cigarbigboy

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  1. Read anything about cigars, including drink pairing, and the ideal time of year/weather for the cigar I'm smoking. Frequently I work on updating my cigar inventory, especially the "want" list.
  2. Hi taxes in Mexico. They have to pay wholesale what other LCDH sells for at retail. Had a long talk with the LCDH store in Cozumel about this, how frustrating it was for them, that even though they sell at high prices their profit margin isn't high.
  3. Enjoy them. I'd love to hear what you think of it once you try one.
  4. El Rey Del Mundo Kon Tiki 1973 Los Andes Regional Production Vitola: 109 Ring gauge: 50 Cigar length: 184 mm / 7.24' Since I haven't seen many reviews on this special edition, I decided to have a go at it. This cigar was produced in a suitcase-sized box of 50. If you don't have a large humidor, that would cause a problem. The packaging was impressive, but perhaps not as elegant as one would expect for a cost of over $2,000, with a limited run of only 1200 boxes. As I opened the box the odor of fresh grass struck me. The enticing smell made me decide that I couldn't wait 6 months while it aged in my humidor before I tried the first stick. With a factory stamp of LGR MAR 19, it certainly hadn't had much time to age. Throwing caution out the window, two days right off the truck it would be! With what I hoped to be a good cigar, I paired it with Ron Zacapa XO Solera, Grand Reserva Especial Rum. The wrapper was nice, few veins, but not baby bottom smooth. I loved the feel of it in my hand, the weightiness and the length promising to engage me for at least the next 90 minutes. I loved the slightly rounded tip. To me the narrowing of the end of this vitola would intensify the flavor of the smoke. I retreated to my front deck, set up my drink and ashtray, and was ready to rock. Ignition! Personally, I don't care for an in-your-face overpowering cigar. Nor do I want one that tastes like I'm puffing air. I've always been a fan of El Rey. The El Rey genetics were there in the first puff. Just under medium in strength by my estimate. Grass, wet soil, a hint of strength, a bit of a pleasant after taste. I enjoyed the flavor, the pleasant aroma of the smoke, and breathed a sigh of contentment. This wasn't a complex cigar, but the simple, satisfying taste alone was enough. The draw was perfect. Goldilocks would have been happy with this, as the draw wasn't too tight, nor too loose. It was just right. Firm and satisfying. First Third: I expected to experience some harsh notes because of the youth of the cigar. To my unexpected pleasure such wasn't the case. The intensity of the flavor increased, but the strength did not. The taste continued to be medium in intensity, conveying grass, vanilla, with a background of pleasant woodiness. The burn was even, without irregularities, again, somewhat surprising for such a young cigar. Second Third: The cigar continued in much the same manner as the first third. A hint more of strength and intensity as I passed the half-way point at an hour into the smoke.. Some slight complexity developed, with a hint of molasses. The second third could be summed up with one word. Yummy. Third Third: Unfortunately, no cigar can last forever (with the exception of a Monte A stick). There were no inconsistencies. No surprises. No set-backs in draw, or burn, or taste as I neared the end. The grass taste, to me, was reminiscent to of a Siglo. Earthiness and molasses increased slightly, reminding me I was nearing the end. I found myself already looking forward to the next one, wondering how long I would force myself to wait before I'd try another? How would it develop with age? Normally, I wait at least a year after the production date to smoke the first one. But in this case, with 50 sticks, I figured I could be adventurous, and I'm so glad I did. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, boasting the medium intensity and profile I enjoy most. Overall Rating: I understand everyone has different taste preferences. For me, this one hit the ball out of the park. This was an effortless, relaxing smoke. If you want a complex cigar, this may not be for you, but for me, I couldn't ask for anything better. Perhaps a hint more complexity with aging could further improve the profile, but I'd have a hard time otherwise finding a way to improve it. At $40+ US per stick, I understand it might be a might expensive. But at least for that money you're getting a stick that will bring you two hours of enjoyment. I would rate it 94/100.
  5. I buy way too many, but I'd rather buy them now and have them age, sampling them as they go. Also, certain LE cigars are unavailable or outrageously expensive once the initial production is done, so I try to put a couple boxes aside for future years. I have about 125 boxes, about a third of which I've not opened yet. Probably more than enough to supply me for the rest of my life, but I'm sure that won't stop me from buying more when an attractive offering comes up from Rob.
  6. Fortunate enough to get a box. I'll try to review after the first smoke.
  7. I work out 60 to 90 minutes, three days on, one day off, weightlifting. I don't smoke a stogie before I work out. I'm 59.
  8. I'm going to take a stab at answering this. Absolutely they're not worth the extra coin. And absolutely they are worth the extra coin... if you have it. A good quality diamond can be twice the value of one of the same carat weight, though the subtle improvements don't make it twice as nice, it's still double the price. A bottle of first growth Bordeaux wine can be a notch up from normal Bordeaux, but not twice or three or four times better tasting, though it brings in that much more money. Is a Mercedes really worth twice as much as a Toyota, after all, the Toyota will bring you around perfectly comfortably. When you buy an LE, you're not only buying the leaves, you're buying the back story. You're buying into the fact that this unique blend was limited, and only so many people will buy them. Often it commemorates something, so you're smoking to an occasion. Do you want to be one who can, years later, say they tried one, or that they still have a few tucked away in their humidor? Or do you want to jealously listen to the stories of others who have and wonder how the smoke would have been. There are components of greater quality, such as aging, in some LEs. But those alone don't make it worth twice the price of regular production cigars. However, the experience, the backstory, the uniqueness can increase the overall enjoyment substantially.... I try to put away a box of most of the LEs, and look forward to trying them years down the road. When I'm fortunate, I get two boxes, one to smoke slowly, often with friends, and the other to let age to it's full potential. Hope this helps.
  9. welcome, to a fellow Arizonan. I'm in Tucson right now! Be happy to share a cc with you some time.
  10. I'll go out on a limb here. First I'd say not one of them is a dog. They all look great. Frequently people prefer the darker wrappers. Obviously the Genios would win in that category. That's a given since it is a maduro. But you also want silky, non-veiny wrappers. Unfortunately the angle of the light can misrepresent how big the veins are, but the Siglo VI looked the best in that category, with the Monte 2 seeming the roughest.
  11. agreed. Casa Fuente. Try the tangerine mojito. Then people watch. In the summer, who wants to be outside in Vegas? Every Fuente cigar available. No trip to Vegas is complete without a trip to Case Fuente.
  12. Most of them I buy with age already on them, many from our host! Of course the anejados are already aged. I have a few going back to the 70s. I like to have the right cigar for the moment. Trouble is my humidor only has room for about 30 more boxes.... don't tell my wife what will happen next....
  13. I have placed them in checked baggage many times with no problems. Heck, probably the postal service was rougher on them sending them to me from the Presidente.
  14. that's one review I'm really looking forward to. thanks mate!
  15. Reminds me of when Obama talked about a military corpsman, carefully pronouncing the "p", not knowing in the military the "p" is silent. He wondered why his audience was snickering...

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