La Habana El Principe or Rafael Gonzalez Perlas, for example. Don't get me wrong though, I don't mind them from time-to-time either. My brother-in-law, @Cuzz gifted me this and he commented that the box was inconsistent in construction and flavour delivery so far, so he gave them a rest for a little awhile. Thankfully, our two examples this evening were quite good, a pleasant instance of some Partagas sourdough and leather coming together and being complimented by some Paprika spice here and there.
  14. 10-count box of MSU Jul 2018 Quai d'Orsay No.54...

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