JohnS

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  1. Your wife in a photo with Tom Glavine and another one with Bobby Cox? One word..."wow"!!! 😮
  2. Just tell me which eye! 😁 Seriously though...Game 6 in both the ALCS and NLCS saw both homes teams advance to the World Series. Houston are in their 3rd World Series in 5 years and Atlanta is in their first since 1999. Boston were in Game 6 until the 8th when Houston broke out and tacked on 3 more runs. I thought Yordan Alvarez, as MVP, had a great series. I thought that Game 6 of the NLCS was defined by just three key moments. Obviously one was MVP Eddie Rosario's 3-run home run in the 4th which subsequently retired Walker Buehler from the game. However, the combined relief pit
  3. It was time to restock. LGR Jun 2018 San Cristóbal de la Habana El Príncipe...
  4. Wow...this is the second reference to Tattinger Comtes de Champagne in a week! You know our own @Ken Gargett was drinking a few glasses of this glorious champagne with cigars just recently! I think GOD or the universe is telling me something (as in...get myself one bottle for Christmas!) You'd like to think that US professional sporting teams would apply some form of common sense to the purchase of champagne for celebrating a pennant, World Series win, Stanley Cup title, Superbowl victory, NBA Championship etc but we all know these things 'go out the window' when the time actually comes!
  5. Well friends, I thought Freddie Freeman's 2-run homer to open things up in Game 5 was the beginning of the end for the Dodgers but Chris Taylor came along and had the game of his life. 3 home runs...can you believe it? This all sets up a beautiful Game 6 scenario for both the NLCS and ALCS. Throughout MLB Postseason history often the most memorable games have been Game 6 scenarios, possibly because these games are 'do-or-die' and with the whole season on the line players step-up and do amazing feats. I am hoping for two great Game 6s this weekend. Here is an article highlighting grea
  6. The times are friendly for Europe and China... El Stand virtual de Habanos, S.A. se inaugura el día 25 de octubre 03:00 La Habana 09:00 Madrid 15:00 Beijing Personally, I like the 5 pm Brisbane/ 6pm Sydney time. Not a great time for the US East coast (3 am) but manageable if on the US West Coast (12 am midnight).
  7. Thank you @Bijan! I appreciate the opportunity to research these iconic cigars and provide references for the benefit of our members. I completely concur, super skinnies do seem to have 'long-legs'. As an example, look at the discontinued La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.1 and No.3. I've never read a review where these did not pack flavour even after twenty years down! This is a brilliant summation. Thank you @99call!
  8. Partagás Serie du Connaisseur No.3 OSU-VC-3 (Oct 1998) The Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.3, discontinued in 2010, was a 35 ring gauge x 143 mm (or 5⅝ inches) in length Carlotas. It was known for being a more powerful, and less complex or interesting cigar, than the Serie du Connaisseur Nos.1 and 2. Despite it being simpler in flavour profile than the other Partagas Serie du Connaisseur cigars, I wouldn't hesitate to infer that the No.3 had the largest following of the lot. This cigar was the oldest of the three Partagas Serie du Connaisseur cigars I smoked this week and it was by
  9. Partagás Serie du Connaisseur No.2 OSU Sep 00 (Sep 2000) The Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.2, discontinued in 2010, was a 38 ring gauge x 166 mm (or 6½ inches) in length Parejos. It was known for being a pleasant, aromatic and more approachable cigar than the Serie du Connaisseur Nos.1 and 3. I quite like the size of this cigar, it's not far off a Lonsdale (as in the size of a Montecristo No.1). This cigar was only twelve months younger than the Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.1 I smoked preceding it, so I didn't expect too much of a difference in its strength and body. After lig
  10. Partagás Serie du Connaisseur No.1 OSU EAOO (Aug 1999) The Partagás Serie du Connaisseur No.1 was a pre-Revolution cigar that was discontinued in 2010. It did not feature a band until 2006 and was part of the du Connaisseur Series together with the No.2 and No.3. In their youth they were noted for their strength, spiciness, perfect burning and heavy finish. The cigar was a 38 ring gauge x 192 mm (or 7½ inches) in length Delicados. Note that the Cohiba Lanceros and Montecristo Especiales both share these dimensions but are Laguito No.1s on account of the fact that they have pig-tails on t
  11. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin RSE Sep 2001 As I mentioned in my previous review, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin was a 38 ring gauge x 152 mm (or 6 inches) in length Laguito No.2-sized cigar. It was released in 1969, alongside two other releases of the same vitola; namely, the Montecristo Especiales No.2 and the Davidoff No.2. These cigars were always meant to convey an aura of being of a higher quality within their respective marcas. You could make an argument that the Montecristo Especiales No.2 does so to this day. The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin was never band
  12. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux RSE Nov 2001 As I've mentioned previously, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Series were all graced with French regal references. The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo 'des Dieux' (literally: of the gods), is surely a strange name by which to grace a cigar, isn't it? What exactly does it refer to, and why is the HdM Le Hoyo des Dieux revered amongst cigar enthusiasts so highly? I shall attempt to answer these questions below. The 17th century French painter, Jean Nocret produced at request many portraits, one of which was a monumental oil canvas named, 'The As
  13. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Gourmet MUS Mar 2013 The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Gourmet (which is a French regal reference that means to appreciate the 'finer things') is the most recent Le Hoyo line cigar to be discontinued in 2013 prior to the HdM Le Hoyo du Prince been deleted in 2017. It was a 33 ring gauge x 170 mm (or 6¾ inches) in length slim panatela. Today there are only two of these type of cigars left; the Por Larranaga Montecarlos (33 rg x 159 mm or 6¼ inches in length) and the La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4 (32 rg x 152 mm or 6 inches in length). Unlike most disc
  14. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi URL Feb 2002 The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi was a cigar that very much belonged to the HdM Le Hoyo series. All those cigars were noted for their woody and/or forest-floor flavour profiles which would typically open up and recede with aging, whilst sweeter vanilla-type flavours, together with a creamy texture, would also develop. The HdM Le Hoyo du Roi did not have a band until after 2005. This HdM Le Hoyo, generously gifted by @Bijan (thank you), came from early-2002. The HdM Le Hoyo du Roi (which means 'of the king' in French) was a 42 ring ga
  15. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin RSE ESOO (June 1999) The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin. Have you had one? In fact, have you even heard of it? Your answer well may be 'no' on both accounts and you shouldn't feel perturbed by that. After all, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin was discontinued in 2003. So what type of release was it and why was it discontinued? I shall attempt to edify you on these matters below. The Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Series was first introduced prior to the Cuban Revolution in 1959. It was released as an upper-tiered luxury product in the 194

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