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  1. Not going to lie, I was a bit intimidated by this review theme at first. I don't typically use a point rating scale for my daily smokes (just ones I post reviews of) and tend to put cigars into categories of "BUY A BOX NOW!", "Would buy if I saw the right price", and "Won't be hunting these down". No real sense of purpose, just a general feeling of if I need more of cigar or not. However, I thought "Why not look back through my posts and see what I have rated 90 in the past?" and so I dug up a review I did of these RyJ Exhibicion #4s last September. Original RyJ Exhibicion #4 Review from Septe
  2. Oregonian myself and just started getting back in to whisky in general after a few years of exploring other spirits. Went to try and find Weller and some stores practically laugh you out for even asking. But then other states people covet the Eagle Rare and it’s all over the place here. At least the pricing is controlled so if you can find “rare” bourbon it’s usually priced fairly instead of hiked up. Then there’s times like today when I went to pick up a bottle of Mellow Corn today just for mixing and it’s $23 on the bottom shelf. Thought it was a price error but nope, that’s what they’re cha
  3. Haven’t had any of their whiskeys yet but the Absinthe they do is superb. Pretty solid list of reliable, budget friendly whisky. I usually keep an Eagle Rare around the house as it’s only ~$33USD here and not hard to find. The store is out sometimes out but it’s not like trying to buy Weller! ? For mixing, I usually go Old Grandad BiB at ~$22USD.
  4. If I take notes on the smoke in my notebook I’ll usually tape the band in there at the end of the page. All other bands are currently being thrown in an empty candle jar though over the years I stored them in cigar boxes, jars of all sizes, and other various vessels. I keep telling myself that someday they’ll be used for a grand project but seems that I’ve never managed to actually make that happen ?
  5. It's finally time... I'm going to lay flame to my first Regional Edition I ever received. Got this stick as part of a trade back when I first got in to CCs around late 2014 so I have no idea of box code or exact roll date. As with many new collectors, it promptly went in to a box of Grail-type smokes that I didn't trust myself to be able to enjoy. There it sat, waiting patiently. At first, the ER band was enough to keep me away and the fact that it was not from a country so readily available at the Netherlands or Spain added even more prohibition. After a couple of years I knew there were no m
  6. Just had my first Dip 2 in years a week or so ago and I had the same thought: Partagas Sourdough meets Monte Cocoa. Great review!
  7. Been resting these since receiving them late last year. Haven’t wanted to jump in as this will only be my third Cohiba ever but at some point you have to try them just to have a reference as they age! Rather windy today but the cigar is already clipped so I’m going ahead anyway. Aroma at cold is sweet and honey-like over a core of classic tobacco. Slight tangy note like cheese (Parmesan?) and just a hint funky. Cold draw is clean, zero funk, slightly sweet and full stone fruit, peaches specifically. Fantastic. Construction is good but features a flawed cap (lifting slightly, terrible glue job)
  8. Oregon governor just released her version of Shelter-in-Pace to last until removed by the governor’s order. Going to get pretty quiet around here for a few weeks...
  9. Beautiful early spring weather reaching in to the mid 60’s here meaning it’s the perfect time to get some fresh air and leave the quarantine bubble. Wild couple of weeks here in the US and daily life is changing pretty quickly here on the west coast. The silver lining is plenty of time to call family and catch up, play some video games, and of course - smoke all the cigars! Picked a Trinidad Vigia with just over two years of age on it. This was my first box of Trinis ever and picked them up only because they were on an amazing sale. Just over four inches and a 54 RG is definitely not my size o
  10. SLR Series A paired with some dry Lambrusco. Smoking some discos before COVID discos me ?
  11. 184.4 lbs so I’m down a whole 0.8 lbs! Gyms closed due to COVID19 has not been a help and not doing well on trimming calories during work lunches. Time to redouble my efforts!
  12. Had to get back from a trip this weekend to return to my scale so hopefully I made it in time! 185.2lbs or 84.005kg is the heaviest I’ve ever been! ? Time to lose some of this!
  13. A frantic cleaning of the house before the lady comes back from a week visiting family. Cigars, documentaries (my forbidden TV indulgence), and video games have filled my evenings this week so now it’s time to bang out the honey-do list ?
  14. I too bought a box of Vegueros Mananitas early on (price was great for a newbie) and I loved them more than most. Still have a few from that box four years later and they actually age a treat as well! A word of advice on the JLP: smoke them within a couple of years. I have some 4-5 year old JLP Cazadores rolling around my humidor and they lost most of their punch with age. Now they just taste like musty old library books. Great golf smoked though as they are cheap enough that you don’t care too much if the wind ruins them or a buddy bums one!
  15. Thanks for the congrats everyone and a special thanks to Rob and the FOH team! Love these review competitions... they do a great job of getting me to smoke a variety of cigars instead of hoarding them all away.
  16. So many great cuts that I hope one day to grace my table. Alas, mine is a sad tale of an apartment dwelling carnivore whose only grill is a communal contraption filled with rusty grates, broken knobs, and a plumbed in gas line that defies all operational logic. Oh and it’s winter in the northern hemisphere so it’s really freaking cold out there! ? I’ll order fancy at a restaurant or eat some smoked tri-tip at a buddy’s place but at home my favorite cut is a flat iron or a Denver steak... whatever my butcher has a better deal on. Thin cuts like these fry up quick in my cast iron ski
  17. Johnny-O Cazadore (assuming from size, forgot to label) likely from 2015/2016 (again, forgot to label). Very tasty thus far!
  18. Finally a chance to review one of my BPCs! This is actually the first box of Cuban cigars I ever ordered of which I have 9 remaining. The distinction of first box I ever bought actually goes to a box of Partagas Toppers purchased in 2006 or maybe early 2007 but those were on a break coming home from university and we promptly smoke all of them over the break... wish I still had a few! In any case, I’ve been saving these Bolivars but wanting to revisit them. I promised myself I would wait until they came up on a Review Weekend and so you can imagine my joy when Bolivar was the theme!
  19. From my understanding, “short filler” tends to refer to what many NC producers call a “Cuban Sandwich” cigar. Filler that is not long enough to make a long filler cigar is blended (scraps, short pieces, broken long pieces) with a piece or two of long filler (usually lower quality) to assist with the burn. That is why these cigars aren’t a) all premium long filler and also not b) all short chopped tobacco like a cigarette but instead somewhere in between. As others have mentioned, the sourcing for the tobacco is also from less premium growing regions which also keeps the cost down. Still great
  20. Really enjoyed the theme this week as it gave me plenty of choices in the humidor! Wish I could have fired up a Partagas Lusitania but it is full on winter here in the northern hemisphere so that was out of the question. Settled on a Ramon Allones Club Allones as I figured I could get through it before losing a digit to the cold and I haven’t had one in ages. Wrapper is darker than I would normally expect on a Ramon Allones but that seems to be on par for the EL releases. Aroma at cold was very muted, not giving much other than a mild sweet tobacco note. Cold draw was similar... slightly musty
  21. I feel as though this is pronounced differently than I read it in my head ?
  22. It’s an above ground car park that makes up about half of the first level of my apartment building lol. Only designated area to smoke in on the property and it’s completely covered with a decent wind break so it’s not freezing cold. Definitely better than smoking in a nearby park and it’s a couple flight of stairs from my door. There’s a couple good lounges nearby (one even has a bar!) but you can’t beat the convenience of being at home when it’s already late on a work night
  23. First off, I must admit that I had no knowledge of José Mourinho despite considering myself a football fan. You see, we Americans are cursed with a national league that runs counter to the FIFA schedule. While I have for years said that I will start watching EPL, I am so burnt out from attending home games for months on end that when MLS season concludes I happily hibernate for a few months until pre-season activity begins. I’m not certain that my partner or my employer would be able to tolerate a year-round commitment to soccer from me. Having done a bit of research I feel that I now have an
  24. I feel your pain! My nemesis is the PLMC... something about these small RG cigars! It’s like there’s never just one dud. They’re either great or complete crap.

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