JohnS

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  1. Cohiba Siglo I OBM Nov 2015 The Cohiba Siglo I is the smallest of the Siglo range, a perlas (like the Montecristo No.5 and Rafael Gonzalez Perlas), it is slightly smaller than a minuto (like the San Cristobal de La Habana El Principe or Partagas Shorts) at 40 ring gauge x 102 mm or 4 inches in length. I had a Siglo I around 5 months ago so I considered that it should be time that I re-visit this cigar as it approached the four-year mark. As I stated in my previous review of this cigar, I've found that the Siglo I tends to be the strongest of the Linea 1492 range (i.e. Cohiba Siglo I, II, III, IV, V and VI). That doesn't necessarily mean that it gets above medium to medium-full, rather they are more intense in those typical Cohiba flavours than other cigars in this line. Again, this was true in this case, as it was never above medium in strength at any stage. In my last review in June 2019 I wrote that the flavours were strongest with that core Cohiba grass and hay, some honey and notes of black espresso coffee building in intensity in the back half. There was no real citrus, spice or cream texture to the cigar at that stage of its development. This was exactly how it was today, which suggests to me that I should re-visit this in another 6 to 12 months as a minimum. Still, it was a nice way to spend 30 to 35 minutes to cap off a productive day.
  2. Cohiba Siglo II OBM Nov 2015 Sometimes I wish I could have these more often. After smoking this today, I thought of two reasons why I don't; one, the obvious expense and two, the less obvious need to give these time to mature. The first puffs were indicative of Cohiba, the grass/hay and sweet honey was enticing to the palate indeed. Soon after I got some coffee bean and a little spice here and there. At some points I even picked up on some licorice flavours. Construction was faultless; the ash-rings were symmetrical throughout it seemed. Nubbing this cigar was what we proverbially call a 'no-brainer'. Still, this was just on 4 years rested and I felt after smoking it that it still had plenty of 'legs' to develop further in its complexity. I'm glad I have a few left, perhaps I will re-visit this box in six to twelve months to see how they are coming along.
  3. Montecristo No.4 UEB May 2018 This Montecristo No.4 started off with lashings of cocoa, biscuit and cream, simply put, it was Montecristo at its very best. It soon settled into a core cocoa, milk coffee and cream delight with a distinctive 'citrus' twang which has been self-evident in every cigar from this box thus far. I've smoked through half this box now, the top layer is gone. I don't think the other half will last long!
  4. Cuaba Distinguidos LGR Nov 2018 When you get these double figurados rolled correctly and with a decent wrapper, they certainly can shine, as this one did. This was a lovely journey of creamy shortbread, toasted tobacco and peanuts with a subtle orange citrus interwoven throughout. In the middle third I got a pick-up of spice which lilted in and out gently from thereon in. Again, this was easily 'nubbed'. I only wish all Cuaba was like this cigar!
  5. The ones I am most excited to sample would be the Jubilee cigars, the Punch 8-9-8 and the El Rey del Mundo Tainos. The reason being so I can compare them to other regular production cigars in their marcas. As for how long to rest...well, @Luca and I aim to review these all in the new year, otherwise I would smoke the Quai d’Orsay No. 54, El Rey del Mundo Tainos and Cohiba Robustos and Esplendidos last.
  6. Cohiba Siglo II OBM Nov 2015 Sometimes I wish I could have these more often. After smoking this today, I thought of two reasons why I don't; one, the obvious expense and two, the less obvious need to give these time to mature. The first puffs were indicative of Cohiba, the grass/hay and sweet honey was enticing to the palate indeed. Soon after I got some coffee bean and a little spice here and there. At some points I even picked up on some licorice flavours. Construction was faultless; the ash-rings were symmetrical throughout it seemed. Nubbing this cigar was what we proverbially call a 'no-brainer'. Still, this was just on 4 years rested and I felt after smoking it that it still had plenty of 'legs' to develop further in its complexity. I'm glad I have a few left, perhaps I will re-visit this box in six to twelve months to see how they are coming along.
  7. Montecristo No.4 UEB May 2018 This Montecristo No.4 started off with lashings of cocoa, biscuit and cream, simply put, it was Montecristo at its very best. It soon settled into a core cocoa, milk coffee and cream delight with a distinctive 'citrus' twang which has been self-evident in every cigar from this box thus far. I've smoked through half this box now, the top layer is gone. I don't think the other half will last long!
  8. 2019 Xmas Sampler (thank you @Luca for helping me acquire this year's Sampler dear friend!) From left to right: - Quai d'Orsay No.50 MSA May 2019 (D No.5 - 50 rg x 110 mm) Cohiba Robusto UAO May 2019 (Robusto - 50 rg x 124 mm) Ramon Allones Silver Jubilee Asia Pacific 2017 Regional Edition ASR Jun 2019 (Montesco - 55 rg x 130 mm) Quai d'Orsay No.54 TOU May 2019 (Edmundo Grueso - 54 rg x 135 mm) Bolivar Belicosos Finos MSU May 2019 (Campanas - 52 rg x 140 mm) Bolivar Silver Jubilee Asia Pacific 2017 Regional Edition LGR Jun 2019 (Gordito con Cabeza Tumbada - 50 rg x 141 mm) Punch 8-9-8 Asia Pacific 2018 Regional Edition UBM Jun 2019 (Dalias - 43 rg x 170 mm) El Rey del Mundo Tainos Formosa (Taiwan) 2018 Regional Edition BRO Jun 2019 (Churchill - 47 rg x 178 mm) Cohiba Esplendidos UAO Jun 2019 (Churchill - 47 rg x 178 mm) Romeo y Julieta Churchill BUP May 2019 (Churchill - 47 rg x 178 mm) H.Upmann Sir Winston EOS Jun 2019 (Churchill - 47 rg x 178 mm) Trinidad Fundadores ARS Jun 2019 (Laguito Especial - 40 rg x 192 mm)
  9. Cohiba Coronas Especiales and Montecristo Especiales No.2. They would also both have pigtails on them.
  10. Cuaba Distinguidos LGR Nov 2018 When you get these double figurados rolled correctly and with a decent wrapper, they certainly can shine, as this one did. This was a lovely journey of creamy shortbread, toasted tobacco and peanuts with a subtle orange citrus interwoven throughout. In the middle third I got a pick-up of spice which lilted in and out gently from thereon in. Again, this was easily 'nubbed'. I only wish all Cuaba was like this cigar!
  11. Greetings, @Big Al, welcome to our forum. Please kindly remember to introduce yourself when you get the time here... https://www.friendsofhabanos.com/forum/forum/6-newbie-introductions/
  12. El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse MLU Dic 2018 I was determined to not have another one from the box as firm as a dowel so I did a very unusual thing...I actually tested the firmness of the remaining cigars on the top layer before choosing one. You see, this box did not come from our host, and since I have acquired a good proportion of my stock over the years from quality 24:24 listings I feel I have become quite spoilt when it comes to construction. You know, one has to remind themselves that here at FoH we have an askewed sense of what is normal when it comes to Habanos cigars. I'll remember to express my gratitude the next time I see El Pres. As for this cigar, it was the best from the box by far, which is not saying a lot really, as the other 7 or so have all been plugged or tight. This had a perfect draw, had elements of almond nut, floral notes, honey sweetness and toastiness which all up made for 25 minutes of bliss. I think my palate is salivating just thinking about it as I type this out!

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