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About JohnS

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  • Birthday 06/08/1972

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  1. Absolutely spot on! I have another box that I acquired recently of Por Larranaga Montecarlos and the best way to describe the wrappers is something akin to the look of sandpaper! Yet, to my astonishment the first two from the box I smoked and one given to my brother-in-law and smoked affirmed that all 3 were exemplary.
  2. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    H. Upmann Connossieur A (2018 Xmas Sampler Series) The first cigar I've sampled from the 2018 Xmas Sampler and of course I'm going to start off with one of the most reputable. Well, it did not let me down! Quality shortbread, almond nut and light coffee all the way. The only surprise here was that the body of this H.Upmann Connossieur A was slightly stronger than what I'm used to, and more so on the palate then through the nose. But it didn't alter how much I enjoyed it at all. Juan López Selección No.2 (2018 Xmas Sampler Series) The second cigar I've sampled from the 2018 Xmas Sampler and this was light on orange citrus and chocolate and more heavy on toasted tobacco and coffee. Also, much more intense than would I would like, I couldn't retrohale this in comfort, for example. In regards to strength, it was medium to medium-full but the flavours in general were okay, I'd have love this to be more refined but it's a bit much to ask for a cigar less than 12 months old like this one. Ramón Allones Specially Selected (2018 Xmas Sampler Series) This was the third cigar I sampled from the 2018 Xmas Sampler series and it was exactly how El Pres described it in his recent 24:24 write-ups. All raisin, coffee and tobacco and did I mention intense? Yes, very intense. If I compared the likes of some Ramon Allones Superiores or Ramon Allones Gigantes I've had in the past year then I'd say that this Specially Selected Robusto was at least twice as potent in body and strength. For my preference I'd need a minimum of 5 years rest to get this cigar at my desired point prior to smoking.
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    24:24 WEDNESDAY

    To quote directly from the 24:24 guide thread... Clearance. These will be boxes from master cases that Rob has approved. The reason these are not listed as 'Hand Picked' is that sometimes Rob may not have inspected every single box individually. If this is the case, someone else in the FOH team will always carry out a quality check before any boxes are shipped - so you're never going to receive anything lower than PE.
  4. Coincidentally, I think we were talking about it after the H.Upmann Connoisseur No.1. If it has a Fonseca No.1 'marshmallow' to it, then I will genuinely be surprised as these are thought of as usually indicative of 'old school' flavours. Sure thing, I look forward to it.
  5. JohnS

    Desperate or what?

    If that's the same Father Neil that liked Cohiba Siglo I's, I don't think it ended well!
  6. Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills LAT Feb 2018...
  7. JohnS

    Review - Joya Cabinetta

    The point made on construction differences between Cuban and Non-Cuban cigars is spot on. Thanks again for your latest review!
  8. The best answer to this question is to say that the prices are higher than on-line options, in general, yet still cheaper than the tax-affected prices we are used to in Australia and Canada. If you find some hard-to-find gems, I think you'll be satisfied, such as the Bolivar Coronas Gigantes sticks still being available, for example.
  9. Look on the bright side...the new bands beat the heck out of plain packaging bands! Oh, by the way, has anyone checked the latest plain packaging for McDonald's?
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    Desperate or what?

    Yeah...what El Pres said! (Sounds like he's been there before) 😉
  11. JohnS

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Those green spots are thought to occur when the wrapper is curing (or drying out) and there are imperfections in spots to do with humidity, whereby the chlorophyll in the wrapper leaf remains, rather than turn brown. It has no effect on the taste of the cigar and there is nothing to worry about.
  12. 1. H.Upmann Connoisseur No.1 You may, or you may not, be familiar with the H.Upmann Connoisseur No.1. How does it compare to other H.Upmann cigars?
  13. 5. Partagas Serie E No.2 The Partagas Serie E No.2 is another cigar that has enjoyed more attention in 2018 on our forum, much like the Juan Lopez Seleccion No.2. In this review, Luca and I both admit our naivety in smoking this cigar, however, we enjoyed comparing it to other Partagas vitolas we're more familiar with.
  14. 4. Punch Punch If William Shakespeare were alive today, what would he say about the Punch Punch, or just plainly the decimation of Punch as a marca in the last 15 to 20 years? Is the Punch Punch really the quintessential representation of 'Cuban twang'?
  15. 3. Ramon Allones Specially Selected Coffee, Raisins, Toast...repeat. Aah yes, the Ramon Allones Specially Selected. But surely there's more to this cigar than a strong, sweet smoke?

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