cookj1

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  1. We received in excess of 1000mm of rain in November. Yes, that is over 100 cm of rain! Because train tracks were washed out and highways disappeared, Canada’s largest port can’t move product East. It has been a nightmare for many people. Petrol/gasoline is being rationed and only 30 litres can be purchased at a time. The supply chain was already under significant strain, as it has been in many parts of the world, but this has been particularly difficult for the many affected farmers whose region was hit the hardest, which is also the region in the pictures in this thread. A few months ago, this same region was sweltering under a “heat dome” where temperatures hit record Canadian levels in the high 40 degrees (46-48 degrees centigrade were recorded). It was hotter at that time than Death Valley in California. Needless to say, global warming is being blamed.
  2. Sweet Lord Baby Jesus! Second one from the 2017 batch and OMG! If only cigars were like this every day the world would be a magnificent place. These are aging beautifully.
  3. Not sure, to be honest. I mean...smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, right!?! But this is pretty special. I haven’t decided yet. They’re pretty happy just waiting for me to decide; I’m in no rush.
  4. This “gentleman of distinction” happens to be my wife’s boss. ...one of the most wealthy individuals in my part of the world. The box came from one of Castro’s senior officials in 2011. Apparently these aren’t standard HSA release but are made especially for gifts. I don’t know much else about it and really couldn’t put a value on something like this.
  5. Days like today don’t happen offen, but they’re brilliant when they do. A gentleman of distinction gifted me a 30 ct BHK humidor today and I don’t know anything about it. Thoughts and/or comments appreciated as well as guesses on value. Thanks in advance.
  6. Smoking a Punch Super Robusto from 2006. It’s smoking slowly as it’s slightly overfilled. I don’t get a lot of smoke but the flavours are there. I’m uncertain if this is classic Punch or not. It’s a cigar. Is it a good cigar? Yes. Is it a great cigar? I don’t think I could argue that. ...have many more so will probably leave these another 14 years or so.
  7. How long would cigars last outside of proper storage without affecting the cigar? Let’s say there are no humidity or temperature controls, how long would a cigar hypothetically last?
  8. 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.
  9. This was one of my favourite cigars. I'm sad it was discontinued. I've only got a half dozen left or so.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Yes. Very different profile. This is more classic HU profile. And no, it is not the Mag 56 reincarnated.
  15. 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.
  16. I think this thread is proof that double banders are good for Habanos SA! ?
  17. Voted and then checked. Got that totally wrong.
  18. 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. Smoking this right now. Will likely put up a review.
  19. 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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