Wailbait

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  1. Boy I love these so much. I only have a handful left now but I do cherish them.
  2. An ode to my most consumed size. If I were being totally honest, my favorite size is probably a Lonsdale or Corona. But,$ for $, this is what I reach for the most. SO MUCH SO that I even broke my personal rule of never smoking anything less than 3 years old! Everyone had been raving on the overall quality of 21 and 20. Haven’t tried anything from either of those two years. Had a few 19s that I thought were good. (I didn’t enjoy anything from 18 and thus don’t own any). But this box looked great and smelled great. AND because petit Coronas tend to be less expensive than other sizes, I didn’t have to beat myself up for trying it young. (I still find it insane that the Monte 3 and the Quai Corona are the only two Coronas in production. If you squint, I guess the Coloniales is a corona) This Boli PC DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I was blown away with the lack of harshness from the get-go. Typically these can be strong when young. Smokeable but strong. (Unlike the PLPC which is borderline unsmokeable in its youth). But I find this cigar usually hits its stride 4-7 years in. I got a lot of leather, some wood, very little fruit. Basically a good Bolivar. Construction was excellent. Part of the wrapper had some trouble staying lit about halfway through but I’m sure that was an anomaly. Normally I would pair this with a Manhattan but today felt like a martini day and I just got a bottle of this fantastic Carpano Dry Vermouth. It was a nice match up. Predictably, the back third was a bit harsh and unresolved but that was expected. In fact I noted that I would revisit the cigar in 2023 as opposed to normally waiting the typical 3 years. 90 now. Will likely be a 92-93 in a couple of years
  3. I’ll be totally honest - as a lifelong Dodgers fan I’m Terrified!!! I’m not sure there has been a more powerful offensive line in history! That’s terrible! We need to be squeezed a little to play. Hubris is not our strong suit. Very scared.
  4. So many good ones. I love “Eye Know” from De La Soul because of the liberal use of “Peg” by Steely Dan.
  5. No clue but they look PERFECT.
  6. Yeah. Never seen a fake Hoyo DC but I guess there’s a first for everything
  7. I enjoy this question a lot. There might be some friends that I would share any cigar with regardless of cost. With them, I likely feel a two-way street of generosity such that even if they weren’t giving me cigars, maybe I felt that they shared in other ways. And it all feels mutual. But other friends I might not be “as generous.” Sure I’ll share but maybe I don’t dive into the good stuff. This likely stems from a feeling that I’m doing most of the sharing in the relationship. I understand the predicament of the OP. If it were once or twice, that’s a slight leaning of the seesaw. But right now he feels like Andre the Giant across from Herve Villechaize. That’s a tough predicament. An open kimono chat about cigar costs might bring things into focus.
  8. I traded a bunch of sticks with a guy recently. Mostly just odds and ends that I didn’t have much of for things he didn’t have much of. Principes for Party Shorts. That sort of thing. On it was 1 Hoyo DC. I don’t have any other Hoyo DCs at present to compare it to but the label looked “different.” Printing looks thicker. I’ve never seen a fake one but maybe they are out there? Maybe it’s older? Maybe it’s newer. I have ZERO info on it. (Don’t know code or year.). I’m not out any money so it’s not like I’m looking to pick a fight. Just curious on what the Peanut Gallery thinks.
  9. I’ve moved somewhat away from the size. But for me it’s Connie 1 and Choix Supreme.
  10. They are among my favorites. Plus I love the size. When I close my eyes I think of a harmonious medium bodied blend. While neither of what I am about to say “taste” like an old des dieux, my vote for not “cheeky unobtainable” stuff: SLR regio on near term. Choix Supreme with a couple of years.
  11. That is so hilarious you say this. I made the same comment yesterday. I found “cigar 4” from 2018 and I was looking EVERYWHERE for the reveal. I could only find 1,2,3 and 5. So I was in the DARK. It was certainly blind to me.
  12. Nothing Cohiba because I refuse to kowtow to the perceived hype or for someone doing it for “the gram” No Robaina. Doesn’t feel like a “typical” Cuban. No Upmann 46. For whatever reason I find that new smokers gravitate towards the Upmanns. The 46 isn’t typical to the marca so I probably wouldn’t want to disabuse them of their notions.
  13. I like it a lot. If someone “said” to me “we are more alike than different”, it’s sort of treacly. When someone “shows” me that, it’s sticky.
  14. Ugh. I don’t recall 140 but I did get a few at a bit more. Those were the days.
  15. I have loved these cigars. In fact I find this particular era of Quai (2013-2015) to be incredibly consistent which is a huge bonus when it comes to Cuban cigars. My only questionable box was one from 2015 with dark wrappers. (Quai should never have dark wrappers in my opinion) This is just a pretty cigar. I love the size and feel. I wish there were more Coronas but I don’t want to be the old man that yells at a cloud. Draw on this one is slightly tighter than I love but not so bad that I want to monkey with it. Flavors are all spot on. Some baking notes, some gingerbread. This particular example is in great shape and burns well. The combination of the excellent conversation and the tighter draw allowed me to savor it for a long time. I even had a second drink! This is a great medium bodied cigar and I wish I had 5 more boxes of them when they were relatively affordable. 93/100
  16. Sorry to hear that. Our place got robbed a couple of times and it’s a really crummy feeling. In the US, cops were very pleasant but basically said “yeah we aren’t going to catch them.” I guess we got to enjoy the cam footage.
  17. Here’s a review where I won’t bury the lede. This is a great stick. Honestly it’s a situation where I have one of these perhaps every 6-9 months, I think to myself “I love this - I should get more to age” and I just never do. I got this box awhile back, around 2017, and it clearly wasn’t ready, but around the 4-5 year mark, it really came into focus. Just look at it! Great color. Lovely sheen. Weight and fill were both great. I find myself buying PLPC more than any other PC because I like how they age. But those really need some time. These are great at 4 years where my PLPC seem to need more. I always tell my newbie cigar friends to get a box of Monte 4 first as they are pretty good in the first year or two. But if you have the patience, these are fantastic. I pick up a bit of mushroom and forest floor with these. They aren’t the last word in complexity but they are just so darn harmonious. I can see this box being excellent for 5-8 more years. Maybe I’ll trade for a recent 5er and see how new ones are.
  18. Lots of great thoughts on this. It has compelled me to think further on my notes. For the record - it’s not a dis track on these cigars. They might smooth out in the next few years. I had steered clear of the JL1/2 for years because they were too strong for my palate and I never felt they would resolve. I still love my JLPC. But maybe some good words about JL2 will have me revisit. I only had examples from 14 and 15 and I think that recent blends on many cigars seem milder so maybe I’ll redip my toe in the water.
  19. I love review weekends as sometimes they compel me to dig around and try something I haven’t had in awhile. I split this box of Juan Lopez years ago and have never tried one from it. My experience with Juan Lopez sticks ( on the 3-5 occasions I have had one) is that they are often compared to Cohibas and I just don’t see it at all. It’s not that I dislike them, I just personally don’t see the comparison. The one thing they have in common is that in my opinion both need at least 5 years to shine. I probably bought this box in 16 or 17 and figured they weren’t ready. Look at it. Could not be prettier. Great weight. Beautiful sheen. Prelight aroma is fruity. 1/2 Ok. I WANT to love it. I really do. I’ll just say, “it’s not you, it’s me.” It’s just so darn strong and gutsy out of the gate. Lots of flavors but it’s a bit of an American muscle car. Lots of speed but doesn’t corner. It’s big and bold. I sort of like it and I find it growing on me. But I had a 2012 RASS recently that was also strongish but had more finesse. 2/2 The second half is so much better. I kept commenting on “if this first half is this strong, the latter half will blow my brains out”. But it doesn’t really happen. In fact, it never increased in strength and I started to pick out some foresty flavors that weren’t present in the first half. It certainly is much better now. Do I like this cigar? Sort of. Some might say I’m just too impatient and that it needs 15 years down. Short moral is that I’ll enjoy these sticks over the next few years. Might not buy any more immediately but I’ll likely trade for a few from folks who have a great box. 87/100

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