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  1. 9. La Gloria Cubana Tainos – LRE DIC 09 It's a shame there are only three regular production Churchills left; the Romeo y Julieta Churchills, the H.Upmann Sir Winston and Cohiba Esplendidos. In regards to flavour and blend, this aged La Gloria Cubana Tainos deserves to be in a category of its own. What similarities and differences does it share with the last regular production La Gloria Cubana cigar left, the Medaille d'Or No.4?
  2. 8. Bolivar Gold Medal – LSO JUL 07 If the Bolivar Gold Medal were offered tomorrow on a 24:24 listing I'd have no doubt it would sell out within minutes. Why were these originally discontinued as a regular production in 1992 and why were they so popular when released a a LCDH cigar in 2004? Recent reviews of this cigar on our forum suggests that it has aged very well. I'd like to thank @Luca for joining me for this review and providing the cigars.
  3. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 BUP Mar 2018 I do enjoy a light-strength Habanos every now and then, and when I do, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2 often 'fits the bill'. This was mainly light cocoa at the beginning and soon settled into its core flavours of cedar wood and cloves. There wasn't any real hint of cream or vanilla and/or cinnamon sweetness one can get with these, but I didn't really seem to mind. After all, the simplicity on offer here saw me nub this cigar as far I could go!
  4. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4 MSU Jun 2017 My first one from this box code was so beautifully complex, 'right-off-the-truck' I simply had to have another. Boy was I glad I did! Again, there were beautiful notes of almond nut, fruit and spice in the first third. It was like smoking a date slice, that how good it was! The second third had a hint of cream until the wood took over and the last third was dry wood and white pepper until the end. What a blissful ride this was! How am I going to resist a third from this box? Should I let some of these sticks age further and enjoy some now? Questions, questions, questions...
  5. Rafael González Perlas OPG Ene 2015 (thanks @Luca!) Sometimes, after smoking a cigar such as this one, you ask yourself, "how come I don't smoke these more often?". I think I'm still trying to answer that question satisfactorily as I type out this write-up. Certainly @Luca, who graciously gifted this to me, enjoys them often, maybe I should ask him? (I think I will at some point!) The immediate satisfaction one feels when drawing their first puffs of that light milk chocolate, floral, honey and baking spice concoction that is so typical of mid-term aged Rafael Gonzalez cigars was everywhere to be seen, felt, smelt and tasted here. You know when you light up a cigar and you say "aah" straight away without thinking, like the moment you have a personal conflict reconciled, the relief can be overwhelming, yet exhilarating! That's what I felt here. The cigar soon settled around the halfway mark into a more uniform milk chocolate and spice stogie and stayed that way until it concluded around the half-hour mark. Minutos and perlas can be more intense in strength, flavour-wise. At least the RG Perlas stands out from the other vitolas in the category as being more subtle, more milder, something different. Maybe that is why I should have them more often!
  6. And what about the part where the rest of Australia hopes Collingwood makes the Grand Final only to lose again? Who said 'schadenfreude' is bad for the soul? 🤣
  7. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4 MSU Jun 2017 My first one from this box code was so beautifully complex, 'right-off-the-truck' I simply had to have another. Boy was I glad I did! Again, there were beautiful notes of almond nut, fruit and spice in the first third. It was like smoking a date slice, that how good it was! The second third had a hint of cream until the wood took over and the last third was dry wood and white pepper until the end. What a blissful ride this was! How am I going to resist a third from this box? Should I let some of these sticks age further and enjoy some now? Questions, questions, questions...
  8. Por Larrañaga Montecarlos LGR Ago 2018 Yes, I've had many Por Larranaga Montecarlos this year, and I've seemingly retired my glorious LGR Oct 2017 box, but I wonder if this LGR Ago 2018 box has 'turned a corner' today. At just past 12 months old, it wouldn't surprise me. As you may be aware, these were initially more 'woody' from the box but today's sample didn't disappoint in terms of caramel. Where it surprised me was in the hint of nut and sour citrus tart essence or what we enthusiasts proverbially like to call 'Cuban twang'. This sprinkling of Cuban twang elevated an above average cigar, for me, to being outstanding. I now eagerly look forward to smoking another soon to see if I get the hint of nut and sour citrus 'Cuban twang' again like I did today.
  9. Rafael González Perlas OPG Ene 2015 (thanks @Luca!) Sometimes, after smoking a cigar such as this one, you ask yourself, "how come I don't smoke these more often?". I think I'm still trying to answer that question satisfactorily as I type out this write-up. Certainly @Luca, who graciously gifted this to me, enjoys them often, maybe I should ask him? (I think I will at some point!) The immediate satisfaction one feels when drawing their first puffs of that light milk chocolate, floral, honey and baking spice concoction that is so typical of mid-term aged Rafael Gonzalez cigars was everywhere to be seen, felt, smelt and tasted here. You know when you light up a cigar and you say "aah" straight away without thinking, like the moment you have a personal conflict reconciled, the relief can be overwhelming, yet exhilarating! That's what I felt here. The cigar soon settled around the halfway mark into a more uniform milk chocolate and spice stogie and stayed that way until it concluded around the half-hour mark. Minutos and perlas can be more intense in strength, flavour-wise. At least the RG Perlas stands out from the other vitolas in the category as being more subtle, more milder, something different. Maybe that is why I should have them more often!
  10. All I can say for sure is that this unique quality analogous to Habanos cigars, for me, is more intense in cigars at a younger age, in general. However, we are talking about an essentially esoteric topic here, some people simply can't sense this "Cuban twang", whereas for others they can. So I welcome a difference of opinion (from our forum members) here because my conclusions are based on my own experiences.
  11. This question had me intrigued, truthfully! Which are the cigars I've had (recently...as in the last 12 to 24 months) that have exhibited that 'Cuban twang' we all know and love better than we can describe it (hehe, let's settle for something akin to a sour citrus tart expression...😉)? Well, the simple answer to this question, for me, has been in cigars actually 12 to 24 months old and the two marcas/vitolas in which I've found it have been Punch (Punch) and Por Larranaga (Montecarlos). I find that the aged cigars I've had that have been over 5 years old and approaching 10 have been more refined according to their marca as they age, with typical expressions of floral notes and/or baking spice or more acute flavour on notes of leather, for example. However, no, I've not found more dominance in 'Cuban twang' with age in comparison to more youthful examples. A little caveat though, to this answer above, is that the aged cigars I've had in the say, the past 12 to 24 months may have other flavours that either are not noted for 'Cuban twang' say in comparison to these cigars I've mentioned. So, for example, the 2011 Sancho Panza Non Plus has a dominant wood and salt flavour which exhibits creaminess and floral notes, at times, when I've smoked them lately at around the 8-year mark, but I've not picked up 'Cuban twang' in them. And so, I will keep this question in the back of my mind when it's time to 'crack open' my rested Por Larranaga boxes (currently around the 4 to 5-year mark) and Punch Punch 50 cab (currently around the 3-year mark).
  12. Por Larrañaga Montecarlos LGR Ago 2018 Yes, I've had many Por Larranaga Montecarlos this year, and I've seemingly retired my glorious LGR Oct 2017 box, but I wonder if this LGR Ago 2018 box has 'turned a corner' today. At just past 12 months old, it wouldn't surprise me. As you may be aware, these were initially more 'woody' from the box but today's sample didn't disappoint in terms of caramel. Where it surprised me was in the hint of nut and sour citrus tart essence or what we enthusiasts proverbially like to call 'Cuban twang'. This sprinkling of Cuban twang elevated an above average cigar, for me, to being outstanding. I now eagerly look forward to smoking another soon to see if I get the hint of nut and sour citrus 'Cuban twang' again like I did today.
  13. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.4 MSU Jun 2017 I recently picked up another box of these as I very much enjoy their complex flavour and this cigar was the first one I had, 'right-off-the-truck', so-to-speak. In terms of complexity, it didn't let me down. The first third was effervescent in sweet almond and cream flavours until some wood and herbal flavours kicked in around the beginning of the middle third. At this point I got some white pepper lilting in and out, with some fruit to go with it. In the last third the cigar was dominant in wood mainly. Overall, I greatly admired the complexity to be found here. The only drawback was the many re-lights I had to do. Whether that was due to the blustery conditions in which I smoked this cigar, or whether it was due to construction, we'll see when I smoke my next one from this box soon.
  14. Still to be seen in 2019 (in the warehouse in new stock)?

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