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    Cuban cigars and culture, music

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  1. My cigar discovery of the year, loving the price too
  2. Hi i can't upload photos either-same -200 error
  3. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Du Roi 2005 or earlier (srw) Length: 5 5/8" Ring Gauge: 42 Vitola: Corona Smoked from humidor at 62RH. This was from a cardboard 5 pack I picked up a few months ago. I had intended to smoke this today to see if it was box worthy, and the review competition is well timed. I love the corona size, wish there were more of them around. As it was an old cigar I paired it with a 92 Cabernet Sauvignon from Hungary which I've had knocking about for ages. A nice wine to share with friends on the patio today with a BBQ. Full bodied, sherry and wood notes which went very well with the woody cigar. Prelight: I picked the one with the lightest wrapper from the pack, a little rougher than the rest. Good draw and construction. Little aroma unlit. First third Smooth light white pepper and wood.Medium body. Nice resistance on the draw. Second third Pepper fades, smoke starts to get creamy, and some cinnamon joins the woods. Another transition to mainly hay and wood before the end of this third. Last third Cream and hay fades, and we are back to a less strong version of the first third-pepper & wood. Nubbed it. Conclusion: A wonderfully enjoyable cigar with good complexity and perfect burn. I'll try and pick up a box of these or the du Gourmet during my travels in Burgundy & Geneva next week. 8/10 NB. Unable to upload any images ?due to FOH upgrade.
  4. I know cigars can be rolled at almost any of the factories in Cuba, but could anyone tell me which is the main one for Montecristo? Thanks
  5. I like Gevrey-Chambertin especially the ones made by Joseph Drouhin , so I'll be hopefully able to pick up a few bottles cheaper there than the UK. And discover hidden gems during the day tour, great idea @BrightonCorgi I am also partial to a nice Fleurie, so instead of 2 days in burgundy, I've decided I'll do one in Beaujolais country. Cant wait!
  6. You sure can't beat a bit of Pink Floyd ! Thanks for the review.
  7. Lovely wrapper! Hope it smoked as well as it looked.
  8. Great review- now I'm definitely going to try and pick a box of these up when I'm in Switzerland next month.
  9. Yeah it looks like Grand Crus are out of the question lol 🙂 I will just play it by ear and pop in for tastings in the smaller wineries on the way. Should be great fun as I have a chauffeur (the girlfriend) 😃😃. The food in the area is meant to be very good too-must live up to my handle you see.
  10. H. Upmann Half Corona HUHC 2016 I used to enjoy smoking these, enjoying the smoothness and coffee flavour. Those were from a 2015 box. I bought some 2016 tins, last had one from that batch a year ago, and felt it was a bit harsh and dry at the time, so I thought it was time to try them again to see if anything had changed. Dry boxed for 3 days from 62RH. Draw was perfect, little by way of flavour. Construction felt good. Wrapper turned out to be a bit thick, and the cigar struggled to stay lit initially. First Half Strong dry tobacco mixed with white pepper starts off this cigar, and the pepper builds and builds as I smoke. Second Half Thankfully the pepper fades, and the profile is now tobacco with bitter dark espresso. Still a dry smoke which catches the throat and impossible to retrohale. Glad I have plenty of Sharbat (a Turkish pomegranate and rose drink) to accompany it. The pepper increases towards the end. The body was medium full, and I felt a little nicotine buzz when I finished it. The harshness has gone in the 12 months, but I felt it was too peppery and dry for my taste. I wonder what others think of the 2016 production, and if the 17 or 18 ones are as nice as the 15 box I had. Maybe the RH was too low, I'll try one perhaps at 69 next time. Overall a 6/10 for me; half hour smoke.
  11. Thanks Ken. I'm afraid I no longer have a local wine merchant due to repeated moves around the country. I did have one 20 years ago in Edinburgh, but nowadays I buy relatively good wines from the supermarket. I'm looking to reconnect with the better wines now. Could you recommend any bottles off the shelf I should buy in Beaune? Thanks
  12. I agree with you on the Majestics, a good smoke which I prefer to any of the Magnums. I bought a box of Partagas Chicos recently and was pleasantly surprised-I like them better than the Partagas or Cohiba shorts and they are much cheaper too!
  13. Hi everyone, I will be spending a couple of days in the burgundy region in France in a couple of weeks and was looking for recommendations for the trip. I’d like to go to a vineyard and sample some wine, and bring a few bottles home. Would anyone know the best ones to go to, that won’t break the bank? Thanks Pete

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