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About JohnS

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    El Partidario
  • Birthday 06/08/1972

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    Sydney, Australia

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  1. I had a lovely day yesterday...practised some songs for a gig coming up next month (with a small setlist of 12 to 15 songs), snuck in a cigar after lunch and then attended my neighbour's wedding for his daughter in the early afternoon. My neighbour is a minister of a local church around 10 minutes drive away and the wedding was at his church. He also gave the talk...awesome guy! Anyway, it was a beautiful day for a wedding in Sydney yesterday, perfect weather and the wedding went smoothly. Alas, I was even surprised by the box used to collect envelopes on the gift table, check it out below... Yes, it is a Don Cándido Dunhill Selección No.501 cigar box from pre-1982 when these lonsdales were deleted. I wanted to ask my neighbour about the cigar box, but I figured I'll catch up with him next week and discuss the wedding (and the cigar box - specifically any 501's left? Not likely!) My wife even asked me during the wedding ceremony, in the pews, if the cigar I smoked around lunch was 'woody'? "How did you know?" I replied. "Yes, it was a gorgeous Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 and it had a prominent cedar profile". "I can smell it on you!" she retorted, then she preceded to give me a breath mint. was a good day!
  2. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4 ETP Oct 2015 (thanks @Luca!) Thank you @Luca for gifting me this awesome cigar. What is awesome about this La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4? Well, firstly the vitola dimensions...who among us doesn't appreciate the throwback to the thin ring gauge? At 32 ring gauge x 152 mm or 6 inches in length, like the slightly bigger Por Larranaga Montecarlos (33 ring gauge x 159 mm), this cigar needs to be smoked slowly to be appreciated. Secondly, it's fantastically complex, like La Gloria Cubana in general, which benefits from a rested period, in my opinion. I loved the fruit, wood and subtle spice in this cigar today, but what I really enjoyed was the nutty creaminess that I found more evident at this stage of its rest (3 years) than more youthful varieties of the LGC Medaille d'Or No.4. My conclusion after smoking this today was to source a box for myself and soon. The only problem with that is resisting the temptation to smoke them too quickly, both as a cigar and in regards to giving them time to mature.
  3. I hear what you are saying. I've had that 'nicotine buzz' on the odd occasion with Robusto-sized RASS or Juan Lopez Seleccion No.2, but not with Double Coronas (as they are milder). The RA Gigantes, I can safely presume, is unlikely to hit you in the head in comparison to a RASS of the same age.
  4. Both the H.Upmann Connossieur A and H.Upmann Magnum 50 have core espresso coffee and shortbread flavours but, as El Pres states in the listing above, the 50 does have those stonefruit flavours (think apricot or peach).
  5. In general some cream, cedar and cloved spice consistent with the Punch marca but also some nuttiness which is unique to this vitola.
  6. But you do have to be quicker than a Boeing 747 to pick up a box! 🤣😉
  7. AEM May 2015 Vegas Robaina Famosos courtesy of our host and rested in my OLH.
  8. La Puntilla Custom (thanks @El Presidente) The previous La Puntilla custom I had was both savoury and creamy, reminding me of an aged H.Upmann Connoisseur No.1. Rob has mentioned that the blend was aimed with a little Montecristo cocoa, a little Por Larranaga sweetness and nut and tonight, after being gifted this cigar by him (thank you kindly El Pres) he further mentioned that the creaminess in this is meant to peak around the 3-year mark. What a wonderful vitola this is at 40 ring gauge x 160 mm or 6¼ inches in length. This cigar was not as nutty or savoury as the La Puntilla I sampled six months ago. Rather, it was creamy all the way, with some cinnamon spice here and there to add to its superlative qualities. This custom cigar is a 'must-have' for those of you who are committed Habanos enthusiasts. If you get the opportunity to sample it in the future I know you'll be glad you did!
  9. You don't have to second guess where to place the V-Cutter whereas with a straight cutter you have to estimate where to cut the head of the torpedo cigar.
  10. The mottled wrappers on these look gorgeous. Yes, one would think that 4 of 5 years is a long time to wait to 'crack open' a box (and it is), but I had the first cigar from two different boxes aged almost 10 years this week and I was elated I did (the boxes were in my OLH for awhile, hence explaining their age).
  11. Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon...breakthrough album of the 70's Progressive Rock era.
  12. I used to v-cut everything, but likewise now I tend to use my Colibri V-Cut on piramides and belicosos cigars. The cutter is just perfect for these torpedo-type vitolas.

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