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    Sydney, Australia
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    The Hammond Organ and the Marimba, Dave Pike, Jimmy McGriff, Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Laurence Davis and Rotary Engines

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  1. Some great smokes this weekend with @JohnS - Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4 (ABO Ago 18) A tad bitter to start with notes of cocoa and nut. At the halfway point the cigar started to lose its rough edges. The burn was good and it was constructed well. - Partagas Maduro No.1 (TUE May 20) I cant believe how smooth and well balanced this cigar was only just at 3 months of age! HSA have done it right with these. Great notes of cherry, and spiciness on the retrohale. Thanks so much John for sharing these smokes with me! It was great!
  2. Great Chat with Joeseph and Rob just now. Take care guys!
  3. Perlas are awesome! I would reach for a Perla over a Monte 5 or Monte MC any day. Such a great cigar.
  4. I wonder how much a box of those would set you back...?
  5. Usually I nub most cigars - but if I am not enjoying it/feeling too tired I would end the cigar where it is at. No point in pushing through to finish the smoke. Remember, it's an activity of relaxation...not a chore.
  6. Thanks John Glad you enjoyed it. I found the outer box in my cupboard. The box code is - ETP DIC 15
  7. Mailman came today! Some whites to try and also my favourite regular Scotch - Kilkerran 12 year old. Great value for money Scotch
  8. A Fantastic Smoke last night. A QdO Corona. ETP OCT 15 Fantastic Smoke with a great wine. The QdO started off with great notes of Shortbread laced with orange citrus. On the retrohale a pleasant pepperiness. Excellent construction too with a perfect draw. As the smoke progressed the shortbread remained and the orange citrus intensified. At the final third there was a very interesting taste of Star anise. One of my favorites. An awesome cigar! I just wish more of these were easier to find. @JohnS and I smoked this same code together last year and we were amazed at the shortbread and orange citrus flavour. Simply beautiful. As Rob has mentioned - these cigars have a sleep period when fresh. I have smoked these fresh and all you taste is tobacco. You need to let these rest for a minimum of 3 years. Ideal at 5 years and I am keen to see how these change with more aging.
  9. Thanks Iain! Looks like you're having more great weather to enjoy some great smokes
  10. Christmas Sampler Bolivar Belicosos Finos tonight. Paired with Spring bank 12 Cask Strength and a Guinness chaser. Great pairing. The Bolivar had some pleasant light earthy notes, toasted tobacco and a bit of spice. At the half way point I decided to clip a bit more off the head spice just intensified and came through even stronger. Very interesting. The Springbank- A birthday present from my partner (She's a gem). A couple of drops of water was added to open it up. Lovely...just lovely. Notes of cherries, raisins, toffee, and a tiny bit of citrus zest. My partner had a couple of sips of it and I must say...for someone that isn't a big whiskey drinker she picked up notes of cherries, cinnamon and lemon zest!I was very impressed! I'm glad she enjoyed it. However, Maybe it will become a problem later on if she starts raiding my stash! Haha Hope you're all having a great weekend! Take care
  11. Keen to be there for the next one. Hopefully I can make it!
  12. Aus Government are real party poopers arnt they @Fuzz?
  13. H Upmann Mag 46 AUB MAR 13 Thank you @IanMcLean68 for this lovely smoke! I had the pleasure of smoking the same box code Mag 46 from Ian about 2 or so years ago. The difference is almost night and day compared to this one I smoked yesterday. N.B: The mag46 I smoked from Ian 2 years ago knocked me off my feet in regards to it's nicotine strength and power. This Mag 46 however smoked very differently. The power and nicotine had died down and had mellowed out which helped tie in all the great flavours of bread, toasted tobacco and nut. The construction was excellent and it paired well with the Springbank 15. This made my late (1am) night of work on the computer a fantastic night! Thanks so much Ian. I really enjoyed smoking this! Tempted to put a box down myself for 6+ years! Oh yes and I lit it with my Dunhill Rollagas Lighter!
  14. Oh my god....I am having pleasant memories of the one you kindly gave me to smoke when we were at your place celebrating your sons Birthday!! The paprika, capsicum and toasted tobacco flavour was phenomenal!!! Thanks again John

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