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  1. I remember the Cuban Cigars of the 90s differently than others. The thing I remember most was the strength and tannic nature of them. I recall getting D4s and Bolivar which were nearly unsmokeable because they were extremely strong and tannic. They had an overwhelming level of “bite” I would say. While age has clearly done a lot to them I would say they weren’t nearly as accessible fresh as Cuban cigars nowadays. Many of us would not have enjoyed Cuban cigars from the mid to late 90s with only a few years of age on them. If you enjoy a creaminess in cigars now you would have hated the “old” cigars. I think there’s been a shift of sorts. In those days Cuba made strong cigars and NCs were (mostly) milder creamier cigars. I believe today’s Padrón’s are closer in character to fresh Cuban cigars of the 90s than current Cuban cigars. I also recall boxes from the 99-01 period being different. While a fair amount were poorly rolled and blended there were some winners. This was clearly the transition time of Cuba moving from strong tannic cigars to more creamy nutty cigars as others have mentioned. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing to me. I didn’t enjoy some of the 90s cigars as much as others here have said. This is not to say this is bad one way or the other. Just my experience. Age has done wonders to the 90s cigars. Age hasn’t been as kind to the 1999-2001 cigars. It’s my opinion 2002-2008 produced some extremely great cigars. As well as 2013-2015. The cigars of 13-15 are so much better with a few years of age than the cigars of the 90s were. Will they age as well, who knows? I’m sure this is blasphemous to some, but it’s how I remember it. Would I trade my entire collection for cigars from the mid 90s—yes, NOW I would—since I know how they age. Would I trade the way they are now vs. the way they used to be? Most definitely not. I’m sure others remember it differently but this was my experience. Would like to hear others opinion. Take this with the understanding that I was in my early 20s then and didn’t have near as much experience with cigars as now but I don’t think this changes the experience. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. FOHr Diana’s sanity...seems we were given a small glimpse of what a gnashing, thrashing locker sale might look like...
  3. RAE JUN15. Always delivers. Stock up, stock up. Wouldn’t argue with it being the best cigar coming out of Cuba right now.
  4. This cigar was way way better than I expected. Very toothy wrapper. Reminded me of Mag56 and young PLPC. If that taste morphs into caramel like PLPC these will be something special in a few years. Strangely as soon as I removed the Punch band the wrapper exploded. Didn’t tear at all when pulling band off. I removed wrapper and smoked it with just a binder. Smoke output was fine, but it lost a certain something in the flavor dept. If these weren’t double regular Robusto price I would buy a few boxes for sure. Thanks to@norcalaaron for the split—much appreciated! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Occasionally a bit of just plain old granulated sugar for me, but it’s generally not much of a problem. And now a quick jump off the subject—if you like the Gummi bear reviews you should read some luxury watch reviews as well. Not quite as funny as the gummi bears, but some make me laugh pretty hard. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001K3IXW8/ref=cm_cr_othr_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. A 1990 Cadillac Sedan Deville (battleship gray) a friend of mine gave me when I was out a car. I loved that car for the smooth ride, the cool features it has which no other cars had like a gazillion way power seat. It drove like a tank in the snow. It had ashtrays front and rear! I hated it for the Hall Effect sensor which kept going bad (if you know what this is you’ll know why it was a really bad thing), 4 spark plugs along the firewall, an air ride system which would sometimes run until the battery went dead, and the 100 times a week I got pulled over as a suspected drug dealer. I think I ended up trading it for a pitcher of beer and a pizza, or lost it in a card game (seriously)...hmmm...details are fuzzy. Ahhhh...memories. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Larger: Siglo 2 to a Double Corona and... Smaller: Lusitania to a PC. As a side note, would love to see the 109 Vitola get shortened up to about 5”. Upmann 109 about 5 inches in length—yeah, I would buy 50 Cabs of those for sure! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Few of my favorites. All but PLPC are broken up now—will be happening very soon. There’s truly nothing at all like a 50 Cab of Double Coronas. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Wow.....those...are...stunning...have only heard the legend of the Colosales....someday maybe I’ll get a cab sniff. Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. PLPC RGPC Siglo 2 SP Non Plus Bolivar Petit Corona or Tubos 1 (I see a trend there..) Connie A Lusitania Random aged cigar (Dip4 or 5, BCE, or Punch SS1, SS2 or RS11), customs, or RE/EL Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. @Lotusguy put me on to them and I am of the same opinion as him. No noticeable diff with age. They really haven’t been out that long yet though so who knows. Same old reliable best mini/cigarillo ever. I’ve tried the Chicos and others a few times as well and I don’t like them nearly as much as the CoShos, but I could see how some people could. The Cohiba Short IMO has a much better taste. I think I’ve only had 1 or 2 which weren’t good and I think it’s possible tar buildup made that difference. If they start to become bitter, make sure you wipe the tar off of the head. Side note—would love to see a review with Ken of a COSHo! I’m quite sure it would be hilarious!
  12. That’s an old picture...I traded them for 2 Talisman months ago 😇...
  13. Box of 10 PSP Monte 2 from 2008 with signature on bottom...as a reference for oily, dark, and thin wrappers. God bless you@ethernut for parting with this box—you are a true friend! With and without flash for your viewing pleasure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. There’s this fizzy chemical kind of taste I get sometimes which reminds me of grape soda. I just experienced it last week with this cigar. It was a pretty nice cigar (for a rainy, blustery 50 degree driving range session) until the final 3rd when it went astringent and metallic; for a few puffs the Cuban fizz plus the chemical taste gave me that strange grape soda taste.
  15. This cigar screams chocolate to me quite a lot. Not creamy chocolate, not mocha chocolate, but baking chocolate. Like chocolate chips. Not even dark chocolate. Semi-sweet baking chocolate. Not caramelly, not really that sweet. Quality tobacco and baking chocolate. Maybe a touch of stone fruit at some points. Maybe flirts with a black coffee profile at times. El Prez says take a square of baking chocolate wrapped around a prune. I really think this describes the Famosos well. Starts out med bodied and stays, maybe picks up a touch in the last 3rd. I find myself smoking these mostly when I am doing other things. Grilling, watching a ball game, mowing, fishing. This one I just savored. Just sat and enjoyed it. Paired it with Coca Cola. Great cigar for Easter. These may never get above 90-92 points but this whole box has been very consistent and just outright tasty—I bet they don’t last long enough for me to find out.
  16. This prank gives me a laugh every time. Could you imagine! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. If we’re talking decade as in 2007 (because the 2018s aren’t out yet), then I would have to say the Hoyo Regalos (fireproof), Hoyo Short Hoyo Piramides (boring), and the RA Allones Extra (the few I’ve had have been all over the place in consistency). Haven’t had the Trini Short Robo T, but I bet it will make El Prez’s list from previous comments. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 18 holes with a Cart....I’ll bring my own Lusitania... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. If Cohiba Gran Reserva isn’t allowable here I’ll go with PL Magnificos or Lonsdales RE. Think I have all the others I have wanted to try—maybe. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. An absolute stunner. 2009 Dip 4. @nonameno you’re my hero. Best PC I have had in many years. Reminded me so much of Monte 4s of the 90s with a sprinkling of some spice—maybe nutmeg. Legs for years. Find some, pay the premium. Trade away your double banded dollar gobblers. I smoked it way too fast, but look at that cone. Glorious cigar. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. This exactly. Will add the only Cohiba I like young (less than 3 years) is Siglo 2 and sometimes CCE although they both benefit greatly from aging. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. As others have said it really depends on how the cigar is behaving. Probably about 50% of the time I smoke to the end. Smoke a lot of PCs so if I feel like I don’t want to smoke anymore after half the cigar I’ll chuck it. Not too long ago I smoked a SCDLH El Principe and it was terrible. Smoked 1/3, and went and got another and it was terrible, smoked another 1/3 and it was terrible. Went and grabbed a Siglo 2. It was delicious. Have had many good El Principe from that box those 2 just were awful at the time. I was much more pleased with this situation than the equally priced (of all 3) CORO I punished myself all the way through last week. Still grouchy about it.
  23. 2015 Famosos on my neighbors heated porch (he was smoking a Monte DE). Truly a marvelous cigar. My favorite Robusto lately.

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