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  1. Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro OMR Oct 2015 Vegas Robaina was introduced as an addition to the Habanos catalogue in 1997. It was named after the famous Cuban tobacco grower, Alejandro Robaina, whom the Cuban Government decided to honour as the preeminent tobacco grower in Cuba in the 90's by naming a marca after him. Apparently the Don was unhappy with the direction that Habanos S.A took with the marca named after him prior to his passing in 2010. Subsequently, Habanos S.A has not produced a special release Vegas Robaina cigar since Alejandro's grandson, Hirochi left the island to produced a line of Non-Cuban cigars in 2014 (he has since returned to the Robaina farm in Cuba). So, it would be credible to say that there is a 'bubbling' of tension in the relationship between the Robaina family and Habanos S.A up to the present time. Deleting the cigar named after the most famous Cuban tobacco farmer since the Cuban Revolution in 2017 surely would not have helped things. The Don Alejandro, as mentioned, was available until 2017. It was a very slow seller (as is the Vegas Robaina marca overall). The late '15 Don Alejandro I smoked tonight has rested a little under 5 years and I wanted to re-visit it as Vegas Robaina is known for its prominent chocolate profile, and according to my palate, brands that share this dominant flavour profile tend to peak in the 3 to 5 year window, although I admit this is a personal generalisation and not a rule. Similarly to the last VR Double Alejandro I had around 15 months ago, this Double Corona was 2 hours and 15 minutes of pure bliss. It had a perfect balance of chocolate, a slight raisin sweetness, a hint of sour dark cherries, and a core baking spice element from beginning to end. For me, the baking spice was the dominant flavour and is something I look for and appeals to me in certain marcas as a sign of aging. It's such a shame that Habanos S.A has discontinued this particular cigar named after a much-admired figure of the Cuban cigar industry. It stands out in its flavour profile amongst the remaining Double Coronas, there's simply no other Double Corona like it.
  2. I'd doublecheck the news with Arsenal Football Club, just to make sure. This Redskins news would be bad enough!
  3. Ramón Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 2015 - Edición Regional Gran Bretaña MUR Feb 2013 The Ramon Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 was released in 2015 to commemorate Hunters & Frankau's 225th Anniversary as a cigar distributor company. The release notes below... About this cigar: To mark Hunters & Frankau's 225th Anniversary, we are offering a very special Havana cigar and a commemorative humidor. Just 50,000 of the cigars have been produced in numbered SLB boxes of 25. Master blender Arnaldo Vichot at the Partagas factory, created the rich mixture of leaves for the cigars. Two different blends were submitted to a tasting panel in November 2012 and once the blend was chosen by H&F representatives, production of all 50,000 cigars took place between February and May 2013 and was undertaken by just three top grade torcedores. In the traditional British manner, the cigars were then shipped to the UK and aged for a period of two years in their condition-controlled warehouse so that they would be fully matured before being released to the market. Popular Vitola: H&F 225th Aniversario Factory Vitola: Gordito con Cabeza Tumbada Ring Gauge: 50 Cigar Length: 141 mm / 5.5 inches Body: Medium - Full After five years the cigar has become medium-mild in body yet still retains a core flavour of cocoa, madeira cake, baking spice and floral notes. I found it very different to a regular production Ramon Allones cigar, much lighter and nuanced. The Bolivar Silver Jubilee Asia Pacific Regional Edition has since been released with the same vitola in 2018, but the RA H&F Aniversario 225 remains a unique cigar within the Ramon Allones marca.
  4. Thank you for your thorough review of this long-discontinued, yet not forgotten, Bolivar classic! Sorry it didn't turn out for you!
  5. Wow Rob...you're like a kid in a candy store with all these older Cuban cigar stock lately! 😄
  6. Saint Luis Rey Serie A MOE Oct 2014 It's a shame that Habanos S.A have reduced a marca such as Saint Luis Rey to one regular production vitola, the Regios. Saint Luis Rey as a brand established itself in the 1940s in the United Kingdom and did not do so in other regions, nevertheless, the Regios and the Serie A are quite different cigars, in my opinion, especially as these can be quite complex in their flavour delivery. I find the Regios more approachable young, yet the Serie A can really take you on a journey when smoked with some age on it, as this one was today. This cigar when aged can give you nuanced, subtle flavours and changes through the thirds. My most recent Serie A's showed notes of powdered cocoa, hay, lemon/orange citrus sweetness and apricot or peach stonefruit flavours in the first third, floral flavours and cream in the middle third and chocolate and espresso coffee in the final third. This Saint Luis Rey Serie A, at five-and-a-half years of age had more elements of the first third in it. The main flavours I got from it were cocoa, hay, orange citrus and a sprinkling of pekoe tea and spice. It was a finely balanced cigar and upon finishing it I lamented that I have only five Serie A's left in my humidor. I plan to enjoy them with a little more age on them yet.
  7. Going off Cuban Cigar website the box stamp is pre-Revolution (I checked this time...twice!) and the Warranty seal is post-1931. So going off those two bits of information that La Marca box is dated between 1931 and 1961. I'll leave it to other more knowledgeable members to whittle the date down further...
  8. Montecristo Dantés 2016 - Edición Limitada MEL Dic 2016 The Montecristo Dantes 2016 Limited Edition is a Hermosos No.1 which came out in early 2017. At 48 ring gauge x 167mm (or 6⅝ inches) in length, it is indeed a rare vitola not seen since the 2003 Romeo y Julieta Limited Edition and the three special release San Cristobal de la Habana Mercedares releases last seen in 2009. A commemorative Hoyo de Monterrey Primaveras 18 release is due in 2021, which will see the return of this vitola size. At the time of release Rob and Ken reviewed this cigar and commented that it needed a three to five year window to peak. This Montecristo Dantes, at around three-and-a-half years of age, justified in my opinion this view. In 2017 initial reviews stated that the Dantes honoured the Montecristo cocoa or chocolate and coffee profile and had a bit of fruit and white pepper to it, although it was a little one-dimensional. Fast forward to 2020 and this Dantes today had your classic Montecristo cocoa, coffee and cream core intermixed with some baking spice, marshmallow (but nowhere near what you'd get in a good Montecristo Leyenda cigar) and of course hints of white pepper here and there. It was still mild-medium in strength and quite flavoursome. If you have a 10-count box of this Limited Edition cigar resting away why not pull out a stick or two to sample it? I assure you that you'll be grateful you did!
  9. Partagás Serie D No.4 OPA Mar 2010 The question of shelf-life periodically comes up on our forum. Rest assured, if you keep your Habanos cigars in proper storage conditions you will reap the benefits of settling them for many, many years. Today's Partagas Serie D No.4 is a testament to that fact. At just over ten years of age I had no issue nubbing this to my fingertips. How did it differ to younger Partagas Serie D No 4's? Firstly, it wasn't toasty in any way, neither did it have strong coffee notes. Rather, it dominated in sourdough and leather. Along the way I really appreciated the mild pepper lilting in and out and the nougat, which I don't get anywhere near the same amount of in younger Partagas Serie D No.4's. Aristotle once said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” How true that is!
  10. Romeo y Julieta Dukes 2009 - Edición Limitada 2009 The Romeo y Julieta Dukes 2009 Limited Edition was the first of its type in regards to its vitola. At 54 ring gauge x 140mm (or 5½ inches) in length, the factory name of this cigar is actually called 'duke', otherwise its broader common name is 'robusto extra'. Two years later the popular Partagas Serie E No.2 was released. Since then we've had five Regional Editions and the 2018 Bolivar Soberanos Limited Edition share this size. This 2009 Limited Edition cigar received high critical praise amongst aficionados when it was released. It was noted for its bold cherry, wood and spice flavours. How did this one fare in 2020? In a word, it smoked like it would have in 2012, it was that bold! The first third was gorgeous; cherry and what resembled coconut cream abounded for the first few puffs until some spice kicked in. In the middle third that spice took over with the cherry and some cocoa and wood notes. In the last third the wood dominated. This cigar was the type of Romeo y Julieta that is the antithesis of the current Romeo y Julieta Churchills, which I find a much milder and sweeter. There are colloquial rumours that surround the Limited Edition program amongst enthusiasts. Firstly, they tend to emphasise chocolate notes due to their maduro-shaded wrappers (true) and secondly, they tend to hit their peak within 12 to 24 months (false). This cigar today provided testament to the fact that Limited Editions can have a long shelf-life indeed!
  11. H. Upmann Magnum 46 (circa 2018) If we ask ourselves honestly, I'd think we'd admit that we all have one or two marcas or vitolas we predominantly don't favour despite trying over a long period of time. Despite my last H.Upmann Magnum 46 around 4 months ago being excellent, the H.Upmann Magnum 46 is one such cigar, for me. In general, I find H.Upmann needs time, for my taste, to reach its peak and I definitely favour the softer shortbread-laden varieties such as the Connossieur A, Connoisseur No.1 and Sir Winston rather than the powerhouse, when young, espresso-laden Magnum 46, Half Corona and (now deleted) Petit Corona. In any case, I will tend to age my Upmann stock, except I'm partial to smoking the aforementioned 'softer' cigars (in terms of flavour intensity) younger. This Magnum 46 had some harshness on the edges, some shortbread and cedar, a core strong, dark espresso coffee and a little licorice sweetness which overall made it quite an acceptable cigar; it just wasn't to my preference. Kudos to you if you love the H.Upmann Magnum 46 and it is in your 'go-to' rotation. One thing I can say about it, it is a dependable cigar; both in flavour and construction, in general.
  12. H. Upmann Petit Coronas LUB May 2014 The H.Upmann Petit Corona was discontinued by Habanos S.A in 2017. In comparison to other marevas cigars, such as the Montecristo No.4, it was never a big seller. This was evident from the availability of stock after the cigar was mooted for discontinuation. I seem to remember that on-line vendors had them in stock for the greater majority of that year. This H.Upmann Petit Corona was similar to my last one a few months ago. That is, it was quite good, but not as creamy as I like it. Flavours were similar too with light espresso coffee, cedar, shortbread, a hint of white pepper and a some licorice sweetness. Creaminess was again evident but it was minimal. I'm starting to equate the licorice flavour in this intermediate period between youthful long-term rest and older long-term aging as the flavour one gets in the crossover period when these have more leather in that youth and more creaminess in their long-term age period.

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