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  1. I feel like I'm definitely in the minority here, but I love the series. ...haven't had a bad one. I particularly liked the Hoyo and HU, but can't fault the others. The price on the RyJ seemed prohibitive. The others were unique sizes that couldn't be found in regular production. If I want aged RyJ Churchills, I'll just buy a box and age them. I have the patience.
  2. This was one of my favourite cigars. I'm sad it was discontinued. I've only got a half dozen left or so.
  3. I’m obviously in the minority here but I love ‘em all. I wish I could help you but I’m keeping what I’ve got.
  4. What a great thread bump. I must admit that one of my own personal embarrassments, or regrets, is when I make a bad cut. Is there anything worse than starting a cigar with a bad cut!?! Insightful info here. Thanks for sharing, however long ago it was.
  5. Marzipan and cherry bombs. I haven’t had a cigar quite like this before. It’s probably the best Saint Luis Rey I’ve ever smoked. And yes, possibly better than the SLR DC. I had oodles of smoke and the draw was perfect. I didn’t want this cigar to end. I’m sorry I only picked up a few singles; I wish I had a box. ...still gun shy on SLR after the Pacificos. This will go down as one of the most memorable cigars I’ve had this year if only for the unique flavours. 93/100
  6. Yeah. Remarkably fast given the size. Your observation is keen. I dry boxed it for two weeks and the under filled roll was likely a contributing factor. I smoked it like a banshee too. The flavours were outstanding.
  7. Yes. Very different profile. This is more classic HU profile. And no, it is not the Mag 56 reincarnated.
  8. Coming in at a girthy 56 rg and 7 1/8” long, the HU Super Magnum is just that: super! I have to admit that I was extremely intimidated smoking this. A cigar of these dimensions is a commitment. You need time, which fortunately I have due to social distancing measures. It was actually a perfect day to tackle this beast. The Super Magnum is all H. Upmann. If you like the brand profile, you will absolutely love this cigar. It is so smooth young. This is a masterpiece of tobacco blending. Unfortunately the roller didn’t quite get the roll right as you can see from the pictures. I had burn problems right into the last half. How does that even happen with such a premium cigar? Hints of biscuit, cream, cedar, cardamom, and cinnamon. Smoke is plentiful and intoxicating. I’d argue there’s a slight under fill as the draw is light and easy. The burn is not ideal. Medium in flavour and strength. Strong ash. Lasting impression is the smoothness of this blend. This is easy breezy good smoking and a slam dunk. Total smoking time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Habanos SA created another fantastic LCDH double bander. I am a fan of the LCDH smokes and this is no exception. 93/100 (docked 1 mark for the poor roll). It will improve with age and so will the scores.
  9. I think this thread is proof that double banders are good for Habanos SA! 🙃
  10. Voted and then checked. Got that totally wrong.
  11. So funny. ...been thinking the same way lately. And really, with social distancing measures, it’s a great time to enjoy those cigars that are at the back of the humidor.
  12. I went on a 10km hike yesterday and most people wouldn’t dare smoke a nice cigar while doing something so anaerobic, but I love smoking and walking. First impressions: good God this is a big cigar. I cannot stand these jawbreakers. ...trying to be politically correct here but the term donkey c*ck is more appropriate. Second impressions: the wrapper is gorgeous. Happened to order this at the same time some Cohiba Magicos arrived and the wrappers are almost identical in shade. This is a gorgeous smoke. It’s rich. It’s medium/full. The aromas are opulent. Montecristo is just nailing the line lately. Across the brand, I can’t remember getting a bad cigar. Kudos where they are due. It did take 1 hour, 45 minutes to smoke this, but it would likely be a half an hour quicker under normal smoking conditions. It’s so worth smoking this slowly and enjoying it, however. I didn’t note any faults or flaws except for the ridiculous size. My mouth was dancing for a few hours post-smoke. It’s about as close to a classic I can give for such a young cigar.

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