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  1. Without doubt, an LTO Mar 2021 Montecristo Especial... It hit the 'spot' from the very first puffs, got better and didn't let up over two-and-a-half hours of smoking! 👍
  2. Don't forget to adjust the level of flame periodically too. That can make a big difference to things!
  3. This is one of my all time favourite scenes in a Comedy film, thanks El Pres! Erland Van Lidth De Jeude, the actor who played Grossberger in these famous scenes with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, was a MIT graduate who was also a wrestler and opera singer. I mean apart from acting he could do it all. Sadly he died of a heart attack in 1987, but I remember him too as a villain in his final film role with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'The Running Man'.
  4. Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro TUA Dic 2020 The introduction of the new regular production additions to the Quai d'Orsay marca in late 2017, the Nos. 50 and 54, has affected the availability of the aptly-named Coronas-sized (i.e. 42 ring gauge x 142 mm or 5⅝ inches in length) Coronas Claro of late. Thankfully, these have come back to the market in 2020. This is my third one that I've smoked from this box around three months after I smoked the first two back-to-back within a week. Despite recent larger price rises for Quai d'Orsay of 8% they are still very much in-demand. In fact, they've
  5. Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4 ABO Ago 2018 This Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4 box had been nothing short of outstanding. Why so? Simply put it's the flavours. This RyJ Exhibicion No.4 cigar had beautiful, softer RyJ flavours of anise, rosewater, cocoa/nutmeg, oat biscuit, cherry, coconut and cream. I would also add that this cigar was up there as one of the best from this box, thus far. There's no doubt though that the solid construction, ash, good draw and consistent burn-line also contributed to my glowing appraisal. As Romeo y Julieta is the only Habanos marca to include a reg
  6. Bolívar Petit Coronas ETP Mar 2017 As I approach the halfway mark of this early-2017 box of Bolivar Petit Coronas, I have found them both consistent in construction and flavour delivery and this cigar was no different today. As many of you know, I'm not as favourably-inclined to the Bolivar marca as I am to Cohiba and Montecristo, for example, but that's because I don't connect with the 'Earthy' flavours of Bolivar. It seems to me though that Bolivar was more 'Earthy' in the past than it is nowadays and I think this is true of recent Bolivar Petit Coronas and Belicosos Finos I've enj
  7. Cohiba Secretos MSU Nov 2017 This is the first Cohiba Secretos from this MSU Nov 2017 box I've sampled. It was acquired from PCC and sourced from the Spanish Habanos distributor, Altidis. The Secretos is a Reyes-sized cigar with a 40 ring gauge x 110 mm (or 4⅜ inches) length. Of the three Cohiba Maduro 5 releases first introduced in 2007 (the Genios, Magicos and Secretos) I would opine that the Secretos remains the most popular amongst enthusiasts, followed closely by the Genios. In my experience, the Cohiba Maduro series takes a very long time to peak, somewhere in the vicinity of 7
  8. Partagás Maduro No. 3 TUE Mar 2021 The Partagas Maduro No.3 was added along with the Partagas Maduro No.2 in 2018 to form the Linea Maduro with the Partagas Maduro No.1 introduced in 2015. It is a unique Maduro No.3 size with a 50 ring gauge by 145 mm (or 5¾ inches) length. This was my first Partagas Maduro No.3 from the box. I've had quite a few Partagas Maduro No.1s since acquiring a box in September 2020 so I was again quite keen to smoke this cigar to compare it to that original Partagas Maduro cigar after smoking my first Partagas Maduro No.2 from the box a few months ago. The P
  9. Partagás Lusitanias UEB Abr 2019 The Partagas Lusitanias is perhaps up there as one of my very favourite Partagas vitolas, it's just a pity I don't smoke them too often. In fact, prior to my last Partagas Lusitanias a month ago, my Cuban Cigar Inventory states that I've only had five Lusitanias in the last 5 years. Why so? Probably because they take a minimum of 2 hours to smoke! This 'Lusi' was picked up in a 5-pack singles acquisition a month ago so I was excited to try the first one out today. Again, I was pleased how 'colorado red' the wrappers were on each of these UEB Abr 2019
  10. Cohiba Espléndidos UAO Dic 2018 If I were to ask you what cigar do you think of when you think of Cohiba as a marca, do you think of the Esplendidos? Or possibly the Lanceros? Perhaps the Siglo VI? If you were to think of Hoyo de Monterrey it's easy to picture the Double Corona as its flagship cigar. Similarly, Montecristo has the Montecristo No.2, H.Upmann, the Sir Winston and Romeo y Julieta has the Churchill. But Cohiba? Perhaps consensus on its flagship isn't so easy. You could make valid arguments for the Lanceros, Esplendidos or Siglo VI. In regards to the Gran Reserva series, intro
  11. Romeo y Julieta Petit Royales SMA Jun 2019 I've developed quite a liking to the Romeo y Julieta Petit Royales, of late, as I've found them consistently sound in construction and flavour. In fact, I can unequivocally say that I haven't had one with construction or burn issues (yet). Unlike my last one, this RyJ Petit Royales had strong notes of anise, with the quintessential cocoa/chocolate, toasted tobacco, cherry and rosewater flavour profile to compliment it, but this time I only got hints of walnut. Nevertheless, it still smoked well from beginning to end. Again, there was no spic
  12. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire TEO May 2018 In my last few reviews on the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Maire I had written that when it comes to the Le Hoyo series I sometimes wonder why the du Gourmet, du Roi, du Prince and des Dieux were discontinued but the du Maire remains. I surmised then (and I still do) that the cold hard facts is that the du Maire continues to sell, while the other aforementioned cigars of the Le Hoyo series did not, but I still reminisce and pine for a des Dieux or du Prince at times; whereas I never pine for a du Maire other than when I need a cigar to smoke
  13. Ramón Allones Celestiales Finos 2009 - Edición Regional Asia Pacifico OMA Ago 2009 The Ramon Allones Celestiales Finos. No doubt you've heard of it if you've perused this forum a little time for this cigar equates to the ancient city of Atlantis, El Dorado or the Holy City of Mt Zion at the end of the Book of Revelation. In other words, on the one hand discussing it when you haven't had one (ever or even for awhile) adds to its mythical status or legend, smoking one, especially after a good 12 years after they came out, reinforces the veracity of those lofty accolades. So, a brief hi
  14. Haha...thankfully, he's our @Connoisseur Kim and we love and appreciate him for who he is! 😉 👍

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