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  1. Body of the cigar = body of the spirit You wouldn’t want a peaty scotch to smoke with a QDO for example. A dark stout would go great with a Monte or a Boli to hit on those chocolate notes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It is a good cigar, but it's not a Cuban. It could be a nice change of pace cigar, especially for some variety in a morning smoke. But if Cubans are what you like, stick with them, because it's just not the same. Side note - I actually prefer the 5712 vitola which is a 4.5x52 short robusto.
  3. In my experience (limited compared to the veteran smokers we have here), there is no real benefit to aging the BRC or the VR Famoso more than 5 years. By then they are both smooth as a baby's butt. Like others said, 7-10 years won't hurt them, but there is no need to go that long IMO. Unless of course you're looking for something to age long term for a special occasion (kids birthday, kids wedding, etc.), then you may want something with more heft to it.
  4. Very limited experience with RyJ in general - the few churchills I've had were all solid, not life changers, but had the foundation of that berry/cherry essence. I think these Petit Churchills have been better - they get to the point quicker and fill a need for a shorter smoke which is more practical for me most days.
  5. Here is a link to my last review of these back in June of this year
  6. This is the 3rd cigar that I’ve plucked from this box of 10. The first 2 were really flavorful, but seemed very strong bodied in the second half, to the point where the nic hit got to me. Unusual for me and for Cubans. So it’s been 4 months since my last sample, figured I’d give it another shot and see where they are at. As with the previous samples, construction is great. Beautiful looking wrapper, well applied cap, even fill. Draw is right on the money. Toasts up evenly and gets off to a great start. 1/3 - starts off with familiar stone fruit notes, however not as sweet or fruit-forward as the previous examples. More of a capuccino/espresso on the finish. A nice balance of flavors to start. Body and strength both under medium. 2/3 - a continuation of the 1/3 with the stone fruit eventually falling off and the cappuccino/espresso being dominant with some generic wood in the background. Flavors are not nearly as full as the other 2 I’ve sampled. Body and strength are still under medium. 3/3 - no ramp up in flavor, strength, or body. Kind of a flat line in the flavor department. Tasty? Sure. But not anything that’s blowing me away. In conclusion, a disappointing development from where these were 6 months - 1 year ago. Maybe just a dud too, who knows. I’ll give these another 4-6 months before I pull another one. I’m looking for the full flavors from previous examples without the strong nicotine that they had. This one dropped the strength but also fell off in the flavor department. Overall: 87/88 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. My last of a 1/4 box purchased last year through the PCC Aged Program. Wish I had bought a whole box! Beautiful rosado wrappers. Construction is excellent. Fill and roll are right on. Draw is great, perhaps a tad open, but very good nonetheless. Used a punch cut on this one. BERRIES!!! CHERRIES!!! These little firecrackers do not waste any time getting going, first puffs have been such berry bombs, they taste like the fruit snacks that I always steal from my kids snack cabinet!! Just enough of a cedar undertone to balance things out. Not much transition, but it’s berry/cherry/cedar repeat. And it’s delicious. I wish they were longer (that’s what she said). A short and sweet review for a short and sweet cigar. 50 minutes of pure enjoyment while I watched my son’s roller hockey game. Rating: 91/100 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You should definitely take one for another spin. It seems like every one I’ve smoked has been a little bit better than the last Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Love these skinnies!! These are right at the 5 year mark, which is “the” milestone in the cigar world for Por Larrañaga, and one of the favored box codes to boot! Draw is right on the money after clipping the cap. I am careful not to torch the cigar initially so as not to affect the flavors. It toasts up easily and evenly. Smoke output is great in the beginning, very light bodied, very floral sweet smoke. Ash drops after 1/2”. Burn line is straight as an arrow. Floral sweetness is the dominant profile as I make my way through the rest of the cigar. There is not a ton of complexity, not a ton of body, but a super tasty sweet smoke that is very easy to enjoy. I am retrohaling every draw, such a pleasure. I make sure to give 60-90 seconds between draws to keep this cigar from burning hot, and I am rewarded. In conclusion, not the most complex cigar by any means, but a great value at ~$4 each for a 1-hour smoke with excellent construction. The key is to dry box or store at a low RH with these skinnies, and smoke them slow. If you do that, you will have a great experience. I rate this a solid 88 points. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I think you’ll enjoy the box you bought with some age on it. Nothing worse than a PC with a tight draw, not much you’re gonna be able to do about that. When the draw is like that, you get a really poor representation of the cigar. In my experience with Monte 4, they kinda flatline after 3-4 years.....not in a bad way by any means, just that they settle in at that point and don’t evolve much after that....which is fine by me!! They are a solid 88-90 point cigar
  11. Savoring my last few from this box, I figured the weekend review comp was a good excuse to break one out. Punch cut, draw a tad on the firm side but still very much acceptable. Toasts up evenly and burn line is tight. Immediate flavors and aroma are sweet, like a vanilla latte. As I make my way through the first half of the cigar, the sweetness stays in the form of a creme brûlée type of caramel sweetness. Flashes of kettle corn, sweet and salty, come through as I get into the second half. Coffee or espresso forms the foundation of the cigar but the predominant flavors and aroma are all dessert. This is a great 45 minute smoke. Burn, draw, smoke production are all where they should be. Overall: 90/100 (I have a hard time giving a higher score to such a small cigar). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Idk, UEB 18 Mag 50’s have been super rich, flavorful, and just powerhouses all around, so much so that I’ve left the rest of my box to mellow out for a bit because the strength is overpowering the delicious flavors that are there. First and only Cuban cigars that have ever “got to me”. The Connie 1’s I’ve been smoking from 2017-2019 have all been delicious, I’d say right right down the middle in terms of body, strength, and flavors. I give the nod to Connie 1 because they are a tremendous value, and I like the vitola better Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Same here!!! Maybe I smoke 1 a year? The DC's I do have will end up with some serious age on them, that's for sure!
  14. Get ready to see a mention of every cigar ever produced. This is such a personal taste thing and a luck of the draw thing.
  15. ‘17 Hoyo Epi 1 while on vacation with the family Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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