awkwardPause

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  1. 2016 HU Mag 50 from 10 ct. Probably the highest rated box overall I’ve ever had. Every single one was a solid mid 90s for me. Would never have guessed that going in based on the age, no name code, and just my overall thoughts on the line, but it “outsmoked” various vintages of even my beloved Sir Winston. Who knew
  2. Take this fwiw, but sometimes you just have to get out of the game for a while to truly enjoy what you have. By that, I mean the stock you already have in your possession, of course, but more importantly family and other interests (assuming those exist outside of cigars, lol). I personally took a break from purchasing cigars for a few months and pursued other interests (finally spending some real time learning blues guitar) and made an effort to free up obligations in order to spend more time with my daughter. Personally, “out of sight, out of mind” worked pretty well for me and I’ve enjoyed t
  3. From a kind and generous friend. First time seeing these and they look fantastic. Construction is absolutely on point and the aroma is slightly damp trampled hay/manure. Depends on what does it for you, but that certainly does it for me LOL! LGR JUN 18 Rio Secos
  4. @cfc1016 Smoking one of your favorites tonight! Petit Royales aren’t too bad either, @cfc1016 ?
  5. Did you stop by Union Cigar Society in Seattle? That’s a local shop for me and wouldn’t be surprised if they recommended that Warped! I’ve bought plenty from them over the years. ?
  6. Trying some new stuff in the NC world that I’ve been noticing recently. Have a good lineup ready to go with one solid backup plan should any of these fail me. ?
  7. Great idea for a comparison! For me, I get a very strong cumin/cilantro/ground beef flavor from the Tacos. Some hearty corn tortilla notes on the fringes as well that play off the savory beef notes just wonderfully. Love them! A true staple around our home. As for the RyJ Churchills - these tend to exhibit a refined nutty/fruity/cedary flavor profile with a nice floral component in the aroma. Medium-full body with a buttery mouth-coating smoke. So, to summarize - different experiences altogether from a sensory perspective, IMHO.
  8. Any updates on these? It’s been just over a month since the last post, so I’m curious if anyone can now comment on how these are looking and/or smoking. Box code/factories? I find that I just can’t say no to a good 109...
  9. A few from the last few ?... RASS - ULA FEB 14 - stunning, super funky (barnyardyness?) richness. Monte 80th - UAO NOV 17 - Big, toasty, chocolate bomb. Medium body and tasty as can be. Buttery aroma while smoking. Too bad so pricey! Punch Corona - 1995 something else. No sweetness but just sheer earthy, hay and coffee. Really nice and unique. Cohiba Corona Especiales - REG MAY 18 - fresh - rich, grassiness prevails. Almost put me on my ass with nicotine. Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto - UEB DIC 17 - Wow, did I ever write these off way too soon! Toasty goodness th
  10. MUR JUL 13 A few others that made the Holidays even better. Cheers!
  11. Smoking this MEG 16 Connie A in honor of my favorite Upmann fanatic ? @cfc1016

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