Man D'olin

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  1. Thank you, gentlemen! I was speculating about how long to let them sleep before smoking them…this will inform my decision.
  2. Been enjoying the Punch 898 APR 2018- scored another box today. I’m sure many of you know, and maybe someone can enlighten me…What does the 2018 mean? The box code is for July 2021-so I’m assuming that’s when they were rolled- but is it the tobacco that was harvested in 2018? or was the blend developed and assembled in 2018, or if you add the numerals in 2018 together and get the number 11, is that significant is some arcane way, indicating some deep and hidden truth?
  3. There is a VERY strange documentary about the weird arc of his life called “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee”. Anyone interested in a good true-life crime puzzle should check it out- I think it’s streamable on Amazon. I watched it more than once when it came out about 4 years ago.
  4. Thanks for the portrait of a great day and thanks for the tip aboout the espionage novelist- Kanon. Ordered the book. Been lamenting the demise of the late John LeCarre, so I am rereading a Jack Vance novel from the 70's.( A great sci-fi writer, who is not so widely known). Last weekend I got a peak Southern California, cigar/ocean experience- a short hike to the bluffs on the coast above Santa Barbara, and thoughly enjoyed a Monte Petit Edmundo, while my gal savored a Trini Reyes- the libations came later...some Cental Coast Pinot, if I remember rightly. A good Cuban in the face of the offshore breeze-nothing like it.
  5. Volume 2 of the same compilation (also by David Byrne) is also GREAT called “O Samba”- one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy these. If you get a chance to hear them.
  6. Today we had a warm sunny afternoon is SoCal, so some Brazilian music hit the spot...the David Byrne compilation “Brazil Classics 1. Beleza Tropical” is a monster CD of some pivotal stuff. Tip of the hat to everyone’s musical suggestions- soothes the mind in these savage times.
  7. Ralph Stanley at Pound, VA 1972. See a teenage Ricky Scaggs, Keith Whitley and the rest of the Clinch Mt. Boys at their peak. Parts 1 - 3 on youtube.
  8. Nice article on Beaujolais! Had a glass or two in a Paris cafe as a youth...refreshing, kind of zesty, but also transformative, as I remember back... certainly my favorite glass of wine of the trip. Have been looking to recapture that sensation and have never succeeded with that wine. Now I kinda have a handle on what to hunt down. thanks
  9. “Shall we go, You and I while we can Through the transitive Nightfall of diamonds...” thanks Robert your words struck deep and deeply
  10. Trinidad- even though it's not on the list. I smoked a Vigia tubo the other day that I would only share with an enemy- cloying and wind-tunnelly. I adore the Reyes, and the Fundadores can be extraordinary-but "can be" is the operative term. I know this is heresy, but I got too much sleep last night and I can't stop myself.
  11. While digging through a humidor last night I found the 2016 R y J Capuleto hiding next to some R J Tacos. A very lucky find! I think it was part of a FOH sampler from a while ago and I forgot I had it...Started out mild with a tinge of caramel, nice firm draw, a little tinge of coffee. Then after the first third, bam, someone unleashed something (your metaphor here), expresso, toasted tobacco, powerhouse of flavors. Wonderful to the end- wish I had more. I have been holding the 2018 R y J Tacos becuase people say they need the proverbial 3-5. I'm hoping that in another two years (or more, if I misplace some) I can expect something close to the Capuleto.
  12. Whew! I was wondering where I left that thing...please save it for me.
  13. I'm not as adept at flavor descriptions as many here, but I really like the Magico flavor profile- I've smoked many boxes of them, and find the flavor complex, they have that dark chocolate maduro thing going for them. They are expensive, and I save them for a treat. What I love about a good Magico is the lack of any unpleasant tobacco flavor- and I know that sounds weird, but it's that flavor that comes when you open a pack of cigarettes. As an ex-cigarette smoker...well enough said. The same can be said of the medio Siglo's I got- but I do find the flavors quite different.
  14. I agree with El Pres when he says the petit robusto is a strange vitola BUT I also agree that the Petit Edmundo is a killer Monte- I haven’t tried the others. I do find that Magicos can be magic. And to the brother who likes 898’s, I say “right on”- if you can handle what I would call an adult dose of St. Nicotine. Maybe I got a great batch of the Medio Siglos, but I now feel one should give em a try, if you like the Cohiba flavor enough to drop the coin.
  15. Thanks ElJavi I've been a large fan of most all the Siglos at one time or another-currently the III's. I agree the Medio's seemed crazy steep- so I waited on a sampler. Also feared the smoke would be over too soon- but this one today smoked longer than some of my Sig IV's. I also enjoyed it more than recent Coros. Thanks for the good wishes.
  16. Just tried my first Medio Siglo from a Jaunuary sampler. I had moderted expectations, but was nicely surprised. Full, tight pack, slightly stiff draw (which I like)- but was as described, coro on steroids-very nutty, more full bodied- though still a bit young- lasted well over an hour- will but some more.
  17. If you like a fedora (I’ve got several), check out the Stetson Stratoliner Premier, with an open crown. It comes unshaped, with a dome crown- you can shape it how you like it. It can be more western or more uptown- or a combination of both- my current favorite. Youtube has videos on how to shape and set the shape.
  18. Sorry you got a bad one! I am smoking mine now from the sampler- my first from this Vitola and my first from the sampler. i am having the opposite experience- a powerhouse of burnt coffee and dark chocolate from the beginning. Great draw, lots of smoke, even burn. I was thinking how I would love to have some more of these. i guess I just got lucky in cigar roulette- I will definitely buy at least a quarter box if they ever come up on 24:24. A powerhouse. Again, I am sorry that you and some of the other brothers didn’t get a good one. ”sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you” or words to that effect, as the cowboy says in that Coen brothers movie...
  19. Congrats to the people who picked up the Partagas Maduro #1's. I smoked one earlier in the week that I've been holding for two years. Cosmic! Deep, dark, complex-very satisfying 90 minute smoke- my humble advice is hold em- they get so much better with a little age. Happy Holidays to evertyone! Man D'olin
  20. Dunked myself in water, Cigar tasted like chlorine. Dunked the match in water- what a mess. Tried to dunk my girlfriend in water... and that's why I have this black eye
  21. Mine arrived today! Picture perfect examples- they smell great- I'm not worthy... Many thanks to the Rob and FOH team- you hit it out of the park.
  22. Nice! I dipped into the sampler last night and pulled out the H. Up Sir Winston. Also a great cigar...snuck up on me though, a bit more subtle than the Coho and Partis that are my staples. 2 hours later I was most sorry that it went out and I knew it was over. Will definately try for some if they resurface. I didn't realize what a rarity the Winstons are until I watched John's video review, which really puts the Upmanns in perspective for someone not that evperienced with them. Great thing about that sampler, getting to try some new things. I repeat the thanks to Rob and JohnS, very well done!
  23. Am just starting in on the Christmas Sampler- wanted to give those cigars a nice nap before trying. Last night I smoked the Lanceros, and just watched your video review. My first Lanceros... found it a nice departure from the Siglo 3 flavor which is my most common Cohiba experience- stonger flavors at the onset, "darker", a bit more bite in a very pleasant way. Although as John says in the review, the Lanceros will become more subtle with age, if I understand him correctly, I Iruly enjoyed the youngish sample from the Sampler, and want to thank John for a comprehensive review and FOH for putting the whole thing together- the cigars and the reviews- a very nice experience, indeed.

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